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In Depth Articles (53 Tutorials)

In Depth 3D Renderers

In Depth: 3D Renderers (Updated 14 May 2020) #3drenderer

June 16, 2020

There are so many renderers available out there, and how does an artist know what to choose? Although they really do the same thing, they work differently and have different results. Here is a breakdown of what the different renderers offer, not reviews, so you can decide which renderer is right for you.

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In Depth Davinci Resolve Free vs. Studio

In Depth: DaVinci Resolve Studio vs the Free Version

June 15, 2020

Is Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Studio version worth the investment over the free version? Yes, it is! Learn why you should upgrade to Resolve Studio.

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In Depth: Why Should I Use V-Ray?

In Depth: Why Should I Use V-Ray?

April 24, 2020

V-Ray is a powerful 3D rendering system that was built for designers, architects, and jack-of-all-trades. Learn about how artists use V-Ray.

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Best of Top 10 Tutorials 2019

Best of 2019: The Top 10 Tutorials at Toolfarm.com

January 7, 2020

According to our website stats, these were the Top 10 Tutorials of 2019. It’s interesting that most are technical, not about VFX.

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deepfakes: AI in Machine Learning

Deepfakes Examples & Tutorials: AI in Media Production #AI

October 2, 2019

Deepfakes use artificial intelligence to create a convincing face swap in video and imagery. There is a big future for deepfakes in the film industry.

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In Depth Render Farms Network Rendering

In Depth: Render Farms / Network Rendering / Distributed Rendering

September 11, 2019

The idea of network rendering is to distribute your render over a network, or farm, of computers, to speed up your render times.

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What in the heck is bokeh?

In Depth: What in the Heck is Bokeh?

July 18, 2019

Bokeh is a type of defocus or lens blur where the blur takes on the shape of the lens diaphram. We explain how to pronounce the word, how it is created, and show lots of cool examples. Also, a few plug-ins to create a bokeh in post-production.

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fireworks in depth

In Depth: Fireworks

June 25, 2019

Yes, the U.S. Independence Day is upon us once again! Whatever your country or holiday, here are some methods of creating some beautiful explosions in the sky with After Effects, CINEMA 4D, and other hosts. There are some great plug-ins out there for making fireworks too.

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In Depth Demo Reel

In Depth: The Ultimate Guide to Building a Great Demo Reel

June 13, 2019

Is your New Year’s Resolution to get a new job or to bring in new freelance work? A new demo reel can help.  What are employers looking for in a reel? I was on a panel at a college last month where we talked about what makes a demo reel great and what makes it… well, not so great. I also asked around to some industry peers for their opinions. 

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Michele’s NAB Survival Guide #NABShow

Michele’s NAB Survival Guide #NABShow

February 18, 2019

Why a NAB Survival Guide? For those of you who will be first timers to NAB, this is the insider’s guide from someone who has been to at least 15 NAB Shows in a row. I have lost track. Trust me, I’m a Pluginologist.

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In Depth: Gunfire and Muzzle Flash Effects

In Depth: Gunfire and Muzzle Flash (Updated 18 January 2019)

January 18, 2019

If you’re planning on making an epic action film like Max Max: Fury Road or Rambo, you’re going to need lots of fire power. Here is a rundown on how to add spectacular muzzle flash and gunshot effects to your films in your host of choice. I’ve also included info on 3D models of weapons and some sound effects.

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In Depth Slit Scan

In Depth: Time Effects – Time Displacement aka Slit Scan, with Examples

December 31, 2018

Learn all about the Time Displacement filter, which creates an effect known as slit scan, a trippy looking time manipulation that can be used to represent a time travel, a warp in the space time continuum, a drug trip and much more.

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In Depth: Troubleshooting After Effects Issues and Plug-ins (Updated 17 Dec 2018)

In Depth: Troubleshooting After Effects Issues and Plug-ins (Updated 17 Dec 2018)

December 17, 2018

Even though After Effects is a very solid product, everyone will run into issues from time to time, whether it be from corrupt preferences, random errors, codec problems, and more. Here is a general problem-solving guide on how to troubleshoot some common issues with After Effects.

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News: 7 of the Most Popular Posts of 2017 at Toolfarm

News: 7 of the Most Popular Posts of 2017 at Toolfarm

January 2, 2018

To celebrate the new year, we thought we would take a look back at some of our most popular blog posts from 2017. Lots of freebies and a few tutorials top the list.

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In depth: VR. Image credit: Uriel Soberanes @soberanes

In Depth: 32 Uses of 360° VR + Some VR Tools to Get You In the Game

November 7, 2017

We get asked all the time if we think that VR and 360° immersive video is something that is just a novelty or if it is an important technology. Plus, I’ll go over some of the 360° VR tools available for your favorite NLEs, 3D programs, and more to help you get started in VR.

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