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In Depth Articles (54 Tutorials)

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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In Depth: Brilliant (and Possibly Dangerous) Future Video and Audio Technologies

In Depth: Brilliant (and Possibly Dangerous) Future Video and Audio Technologies

August 7, 2017

When I was a kid, I’d watch Star Trek and The Jetsons and be in awe of the ability to teleport or fly around with a jetpack or flying car. While those technologies have been tough to bring to reality, some of the technologies for film, video, and audio are just on the horizon or already in existence. This technology will help filmmakers fix botched lines, avoid retakes, make actors look younger, and even bring an actor back to life who died during filming. We’re going to cover a lot of cool technology in this article, technology that also has high potential to have ethical issues attached to it if it becomes available to consumers.

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In Depth: Freelancing Essentials, Part 1: Creating Your Brand

In Depth: Freelancing Essentials, Part 1: Creating Your Brand

July 26, 2017

With any small business owner or freelancer, you’ll wear many hats. You will likely be the artist, the marketer, the accountant, the custodian, and more. You’ll constantly be thinking about your current job, your next job, who you can rely on to help you. It’s a lot of work and it’s sometimes exhausting! Not only this, you’ll end up taking on a higher amount of tax burden than someone who works for a corporation. Still, the appeal of being your own boss and working your own hours is very appealing.

This is the first in a series for those who are freelancing and those who want to be their own bosses. Some of the tips will be specific to video and digital media, and others will be more general. Today’s topic is creating your brand, which has to do with marketing, sales, and protecting your brand.

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In Depth: Creating Space – A Galaxy of Resources for your Epic Space Film

In Depth: Creating Space – A Galaxy of Resources for your Epic Space Film

March 7, 2017

Space, the final frontier! Learn to create stars, galaxy, moons, and more for your next space themed film or science fiction short.

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Primatte Chromakey

In Depth: Keying and Background Removal in Photoshop, Part 2: Primatte Chromakey

February 14, 2017

Part 2 of this series on background removal covers Digital Anarchy’s Primatte Chromakey and how to use it with Photoshop for the best workflow possible.

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background removal

In Depth: Keying and Background Removal in Photoshop, Part 1: The Pre-Process

February 13, 2017

If you’re working with still photography, it’s often necessary to cut someone out of the background to place them into a new scene or to add special effects

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In Depth: Light Leaks and Lens Whacking

In Depth: Light Leaks and Lens Whacking

October 14, 2016

Light leaks used to be caused by camera damage but now it’s a stylistic look. I’ll give you some cool examples of these optical lighting artifacts, and I’ll go over some plug-ins and stock elements to give your footage a light leak look. I’ll also talk to some of the pros in the industry about the making your light leaks look natural.

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In Depth: Introduction to MARI Tutorial Series

In Depth: Introduction to MARI Tutorial Series

September 13, 2016

The Foundry has created a nice set of tutorials consisting of 5 Modules with multiple Episodes to help get you up to speed with MARI quickly.

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In Depth: 8 Plug-ins for White Balancing Footage in Final Cut Pro X

In Depth: 8 Plug-ins for White Balancing Footage in Final Cut Pro X

August 31, 2016

White should look white, not peach, pink, or baby blue. White balancing footage will help your video look natural by looking at the color temperature in your shot and setting an accurate white, removing any unnatural color cast. Here are 8 tools for white balancing your footage in Final Cut Pro.

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In Depth: MAXON Cinema 4D Release 18 New Features Roundup

In Depth: MAXON Cinema 4D Release 18 New Features Roundup

August 22, 2016

With the upcoming September release of MAXON C4D R18, we wanted to know more about all the new features and figured you did too. From Voronoi fracture & mograph enhancements, to new shaders and tools, C4D R18 had tons of new additions to unlock your 3D creativity.

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In Depth: Keying: Part 4: Red Giant Primatte Keyer and Key Correct

In Depth: Keying: Part 4: Red Giant Primatte Keyer and Key Correct

July 6, 2016

In this series, I'm going to give some in-depth information on three of my favorite keying tools that work with After Effects, Premiere Pro, and other tools. The first in the series covers Red Giant's Keying Suite, which includes Primatte Keyer, Key Correct Pro, and Warp.

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In Depth: Skin Retouching Part 5: Some New Tools and Tutorials

In Depth: Skin Retouching Part 5: Some New Tools and Tutorials

March 2, 2016

Since I started this series, there have been a couple of new tools on the market for skin touch-up and smoothing, as well as a couple of useful tutorials on the topic. I’ll talk about Sheffield Makeup Artist III, which came out in February, and Boris Continuum Complete Beauty Studio.

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In Depth: Repairing Damaged Pixels

In Depth: Repairing Damaged Pixels

November 12, 2015

Dead pixels, stuck pixels, bad pixel, burnt pixels, hot pixels… there are lots of types of damaged pixels and they’re annoying. Here are several ways you can repair them.

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In Depth: Transitions, Part 2: The Swish Pan

In Depth: Transitions, Part 2: The Swish Pan

November 12, 2015

The swish pan is known by many monikers: whip pan, roll pan, swipe pan, flick pan, zip pan, and whoosh are just a few. Get ready for some fun examples, instructions on how to create this cool transition, plug-ins to make the job fast and easy, and tips on improving your transitions.

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