05 March 2016

Plugin Odds and ends

Echo remover

This was on sale as a new plugin from Crumplepop and as I had decided 500$ was too much for the only other noise remover for Final Cut X, 50$ seemed very reasonable. It has only  couple sliders but I found it to be effective and did what it said it does. I am sure the more expensive plugin had tons of features but as I am not a sound pro, this was really perfect for making the sound on the Million Year Picnic doc a little nicer. 

Turbulence FD (with X Particles)

I have just stared to use this plugin, which produces realistic smoke and fire effects in Cinema 4D, but it has already been useful in the Look Kool, the Tv sow I do effects and animation for. 

It was far too money for my tastes, but C4D has no way to do smoke,water or fire (unlike pretty much every other 3D program now, including free ones) but it produces great results, quickly. To really get the most out of it, you need to couple it with X particles, bing the total price to almost 1000$ CAD! I already had X Particles so I took the plunge and am hoping to get more effects work as a result. Everyone loves explosions. Besides the high price, another negative is Jawset provides links to tutorials, but doesn’t provide any themselves and many of the tuts listed cost more money. They look great but for the fee Jawset charges, there needs to be at least some basic training included. 

Reelsmart Motion Blur

This is a pretty amazing plugin. It does one thing, which is to put a motion blur on things in After Effects, Motion etc (each program added costs more). Again, not cheap but C4D motion blur can look great but at a HUGE time cost in rendering and this basically adds a almost nothing in terms of render time and has a lot more control. For the TV show this means a clip that would have taken 2 hours to render out can be reduced to 45 minutes and I can play with the amount using keyframes and test blurs without having to re-render in C4D. Plus the site has quite a few video tutorials to take you from knowing nothing to very competent in a  short period of time. 


T' said...

Sounds like the people who make Turbulence are assholes, pardon my French. PAID tutorials? I can only hope users and fans make their own and upload them. That's a really crappy business model. I hope these bring you in more work, too. The recent cat clips you showed me were really cool. The show should have paid for them, but then again, you wouldn't likely be able to use them for other work.

Other than that, I had NO idea what you were talking about. What you can do just makes my head swim. :"D

Behemoth media said...

If the plugin was 100$-200$ I might understand. Smaller companies just don't have the money ti hire people make good tutorials sometimes, though it IS part of the process of making software now I think. There are some fan made ones, but they are pretty much Her is how to make an explosion! I am slowly figuring it out. The studio should pay, work a lot and do over and above my job to be sure I am as as ready as can be for the show when it starts.

As for swimming heads... what YPU do confuses me no end! I just can't get a cartoon image from my head to paper! Or to a 3D model! Its like magic to me!