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Camera Stabilization Economic Solutions

Posted in Film and Video, Learning New Tools & Techniques by matvandenart on November 13, 2009

Magic Arm Vest Flycam6000 Stabilizer Steadycam Steady

It increases elegance of the moving shots and increases the quality of cinematography.

The magic vest and arm displaces the weight of the entire camcorder and stabilizer combination over the operator’s body. It is light in weight, not overbuilt.

The mechanical system of a vest and articulating arm alleviates the physical stress that’s otherwise placed upon you by manhandling a stabilizer on your own. If you’ve ever used a stabilizer, it’s a great tool to have for walking shots, but even after a short time it becomes very tiring. The fatigue that’s induced by carefully holding a stabilizer and camera at arm’s length for extended periods will eventually impact your shooting in a negative way, because the more tired you become, the more attention you devote to that feeling of physical stress. A vest and arm system removes that problem, enabling you to simply “wear the camera” and go all day long.

Examples of camera stabilization in use:

Balancing the camera:


Camera shoulder support stabilizer

The double rod support used the strap system to transfer the weight of the camera to the operator’s opposite shoulder, thereby reducing arm fatigue while its single rod system provides you with the stable platform you need for steadier shots. It also have a padded base and locking tilt.


Camera Shoulder Support & Stabilizer



A compact and sturdy monopod for the Sony Z1 style of cameras, with a hinged foot rest for maximum support.

Manfrotto Fig Rig 595B Camera Stabilizer

A lightweight, hand held camera stabilizer, the Fig Rig features a “wheel shaped” design. It is the only modular system in the world to smoothly support the DV camera and act as a frame to mount all accessories, including zoom controllers, mics, and more.

The Fig Rig is the only modular system in the world to smoothly support the DV camera and act as a frame to mount all the accessories – including zoom controllers, mics, mixers, lights, monitors, arms…


Glue Pod Steadicam Camera Mount

he GLUE POD is designed to mount your small camera to outside or inside of any vehicle using very strong industrial suction cup to hold your camera. The is best setup for mounting a camera on cars, trucks, boats etc… It allows to get road/rock solid videos from the vehicle. You can take video of nature, people, sideways etc.while driving.

GLUE POD is a perfect solution for using your small video/still cameras anywhere you want. It enables the video cameras glued on any surface with the help of provided suc



Trapcode Form – Particle displacement based on video content

Posted in Learning New Tools & Techniques by matvandenart on November 12, 2009

Learn how to create amazing push pin toy effect as seen in Radiohead’s “House of Cards” video using Trapcode Form. You will learn how to use Trapcode Form along with regular footage to create a slick, eye-popping 3d push pin toy. Just put the camera in, apply some blurs and glows and you’re ready to go.

form face

• Generate particles in After Effects with Trapcode Form Plugin
• Apply Trapcode Form Plugin to a real footage to generate 3d particles

Running Man

Mocha & AfterEffects billboard replacement

Posted in Learning New Tools & Techniques by matvandenart on November 10, 2009

presents the motion tracking tutorial with the image/billboard transitional replacement.


Ross Shain, Imagineer’s product specialist takes you on a walk through advance tutorial on imagineers adjust track module. Also this tutorial shows exporting this tracking data into an After Effects workflow.


CMIVFX and Imagineer Systems presents an advanced tutorial on planar tracking.



RayFire & Thinking Particles & FumeFX Examples

Posted in Learning New Tools & Techniques by matvandenart on November 9, 2009

Ray Fire

Fume FX

Allan McKay – Creature FX – Volume 1

Allan McKay – FumeFX Advanced

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Yigit Acik

Special Effects

Posted in Learning New Tools & Techniques by matvandenart on November 9, 2009


RayFire Tool gives you the ability to fragment, destroy, demolish, wreck, break down, wreak havoc, blow up, burst, detonate, explode, shoot and do other similar things you have always dreamed of to do in Max.

Fume FX

FumeFX is a powerful fluid dynamics engine designed for the simulation and rendering of realistic fire, smoke, explosion, and other gaseous phenomena. It’s versatility, robustness, and intuitive workflow make it a perfect solution for even the most demanding tasks in the computer graphics industry.

Thinking Particles

ThinkingParticles™ 3.0 is the ultimate rule based particle system for 3ds max, offering unparalleled power to the user. ThinkingParticles™ 3.0 is a completely new class of rule-based particle systems for 3ds Max. When this type of particle system is compared to an event-based particle system, (which works on triggers and time dependent events) you’ll find many unique advantages within TP3’s rule-based logic, which is free from normal time-based constraints and instead applies simple behaviors. These behaviors govern all aspects of a particle’s motion, life, death, and collisions in a true non-linear fashion. We hope you find that by using ThinkingParticles 3, you can create all the incredible effects you were hoping for, but have been limited previously by existing technologies.

Keying and Roto integration

Posted in Film and Video, Learning New Tools & Techniques by matvandenart on November 9, 2009

Red Giant features three After Effect plugins for chroma keying simplification.



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Light wrapping is something everyone should know about and learn how to do. It greatly improves the quality of your compositions by making them look more believable.

In this tutorial I will show you a quick and easy way of creating great looking light wrap effect without using any 3rd party plugins (with exception of CyCoreFX which you should already have by default). The results are fantastic and you can easily compare them to many expensive commercial plugins out there that do the same thing. But that’s not all…



Color Correction – Curious Turtle

Posted in Film and Video, Learning New Tools & Techniques by matvandenart on November 9, 2009

Color correction can make or break your video. This set of training DVDs teaches you techniques to rescue shots destined for the trashcan. You can make your video shine.

Split over two volumes for a total of SEVEN hours of video training, Curious Turtle’s Digital Video Color Correctiontakes you from simple color theory and using the basic tools, to crafting a full color grade.

Use the techniques you learn here, regardless of which system you work with.

Color grading is the final touch you give to your footage, and it can completely transform the look and emotional impact of your video.  We like to think of it as the final loving kiss for your projects. Film Wash Color Effects is a set of filters designed with one purpose – to take your footage from the ordinary to the unique.  We’re not talking about regular, simple color correction presets  –Film Wash works in specific ways to give the video a deep, textured rinse.


Color Correction – Red Giant

Posted in Film and Video, Learning New Tools & Techniques by matvandenart on November 9, 2009
Red Giant Software: Magic Bullet Colorista 1.0


Colorista 1.0 is a powerful color correction tool with simple color wheels and basic masking. This tool can be integrated as an effect plugin into the AfterEffects. Colorista simulates the basic color corection toolset available in Fusion and other compositing packages.

Red Giant Software: Magic Bullet Mojo 1.0


Mojo 1.0  have been designed by director and technologist Stu Maschwitz for his professional work. Mojo includes library of film graded effects which can be further adjusted using the simple handler based interface.

Colour Correction Videp Examples

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LooksPack: Indie Film

Independent film director, Eric Escobar offers a collection of 20 original preset Looks. Inspired by classic American independent films, they are divided into Exterior Day looks, with selections such as Ironic Sunshine, Los Angeles, and Mumblefish; and Interior Day looks, such as Apartment in the Valley, Actor’s Friend, and Cheap Drinks.


“Color is visceral. I think of coloring as editing the hue and tone of the raw image to reveal the emotion of the frame. My goal has been to balance that emotion while minimizing process — preserving what the story needs.

Each family of Looks helps tell a common story that you will make unique when you add it to your image. Some of these looks are complicated, some are really simple. Please use them as a jumping-off point to create your own,” says Eric Escobar.

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