Review: Aputure Accent B7c cinema grade light bulb

Aputure recently released the Accent B7c, a mains power and battery operated 7W RGBWW colour-mixing LED light bulb. It’s the first product in the new Accent family of LED lights built for filmmakers. The B7c features a standard E26/27 fixture but unlike typical household LED bulbs, the lamp uses cinema grade LEDs to reproduce skin tones with CRI and TLCI values of 95+ and a tungsten SSI score of 85.… Read More Review: Aputure Accent B7c cinema grade light bulb

Yanobox Storm: Procedural 3D in a plugin for FCPX and Motion, Premiere Pro and After Effects

Yanobox recently released a brand new procedural modelling plug-in, called Storm. The plug-in that is available via FxFactory works with After Effects, Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, and Premiere Pro. The term procedural modelling covers a number of techniques in computer graphics to create 3D models and textures from rules. For example, fractals and generative modelling are both procedural modelling techniques. In the case of Storm, the rules can be configured using parameters. Storm is built around a self-contained rendering engine, has multiple noise generators and supports volumetric and directional colours.… Read More Yanobox Storm: Procedural 3D in a plugin for FCPX and Motion, Premiere Pro and After Effects

Yanobox Motype 1.5 improves particles, adds animated shutter

Titles, who doesn’t need them? And who doesn’t want them to be at least a bit appealing, drawing attention to what follows? Yanobox’s Jean Marc Noel, who we all know as the chap behind Yanobox Nodes 2 and Mosaic, has upgraded Motype with better particles, an animated shutter and a smart preset browser, and has made Motype 1.5 a lot more exciting in the process.… Read More Yanobox Motype 1.5 improves particles, adds animated shutter

FxFactory Ripple Tools Complete 2 review

Ripple Tools Complete for Final Cut Pro X promises to give you a full set of effects, most of them based on the title concept of FCP X of which many are trackable. Many effects that you can buy in one plug-in are either so simple you can create them faster using Final Cut Pro X’s built-in tools or so cheesy it hurts your eyes. I’m happy to say neither is the case with Ripple Tools Complete.… Read More FxFactory Ripple Tools Complete 2 review

Clip Studio Paint EX, the app of choice for animators, manga artists and illustrators

Clip Studio Paint EX is the most complete suite of drawing and painting tools available from Celsys in Japan. It’s perceived as the biggest competitor of Corel Painter. Both these apps were designed for creators who love to draw and paint with a brush feel that comes close to the real-world thing, but Clip Studio is also a complete comic strip and animation creations tool.… Read More Clip Studio Paint EX, the app of choice for animators, manga artists and illustrators