November 19, 2008

Tapio's FxPack 1.0

Finally last weekend I had some time to make couple of plug-ins I've had in my mind for some time. It's called Tapio's FxPack (what a great name =) and contains four plug-ins.

Fake 3D (host: Motion, After Effects)
Works by replicating object in Z-space. You can get similar effect in Motion with replicator but this one renders faster and is easier to control.

Drop Shadow (host: Motion, Final Cut Pro)
I mainly made this for Final Cut Pro because FCP's own drop shadow has some terrible artifacts when you add it to video with alpha channel and have fields enabled in your sequence. This is standard filter so you can add multiple copies of it to clip. It also has "shadow only" option.

Numbers (host: Motion)
Generate counting/random numbers in Motion. Very similar to After Effects Numbers filter.

Grow Bounds (host: Motion)
Lets you grow bounds of individual layer inside Motion.

Download Tapio's FxPack 1.0 here.

UPDATE 1.6.2009 - Tapio's FxPack 1.1 available here.

Registered version of FxFactory Pro 2.0.5, Mac OS X 10.5.5 and Apple Motion 3 required. This is total freeware and was made as hobby. So there might be some bugs. Use at your own risk.

November 10, 2008

Inspirational - Imogen Heap vBlog

Imogen Heap is a Grammy nominated English singer-songwriter from London. Her most famous album is Speak for Yourself, which she wrote, produced and mixed herself. I like her music and couple of weeks ago found her video blog and find it very inspiring. Her music is already very inspiring but her healthy and positive attitude is even more inspiring. Check out at least couple of clips from her vBlog in Youtube.

November 7, 2008

What Matters to You // Me?

This isn't new clip but I just saw it first time in Vimeo. It's actually little bit similar to Girl Effect. I really like when I see motion graphics used to tell stories and make you feel something. Often I find motion graphics are just used to make things look flashy and awesome but they don't really make any emotional contact. At least for me.

This one was done by Jr. Canest for Vancouver Film School (it also won Youtube competition). Go to Vimeo to see the clip in HD.