Welcome to the Solace of Simple Solutions!

Here our impatience and annoyance with the shortcomings of our favorite post-production tools is transformed into actual solutions.

Right now, a few plugins are already available for download. If you have suggestions for other products, place them on the future ideas page.

Feathered Crop Power Window Pure Contrast
Simple Mask Temperature Vignette
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lookat-feature Look At My Video
The days of using Vimeo or Dropbox for video review are very quickly coming to an end. True, it still works, and in many cases it is still free of charge, but the only thing that either of these two offers is the ability to play the uploaded video files…
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Adobe-nuke Rumours That Leave Some Terrified…
When the news first came out that The Foundry is going to be available for sale in 2015, and my friend told me that there were rumours that Adobe might be interested in acquiring it, at first I dismissed it as rather unlikely. However, this week, first an Adobe employee…
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CI Layer Stripper Layer Stripper – It’s Not What You Think It Is
As I'm getting ready for this year's NAB, I think it's great time to release a new nifty tool for After Effects - CI Layer Stripper. This script deftly removes all unused layers from your project - the ones that are not visible, and not referenced by other layers as parents,…
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tragedy-feature A Meaning of Tragedy
Michael Bay’s “The Rock” is a movie that I hold very dear to my heart, perhaps his only movie that I have positive feelings for. My infatuation started with an amazing soundtrack by Nick Lennie-Smith, Harry Greyson-Williams and Hans Zimmer, and only grew with a few memorable scenes: the opening, the…
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Trim N Collect Finally a Viable After Effects Archive Solution
While developing Conform Studio I stumbled upon an application of the CS Extract script which I considered interesting, but did not have enough time to code and test properly. It was only a matter of time when other people attempted to use the Studio in this manner, therefore I even…
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simplicity-feature Simplicity Overdone
I was hoping to bring you something more than my ramblings about the user interface overhaul in the latest Adobe release, but unfortunately it looks like the interview with the Used Experience (UX) team will not be forthcoming, despite initial positive reactions. My impatience has caught up with me, and…
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clip-markers-feature Premiere Pro Clip Markers – Solved!
I've written a lot about Premiere Pro and metadata. Surprisingly, almost as an after thought, the solution was shipped in the October 2014 release of Creative Cloud applications. It is hiding in the preference panel under the "Media" tab, and is called "Write clip markers to XMP". I believe this…
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move-anchor-feature Move That Anchor!
Being a casual After Effects user I find myself sometimes creating an animation path only to find out that I need to later reposition the anchor point of the layer to add rotation or scale. To my surprise, even with the abundance of AE Scripts on the market, I could…
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What Is Most Important For Stereo 3D
This year's IBC gave me an opportunity to experience two very different kinds of 3D projection. One was Douglas Trumbull's short movie "Ufotog", and another the projection of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" on 6P Christie laser projector and Dolby Atmos sound system. I have been exposed to…
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SpeedGrade Is Photoshop SpeedGrade Is Like Photoshop
Quite often I hear from new users that SpeedGrade is not intuitive, difficult, and completely different from any other Adobe application. Curious but unaware people are quickly discouraged by its seemingly complicated and impenetrable interface. In some sense this is true, there are complex and dark places in SpeedGrade frequented…
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Long Journey To Subtlety
Metaphors have never been my strong suit. In high school I took two terms of classes dedicated to general film knowledge, which culminated with the analysis of Volker Schlondoff's "The Voyager", based on Max Frisch's novel "Homo Faber", and then Peter Weir's "Witness". I did a decent job at it,…
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conform-studio-v12 Conform Studio Receives a Major Update
The set of scripts that I developed for That Studio to manage their VFX workflow in After Effects has received two updates already, mostly thanks to the feature requests made by Josh from reTooled.net. First we allowed the precompositions to inherit source footage timecode during the conform process, and also…
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conform-studio Nuke Studio For After Effects
When I first saw the demonstration of Nuke Studio shown on NAB, with each new feature I was thinking: yes, this is exactly as it should be done. This is precisely how Dynamic Link should work from the get go in Adobe applications. Congratulations to The Foundry for making it…
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The Strange Maths of After Effects Timecode
For past few weeks I've been developing for That Studio a number of scripts for After Effects which are supposed to make one's life easier, when dealing with an edit in Premiere that requires handling of more than a couple of VFX shots. One thing that surprised me is that…
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