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
pure_contrast_feature
Simple Mask Temperature Vignette
simple-mask_intro feature
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…
Continue reading »
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…
Continue reading »
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…
Continue reading »
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…
Continue reading »
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…
Continue reading »
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,…
Continue reading »
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…
Continue reading »
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…
Continue reading »
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…
Continue reading »
hiero-fix How To Fix Hiero XML Export For Premiere… Sort Of
Some time ago, if you ever tried to export XML from Hiero to Premiere, you got a generic importer error message and that was it. This issue - audio related - was thankfully fixed in later versions of Hiero. However, another hydra reared its ugly head, and this time attempted…
Continue reading »
convergence2 The Inevitable Convergence – Episode II
In the aftermath of IBC 2013 I wrote about the inevitable convergence of various software packages. It was easy to see how various vendors began expanding their packages into areas beyond the primary intended roles. NAB 2014 confirms this ongoing trend, and breeds more and more interesting solutions at various…
Continue reading »
EditStock This Is The Footage You Are Looking For
Teaching editing is hard. Teaching editing on-line is seemingly impossible. And yet, there is a person who came up with ingenious idea how to go about it. And after some thought and experimentation, I have a firm belief, that Misha Tenenbaum's EditStock.com is doomed to succeed. Mind you, when I'm…
Continue reading »
It’s the Feature Countdown…
Like last year around NAB, this time Adobe announced the preview of the upcoming release of its Digital Video Applications (DVA) which include Premiere Pro, After Effects, SpeedGrade, Media Encoder, Prelude and Audition. You can read the general overview of the new features in a few places (Creative Cow, fxguide,…
Continue reading »

Comments are closed.