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
simple-mask_intro feature

Recent blog posts

How To Fix Hiero XML Export For Premiere… Sort Of

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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... read more >>>

The Inevitable Convergence – Episode II

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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... read more >>>

This Is The Footage You Are Looking For

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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... read more >>>

Masking in Premiere Pro and the Future of Creative Impatience

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Now that Adobe finally added masking to Premiere Pro, it's time to ask a serious question - what will happen now with Creative Impatience and the plugins available here?  Let me start by saying, that I am glad, that we finally have an intrinsic solution to the original problem which... read more >>>

It’s the Feature Countdown…

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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,... read more >>>

Showcasing an Adobe Workflow

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Recently, after I was forced to go all freelance, I've been doing quite a lot of editing and VFX work for Kanen Flowers and his company That Studio. You might have already seen the teaser that we did for his new upcoming movie with the cryptic title "18:20", but perhaps... read more >>>

ProRes Encoding on Windows Finally Feasible

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For quite some time one of the holy grails of multi-platform support has been the ability of encoding ProRes codecs on Windows. Or the lack thereof. True, there were makeshift solutions based on ffmpeg encoder that required either a knowledge of command line scripting or the use of other open... read more >>>

SpeedGrade Tutorial – Quick Primaries

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There is an order of operations that makes primary grade in SpeedGrade relatively easy. Here's a short tutorial showing it: http://youtu.be/rREyCJFpM_0 And to recap: Use Contrast and Pivot to get your green channel into the proper range Use Offset to level the black point Use Temperature to line up the... read more >>>

A Solution To The Clip Markers Issue In Premiere

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Some of you may have already stumbled upon the issue of clip markers disappearing from the project files in Premiere. There is a solution to that: give Premiere read-only access to the media. Even though Premiere saves the clip markers and other temporal metadata in the project file, the moment... read more >>>

Forays Into the Contrast Land

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Contrast is simple, right? A juxtaposition of two or more elements having markedly different features makes them stand out. What can be complicated about that? Turns out, as with all things, the comprehensive answer is much more complicated, and the devil is in the details. Coming from extensive Photoshop and... read more >>>

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