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
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Simple Mask Temperature Vignette
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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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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…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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Showcasing an Adobe Workflow
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…
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ProRes Encoding on Windows Finally Feasible
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…
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speedgrade_primaries SpeedGrade Tutorial – Quick Primaries
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…
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A Solution To The Clip Markers Issue In Premiere
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…
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forays_fi Forays Into the Contrast Land
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…
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