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
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
Update: This issue has been resolved in the October 2014 CC release. See the my short tutorial. 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.…
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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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prm301-fi Take Your Premiere Pro Skills To a New Level
I'm happy to announce that I'll be doing a course on advanced workflows in Premiere Pro for fxphd.com this term. It's a great opportunity for me, and I believe for those of you who decide to take it as well. I've been a student of fxphd for over a year.…
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The Inevitable Convergence
It's interesting to watch various pieces of software slowly converging into the realm of tools which only a few years ago were beyond financial capabilities of most mortals. Premiere Pro slowly integrates tightly not only with After Effects (which received a long needed 3D boost in the CC release), but…
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campaign_small_2 A Plea For Help – Get GPU Acceleration Faster!
Update: I lowered the licensing prices in the contribution page, so if the amount was an issue for you, please take another look. We would all like to have the GPU versions for the plugins as soon as possible. It so happens, that Adobe organizes event for developers in Seattle,…
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circle-fi The Circle Is Now Complete
I'm certain you will be able to read about the new features introduced in Premiere Pro 7.1 on dozens of websites. I won't bother repeating them all. Let me - as usual - focus on the issues that I consider the most relevant and usually not covered. Direct Link is…
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dream-fi The Day I Dreamt About Has Come
My current daily job requires producing about 50-60 minutes of content per month of something that roughly falls into mostly unscripted reality show. Within 30 days we have to prepare the final edit, sound mix, including voice over and music, motion graphics, any potential VFX shots, mostly cleanups, and finally…
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ame-fi Adobe Media Encoder Grows Up
Adobe revealed today, that Adobe Media Encoder will receive a few very worthwhile updates, including long awaited GPU acceleration, direct implementation of Premiere Pro engine, and a number of new features. There are two, which are of special interest to me: the so-called mini-pipe - adding new effects such as…
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temperature-feature Exploring Temperature and Tint
When dealing with footage which was shot at improper white balance, and trying to correct it, I sometimes wished that Premiere had the temperature slider present in Camera Raw or in SpeedGrade. When a friend expressed similar concern, I decided to take my shot at it. After all, it should…
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luma-curve A Storm Or A Spoon
Update: The 7.1 version due out in October is going to fix the issue altogether. Great job, Adobe! Being the one to spoil the party is no fun, especially if you like the host, or enjoy the meals. But when your favourite dish was rotten and received only a little ketchup treatment,…
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