By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Thursday, March 17th, 2011
Use Coupon Code: NLCS5UP10
UPDATE 2/28: Whoops! We sent this offer on Thursday, February 24 and had an unexpected problem with the discount coupon code. This newsletter extends our 10% Upgrade Sale until Friday, March 4. The coupon code will now allow you to buy multiple upgrades. We apologize for any frustration you may have encountered. Please contact our Support team with questions OR go shopping now.
After a whirlwind year, Red Giant has finished a big task. We updated 29 products for Adobe CS5 Creative Suite and 64-bit compatibility. We also put together four CS5-compatible Suites that will really knock your socks off (but keep your wallet intact).
That’s 29 products which contain 170 plug-ins. Each has a Mac and Windows side, which doubles to a total of 240 plug-ins, and then we have multiple Adobe host apps… Wow! This great accomplishment took the hard work of every team at Red Giant and — just as important — a lot of terrific support and advice from you, our customers. We always strive to release the best products, and sometimes we had to delay a much anticipated update to make sure it was in tiptop shape.
It’s been a wild ride to the finish line and we appreciate your patience. As a thank you, we are offering 10% off all upgrades for the next 5 days. That’s a 10% discount on individual and Suite upgrades, most of which are $29 and $99 regularly. Go Shopping Now.
5 Day Sale: This 10% OFF sale runs through Tuesday, March 4, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST (California). To find out when the sale ends in your time zone, visit the World Clock Site.
How To Buy: Add the selected product to your Shopping Cart. Enter Coupon Code NLCS5UP10 during checkout to redeem your discount on the page titled Review and Submit Your Order. (Note: The coupon code field appears after you have entered your credit card information and hit Continue.)
NOTE: This coupon works with upgrades only, not crossgrade offers. In order to purchase an upgrade, you must own the original product. The upgrade will ask for your original serial number. Have questions about which products you own? Please contact our Support Team.
Author’s note: This post is a combo of both a user story and tutorial. Check out the visuals, and then watch the tutorial at the bottom… it’s worth it.
Recently, I was checking out Vimeo, and I found this amazing Lovett music video, called Eye of the Storm, that is a beautiful blend of both live-action and CGI:
Personally, I’ve never been into the Steam-punk thing, but this is such a great piece of visual storytelling with a great soundtrack, it’s quickly become one of my favorite pieces produced in recent time.
I watched this fantastic “Making Of” video and caught that one of our customers, Wes Ball, of OddBall Animation, headed up the visual Effects.
Wes told me he did the lightning with Trapcode Particular and 3D stroke, so I asked him if he would do a QuickTip on that. He was kind enough to oblige, and here it is:
Red Giant QuickTip #33: Particular Lightning Bolt
Wes has taught at fxphd, and if you check out the OddBall Animation website, you’ll find a lot of his company’s work, including some amazing 3D shots Wes is working on for personal projects, as well as a fantastic roto reel. Definitely worth checking out!
I asked Wes, why he uses Red Giant’s products and he said: “The short and sweet answer; Red Giant gets us to final faster.”
Personally, I can’t think of a better reason.
Hey folks – You may have noticed a slight slowdown in the blog a few weeks ago. That’s because we were having our company meeting in Portland . Since we were all together, Best Job Ever, a popular web series about the best jobs in the tech industry, sent the ever-engaging Veronica Belmont (host of Techzilla and whole lot more) to interview us about how a small, mostly-virtual company like Red Giant is able to make such an impact in our industry – and what we look for when hiring a new team member.
Above – From left to right: Micah Sharp (RG’s General Manager), Veronica Belmont, and Aharon Rabinowitz (RG’s Director of Communities… Also known as me). Below – Left: Micah talks about what’s needed to work in plug-in development (hint it’s not all about technical knowledge). Right: I discuss the importance of being self-motivated when you work virtually, and the one o’clock pants rule.
The interview will be posted eventually, but I just wanted to say that the 2 hours we spent talking to Veronica and the Best Job Ever crew really helped reminded me of how lucky I am to be working with such an amazing team. We’re a small company with a big footprint, and that only happens when people are passionate about what they do, are truly dedicated to making good products, and most importantly, are dedicated to making the customer experience as good as it can be.
It also comes from having amazing customers who do amazing things, and who care about the products we create (that’s you). And so, we really appreciate the work you do and the great feedback we get from you. We know that as good as things are, nothing is ever perfect. If you guys ever need to let us know something (good or bad), you can post a comment in the blog, send us a tweet on Twitter, or just contact us on this site. We’re listening.
Announcing Trapcode From 1.1.1 :
This update to Form fixes several issues, including:
As always, you can find updates for all of our products here: http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/downloads/updates/
IMPORTANT: This fixes bugs found only in the CS5 version of Trapcode Form. If you are using Form in CS4 or older, you do not need to download this update.
Last week we asked you to submit your own movie posters for a film we are working on. Here’s what we got:
GREAT STUFF FOLKS!
This week, we’ll sit down with the director to choose the posters we want in the scene, and the winners will receive a Red Giant Guru Preset Pack of their choice and a credit in the film.
Stay tuned. We’ll keep you posted.
Hey Folks -
Red Giant is making a short film, and we need movie posters to use as props in the background of one of the scenes.
We love our customers and the work you do, so we want to use movie posters from your projects – Movies you have already made, or movies you hope to someday make. Whether it’s a documentary, action film, romantic comedy, sci-fi Bollywood drama – whatever – we want it.
Send us an image of your movie poster (post a URL below in the comments), and we’ll post them here in the blog as a gallery. We’ll ask the people who have created our favorites to send us either a print resolution file (24″ x 36″, 300 DPI) or a hard copy version (size can vary, since it’s already printed).
People who’s posters are chosen will be given a film credit and also win a FREE Red Giant Guru Preset Pack of their choice, including (but not limited to):
IMPORTANT: Ultimately, we need these in either hard copy (ideal) or as print-resolution poster-sized images. So please make sure you can deliver your final images in one of those formats, or you will be disqualified.
Hey folks – our very own Harry frank is giving a class this semester at fxphd. Join the class before it’s too late! Here’s the info:
We’re excited to have a new After Effects course lead by a familiar name in the motion graphics industry, designer Harry Frank. This practical, software-based course will focus on creating a professional broadcast graphics package from scratch. Harry has done numerous high-profile national broadcast packages over the year for networks such as NBC, ABC, Fox, and G4TV. One of the strengths of After Effects is its plug in architecture and offerings such as Trapcode Particular, Form, and Lux are workhorses of mograph artists. Over the ten weeks, After Effects will be at the center of the course in conjunction with these and other plug ins from Red Giant Software.
In the broadcast industry, turn-around times for deliverables can be short, which makes efficiency a key component of being a professional motion designer. We need to have the right tools at our fingertips with an in-depth understanding of them to achieve this. This will be the core focus of this course: accelerating your creativity with your tools.
In AFX213, students will be building a graphics package for a broadcast awards ceremony. We will build assets such as a short show open, logo animation, full screen graphic, lower third, and transitional elements. This class will give students the opportunity to be creative, building a graphics package from scratch. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this experience with peer and instructor review in a special work sharing forum on the site. Members have found this level of interaction to be extremely valueable part of the course.
Harry originally studied music engineering and worked in both audio post-production and studio engineering, before entering the motion graphics field 12 years ago. He has worked in Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles as a freelance motion designer, with clients such as, Blur Studio, Digital Kitchen, and many more. As an instructor and author, he has authored numerous tutorials and training titles on motion design, After Effects Expressions, Trapcode Particular and Form, and Cinema 4D. In Detroit, he was an Adjunct Faculty at the College for Creative Studies. Harry is the owner of graymachine.com, and host of the networking site, themotionexchange.com
As you can see from the quotes below, people are excited about the class, so get in now before it’s too late!
“My name is Juan and I am very excited about this class, I saw some of Harry’s works on his website and on the RED Giant site and it is amaizing the kind of things and how professional Harry is. Like to get to that level and also know it is years of experience that provide that level, so I am working hard to learn the most I can.”
“I have been working with AF for about 3 years now and I am looking to get to a bit more to the advance level, but still a long road before I can switch my beginer to intermediate-advance level. I love working with AF and learn from such a profesional expert voice. Hope to learn a lot here. Thank you.”
“Hey Harry – psyched that you’re here and for this class! Love what I’ve seen so far!”
In this Episode of Red Giant TV, Apple Certified Master Trainer, Simon Walker, shows you how to quickly create animated motion graphics backgrounds and text treatments in Final Cut Pro – with NO KEYFRAMES!
Watch the episode HERE.
Red Giant QuickTip #26: Faster Rendering in Final Cut Pro
It’s final Cut Friday, with another tutorial from Apple Certified Master Trainer, Simon Walker. This time Simon shows you how to speed up rendering on the Final Cut Pro timeline, so you have more time to add production value to your project (or maybe to just leave early for the weekend… it is Friday, after all).