Script Your Effects: AEScripts.com Relaunch with Name Your Own Price Model

AEScripts is a required destination for After Effects users. I featured their work (Magnum – the Edit Detector) last year in my Ninja Video Sampling workflow. Last month they relaunched the site with a sleek new look, and a sleek new Name Your Own Price model for their scripts. Some great new additions to the site include Randomizer, Sequence Layers, AudioAmpToVideoSpeed, rd: Slicer and RepositionAnchorPoint. These, and most of the other scripts on the site, feature a $0 price minimum. So you can get the scripts for free, and drop some cash later if they become an indispensable part of …

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Adobe Rants Produces Unexpected Glitch Art

While we’re on the subject of User Interface… Adobe, as makers of the dominant creative software that powers the planet, are certainly due some criticism. But beware the wrath of the angry user. Via lili katschen on Twitter, I see the Intersphere has its own forums for endless Adobe gripes. Now, don’t get me wrong: I have Adobe critiques of my own. Those have more to do, however, with the dangers of monolithic, commercial tools, and the missed creative opportunities they can engender. I believe in the power of digital technology, so I think the alternative can be not only …

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Adobe’s Soundbooth CS4, the Audio Editor Giveaway in Creative Suite

Speaking of audio editors for the Mac, Adobe has its own wave-editing tool for Mac and Windows. Soundbooth is different from other entries in the field, in that its aim is really to woo a wide audience and not just those of us who work with sound regularly. Got a Flash project and need to make some quick sound effect adjustments? Making a swooshing noise for After Effects? Transcribing notes from a workshop session? Soundbooth CS4 is aimed at you. Now, you can buy Soundbooth on its own for US$199 list, though I expect almost no one would. (For one …

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Premiere CS4 Adds AAF, OMF, Final Cut Support; Celebrate File Freedom

Adobe has quietly added some features to Premiere CS4 I would consider really huge. Adobe Updater is normally the little app that delivers Acrobat Reader updates what seems like every other weekday, but imagine my surprise when I opened it today: a little New Year’s present. AAF support (Advanced Authoring Format, an attempt to create a more intelligent interchange format that’s open to developers, backed by Adobe) OMF export (Open Media Framework, as used by various apps including Cubase, SONAR, Pro Tools, and notably as an alternative in Final Cut … not to be confused with the fantastic early 90s …

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More on Adobe’s Pixel Bender in CS4 and Flash, GPUs, and Performance

Pixel Bender from Adobe is capable of developing all manner of filter eye candy, like these selections from users at the Pixel Bender Exchange (many of them free to use). In case you didn’t watch comments on my Pixel Bender preview, there was some good discussion, including Kevin Goldsmith, who manages the Adobe Image Foundation group; he blogs at digital-motion.net and specifically on these technologies at blogs.adobe.com (and he’s a musician, too). I overstated the importance of Pixel Bender being GPU accelerated. First off, of course, you really don’t care where code executes, whether on the CPU or GPU – …

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More on Adobe’s Pixel Bender in CS4 and Flash, GPUs, and Performance

Pixel Bender from Adobe is capable of developing all manner of filter eye candy, like these selections from users at the Pixel Bender Exchange (many of them free to use). In case you didn’t watch comments on my Pixel Bender preview, there was some good discussion, including Kevin Goldsmith, who manages the Adobe Image Foundation group; he blogs at digital-motion.net and specifically on these technologies at blogs.adobe.com (and he’s a musician, too). I overstated the importance of Pixel Bender being GPU accelerated. First off, of course, you really don’t care where code executes, whether on the CPU or GPU – …

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Pixel Bender: Accelerated Filter Goodness in CS4

Earlier this week, I talked about some of the consumer-oriented feature improvements in Adobe Creative Suite CS4. But the most interesting development from Adobe is actually more on the developer side. Pixel Bender is a new format for making GPU-accelerated (and CPU multi-threaded) filters, which means fast blends (with different blend modes) and special effects. You can even use it for math operations. Now, whether or not you yourself are able to code these sorts of things, I’m sure we’ll see plenty of filters being passed around online. True, it means dealing with yet another way of creating these filters, …

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Adobe CS4 Upgrades Here; Quick Look at Features – Does it Matter to You?

An invitation to a new CS. I can at least guarantee “It’s going to come in a really big box.” Photo by Ian Usher, via Flickr. Adobe is back with another Creative Suite update, and touting (accurately) “bigness”: Adobe’s biggest software release to date includes Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design editions, Creative Suite 4 Web editions, Creative Suite 4 Production Premium, Creative Suite 4 Master Collection, as well as 13 point products, 14 integrated technologies and seven services. So, what’s in there? The big pluses for me, certainly for the kinds of people who read this site, are real motion …

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