A sampling of some things I found that I thought you might find useful as well. Most of what I’m sharing is related to editing and post-production.
1. Marvels DSLR Moire Filter for Final Cut Pro
One thing I should be clear about here is this is NOT a blur filter of any kind. The main thing to remember with this is there is usually a shift in the red channel, making it appear more desaturated. It depends on your source media + the colors you are working with. I’ve only had to use this plugin on one project, and masked off the offending green shirt so that in color correction I can easily isolate it and grade it appropriately. You’ll notice the color shift immediately so take care with how you use this.
2. Colorista II Free + Magic Bullet LUT Buddy
Red Giant Software has released a free version of their popular Colorista II plugin for After Effects and Final Cut Pro. The main difference here is you are limited to primary color adjustments. Still, a great tool for free! If you don’t know what a LUT is, you probably don’t need Magic Bullet LUT Buddy. Pro colorists will love LUT Buddy, I should think.
If any of you have tried to do timelapse, you know how much of a problem flicker can be. It can ruin hours of work. I know about GBDeflicker, the difference here is this application is free. Yes, application - it has nothing to do with Lightroom and is on OS X and Windows. Full credit for this find goes to the Timescapes Post Workflow Forum.
4. CRAM Compressor Presets
For those of us who use Compressor, I’m sure you’ve found that the default settings for exporting are not enough, nor are they the best you can get for your video or film. CRAM Compressor Presets have over 330 great presets for $39, and contain a lot of presets found in Sorenson Squeeze. Found thanks to Matt Jeppsen of FreshDV.
5. After Effects BG Renderer
If you use After Effects you’ve probably heard of this script, but I thought I’d list it anyways. Recommended by such people as Stu Maschwitz and Scott Simmons. Well worth the money.
6. AE Terminal Render
That being said about BG Renderer, James aka @friedpixels, shared a method for rendering I’ve never heard of but will definitely try. James works at MK12, so you have some perspective. MK12 has done a variety of film, TV and video game work. Google them, you will like what you find. This method of rendering is for OS X only. Terminal comes with all Apple computers.
1) Open Terminal
2) Drag the AERender file(it’s in your applications folder in Applications>After Effects) into Terminal
3) Type -project
4) Drop AE project file into Terminal
Hope you enjoyed the roundup! I’ll do these once a month, or more frequently depending on resources I find.
P.S - Something I should mention that I found out from David Newman, CineForm’s CTO and GoPro’s Senior Director of Software Engineering, is that the free GoPro Cineform Studio works with 2D GoPro footage, not just 3D footage. So know you know - gotta love GoPro for such a great freebie.