Sony Vegas Pro 13 Released – New Features

Sony Creative Software have announced and released Sony Vegas Pro 13 for sale! After speculation over the release date in 2013 (here and here), the new version of the world-renowned video editing software Sony Vegas Pro has been announced and is already available for purchase, in both the form of digital download and physical copy.

Don’t forget, if you have an existing copy of Vegas you can upgrade for a fraction of the price!

Sony Vegas Pro 13 can now be purchased in 3 separate configurations (at 3 different price points):

  1. Vegas Pro 13 Edit: Video and Audio Production ($399.95)
  2. Vegas Pro 13: Video, Audio and Blu-ray Disc Creation ($599.95)
  3. Vegas Pro 13 Suite: Editing, Disc Authoring and Visual Effects ($799)

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  • Vegas Pro Connect: is an iPad app that “replaces tedious written spreadsheets and notes with efficient online and offline review workflows”. This app has been designed to allow several people who are working together on a project to improve their collaborative performance.
  • Proxy-first workflow: Your camera-man can shoot XDCAM footage and use a Sony Wireless Adapter to send proxies to the cloud. Then, using Vegas, video editors can download and edit with the proxies while the high-resolution files are in transit from the field. When the high-resolution files arrive, automatically relink the edited project to them for rendering.
  • Project Archiving: You can now archive the media associated with your project, or just the media used on the timeline, including nested Vegas Pro 13 projects. This feature will be a useful tool to avoid issues when editing a project with moved/missing files.
  • New video plug-ins: What would Vegas be without some video FX? Videos from FXHOME have been integrated directly into Vegas Pro 13.
  • NewBlueFX Video Essentials VI: This package features 100 presets in 10 sophisticated plugins to enhance your project in the VFX area.
  • XAVC Intra MXF smart render: Dramatically reduce render times when using XAVC Intra MXF render templates.
  • iZotope Nectar Elements: This plug-in performs one-click voice/narration signal and effects processing. You can choose specific style presets like “Voice Over” or “Dialogue” and adjust other controls to customize your sound.
  • Loudness meters updated
  • Multi-tool paradigm: Tools that you frequently use within Vegas are organized in a pop-up menu located directly below the timeline. This aims to provide fast-access to your favorite tools for a more fluid editing experience.

The embedded video below is an in-depth look at some of the new features in Sony Vegas Pro 13: 

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We haven’t spotted any video trailer for the new release of Sony Vegas Pro 13 which is unusual. Usually we see a short 2 minute trailer showing off the features that the new version of Vegas is bringing to the table. Maybe we’ll see one in the future, or maybe the software will speak for itself.

What do you think of Sony Vegas Pro 13? Are you going to upgrade? What do you think of the new features? Let us know below!

Will Sony Vegas Pro 13 receive a Release Date in 2013?

When will Sony Vegas Pro 13 be granted a release date? Will it even be announced this year?

Sony Creative Software (SCS) is known for releasing a new version of its popular video editing software Sony Vegas Pro regularly. As we noted in an article in August, we thought that SCS would be announcing Sony Vegas Pro 13 at IBC in September of 2013. The reason we had this speculation was that in the past 4 years we have seen a new version of Sony Vegas Pro.

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Below is the table displaying information regarding the release dates of previous versions of Vegas Pro.

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Sony Vegas Pro 12 was announced on September 7th 2012 at the IBC Show in Amsterdam.

Release Date: November 9th, 2012
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Sony Vegas Pro 11 was announced on September 9th 2011 at the IBC Show in Amsterdam.

Release Date: October 17th, 2011
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Sony Vegas Pro 10 was announced on September 10th 2010 at the IBC Show in Amsterdam.

Release Date: October 11th, 2010
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Sony Vegas Pro 9 was released on 11 May 2009.

Release Date: May 11th, 2009
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As noted in the table above, Sony Vegas Pro 10, 11 and 12 were all announced at the IBC Show in September of 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively. However, as the days of IBC 2013 passed there was no sign of Sony Vegas Pro 13. Does this mean that we won’t see a new version of Sony Vegas Pro this year?

It’s hard to say. SCS have announced the previous 3 versions of Sony Vegas Pro at IBC. However, in previous years the new versions of the software were announced on different dates at different times. Just because SCS did not mention Sony Vegas Pro 13 at IBC 2013 does not mean that we will not hear an announcement regarding a release date for the new software before the end of this year.

Could there be another reason behind a delayed announcement, such as the hope that Sony Vegas will make it’s way to Mac as we speculated about last years release? Could it be because of the fact that this would be the first version of Sony Vegas Pro to be created for Windows 8?

If we do not hear an announcement by the end of November, we think that SCS will not announce a new version until next summer. If that was the case, that would break the recent cycle of releases which provides us with a new version of Sony Vegas Pro each year.

What do you think? Is Sony Creative Software simply holding off until a later date for the announcement? Or do you think that we won’t see a new version of the software until next year? Let us know!

Here’s an overview of last years trailer for Sony Vegas Pro 12:

Will Sony Vegas Pro 13 be announced at IBC September 2013?

In the past 4 years, Sony Creative Software has released 4 new versions of their editing software Sony Vegas Pro. Will Sony Vegas Pro 13 be announced and be granted a release date at IBC this September 2013 to continue Sonys’ recent trend in release dates?

 

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Below you can view information regarding the release dates of previous versions of Sony Vegas Pro:

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Sony Vegas Pro 12 was announced on September 7th 2012 at the IBC Show in Amsterdam.

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Sony Vegas Pro 11 was announced on September 9th 2011 at the IBC Show in Amsterdam.

Release Date: October 17th, 2011
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Sony Vegas Pro 10 was announced on September 10th 2010 at the IBC Show in Amsterdam.

Release Date: October 11th, 2010
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In a press release on the 20th of August, Sony announced that Sony Creative Software will return yet again to the IBC Show in Amsterdam in September of 2013.  However, there is no mention of a new version of Sony Vegas Pro. The press release states that “those interested in Vegas Pro 12”  can visit the booth for demonstrations on how to use Vegas with 4K content.

Below is an excerpt from Sony’s press release:

“Those interested in Vegas Pro 12 and its 4K workflow can come to the booth for demonstrations on how to ingest, edit, and output 4K video content. Show attendees can also learn more about the new video and audio editing tools that increase efficiency and productivity, making it easier to create compelling, broadcast-quality videos.”

So does this mean that we won’t see any sneak previews of Sony Vegas Pro 13?

Not necessarily. SCS (Sony Creative Software) may be keeping quiet regarding the announcement of Sony Vegas Pro 13, but why would they? In previous years, Sony announced in press releases if a new version of Sony Vegas Pro would be demonstrated at the IBC Show.

In the past 3 years, Sony Vegas Pro has been released in the September-November period. If Sony Vegas Pro 13 was to receive a release date in this timeframe, the IBC Show in September would be the perfect time to announce the new version of the popular video editing software and tease the video editing community with hints to new features and updates.

What do you think? IBC Show begins on Friday 13th September 2013.

We reached out to Sony Creative Software inquiring about Sony Vegas Pro 13. We have not yet received a response.

Netflix Styled Loading Progress Screen Intro – Free Sony Vegas Template

 

Here’s a quick video intro I worked on – a loading progress bar styled intro similar to that of Netflix ! Could look great in personal video intros! You can find the Sony Vegas Project File (.veg) or the Video File (.wmv) available for FREE DOWNLOAD below!

Please only use this intro template for personal use. This video and template was intended for educational purposes only. No copyright infringement intended.

Sony Vegas Pro 12: How to Render in 720p HD Settings Tutorial

How do you render your video in 720p HD (1280×720 dimension) in Sony Vegas Pro 12?  Today, I’ll be showing you how to render your videos in 720p HD quality, using a custom rendering template and settings to produce excellent video quality and also optimize the final product for YouTube uploading. Also, I’ll be showing you how to change slight settings to help reduce the video file size for a very small and almost insignificant decrease in video quality!

 

Make sure to follow the easy-to-follow video tutorial embedded below to ensure that you are following the correct procedure to render your video!

  1. The first step we’re going to take, is to actually make sure that your project is saved as a .veg (Sony Vegas Project) file in case you want to come back and work on your project further, or change anything. To do this, what you need to do is go to the File drop down menu at the top left corner of your screen, and simply click Save As.. . Now, enter a name referring to your project (e.g. – “My Video Project”) and click the save button. *(see end of post)
  2. Now that we have our project backed up, we’re going to want to Render it.  Now, go to File , Render As.  You’ll now see a window pop up with two drop down menus, “Save as Type:” and “Template:” .
  3. Firstly, lets start with the “Save as Type” drop-down category. Click on the drop-down menu, and select “Windows Media Video V11″ , it should be towards the end of the list.
  4. Now we’re going to move onto the “Template” drop-down. This section is slightly more complicated, so we’ll split it into more steps, keeping it simple.  However, we’re not going to choose a pre-made template, in fact, we’re going to create our own custom 720p HD template!  To do this, we need to select a random .wmv pre-made template and click the “Custom” button besides the Template category !
  5. Once you click Custom, another window will open up. Here, the template is split up into Audio, Video, Bit rate, Index/Summary and Project. We’re going to be going through each of these with custom settings, so make sure you read carefully!

AUDIO TAB:
Mode: CBR
Format: Windows Media Audio
Attributes: 64 kbps, 48 kHz, stereo (A/V) CBR

VIDEO TAB:
Mode: CBR
Format: Windows Media Video
Image Size: Custom – 1280×720
Pixel Aspect Ratio: 1.00
Frame Rate (FPS) – 30
Video Smoothness – ~90-100

BIT RATE:
Internet/Lan: ~ 4M – 8M
(The higher your bit rate, the higher quality your file will be, but also the size of the file increases with bit rate.)

PROJECT:
Video Rendering Quality: Best

You have now successfully created a .wmv 720p HD Custom template for your videos. If you want to render your other videos with these settings, instead of trying to remember all of these settings again, you can simply go to your File > Render As, select .wmv from the first dropdown menu, and NOW on the second drop down menu for “Template”, you can find your custom template under the name you saved it as, eg, “720p HD Video Template” !

*IMPORTANT NOTE:

 (One common misconception is that when you Save your file using File > Save As.., you are now ready to play it back or upload it to the internet. However, this is not the case. This creates a .veg file, which is only accessible in Sony Vegas, as a project file. To make your clip playable you need to RENDER it, this is explained at STEP 2 above!)

Sony Vegas Pro 12 | Hollywood Transition Effect Tutorial #1

Today we’re going to be kicking off a new Sony Vegas editing tutorial series called “Hollywood Transitions”. This new series will consist of Sony Vegas (Pro 12) editing tutorials on how to create Hollywood / film style transitions.

For our first Hollywood Transition Effect, we’re going to be taking a look at a simple transition effect that consists of a video clip split up into several rectangles. These rectangles will then slide onto screen separately, creating a cool transition! (It’s hard to explain in words, see the video tutorial embedded below for an example!)

In this video tutorial we are using Sony Vegas Pro 12 and making use of the shape-mask feature. This feature allows us to create perfect rectangle masks on our video and also allows us to duplicate and move them easily. If you’re using an older version of Vegas PRO, you can still create this effect using the standard masking feature ( the standard mask feature is not available in Movie Studio versions of Vegas).

Sony Vegas Pro 12 VS Sony Vegas Pro Edit – Fall Release Date

Sony Creative Software announced the future release of Sony Vegas Pro 12 and Sony Vegas Pro Edit at IBC on September 7th, 2012. They have both been given a Fall 2012 release date. Now, you may ask, what’s the difference between Sony Vegas Pro 12 and Sony Vegas Pro Edit?

Sony Vegas Pro Edit is Sony Creative Software’s attempt at making a more “cost-efficient” program that still has the majority of capabilities that Sony Vegas Pro 12 has. Sony Vegas Pro Edit will feature the same audio and video toolset of Sony Vegas Pro 12, but will not feature the disc-authoring components.

Recommended Article – Sony Vegas Pro 12 Announced – New Features & Trailer

There have been no prices released at this point, but we expect that Sony Vegas Pro 12 will retail for $599 (similar to previous versions) and Sony Vegas Pro Edit will retail around the price-point of between $299 and $399, similar to that of Apple’s Final Cut Pro X, but we could be wrong.

Sony Vegas Pro Edit is being released for the first time to act as a more cost-efficient program, targeting users who cannot afford to drop the $599 for Sony Vegas Pro 12.  It’s a sensible move by Sony Creative Software to try and spread into a larger consumer base by offering an editing program with the same toolset of Sony Vegas Pro 12 minus the disc-authoring components.

For most people, the loss of the disc-authoring section of the editing program won’t be a huge deal, but professional video editors will most likely be purchasing Sony Vegas Pro 12.

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Sony Vegas Pro 12 Announced – Fall 2012 Release Date – Teaser Trailer

Sony Creative Software have today announced that Sony Vegas Pro 12 will be released in the Fall of 2012 without mentioning a specific release date. The news was broken at IBC on Sept 7th, 2012.

The all new version of Vegas will sport some brand new and also improved features upon its release. Not only that, but Sony Creative Software have announced “Sony Vegas Pro Edit”. Sony Vegas Pro Edit will feature the same audio and video toolset of Sony Vegas Pro 12, but will not feature the disc-authoring components.

This is done to create a most cost effective package. There have been no prices released at this point, but we expect that Sony Vegas Pro 12 will retail for $599 (similar to previous versions) and Sony Vegas Pro Edit will retail around the price-point of between $299 and $399, but we could be wrong.

Some of these new and updated features include:

  • Expanded Edit Mode – This mode allows you to see the “adjacent frames of the events at the edit point”. If you double click at the edit point in your timeline you get what SCS are calling an “A-B Roll” view (see image).
  • 64 bit Audio Plug-ins – Sound Forge Pro plug-ins have been re-written to be compatible with 64 bit Sony Vegas Pro 12.
  • Project Interchange – You can now (finally) import and export a wide range of files to and from Sony Vegas Pro 12 with some of the other popular video editors. Vegas can now convert between .veg (Sony Vegas project files) and AAF files (Avid Pro Tools 10), XML files (Apple Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X – export only for Pro X) and .prproj (Adobe Premiere , After Effects CS6).
  •  Color Match – You can now match colors between two clips. You can choose a preset from the drop down list or simply use the Image Source controls to choose the image that you want to match.
  • FX Masking (yes!) – Instead of having to mask the image/video itself you can now mask an effect. One great use that SCS have highlighted is the use of this effect for blurring out logos/faces/license plates/etc.. without having to mask the image/video.
  • Shape Masking Tools – New Rectangle/Square and Circle/Oval masking tools make it easier to mask your video or image by drawing the shape over the video or image.
  • Vegas Pro Explorer Redesign – The new re-design for the Vegas Pro Explorer features a thumbnail view, support for Windows libraries (My Music, My Pictures, My Videos) and auto-text fill and “Breadcrumb Control” allowing you to navigate to previous directories of your system.
  • Edit Properties for Multiple Video Files – You can edit properties, for multiple clips, including pixel aspect ratio, color space, stereoscopic 3D mode, field order and more!
  • Layer Dimensionality Video FX and Compositor (Finally, I love this!) – Adds the appearance of depth to graphics and video clips. This will work brilliantly for text (and other graphics elements) allowing you to add a realistic shadow effect, glow, and embossing effects! “Layer dimensionality is also available as a compositor plug-in, making it very useful in conjunction with Track Motion and picture-in-picture effects.”
I am personally excited about the Project Interchange, FX masking/shape masking and the Layer Dimensionality Video FX.
  • I think the Project Interchange was a much needed addition to the Sony Vegas Pro software. This will allow for much easier and quicker workflow between other editing programs. This was a feature that was in huge demand from the Sony Vegas editing community, and Sony Creative Software delivered!
  • The FX Masking / Shape Masking are also great additions to the software. A somewhat simple feature can make a world of difference. These features will help to save time upon useless masking on video clips and also allow for an easier integration of video FX, that will be easy to use and yet still fulfil their duties by having a noticeable effect on the video project.
  • Layer Dimensionality Video FX was something I always wished that Sony Creative Software would bring into Vegas. It opens up a new world of editing. It allows you to create the appearance of depth when using graphics and video clips. This feature will be very useful when creating 3D text, which could not previously be created within Vegas without using a third party plug-in or external programs. As mentioned on the SCS website, this will also allow for the creation of realistic shadow, glow and embossing effects with picture-in-picture effects, which is something else I’m looking forward to using it for.

 

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Will Sony Vegas Pro 12 be Mac Compatible on Release Date?

For years, there have been requests from Mac users for a Mac version of Sony Vegas Pro, the video editing software. Sony Vegas has been a Windows program, but will that soon change? Up until a week ago, I would’ve said that there was only the tiniest possibility that Sony Vegas would make its move to Mac. However, on 22nd of August 2012, Sony Creative Software confirmed that Sound Forge Pro will be on Mac in the near future. The Sony Creative Software Twitter handle (@SonySoftware) tweeted “finallyonthemac.com” and left it at that. If you visit the site, you can find (at the time of this post) 5 quick teaser videos!

 

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Now, how is this related to Sony Vegas Pro 12? (As of the date of creation of this post, there has been no official release date announced by Sony Creative Software in relation to Sony Vegas Pro 12. ) Although Sony Vegas Pro 12 and Sound Forge Pro are completely separate programs, the fact that Sound Forge Pro has broken through the Windows only barrier could suggest a similar result with Sony Vegas Pro 12. There is a demand for the video editing program from Mac users, now that Sony Creative Software have decided to expand the range of Sound Forge Pro, perhaps they will apply the same thinking to Sony Vegas Pro 12.

If Sony Vegas Pro 12 was released to be compatible with Mac platforms, a lot of people would be happy. Could Sony Vegas Pro 12 become a competitor to Apple’s Final Cut Pro X? Keep in mind, Final Cut Pro X currently reps a $299.99 price tag when Sony Vegas Pro 11 reps a $599.95 price tag. And, just to keep you informed, Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, which is compatible on both Windows and Mac, currently goes for $799  .

What do you think? Will Sony Vegas Pro 12 be Mac compatible? Do you want it to be?

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Like Button Animation Intro Tutorial

Today we’re going to be looking at a custom made “Like Button Animation Intro” in Sony Vegas (Pro 11) that I created for the use of anyone into the YouTube community! This intro involves having an image of a mouse cursor that comes up from the bottom of the screen, clicks on the YouTube like button, a mouse clicking sound is played and then the like button turns to the clicked version of the like button.

The effect is very simple to do; it involves resizing images, a small bit of masking and keyframing! Don’t worry if you’re not acquainted with these features, our step by step tutorial will help you through it!

To create this effect, you need three images (like button, clicked like button and mouse cursor) and one sound (mouse clicking). You can find/create these images and sounds yourself, or download all 4 items for free below!


Sony Vegas | Eyelids / POV Effect Tutorial

 

Today I’m going to be showing you how to create a “looking through eyes” effect, basically an effect making it look like you are looking from a persons POV (point of view) and blinking your eyelids. We’ll also add in a little blur and fade out the blur as your eyes are opening to give it that waking up in the morning effect!

Let’s get started!

  1. To start off, we simply need to go to a new project (File > New) and open the video clip you will be using.
  2. Once you have your video clip on your video track, you need to right click on the video track and click “Insert New Video Track”. Now, go to Media Generators (if you can’t see if go to View > Media Generators) and go to the solid colors. We’re going to click and drag down the black solid colour onto the new video track we created above our video clip. This is going to act as one of our eyelids.
  3. If you want your eyelids to be completely straight (without a feather/soft edge) then ignore this step. Go to Video FX > Border and click and drag down Soft Edge onto the black solid color. Adjust the settings so that the soft edge has a slight feather.
  4. Now we need to enlarge the black solid color so that it fills the entire screen. We’re going to do this by going into the Track Motion of the video track. The button for Track Motion looks like an arrow in a white box pointing towards a blue box. Once you have the track motion open, click and drag on the corner of the box in the track motion to enlarge the solid color so that it just fills the screen.
  5. Now, exit the track motion. Right click on the rectangle beside the number of the video track and select “Rename”. Name the video track “Top Eyelid”. Once you have that done, right click on the video track and click “Duplicate”. The duplicate will be automatically named “Copy of Top Eyelid”. Rename this to “Bottom Eyelid”.
  6. Now all we need to do is keyframe the top and bottom eyelid to open and close. If you need help keyframing, see the video tutorial embedded below!
  7. Once you have the eyelids keyframed to open and close, etc.. , you can now add a gaussian blur to your video clip, to add the extra effect of opening your eyes for the first time. To do this, we’re going to duplicate the section of our clip that we want to add the blur to, and place the duplicate on a new video track directly above the original clip. Apply the gaussian blur to the duplicate and then use the fade feature to fade out the blur to the original track. If you are having trouble with this, see the embedded video tutorial below!
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Total Recall (2012) Movie Review

“Total Recall” is a memory which has to be wiped out. Empty of meaning and emotions, without any wit or humour – it’s a never-ending action scene melted into a movie only by impressive high-tech surroundings. While there might be a few things to entertain your eyes, there’s nothing to keep you interested in a story itself. This blasphemous remake reminds us how often a recycled product fails to live up to its material.

Witty screenplay, lively characters, slowly rising tension and psychological twist makes you wonder and makes you care. With all its grotesque and black humour, with attention to the smallest details and always present psychological dilemma between dream and reality the “Total Recall” of the 90’s can’t be outshine by his vain and superficial twin brother of this century. Like syrup watered down too many times, this new movie loses all its taste right in the beginning.

Main character of “Total Recall” brought to life by Colin Farrell from another adaptation of a 70’s science fiction story, wakes up from a dream. His name is Douglas Quaid. He lives a boring and dreary life of a factory worker and dreaming is his only escape from this frustrating reality. And so he goes to a “Rekall”, company which promises to make his dreams come true. All the fun starts then workers notice something really unusual about Quaid and decide to pull out. However fragmental and tedious this introduction actually is, the worst is yet to come.

The original short story by Philip K. Dick “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” concentrates on Quaid’s loneliness and searching for meaning and purpose of his life, the first movie adaptation by Paul Verhoeven, called “Total Recall”, makes a tragic confusion between a dream and reality always present in Quaid’s mind while he bravely fights his enemies with naive goodness of heart, but the second adaptation and a remake of the first movie under the same name by Len Wiseman penetrates Quaid with fear and confusion and makes him run. All the time. Sometimes he’s alone, sometimes accompanied by his rediscovered lover Melina (Jessica Biel). But he’s always on the move. No time to think, no time to make a joke and no Mars.

In this adaptation we get a rebellion situated in a British colony of Australia. The adventurous trip straight through the Earth brings Quaid from home to his work. All his daily routine and life is changed once he visits “Rekall” and starts to figure out who he really is. All these essential details of the story are displayed so ungracefully and plainly, that viewers aren’t ready for the action which starts all too fast and gains speed drastically. Quaid’s dream come true is a real nightmare for them. It becomes too stressful to watch all these prolonged action scenes without any care for the characters involved.

Many original story details were sacrificed in order to bring in more action. Movie characters were highly damaged by it. There’s nothing even remotely similar to what Arnold Schwarzenegger’s well-aimed remarks and Sharon Stone’s coquettish attitude gave to the first “Total Recall”. Psychological effect of a movie suffered even more. From a rich psychological sci-fi thriller, which mind twisting plot could be compared with such a great now-a-days movies as “Inception” or “Shutter Island”, it was reduced to something really vain and disappointing.

Watered down too many times, based on a thin memory line of a lively and engaging story of a man searching for meaning and something higher in his life, this movie still tries to bring forth the same idea, so deeply conversed in the first adaptation “we are not who we are in our past – we are who we choose to be in the present”, but it fails at making any impact on the viewer. Philosophical problem of an identity needs way more intellectual space to build up and “Total Recall” doesn’t give enough time neither to think, nor to remember. You’ll run through the whole movie with Colin Farrell by your side and be really happy when it ends. Not because it ends the way you expected, but just because it finally ends.

Seven Psychopaths Movie Trailer

I am lost for words after watching the newly released trailer for “Seven Psychopaths”.  Seven Psychopaths is an upcoming black comedy film written and directed by Martin McDonagh (director of In Bruges). The trailer boasts a promising cast, Colin Farrell (who starred in In Bruges and won a Golden Globe for his performance),  Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko and finally Tom Waits.

The story centers around three men (Farrell, Rockwell and Walken) who kidnap dogs and then kindly return the dogs to their owners for a cash reward. However, the three kidnap a dog from the wrong person (Harrelson) who will do anything to get his dog back. There are two girlfriends in the mix (Cornish and Kurylenko). Oh, and for good measure, Tom Waits make an appearance towards the end of the trailer with a bunny. Yep.

Release Date:  The film will be released on October 12th 2012 (in both United States and the United Kingdom) .

My Thoughts: With the promising cast and director, this is a film that will be on my must-see list of films for the remainder of 2012.

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Stay safe online with 1Password

The topic of online security is more important than ever nowadays. Recently, the very popular business oriented social network LinkedIn was hacked and almost 6.5 million users’ passwords were posted onto a Russian hacking website. In the same week, eHarmony, the online dating site also got hacked. Events like these happen quite often now and it’s only major breaches such as with LinkedIn and eHarmony that we hear about such activity.

It’s a major “no no” today to use the same password for all of your accounts online such as your Facebook, Email and even bank account because if one is hacked, your entire online presence can be compromised. 1Password is certainly not a new application but has been tried and tested over many years by individuals like me and professionals in the industry.

1Password is a simple application available for Windows PCs, Macs and most smartphones that keeps all your account passwords all in one secure place. All that you need to remember is one password to unlock the app and gain access to the “vault”. 1Password includes a password generator which is used to create very secure customisable random strings of letters, numbers and symbols, which are then saved in the app and associated with your accounts. When installed in your internet browser, simply type in your one master password and 1Password reveals the login information for the website you’re on. Click “fill”, and the app logs you into your account. Your vault of passwords can be synchronised across your computers and smartphones where, for example you can then recall your Facebook details to login on your phone. Financial information and credit card details can also be stored in 1Password and recalled when needed.

A solution like this is a must for people today to keep their information safe online, it also forgoes the need to remember multiple passwords and helps you to create new secure ones. The app is not free, but is well worth the investment for the protection it offers. A free 30 day trial is available however.

More info is available on www.agilebits.com/onepassword, and there are apps available for iPhone, iPad and Android also.

Cinema 4D R13 Tutorial: Making 3D Text

The first and foremost thing that all people want to learn how to do in a 3D program…making 3D text.

There are two ways to create 3D text” using a MoGraph Text Object and a text spline/extrude nurbs. They both serve the same general purpose. The text spline is just for 3D text, no more. While the text spline is just for creating 3D text, the MoGraph Text object allows you to do just that and it allows you to add effectors to it. Effectors are plugin animations for objects in cinema 4d. You can’t add an effector to a text spline, it will do nothing.

A. Text Spline/Extrude Nurbs

  1. Click and hold the Spline palette (The icon next to the Cube). Select the Text Spline in the drop down menu.
  2. Click on the text spline in the object manager. You can edit the text in the attributes manager.
  3. Click and hold onto the next icon by the spline palette. This is the Nurbs icon. In the drop down menu, select the Extrude Nurbs.
  4. We need to create a Parent/Child relationship between the spline and the nurb so that the text spline will become a 3D object.
  5. In the object manager, click and drag the text spline and drop it onto the Extrude Nurbs. The spline should now be a child of the Extrude nurbs.

B. MoGraph Text Object

  1. To find the MoGraph tab, it should be along the menus on the very top of the screen.
  2. Select the MoGraph tab, go down the menu and select MoText.
  3. Click on the MoText object, and down in the attributes manager, you can edit the text.

That’s it! You’ve created 3D text. If you want to learn about all the tiny details that allow you to edit and fine tune your 3D text even more, then watch the video below to learn more about Caps, and adding color materials to your text.

Sony Vegas Pro: FREE Color Correcting Plug-in and Presets

Welcome to Free Vegas Plugins, Episode 2! Today we’re going to be looking at a free plug-in for Vegas that can be used in color correcting and also 14 free color correcting presets from Pantarheon.org and 3 other free color correcting presets.

The first color presets we’re going to be looking at are from Pantarheon.org. There are 2 download packs with 7 color presets in each. To download and install the 14 color presets follow these steps:

  1. First, we need to download the Sony Preset Manager . You can download it for free from sonycreativesoftware.com/download/utilities . Run the download file and install the program following the steps on screen.
  2. Download the two .zip files (here and here) which each contain 7 Vegas presets. When you download the .zip files, open them using WinRar and double click on the .sfpreset file in the .zip file. The .sfpreset file will automatically open in the Sony Preset Manager.
  3. When the Preset Manager is open, expand the “FX Chains” folder.
  4. Highlight all 7 presets listed by clicking and dragging a box around the presets.
  5. When you have the presets highlighted, click on the “Copy to System” button at the top of the Preset Manager window. This will add the presets into Vegas. Simply re-open Vegas, open the plug-in manager (click on the “View” dropdown at the top of Vegas, and select the Plug-in Manager) and go to Video > FX > Filter Packages. You should find the 14 presets in that folder! Now simply click and drag the presets onto your video clip to use the effect.

The next free download is the AAV Colorlab plug-in.

  1. Download the AAV Colorlab by going to aav6cc.blogspot.com and going to the downloads page. Select either the 32 bit or 64 bit download, depending on your operating system. You can also download the .pdf read-me file which will guide you through the installation and use of the plug-in.
  2. Once you have download the .msi file, run it and follow the on-screen instructions to install AAV Colorlab.
  3. Re-open Vegas and you will find AAV Colorlab under Video FX. If you can’t see it on the Video FX menu in Vegas, open the plug-in manager as we did above and go to Video > FX and AAV Colorlab should be listed at the top of the list.
  4. Simply click and drag the AAV Colorlab effect onto your video clip to begin using it.

Last, but not least, are the 3 “Vintage Look” color presets.

  1. These can be downloaded from Eugenia.Queru.com .
  2. The site has instructions on how to download and install the plug-in , which again will need the Sony Preset Manager.
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