Freebie: After Effects: Bounce and Drop Preset


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by Kim Sternisha, Toolfarm from Ukramedia has created a Bounce and Drop AE preset that easily adds a bit of wiggle and wobble to your graphics. And it’s free!

The Bounce and Drop preset allows for keyframeable adjustments to position, scale, rotation and opacity.  You can adjust them separately, or use the global inertial bounce to affect them all at once.  You can also adjust the amplitude, frequency and decay of the bounce or drop effect.

While Sergei is offering the preset for free, he does ask that you show a little love by either liking him on Facebook or following him on Twitter to get it.

Download the Bounce and Drop Preset here

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Free Burn Mark Textures, More from ActionVFX


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by ActionVFX

Burn Mark Textures are a great way to add the necessary detail to your scene so you can pull off a more believable look.


15 real burn mark textured overlays.
Created to compliment Explosions and other types of fire effects.
Delivered in .PNG with Alpha channel included.
All for free!

ActionVFX has even more freebies on their site, here, such as Bullet Holes…

Federal Appeals Court Voids FAA Registration Rule For Model Aircraft


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Heads up!  You no longer need to register your drone with the FAA as a hobbyist.

However, you still need to have your Part 107 certification and registration if you want to operate your drone commercially.

In a stunning David versus Goliath case, John A. Taylor, a model aircraft enthusiast and insurance lawyer, beat the Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Justice in a case challenging the legality of a December 2015 FAA rule requiring model aircraft to register like manned aircraft.   The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the FAA’s registration rule, as it applies to model aircraft, “directly violates [a] clear statutory prohibition.”

You can read the full Forbes article here.


FCPX Freebie: Type-On Cursor Plugin by Ripple Training


by Steve Martin, Ripple Training

It’s another Friday Freebie!

One of my favorite movies from the 80’s is War Games.  I love the pre-GUI, pre-Internet, pre-SIRI nostalgia that is the centerpiece of the story. As a bit of a love letter to that era, Mark created a nifty little title plugin that simulates text being typed on the screen.  He created 2 versions for you; an 80’s version and a modern version. Click on the following link for how to set it up. You can download it for free here.

  • Simulate Text Typed on Screen
  • Change the Cursor Color
  • Change the Cursor Size & Position
  • Change the Cursor Blink Speed
  • Add Text over Video or Photos

Make Your Edit Sound Dramatic!


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by Dan Bernard Media

Make Your Edit Sound Dramatic! – Using Sound Design To Make Your Video Sound Intense,00005a57ffffa5a8-nd-c0xffffffff-rj-k-no

In this tutorial, Dan Bernard will show you how Casey Faris and he use post production techniques, like color correction and sound design to make a very generic edit convey a certain emotion!

Make sure you check out Casey’s tutorial on how to do a similar effect with color correction!…


15 Free Property Release Forms and More…


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A property release form is essentially important for you if you are a filmmaker or a photographer. Whenever you shoot a commercial or a film or parts of a film or even a few photos at a place that is essentially somebody else’s property, you need to sign a property General Release Form. This is important because before you publish your works or release your films for the public to view, you have to take the formal permission of the owner of the location prior to doing so. This form is of course important and in fact necessary for you if you are a filmmaker, a commercial director or a photographer but it is equally essential for you if you happen to be the one who is in possession of such a place.

See examples, below, and a wide variety of Property Release Forms here for download.

Photography Property Release Form Free PDF

Property Model Release Form PDF to Download

Example Property Release Form also has a slew of other downloadable free templates that will help keep your production on track and legit.

Tap5a Simple Text Revealer, Free FCPX Titler


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by Tapio Haaja,00005a57ffffa5a8-nd-c0xffffffff-rj-k-no

16 simple, clean and modern ways to reveal/conceal your text quickly and easily. Complete list of features and download link below.

• Super quick and easy to use
• Choose from 16 different revealers/concealers
— Fade In/Out
— Wipe From/To Left
— Wipe From/To Right
— Wipe From/To Top
— Wipe From/To Bottom
— Behind From/To Left
— Behind From/To Right
— Behind From/To Top
— Behind From/To Bottom
— Split From/To Horizontal
— Split From/To Vertical
— Cursor From/To Left
— Cursor From/To Right
— Modern From/To Left
— Modern From/To Right
— Modern From/To Top
— Modern From/To Bottom
• Adjust reveal/conceal time (0,1 – 1sec)
• Adjust motion blur amount

• Tap5a Simple Text Revealer requires Final Cut Pro X 10.3

Download and installation:
• Download Tap5a Simple Text Revealer here:
• Unzip
• Create “Tap5a” folder (if you don’t have it already) under: /~/Movies/Motion Templates/Titles/
• Move “Tap5a Simple Text Revealer” folder to: /~/Movies/Motion Templates/Titles/Tap5a/

Potential issues:
• Title must be at least 2 seconds long for both reveal and conceal to work correctly in every situation

For even more possibilities combine Simple Text Revealer with my other free plugin Quick In-Out Animator:

You can find all of Tapio Haaja‘s Free Final Cut Pro X Plugins here:

Red Giant Releases Universe 2.1


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by Red Giant

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Red Giant delivers awesome, fast text effects for editors and motion graphics artists. Six brand new tools, two updates added to the essential library of GPU-accelerated effects and transitions.

Red Giant just released Universe 2.1, an update to its collection of GPU-accelerated plugins for editors and motion graphics artists. With six brand new tools and updates to two existing plugins, Universe 2.1 delivers eye-catching text effects, enabling users to easily add unique text graphics to their projects. Whether it’s giving text a retro look a la the 1980s, adding dynamic animations to bring them on and off screen, or applying a fractal-based glowing effect, the latest additions to the Universe 2.1 library of effects has a tool for just about any artist’s needs. Red Giant Universe offers more than 65 tools (and counting) that run in Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC, Adobe® After Effects® CC, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, HitFilm and Magix Vegas Pro.

“Universe continues to be our fastest growing product line and has seen a massive level of adoption since the release of version 2.0,” said Red Giant CEO Chad Bechert. “We’ve really enjoyed watching our Universe customers create some amazing things in everything from film to broadcast to YouTube. We’re proud that we’ve been able to get these powerful and affordable tools into the hands of so many talented editors and motion graphics artists, who use them in their work, every day.”

VIDEO: See what’s new in Red Giant Universe 2.1

Red Giant Universe 2.1 Delivers One-of-a-Kind Text Effects
All-new tools in the Red Giant Universe include:

  • AV Club: Mimic the lo-fi, noisy text found on ancient video tapes, old infomercials and local access cable channel shows.
  • Luster: The 1980s are back! Give video text the retro treatment with Luster by applying a metal sheen to text – includes a refraction-based bevel for a glassy simulated 3D look.
  • Title Motion: Create text and shapes and then instantly add dynamic animations that bring them on and off screen. Great for titles, lower thirds, callouts and more.
  • Ecto: Inspired by the timeless film “Ghostbusters” and Netflix cult-hit “Stranger Things,” Ecto allows artists to create haunting, evolving titles with this glowing, fractal-based effect.
  • Long Shadow: Apply a colored, long shadow to text, logo or shape, for both classic and modern motion design.
  • Glow Fi II: Give text an ethereal moody look by instantly adding silky smooth, self-animating, fractal-based glow effects to titles. A simple UI make it easy to apply evolving, organic glows.

Existing Tools Get a Refresh

  • Line: This update adds the ability to add text at the start and endpoint of a line – great for labeling travel departure and arrival points, start and end dates, and other informational details.
  • Holomatrix II: Based on effects popularized by the legendary “Star Wars” franchise and major motion picture films like “The Hunger Games,” this tool now includes blurred, chromatic distortions, a new strobe effect and much more.

As Seen on TV
Red Giant Universe has been used on “Saturday Night Live,” “Portlandia,” “Documentary Now,” “Kung Fury,” and much more.

Red Giant Universe 2.1 Supported Operating Systems

  • Mac OS X
  • Windows

Red Giant Universe 2.1 Compatible Host Apps

  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Apple Final Cut Pro X
  • Apple Motion
  • Magix VEGAS Pro
  • Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve
  • HitFilm Pro

Update to Red Giant Universe 2.1
Existing Universe customers can download the new tools directly by launching Red Giant Link.

How to Purchase
Universe is available as an annual subscription ($99/year) or as a monthly subscription ($20/month). New Red Giant Universe customers can purchase a subscription or download a free trial at

To learn more about Red Giant products, please visit

Available in the Red Giant Volume Program
Red Giant Universe is now available in Red Giant’s Volume Program, the flexible and affordable solution for customers who need five or more floating licenses. Learn more at

The Red Pledge
Red Pledge is Red Giant’s commitment to customer happiness, with no purchasing hassles. Learn about the Red Pledge guarantee at

Request a Review Kit
Members of the media are invited to review any plug-ins from Red Giant Universe. For more information or to request a product review kit, please contact Anya Nelson at

About Red Giant
Red Giant is a software company made up of talented artists and technologists who collaborate to create unique tools for filmmakers, editors, VFX artists, and motion designers. Our company culture is focused on finding balance between work and life – we call it “the double bottom line” – this philosophy helps us ignore complexity in favor of building simple tools that yield giant results. Over the last decade, our products (like Magic Bullet, Trapcode and PluralEyes) have become the standard in film and broadcast post-production. With over 200,000 users, it’s nearly impossible to watch 20 minutes of TV without seeing our software in use. From our experiences as artists and filmmakers, we aspire to not only provide tools for artists, but inspiration as well. Watch our films, learn from over 200 free tutorials, or try our software at

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