NAB 2015: Michele Yamazaki and Toolfarm on WallyCam!

Walter Biscardi recorded some video for his WallyCam series and this one features the ladies of post-production! This was at the #PostChat Meetup in front of O’Shea’s in Las Vegas on the Sunday, April 12, 2015.

See Michele, Alicia and Kim from Toolfarm; Deb Eschweiller; Kylee Wall; Katie Toomey; Monica Daniel; Sian Fever; Breann Neal. Nice video, Walter!

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Sky Replacement in After Effects

Sky Replace

Turn a bland sky into something with pizazz! Turn an overcast day into a sunny day. Turn a boring sky into a gorgeous sunset. How about turn day into night? It’s all possible if you know some sky replacement techniques!

I’ll show you some plug-ins including After Effects Colorama, CoreMelt Sky Replace, Boris Continuum Complete, Video Copilot Optical Flares, Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks and a lot more. If you don’t have these plug-ins, don’t worry. You can use what you own.

Watch the tutorial at Tuts+.

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In Depth: Keying: Pre-Processing Greenscreen Footage for Keying

An In Depth Guide to Pre-Processing Greenscreen Footage

I put up the second installment on my chroma keying series at Toolfarm last night. It’s about preparing your greenscreen footage for keying.  If your greenscreen footage didn’t turn out as perfectly as you had hoped, I talk about some things that you can do to fix problems and not create new ones.

In Depth: Keying: Pre-Processing Greenscreen Footage for Keying

See part 1 in this series:

In Depth: Keying: Introduction & Frequently Asked Questions about Shooting Greenscreen

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Michele Yamazaki on Digital Production Buzz Thurs May 23

Toolfarm’s Michele Yamazaki (that’s me!) will be talking about Rain generating plug-ins on the next episode of Digital Production Buzz.

Rain GeneratorsTune in at 6pm PST/9pm EST this Thursday for Larry Jordan’s podcast, Digital Production Buzz. Michele is going to talk about her latest article, In Depth: Rain Generators.


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Save the Date: Michele Yamazaki on Digital Production BuZZ March 21, 2013

Digital Production BuZZMichele Yamazaki of (that’s me!) will once again have the pleasure of being on the Digital Production BuZZ with  Larry Jordan on March 21, 2013. I’ll be on at 6:20pm PST/9:20PM EST. Tune in for free. Put an alarm in your iCal! ;-)

They liked the tutorial I recently did on dewrinkling clothes with a skin smoothing tool and my recent training seminar for Boris FX (watch here!), so we’ll be discussing that and most likely NAB, too.

I’ve been on several shows in the past and there’s always a great roster of guests and it’s educational and entertaining. Edutainment.


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Tutorial: Digitally Iron Clothing in After Effects with Boris Continuum Complete BCC SmoothTone

BCC SmoothTone filter is made for smoothing skin, but I have a great trick to smooth wrinkled clothing on your talent.  Learn step-by-step how to digitally iron a wrinkled shirt while maintaining sharpness in other areas.

BCC SmoothTone is included with Boris Continuum Complete ($995) and the Boris Continuum Image Restoration Unit ($299).

Download a fully functional free trial here.

Also, check out my Free Live Training This Thurs: Image Restoration + Touch Up in AE with Michele Yamazaki.

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Free Live Training: Image Restoration + Touch Up in Adobe After Effects w Michele Yamazaki

Live Training Event

One lucky attendee will win a one year Adobe Creative Cloud Membership – a $600 value!

Attend this free live training event and discover project-saving methods of restoring and touching up images in Adobe After Effects. Presented by Michele Yamazaki, author of “Plug-in with After Effects: Third Party Plug-in Mastery”, this live training event will cover the following topics:

  • Saving shots with skin blemishes or substandard makeup
  • Removing moving foreground objects from shots
  • Noise and grain reduction
  • Repairing flicker, damaged pixels, or dust
  • Scaling SD to HD, HD to 2K, or even 2K to 4K while maintaining image integrity

About Michele Yamazaki

Michele YamazakiMichele Yamazaki is Pluginologist for Toolfarm, a value added reseller and distributor of visual effects software. She recently wrote Plug-in with After Effects: Third Party Plug-in Mastery, published by Focal Press. In 2009, she co-authored Greenscreen Made Easy: Keying and Compositing Techniques for Indie Filmmakers with Jeremy Hanke. Michele started at Postworks as a motion graphics artist in 1995 and worked there for a decade before joining Toolfarm. She also taught Adobe After Effects and Photoshop at Kendall College of Art & Design. In 2001 she launched and in 2002 co-founded the West Michigan Animation and Effects User Group. She is the former president of MCA-I Mid-Michigan and a former board member of West Michigan Film & Video Alliance. Michele has a BA in Communications from Grand Valley State University.

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Digital Production BuZZ End of Year Family Show tonight!

Larry Jordan and his crew at Digital Production BuZZ have a big end of year show set up featuring the whole BuZZ Family, tonight, December 27th, 2012. The show will feature several guests from the year and will air from 6-7pm PST/9-10pm EST at I will be on the show, talking about Toolfarm stuff and giving some end of year words.. Listen in!

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Let’s do some Q and A.

Give me an AE problem or plug-in issue and I will try and help you solve it. Go!

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Bug & Fix: Noise Industries FxFactory 4.0 Conflict with Perian

Noise Industries FxFactory conflict with Perian

Perian is a free, open-source QuickTime component that is no longer being developed. Noise Industries recommends removing Perian from your system. There is also a new build of FxFactory 4.0 (Build 3650) that users can update to.

Read more about this thread in the Moving to Adobe Premiere Pro group on Facebook.

FxFactory 4.0 just came out a few days ago. It's an amazing set of video plug-ins for the Mac that work in Final Cut, Motion, After Effects, and now Premiere Pro. They are solid, fast and really let users get creative with effects. Read more about FxFactory 4.0 here.

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