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Motion Designer's Toolkit from Digital Juice

Taking "stock" elements to a whole new level By Kevin McAuliffe

As editors and graphic designers know, time is our worst enemy. Clients want the best looking product (obviously) in the absolute shortest amount of time, and that's where companies like Digital Juice have helped us in the past by providing us with stock elements that we can use to not only spice up our projects, but get them finished a lot faster. There is one problem, though, and that is that so many other people out there have purchased the same stock element packages that you end up seeing a background that you just used in someone else's commercial or show. It becomes frustrating and ends up turning you off of using products like these. Until now. With the Motion Designers Toolkit (MDTK), I think that Digital Juice (DJ) is taking "stock" elements to a whole new level.

People who are unfamiliar with DJ's products are in for a real treat, as at the center of every DJ product is the Juicer. What is the Juicer, you might ask? Well, the Juicer is a search program that you download from DJ's website free for both Mac and Windows, and you can use it to not only search through elements that you have both purchased (with full moving video thumbnails of each element) and are sitting on the fence about purchasing, and you can also use it to conform your elements to whatever frame size, frame rate and even codec you happen to be working with.


I did a review of the Compositor's Toolkit from DJ a little while ago where I go into greater detail on the Juicer and how it works. Needless to say, you really should check out the article, as the Juicer is probably the best tool out there that I've ever used for sourcing elements for your project. Once inside the Juicer, you can simply navigate to FILE>INSTALL PRODUCTS, and then pop Disc 1 of the MDTK into your computer, and you will be up and running in about 5 minutes.

What you get and how it works
The MDTK comes packed with 1755 animated elements that have been divided into 25 categories that include:

Blood Spatter
Brush Strokes
Circular Grunge
Filigree & Scrolls
Gestural Brush
Gradient Banners
Gradient Hooladanders
Gradient Shields
Graphic Shields
Ornate Frames
Paint Splats
Pen & Ink Banners
Rough Edges
Rough Stuff
Textural Grunge
Tribal Display



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