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Red Giants Knoll Light Factory Sparkles

Mark Sutherland Productions and CondorMedia create lighting VFX (June 24, 2004)

Red Giant Software today announced that Mark Sutherland Productions and CondorMedia used Knoll Light Factory on two recent videos to make the organization's logo sparkle and create special lighting effects in line with the magical theme for which Roy Disney is famous. Knoll Light Factory's photo-realistic composites and transitions had a dramatic impact on the media used to support the Vote No Campaign led by Roy E. Disney and Stanley Gold against board members of The Walt Disney Company. The outcome made global headlines with one of the largest shareholder uprisings in U.S. corporate history.

Knoll Light Factory is the gold standard in lighting effects and is used by thousands of motion graphic professionals and visual effects artists. With the software, users can easily produce photo-realistic composites and lens flares commonly seen on television and in feature films.

"We wanted to create an effect for the logo that represented the magical theme for which Roy Disney is famous. The resulting effects sequence helped to bring the logo to life and the first video was a great opener and closer to the crucial shareholder rally in Philadelphia," said Mark Sutherland, Mark Sutherland Productions.

"We chose Knoll Light Factory because the software's presets provided a great starting point. Also, the keyframeable light source has an aesthetically pleasing way of replicating light as a camera would react to it," said Duane Conder, CondorMedia.

"In the videos, the final motion graphic is initiated by Roy Disney's hand gesture and statement, '...bring back the magic.' A glow ball point of light happily (and photo-realistically) appears in response to his gesture, then Roy blurs away as the glow ball rapidly grows kicking off particles as it arcs across the frame. The glow ball is the light source for the resulting custom flare events that lead up to the final light blast of the logo reveal. Without Knoll Light Factory, there would have been no glow ball, flares, or magical effect," continued Conder.

Pricing and Availability
Knoll Light Factory is available from as a download ($345 USD) or box version ($395 USD). The software is compatible with Adobe After Effects 5.0 (5.5 or later for Mac OS X), Adobe Photoshop 6.0 (7.0 or later for Mac OS X), Apple Final Cut Pro 3 or later (Including FCP 4), and Electric Image Universe 5 (Mac only).

About ( was launched by Roy E. Disney and Stanley Gold, both of whom resigned from the Disney Corporation at the end of 2003, to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the direction and management of The Walt Disney Company. The Vote No Campaign is an ongoing effort to improve the long-term financial health of the Company, to restore shareholder value, and to return the quality of its products and services to a level that will yield sustainable growth.

About CondorMedia
Based in Carlsbad, CA-CondorMedia ( provides digital video production, motion graphic design, and compositing services to broadcast and corporate clientele. With experience as a Director of Photography, Director/DP, a Steadicam operator, and many years of cutting tape the traditional way, Duane Conder's deep knowledge of media aesthetics gives him the unique ability to interpret ideas and take them a step further.

About Red Giant Software
Red Giant Software LLC ( is a San Francisco-based company that develops and distributes high-end tools for digital filmmakers. Products are available as plug-ins for popular video editing and effects applications including Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, and other compatible applications such as Apple's Final Cut Pro. The products are based on production-proven technology developed by visual effects industry veterans.


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