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The Foundry Brings Tinderbox to OS X

New versions free for current users; Tinderbox 3 on the way By Dave Nagel
The Foundry has brought its Tinderbox line to Mac OS X. Tinderbox, currently available in two separate collections, is a set of visual effects plugins for Adobe After Effects. The update that brings the software current with OS X is a free maintenance release for current users.

In addition to OS X support, the new maintenance releases include performance improvement, bug fixes and new features and parameters for the filters in the collections. The Tinderbox 1 filter set includes:

  • Beam, which draws a single animatable beam of light in 3D space. Controls are provided for direction, elevation, color, falloff, softness and intensity.
  • Blur, which the company says uses a fast Gaussian algorithm that works fast and animates smoothly, regardless of radius. It can also be used to sharpen an image.
  • Caustic, which simulates the reflected light patterns seen at the bottom of swimming pools.
  • Deflicker, which removes color or luminance flicker from a clip.
  • Degrain, which removes grain from film images and noise in video images.
  • Diffuse, a pixel-scattering effect with radius and aspect controls.
  • Dilate, which is used to erode edges of mattes. It can also be used to grow or generate outlines from mattes.
  • DirBlur, which smears pixels in a particular direction. Tracking information can be used to automatically set the amount and direction of blur to simulate motion on fast-moving objects.
  • Distorto , which deforms one clip using the luminance of another.
  • Droplet, a single droplet ripple effect with amplitude, wavelength, phase, speed and other controls.
  • Etch, a charcoal emulator.
  • Grad, a tools for creating linear, circular, radial and polygonal gradients.
  • HeatHaze simulates the layered rippling distortion caused by hot air.
  • Lens, a fisheye lens effect.
  • Pattern, which generates a variety of wipe patterns with softness, scaling and rotation controls .
  • Rays, a backlighting effect through a matte using streaked light rays that pick up color from the foreground image.
  • Sky, a sky simulator with controls for the 3D camera position, clouds, sun, haze, fog, atmosphere and sun flares.
  • Starburst , a lens filter that adds radial streaks of light to the highlights. It includes parameters to change the number of rays, rotation and luma clip levels.
  • Stutter randomly rearranges frames in a clip.
  • Tile translates, scales, rotates and shears clips with edge controls to provide repeating (wallpaper) patterns.

Filters included in the Tinderbox 2 collection are:

  • Bandlimit, which converts an image into Fourier space, removes or keeps user specified frequencies, then converts it back into an image.
  • Bars, which produces color bars, ramps and other test patterns.
  • Blob, which creates shaded spheres that stick and deform when close to each other.
  • BlurMasked, a sub-pixel accurate Gaussian blur that uses a mask to control the size of the blur.
  • Chromatic, which simulates the chromatic fringing (or interference patterns) seen when light is refracted through poor-quality lenses.
  • Contour, which analyzes an image and draws contours along lines of similar luminance.
  • Glass, which includes lighting effects.
  • Glow.
  • Grain.
  • Kaleid, which produuces kaleidoscope effects.
  • LensBlur.
  • LensFlare.
  • Newsprint.
  • NightSky, which reproduces the brightest 9,000 stars in the sky.
  • Paint, which creates paintings from any image.
  • PseudoColour, which creates a false colour look by mapping the luminance of an image through a color gradient.
  • RadialBlur.
  • Ripple.
  • Swirl.
  • Trail.
  • Wobble, which applies camera shake with motion blur to a clip.

In separate news, The Foundry will show off a new Tinderbox product, Tinderbox 3, at this year's NAB convention, to be held in Las Vegas in April. For more information, visit http://www.thefoundry.co.uk.



Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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