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Update: Massive updates to all programs - out now!!

Posted: Thu, 8th Jun 2006, 5:54pm

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We're excited to announce that the free updates we mentioned last week are now available for download! There are major new features for all the products, so we recommend that everyone installs the update as soon as possible.

Click here to head to the downloads page!

The name game

You've no doubt noticed a few changes around the site, specifically with the product names which we've tweaked to better reflect their purpose and help differentiate between the different FXhome options.

The DV range is now referred to as Lite, while VisionLab HD has been renamed VisionLab Studio. The Pro products retain their original names.

Please note that this doesn't change our focus or vision for the products - it's purely to help new customers identify which product is the most appropriate for their needs.

Important: If you make a fresh installation you may be asked to locate a new key file with a slightly different filename than usual. Don't worry - selecting your standard key will still work.

So what's new?

This is by far the biggest update we've done so far. Here's a brief overview of the most exciting bits:

All applications (Lite, Pro and Studio)

  • Mask browser - The mask toolset (and garbage mattes in CompositeLab and VisionLab) now has a proper browser, similar to the systems for the key and grade toolsets. This means you can select a mask shape by clicking the relevant icon, and view all the applied shapes in the inspector at the same time.
  • Circle and square masks - To go with the new mask browser, we've added some preset shapes. These can be rotated and stretched using a standard canvas quad and positioned wherever you like.

Pro and VisionLab Studio only

  • Grading objects - We've got a rather powerful new effects engine for Pro and VisionLab users. Grading objects can be placed and manipulated like any other effects object, with the clever bit being that any filters you apply will affect every layer underneath - enabling you to grade several objects at once.
  • Object masks - Also finding its way into the new mask browser is the object mask. This hugely powerful mask type can take the alpha channel (transparency) of one object and apply it to another. Ever wondered what would happen if you took the alpha of a particle effect and applied it to a greenscreened actor? Now you can find out!

CompositeLab Pro and VisionLab Studio only

  • Color gradient - Nicknamed the 'Michael Bay filter', this applies a smooth colour overlay to your object. Perfect for creating Bad Boys-style orange-tinted skies. The controls give you plenty of options for customising the colour and blend type.

VisionLab Studio exclusive

  • Exposure - Another brand new filter, this simulates the effects of altering camera lens exposure. Great if you want a harsh, over-exposed image and more realistic than using alternate methods.

The features mentioned above are only the major changes - check the relevant changelogs on the downloads page to see all the work that has gone into this update. Trust us when we say we're glad it's finally released!

All the reference manuals have been fully updated with details of the new features, so that's the first place to check if you need full details. If you need further advice, don't hesitate to ask on the forums or live chat.

We can't wait to see what everybody creates using these new features!

Posted: Thu, 8th Jun 2006, 5:59pm

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HOLY MOLY!!! New features! New Names!

Awesome! clap
Posted: Thu, 8th Jun 2006, 6:06pm

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Nice Updates! And I love the new names they are awsome biggrin.
Posted: Thu, 8th Jun 2006, 6:14pm

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Klut

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Thank you fxhome.
I'm happy again biggrin
Posted: Thu, 8th Jun 2006, 6:17pm

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Harvey

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I'm speechless. biggrin
Posted: Thu, 8th Jun 2006, 7:06pm

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Yikes! I haven't even learned how to use 10% of the OLD features yet! Still, my curious nature compels me to go download the upgrades today.

EDIT: Oh, by the way, it never asked for a key after this install. Not sure if that's because it just found it on my desktop fine this time, or what, but it fired up after the install and ran normally.

Yay!
Posted: Thu, 8th Jun 2006, 7:18pm

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Jazzmanian wrote:

Oh, by the way, it never asked for a key after this install. Not sure if that's because it just found it on my desktop fine this time
If you just install directly over the old version then it'll retain your key from before.
Posted: Thu, 8th Jun 2006, 7:18pm

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Amazing, no other company update like FXhome. The software is constantly changing to something even better, it's awesome.

BTW, 'lite' is soooo much better than DV, fits the software better.

I love you, FXhome!!! biggrin
Posted: Thu, 8th Jun 2006, 7:22pm

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So I'm going to get the DS Lite and Effectslab Lite in the same week. Nice.
Posted: Thu, 8th Jun 2006, 7:24pm

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Garrison

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Do most of you guys with independent film sites have links to FXHome? Man we seriously need to let everyone interested in filmmaking/special effects know about this just out of our sheer gratitude!

Great support
FREE updates
Great community...

I agree with vilhelm... no other site like this man.... no other.
Posted: Thu, 8th Jun 2006, 7:35pm

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Garrison wrote:

Do most of you guys with independent film sites have links to FXHome? Man we seriously need to let everyone interested in filmmaking/special effects know about this just out of our sheer gratitude!

Great support
FREE updates
Great community...

I agree with vilhelm... no other site like this man.... no other.
Same!! I don't really know what to say other than this is the best use of my money ever, probably upgrade from LITE to Pro realy soon.
Amazing work as always!
Posted: Thu, 8th Jun 2006, 7:46pm

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GLAUUUURGH!!!

*dies of intense shock
Posted: Thu, 8th Jun 2006, 8:39pm

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YAY! Alpha stuff is awesome, adds a lot to the programs. Love the names, much better descriptive titles. One thing though, now that pretty much everything is established (agreed?) I think you should advertise in magazines. That's a how a lot of beginners, subscribers, etc. find out about softwares. If you have already done this please tell me and I'll check out the magazine. But offer reviewers or pay for advertising, whatever. I think it owuld help and I'm sure you've considered it.
Posted: Thu, 8th Jun 2006, 8:48pm

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Remco Gerritsen

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Check es aus ! biggrin

I already saw the new boxes by the products tab...
I didn't noticed the new update though razz lol
Posted: Thu, 8th Jun 2006, 9:05pm

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Joshua Davies

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Wow, thanks for the support guys. It really makes all the late nights worth it!

The FXhome and Beta team have worked really hard to get this update out so you guys have more tools to play with. It did prove more troublesome than we had hoped but after some extended testing we think its the best update so far and there is still more to come.

I'm also really glad you guys like the name changes as much as us. They were made to help us finally get in to advertising the software a bit more (as Serpent has suggested).

Its been a hard few weeks but the replies so far alone have made it worth it.

Enjoy the software!
Posted: Thu, 8th Jun 2006, 10:09pm

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Damn, very nice. smile

The new updates sound amazing. Keep up the good work FXHome.

And just in time for the project I've been working on that I've come to nickname "The Big One."

Just... awesome.
Posted: Thu, 8th Jun 2006, 10:13pm

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Wow! biggrin I've been away for a week, and when I come back a whole bunch of upgrades awaits to be downloaded...! Excellent work guys, I love the new Grade Object feature!

Awsome effort guys, I really love FXhome! clap

+1
Oeyvind
Posted: Fri, 9th Jun 2006, 12:53am

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YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!!!

Did I mention YAY!!!!!!

Great work guys, keep it up. Much appreciated by me and others as you can see biggrin

NickD
Posted: Fri, 9th Jun 2006, 2:57pm

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hugegrin All RIGHT!

YAY! clap

AW- "FelderCarb!!" burst

I'm stuck here at work- I can't download till I get home!

Can't Wait though!

You guys are truly special!

I think it's an excellent idea/suggestion to help market the community and the product!

I'll definitely create a link to here- and if you'd like, I'll even promote the site with a write-up in my next blog entry!

Anything beyond that and we may have to go into business advertising together wink !

Still- this may be cause for an interview...

Anyone on the FX team want to play official spoke-person?
Posted: Fri, 9th Jun 2006, 4:49pm

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I just don't know what to say. mrgreen
Posted: Sun, 11th Jun 2006, 5:07pm

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I don't know whether it is possible or not but will the tuts be updated to reflect the new features?

I am going to print out the manual again so that I have all of the changes but for me, seeing is the easiest way to learn something.
Posted: Sun, 11th Jun 2006, 11:44pm

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Excellent work with the upgrades guys. I know there are a good many changes but how much have the manuals changed? I don't want to destroy a whole forest printing them out again but don't like reading off a screen (I'm old, I like a book next to me on the desk when I'm learning).

How much have the manuals changed for Comp Lab Pro and Effects Lab Pro? If they're competely different then I'll reprint them both but the environmentalist in me would prefer it if you could point me to the pages most relevant to the new features so I can just print those sections.
Posted: Mon, 12th Jun 2006, 7:41am

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The manuals have changed very little in terms of content, really. The main alterations to look out for if you want to reprint sections are:

Masking chapter - now includes info on the circle/square masks and, probably more importantly, the object masks.

Garbage matte chapter - now with info on the circle/square masks, though it works the same as normal masks so you don't really need to reprint this section as long as you have the masking chapter.

Grading objects - new page on this, although it's fairly minimal, as most of it is covered in other toolset sections.

There's also new additions to cover the new grading filters, but they're probably not worth printing out as they're fairly easy to use.

Made a fair few other changes, but they were mostly cosmetic or to fix typos that had been spotted since the last version.

Hope that helps!
Posted: Mon, 12th Jun 2006, 6:01pm

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That's excellent again, thank you. If I could rank +1 again I would!
Posted: Mon, 12th Jun 2006, 11:00pm

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Nice!

Ive just finally gotten into using FXlab for some color grading,
and holy crap it's this diffrent from AlamDV! There is almost no comparsion between the 2. This is an awsome program. Its much
faster than after effects. Looks like i am going to be upgrading and getting CL pro soon!
Adam
Posted: Wed, 14th Jun 2006, 11:15am

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AH! How cool is that. Even Visionlabs exclusive stuff....
You want to marry me? Nah just kidding. Keep up the awesome work guys!
Now I just have do ditch work here to test stuff at home.....
Posted: Fri, 9th Feb 2007, 3:44pm

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where can i download the update!
Posted: Fri, 9th Feb 2007, 3:46pm

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The update is to the whole program. There is no patch or anything - you just download the whole program again.

To download the program, login to the website with the account you used to buy your software, then go to the "My Programs & Keys" section of you user preferences. You will find a list of the updates you can download.

You may need to register your software first, if you have no programs listed. To register your software go to "Product Activiation" in your user preferences.
Posted: Wed, 13th Jun 2007, 4:53am

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You know what's funny? I came to this site about a year ago completely by accident, and if it weren't for so many other things I've needed to pay for since then, I would have bought Vision Lab Studio much much sooner.

I am a musician, and now my bands' very own video maker, and thank GOD for this little device, as it will help me finally be able to make the videos I see in my head for the music I make for the first time in my life.

It was a long time coming for me, but now that it's here, I am not wasting another second on my PS2 or anything else. My dream, ever since I was 4, has been to be able to make money doing what I love, and I think now that I can control one more aspect of my career development (videography/production/movie-video making) that it will finally blossom into something amazing.

I am going to be shooting a full length (60 to 80 minutes) DVD/CD-ROM of our music put to video, and it's going to be a conceptual album. Think Nine Inch Nails meets Devon Townsend meets Pink Floyd. If you would like to hear a first track put to some video, you are welcome to check it out at

www.myspace.com/deathofcenturies

There is currently only one song/video there now, preliminary, and I didn't even use this effects program yet, but it will be based in a WWII type setting, so I should have lots of fun with the local reenactors for about the next year. I am also looking for anyone who can create a moving/walking AT-AT from Star Wars as I am also currently involved in a fan film for a friend now....this program has been like owning a truck....now that I have it, everyone wants me to help them out with their stuff. I've even had the local college ask me for some consultation....I said hey, I'm just learning, so keep your pants on...

Anyway, thanks to all the people who designed this program, you know who you are, and thanks to all the other people who come here and post links to everything under the sun for resources, free and pay, and for those who continue to create new presets for this beasty. I will hopefully have one or two up here soon.

Thomas
Posted: Wed, 13th Jun 2007, 8:05am

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Welcome to FXhome, Thomas! Good luck with the music, keep us posted on it. smile