Getting Started with HitFilm

By Ahmed Mahmoud

HitFilm is NLE (non-linear video editor) and visual effects software developed by FXHOME Limited. The software is a mix of Adobe After Effects (you can use it in compositing) and Adobe Premiere (you can use it in editing). The software capabilities could be extended through plugins as with other video editors. The main advantage of the…

Getting Started with Blackmagic Fusion

By Ahmed Mahmoud

BlackMagic Fusion is a node based compositing software just like the Foundry Nuke and Natron, it’s used in creating compositions and visual effects for movies, commercials, and TV-series. The software has been used in many movies like; 300, Avatar, Hugo, I, Robot, Maleficent, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and many others. Fusion is…

Getting Started with PowToon

By Ahmed Mahmoud

PowToon is a DIY, drag and drop animation and video creation software, PowToon gives its users the ability to create videos to present their ideas, business or product in an easy and intuitive way. The interface is very simple and minimalist and the available assets make it very easy for complete beginners to create a…

Getting Started with Marvelous Designer

By Ahmed Mahmoud

Marvelous Designer is a very specialized 3D design software only for clothes and fabrics, it makes creating and animating clothes and fabrics a breath unlike traditionally used software like 3DS Max and Blender. The software is currently developed by CLO Virtual Fashion Inc. Learning Marvelous Designer could be very helpful for fashion designers who want…

Getting Started with FreeCAD

By Ahmed Mahmoud

FreeCAD is an open source and free parametric 3D design software aimed at mechanical designers though there are some modules that would extend the capability of the software like the Arch module which allows the user to use FreeCAD as an architecture design software. FreeCAD is available on all platforms Windows, MacOS, and Linux. The…

Getting Started with Marmoset Toolbag

By Ahmed Mahmoud

Marmoset Toolbag is a stand-alone real-time rendering software for CG artists especially those who are working in the gaming industry, Toolbag gives you granular control over multiple lights, meshes, and cameras. Tool bag is also capable of handling many mesh formats (.mesh, .obj, .3DS, .DXF, .DAE and .FBX), it’s capable of handling many image formats…

Getting Started with TurboCAD

By Ahmed Mahmoud

TurboCAD is a general purpose 2D/3D drafting software that’s currently developed by IMSI/Design TurboCAD has comparable capabilities to AutoCAD but it’s far more cheaper, additional functionalities are available in TurboCAD depending on the edition being used, it’s worth noting that though TurboCAD is available for both windows and Mac, but they’re somehow different from each…

Getting Started with Arnold Renderer

By Ahmed Mahmoud

Arnold renderer is a ray tracing 3D rendering software based on the Monte Carlo ray tracing method, the software is currently developed by Solid Angle. Arnold renderer was used in many movies like; Elysium, Pacific Rim, Thor, Captain America and many others. Learning Arnold renderer is very helpful for digital artists working the visual effects…