I went through some interesting data to see which tutorial posts got the most attention at Toolfarm. Below is the list of people who wanted to learn on the Toolfarm in 2020. Interesting stuff!
Top 10 Tutorial Posts on Toolfarm 2020 Facts
Some quick facts about Toolfarm's 2020 tutorial posts
- We published 310 tutorials on our website in 2020 alone!
- A total of 2,404 tutorial articles were published. The reason I call them "tutorial posts" is because some posts contain more than one tutorial.
- While we used to publish tutorials mostly for After Effects and Cinema 4D, in 2020 we released more about DaVinci Resolve, KeyShot and audio plugins.
- Information posts have become more popular than the standard tutorial posts.
Good enough to chat. We count down from 10 and build on the exciting climax!
10How to install After Effects plug-ins with and without installers
Why is?: This article is from 2012 but continues to be very popular on our website, reaching the top 10 in 2020. There could be many reasons for its popularity. For example, many After Effects users do not use Adobe Creative Cloud and continue to use CS6. In addition, not much has changed with the installation of plugins. The article provides some basic installation and troubleshooting information that applies to most plug-ins. Every installer is different. And yes, I realize that the title is actually not a question!
Read the article: How to install After Effects plug-ins with and without installers
9 Burning question: what the hell is OpenFX?
Why is?: OpenFX or OFX plugins are exploding in the market with the popularity of hosts like DaVinci Resolve, HitFilm, Vegas, Nuke, Flame, Baselight, and others. This article explains what OFX means and why you are seeing so many new OFX tools on the market.
Read the article: What the hell is OFX?
8th Burning question: How do I repair the roller shutter?
Why is?: This is another article on burning issues. First, I'll talk about what rolling shutter is and how to spot it. It comes from CMOS sensors on digital cameras and cell phone cameras. There are plenty of video examples of what it looks like. There are also several types of roller shutters, the most difficult of which is the jello view caused by vibration.
Then I'll use several videos to give you some solutions to prevent, reduce and fix rolling shutters. There are also ways to add a rolling shutter to your footage for artistic use!
This is another item released in 2019 that continues to be very popular. It has been updated with new information a few times.
Read the article: Burning question: How do I repair the roller shutter?
7th Setting up a render farm in Cinema 4D with Team Render
Why is?: This article, which is part of the C4D Spotlight series, is from 2017. I updated it in December 2020 with information about Cinema 4D R23 and some third party renderers.
Read the article: Setting up a render farm in Cinema 4D with Team Render
6th How do I use ranges in DaVinci Resolve?
Why is?: Regions are an important tool for editors to apply consistent color grading, add natural colors to skin tones, and correct the white balance of footage. It's also not difficult to learn how to use ranges, whether it is waveform ranges, luma, YC and RGB parade, the vectorscope or the histogram. Although this series focuses on DaVinci Resolve, many of these tutorials are applicable to areas in any video software or hardware. Learn to read these areas. In other words, stop guessing!
The article has been updated for DaVinci Resolve 17 to cover the new scope features. In addition, there are videos that explain how to use the areas for more accurate color correction.
Read the article: Burning question: How do I use ranges in DaVinci Resolve?
5 In detail: render farms / network rendering / distributed rendering
Why is?: This article has been updated several times over the past few years. It explains how to set up a render farm or network rendering. It also has a list of plugins and provides information on licensing render farms. Selected image source: stevepb
Read the article: In detail: render farms / network rendering / distributed rendering
4th In detail: upscaling video
Why is?: Upscaling is the process of stretching a smaller video onto a larger screen. The goal is to increase the size of the video while maintaining the same quality. Other terms you may hear are magnification and magnification. Of course, you can easily scale the footage, but you'll often get stretched and blurry results. You can also scale with software and plugins that have features to sharpen and clean up problems like blurring, jaggedness, color artifacts, and noise. This article covers the tools to upscale your footage with great results.
Read the article: In detail: upscaling video
3 Burning question: How do I remove flicker from my footage?
Why is?: Flicker is common in old footage, but you can also counter it with footage shot with LEDs or fluorescent lights. This article, originally published in 2019, describes various tools for improving this dreaded flicker. Featured image source: Eric Michael @ericmichael
Read the article: Burning question: How do I remove flicker from my footage?
2 In detail: DaVinci Resolve Studio versus the free version
What is it: DaVinci Resolve was very popular with us last year, mainly because we can offer downloads to our customers. This article will tell you what features are included in Resolve Studio that you don't get in the free version.
Read the article: In detail: DaVinci Resolve Studio versus the free version
1 In detail: 3D renderer
Why is?: Perhaps the most time consuming page to maintain. In Depth: 3D Renderer is an impartial look at renderings we do in our business. This article covers V-Ray, Corona renderers, Arnold renderers, Cycles 4D, KeyShot, Redshift, and the rest. It looks at the renderer types, the hosts, and how some features compare. Selected image source: PIRO4D
Read the article: In detail: 3D renderer