Using dynamic (and believable) sound effects is absolutely essential in creating an immersive environment for our films, but oftentimes these sounds are difficult to find. This announcement from Video Copilot, however, might offer a great solution to your sound design woes. They've released MotionPulse, a collection of 2000 fully mastered, high def sound FX for motion design and editing -- 5 libraries that include machine, organic, and atmospheric sounds. They've also released ShockWave, a stock footage collection of particle animations simulated with real world physics. Continue on to find out more.
Video Copilot has long been a trusted post production resource, not only for powerful visual effects tools, but in-depth tutorials for filmmakers looking to expand their expertise. (In fact, the first steps I ever took in visual effects were taken under the guidance of Andrew Kramer.) Apart from the hundreds of great tutorials, they've also produced advanced tools, including Element 3D and JetStrike, so the introduction of a massive sound collection, as well as more particle animations, certainly piques interests, especially when they advertise MotionPulse as "the ultimate sound effects toolkit." But, whether it is or not is really up to the users, so let's take a look at what kinds of features each of these new tools contain.
MotionPulse Blackbox comes in 5 separate packs: Machine, Velocity, Organic, Impact, and Signal, a collection of over 2000 sound effects in 24-bit 96KHz quality and WAV+MP3 formats. So, you've got everything from robotic, metallic sounds to whooshing, atmospheric sounds, and even liquid, impact, and glitchy sounds, as well. The cool thing about this sound collection is that sounds from each library mesh well when layered and mixed with each other, which means you could really cut down on the time it takes you to try to track down the right track for your scene -- one that can be stacked on top of your other sounds to form something cohesive. (Andrew Kramer below demonstrates this in his demo video below.)
- 5 Sound FX Libraries
- 2000 Sound FX
- 35 Categories
- Fully Mastered
- High Definition Quality Sound
- Compatible with most post software: Premiere, After Effects, Audition, Sony Vegas, Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro
- Mac, Linux, PC compatible
- $149.99 (separate packs are $49.99)
Here's a demo video with Kramer in which he familiarizes us with the features of MotionPulse, as well as how each sound functions during editing:
ShockWave is digital stock footage collection of advanced particle animations, in which each element was simulated with real world physics.
- 50 HD Shockwaves (1080p @24fps)
- Great for Visual FX or Motion Graphics
- PreMatted for easy coloring
- QuickTime PhotoJPG & H-264
- HD Particle Stock Footage
Both MotionPulse and ShockWave come with exclusive introductory sale pricing, and if you want to bundle them, you can for $199.99, which saves you $115. I wouldn't want to overstate and say that this is "the ultimate sound effects toolkit," because, for one, I'm not sure that any set is completely comprehensive and gives you everything you'll ever need (that goes without saying), and two, I haven't actually had the chance to use it myself. But, given Video Copilot's reputation for putting out great products, I'd say this is definitely worth checking out -- even if you're awesome and make your own sound effects!
What do you think of Video Copilot's new MotionPulse and ShockWave tools? Share your thoughts in the comments below.