We’ve reviewed some of Rampant Design Tools products before on Motion Design Love here
But since then the guys over at Rampant have gone from strength to strength and expanded their product lineup even further from a few products to numerous products that now cover areas from After Effects templates, stock footage, textures and photos and sound effects and music.
Before we take a closer look at some of their products, it’s worth telling you a little about Rampant Design Tools.
Rampant was started by Sean Mullen a number of years ago, Sean has multiple credits to his name and over the years has created vfx elements for network tv shows and feature films. So he knows what the job of an editor and motion graphics artist is like.
Since then Sean has been joined at rampant by some other great people in the business such as Chris “Ace” Gates, Perry “All Right!” Jenkins , Casey “Sorry About Your Face” Faris and Alan “A-Ball” Pfeil. All these guys have work in the business day in day out, so you can be sure that the products they’ve helped to create will be useful in real projects and on a day to day basis. If you want to find out more about the guys themselves then go check out there about about page on the Rampant Design Tools website.
Last time i reviewed their products they were great for the motion graphics artist and editors and since then they’ve improved! The elements have been featured on high profile programmes such as America’s Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars, Criminal Minds.
Now we’ve had a brief introduction to Rampant themselves, let’s take a look at some of their products.
The first product we’re going to look at is Rampant FilmFx. FimFx is a collection of light leaks, flashes, aberrations, vignettes and scratches so you can stylise your footage to look more “film like” once you’ve done your colour corrections. Want a quick preview of them, then check out the video below.
Rampant was kind enough to give me a review copy of FilmFx and allow me to play around with and use it one some projects. Once i’d played around with them for a bit i knew they brilliant and i’ll probably use some elements of most projects i do. These kind of looks and effects are fairly popular at the moment so it’s likely that if your clients aren’t already asking for them, then they probably will be soon! The other great things about all these is that they’re in Full HD in Apples ProRes 422(HQ) codec so they’re high quality for use in your HD projects.
If you want to take a look at some real videos and projects that have used these then check out the samples below.
The next product i got chance to try is another new product since the last review, this time i got to play with SmokeFX. First of all, these things are huge! by huge i mean that the quicktime files are 3k resolution, which means it’s great for full HD, (there’s even a bit of room to play with if you use them in HD compositions.)
I think these are ideal for motion graphics artists and vfx artist, you can use them in your graphics when you explode things and use them in your films to simulate smoking buildings etc….
Check out a promo video below for SmokeFX.
If you’re using SmokeFX it’s probably a good idea to get GunFX too, these also come at 3K resolution and are ideal for things like action movies. You get a series of Muzzle flashes which have all been matted so it’s really easy to add them to projects, no spending ages masking and keying things out!
The other thing i like about these is that all the elements have been shot for real, not simulated in a programme. As with the other products they do, all their products are both mac and pc compatible and will work in most NLE’s.
One of the things that Rampant have expanding into since i last looked at them is audio. They now have music and sound fx on offer, all of which are high quality. Personally, i find getting decent royalty free music at decent prices a bit of a chore sometimes, music helps make an edit but not every client can afford top commercial music!
Luckily i’ve found that Rampant have come to the rescue and produced 15 great promo tracks. Check out the promo video below.
One thing that goes hand in hand with music is sound effects! Rampant have come to the rescue here too! Rampants SoundFX product have hundreds of loops such as loopable beats, abstract pads, impacts, atmospheres, swishes. So if you want make your own tracks for your videos there’s elements here, or if you want to just add that extra touch to make something more convincing then there’s elements here! As with all the Rampant products too, they’re all drag and drop and instantly useable!
Should i buy Rampant’s products?
Without a doubt i would recommend purchasing some if not all or the products that Rampant Design Tools offer! They’ve grown from a few great products into offering loads of fantastic products from stock footage to after effects template to music and sound fx. If your an editor or motion graphics artist you should definitely have these products in your toolkit. Go to their website and purchase some now!
The don’t just offer products too, they have a series of training videos too that show you how to use their products and their blog is regularly updated with great content. The also have a free sampler pack that you can download to check out what all the fuss is about!