SIGGRAPH 2013 Technology Preview
At this year’s SIGGRAPH Conference, Shotgun Software, developer for pipeline tools for the visual effects and animation industry, will be showcasing the latest 5.1 release of the company’s popular production management platform from booth #737.
The Shotgun 5.1 release enables a host of new features including a redesigned user interface, simplified browsing tools and the option to create and edit playlists in Shotgun’s included Screening Room review tool. Demonstrations from Shotgun integration partners Tweak Software, Zync Render, Fabric Engine and Codex will also be available at booth #737 throughout the conference.
Shotgun will be hosting two events open to Shotgun customers, or anyone interested in optimizing VFX, animation and game development pipelines. The Shotgun User Group meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 23, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in room 213a and will provide a sneak peek at what’s coming in Shotgun 5.2 this fall, and an opportunity to share industry best practices and discuss common challenges with peers.
A second Pipeline Toolkit User Group event will be held on Wednesday July 24, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in room 213a and will host an in-depth technical discussion focused around Shotgun’s latest tools, multi-studio and script to screen pipeline prototypes, and a general discussion about common issues and best practices around modern pipeline development.
SmithMicro Software will showcase the newest version of its 3D animation software program, Poser 10 and Poser Pro 2014 at SIGGRAPH 2013. Perfect for artists, illustrators, animators and graphic designers, Poser enables users to easily create full 3D scenes with digital humans, animals and props. In addition to an extensive library of pre-loaded characters and content, Poser 10 and Poser Pro 2014 come equipped with new features such as Subdivision Surfaces for improved bending fidelity, Bullet Physics for adding increased realism to animation and Live Simulation mode for previewing dynamics in real-time.
Poser 10 and Poser Pro 2014 provide new professional level features, even at the base version of the software. The integration of Pixar’s OpenSubdiv library enables artists to define subdivision levels by prop, figure or even individual body part with ease. This feature, known as Subdivision Surfaces, improves bending accuracy, smoothens polygonal surfaces and boosts overall performance by enabling lighter poly-count content. Poser’s new Bullet Physics tool simulates rigid body dynamics, soft body dynamics and even dynamic strand-based hair. Poser artists can now add jiggle and bounce to any prop or character, paint soft body constraint weights to animate and more. Users can even preview their animations in real-time with the Live Simulation feature.
The Foundry is headed to SIGGRAPH once again this year with a full lineup of guest speakers showing work using NUKE, MODO, KATANA, MARI, HIERO & ftrack, along with a special MODO User Group meeting with Brad Peebler.
There will also be daily presentations by The Foundry covering all the news from the latest product releases and updates from The Foundry’s Research team, plus a very exciting peek into the future of NUKE. See the full theatre schedule and times.
The Foundry’s FLIX
News of the latest edition to The Foundry's portfolio, FLIX, surfaced earlier this month. FLIX is a web-based visual story development tool that allows creative collaborators – including directors, editors, cinematographers, storyboard and previs artists – to work together in one easy-to-access place. With FLIX, users can work together to hone and perfect ideas and concepts as they develop the visual story of a film or project.
Before The Foundry took over commercial development earlier this year, FLIX was developed as an in-house solution at Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI). FLIX has been in use at SPI since 2008 and has been used on more than 15 projects including The Smurfs and Hotel Transylvania. This new venture is a continuation of the strong relationship between the two companies following the successful development of KATANA, the advanced framework for lighting and look development, which was commercialized by The Foundry back in October 2011. FLIX is not currently available to buy off-the-shelf, but interested facilities can contact The Foundry to find out more and inquire about adoption.