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Digital-Tutors Releases Introduction to Mantra in Houdini

Digital-Tutors has released INTRODUCTION TO MANTRA IN HOUDINI, the fourth release in the collection of interactive training for emerging digital artists learning Houdini, the advanced 3D animation and special effects software.

Education Headline News

Adoption of Qube! Continues At Universities and Schools Worldwide

PipelineFX's Qube! for Education continues to be adopted at a record pace by universities and schools around the world.

Animation Headline News

Digital-Tutors Unveils New 3ds Max Training Titles

Autodesk authorized publisher Digital-Tutors have announced the first three releases in a series of 3ds Max training titles including, INTRODUCTION TO MODELING IN 3DS MAX, INTRODUCTION TO ANIMATION IN 3DS MAX, and INTRODUCTION TO MENTAL RAY IN 3DS MAX.

Online Headline News

Rare Adopts Escape Studios' Online Maya Course

Gaming company Rare has adopted Escape's new online CG animation course to form part of the company's continued professional development program for employees. The courseware is based on Autodesk's Maya software.

By adopting the online Escape course, Rare will now be able to keep its staff up to date and implement different learning initiatives without the need for DVD resources.

Creative Headline News Launches Adobe Creative Suite 4 Training

Software training video provider has launched online training for the just-released Adobe Creative Suite 4 product family.

With more than 100 hours of instructional videos on Creative Suite 4 training, comprised of 34 different product training tutorials, with dozens of additional courses planned for the coming months, this collection of training is being called "CS4U" and can be accessed at

Online Headline News

Escape Studios Launches New Online Learning Tool

Students now have access to training in Autodesk Maya at the click of a mouse, with the launch of Escape Studios' CG online learning tool. Featuring customizable HD content taught by the industry's most talented production professionals, Escape's new online training tool offers an unprecedented learning experience for a wide range of students -- from beginners to seasoned production professionals.

Headline News

Digital-Tutors Releases First SOFTIMAGE|XSI ICE Nodes Reference Library

Softimage training partner Digital-Tutors have released THE ICE NODES REFERENCE LIBRARY, the first online, non-linear approach to learning every unique ICE Node in SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7, the newest version of the complete 3D package for modeling, animating, rendering, and character development. The ICE (Interactive Creative Environment) platform in XSI is a multi-threaded scalable platform that allows artists to create 3D tools and effects through connecting ICE Nodes.

Online Headline News

Escape To 3D School Online

Escape Studios has launched a new online 3D animation course in HD. The revolutionary online platform allows students to become computer graphics experts from anywhere in the world and promises to open doors into the film, games and animation industries.

Escape Studios is also now open for business in New York.

Headline News

Digital-Tutors Unveils Titles for Artists Using XSI for Next-Gen Games

Softimage training partner Digital-Tutors has released MODELING NEXT-GEN CHARACTERS IN XSI and RIGGING NEXT-GEN CHARACTERS IN XSI -- the first two releases in an exclusive series of training focusing on a pipeline approach to creating game-ready characters using SOFTIMAGE|XSI.

Headline News

NVIDIA Founder Pledges $30M For Campus Engineering Center At Stanford

NVIDIA Founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang -- and Stanford alumnus -- will donate $30 million to help build a modern and sustainable destination for education and research, the Jen-Hsun Huang School of Engineering Center.

The 130,000-square-foot building, already under construction and expected to be completed in the first half of 2010, is designed to encourage a vibrant academic and social atmosphere for people throughout the Stanford community.

Headline News

Nuke 5.1 In-Depth 3D DVD Training From Sphere VFX

U.K. training company Sphere VFX has released their new Nuke 5.1 training DVD -- "In-Depth 3D."

The course is designed specifically for people who already know Nuke but want to increase their understanding of how the 3D system works, and benefit from some industry hints and tips in producing more complicated setups. Designed with production in mind, all modules are tool focused and application based to help you understand not only how something works but why it does and how you would use it in a production environment.

DVD Classes Include:

Headline News

Digital-Tutors Releases Texture Painting With Maya And Photoshop

Autodesk Authorized Publisher and Adobe Certified Expert Digital-Tutors has released TEXTURE PAINTING WITH MAYA AND PHOTOSHOP, the latest release in a library of interactive training for emerging digital artists using Maya and Photoshop. TEXTURE PAINTING WITH MAYA AND PHOTOSHOP provides nearly five hours of project-oriented training on texture painting techniques for better results and a tool-based approach to learning Maya and Photoshop for texture creation.

Online Headline News

Escape Studios Launches Online Learning Tool

Escape Studios has launched their revolutionary CG online learning tool. The online platform allows students to become computer graphics artists from anywhere in the world and promises to open doors into the film, games and animation industries.

It means students will now have access to world class training in Autodesk Maya at the click of a mouse.

The online training tool allows entry-level students, or anyone wanting to re-train the ability to learn in their own time and pace, with instant help from Escape’s online community.

Production Headline News

Gnomon Workshop Releases Two New Behind The Scenes Titles

This week The Gnomon Workshop released two new titles in their popular "Behind The Scenes" series, which gives an in-depth look at the creation of a game cinematic sequence. Produced with Producer Emmanuel Fragelus, Art Director Mark Goerner and Director Louis Bolivar, this series follows a team of artists as they demonstrate their production techniques from concept phase to final rendered animation. Each DVD includes actual production meetings with Art Director Mark Goerner as he goes over the existing designs and lends direction to the project.

College Headline News

Cast Your Vote For The Top New Canadian Animators

Emerging animators from across Canada have been selected as finalists for the 2008 TELETOON Animation Scholarship. With shorts spanning from the biblical past to a hyper-industrial future, the short-listed films are now on Cartoon fans are invited to watch and vote to decide which short in each category will win the Voter's Choice Award and receive a cash award of $500. Voting is open until September 15.

Artists Headline News

i3DTutorials Releases Mastering The Art of ICE Volume I

i3DTutorials announces their latest training product for SOFTIMAGE|XSI, MASTERING THE ART OF ICE VOLUME I: BREAKING THE ICE. This latest offering from the growing i3DTutorials library of SOFTIMAGE|XSI training products, teaches artists how to use one of the most stunning features of SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7, the new Interactive Creative Environment, known as ICE.

Approaching ICE from an artist's point of view, learn to harness the power of ICE step by step. Learn about the ICE Tree, the tools and features that give the artist more power than ever before with ICE's amazing workflow.

Headline News

Digital-Tutors Releases Character Setup In XSI

SOFTIMAGE training partner Digital-Tutors has released CHARACTER SETUP IN XSI for artists using SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7. CHARACTER SETUP IN XSI provides seven hours of project-based training for artists learning the essentials to character rigging and enveloping and a time-saving workflow to fully utilizing XSI 7's robust character setup tool set.

Headline News

Digital-Tutors Releases Two New Training Titles For Maya Artists


POLYGON AND SUB-D MODELING WORKFLOWS IN MAYA contains nearly five hours of project-based training and provides artists with a practical project to learning Maya's polygon and sub-d modeling tools and a flexible workflow to modeling in Maya. UV MAPPING WORKFLOWS IN MAYA contains three hours of training for artists preparing models for texture and time-saving techniques to utilizing Maya's UV mapping tools.

Creative Headline News

Creative Education Group Launches New Arts School And HQ In Singapore

Creative Education Group (CEG) will be launching a new location for its arts and technology institute, Creative School of Media & Entertainment (CITS) in Singapore. Since its inception in 2001, the school has expanded offices to more than 21 countries worldwide; and has grown to become the largest private post-secondary media and entertainment school in Singapore. CEG also hits a milestone as it officially opens its headquarters in Singapore.

Animation Headline News

Sony's IPAX Education Program Teams With Animation Mentor

Sony Pictures Imageworks' and Sony Pictures Animation's IPAX education program announced today the launch of its new online mentor program, which will begin in the winter of 2009, and will leverage Animation Mentor's unique learning model and state-of-the-art online technology.

The three-month program will pair top students from 18 IPAX member schools from around the world with top Sony Pictures Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation artists who will provide individual online mentoring, training, and guidance.

Animation Headline News

Autodesk Launches Animation Academy 2009 For Secondary Schools

Autodesk has launched Animation Academy 2009, the latest version of its visual communications offering for secondary schools worldwide. The six-part curriculum introduces students to 3D animation and visual effects technology while immersing them in core academic subjects such as science, math, language and arts. For the first time, Animation Academy includes Autodesk Mudbox digital sculpting software and Autodesk MotionBuilder character animation software, along with the Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya modeling, animation and rendering software.

Animation Headline News

Animation Mentor's New Curriculum And Online Campus Technology has announced its new winter term curriculum for January 2009 and released the new version of the school's state-of-the-art online campus.

Unique among art schools worldwide, Animation Mentor exclusively teaches character animation in an environment where students learn directly from professional animators from top studios including Disney Animation Studios, DreamWorks, Industrial Light & Magic, Pixar Animation Studios, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and more.

Artists Headline News

Digital-Tutors Releases First Two Comprehensive Titles For SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7

Softimage training partner Digital-Tutors announced at SIGGRAPH the availability of INTRODUCTION TO XSI 7 and INTRODUCTION TO ICE IN XSI 7 -- the first two comprehensive training titles developed for XSI 7 and the latest additions to Digital-Tutors' growing library of interactive training for digital artists using SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7, the newest version of the complete 3D package for modeling, animating, rendering, and character development.

October Headline News

Gnomon Fall Registration Begins

Registration for Gnomon School of Visual Effects' fall term 2008 (Monday, September 22 through Sunday, December 7) began on Monday, August 4. Register online, in person, via mail or by fax. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am to 6 pm. To tour or get advice on which courses to take, call (323) 466-6663 to make an appointment with Brian Bradford.

New courses for this term include:

--Level Design with Waylon Brinck

Free Headline News

i3DTutorials Releases Free SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 Tutorial Videos

Softimage training partner i3DTutorials has released free tutorials for SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7. One of XSI 7's most innovative features, the Interactive Creative Environment, also known as ICE, allows artists to visually create stunning effects for film, games, and visual effects easier than it has ever been before in the computer animation industry.

With the release of these new free tutorial videos from training partner, i3DTutorials, everyone can now see the new features of XSI 7 firsthand, including the new implementation of mental ray 3.6 and ICE.