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Digital-Tutors Releases

Digital-Tutors announced the availability of INTRODUCTION TO XSI training kit, a comprehensive training resource for SOFTIMAGE|XSI. A free trial of SOFTIMAGE|XSI v.4.2 Foundation is included with "Introduction to XSI" training kits, allowing users immediate access to explore the software and expand their skills.

INTRODUCTION TO XSI provides more than 6 1/2 hours of project-driven training and guides users through the entire process of modeling, texturing, lighting, animation and rendering within XSI v.4.2. Designed for enthusiasts, professionals and companies adopting SOFTIMAGE|XSI as part of their creative arsenal, INTRODUCTION TO XSI provides a unique approach to learning the industry's first truly nonlinear animation system. Each lesson is designed to increase productivity with proven time-saving tips and with fun, intuitive and hands-on projects.

"With more and more studios adopting Softimage technology as part of their game, film and post pipelines, the demand for professional-level training for XSI has never been stronger," said Genevieve Laberge, training and education manager for Softimage Co., a subsidiary of Avid Technology Inc. "For a professional 3D artist, learning Softimage with the support of the Digital-Tutors training material will be quick, rewarding and fun!"

Popular topics covered include: a thorough understanding and overview of the XSI interface, setting up Rotoscopes, working with Surface Meshes, modeling with Polygon Meshes, creating custom Toolbars, assigning materials and textures, parenting objects, using Skeletons, effectively working with UVs, applying rendering techniques, adjusting Centers, utilizing the Texture Layer Editor, Texture Projections, employing the Operator Stack, and several additional lessons designed to give users a firm understanding of SOFTIMAGE|XSI and evolve technical skills.

"INTRODUCTION TO XSI marks the first training release from Digital-Tutors for the XSI Community," says Sandip Patel, director of global business. "Digital-Tutors is providing those who currently use or wish to use SOFTIMAGE|XSI with affordable, self-paced, and individualized interactive training introducing a new solution for the growing and diverse needs of individuals and companies who are adding Softimage to their skillsets."

For a full outline and pricing information of INTRODUCTION TO XSI visit: www.digitaltutors.com/store/product.php?productid=187.

Digital-Tutors develops award-winning and training solutions for emerging digital artists. Recognized as among the largest resources for online training, Digital-Tutors allows artists to master software at their own pace and learn with fun, intuitive and hands-on projects. To learn more about Digital-Tutors and the resources available, visit www.digital-tutors.com.

SOFTIMAGE|XSI is a complete 3D modeling and animation solution for the film, broadcast, post-production and interactive entertainment industries. SOFTIMAGE|XSI software is the creative engine behind the Avid Computer Graphics toolset, and an integral player in Avid's Make, Manage and Move Media strategy. It is the industry's first 3D nonlinear production environment providing artists the freedom to make professional computer graphics, 3D animation and visual effects. For more information, visit www.softimage.com.

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