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Softimage, Pixologic, CG Soup present ‘TD Love’ Training Tour

Softimage Co. announced the TD Love Training Tour, the first in a new series of technical seminars (free for a limited time) designed by and for CG professionals on how to use SOFTIMAGE technology for improving character creation and visual effects production processes. During the events, experts from CG Soup, Pixologic and the Softimage Special Projects teams will be on-hand to demonstrate how using SOFTIMAGE|XSI v.5.0, ZBrush 2 and SOFTIMAGE|FACE ROBOT software gives studios an advantage for producing high-quality 3D art in a realistic timeframe. Targeted at technical directors and experienced 3D artists, the seminars will highlight how these technologies are deployed and implemented for digital content creation in film, games and broadcast & post-productions.

With a strong new release, and more promising new technology on its way, Softimage has done an incredible job in producing the most powerful tools in the industry for CG characters and visual effects. With the growing XSI user base out there, the next logical step is to engage the technical directors and senior artists who want to use Softimage technology within their facilities, said Alex Lindsay, chief architect and founder of Pixel Corps, an on-line training guild for digital media. By offering professional training on how to use several different packages together including the industrys leading sculpting tool ZBrush 2 these seminars are a goldmine for anyone looking to advance their knowledge of 3D no matter what package they are currently using.

Structured in two separate modules, each event begins with a four-hour advanced TD seminar designed and presented by CG Soup on the use of SOFTIMAGE|XSI software, covering topics such as XSI best practices, advanced character rigging and simulation set-up. After a short break, an evening session will begin for all levels of 3D professionals, focusing on modeling in a ZBrush and XSI environment and facial animation design based on XSI and SOFTIMAGE|FACE ROBOT. Artists from leading post houses (Janimation, Passion Pictures) will also be demonstrating how they use ZBrush and XSI together in their pipelines.

Sponsored by Dell, Intel and Microsoft, the events will feature products running on high-performance Dell Precision workstations with Intel Xeon processors and dual-core Intel Pentium processors, with Microsoft Windows XP Professional and Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition.

More information and registration details will be posted on www.softimage.com/TDLove.

Scheduled cities include:* New York, Dec. 1 featuring Greg Punchatz, Janimation* Vancouver, Dec. 6 - featuring Greg Punchatz, Janimation* Los Angeles, Dec. 8 featuring Greg Punchatz, Janimation* London, Jan. 10, 2006 - featuring Alan Jones, Passion Pictures* Paris, Jan. 12, 2006 - featuring Alan Jones, Passion Pictures* Toronto, Jan. 17, 2006 Guest TBC* Montreal, Jan. 19, 2006 - Guest TBC

CG Soup (www.cg-soup.com) offers small and growing studios the services of experts with industry-leading XSI knowledge: Bradley Gabe (ILM, Quietman), Kim Aldis (Aldis Animation) and Maggie Kathwaroon (Softimage). CG Soups deep experience with XSI helps customers avoid ramp-up delays and deal with critical issues even before they happen, helping users focus on creativity.

ZBrush is an integrated modeling, texturing and illustration environment. It is used in production as a modeling and designing tool for film, games and illustration. ZBrush has an extensive set of real-time sculpting, texturing, and deformation tools. Its instant feedback and real-time response makes it the most natural feeling digital sculpting tool available today. As a stand-alone application, ZBrush offers tremendous flexibility and appeals to a wide audience. To learn more visit www.ZBrush.com and www.ZBrushCentral.com.

SOFTIMAGE|XSI (www.softimage.com) 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 Avids Make, Manage and Move Media strategy. It is the industrys first 3D nonlinear production environment providing artists the freedom to make professional computer graphics, 3D animation and vfx. Softimage is proud to count amongst its customers: Troublemaker Studios, CaféFX, Giant Killer Robots, R!OT, The Mill, Stan Winston Studios, Pixel Liberation Front, La Maison, Hybride, Janimation, Quiet Man, PSYOP, Cinepix and Nerd Corps.

Avid Technology (www.avid.com), headquartered in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, is a world leader in digital nonlinear media creation, management, and distribution solutions, enabling film, video, audio, animation, games and broadcast professionals to work more efficiently, productively and creatively.

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