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Thinware Media Announces Partnerships with TVPaint and StudioEngine.com

Ottawa International Animation Festival—Thinware Media Ltd., developers of StudioCAP workflow automation and asset management for animation studios, and TVPaint Développment, France, makers of 2D bitmap-based animation software, today announced a new strategic partnership that will offer customers a seamless technology integration.

Press Release from Thinware Media

VANCOUVER, B.C and MAIZIERES LES METZ, FRANCE—September 22nd 2011—Ottawa International Animation Festival—Thinware Media Ltd., developers of StudioCAP workflow automation and asset management for animation studios, and TVPaint Développment, France, makers of 2D bitmap-based animation software, today announced a new strategic partnership that will offer customers a seamless technology integration.  TVPaint animators and artists will be able to create and manage their 2D animation assets in a streamlined production pipeline, completely managed via StudioCAP cloud computing asset management.

StudioCAP (CAP=Computer Aided Production) is a completely new workflow automation and asset management solution for animation studios. Its cloud-based system enables studios to more efficiently store, track, and move 2D and 3D CGI (computer generated image) assets through the creation process without having to install and manage a costly IT infrastructure to do so. TVPaint is a professional 2D bitmap-based animation software for drawing, painting, storyboarding and visual effects used by animation artists for episodic broadcast television, motion pictures, or any type of digital animation.

“TVPaint has been a part of the animation curriculum at Capilano University in North Vancouver B.C. for quite a few years, and that’s where we got introduced into the Vancouver 2D animation industry—and the excellent project management software called StudioCAP, from the team at Thinware Media,” said Fabrice Debarge, Sales Director at TVPaint Développment. “We’re excited to attend OIAF in Ottawa, and announce the partnership between TVPaint and StudioCAP, and how it can help our customers realize an efficient workflow that eliminates the frustration of working with separate software tools,” added Debarge.

Together, StudioCAP and TVPaint will offer animation production studios a streamlined way to create and manage TVPaint 2D art production files and assets more effectively, with tight integration between TVPaint and StudioCAP. This iterative production pipeline will allow artists to focus on the creative process—while their TVPaint assets are tracked and managed ‘in-the-cloud’ with StudioCAP.

“At OIAF we are pleased to introduce TVPaint customers with a better project and asset management solution from StudioCAP," said Mark Rocchio, CEO of Thinware Media Ltd. "StudioCAP will undoubtedly simplify how TVPaint customers will be able to manage their content from script to design through to animation and final composition."

VANCOUVER, B.C and SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—September 22nd  2011—Ottawa International Animation Festival—Thinware Media Ltd., developers of StudioCAP workflow automation and asset management for animation studios, and StudioEngine.com, a ‘Studio-as-a-Service’ production facility for on-demand use by producers, animation, visual effects (VFX), and post-production teams, today announced a new strategic partnership that will add StudioCAP cloud-based, project and asset management into the StudioEngine workflow pipeline.

StudioCAP (CAP=Computer Aided Production) is a completely new workflow automation and asset management solution for production and animation studios. Its cloud-based system enables studios to more efficiently store, track, and move 2D and 3D CGI (computer generated image) assets through the creation process without having to install and manage a costly IT infrastructure to do so.

By integrating StudioCAP into the StudioEngine facility workflow, clients will be able to manage their files more effectively.  Automating asset and project management via cloud-based StudioCAP alleviates the need for studios to purchase and maintain dedicated file servers and hardware.

“We are constantly seeking out ways for StudioEngine to offer animation, games, VFX, and motion picture production crews who use our facilities state-of-the-art hardware, software, asset management and storage solutions, and we’re happy to include StudioCAP from Thinware Media as our most recent partner," said Stefan Gillard, Chief Mechanic and CEO of StudioEngine, Ltd.

"StudioCAP is the perfect addition for the fast-paced work station and production environment that StudioEngine offers,” said Mark Rocchio, CEO of Thinware Media. “Cloud-based project and asset management offers one of the most seamless, automated, and methodical workflow approaches for managing shots and sequences for 2D, Flash animation, and 3D content," added Rocchio.

About Thinware MediaThinware Media is an established animation services studio and creators of StudioCAP, a Web-delivered asset management system—designed and created in-house, in a real-world production environment—with the objective of helping animation studios and companies create more content, faster, and with greater operation flexibility and competitive cost-of-use/ per-seat pricing.  StudioCAP offers tracking systems for CGI projects, with easy integration into established pipelines, providing more visibility as to where assets are in the production pipeline.  With Studio Computer Aided Production (StudioCAP) the business and creative process become the focus, and relegates infrastructure technology (IT) obligations into a supporting role.  For more information, visit www.thinwaremedia.com, or e-mail  sales@thinwaremedia.com.

About StudioEngineStudioEngine is an extension of the “Infrastructure as a Service” concept. StudioEngine provides a ‘studio for hire’ for large scale feature film animation and visual effects production in Sydney, Australia that can accommodate and house productions requiring up to 700+ visual effects artists. StudioEngine allows animation, games and visual effects companies to work on projects without incurring the significant capital cost of building a new facility. Alternatively existing facilities have the capacity to "burst" into StudioEngine enabling a satellite extension of their existing facility investment.

For more information, visit www.studioengine.com  or email sales@studioengine.com.

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