“Melody Street” Creates Broadcast Magic for Kids with StudioGPU MachStudio Pro
Press Release from StudioGPU
Magical World Creators Rely on Real-time Non-linear 3D Workflow and Rendering to Successfully Mix Live Action with Animation
Los Angeles, CA, July 14, 2010 — StudioGPU announced today the creators of “Melody Street,” an innovative new broadcast show for children, are using StudioGPU MachStudio™ Pro software to streamline productivity and overcome the prohibitive creative costs and lengthy rendering times often associated with producing mixed-media broadcasts. The real-time non-linear 3D workflow and interactive rendering features in MachStudio Pro offer the “Melody Street” artists the speed and flexibility they need to deliver an impressive mix of animation and
live-action footage on a regular basis.
Visit StudioGPU in the AMD Booth # 301 during SIGGRAPH 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, July 27-29 to see the real-time non-linear workflow benefits of MachStudio Pro on the latest AMD ATI 3D workstation graphics accelerators.
“Melody Street” takes place in a magical world where animated musical instruments talk, sing and dance with live-action host Ethan Bortnick, a nine-year-old philanthropist and piano prodigy whose musical career began at age three. Bortnick’s ability to play any song by ear continues
to garner him worldwide recognition, which he uses to help raise money for worthwhile charities such as the recent recording “We are the World 25 for Haiti.” Bortnick continues to captivate audiences around the world, appearing on popular television shows such as “Oprah,” “The Tonight Show,” and many others. To learn more about Ethan Bortnick, visit www.ethanbortnick.com .
The creative team at “Melody Street” relies on the advanced features of MachStudio Pro software, powered by ATI FirePro professional 3D graphics accelerators, to experience unprecedented creative control. With MachStudio Pro, the Melody Street artists can utilize the software’s robust real-time rendering and interactive creative tools, including complex lighting, caustics, camera, shaders, materials, ambient occlusion and color grading, to successfully mix 3D animation with live-action video. To maintain consistency throughout a production, artists are using MachStudio Pro to bypass the traditionally arduous process of continuously adjusting lights and colors and re-rendering scenes.
“Our mixed-media approach is a breakthrough in the broadcast market targeting three-to-seven year old kids,” says Director Guy Frenkel, one of three partners with Composers Gilad Benamram and Gil Feldman. “Using MachStudio Pro, we can easily integrate lighting, occlusion, and CG elements with the live-action video in real time, giving the show a look normally seen only in feature films. MachStudio Pro is essential to our efforts.”
“MachStudio Pro is similar to the revolutionary impact of Final Cut Pro for editing or Pro Tools for recording,” says “Melody Street” partner Gilad Benamram. “Now smaller studios and individuals can produce 3D animation at home that looks like something produced in a big studio.”
Instead of revamping its entire workflow, the Melody Street teamincorporated MachStudio Pro into its existing Autodesk Maya and Apple Final Cut Pro pipeline, a solution that allows the artists to easily make adjustments on the fly as a project moves forward. “Our animation is quite complicated and it takes between half an hour and an hour per frame with traditional rendering,”explains Frenkel. “But when using MachStudio Pro, the rendering takes anywhere from a few seconds up to a minute for the most complicated shots. It would be crazy to do it any other way.”
The fluid workflow of MachStudio Pro also allows the ”Melody Street” team to envision composites ahead of time, even compositing directly in MachStudio Pro as needed. For example, a shadow that is cast from the video channel using an alpha channel can easily be combined in a 3D environment using MachStudio Pro.
To view a “Melody Street” broadcast and other innovative interactive educational activities with the characters from “Melody Street,” please visit www.melodystreet.com .
About MachStudio Pro
MachStudio Pro real-time 3D workflow and rendering software allows artists, designers, engineers, directors, and technical directors (TDs) to work with 3D lighting, camera views and multi-point perspectives in an interactive non-linear fashion with real-time high-fidelity views as they will appear in the final rendered format.
Award-winning MachStudio Pro supports Microsoft Windows 7, Windows XP Professional and Windows Vista operating systems on most professional graphic accelerator cards. MachStudio Pro software is available in North America for $3,999 (USD) or bundled with the ATI FirePro V8800 3D workstation graphics accelerator card for $4,999 (USD). For pricing in other regions, visit www.studiogpu.com/buy/locator . Student, education and volume licensing is also available upon request. For more information about MachStudio Pro and to download the free full-featured MachStudio Pro 30 day trial software, visit the StudioGPU web site at www.studiogpu.com .
StudioGPU develops software and technology that frees digital artists from the creative shackles of time, money and resources. MachStudio Pro empowers artists and designers working in film, broadcast, game development, computer-assisted design (CAD), and pre- and post-production to create and manipulate fully rendered film-quality 3D design and animation in real-time.