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Press Release from Autodesk, Inc.
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., April 14, 2009 -- Autodesk, Inc., will participate in the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas, April 18-23, 2009. At NAB, Autodesk expects to unveil a new product and showcase its latest visual effects, finishing, color grading and animation solutions for film, television and commercial post-production.
Autodesk Product ShowcaseAt the Autodesk booth SL2120, NAB attendees can see demonstrations featuring the following products:
It's been a busier GDC than usual for Autodesk, which was expected after the recent Softimage purchase. First came the announcement of 3ds Max 2010, followed by new versions of its two runtime technologies for the game engine -- HumanIK 4 animation middleware and Kynapse 6 artificial intelligence (AI) middleware -- as well as Softimage Mod Tool 7.5 software (formerly SOFTIMAGE|XSI Mod Tool), the free 3D modeling and animation package for aspiring artists.
Autodesk introduced 3ds Max 2010 software at GDC, offering nearly 350 additional features. The 2010 release provides innovative creative tools: a render-quality viewport display and at least 100 new Graphite modeling tools. It also offers new capabilities that help artists manage complex scenes with greater ease and an unprecedented level of support for software interoperability and pipeline integration.
Artists have used 3ds Max to create numerous award-winning videogames, such as FALLOUT 3, PRINCE OF PERSIA and GEARS OF WAR 2.
At the 2009 Game Developers Conference (GDC), Autodesk will showcase its latest middleware and art creation tools for building innovative game experiences. Daily presentations at the Autodesk Booth (#5716) will highlight how the company's solutions have helped artists create AAA titles, such as FIFA SOCCER 09, WARHAMMER ONLINE: AGE OF RECKONING, PRINCE OF PERSIA and JAMES BOND: QUANTUM OF SOLACE. Industry visionaries and technology experts will also host four free Autodesk MasterClasses and six free Autodesk-sponsored training sessions during the show.
Autodesk has launched Autodesk Softimage 7.5 software for visual effects and game production, renaming the SOFTIMAGE|XSI software -- acquired from Avid Technology, Inc. -- Autodesk Softimage. The 7.5 version offers timesaving new features, such as UV unfolding technology, a multithreaded Syflex cloth simulator and an integrated mental ray 3.7+ renderer. Artists have used Softimage to create numerous movies, commercials and video games, including the Oscar-winning film HAPPY FEET, Coca Cola's HEIST Super Bowl ad, and the FABLE II videogame.
Advertisers and movie studios relied on technology from Autodesk to tackle the cutting-edge visual effects and animation integral to delivering their Super Bowl XLIII message.
"Super Bowl commercials and trailers are some of the most demanding entertainment projects in the world," said Bruno Sargeant, senior industry manager for television and broadcast, Autodesk Media & Entertainment. "For over 15 years, leading creatives have relied on a variety of Autodesk solutions to shape awe-inspiring content."
i3DTutorials has released training for Autodesk Maya 2009, INTRODUCTION TO RENDERING WITH MENTAL RAY IN AUTODESK MAYA 2009.
Deadlines: February 16 and March 4, 2009
The Autodesk 2009 Best of the Best Show Reel is seeking submissions. Enter your latest film, commercial, broadcast, music video, and episodic projects created using Autodesk software, including Softimage|XSI and Softimage|Face Robot.
Under an exclusive arrangement with Autodesk, The Foundry can once again offer support for the Autodesk Sparks range of its Tinder, Furnace and Keylight products.
The Foundry had previously been winding down support and development for plug-ins on Autodesk System products following Autodesk's termination of The Foundry's Authorized Developer Network program membership at the end of 2008.
In the new Broadway hit SHREK THE MUSICAL, DreamWorks Animation is relying on Autodesk's 3D character animation technology. A customized system based on Autodesk MotionBuilder software is being used to generate a digital face in the Magic Mirror, which speaks to Lord Farquaad in real-time for every show.
Autodesk has announced they will cut 750 jobs, or about 10 percent of their staff, according to wire reports.
A release on iStockAnalyst said Autodesk will "consolidate certain facilities as part of a plan to reduce operating expenses."
The initiatives are in addition to the ongoing actions previously announced that include a hiring freeze, business travel restrictions, and other reductions in its operating expenses.
Looking to show off your company's talent? Be part of the Autodesk Games Show Reel 2009!
Submit your recent video-game cinematics, trailers, in-game sequences, or animations created with any or a combination of the following Autodesk animation products: 3ds Max, Maya, MotionBuilder, Mudbox, Kynapse, HumanIK, and Softimage|XSI software.
The Foundry has significantly reduced prices on plug-ins for Autodesk advanced systems, as it is no longer part of the Autodesk Authorized Developer Network program and can no longer guarantee continued development or support.
The decision follows notification by Autodesk that it will not renew its development license with The Foundry, citing competitive issues. The decision ends Autodesk's 12-year development relationship with The Foundry and its users.
To coincide with the annual Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, Autodesk, Inc. announced Tuesday that it has expanded its portfolio of Macintosh 2D and 3D software tools for entertainment, multimedia and design professionals.
Across multiple movie genres and filmmaking techniques, this year's holiday blockbuster movies demonstrate the wide-range of entertainment that is shaped with Autodesk software. Filmmakers are using Autodesk's animation, visual effects and color grading tools to enhance their creative process and enable sophisticated storytelling.
Autodesk, Inc. will be exhibiting at SIGGRAPH Asia conference and exhibition, held in Singapore, Dec. 10-13, 2008. The inaugural conference is expected to be the region's largest computer graphics event.
From December 1-5 Autodesk will host a series of 3December events to celebrate 3D artists and their work. For the tenth consecutive year, these events provide Autodesk 3D software users with the opportunity to share their art, learn and network with their peers. 3December 2008 will include 3D art contests, live events in numerous cities around the world, and a virtual celebration on Autodesk's online user community -- the AREA.
Indian animation and visual effects house Visual Computing Labs (VCL), a division of Tata Elxsi, used Autodesk Maya software as the lead 3-D modeling, animation and visual effects tool on ROADSIDE ROMEO. VCL also relied on the Autodesk Flame visual effects system to create the film, while Prime Focus used the Autodesk Lustre system for the final color grade.
A joint production of Yash Raj Films and Walt Disney Pictures, ROADSIDE ROMEO is India's first 3-D animated mainstream feature film, as well as the first Hollywood-Bollywood co-production.
This year's fall television schedule features content created with the full range of Autodesk's entertainment solutions. From MAD MEN and SONS OF ANARCHY; to NCIS, ENTOURAGE, SMALLVILLE, PUSHING DAISIES and STARGATE: ATLANTIS; TV programs are advancing creativity through Autodesk Media & Entertainment technology.
Autodesk has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Softimage -- a developer of 3D technology for the film, television and games markets -- for approximately $35 million. On October 23, 2008, Autodesk announced it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Softimage from Avid Technology.
Orlando-area Autodesk users are invited Wednesday evening, October 29 for an informative and fun-packed Halloween event located at The Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows, hosted by Profile East, Inc. and Autodesk, Inc.
Autodesk will be showing version 2009 releases of Autodesk's Maya, 3DS Max, MotionBuilder and Mudbox while entertaining you and your associates Halloween-party style.
Digital Stone, a contemporary art exhibition touring three cities in China, has opened at the Today Art Museum in Beijing. The exhibit, sponsored by Autodesk, features the work of four American stone sculptors who use 3D software to create sculpture and represent the surprising intersection of art and technology.