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Headline News Rausch Joins Vicon

Vicon, the developer of Academy Award-winning motion capture systems, today announced that Brian Rausch has joined the company as Vice President of Production for Vicon and Vicon House of Moves.

Rausch comes on board from Sony Computer Entertainment of America, where he most recently served as Senior Manager of the Visual Arts Services Group.

Rausch has more than 10 years of production experience, with a heavy specialization in motion capture and animation.

Headline News Organic Motion To Launch European Markerless Mocap Studio

Leading computer vision and markerless mocap system innovator Organic Motion has announced the opening of the industry's only full-body markerless motion capture studio for European markets. The company's first international service center and demo site, Studio 7, is in London and is owned and operated by production company Atticus Finch.

Headline News Vicon's FK Extreme MoCap System Gains Momentum

Vicon's low-cost motion capture system, FK Extreme, has been gaining momentum with continually growing system sales to both entertainment and educational facilities worldwide. FK Extreme was first introduced at last year's Game Developer's Conference.

Headline News Angie Jones Joins Motion Theory

Motion Theory has hired Angie Jones as animation supervisor. With more than 14 years of experience in creature and character animation for blockbuster films, TV, commercials and videogames, Jones is charged with strengthening the studio's animation department, pushing the ideals of how computer animated characters look and move and overseeing animation teams for all 3D and 2D project work.

Headline News Registration Open for January08 Term at fxphd

fxphd.com is offering 30 courses in the new January08 term (with classes beginning Jan. 14), including 11 new courses.

fxphd continues its production stream with courses on RED camera workflow and digital photography for vfx. They also have a new focus on motion graphics design this term, with three new mograph-centric courses. But they haven't abandoned their vfx/post roots and have new courses in Maya, Flame 2008 and Shake.

Highlights include:

Headline News The Foundry Releases Furnace 4 for eyeon Fusion

The Foundry launched its Furnace 4 plug-ins for eyeon Software's Fusion. The recently released toolset is brand new to Fusion artists, giving them access to a host of advanced image processing tools designed to enhance workflow and boost productivity in digital visual effects post-production.

With The Foundry's Furnace 4 for Fusion now shipping, Fusion artists will, for the first time, be able to gain access to a broad range of The Foundry's sophisticated motion estimation technology.

Headline News Tyrus Wong Artwork Spotlighted in Academy Exhibition

Fine art illustrations created by Tyrus Wong during the production of BAMBI (1942) will be highlighted along with dozens of other films from the late 1940s through early 1990s in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' new exhibition, "The Art of the Motion Picture Illustrator: William B. Major, Harold Michelson and Tyrus Wong," opening on Sept. 28, in the Academy's Grand Lobby Gallery in Beverly Hills. Admission is free.

Headline News Organic Motion Launches Commercial Markerless Motion Capture System

Organic Motion Inc. launched the commercial availability of the first turnkey markerless motion capture system for the entertainment and life sciences industries, as well as a customized offering for use with the general public. Organic Motion's new line of products --STAGE, BioSTAGE and OpenSTAGE --all harness the company's core computer vision technology, enabling computers to cognitively "see" people's complex movements and generate highly accurate 3D tracking data in realtime, all without body suits or tracking devices.

Headline News Vicon Blade Debuts At SIGGRAPH 2007

Vicon announced Blade, a new motion capture processing software system based on the systems development and experience of Vicon and Vicon House of Moves. Blade, designed to work with Vicon's Academy Award-winning realtime motion capture systems, provides a single unified toolset that supports the growing demands of full performance capture, on-set visualization and makes capturing and processing motion capture data for the 3D animation pipeline simpler and more direct.

Headline News Mova & Gentle Giant Demo Moving 3D Sculpture of Live-Action Performance

Performance capture studio Mova and Gentle Giant Studios are unveiling a unique 3D Zoetrope that uses persistence of motion to bring to life a series of 3D models of an actor's face captured live by Mova's Contour Reality Capture System in booth #1229 at SIGGRAPH 2007 in San Diego this week.

Headline News Method Utilizes Massive & Vicon for Zack Snyder-Directed Miller Lite Spot

Massive Software and Vicon House of Moves contributed to the work of Method Studios on the new Miller Lite spot, BREAK FROM THE CROWD, helmed by 300 director Zack Snyder.

Headline News Xsens Offers Moven MoCap

Xsens Technologies has announced what it has termed a groundbreaking new motion capture system called "Moven." This comfortable suit with integrated inertial sensors, captures human motion in realtime with unprecedented life-like fluidity and ease-of-use.

Xsens will launch Moven to the international community on Aug. 7-9 at SIGGRAPH 2007 in San Diego, California (booth #109).

Headline News MAXON Presents The Power Integration Tour

MAXON Computer Inc. announced "The Power Integration Tour," a joint road show with Adobe Systems Inc. where motion graphics artists will learn how to bring their vision to life with blockbuster visual effects and compelling motion graphics for film, video, DVD, the Web and mobile devices.

Headline News BBC Motion Gallery Debuts Royalty-Free Collections

BBC Motion Gallery, the clip and short form program licensing division of BBC Worldwide, announced the debut of royalty-free footage collections available for purchase through its newly redesigned website, featuring immediate access to production-ready clips, improved search functions, and both clickless previews and large-screen previews in QuickTime 7.

Headline News RE:Vision Effects Introduces ReelSmart Motion Blur

RE:Vision Effects announced the immediate availability of ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB) for Autodesk Toxik (2007 and up) and Assimilate Scratch (version 3 and up). Other OFX hosts will be added to the list of supported applications once they are verified to work properly.

RSMB as an OFX plug-in product comes with two plug-ins:

Headline News Stop Mo Expo Announces Lineup

ASIFA-Hollywood has announces more details about the guests and events that will be part of its Stop Mo Expo, which will take place on April 21, 2007, at Woodbury University, located at 7500 Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, California. There will be two big events. The first is a group of panels and seminars running from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The lineup includes:

* Stop Motion in the Computer Age -- moderated by Edward Chiodo* Ask the Experts -- moderated by Tennessee Reid Norton* Stop Motion Education -- moderated by Larry Loc

Headline News The Foundry Launches Furnace 4 for Shake

The Foundry has announced Furnace 4 plug-ins for Shake, a major product release comprising next-generation motion estimation technology and a host of other tools, designed to ease the routine processes involved with the production of digital visual effects.

Headline News Organic Motion Offers Markerless MoCap Solution

Organic Motion Inc. announced the industry's first full body, markerless motion capture system. Functioning without the use of markers or body suits, Organic Motion's technology improves every step of the animation process by producing immediately usable clean data that can be imported into MotionBuilder, Autodesk's leading realtime character animation application, as well as any custom software applications. Organic Motion will be exhibiting at GDC (North Hall, booth #5603) in San Francisco, March 7-9.

Headline News Digital Musings From the Editor:

We finish the month at VFXWORLD with a look at music videos and sports motion graphics. Steven J. Gottlieb provides a first look at Motion Theorys vfx work on Modest Mouses brand-new music video, DASHBOARD. And J. Paul Peszko looks at four powerhouses in the field of sports motion graphics: VizRT, The Troika Design Group, Imaginary Forces and Reality Check Studios.

Headline News UCLA Extension Offers Two New Animation Courses

UCLA Extension is offering two new courses in animation. "Make It, Move It" is for designers and artists who want to make their art move. UCLA Extension is also offering a new online course that deconstructs 3D opening title sequences, on screens and graphic sequences.

Starting by storyboarding their animation, "Make It, Move It" students design and create a character, animal or object using mixed media and collage.

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