In this month's column, Pamela Kleibrink Thompson emphasizes the necessity of learning the latest tools.
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Immersion Corporation, manufacturer of 3D and motion capture hardware and software, will be demonstrating its latest offerings at SIGGRAPH 2008 in Los Angeles, August 12-14. Immersion's products help speed 3D modeling, motion capture, and animation workflows -- resulting in more cost-effective and higher quality productions.
The new products to be featured in booth 1422 are:
MicroScribe Connections for Maya Plug-in
Tweak Software, developers of RV, the image and sequence viewer for animation and visual effects, announced that Lucasfilm Ltd. has selected RV as its playback tool of choice. RV will replace Loupe, the legendary playback software originally developed at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), and used at sister companies Lucasfilm Animation, Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, and LucasArts.
Softimage will release SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7, the latest version of its professional 3-D animation software for games, film and television in Q3 2008. SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 software will introduce a transformative open platform called ICE, designed to capture the infinitely creative vision of content producers.
Tweak Software is releasing RV, the company's first commercially available software package. RV is a highly customizable cross-platform image and sequence viewer that is capable of playing back uncompressed film resolution clips.
Free downloadable trial versions of the software are available upon request at www.tweaksoftware.com.
RV is a real-time, film resolution, high-dynamic-range image and sequence viewer for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. The application can play back uncompressed film resolution sequences, and includes native support for stereo 3-D.
Autodesk today began shipping a Korean version of Autodesk 3ds Max 2009 and Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2009 software. To meet the needs of a growing 3-D community in Korea, this version offers a translated user interface, as well as Korean product documentation and training materials. 3ds Max 2009 and 3ds Max Design 2009 software are also available in French, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and English.
Well suited for rendering of 3D digital content and design, Gelato Pro software now replaces the basic version of Gelato software, which was previously available directly from NVIDIA.
Luxology, an independent technology company developing next-generation 3D content creation software, will host a training seminar entitled "modo 302 Software for High Quality 3D Content Production" at fmx/08.
The session will feature Luxology's Learning Tools Division Manager, Andy Brown, and will focus on rapidly creating a concept vehicle using modo. Free to all fmx/08 attendees, the modo 302 training session will take place on Monday, May 5 from 5-6 p.m. in the Heilbronn Room at the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart. For more information, visit www.fmx.de/E.1.html.
In an effort to optimize support for RED Digital Cinema workflows in post production, AJA Video is adding RED-specific video outputs for some of the unique frame sizes that the REDALERT and REDCINE software applications can produce.
This additional support for RED will be included in the version 6.0 software driver for the award-winning KONA 3 video card. The version 6.0 software update will be a free upgrade for KONA 3 users, and will be available for download in late May 2008.
Autodesk will showcase its latest visual effects, finishing, color grading and animation solutions for film, television and commercial post-production at NAB.
At the Autodesk booth # SL1420, show attendees will have the opportunity to see demonstrations of the following solutions:
--Autodesk Flame software for visual effects systems.
-- Autodesk Smoke software for finishing systems.
Disney Interactive Studios today announced an agreement to acquire Gamestar, one of China's leading independent video game software developers.
With locations in Shanghai and Wuhan, Gamestar has a six-year track record producing high quality art and technology solutions for interactive entertainment software development. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Luxology announced the immediate availability of modo 302, the newest version of its award-winning, artist-friendly 3D content creation software.
Free for registered modo 301 customers, modo 302 adds new natural lighting capabilities, additional layered Photoshop file support, an animation Track View, new modeling tools and numerous other enhancements.
Autodesk today began shipping two new versions of 3ds Max, its leading 3D modeling, animation and rendering software.
In February 2008 the company first announced 3ds Max 2009 software for entertainment professionals, and 3ds Max Design 2009 software, a tailored 3D application for architects, designers and visualization specialists.
Key features in 3ds Max 2009 and 3ds Max Design 2009 include:
--New Reveal rendering toolset, which streamlines iterative workflows.
Documentation for Maxon Computer's CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D software packages is now available in French, the company announced Thursday.
The integrated context-sensitive help system, consisting 3,200 pages filled with detailed information, has been localized for all French-speaking customers.
The complete French language packet can be downloaded for free from the Download section at www.maxon.net.
The new context-sensitive help system makes learning and using CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D even easier.
Conspiracy Entertainment Holdings, a developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment software in North America and Western Europe, announced Tuesday that it has a publishing deal with Engine Software, a game developer based in the Netherlands, regarding the release of its STATESHIFT video game title in the American territories, including North and South America, and Mexico.
MAXON Computer, the developers of CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D, announced Monday the 2008 schedule of its highly anticipated Power Integration Tour.
The tour is a joint road show with Adobe Systems that highlights the ease of integrating MAXON CINEMA 4D 3D software with Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium for a powerful 2D/3D cross platform solution.
DAZ Productions announced they will team with game content pipeline provider Mogware to use their automation toolset technology - used by leading game developers - for moving DAZ 3D content directly into their 3D software or games.
MOGBox, being shown for the first time at the 2008 Game Developers Conference, is designed as a timesaving and cost-effective solution for the large tasks of 3D content creation and reformatting.
DAZ Productions is a leading developer of professional-quality 3D software and models.
At its annual World Press Days event, Autodesk announced two new versions of its Autodesk 3ds Max modeling, animation and rendering software -- the leading asset creation tool for game development. The company launched Autodesk 3ds Max 2009 software for entertainment professionals, and debuted 3ds Max Design 2009 software, a tailored 3D application for architects, designers and visualization specialists.
Leading full-service interactive entertainment industry service provider cdv Software Ent. AG announced the acquisition of a 75% majority share of cdv Madrics Media S.A.S, a newly-founded firm, with options to acquire additional shares. Effective Dec. 31, 2007, French-based cdv Madrics Media S.A.S. has successfully acquired all business operations of the highly successful Madrics Media France. As part of the cdv Group, this newly acquired firm will be responsible for the marketing and distribution of games-related software and hardware, as well as accessories for France and the Benelux.
FIX8 unveiled its premium software that allows bloggers and social networking site users to share a cast of new virtual characters. The software is now available for download at www.FIX8.com. Moreover, the company also launched its new website featuring a simplified software download process and new videos and avatars.
FIX8's latest creation builds on its free software download. The premium version (for a limited time offer of $9.95) features a cast of 65 virtual characters, over 140 accessories, and advanced high-resolution video-record options.
PipelineFX, makers of Qube! software, a leading render farm management software for film production, game development and digital media education, is offering software licenses that can now be purchased online 24/7 via the PipelineFX website, www.pipelinefx.com.
On the heels of the release of Massive on Windows, Massive Software has initiated Massive educational programs adopted by a host of higher learning institutions, including Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Savannah College of Art and Design, Ringling College of Art and Design, the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the Institute of Animation at the Film Akademie. Massive-developed courses and curriculum at these institutions will be integrated into the foundation of the schools' respective animation and 3D programs.
Luxology launched its new modo 301 evaluation version and modo in Focus video series. This bundle of software and eight high-resolution movies quickly orients new users to the artist-friendly toolset in modo. The evaluation software has 100% feature parity with the commercial version of modo, and includes an unlimited 30-day license for both the PC and Mac. The software and modo in Focus video album are sold together for $25 and can be downloaded immediately from www.luxology.com/store/training_series07.aspx.
The professional line of products from Emmy Award-winning Toon Boom Animation Inc. now runs on Mac OS X version 10.5 Leopard, Apple's latest operating system. The professional software packages Storyboard Pro and Digital Pro, and the consumer software Storyboard, all run smoothly on Leopard. Toon Boom users will enjoy the more aesthetic and fluid user interface during the creative process.