Adobe Systems Inc. announced that the next version of Adobe Production Studio, the integrated video and audio post-production tool set that is part of the Creative Suite family, will be available for both the Macintosh and Windows platforms. Film, video and web professionals using Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator on the Mac will soon be able to use Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Encore DVD and Adobe Soundbooth -- all key components of an upcoming revision to Adobe Production Studio.
Genemation Ltd., a leading developer of 3D "face synthesis" and character modeling tools, has launched GenCrowd 3D v2.0 for digital artists who need to easily and quickly generate large numbers of synthetic, realistic looking 3D heads. Output can be seemlessly exported into industry-standard art/animation tools and pipelines. GenCrowd's heads are highly configurable to suit a wide range of applications, including videogames, mobile, post-production, web authoring and other digital content applications. A trial version can be downloaded from the website.
Next Limit Technologies has released improved Maxwell Render plug-ins for 3ds Max (Windows) and Maya (Windows and Mac OSX).
Updates for 3ds Max include:* Emitter-only materials (no BSDF enabled) are displayed in the viewport using the emitter color.* The material wizard has been implemented* The state of UI elements is now updated to reflect which ones are available when a specific mode is selected (e.g. when using an IOR file, the rest of the BSDF parameters are disabled)
Digital Video released TAB Kids, a software tool that introduces kids to the animation process.
Based on Toonz technology, TAB kids allows kids to create a cartoon using a user- friendly interface based on graphical elements instead of menus and commands. Any task can be performed by simply operating on icons and buttons that are self-explanatory, and by following simple steps that come from the professional production workflow. Features include:
Softimage Co. has released SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6, the latest version of its flagship 3D animation and character creation software. Available now for download, XSI 6 software offers new features and solutions that result in a fast and highly integrated way to work with complex 3D characters and motion capture data in a mixed-studio pipeline. Whether used for visual effects in film and broadcast programs or for designing next-generation PC and console games, XSI 6 software delivers many powerful capabilities to 3D artists this holiday season.
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eyeon Software Inc. announced that Fusion for Linux is immediately available. Based on the recent December release of version 5.1, Fusion on Linux is the company's next universal platform initiative.
"We have been working hard on Fusion Linux, discovering along the way the necessary changes required to provide a product equal to the task of both the Fusion and Linux communities," said eyeon ceo Steve Roberts. "And we're really proud to deliver this in time for the holidays..."
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Extension 1 for the Autodesk Lustre 2007 digital color grading system is now available exclusively to Lustre subscription customers. With this extension, Lustre 2007 extracts greater performance from the graphical processing unit (GPU) on Windows-based personal computers (PCs), thereby accelerating the digital grading process. By using Lustre 2007, colorists can work in parallel with Autodesk Flame and Autodesk Smoke systems users, improving collaboration and completing projects faster.
NaturalMotion Ltd., developers of the highly-acclaimed Dynamic Motion Synthesis (DMS) technology, announced its new Academic Partner Program, which offers leading colleges, universities and 3D animation schools subsidized fast-track access to endorphin and select upcoming 3D technology from NaturalMotion. The new Academic Partner Program is NaturalMotions first step in a sustained effort to establish a growing network of students who are skilled in next-generation animation technologies.
From sizzling dramas to science fiction adventures, Autodesk Inc. Media & Ent. solutions are shaping more than 40 new and returning TV shows. Numerous post-production facilities are relying on Autodesk visual effects, editing and finishing, and 3D animation, modeling and rendering software to create captivating, future-proofed TV content.
Skymatter Ltd. announced the first public release of its highly anticipated sculpting software, Mudbox. After two years of production testing with several of the largest film and game companies, Mudbox is now available for purchase.
eyeon Software Inc. announced that Fusion 5.1 is now available. The node-based compositor combines the benefits of an integrated 2D and 3D multi-processor architecture with an advanced collaborative workflow management system.
Fusion 5.1 boasts an impressive growth in features to streamline the workflow and push production capabilities. Some of the numerous features include:
Rising Sun Research has released cineSync v1.2, a new version of the company's remote review and approval tool.
NewTek Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation and video products, has released a free trial of LightWave 3D version 9.0 for Windows 32-bit, 64-bit and Mac. This free trial version of NewTeks award-winning software provides all of the capabilities of the software unencumbered for a full 30 days.
NaturalMotion Ltd. has released endorphin 2.7 and the endorphin 2.7 Learning Edition (eLE). The newest version of NaturalMotion's award-winning animation software, endorphin 2.7 features new fluid effects support, a Maya control panel plug-in, extended forces and torques, additional file format support and improved user resources.
NVIDIA Corp. announced the NVIDIA Quadro FX 3500M, a high-performing mobile workstation graphics solution for CAD, digital content creation and scientific visualization.
Since the release of Anime Studio 5 earlier in the fall, e frontier America Inc. has seen impressive sales of its 2D animation and cartoon creation software. Anime Studio was previously known as Moho.
Anime Studio utilizes a "bone rigging" system normally found only in 3D graphics software that streamlines the animation workflow and reduces production time. Manipulation and drawing tools can be used with digital photos to create cut out animations similar to JibJab Media and SouthParkStudios.com.
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Artbeats announced the immediate availability of 35 new CG medical clips. The new CG medical clips offer astounding photorealistic footage that takes viewers inside the human body, providing a firsthand look at how the vascular, muscular, skeletal and other organs function. Featuring fascinating footage of the complex anatomy, these new solo clips boast the same pristine imagery and visual quality that makes Artbeats a favorite among industry professionals.
REALVIZ has released Stitcher Unlimited 5.5 DS (Double Shot), which offers the ability to automatically stitch 2-shot fisheye photos. Stitcher Unlimited DS delivers the most versatile and accessible solution for a wide variety of industries, for the creation of stunning panoramas from horizontally and vertically stitched photos, and fisheye shots. With the new DS extension for Stitcher 5.5 Unlimited, even 2-shot IPIX style fisheyes can now be stitched automatically, providing a unique one-stop solution for anyone working in immersive imaging.
e frontier announced the release of Poser Figure Artist software for the traditional art markets. Poser Figure Artist was designed to help artists create the human figure for canvas, sculpture or digital artwork. The software allows artists to choose any of the numerous 3D figure models that are included, pose the figure and then view it from various angles and surface planes with a large variety of lighting options.
NVIDIA Corp. and several partners announced a strategic initiative for the Indian Digital Content Creation (DCC) community. The initiative, called Digital Bollywood, couples NVIDIA technologies with industry expertise from around the world to help enable India as a DCC powerhouse.
Digital Bollywood includes the following components:
* Technology: NVIDIA Gelato rendering software and NVIDIA Quadro technology tailored for the Indian market.
Avid Technology Inc. announced that its Softimage subsidiary will unveil SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6 by the end of December. XSI 6 software introduces new solutions for accelerated animation that simplify working with 3D characters and motion capture data. A new collaborative framework in XSI 6 software also allows 3D artists to work together non-destructively, in a studio environment that provides easy integration with other 3D applications.