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eyeon Software Ships DFX+ 5

eyeon Software Inc. is now shipping version 5 of its digital video compositor, DFX+, a prominent compositing tool for effects, motion graphics and animation pipelines.

DFX+ is based on the image engine and award-winning architecture of eyeons lead film compositing solution, Fusion. Principal features of DFX+ 5 include 3D compositions with lights, cameras and primitives, OpenGL acceleration with display views and an essential change to ASCII files. Compositions created in DFX+ 5 can easily be opened in Fusion, to help move any project forward.

Motion Headline News

RE:Vision Effects Releases 64-Bit Support for Discreet and ReelSmart

RE:Vision Effects Inc. announced 64-bit support of its Irix Discreet systems (Sparks) versions of Twixtor, its popular retiming solution, and ReelSmart Motion Blur, which adds and removes motion blur based on per-pixel calculated motion. The new releases also work within the Linux versions of Smoke and Flint and are available for Burn render farms.

Software Headline News

FrameForge 3D Previs Software Available in French

Innoventive Software, Llc. announced that its previsualization and storyboarding software, FrameForge 3D Studio, is now available for Windows fully localized in French with a French Installation and Getting Started Manual included.

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Autodesk Introduces New Discreet Inferno Visual Effects System in Japan

Autodesk Inc. has released a new configuration of its Academy Award-winning Discreet Inferno visual effects system for the Japanese market. The system is designed to meet the specific platform performance and branding requirements of many Japanese post-production facilities.

Animation Headline News

endorphin 2.5 Learning Edition Now Available

NaturalMotion Ltd. announced the immediate availability of the companys free endorphin 2.5 Learning Edition (eLE). Based on endorphin, NaturalMotions award-winning character animation software, the new eLE includes all relevant product documentation and a comprehensive support network via the companys active endorphin forum. The software has no time restrictions and is fully functional; however, it is motion file export disabled and is not to be used for commercial production.

Effects Headline News

MPC Licenses FlowLine Fluid System

London based vfx house, MPC (The Moving Picture Co.) has licensed FlowLine, a fluid simulation system developed by Munich-based vfx house Scanline, which simulates and renders photoreal fire and water. MPC and Scanline are working together on integrating FlowLine into MPCs large-scale production pipeline.

MPC has elected to work with Scanline to continue ongoing internal R&D focus on the development of its sophisticated in-house character/creature pipeline.

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Polhemus Launches PATRIOT Class B

Polhemus has released the PATRIOT, a 6 Degree-of-Freedom (6DOF) tracking product, which been verified to meet the requirements of Class B digital device standards.

The PATRIOT is now available in both Class A and Class B emissions standards. The new Class B version of the PATRIOT meets the more stringent emissions requirements specified by the FCC and CE standards. The Class B PATRIOT also has a new look and is easily identified by the white plastic chassis. PATRIOT B can now be used in more rigorous residential and industrial laboratory environments.

Toon Headline News

Toon Boom Releases Opus II & Harmony Service Packs

Toon Boom Animation has released Opus II Service Pack 1 and Harmony Service Pack 1. As Harmony incorporates all Opus capabilities, all added features and enhancements apply to both products. Service pack highights include:

* Support of news scanners, namely Fujitsu fi-5750c and Epson GT 15000

* New shortcuts, optimized memory management and workflow enhancements in the Scanning module

* Optimization of templates management

* Batch rendering improvements

* Several other bug fixes

Software Headline News

IMAGICA Embraces Toxik Software

IMAGICA Corp. has added 15 seats of Autodesk Toxik software to its post-production pipeline, along with training from Autodesk Consulting. Autodesk has also released the first feature extension to the Toxik collaborative visual effects and compositing software. This extension, called Blend and Comp, contains tools that make frequent digital compositing tasks easier.

Studio Headline News

Alienbrain Studio 7.5 Now Available

Avid Technology Inc., announced the worldwide availability of its leading asset management system for digital content production, Avid Alienbrain Studio 7.5. Designed to meet the needs of art teams working on next-generation game development and industrial design projects, Alienbrain Studio 7.5 comes in two new configurations with new pricing: Alienbrain Essentials (starting at $495) and Alienbrain Advanced ($1,495).

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Autodesk Introduces Flame for Linux

Autodesk Inc. launched its Academy Award-winning Discreet Flame visual effects system on dual-core workstations running the Linux operating system. The Discreet Flame system is already available on workstations running the IRIX operating system. As a result, film studios, broadcasters and post-production facilities will have more flexibility and choice in shaping their digital content creation pipelines.

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NVIDIA Releases GeForce 7800 GTX 512

NVIDIA Corp. announced the availability of the new NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX 512 graphics processing unit (GPU). The companys award-winning GeForce 7800 GTX graphics chip already powers what many experts consider to be the fastest graphics cards around. With the new GeForce 7800 GTX 512, NVIDIA has released a new, supercharged version of the GPU that delivers tremendous performance in todays PC games.

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Imagica Purchases monet for Competitive Edge

Tokyo-based Imagica will be using monet from Imagineer Systems in its commercial post-production division, which relies heavily on 2D tracking. Imagica needed a way to speed up the tracking process and improve quality, and cited monet as the only accurate 2D tracking system available that would allow them to achieve this.

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Pixar Releases RenderMan For Maya 1.0

Pixar Animation Studios has released RenderMan for Maya, the studios next-generation 3D rendering plug-in. Now all Maya artists can enhance their productions with the functionality and prestige of Pixars Academy Award-winning RenderMan.

With its seamless integration into Mayas workflow, Pixars RenderMan for Maya is designed for intuitive ease of use while providing digital artists with the competitive advantages of RenderMans reknown quality and performance.

Avid Headline News

GenArts Announces November Discount for Sapphire Plug-ins

GenArts Inc., a leading provider of digital visual effects plug-ins for the film, broadcast and video industry, announced a special price promotion on their Sapphire Plug-ins for Avid AVX products.

Throughout the month of November, the price tag for the full package of Sapphire Plug-ins for Avid is being reduced by 15%. Savings range from $270 on Avid Xpress Pro HD to $720 on Avid DS Nitris. Contact an authorized Avid reseller or visit www.genarts.com for more specific pricing information. To benefit from the promotion, orders must be received by Nov. 30.

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AJA Ships KONA LHe For New Power Mac PCI Express G5

AJA Video, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, has begun shipping KONA LHe, the first PCI Express HD capable device for the new Power Mac PCI Express G5s. AJA is now shipping a total of four products that support the PCIe G5 systems: the award-winning Io family of video converters, Io, IoLA, IoLD along with KONA LHe. Underscoring its commitment to future-safe products, the AJA Io product line has been compatible with the last three generations of Mac G4, G5 and PowerBooks systems.

Maps Headline News

Pixologic Adds Displacement Exporter and Multi-Displacement 2

Pixologic Inc., makers of the award-winning modeling, texturing and painting application, ZBrush, announced the release of two new plug-ins: Displacement Exporter and Multi-Displacement 2.

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Artbeats Releases Code Rush and Code Storm

The cyber worlds dark side, distorted figures and high frequency waves are only a few of the CG backgrounds featured in Artbeats' new Code Rush and Code Storm royalty-free stock footage collections. Code Rush is a grunge-filled title that traverses virtual wastelands, moves through cities ravaged by mysterious debris and travels through time warps riddled with fantastic geometric shapes. Code Storm is a bizarre collection of frenzied display screens and digital chaos that is sure to evoke creativity.

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REALVIZ MatchMover Pro 4.0 Now Available

MatchMover Pro 4.0 is currently shipping and offers a powerful new central automatic tracking engine, based on the power of SMART. In addition to providing radical new performance levels, MatchMover Pro 4.0 boasts a brand new look, with redesigned icons, colors and a slick, minimalist feel. A complete re-writing of export formats allows a perfectly smooth import of results, as well as additional features such as direct non-linear distortion management within Maya, 3ds Max, XSI and LightWave 3D.

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Rendercore Releases Remote Rendering Solutions for Turtle

Rendercore Inc., a worldwide leader in remote rendering solutions, announced complete integration and support lluminate Labs Turtle 1.1.5.3 on Rendercore's state-of-the-art render farm, based in downtown Los Angeles.

Animation Headline News

Lucasfilm Animation Singapore to be Maya-centric

Alias Maya software has been chosen as the chief 3D animation technology at Lucasfilm Animation Singapore. The animation studio, which opened today (Oct. 27, 2005), is gearing up to produce digital animated content including films and television for global audiences. The choice of Maya not only gives the Singapore studio access to world-leading 3D modeling, animation and visual effects technology, it also assists in drawing top animation talent to their facility.

Animation Headline News

AMD64 Helps Power Lucasfilm Animation Singapore

AMD announced that the digital backbone of the new Lucasfilm Animation Singapore digital animation center is powered by AMD64 processor technology. The Singapore facility is Lucasfilm Ltd.s first animation studio in Asia and complements its new Letterman Digital Arts Center at the Presidio in San Francisco.

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Luxology Releases modo 103 Service Update

Luxology Llc., the creators of modo, a leading subdivision surface and polygonal 3D modeling platform, announced the release of its free modo 103 service update. The modo 103 update features a host of advances, including the debut of a new UV mapping technology that greatly simplifies and accelerates the UV unwrapping process, and improved stability for specific hardware configurations.

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