wondertouch announced the release of the Professional Emitter Libraries, a collection of six new particle emitter libraries for the company's award-winning particleIllusion 3.0 software, widely regarded for creating high-quality, complex particle animations.
Bauhaus Software will offer Boardomatic v2, a new fully digital storyboarding system for Bauhaus Mirage, the company's award-winning 2D animation product. Designed for 2D animators and storyboard artists accustomed to working on paper, Boardomatic v2 combines a customizable template system, automatic pan generation, print formatting and much more.
PNY Technologies Inc. is now shipping the latest in its line of high-def graphics-to-video solutions, the NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 SDI. Adopted by major television networks and film companies, NVIDIA Quadro SDI solutions have been integrated with numerous broadcast and video applications from industry leaders to enable high-def live-to-air 3D graphics, broadcast news, traffic and weather graphics, 2K digital film playback and digital intermediate uses.
Janet Hetherington chats with top vfx experts and creative professionals about how new technology is making big ideas possible and affordable for commercials, music videos and the Web.
LA ACM SIGGRAPH Presents 'Snow Crash: Virtual Reality Goes Real' in Los Angeles on February 22, 2006.
EditShare will be unveiling the next generation (version 4.0) of its award-winning EditShare family of systems at NAB 2006, (booth SL 1410). Available by the end of Q2 2006, EditShare version 4.0 will bring users a host of new productivity enhancing features, including support for uncompressed HD, faster hardware and larger hard drives, and a new scalable architecture.
In this months Digital Eye, guest columnist Jay Dee Alley the art director at Blue Fang Games plays the game of discerning art from mere technology.
NVIDIA Corp. and DiBcom, the leader in semiconductor technology for mobile digital TV, are teaming to create a DVB-H reference design for mobile handset TV platforms.NVIDIA Corp. and DiBcom, the leader in semiconductor technology for mobile digital TV, are teaming to create a DVB-H reference design for mobile handset TV platforms. By working together, the two companies can offer a solution that will deliver dramatic advancements in the broadcast quality of mobile TV on next-generation mobile handsets.
The Pixel Farm announced that it will start shipping PFTrack 3.5 in March. Already one of the most advanced camera tracking and motion analysis products available, this latest version reaches new heights of operability, with many additional features including a more sophisticated camera solver, segmented shot solving, improved geometry tracking and extensive UI and workflow improvements.
Ubisoft Montreal has installed the 24-camera Vicon MX40 system. The leading game publisher is home to a new purpose-built motion capture studio equipped with a 4,500-square-foot stage designed primarily for full-body performance. Ubisoft Montreal decided to bring motion capture in-house to develop pipelines that tie directly into its game engines and game designs, and to eliminate the logistical costs of traveling to U.S. West Coast-based motion capture service bureaus.
3Dlabs Wildcat Realizm graphics technology has been chosen by Sun Microsystems Inc. to provide the foundation for the newly announced Sun XVR-2500 graphics accelerator. The new Sun XVR-2500 card is available in high-end Sun Ultra45 workstations. Powered by Wildcat Realizm graphics technology, Sun XVR-2500 graphics deliver high levels of image quality and realtime visualization capabilities for a wide-range of professional applications.
Rendercore Inc., a worldwide leader in remote rendering solutions, announced the complete integration and support for the recently introduced HAIR module from Maxon.
This new module lets users quickly and easily add astonishingly realistic hair to objects. The hair can be styled using HAIR's extensive tool palette, and a custom 3D shader gives artists complete control over the appearance of the hair. HAIR is not only easy to use, it's very fast, offers excellent rendering quality and requires very little memory. An average configuration can easily render millions of hairs.
BFG Technologies Inc., a leading U.S.-based NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards and other PC enthusiast products, announced that their new BFG GeForce 7800 GS OC 256MB AGP graphics cards are immediately available through leading retailers and retailers.
BOXX Technologies Inc. announced that its new APEXX 4 personal workstation is setting new speed and performance records with SOFTIMAGE|XSI. APEXX 4 was released in January, and is a top-of-the-line four-processor, eight-core personal workstation specifically engineered to maximize productivity for todays visual effects professionals.
Joe Strike looks into the growing opportunities of repurposing content from other mediums on the Internet.
Christopher Harz examines the international new media market, chronicling its evolutions and revolutions.
Christopher Harz looks into the real potential of IPTV is it a boom waiting to explode or is a fad thats soon to bust?
Orlando-based Digital Ribbon has signed a cross-marketing agreement with Maxwell Render, a digital animation firm based in Spain, who will provide use of its digital animation software to Digital Ribbon clients. Both firms will earn commissions on software licensing agreements.
NVIDIA Corp. launched the new NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GS graphics processing unit (GPU). The latest addition to the Companys award-winning GeForce 7 Series line up, the GeForce 7300 GS boasts the video and gaming features of todays most advanced GPUs to deliver stunning, high-def video up to 1080i resolution and cutting edge gaming effects. In addition, the GeForce 7300 GS GPU is primed for the upcoming Microsoft Vista operating system (OS).
Brands still dominate, but a growing number of opportunities exist for animators to sell their content for cell phone distribution. Karen Raugust reports.
Christopher Harz goes to the gadget geeks mecca CES and tells us what wonderful toys he found that are pushing entertainment into the future.
The new version of FrameForge 3D Studio is now available. The update offers greater ease-of-use, improved speed, TrueOptix Optically Accurate Depth of Field and a host of other new features.
Digital Video has released Toonz 5.0 Harlequin, which steps into paperless animation by integrating vector drawings in its traditional workflow based on raster drawings. This new environment allows to manage drawings, images and animation levels the way one prefers, preserving their nature throughout the workflow, with no unwanted conversion from raster to vector, or vice versa.
Leading visual effects developer The Foundry kicks off 2006 with the release of Furnace 3 for Shake, including brand new image processing plug-ins designed to significantly enhance workflow and productivity for Shake artists.
Furnace, available for Linux and OSX, is already a popular suite of image processing tools, designed to tackle every day compositing tasks, and the new release delivers Shake artists with an additional 10 plug-ins, many of which automate time-consuming processes in the creation of digital visual effects.
Three of the seven films competing in the visual effects industry Bake-off on Jan. 25 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences used Houdini from Side Effects Software. They include CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE and THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE. The Bake-off involves a 15-minute presentation to the Visual Effects Award Nominating committee, which will then create the final nomination list for the Visual Effects Oscar awarded each year by the academy.