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wondertouch Releases particleIllusion Professional Emitter Libraries

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.

Digital Headline News

Bauhaus Announces New Fully Digital Storyboarding System

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.

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PNY Technologies Offers NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 SDI

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.

Media Headline News

Editshare Launches Next Gen Collaborative Editing & Shared Media Storage Systems

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.

Mobile Headline News

NVIDIA & DiBcom Team on Digital TV For Mobile Devices

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.

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The Pixel Farm to Release PFTrack 3.5

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.

Motion Headline News

Ubisoft Installs Vicon MX40 System

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.

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Wildcat Realizm Selected for Sun XVR-2500 Graphics Accelerator

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.

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Rendercore Supports Maxon Cinema 4D HAIR Module

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.

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BFG GeForce 7800 GS AGP Graphics Cards Now Available

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.

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BOXX APEXX 4 Sets Speed Record with XSI

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.

Digital Headline News

Digital Ribbon Signs Partnership for On-Demand Rendering Service

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.

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NVIDIA Takes the Power of GeForce 7 Series GPUs Mainstream

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).

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Digital Video Releases Toonz 5.0 Harlequin

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.

Foundry Headline News

The Foundry Launches Furnace 3 for Shake

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.

Effects Headline News

Lots of Houdini at VFX Bake-Off

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.