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Animation Headline News

Avid Introduces Face Robot

By Guest (not verified) | Tuesday, August 2, 2005 at 12:00am

Avid Technology is showcasing its new facial animation technology, Softimage|Face Robot, for the first time publicly this week at SIGGRAPH, where attendees can preview the system at the Avid Computer Graphics booth #1401. Blur Studios, which is using Face Robot, will be at the show exhibiting some of the work it created with the software.

Effects Headline News

wondertouch Debuts particleIllusion 3.0 for Mac OS X

By Guest (not verified) | Tuesday, August 2, 2005 at 12:00am

wondertouch has released a Mac OS X version of its particle effects creation tool, particleIllusion 3.0. The new version offers the same features as the Windows version of particleIllusion 3.0, including super emitters, forces to improve integration into existing production environments, new color options and rendering engine improvements.

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Next-Generation Turtle Unveiled at SIGGRAPH

By Guest (not verified) | Tuesday, August 2, 2005 at 12:00am

Illuminate Labs introduced Turtle 2, the next-generation version of its core renderer, at SIGGRAPH 2005. The technology focuses on the needs of gaming studios and others using Maya it is fully integrated in the Maya GUI and uses native Maya shading networks and allows users to quickly open and render large scenes with advanced lighting effects. Turtle 2 begins shipping worldwide this month.

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Gelato 2.0 Boasts Sorbetto Lighting Technology

NVIDIA Corp. announced three new additions to its suite of professional software products for the film industry:

* Gelato 2.0 rendering software, the latest major release of this product for film studios.* Amaretto, an Autodesk 3ds Max rendering plug-in for Gelato developed by Frantic Films.* Sorbetto lighting technology, an interactive tool that significantly accelerates the creation of realistic lighting.

Artists Headline News

Avid Unveils SOFTIMAGE|XSI v.5.0

Avid Technology Inc. launched version 5.0 of the companys flagship SOFTIMAGE|XSI 3D animation software. This latest version includes new tools that set industry benchmarks for performance and creative flexibility. As a key component of Avid's integrated computer graphics solutions, SOFTIMAGE|XSI v.5.0 introduces 3D teams to new features, such as Ultimapper, a map generation tool for producing cinema-quality maps in a few clicks; and GATOR, a unique property transfer system for merging fully textured and animated 3D models.

Digital Headline News

Massive Jet Launched

Massive Software announced Massive Jet, a new autonomous agent 3D animation application that enables the creation of large-scale, believable digital crowd shots "out of the box" with high quality and a low learning curve. A full-functioning package priced under $6,000, Massive Jet leverages the company's Academy Award-winning artificial life-based technology, pre-built Ready-to-Run Agent library and GPU-accelerated rendering support to allow animators and artists at any facility to quickly and easily produce highly realistic Massive scenes.

Autodesk Headline News

3ds Max 8 Announced at SIGGRAPH 2005

Autodesk 3ds Max 8 software, the latest version of the award-winning 3D modeling, animation and rendering solution, was announced at SIGGRAPH 2005. Designed to provide the most comprehensive and advanced 3D design tools and pipeline workflow, 3ds Max is one of the industry's most popular solutions for games production, film and video production and design visualization.

Motion Headline News

InterSense Sensors Go Gothic with Animazoo’s New Motion Capture Suit

InterSense Inc., the market leader in body worn, inertial tracking technology, continues to support Animazoo, a world leader in motion capture technology, with InertiaCube3 sensors for use in the GypsyGyro-18 MoCap suit. Animazoos most recent delivery of the GypsyGyro-18 went to Piranha Bytes, for speeding the production of character animation in the upcoming game title GOTHIC III. Piranha Bytes is a German game developer who created one of Europes most popular role playing games with its GOTHIC series.

Production Headline News

Mind The Gap Develops New Pipeline for Laika

New firm Mind The Gap Inc. has been contracted by Laika Ent. to develop an asset and production tracking system. With an in-depth understanding of Laika Ent.'s production and technical needs, Mind The Gap is supporting the company's animated feature film initiatives by strengthening it's workflow with integrated systems to track production resources, assets, rendering, and disk space.

Autodesk Headline News

Autodesk Releases New Versions of VFX, Editing & Digital Color Grading Systems

Autodesk Inc. released new versions of its visual effects, editing/finishing and digital color grading systems. Used to create high-value feature film and television content, Autodesk's systems have been used on such major projects as CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, FANTASTIC FOUR, SPIDER-MAN 2, THE SOPRANOS and the CSI franchise.

Animation Headline News

NaturalMotion Releases Free endorphin Learning Edition

NaturalMotion Ltd. announced the immediate availability of the companys free endorphin Learning Edition (eLE). Based on the award-winning 3D character animation software endorphin 2.0, the eLE has no time restrictions, includes all relevant product documentation and offers a comprehensive support network via the companys endorphin forum. The software is fully functional; however, it is motion file export disabled and is not to be used for commercial production.

Motion Headline News

Vicon Allows Upgrade with MX Bridge

Vicon, developer of Academy Award-winning motion capture technology, has released MX Bridge, a hardware product that allows previous-generation Vicon cameras to be seamlessly connected to the new Vicon MX architecture. MX Bridge represents a flexible upgrade path and gives users benefits such as grayscale imaging and the ability to mix and match cameras of different types. The MX Bridge is aimed at and priced for current Vicon users who want to move to Vicon MX but need an alternative to a full MX system replacement, or users who are seeking to add MX cameras to an existing pre-MX setup.

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Iridas Releases SpeedGrade OnSet for Laptop-Based Color Correction

Iridas, which first introduced non-destructive color grading technology in 2003, announced the release of SpeedGrade OnSet, a look creation tool for cinematographers, which provides a means for communicating looks to all parts of the post-production and film finishing pipeline. The new application uses the same .look file format as SpeedGrade DI allowing for direct collaboration between cinematographer and colorist. SpeedGrade OnSet runs on both the Mac and Windows platforms.

Game Headline News

Pipelinefx to Unveil qube! 4.0 at SIGGRAPH 2005

Pipelinefx, a leading provider of render farm management software for 3D animation and interactive entertainment companies, will demonstrate version 4.0 of its flagship product, qube!, at SIGGRAPH 2005, being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 31 to Aug. 4.

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Polhemus Offers Totally Wireless Tracking System

Polhemus, the industry leader in 6 Degree-of-Freedom (6DOF) motion capture, tracking and digitizing technologies, announced the LIBERTY LATUS (Large Area Tracking Untethered System). This system represents a whole new dimension in tracking technology, one that offers a totally wireless, full 6DOF solution. The system has speed, ease-of-use via an intuitive Graphical User Interface (GUI), and is capable of tracking up to 12 independent markers over large areas at a rate of 94 or 188 updates per second.

Software Headline News

Side Effects Used for Advanced Feathering on Valiant

Side Effects Software announced that U.K.-based Vanguard Animation utilized Houdini software to create new levels of realism in the 3D-animated VALIANT, which Disney will release domestically on Aug. 19, 2005.

Key to the believability of this bird-centric world about carrier pigeons in London during World War II was the feather effects needed for virtually all of the characters. In order to create this visual effect, Vanguard selected Houdini software to achieve realistic motion in the feathers while providing an efficient and cost-effective pipeline.

Effects Headline News

RE:Vision Effects Releases FieldsKit 1.5

RE:Vision Effects now offers FieldsKit version 1.5 for After Effects-compatible applications (Adobe After Effects, Autodesk Combustion, Adobe Premiere Pro, Digital Fusion and Apple Final Cut Pro, among others).

At the heart of FieldsKit is FieldsKit Deinterlacer, which deinterlaces video imagery with superior results. Using proprietary field reconstruction and adaptive motion techniques, FieldsKit Deinterlacer can build full frames from fields that are of much higher quality than the standard approaches available in most effects and video editing applications.

Animation Headline News

Bauhaus Software Introduces Mirage Nomad Tablet

Bauhaus Software Inc. unveiled Mirage Nomad, a new tablet PC-based animation and storyboarding system for 2D artists. Mirage Nomad frees artists to draw, paint and animate anywhere. From storyboards and pencil tests, to fully-colored final animation and vfx, Mirage Nomad is a powerful, portable 2D animation studio that easily fits in a backpack.

Effects Headline News

NewTek, e-on Offer 3D Natural Environment Creation

NewTek Inc. and e-on software are teaming for a special offer providing Vue 5 Infinite, e-on's flagship solution for the creation of natural 3D environments, and LightWave 3D, NewTek's Emmy-award winning 3D content creation and rendering package, to purchasers at the special price of $995. The special offer represents a savings of $1,199 off the combined regular prices of $599 for Vue and $1,595 for LightWave. Vue 5 Infinite will also be available with LightWave upgrades at $495, a $599 savings. This limited-time special offer is available for Mac OS X and Windows 2000/XP platforms.