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Alias FBX SDK to Support COLLADA

Alias announced that its FBXsoftware development kit (SDK), the most widely used and supported file interchange platform in the digital entertainment content development community, will soon incorporate support for third party file formats, including COLLADA. As an XML based, multi-vendor exchange format launched by Sony Computer Ent. Inc., COLLADA was recently adopted as an open-standard initiative by the Khronos Group and is used by game content developers, particularly those developing art assets for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and wireless handheld devices.

Color Headline News

Iridas Releases SpeedGrade DI

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 29, 2005 at 12:00am

Iridas announced the release of SpeedGrade DI. The new application offers an industry-leading feature set for digital color grading and film finishing. In addition, SpeedGrade DI anchors the industry's first complete color pipeline with SpeedGrade OnSet (look management) and FrameCycler (calibrated review with grading applied). The result is complete mobility of color data up, down, and across production pipeline, opening the door to new, collaborative color workflow models.

Studios Headline News

Escape Studios to Push Pixar’s RenderMan in Europe

Escape Studios will provide sales, training, and support services for Pixar Animation Studios s Academy Award-winning RenderMan software in the European digital content creation market.

Pixar has embarked on a major expansion of Rendermans market and user base through a growing product line, including RenderMan Pro Server, RenderMan Artist Tools, and the brand new RenderMan for Maya.

Headline News

Artbeats Debuts Northeast City Aerials Collections

Take a trip high above the skyscrapers and cities of the northeast United States with Northeast City Aerials, Artbeats newest installment of royalty-free aerial footage. Featuring spectacular footage of Baltimore; Boston; Concord, New Hampshire; Dover, Delaware; Hartford, Connecticut; New York City; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Providence, Rhode Island; and Trenton, New Jersey. This new title is sourced from HD video and was captured using the highly accurate Gyron Eagle Camera system.

Software Headline News

SOFTIMAGE|XSI v.5.0 Now Available

Avid Technology Inc. announced the worldwide availability of SOFTIMAGE|XSI version 5.0, the latest edition of the companys flagship 3D animation software. Unveiled at the SIGGRAPH tradeshow in August, XSI v.5.0 software includes a wide range of powerful new features, including non-destructive character tools and a comprehensive set of migration tools for Maya users, all of which enable artists to meet todays demanding production deadlines while future-proofing their existing pipelines.

Headline News

BOXX Upgrades 7000 Series Workstations

BOXX Technologies plans to add a new level of performance to its 7000 series 3DBOXX workstations and RenderBOXX render nodes by offering the latest Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors Model 880 and Model 280.

Customers who choose 7000 Series systems from BOXX based on Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors continue to see increases in productivity resulting from AMDs Direct Connect Architecture, which directly connects the CPU, memory and I/O resources.

Headline News

IntegrityWare Releases Power NURBS

nPower Software, a division of IntegrityWare Inc., released Power NURBS 1.0. nPower Software, a division of IntegrityWare Inc, released Power NURBS 1.0. Power NURBS is a hybrid modeling system, based on IntegrityWares SOLIDS ++ Kernel, that brings the highest orders of surfacing, solids modeling, analysis and tessellation technologies to users of the widely popular Autodesk 3ds Max and Viz 3D visualization solutions.

Animation Headline News

e frontier and Bauhaus Software Form Distribution Partnership

e frontier America Inc., a leading publisher of multimedia software, and Bauhaus Software Inc., a leading provider of 2D animation and special effects tools, announced a wide-ranging distribution agreement for Bauhaus Mirage 2D animation system. Combining e frontiers distribution capacity with the strength of the Mirage animation platform will allow both companies to target a broader end-user base, reach new vertical markets, and deliver immense value to both freelancers and professional graphics studios.

Software Headline News

Pipelinefx’s Qube! Remote Control Bound for India

Pipelinefx has signed a reseller agreement with Rahul Commerce to market its enterprise-class render farm management software Qube! Remote Control throughout the Indian animation industry.

Rahul is the leading system integrator in entertainment software technologies in India. Under this agreement, Rahul will market and provide training on Qube! software through its offices in Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.

Animation Headline News

Toon Boom Launches Solo for Small Studios and Indies

Toon Boom Animation has released Toon Boom Solo, a new stand-alone animation software solution designed to for smaller studios and independent animation filmmakers. Solo offers a new level of creativity, efficiency and simplified workflow to produce animation of the highest quality for film, video, television, web sites, games and mobile devices.

Services Headline News

Alias Introduces ‘Creative Bridge’

Alias introduced Creative Bridge, a services program designed to assist senior business managers and marketing professionals effectively exploit design and engineering data in their efforts to develop branded materials that are visually engaging, product correct, and can be created in significantly less time on increasingly tighter budgets.

Studio Headline News

Free DAZ Studio 3D Animation Software Package Launched

DAZ Prods. Inc. has launched DAZ Studio, a free, feature-rich 3D animation software package that puts a complete virtual photo and motion picture studio at your fingertips. With pre-configured 3D scenes, poseable characters, animals, environments, clothing and accessories, DAZ Studio is the easiest way to quickly create high-quality digital images and animation for games, multimedia, illustration and photography applications.

Headline News

Small Tree’s Gigabit Card Increases Productivity at Luma Pictures

When youre a top visual effects company working on multiple projects simultaneously, network speed is critical to meeting client deadlines. For Luma Pictures, creators of vfx for THE CAVE, UNDERWORLD, UNDERWORLD 2, and SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, bandwidth necessity is at a maximum, with 50 to 60 employees concurrently accessing multiple servers throughout the firms Santa Monica production facility. To increase system performance, Luma turned to Small Tree Communications, designers and manufacturers of high-performance networking equipment for the Mac OS X.

Headline News

IBM'S TotalStorage Tape Solution Implemented at Sony Imageworks

IBM has shipped its 500,000th IBM TotalStorage Linear Tape Open (LTO) drive solution to Sony Pictures Imageworks. The company purchased the new storage technology solution to back up its digital animation productions.

Animation Headline News

T-Splines Maya Plug-in 1.0 Starts Shipping

T-Splines LLC, leading developer of 3D animation modeling software, has begun shipping the T-Splines Maya plug-in 1.0, opening a new frontier in 3D modeling by solving two problems that have plagued the 3D modeling industry since its inception: greater surface control and seamless merging. A free trial of the T-Splines Maya plug-in Learning Edition may be downloaded at the T-Splines website,

Software Headline News

LookAhead Applies Robotics to Videogames and Animation

LookAhead Decisions Inc. (LDI) announced the release of its breakthrough software product for videogames and animation. Locust uses proprietary simulation-based look-ahead methods similar to those used by world-championship chess programs, except it handles in realtime aspects such as uncertainty, complex time/cost tradeoffs and dozens of parallel decision-makers.

Autodesk Headline News

Autodesk TV Suite Gets Global Play

Autodesk Inc. announced that it has seen rapid demand for its Autodesk TV Suite from broadcasters and post-production houses around the globe. From Tokyo to Rome, the Autodesk TV Suite is being used to realize ideas for high-definition (HD) and standard-definition (SD) television content.

Animation Headline News

CAT2 Starts Shipping

Character Animation Technologies Ltd has released CAT Version 2. A plug-in for Autodesk's 3ds Max, CAT2 is the next generation of the industry-acclaimed character system CAT (Character Animation Toolkit). CAT2 offers a unique set of tools to help game development, film and television artists produce better animations more quickly in a completely flexible environment.

Digital Headline News

Lustre Digital Color Grading System Shines Worldwide

Autodesks Discreet Lustre digital color grading system has been adopted by more than 15 additional post-production facilities and film studios. The Lustre system is being used on several upcoming feature films, including KING KONG, STAY, PENNY DREADFUL and DOMINO.

Headline News

GenArts to Unveil New Sapphire Plug-Ins at IBC

GenArts Inc announced that the IBC will mark important milestones for the company: the unveiling of the next version of Sapphire Plug-ins for Avid AVX 2.0, the availability of Sapphire Plug-ins v3.07 for 64-bit Discreet systems and the introduction of new managing director Anish Dhanda. The conference takes place in Amsterdam from Sept. 9-13.