Avid Technology announced new pricing for its SOFTIMAGE|XSI product line, ushering in 3-Democracy, the company's plan for making its comprehensive 3D content creation software accessible to all levels of CG professionals. Now a greater number of artists can purchase the award-winning 3D software in three new affordable configurations, starting with the unprecedented price of $495 for SOFTIMAGE|XSI v.4.0 Foundation.
Immersion Corp. has announced that Kaydara has certified Immersion's new VirtualHand for MOCAP plug-in for MOCAP software. With this new combination, professional filmmakers, motion-capture directors, visual effects artists and game developers can use Immersion's CyberGlove hand-sensing hardware to capture hand motion, then edit and blend the animation in MOCAP. The CyberGlove provides high-performance hand measurement and real-time motion capture.
Imagineer Systems announced the release of monet, its new product for broadcast, film and video post-production markets. monet is uniquely offers a start-to-finish solution for replacing elements in film and video. monet offers precision, lens distortion aware, 2D motion tracking with tools that allow accurate adjustments of the track to be made. It allows properties of the source material, such as lens distortion, shadows, highlights and grain/noise easily to be applied to the new element.
Discreet will unveil new versions of its realtime compositing and visual effects systems, inferno 6, flame 9 and flint 9, at SIGGRAPH 2004, Aug. 10-12, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The new versions offer more creative freedom and tools to simplify tasks. Discreet plans to release inferno 6, flame 9 and flint 9 in fall 2004.
Massive, developer of the premiere 3D animation system for artificial intelligence-driven, crowd-related visual effects is streamlining the generation of arena spectators, crowds moving en masse and large-scale digital armies with breakthrough Ready-to-Run Agents. These pre-built agents can be easily dropped into shots to create 3D character-based crowd scenarios allowing animators to significantly speed up their workflow. The initial agents, debuting Aug.
The Walt Disney Company has unveiled the Disney Dream Desk PC, a new personal computer geared to tap into the growing children market.
"We've traveled a long way since that first Mickey writing tablet hit the market in 1929" said Bob Iger, Disney president/coo. "At the core of Disney is our mission to entertain and enlighten audiences through products that spark the imagination. With the launch of the Disney Dream Desk, a computer designed with kids in mind, we've developed a tool box for children to unleash their imaginations and expand their minds."
The Orphanage Inc., whose recent visual effects efforts include THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW and HELLBOY, announced the release eLin, the a suite of plug-ins and scripts for Adobe After Effects 6.5 that allow compositors to work in the expanded photographic color space of film. eLin is free of charge for non-commercial use.
e-on software, the leading publisher in natural 3D scenery software, announces the forthcoming release of the fifth iteration of Vue/Esprit, its award winning scenery rendering and animation software for casual and advanced digital artists. Vue 5 Esprit will add a long list of superior realism features for the creation of ultra natural 3D graphics.
Dosch Design is releasing the 3ds max and Maya versions of Dosch 3D: Logo Animations, each containing 25 animated logo scenes. All scenes are optimized and "ready to go" for use in 3ds max or Maya, and include all relevant textures. Because the animations are provided as fully editable scenes, the user is able to adjust output resolution and many other effects and visual parameters. Users can render for the Internet, video (PAL or NTSC), DVD, business presentations or the higher cinema resolution.
Discreet will publicly unveil 3ds max 7 -- the newest version of its acclaimed 3D modeling, animation, and rendering software at SIGGRAPH 2004, Aug. 10-12 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
3ds max 7 is expected to ship in fall 2004 for $3,495. Localized versions are planned to be available later in 2004 and 2005. Upgrade pricing from 3ds max 6 is $795; and 3ds max 5 is $1,295.
NVIDIA has signed agreements with six companies to sell and support the NVIDIA Gelato 1.0 GPU-accelerated final-frame renderer. The companies are also authorized to sell bundles of NVIDIA Quadro FX professional graphics hardware with Gelato. The NVIDIA Gelato resellers are:
During SIGGRAPH 2004 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, high-end character animation software developer Character Animation Technologies will preview a new muscle deformation system that will add a whole new dimension to the New Zealand-based company's flagship product, Character Animation Toolkit (CAT), the fully integrated, next-generation character animation plug-in for Discreet 3ds max.
Ascension and Kaydara have teamed to create a new low-cost animation workstation called Animation Star, which combines the best motion-capture hardware and software. The product will launch at the annual SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Convention in Los Angeles on August 10, 2004. Ascension will demonstrate its new technology in Booth 1918 at the LA Convention Center.
Christopher Harz chronicles the many uses of 3D animation that have cropped up in several leading industries.
The Pixel Farm will demo PFTrack 2.0, its most advanced 3D tracking environment tool at SIGGRAPH 2004 on Aug. 10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in both the Eyeon and Softimage booths (#1429 and #1547).
Currently available, PFTrack 2.0 will be demonstrated to show a fully integrated Pixel Farm workflow and new optical flow tools. PFTrack 2.0 will include more advanced optical flow functionality, now allowing users to analyze per pixel inter-frame motion, as well as improved Matte editing functionality and a new option to export to Adobe After Effects.
The Pixel Priestess takes time out to think about vast worlds other than entertainment built of pixels and time.
ATI Technologies Inc. raised the performance bar with the introduction of MOBILITY RADEON 9800. Designed for the mobile gaming enthusiast, MOBILITY RADEON 9800 enables users to enjoy the latest DirectX9 games at optimal settings for the highest levels of performance.
Kaydara Inc. announced that the award-winning Kaydara FBX, a platform-independent 3D authoring and interchange format, is now supported by more than 30 industry partners, including Alias, Discreet, Maxon, Newtek, Softimage and Strata. With the community of industry supporters continuing to grow, Kaydara FBX is now considered the de facto 3D interchange format.
This isnt an episode of CSI. Bruce Shutan investigates the real life uses of 3D in forensics and medical science.
cebas Computer GmbH will demo its upcoming release of finalRender Stage-2 for Alias Maya 6 at SIGGRAPH 2004, to be held Aug. 8-12 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Cebas' premiere rendering tool for Alias Maya 6 will be available to view live at booth# 2039.
finalRender Stage-2 for Maya 6 offers the following feature set for the first time for Maya users:
Coinciding with Discreet's release of flint and smoke for the Linux operating system, GenArts Inc. announced Sapphire Plug-ins for them.
Featuring the same familiar interface and wide range of effects and features that Discreet users have long depended on, Sapphire for flint and smoke on Linux is available immediately for $6,000. The software can be purchased directly from GenArts, or from Discreet's extensive worldwide network of resellers and sales representatives.