GenArts Inc. is permanently lowering the price of Sapphire Plug-ins for Discreet burn, Autodesks Linux-based background rendering software. Effective immediately, the new price structure allows burn users to purchase a license of Sapphire Plug-ins for just $1,000 per dual processor workstation, reduced from $1,600. Thanks to Sapphire Plug-ins on burn, digital artists using inferno, flame, flint, fire and smoke can process projects faster than ever before, thereby increasing productivity and maximizing creative time.
Autodesk Inc. will release Discreet Lustre 2.6, the latest version of its industry leading digital color correction system, and the Autodesk Incinerator 1.0 system that is planned to enhance the realtime performance of future Lustre-based products. New to the market, the Incinerator system is an inline cluster of configurable processing units that connect to one or more Lustre stations, boosting system performance and interactivity during digital color grading sessions. The Lustre 2.6 system delivers a host of new features, including additional conform and editorial capabilities.
Tara DiLullo descends into the seedy underworld of Sin City to see how the filmmakers ripped the images from the graphic novel page and plastered them onto the silver screen.
Autodesk Inc. has extended Autodesk Consulting services to the media and entertainment industry by creating a dedicated practice to help media and entertainment clients realize their ideas. Media and entertainment is the fourth market practice for Autodesk Consulting, joining manufacturing, building and infrastructure.
Leading visual effects studio Digital Dimension (BLADE: TRINITY, SON OF THE MASK, RACING STRIPES) is taking its production infrastructure to the next generation with 16 terabytes of clustered storage, running a new computing industry standard, InfiniBand. Backed by an Isilon IQ 1920i system, which is already online and supporting the company's busy slate of high-end feature film work, the deployment is allowing Digital Dimension to maximize the high performance, scalability and reliability of clustered storage technology to gain a competitive edge.
NVIDIA Corp. will be demonstrating its NVIDIA Quadro FX 4000 SDI with PureVideo technology with a group of partners and customers at NAB2005 (April 18-21) at the Las Vegas Convention Center (#SL5501).
After announcing last month that it was adopting Massive into its production pipeline, Digital Domain is now integrating modos new subdivision surface and polygonal modeling toolset from Luxology.
NaturalMotion Ltd. launched endorphin Rush, a new monthly licensing program for its popular endorphin software. Designed specifically for smaller facilities, freelancers or specific projects, the Rush program lets users rent endorphin 2.0 for only $1,595 per month, including full support.
BOXX Technologies Inc., has added Tarari The Acceleration Co. to the growing list of partners in the Ultimate Swag Bag promotion, celebrating NAB 2005 by giving back to the digital content and video community with the ultimate swag for digital creativity. As a top sponsor, Tarari will contribute a Tarari Encoder Accelerator for Windows Media valued at more than $13,000.
Iridas, a leader in direct-from-disk playback technologies, announced the release of FrameCycler Digital Daily System (DDS) 3.5, the most powerful edition yet of its uncompressed daily playback application. FrameCycler DDS 3.5 is built on Iridas new multi-platform architecture and is the first high-end facility review software to run on Mac, PC and Linux.
Imagineer Systems, the U.K.-based developer of mokey and monet visual effects tools, announced the immediate availability of monet 1.5. Aimed at the broadcast, film and video post-production markets, monet is a vital tool offering a start to finish solution for replacing elements in film and video and is being used frequently for product placement. It is available in two versions monet software and monet extreme, both of which will be on display at NAB 2005 (booth #SL253).
Corel announced the Corel Painter IX Art Pen Brush Pack, a collection of new Corel Painter IX brushes that take advantage of the new Wacom 6D Art Pen to provide a heightened level of realism in digital art. Corel is offering the Corel Painter IX Art Pen Brush Pack to customers as a free download from its website at www.corel.com/painter.
NewTek announced the launch of a qualified beta program for the forthcoming LightWave 64-bit port. Registered owners of LightWave  are eligible to participate in the open beta program, if they have access to a 64-bit platform running Windows 64-bit beta OS. The requirements, application and confidentiality agreement are available to owners registered with the U.S. office who log in to the registration system at www.register.newtek.com and click on the LightWave 64-bit Beta Banner. Overseas registered owners should email email@example.com to request information.
Bauhaus Software Inc. announced the immediate availability of Animators Toolbar, a powerful new suite of 2D animation automation tools for Mirage Studio 1.5. Animators Toolbar was designed from the ground up for integration with Mirage Studio 1.5, Bauhaus flagship paperless 2D animation, paint and effects system. Animators Toolbar dramatically broadens the capabilities of traditional 2D animators and significantly accelerates their production workflow.
NVIDIA Corp. announced the immediate availability of the company's new NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition media and communications processors (MCPs) for Intel platforms. This new line of core-logic solutions incorporates a host of new, leading edge, NVIDIA features never before available on the Intel platform, including NVIDIA SLI technology, hardware-based firewall security, advanced storage solutions and native Gigabit Ethernet networking.
Dan Ritchie, author of the award-winning paint and animation software Project Dogwaffle and PD Pro, has announced the availability of a new update called version 3.1, available for as a free download to users of PD Pro 3.0 and as a full version installer to new users.
Timothy Albee, creator of the 3D-animated KAZE, GHOST WARRIOR short, has released, in conjunction with programmer Mac Reiter of Mac Reiter Creations, has released the facial animation tool developed for the project that cut his production time considerably.
Luxology Llc. announced the immediate availability of a free production evaluation version of modo, its powerful new subdivision surface and polygonal modeling platform. Fully functional and unrestricted, the production evaluation version of modo is unique to the industry where software demos and learning editions often disable features or create other limitations.
Mary Ann Skweres examines the connections between the visual effects industry and medical visualization.
Autodesk Inc. introduced Toxik, collaborative compositing software for the creation of digital visual effects. Featuring advanced creative tools as well as integrated, enterprise-level collaboration, Toxik brings new capabilities to feature film production a market that is demanding increasingly sophisticated levels of creativity, collaboration and image processing quality. Redefining the way visual effects are created, managed and shared, Toxik will be shown publicly at the National Assn. of Broadcasters Convention (NAB) in Las Vegas, April 18-21, 2005.
Rendercore, the leading remote rendering solutions company, now supports full automatic remote rendering for NewTeks LightWave 7.5 and 8.2. Users will be able to remotely manage and submit render jobs without any user intervention.
Remote rendering includes:
* Simplified Service Flow* Login with RenMan* Analyze LightWave scene file* Set LightWave Content Directory* Upload through Scene Manager* Submit LightWave job* Monitor and manage jobs through Job Manager* Download outputs
Vfx designer Eric Hanson, who has developed three instructional DVDs on 3D urban environments at The Gnomon Workshop, discusses this thriving sector with Karen Raugust.
Massive Software, developer of the Academy Award-winning 3D animation system for AI-driven characters and digital stunts, announced that Digital Domain is integrating Massive into its vfx pipeline. Massive, originally developed by Massive Software founder Stephen Regelous for use on THE LORD OF THE RINGS large-scale battle scenes, has been adopted by premiere creative facilities worldwide, including Rhythm & Hues, Animal Logic, WETA Digital, The Mill and many others.