Autodesk Inc. launched its Academy Award-winning Discreet Flame visual effects system on dual-core workstations running the Linux operating system. The Discreet Flame system is already available on workstations running the IRIX operating system. As a result, film studios, broadcasters and post-production facilities will have more flexibility and choice in shaping their digital content creation pipelines.
NVIDIA Corp. announced the availability of the new NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX 512 graphics processing unit (GPU). The companys award-winning GeForce 7800 GTX graphics chip already powers what many experts consider to be the fastest graphics cards around. With the new GeForce 7800 GTX 512, NVIDIA has released a new, supercharged version of the GPU that delivers tremendous performance in todays PC games.
Tokyo-based Imagica will be using monet from Imagineer Systems in its commercial post-production division, which relies heavily on 2D tracking. Imagica needed a way to speed up the tracking process and improve quality, and cited monet as the only accurate 2D tracking system available that would allow them to achieve this.
Rendercore Inc. now has complete integration and support for MAXON CINEMA 4D 9.5 on Rendercores state-of-the-art render farm, based in downtown Los Angeles.
Pixar Animation Studios has released RenderMan for Maya, the studios next-generation 3D rendering plug-in. Now all Maya artists can enhance their productions with the functionality and prestige of Pixars Academy Award-winning RenderMan.
With its seamless integration into Mayas workflow, Pixars RenderMan for Maya is designed for intuitive ease of use while providing digital artists with the competitive advantages of RenderMans reknown quality and performance.
GenArts Inc., a leading provider of digital visual effects plug-ins for the film, broadcast and video industry, announced a special price promotion on their Sapphire Plug-ins for Avid AVX products.
Throughout the month of November, the price tag for the full package of Sapphire Plug-ins for Avid is being reduced by 15%. Savings range from $270 on Avid Xpress Pro HD to $720 on Avid DS Nitris. Contact an authorized Avid reseller or visit www.genarts.com for more specific pricing information. To benefit from the promotion, orders must be received by Nov. 30.
AJA Video, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, has begun shipping KONA LHe, the first PCI Express HD capable device for the new Power Mac PCI Express G5s. AJA is now shipping a total of four products that support the PCIe G5 systems: the award-winning Io family of video converters, Io, IoLA, IoLD along with KONA LHe. Underscoring its commitment to future-safe products, the AJA Io product line has been compatible with the last three generations of Mac G4, G5 and PowerBooks systems.
Pixologic Inc., makers of the award-winning modeling, texturing and painting application, ZBrush, announced the release of two new plug-ins: Displacement Exporter and Multi-Displacement 2.
The cyber worlds dark side, distorted figures and high frequency waves are only a few of the CG backgrounds featured in Artbeats' new Code Rush and Code Storm royalty-free stock footage collections. Code Rush is a grunge-filled title that traverses virtual wastelands, moves through cities ravaged by mysterious debris and travels through time warps riddled with fantastic geometric shapes. Code Storm is a bizarre collection of frenzied display screens and digital chaos that is sure to evoke creativity.
MatchMover Pro 4.0 is currently shipping and offers a powerful new central automatic tracking engine, based on the power of SMART. In addition to providing radical new performance levels, MatchMover Pro 4.0 boasts a brand new look, with redesigned icons, colors and a slick, minimalist feel. A complete re-writing of export formats allows a perfectly smooth import of results, as well as additional features such as direct non-linear distortion management within Maya, 3ds Max, XSI and LightWave 3D.
Rendercore Inc., a worldwide leader in remote rendering solutions, announced complete integration and support lluminate Labs Turtle 220.127.116.11 on Rendercore's state-of-the-art render farm, based in downtown Los Angeles.
Alias Maya software has been chosen as the chief 3D animation technology at Lucasfilm Animation Singapore. The animation studio, which opened today (Oct. 27, 2005), is gearing up to produce digital animated content including films and television for global audiences. The choice of Maya not only gives the Singapore studio access to world-leading 3D modeling, animation and visual effects technology, it also assists in drawing top animation talent to their facility.
AMD announced that the digital backbone of the new Lucasfilm Animation Singapore digital animation center is powered by AMD64 processor technology. The Singapore facility is Lucasfilm Ltd.s first animation studio in Asia and complements its new Letterman Digital Arts Center at the Presidio in San Francisco.
Luxology Llc., the creators of modo, a leading subdivision surface and polygonal 3D modeling platform, announced the release of its free modo 103 service update. The modo 103 update features a host of advances, including the debut of a new UV mapping technology that greatly simplifies and accelerates the UV unwrapping process, and improved stability for specific hardware configurations.
NaturalMotion Ltd., the developers of breakthrough 3D animation technology based on Dynamic Motion Synthesis (DMS), announced that it is now shipping endorphin 2.5, the latest version of the companys award-winning 3D character animation software, at a new price of USD $9,495. endorphin 2.5s powerful new behavioral animation features, enhanced asset repurposing and improved FBX support, allow animators to quickly create realistic, fully interactive 3D character animation for games, films and broadcast production.
Ryan Lesser reviews the newest tools available in Autodesks 3ds Max, including pelt mapping, render UVW template functionality, skinning, modeling and animation.
wondertouch announced a special limited-time upgrade promotion that allows registered owners of the Autodesk Combustion 3 or Combustion 4 desktop software programs to receive more than 50% off of particleIllusion 3.0, the latest version of the company's cornerstone, sprite-based particle effects software application. The promotion, which ends Nov. 15, enables Combustion 3 or Combustion 4 software owners to purchase the standalone version of particleIllusion 3.0 for Windows or Mac OS X platforms, at a reduced price of $179, a savings of $220.
Continuing the roadmap to ZBrush 2.5, Pixologic have announced the release of a new plug-in, ZApp Link.
ZApp Link is a free plug-in that extends and enhances ZBrushs texturing and illustration capabilities by automating the connection with programs such as Photoshop, Painter and Illustrator.
Apple today (Oct. 19,2005) unveiled its new Power Mac G5 desktop line featuring the Power Mac G5 Quad, providing quad-core processing with two 2.5 GHz dual-core PowerPC G5 processors. All Power Mac G5 models now feature dual-core processors, a new PCI Express architecture and higher performance graphics options including NVIDIA's Quadro FX 4500.
e-on software announced the immediate availability of Vue 5 Easel, the new entry level version of its award winning Vue product line. Vue 5 Easel will be retailing at $99 for physical products and $89 for electronic download versions with an introductory price tag of $79. At the same time, e-on software also announces an aggressive price drop on the Esprit product line for a limited period of time.
With Autodesks surprise acquisition of Alias last week, Bill Desowitz speaks with three of the principals to find out what this means for the companies and the 3D industry as a whole.
Vicon recently installed a motion-capture rig at London's Moving Picture Co. (MPC), which was put to use on CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, where, thanks to Vicon motion data and MPC's proprietary crowd simulation software, Alice, one single Oompa Loompa character was cloned to create an army of miniature workers in this visually stunning reinterpretation of the 1971 classic.
VFXWorld presents a new excerpt from Building Interactive Worlds in 3D by Jean-Marc Gauthier. This month, from the Basic 3D Kit, we present a tutorial how to export a scene to Virtools.
Toon Boom Animation announced its participation in the China Trade Mission led by Québec Premier Jean Charest. During the trade mission Toon Boom will present three awards to some of its customers and partners, as well as sign a development agreement.
On the heels of last weeks momentous Alias acquisition, Autodesk Inc. has begun shipping 3ds Max 8, the latest version of its award-winning 3D modeling, animation and rendering solution. Created to address growing 3D pipeline complexity with new data management, character animation and speed/performance advancements, 3ds Max software will better help customers realize their creative 3D ideas for game development, film and video production and design visualization.