Ubisoft Montreal has installed the 24-camera Vicon MX40 system. The leading game publisher is home to a new purpose-built motion capture studio equipped with a 4,500-square-foot stage designed primarily for full-body performance. Ubisoft Montreal decided to bring motion capture in-house to develop pipelines that tie directly into its game engines and game designs, and to eliminate the logistical costs of traveling to U.S. West Coast-based motion capture service bureaus.
The Pixel Farm announced that it will start shipping PFTrack 3.5 in March. Already one of the most advanced camera tracking and motion analysis products available, this latest version reaches new heights of operability, with many additional features including a more sophisticated camera solver, segmented shot solving, improved geometry tracking and extensive UI and workflow improvements.
3Dlabs Wildcat Realizm graphics technology has been chosen by Sun Microsystems Inc. to provide the foundation for the newly announced Sun XVR-2500 graphics accelerator. The new Sun XVR-2500 card is available in high-end Sun Ultra45 workstations. Powered by Wildcat Realizm graphics technology, Sun XVR-2500 graphics deliver high levels of image quality and realtime visualization capabilities for a wide-range of professional applications.
Rendercore Inc., a worldwide leader in remote rendering solutions, announced the complete integration and support for the recently introduced HAIR module from Maxon.
This new module lets users quickly and easily add astonishingly realistic hair to objects. The hair can be styled using HAIR's extensive tool palette, and a custom 3D shader gives artists complete control over the appearance of the hair. HAIR is not only easy to use, it's very fast, offers excellent rendering quality and requires very little memory. An average configuration can easily render millions of hairs.
BFG Technologies Inc., a leading U.S.-based NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards and other PC enthusiast products, announced that their new BFG GeForce 7800 GS OC 256MB AGP graphics cards are immediately available through leading retailers and retailers.
BOXX Technologies Inc. announced that its new APEXX 4 personal workstation is setting new speed and performance records with SOFTIMAGE|XSI. APEXX 4 was released in January, and is a top-of-the-line four-processor, eight-core personal workstation specifically engineered to maximize productivity for todays visual effects professionals.
Joe Strike looks into the growing opportunities of repurposing content from other mediums on the Internet.
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Orlando-based Digital Ribbon has signed a cross-marketing agreement with Maxwell Render, a digital animation firm based in Spain, who will provide use of its digital animation software to Digital Ribbon clients. Both firms will earn commissions on software licensing agreements.
NVIDIA Corp. launched the new NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GS graphics processing unit (GPU). The latest addition to the Companys award-winning GeForce 7 Series line up, the GeForce 7300 GS boasts the video and gaming features of todays most advanced GPUs to deliver stunning, high-def video up to 1080i resolution and cutting edge gaming effects. In addition, the GeForce 7300 GS GPU is primed for the upcoming Microsoft Vista operating system (OS).
Brands still dominate, but a growing number of opportunities exist for animators to sell their content for cell phone distribution. Karen Raugust reports.
Christopher Harz goes to the gadget geeks mecca CES and tells us what wonderful toys he found that are pushing entertainment into the future.
The new version of FrameForge 3D Studio is now available. The update offers greater ease-of-use, improved speed, TrueOptix Optically Accurate Depth of Field and a host of other new features.
Digital Video has released Toonz 5.0 Harlequin, which steps into paperless animation by integrating vector drawings in its traditional workflow based on raster drawings. This new environment allows to manage drawings, images and animation levels the way one prefers, preserving their nature throughout the workflow, with no unwanted conversion from raster to vector, or vice versa.
Leading visual effects developer The Foundry kicks off 2006 with the release of Furnace 3 for Shake, including brand new image processing plug-ins designed to significantly enhance workflow and productivity for Shake artists.
Furnace, available for Linux and OSX, is already a popular suite of image processing tools, designed to tackle every day compositing tasks, and the new release delivers Shake artists with an additional 10 plug-ins, many of which automate time-consuming processes in the creation of digital visual effects.
Three of the seven films competing in the visual effects industry Bake-off on Jan. 25 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences used Houdini from Side Effects Software. They include CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE and THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE. The Bake-off involves a 15-minute presentation to the Visual Effects Award Nominating committee, which will then create the final nomination list for the Visual Effects Oscar awarded each year by the academy.
Adobe Systems Inc. has begun shipping Adobe After Effects 7.0 software. Professionals can streamline their workflows to produce compelling content for any media with the new features packed in Adobe After Effects 7.0, including a re-designed, unified user interface, accelerated high-fidelity OpenGL 2.0 support and the most comprehensive Flash Video (FLV) export capabilities. Adobe After Effects 7.0 is available as a stand-alone product or as part of the newly launched Adobe Production Studio.
Adobe Systems Inc. has launched Adobe Production Studio, an extension of the Adobe Creative Suite family of products. One of the most complete post-production software solutions available, Adobe Production Studio combines full new versions of Adobe's world class video and graphics applicationsAdobe After Effects 7.0, Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0, Adobe Audition 2.0, Adobe Encore 2.0 and the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Adobe Illustrator CS2with time-saving innovations such as Adobe Dynamic Link that deliver a highly efficient workflow experience.
Barbara Robertson flies to Genzano, Italy, for the I Castelli Animati festival and says bravo to what she found there.
Ballistic Publishing is now offering PAINTER, showcasing a collection of the world's finest digital artwork created with the natural media painting program, Corel Painter. PAINTER exhibits 209 works by 135 artists across diverse categories such as Portraits, Concept Art, Fantasy, Editorial Illustration and Abstract art. PAINTER is presented in a high quality volume consisting of 192 pages and is available in a leather-bound Special Edition and Soft Cover.
Apple is offering ATI's award-winning Radeon X1600 for the iMac, introducing an impressive consumer platform with state of the art discrete graphics. With increased efficiency and power, the Radeon X1600 enables users to get the most out of not only the extensive feature set of the iMac, but to leverage all the capabilities of the Mac OS X Tiger, including Core Image and ATI's Avivo technology to deliver superior display quality.
AJA Video, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, announced KONA 3, the new top-of-the-line HD/SD video capture card. Offering 40% more processing power than the industry-leading KONA 2, the new KONA 3 is the ultimate uncompressed capture card for SD, HD and Dual Link 4:4:4:4 HD for PCI Express Apple G5 Power Macs and Apple Final Cut Pro. The new card will ship worldwide on Jan. 30.
BOXX Technologies launched APEXX 4, a top-of-the-line personal workstation specifically engineered to maximize the productivity of the VFX professional.
Vicon has installed a 44-camera Vicon MX40 system for facial, hand and full-body capture to leading game company Square Enix Co. Ltd.
Square Enix acquired the system to take advantage of the immediate performance gains of Vicon MX when recording actors for cinematic sequences and in-game play, and to support higher camera counts and complexity for motion capture on next-gen titles.
Square Enix has created such popular game franchises as FINAL FANTASY and DRAGON QUEST, and has been an experienced motion capture user for many years.