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Effects Headline News

Apple Announces Shake 4

Apple launched Shake 4 at NAB2005, a major upgrade to the leading compositing software used by independent artists and visual effects facilities. Shake 4 features 3D multiplane compositing, cutting-edge optical flow image processing and unprecedented integration with Final Cut Pro 5.

From Academy award-winning films to broadcast television, Shake helps bring realistic visual effects to life, said Rob Schoeben, Apples vp of applications marketing.

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IRIDAS Presents All-New Product Lineup at NAB

IRIDAS is presenting a full lineup of new products at NAB 2005 including FrameCycler Digital Daily System (DDS) 3.5, FrameCycler Professional 3.5, SpeedGrade DI and SpeedGrade On Set. The SpeedGrade products represent both ends of the world's first unbroken color pipeline from filming through post-production and finishing. FrameCycler is the first 2K playback technology to run on the Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms.

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Accom Announces New Products at NAB

At NAB, Accom announced the launch of ProServ MX.8, EasyClip, APR/ClipStoreMX and APR/ClipStoreMXc. Accom is located at NAB Booth SU 7834.

ProServ MX.8 is the industrys most versatile video production server. The ProServ MX.8 offers up to four high-definition channels or up to eight standard definition channels. All channels offer symmetrical inputs and outputs. For complete versatility, ProServ MX.8 can simultaneously record, play, edit and manage HD and SD content.

Software Headline News

ADS Tech Unveils New PYRO Studio Bundled with Sony Vegas+DVD

At NAB, ADS Tech unveiled PYRO A/V Link Studio that includes ADS Tech's 1394/Firewire-based Analog/Digital Video (DV) converter bundled with the Sony Vegas+DVD Production Suite of video and audio software tools. Combined, the industry leading hardware and software components provide professional media producers and prosumers with a compelling video production solution that includes everything they need to begin capturing, editing and processing DV, HDV and creating other content, including surround-sound audio and streaming media.

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REALVIZ Unveils SMART at NAB 2005

REALVIZ chose NAB 2005 as the setting for the introduction of SMART ('Scalable Matching Architecture for Tracking'), a new automatic tracking engine, which is the result of extensive R&D efforts at the company's headquarters in the South of France. MatchMover Pro will be the first of the REALVIZ products powered by SMART, with a release slated for June 2005 on Macintosh, Windows and Linux.

Dreamworks Headline News

DreamWorks Animation Strikes AMD Alliance

AMD and DreamWorks Animation SKG Announce Strategic Alliance

AMD will provide the AMD Opteron processor with Direct Connect Architecture for DreamWorks Animation's next-generation enterprise servers, workstations, render farm nodes, enterprise desktops and enterprise laptops. The new agreement also includes marketing opportunities for AMD to utilize characters from DreamWorks Animation motion pictures, as well as work with DreamWorks Animation to promote upcoming film and home video releases.

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Turbo Squid Releases Male 3D Human Anatomy 2.0

Turbo Squid announced the availability of the Male 3D Human Anatomy 2.0 collection from Zygote Media Group designed for professionals to use in medical animation and illustration.

Zygote, in collaboration with medical experts, has spent thousands of hours developing its 3D human anatomy collection to be the most extensive, anatomically correct product available. This collection is geared toward medical animation professionals and is delivered electronically in six major formats: 3D Studio MAX, Maya, C4D, HRC, LWO, OBJ, and XSI.

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Artbeats Announces New Military Collections at NAB 2005

Artbeats unveiled two new military collections entitled ROAD TO BAGHDAD and TANKS at the 2005 National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB), booth SL1219. Featuring compelling footage of combat, tank firing, night vision firing and combat sequences, Artbeats new military collections capture reality of war in high definition (HD).

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NewTek Launches & Portable Live Production Suite

NewTek Inc. announced the launch of an online streaming channel,, as well as the release of TriCaster, a portable live production suite which provides a comprehensive toolset designed to appeal to corporate presenters, educators and media ministry users. NewTek is exhibiting April 18-21 at NAB, Booth #SL1949, Las Vegas Convention Center.

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GenArts to Reduce Cost for Sapphire Plug-ins for Discreet burn

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.

Color Headline News

Discreet Lustre 2.6 and Autodesk Incinerator 1.0 Announced

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.

Autodesk Headline News

Autodesk Extends Consulting Services

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.

Digital Headline News

Digital Dimension Selects Isilon Systems For New Storage Architecture

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.

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NVIDIA to Exhibit Full Range of HD Solutions at NAB2005

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).

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NaturalMotion Offers endorphin Rush Program

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.

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Tarari Joins Boxx’s ‘Ultimate Swag Bag’ Promotion

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.

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Iridas Releases FrameCycler Digital Daily System 3.5

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.

Film Headline News

Imagineer Releases monet 1.5

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).

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Corel Introduces Painter IX Art Pen Brush Pack

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

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NewTek Launches Qualified Beta for LightWave 64-Bit Port

NewTek announced the launch of a qualified beta program for the forthcoming LightWave 64-bit port. Registered owners of LightWave [8] 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 and click on the LightWave 64-bit Beta Banner. Overseas registered owners should email to request information.

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Bauhaus Ships Animator’s Toolbar

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.