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.
ArchVision Inc. announced the availability of ArchVision Composer, a new tool that lets users add Rich Photorealistic Content (RPC) to 2D renderings and photographs. With features like automatic scaling, shadow generation and Opacity, Saturation and Brightness controls, Composer lets users improve the quality of their renderings by quickly adding realistic entourage like RPC people, trees and cars. Composer runs as a standalone application or in conjunction with Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements.
RE:Vision Effects has released ReelSmart Motion Blur Pro version 3.0, a major upgrade to the popular Shake plugin set. ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB) automatically tracks every pixel in a sequence and blurs based on calculated motion.
Edmonton's Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital's Syncrude Centre for Motion and Balance has used motion-capture software to help a six-year-old boy walk, reports THE GLOBE AND MAIL. Using the same technology that was used to create Gollum from THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, the hospital's "gait lab" helped doctors determine a surgical strategy to help Quinn Kozlowski, who suffers from cerebral palsy, walk.
NewTek Inc. has just released LightWave 3D , the latest edition of its Emmy-winning 3D software package. LightWaveÆ  adds a wide range of new character animation tools and dynamics to the robust modeling, animation and rendering capabilities that have made LightWave a leading production tool in film, broadcast, print, game development and Web development.
Toon Boom Animation will release OPUS and Concerto for Mac OS X in September. OPUS and Concerto are advanced solutions for the production of traditional and digital animation, providing customers with an integrated production workflow, powerful 3D scene planning, sophisticated effects, compositing tools and seamless 2D/3D integration.
NVIDIA Corp. announced that its GeForce 6800 series graphics processing units (GPUs) will equip the competition PCs featured at the rendering invitational worldwide finals of the Imagine Cup 2004, a multi-faceted technology competition sponsored by Microsoft Corp. The Imagine Cup challenges student teams of programmers and digital artists from around the globe to extend their artistic affinity beyond the classroom using the latest software development tools from Microsoft.
Alias recently announced the impending availability of Maya Unlimited for the Mac OS X operating system at the Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). Responding to increasing customer demand from the Mac community, Alias is porting the entire Maya Unlimited feature set for Mac OS X with all tools that are available to artists with Maya Unlimited 6. Maya 6 is the latest version of the award-winning Maya software. Maya Unlimited 6 for Mac OS X will be available to purchase later this summer.
NVIDIA Corp. broadened its already expansive graphics line with the introduction of four new NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics solutions based on PCI Express. Leveraging this next-generation bus architecture, NVIDIA doubles the bandwidth of its AGP 8X-based products to more than 4GB per second in both upstream and downstream data transfers.
NVIDIA Corp. unveiled a new technology that enables multiple NVIDIA GeForce 6 Series or NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards to operate in a single PC or workstation for a stunning increase in graphics horsepower. Appearing later this year in PCI Express-based PCs and workstations from top manufacturers, the new NVIDIA SLI technology takes full advantage of the additional bandwidth and features of this new high-bandwidth bus architecture.
HP announced a new line of personal workstations- the xw4200, xw6200 and xw8200 -- that are engineered to offer customers increased power, reliability and support, which is good news for 3D animation and vfx.
Avid Technology announced the worldwide availability of its Avid Xpress Studio all-in-one production suite. Designed for DV professionals, the award-winning Avid Xpress Studio system combines video editing, audio production, 3D animation, compositing and titling, along with DVD authoring capabilities with professional video and audio production hardware - all of which interoperate seamlessly on a single computer. Customers can purchase Avid Xpress Studio through Avid's global reseller channel and the Avid store (www.avidstore.com).