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Rhythm & Hues Gets Smart with Massive

Rhythm & Hues was the first vfx studio to apply Massives new Smart Stunts capability on Foxs ELEKTRA last year. Smart Stunts simplifies the creation of large groups of CG characters or creatures in Massive, the Academy Award-winning 3D animation system for AI-driven crowd-related effects used in THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, developed by Massive Software.

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2d3 Ships boujou three

2d3 has begun shipping boujou three, the third-generation of its award-winning professional 3D camera matchmoving software. boujou three is designed for specialist tracking departments working on the most challenging shots, and complements boujou bullet, 2d3s easy-to-use volume tracking solution.

boujou three is built around a range of new technologies and features including:

Animation Headline News

Vanguard Taps Maya Pipeline for Valiant

Vanguard Animation has built its CG pipeline with Maya software from Alias, starting with its feature debut, the 3D VALIANT. This business model will allow them to produce more Hollywood-quality animated features faster, and for a much lower cost than is typical in the industry.

VALIANT releases in Europe on March 25, 2005, and across the U.S. on April 15.

Software Headline News

Discreet Releases combustion 4 Desktop Compositing Software

Discreet announced combustion 4 software, the highly anticipated upgrade to its visual effects desktop software solution. combustion software for Windows and Macintosh will feature a complete set of sophisticated tools for visual effects creation, including vector paint, particles, effects, animation and 3D compositing tools.

Software Headline News

BOXX Launches ‘Get a Bundle, Save a Bundle’ Program

BOXX Technologies Inc. has launched the Get a Bundle, Save a Bundle program to offer significant savings to customers purchasing BOXX workstations bundled with industry leading software for graphics, animation and post-production software.

Mobile Headline News

ATI Helps Power New HP Compaq nw8240 Mobile Workstation

ATI Technologies Inc. announced its Mobility FireGL V5000 workstation graphics accelerator and that HP has selected this PCI Express based graphics technology to power the new HP Compaq nw8240 Mobile Workstation.

For the first time, notebook users have the same geometry processing hardware that they enjoy in the high-end desktops. The Mobility FireGL V5000 combines outstanding performance and stability with the industry's lowest power consumption design and features eight-pixel pipelines, six geometry engines and 128MB of GDDR3 memory.

Software Headline News

Alias Launches “Rated ‘P’ for PLAY” Tour

Alias announced the launch of its Alias MotionBuilder and Maya software Rated P for PLAY tour. Starting in Seattle, Washington, on Feb. 16 and ending in San Francisco on March 10 at GDC (Games Developers Conference), the 3D community will experience Alias MotionBuilder 6 and Maya 6.5 software up close, network with their peers and hear from industry guest speakers. To register for the Rated P for PLAY tour, visit

Story VFXWorld

'Inspired 3D Short Film Production': Storyboarding — Part 2

Taylor Jessen reviews five short films: Gopher Broke by Jeff Fowler, In the Rough by Paul Taylor, Suite for Freedom by Aleksandra Korejwo, Caroline Leaf and Luc Perez, Oedipus by Jason Wishnow and A Bucks Worth by Tatia Rosenthal. Includes QuickTime movie clips!

Mobile Headline News

NVIDIA Introduces First Pro PCI Express Mobile Workstation

NVIDIA Corp. announced the latest version of its industry-leading mobile workstation GPUs. The NVIDIA Quadro FX Go1400 mobile GPU for PCI Express resets the bar for mobile workstation graphics, providing the performance, programmability, precision and quality that CAD, DCC and scientific applications require.

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BOXX Unveils GoBOXX 2200

BOXX Technologies introduced the GoBOXX 2200 mobile workstation based on the new Quadro FX Go 1400 PCI-Express Open GL graphics, Intel Pentium 4 processor with HT Technology, 17 1680x1050 WSXGA+ display, DDR2 memory to 2GB and dual bay internal (RAID capable) storage of up to 200GB. The GoBOXX 2200 combines mobility with the performance, cutting edge integration, reliability and support of a BOXX desktop workstation.

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Pipelinefx Expands Sales Network with Korean Reseller

After recently closing its first Series A round of venture capital financing, Hawaiibased Pipelinefx has closed a reseller agreement with CG Wave Inc., one of Koreas most respected computer graphics software resellers.

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Alias Announces Maya 6.5

Alias revealed the latest version of Maya 6.5, a performance-driven release optimized to meet the needs of games, film, broadcast and digital publishing professionals seeking dramatic performance enhancements while working with massive datasets. By re-architecting the software to boost performance across the package, Alias has prepared Maya to provide the power and reliability to work with the heaviest models, scenes and animation data.

Studio Headline News

Avid Announces Worldwide Availability of Alienbrain Studio 7.1

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 12:00am

Avid Technology Inc. announced the worldwide availability of Avid Alienbrain Studio 7.1 asset management software, offering increased support for creative teams developing complex CG games, 3D simulation programs and animated film projects.

Free Headline News

DAZ Releases Most Popular Digital Models for Free

DAZ Prods. has made its two most popular 3D figures available for free to the public. Michael 3.0 and Victoria 3.0 are arguably the most widely supported 3D figures anywhere and are used by thousands of digital artists, illustrators and animators in projects such as print illustration, Web design, art, animation and film projects.

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BOXX’s HD [pro] RT Workstations Power Dust to Glory Post

BOXX Technologies announced that its HD [pro] RT workstations, coupled with Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects and CineForms Prospect HD running on Microsoft Windows XP, fueled the post-production pipeline and DI workflow for the upcoming DUST TO GLORY documentary about the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 race.

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NVIDIA Takes nForce Pro into Server, Workstation Segments

Following the successful introduction of its line of PCI-Express products in the consumer desktop PC market, NVIDIA Corp. has launched NVIDIA nForce Professional media and communications processors (MCPs), the industry's only PCI-Express core-logic solutions for AMD Opteron processor-based server and workstation platforms.