Visual effects supervisor Kim Libreri explores the emerging trends in the industry and looks ahead with 12 predictions.
In celebration of 3December, the annual global celebration of 3D computer graphics worldwide, BOXX Technologies, is offering an instant rebate of $1,203 throughout the month of December on qualifying workstations bundled with Maya Complete.
Discreet announced that its 3ds max 7 software subscription members would receive their first value-added extension of this release cycle. Called Cloth Extension, this 3D modeling addition delivers a sophisticated cloth simulation system that gives artists the creative tools to build realistic, film-quality clothing for 3D characters in film, TV, advertising and games projects.
Craft Animations, the inventors of the Hyper-realistic Physics Engine (HYPE), has released Craft HeliCam v1.30, the first tool of the commercial plug-in suite, Craft Camera Tools (CCTs), for Maya.
CCTs, previously released for 3ds max, is used by animators to control and record camera movements directly in the viewport, in realtime, with a joystick. CCTs offers animators freedom from the unnatural robotic perfection of spline curves. CCTs move cameras with a natural human imperfection, offering HYPE Freedom and timesavings.
Extreme Sports, Artbeats' newest collection of daredevil stunts, is now available with more than 30 clips of extreme sports enthusiasts participating in some of the world's most dangerous sports. Renowned for high-quality, royalty-free footage of unique and hard to obtain imagery, some of the exciting clips include base-jumping, kneeboarding, mountain climbing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, white water kayaking, wind surfing and anchor diving.
Avid Technology Inc. announced version 4.2 of SOFTIMAGE|XSI software, offering a series of enhancements designed to streamline the creative process for professionals working on complex CG productions including games, films, broadcast and post-production projects. Now, advanced features, such as crowd simulation and compositing and paint capabilities, are included with different versions of SOFTIMAGE|XSI 4.2 software.
VFXWorld introduces a new column, The Digital Eye, which explores the future vfx implications of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow for guerilla filmmakers.
Continuing our monthly look at 3D environments, Stash magazines Stephen Price helped VFXWorld compile a gallery of some of the best 3D environments for Warhammer by Blur Studios and environmental pics by KDLAB.
Tiger Technology GmbH announced availability of MetaSAN 2.0, the latest version in the companys flagship high-speed file sharing software line. MetaSAN 2.0 offers extensive new productivity enhancements, including cross-platform operating system support, per-node bandwidth allocation, Avid Unity MediaNet storage virtualization, native OS file system and rights management and 24/7 mission-critical ready with true realtime failover capability.
Alias MotionBuilder 6 is now available to customers on maintenance. Alias MotionBuilder 6 software will be available to the public in late November. Alias will notify MotionBuilder Pro and Standard customers eligible to receive MotionBuilder 6 with instructions on how to acquire the latest release.
The Mill has purchased endorphin, a stand-alone application from NaturalMotion Ltd. that uses AI and dynamics simulation to create 3D character animation in realtime, to create high-end visual effects in its commercials and promo departments at its studio in Soho, London.
One of the many new features in Maxons BodyPaint 3D Release 2 is the direct link to Maya for Windows and Macintosh. Maya users can now benefit from the attractive features of BodyPaint 3D, such as the RayBrush mode, which enables the user to paint in the rendered image. So you're able to see the final result in realtime. Or the MultiBrush, which can paint in up to 10 textures simultaneously with a single stroke, so a brush can define an entire material rather than a single color.
Virtools, a leading provider of interactive 3D authoring tools, announced a technology alliance with Softimage. Thus, anyone developing interactive content with Virtools for industrial, Web or game development use can now export characters, scenes, objects and animations created with SOFTIMAGE|XSI software directly into the Virtools Dev 3 environment, using the new Virtools exporter (public beta stage) for XSI software.
Taylor Jessen reviews five short films: Backseat Bingo by Liz Blazer, Fowl Play! by Christopher De Santis, Save Virgil by Brad Ableson, A Work in Progress by Wes Ball and Tricks for a Treat by Jeff Mednikow. Includes QuickTime movie clips!
3Dlabs two new AGP 8x-based professional graphics accelerators, Wildcat Realizm 100 and 200, are now certified and available for the HP Workstation xw6000 and xw8000. The Wildcat Realizm 100 and 200, which have been selected for the HP Tested & Certified Graphics Program, are available through HP channel partners worldwide.
Gelato 1.1, the latest version of NVIDIAs hardware-accelerated, final-frame renderer, is now available for sale directly from NVIDIA and through its global network of resellers. The Gelato 1.1 renderer features a new version of its Mango plug-in for Alias Maya and introduces an innovative new feature called Preview Mode that allows for ultra-high speed rendering of an image with user-defined image quality and fidelity to preview the final render.
Luxology Llc. announced its Japanese distribution partnership with Mars Inc. Headquartered in Fukuoka, Japan, Mars will be the primary Japanese distributor for the Luxology product line starting with the highly anticipated modo, the powerful new subdivision surface and polygonal modeling platform. Mars will also handle localization, support, marketing and sales for Luxology products throughout the region. The English-language version of modo is available now through Mars, and the Japanese-language version will be available in January 2005.
NewTek Inc. announced the port of its Emmy Award-winning LightWave 3D to the Intel EM64T and AMD64 platforms. NewTek touts LightWave 3D as the first professional 3D graphics application to publicly reveal plans for a 64-bit port.
NVIDIA reported that the rapid adoption of its leading family of 3D graphics processing units (GPUs) has moved it into the number one spot in the Microsoft DirectX 9.0, or high-end performance segment of the market, rising from 26% share in the second quarter of 2004 to 64% share in the third quarter of 2004, according to market analyst firm Mercury Research.
Eovia Corp., developer and publisher of leading 3D animation, modeling and rendering software, has begun shipping its international English edition of Carrara 4, the powerful, approachable, complete 3D solution. Available in two versions, Standard and Pro, Carrara 4 is a major upgrade to an already high-quality 3D animation and design tool. Carrara 4 Standard is the ideal choice as an affordable and approachable entry into 3D.
Maxon and ArchVision announced the immediate availability of an RPC plug-in for Cinema 4D R9. Now Cinema 4D users can take advantage of the amazing content found in the ArchVision object libraries. RPC (Rich Photorealistic Content) libraries of people, trees, cars and more enable Cinema 4D users to add photorealistic content to their scenes faster than ever before.