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Motion Headline News

Vicon Moves into Mocap Expansion

Given the preeminence of CG characters in movies and gaming, Vicon Motion Systems has acquired Los Angeles-based House of Moves (HOM) in an effort to expand its U.S. motion capture presence. The move formally establishes HOM, an indie motion-capture service bureau of long standing, as a new technology test-bed for Vicon.

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ATI Introduces FireGL Graphics Accelerators

On the eve of the industry transition to PCI Express, ATI Technologies announced a complete line-up of FireGL workstation graphics accelerators with full native support for this new bus architecture. The newly branded Visualization series will offer four new graphics accelerators: the high-end FireGL V7100, mid-range FireGL V5100 and, redefining the entry-level segment, the FireGL V3200 and the FireGL V3100.

Motion Headline News

Motion Computing Includes Full Version of Alias SketchBook Pro

Alias and Motion Computing agreed to include the full version of Alias SketchBook Pro on all Motion M1400 Tablet PCs configured with the Motion Pak software package sold worldwide. The bundle combines Motion Computing's cutting-edge Tablet PCs with Alias SketchBook Pro's best-in-class digital pen-based sketching and annotation software.

Animation Headline News

EI Technology Releases Electric Image Animation System 5.5

EI Technology Group has launched Electric Image Animation System 5.5, an update to the cross-platform professional 3D animation application. It includes dozens of new features, including caustics, a built-in scripting tool, new shaders, HRDI support, an array of new Animation capabilities, new deformation tools and GrangerFX Plug-in support. The software also features Radiosity, multi-processor support, Match Move, Material Library System, Macromedia Shockwave support, unlimited network rendering, character animation tools, global illumination and more. It runs on Mac OS 9/X.

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Digimation Offers Model Bank For 3D Content

Digimation Inc. has launched its Model Bank, the next-generation online marketplace dedicated exclusively to the 3D community. Model Bank brings together individuals and companies worldwide who have created 3D content (wireframe models, motion capture data, etc.) with those who need it.

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Polar Express’ Imagemotion Technology to be Unveiled at SIGGRAPH 2004

Performance-capture may be the new buzzword, thanks to Sony Pictures Imageworks and its proprietary Imagemotion system developed for THE POLAR EXPRESS, which will have its first public display in SIGGRAPH 2004s prestigious Electronic Theater. The 31st annual international conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques will be held in Los Angeles Aug. 8-12, 2004.

Game Headline News

Caligari Announces Light Edition of gameSpace

Caligari announced the release of gameSpace Light (gSL), a special edition of the company's game graphics authoring software. gameSpace Light is designed to introduce independent game developers, students and hobbyists to 3D game content creation using Caligari's trademark first-person-perspective design interface.

Software Headline News

FrameForge Demoed at Cannes

Innoventive Software, LLC ( announced that its previsualization and storyboarding software FrameForge 3D Studio will be continually on display at Movie Soft's Booth 1901 in the Film Market-Palais during this year's Cannes Film Festival. Software architect and lead programmer Ken Schafer will conduct live software demonstrations daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm from May 12 - May 21, 2004. Movie Soft is France's specialty retailer of screenwriting and film industry related software.

World Headline News

SOFTIMAGE|XSI Helps Visualize Plans for World Trade Center Site

Softimage Co. announced that Archimation, one of Germany's leading architectural presentation firms, used SOFTIMAGE|XSI software to create 3D renderings for two of the architectural firms designing the buildings to be constructed on the World Trade Center site in New York City.

Tools Headline News

Maya 6 Now Shipping to New and Upgrading Customers

Alias announced that the Maya Complete 6 and the Maya Unlimited 6 software are now shipping globally to all new and upgrading customers. Customers on Alias' maintenance program were first able to download the software on April 26. Debuted at NAB. Maya 6 responds to the everyday production demands of 3D artists in the film, broadcast, game development, digital publishing and visualization markets.

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NVIDIA First to Support Shader Model 3.0

NVIDIA Corp. announced that its recently-released GeForce 6 series of graphics processing units (GPUs) is the first and only graphics hardware platform to take full advantage of Shader Model 3.0, an integral part of Microsoft DirectX 9.0, the advanced programming interface (API) widely used by developers to create cutting-edge gaming experiences.

Animation Headline News

Toon Boom Launches Paperless Concerto

Toon Boom Animation has launched Concerto, an animation software for paperless, digital, re-use or cutout animation production. Concerto offers studios increased productivity, raises animation quality and eliminates file management issues so common to the normal Flash pipeline.

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ILM Selects Angstrom Microsystems for Next Generation Render Farm

Angstrom Microsystems will be deploying Titan64 SuperBlade rendering servers at Industrial Light & Magic. These blade servers are powered by AMD Opteron processors to provide maximum performance and scalability of the rendering server farm. ILM is using the Titan64 SuperBlade servers to enable a significantly more complex and faster generation of movie vfx.

Toon Headline News

Toon Boom Studio Version 2.5 for Mac Ready

Toon Boom Animation has launched Toon Boom Studio version 2.5 for Mac OS X, a program used primarily for 2D cartoon animation. Some of the releases new features include sound scrubbing in the Timeline, the ability to draw in Sceneplanning and support for scanning.

Toon Boom's client base ranges from major studios creating Hollywood blockbuster animated films to individual animators creating their first masterpieces.

The upgrade can be purchased online or from a reseller at $ 199.

Effects Headline News

Orphanage Announces Free Plug-Ins for Adobe After Effects

The Orphanage, whose recent vfx efforts include HELLBOY and the upcoming THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, will release a key piece of its visual effects technology to the public. Called eLin, the software consists of a suite of plug-ins and scripts for Adobe After Effects 6.5 that allow compositors to work in the expanded photographic color space of film. eLin will be free of charge for non-commercial use.

Motion Headline News

Apple Introduces Motion at NAB

Apple has introduced Motion at NAB2004, a new application that redefines motion graphics by giving artists the creative freedom and power to deliver stunning results faster and more intuitively at a price of $299. Motion features interactive animation of text, graphics and video, with instant previewing of multiple filters and particle effects, and introduces "Behaviors" that allow artists to add natural looking movement to type and graphics, such as gravity and wind, without the use of complex keyframes.

Final Headline News

Apple Unveils Final Cut Pro at NAB

Apple introduced Final Cut Pro HD at NAB2004, the latest version of its Emmy award-winning editing software, now with the realtime performance of high-quality native DVCPRO HD in addition to realtime support for DV and SD. Final Cut Pro HD delivers the ability to capture, edit and output broadcast-quality high definition (HD) video over a single FireWire cable, without requiring any additional hardware an industry first. Final Cut Pro HD supports native DVCPRO HD editing with no recompression or image degradation and enables HD preview monitoring on an Apple Cinema HD Display.

Effects Headline News

Bauhaus Software Launches Mirage v1.2 for Mac OS X

Bauhaus Software announced the availability of Mirage v1.2 for Mac OS X and Windows. Designed for artists, Mirage integrates realtime video paint, animation and effects functionalities into a single product, freeing visual artists to explore entirely new creative ideas and techniques. Designed for resolutions ranging from HDTV and film to Web video, Mirage is a complement to existing packages such as Final Cut Pro and Shake, and is a key part of a seamless pipeline for 2D animation film and broadcast production.

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Adobe Announces New Versions of Audition & Premiere Pro

Adobe Systems Inc. has announced new versions of its audio editing, mixing, and mastering software Audition and its video editing software Premiere Pro. Audition and Premiere Pro are core components of the Adobe Video Collection 2.5, which also includes After Effects 6.5 and Adobe Encore DVD 1.5.

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3Dlabs Announces Wildcat Realizm

At NAB, 3Dlabs Inc. Ltd. announced its new graphics architecture technology Wildcat Realizm. The architecture combines a next-generation Visual Processing Unit (VPU) and a unique Vertex/Scalability Unit (VSU). These work together to enable a software-compatible family of graphics accelerators ranging from a single VPU AGP 8x solution to a unique dual-VPU configuration, which takes full advantage of the enhanced bandwidth of PCI Express.

Effects Headline News

Adobe’s After Effects 6.5 Features Animation Presets

Adobes After Effects 6.5, a new version of its award-winning motion graphics and visual effects software features Animation Presets, an advanced clone tool, as well as tighter integration with the other Adobe video products, help professionals meet production challenges and demanding deadlines.

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SGI Highlights New IT Infrastructures & Interoperability at NAB

At NAB 2004, Silicon Graphics will demonstrate how it is delivering IT infrastructures and interoperability to solve problems with the move to digital at broadcast and post-production facilities. The will be at Booth SL4755 at the conference, which runs until April 22, 2004.