Instant Effects announced the company's first product, OfficeFX, which will become available later this month from www.instanteffects.com for $149.95. A seamless addition to the popular presentation software package, Microsoft PowerPoint, OfficeFX allows users to deliver effective presentations with the tool they already know. Instant Effects is also proud to announce that a trial version of OfficeFX will ship with all desktop products from ATI Technologies Inc., a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative visual processor solutions.
Crowd!, a behavioral animation system built on a realtime engine called Neuro!Machine, will be released to the general consumer in November by Vital Idea. Retailing for $9,995, Crowd! 1.0 Suite -- Windows may be pre-ordered at http://store.vitalidea.com. With Crowd! digital artists can integrate SynThespians into shots.
NewTek Inc. announced the release of the first update for VT, the company's integrated production suite for live and post production and editing. The update is free to registered owners of VT, and includes enhancements to DV support and DVD authoring program support, enhanced integration with Adobe After Effects, and integration with Discreet's forthcoming combustion 3.
Sonic Solutions has released Sonic PrimeTime Deluxe, the premium version of the PrimeTime line of DVD creation software, for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition. Launched in conjunction with Microsoft's release of Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004, PrimeTime Deluxe expands upon the Media Center experience by making it easy to archive personal digital media such as recorded TV shows onto DVDs that can be played on set-top DVD players and multimedia PCs.
Kaydara has included NXN alienbrain asset management functionality to MOTIONBUILDER 5 Professional Edition, the latest version of its powerful realtime 3D character animation software that is currently shipping. The integrated support of NXN alienbrain allows MOTIONBUILDER 5 users to operate in a secure, version-controlled environment without having to leave their application.
e-on software, the developer of award-winning 3D natural scenery products, has released Vue 4 Professional for MacOS X and Windows, the newest addition to its line of products for professional 3D designers and digital video production houses.
Boris Red 3GL, an ideal solution for editors that require broadcast-quality features for titling, effects, compositing and 3D directly inside their nonlinear editing system, began shipping Sept. 17, 2003. With more than 40 dynamic new filters, enhanced tools and innovative technologies, Red 3GL offers OpenGL in an expanded compositing and effects environment to maximize creative potential.
Scott Jenkins descends on the new vampire and werewolf flick, Underworld, to uncover how this horror/action film mixes the old with the new.
George Maestri ventures into the story behind how LEGO brought its popular Bionicle franchise to cinematic life.
Pinnacle Systems Inc. announced a new product aimed to help consumers enjoy their PC-based music, photos and video on the television in their living room. Pinnacle ShowCenter is a set-top device that connects to wireless and wired home local area networks (LAN) and enables streaming of multimedia files from any PC on the network to any television or home entertainment system in the house.
Spiral Graphics announced the release of its anticipated Genetica seamless texture maker. Genetica, the industry's first node-based texture maker to specialize in the generation of seamless textures, intends to dramatically improve the productivity of game designers, 3D artists and others.
Rick Baumgartner spoke with various effects artists about how previsualization is being used by directors as an important design and approval tool.
Discreet will begin shipping combustion 3, the latest version of its award-winning visual effects and 3D compositing desktop software, in fall 2003 for Windows XP and Windows 2000 and early 2004 for Macintosh OS X. Suggested price for combustion 3 software is $995. Upgrade price from combustion 2 or combustion 2.1 will be $199.
Greenworks Xfrog organic modeling system has been rewritten from scratch for the release of Xfrog 4. With the new version, all parameters in Xfrog 4 can be animated and combined with the objects in MAXON's CINEMA 4D, allowing artists to create trees or other plants, which grow and follow the sun as well as leaves and branches, which move in the wind. Additionally CINEMA 4D XPresso diagrams can be combined with Xfrog to create photoreal parameter-driven organic effects.
HP has announced the HP Workstation zx2000 now includes the new low-voltage Intel Itanium 2 1.0-gigahertz processor with 1.5 megabyte L3 memory cache. The enhanced workstation provides up to a 10% increase in application performance. In addition, HP plans to introduce entry-level servers with the new low-voltage Intel Itanium processor in early 2004.
From the Inspired 3D series, David Parrish continues his look at compositing techniques and methods.
Strata, the trail-blazing company dedicated to adding a creative new dimension to the designers toolset, plans to publish ANGELMAN, a children's book completely illustrated using Strata 3Dpro. French artist Matthieu Roussel once worked in traditional materials until he discovered Strata.
ANGELMAN concerns a retired superhero who longs to take to the skies again and the young boy who discovers and inspires him. Like Mr. Angel, Roussel also found his wings, but in the form of 3D graphics software from Strata.
Steven Mirkin delves into SCI FI Channels flashy new re-branding campaign to find out who comes up with those creative spots.
Rick DeMott collects some of the best animated and visual effects commercials from top companies to highlight the wonderful work being done in the medium.
Sarah Baisley rounds up facts, thoughts and examples of issues and trends driving producers of CGI commercials today.