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Production Headline News

Animal Logic Switches Animation Pipeline to Softimage|XSI

Animal Logic has announced it has switched its animation production pipeline software to SOFTIMAGE|XSI. The Australian-based studio is converting its pipeline from the Maya software in order to meet the demanding production requirements of HAPPY FEET, a CG animated feature film directed by George Miller (BABE) and scheduled for delivery in 2005.


'Inspired 3D Character Setup': Basic Building Blocks of Effective Character Creation

By Mike Ford | Friday, July 25, 2003 at 12:00am

Michael Ford and Alan Lehman take us through the step-by-step process of planning the setup of a 3D character. While these steps may sound time consuming the authors assure us it will pay off in the end! The second of several excerpts from the book, Inspired 3D Character Setup.

Software Headline News

Innoventive Software Releases FrameForge 3D First 3D Storyboarding Software

Innoventive Software, LLC has released FrameForge 3D, the first 3D storyboarding software. The program gives users an easy-to-manipulate 3D virtual film set with fully posable actors, hills, trees, snap-together walls, furniture and other elements. FrameForge 3D allows users to print the boards, including technical information required to create that shot on location. Storyboard shots can be associated with parts of an imported script, played as a slideshow, exported to standard graphics files, HTML pages or turned into a Macromedia Flash animation. Other features include:

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Kaydara Announces Alias' Support for FBX

Kaydara Inc., a leader in 3D character animation and motion capture technologies, has announced the support of Alias for the Kaydara FBX authoring file format. A free Kaydara FBX-Maya plug-in, which provides Maya software users with a seamless pathway for the acquisition and exchange of 3D data, will be bundled on the Maya CD and posted free on the Kaydara ( and Alias ( Websites.

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BOXX Technologies Offers New NVIDIA Quadro FX 3000

BOXX Technologies, a leading developer of XXTreme award-winning digital content creation systems for the design, entertainment and digital film industries, now offers the new NVIDIA Quadro FX 3000 series of professional graphics solutions in its 3DBOXX workstations. These new professional graphics solutions make advanced high-resolution visualization accessible to more professionals in the video postproduction and broadcast markets.

NVIDIA Quadro FX 3000 Features

Software Headline News

Discreet & NXN Software Announce Partnership

Discreet and NXN Software, a leading supplier of asset management solutions for the digital entertainment and computer graphics industries, have announced a technology and bundling partnership that will promote tighter integration between their applications: Discreets 3ds max and NXNs alienbrain Studio.

Turbo Headline News

Turbo Squid Certifies Absolute Character Tools 1.6 Pro as 3ds max Plug-in

Turbo Squid has announced the certification and release of cgCharacters Absolute Character Tools (ACT) 1.6 Pro as a Discreet Certified 3ds max Plug-in. ACT is a fast and stable production platform that offers a wide array of character modeling and animation features. In addition to cgMuscle objects, ACT also includes tools and objects (cgTubes) to create skinned proxy characters that deform and animate in realtime.

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SPEC/GPC Expands Benchmark Options for Non-Members

SPEC's Graphics Performance Characterization (SPEC/GPC) group has launched a new program that gives non-members of the organization access to its benchmarking review and publication processes. SPEC/GPC's SPECviewperf and SPECapc application-based benchmarks are considered worldwide standards for objective performance measurement. SPECviewperf offers direct performance comparisons of graphics hardware running datasets from popular CAD/CAM, digital content creation and visualization applications.

Effects Headline News

Digital Anarchy Launches Toolbox for Adobe After Effects

Digital Anarchy, a leading provider of cost-effective special effects software for Adobe, Apple and Discreet products, has released the Anarchy Toolbox for After Effects. Anarchy Toolbox is a set of nine tools for creating a wide variety of sophisticated effects, including creative blurs, beautiful glows, controlled distortions, seamlessly tiled images, warped graphics and utilities.

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Relic Uses 3ds max on Insect Invasion Game

Relic Entertainment has used Discreets 3ds max software on its add-on game extension to its popular IMPOSSIBLE CREATURES, entitled INSECT INVASION. The extension adds 15 new creatures as well as new gameplay features. In the 3D realtime strategy game, players must accumulate an army of mutant monsters created by combining insects and animals, which they use to battle other online opponents. 3ds max was used to create all of the new animals and insects, as well as other objects.

Software Headline News

Bauhaus Software Pacts with TVPaint

Bauhaus Software Inc., a new digital visual effects provider, has formed a strategic partnership with TVPaint Developpement Inc. for product development, marketing and distribution of TVPaint technologies. Bauhaus Software and TVPaint are combining their expertise to develop a new generation of cross platform computer graphics software for visual effects artists, video professionals and animators. These new products will be sold and distributed under the Bauhaus Software brand.

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Wings 3D Supports Kaydara FBX

Kaydara Inc. and Wings 3D have announced support for the FBX file interchange format in Wings 3D, an open-source sub-division modeler. The Kaydara FBX file format provides a seamless pathway for the acquisition and exchange of 3D data between the industry's leading 3D content creation packages. This free FBX-Wings 3D plug-in will enable modelers and visual effects artists to access a wealth of content through Kaydara's extensive network of FBX partners.

Digital Headline News

Razor3D Adds Virtual FX to Movies and Games

Razor3D launches Virtual FX, a television set-top box that converts in realtime any standard 2D video into genuine stereographic 3D. The Virtual FX adds digital effects to any type of video from any video source, including VHS, DVD, game consoles and digital camcorders.

Effects Headline News

Adobe After Effects 6.0 Offers Advanced Text Engine, New Tools

Adobe Systems Inc. launches After Effects 6.0, an extensive upgrade of its award-winning motion graphics and visual effects software. This major release integrates a new text engine for creating unique and compelling typographic animations. Available for Windows and Mac OS X, Adobe After Effects 6.0 helps professionals meet tough production challenges by increasing productivity with features such as OpenGL support, and other major performance improvements.

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Stable Camera Moves in Adobe Premiere with SteadyMove

Oxford, U.K.-based 2d3, a developer of Emmy Award-winning professional 3D camera-tracking solutions, has announced that its new SteadyMove plug-in will be bundled with all copies of Adobe Premiere Pro. The advanced version of the shot stabilization software will be released on July 25, 2003 for $99.

Film Headline News

Digital Film Tools Releases DIGITAL FILM LAB 1.0

Digital Film Lab has released DIGITAL FILM LAB 1.0, which allows filmmakers to simulate several film looks, glass camera filters, specialized lenses and optical lab processes. The program provides 8- or 16-bits-per-channel processing, and can mimic Color Correct, Bleach Bypass, Low Contrast, Flashing, Overexpose, Diffusion, Blur, Grad, Grain and Post Color Correct. By loading presets, parameters in the various modules are set to achieve a variety of different effects.

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3Dlabs First to Ship OpenGL Shading Language Compiler

3Dlabs Inc., Ltd., a leader in professional visual processing, has released new drivers for its Wildcat VP family of professional graphics accelerators with a preliminary implementation of the new OpenGL Shading Language. 3Dlabs is the first company to ship an implementation that utilizes this high-level shading language, which was recently ratified by the OpenGL Architecture Review Board as official extensions to OpenGL, and is expected to form the foundation of the upcoming OpenGL 2.0 standard.

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HP Launches 64-Bit Integrity Servers

HP has introduced a powerful line of servers based on Intel Corp.'s new Itanium 2 1.5-gigahertz processor, intending to redefine data center economics by delivering up to $1 million in total three-year cost savings over IBM servers. The new 64-bit HP Integrity servers now combine with the 32-bit ProLiant servers to form a potent lineup.

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HP's New Itanium Systems Ideal for Rendering

HP's newly introduced Intel Itanium 2-based servers and workstations, delivering up to 50% faster application performance than previous Itanium 2-based systems, are perfectly suited to rendering large digital models.

The new Intel Itanium 2 processor with 6 MB of level 3 cache powers one- and two-way HP Workstations, as well as HP Integrity servers, which range from one- and two-way entry-level servers to the 64-processor Integrity Superdome server.