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NVIDIA Releases NVIDIA RTX 2000 Ada Generation GPU

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 12, 2024 at 3:32pm

The new GPU delivers the company’s latest AI, graphics, and compute technology to compact workstations, taking better advantage of Generative AI’s sweeping changes, such as seamless editing of high-resolution videos and images and its use for realistic visual effects and content creation.

The Next Wave of Generative AI Headline News

NVIDIA’s AI Workbench Beta Coming Later This Month

At CES, company announced a host of new generative AI technology updates and releases, including TensorRT GPUs, the TensorRT-LLM open-source library, tools for RTX PCs and workstations, RTX-accelerated GeForce RTX SUPER GPUs, and new developer AI tools to create, test, and customize pre-trained generative AI models and LLMs.

DCC Pipeline Data Integration Headline News

Autodesk Unveils ‘Flow’ Cloud Platform for M&E

Revealed at Autodesk University 2023: The Design and Make Conference, the new platform connects entire production pipelines with Maya and 3rd party artist tools from SideFX, Avid, and Foundry. plugging directly into the open ecosystem.

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Foundry Rolls Out Nuke, Katana and Mari Updates

Now available, Nuke 15.0 bolsters doubles training speeds in CopyCat tool; all product updates include compliance with VFX Reference Platform 2023; Katana 7.0 and Mari 7.0. coming soon.

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Academy Software Foundation Adopts OpenImageIO

The Foundation’s newest hosted project, created by Larry Gritz in 2008, is widely used by VFX and animation studios and integrated into leading production software products; don’t miss the OIIO ‘Birds of a Feather’ session at SIGGRAPH August 7. 

MoonRay Arives for Everyone! Headline News

DreamWorks Animation Releases Open Source ‘MoonRay’

Previously announced at SIGGRAPH 2022, the production renderer is now available, in an industry standard CMake environment, complete with a new documentation website, restructured libraries, reduced dependencies, and referenced open source packages.

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DNEG Releases Open-Source xSTUDIO Playback and Review Application

By Dan Sarto | Friday, January 20, 2023 at 11:40am

Now available on the Academy Software Foundation GitHub, the flexible, feature rich program is designed to meet the diverse needs of a broad range of review scenarios across teams of connected users, whether on set, in office, or remote.

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Autodesk Debuts Maya Bifrost Update with Open Source USD Integration

Feature-rich release includes a host of simulation, scattering, and USD workflow enhancements for the company's node-based visual programming system for procedural creation.

In the Cloud! Headline News

AWS Thinkbox Plugins Released as Open Source

Artists and studios gain broader accessibility to products and tools with Krakatoa and XMesh source code available for Autodesk Maya under Apache 2.0 open source license; artist tools simplify rendering, VFX, and simulation workflows.

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Animal Logic Gets ‘Unhinged’ with ALab Phase 2, Unreal Engine, and a Sock Puppet Scientist

Art director Grant Freckelton and director David Peers talk about the studio’s groundbreaking open-source USD ALab, its expansion into ALab Phase 2, and the Unreal Engine-created short film that grew out of their R&D efforts.

Let’s Review! Headline News

Autodesk Releases RV Media Review Software as Open Source

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at 10:37am

Joining with code contributions from DNEG and Sony Pictures Imageworks, RV will help shape the Open Review Initiative, the ASWF effort to standardize VFX and animation standards while building a unified, open source toolset for playback, review, and approval.

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NVIDIA Plans to Accelerate Evolution of USD

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 10:10am

The company will pursue a multi-year effort to expand USD’s capabilities beyond VFX, working with its inventor, Pixar, along with Adobe, Autodesk, and Siemens.

Open Source Headline News

Academy Software Foundation Announces Open Review Initiative

Technical Steering Committee members from Autodesk, DNEG, and Sony Pictures Imageworks will make RV, xSTUDIO, and parts of the itView ecosystem available to the open source community.

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DreamWorks Animation to Release MoonRay as Open Source

By Dan Sarto | Friday, August 5, 2022 at 7:55am

Studio’s state-of-the-art MCRT renderer, used on the upcoming ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’ and previous films like ‘The Bad Guys’ and ‘Croods: A New Age,’ includes a USD Hydra render delegate and multi-machine / cloud rendering via Arras.

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DNEG Promotes Chas Jarrett to Creative Director

VFX veteran takes the reins from current creative director and two-time Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Paul Franklin, who will continue providing visual effects consulting to the company on features as well as develop and direct new projects.

Get a jump on SIGGRAPH 2022 Headline News

Autodesk Launches Pre-SIGGRAPH 2022 ‘Virtual Vision Series’

Tech giant offering 2-days of online sessions with presentations by WB Games Avalanche, Playground Games, Crafty Apes, IGNITE Animation Studios, Crater Studio, and Megalis VFX; registration is free and required to attend.

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DNEG Announces xStudio Free Open Source Review Application

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 10, 2022 at 8:00am

Coming later this year, the app is aimed at establishing an industry-standard toolset for collaborative review; designed to integrate into individual pipelines, teams can review shots, edits, and grades in a single, unified application on all desktop platforms and operating systems.

Open Source Headline News

‘Open Source in Entertainment: How the Academy Software Foundation Creates Shared Value’ Research Paper Released

Written by noted journalist Barbara Robertson, the paper visits the origins of today’s open source technology in modern filmmaking beginning with cutting edge digital visual effects and animation in the 1990s followed in the early 2000s with the release of ILM’s OpenEXR and Sony Pictures Imageworks’ OpenColorIO.

Virtual Production Tools Headline News

MELS Unveils 10,000 Square-Foot Virtual Production Stage

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 21, 2022 at 10:31am

Company continues its push into virtual film production services with investment in new state-of-the-art Montreal facility.

Supporting Unreal Innovations Headline News

New Epic MegaGrant Recipients Announced

Supporting over 1,600 recipients so far, Epic Games continues its commitment to furthering the progress of creators, anywhere, doing outstanding work with Unreal Engine or contributing to open-source capabilities for the 3D graphics community; nearly 400 new recipients have been named in 2021 alone.

Virtual Production Tools Headline News

MELS Post and VFX Studio Awarded Epic MegaGrant

Grant will be used by Montreal-based studio to further the company’s virtual production initiatives; their technology replaces greenscreens with a virtual set, offering producers creative flexibility and freedom.

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Animal Logic Releases Open Source USD ALab Complete Production Scene

Release includes full scene description, from global assets through to shot outputs; broad use of assets is designed to promote education, training, and demonstration by students, studios, and vendors.

Expanding the Real-Time Tool Universe Headline News

Real-Time Innovations Receives Epic MegaGrant

Award will facilitate the advanced development and integration of RTI’s Connext DDS simulation platform with Unreal Engine, expanding the breadth of visualizing real-time systems in action.

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