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A New 3D Movie Experience Headline News

3D Movie Experiences with Apple Vision Pro Coming to Disney+ Subscribers

Viewer’s in-home spaces will be transformed into landscapes from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars via the wonders of OpenUSD, with 3D formats of popular films including ‘Avatar: The Way of Water,’ ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ ‘Elemental,’ ‘Encanto,’ and dozens more starting February 2.

Technology Headline News

AOUSD Announces New Members

Organization reveals roadmap in push towards global OpenUSD standardization, development, evolution, and growth; 12 new general members added: Cesium, Chaos, Epic Games, Foundry, Hexagon, IKEA, Lowe's, Meta, OTOY, SideFX, Spatial, and Unity.

Technology Headline News

Chaos Releases V-Ray 6 for 3ds Max – Update 2

New MaterialX and USD Support, faster workflows, and V-Ray GPU updates and enhancements allow artists to complete their USD pipeline with smooth photoreal rendering across teams and tools in real-time. 

Technology Headline News

Foundry’s Katana 7.0 Now Available

Latest version includes USD updates and VFX Reference Platform 2023 support with new USD scene manipulation, muti-threaded live rendering and Optimized Geolib3-MT Runtime.

Building on the Omniverse Headline News

NVIDIA is Helping Omniverse Developers ‘Get Started’

With a wealth of guides, video courses, documentation, and code samples, the company is making a growing pool of resources available to help build tools and extensions on Omniverse Enterprise; GTC 2024 early bird pricing is now available.

Technology Headline News

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.

Supporting 3D Design and Collaboration Headline News

NVIDIA Omniverse is Changing Filmmaking and Exxact is Helping It Happen

Three presenters at NVIDIA GTC, the conference for AI and the metaverse, talked about their adoption of real-time virtual production integrated with the technology giant’s end-to-end platform for building and operating 3D virtual worlds, a growing movement supported by Exxact Corporation, a Fremont, CA-based provider of high-performance computing solutions.

Who let the Dogs Out? Headline News

MPC’s VFX Goes to the Dogs in ‘Strays’

Leading creative studio delivers 720 shots for Universal’s comedy adventure, starring Jamie Foxx and Will Ferrel, about an abandoned dog who forms a gang of misfit ‘strays’ dogs; CG magic used to create a fully digital eagle and replace dogs’ muzzles and heads.

Business Headline News

Superprod Animation Bringing ‘Heroic Football’ to Cartoon Forum 2023

Set in a world where soccer and magic reign and featuring creatures from the ‘Heroic Fantasy’ realm, the studio’s newest animated series heads to Toulouse this week; show pilot produced on company’s USD-based FLOW pipeline.

More Middle-earth Nastiness VFXWorld

Wētā FX Supercharges the Visuals in ‘The Rings of Power’

In its latest contribution to the prodigious ‘The Lord of the Rings’ franchise, Prime Video’s expansive series now nominated for 6 Emmy’s including Outstanding Special Visual Effects, pioneering visual effects company Wētā FX, led by VFX Supervisor Ken McGaugh, makes subterranean kingdoms pulse with life and creatures like Balrogs, Snow Trolls, and Wargs be the nastiest they can be.

Technology Headline News

Reallusion Integrates iClone Live Sync with NVIDIA Omniverse

By Dan Sarto | Friday, August 18, 2023 at 8:39am

The updated connector enables a two-way USD synchronized character animation workflow with the 3D simulation and collaboration platform for real-time crowd generation with digital twins and AECO.

Do It in the Cloud Headline News

CoreWeave Completes Conductor Cloud-Based Rendering Service Integration

Customers can now access expansive compute resources including NVIDIA RTX A5000-A6000 graphic cards for VFX, animation, and motion graphics workloads; check out the demo at SIGGRAPH 2023, running August 6-10 in LA.

Technology Headline News

Pixar, Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, and NVIDIA Launch Alliance for OpenUSD

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, August 1, 2023 at 7:00am

The tech giants and Linux Foundation affiliate JDF join forces to create new AOUSD initiative to nurture global USD collaboration and support developers in building products and services for an ever-widening range of large-scale 3D projects across new industries and applications.

Technology Headline News

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. 

Technology ANIMATIONWorld

AMD Ups its Blender Game with New Rendering Technology for Cycles X

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 22, 2023 at 7:25am

The company’s continuing support for the growing Blender community through new tools like the HIP (Heterogeneous Interface for Portability) API and planned support for USD and materialX means Blender artists can access an expanding set of high-performance graphics card options for their creative production.

People ANIMATIONWorld

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang Talks ‘Generative AI’ at Cannes Lions Festival

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 21, 2023 at 11:16am

The tech giant’s CEO and WPP CEO Mark Read discussed AI's ‘Supercharge’ impact on creative industries, noting new tools augment artists’ creative process and don’t replace it.

One Last Ride VFXWorld

Wētā FX Brings a ‘Universe’ of Visuals to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’

From giant red spaceships to tentacled, toothy Abilisks, the studio’s VFX and animation teams, led by VFX supervisor Guy Williams and animation supervisor Michael Cozens, pull out all the stops for the final chapter of James Gunn’s MCU trilogy.

Technology Advancing Art Headline News

NVIDIA Studio Highlights NVIDIA Omniverse and USD in ‘Cold Inside Diorama’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 20, 2023 at 1:27pm

3D artists Gianluca Squillace and Pasquale Scionti’s project interconnect their workflows by replacing linear pipelines with live-sync creation, harnessing the collaboration platform powered by RTX GPU to create their Viking scene that conveyed a cold, glacial mood.

Technology Headline News

Pixar Releases RenderMan V25

Newest version includes enhanced technology features such as advanced denoising powered by machine learning, reaching new milestones in support for volumes, secondary passes, and performance for feature film animation and VFX.

Technology Headline News

Wild Capture Joins NVIDIA Inception

Program nurtures startups by providing access to collective resources of the extensible NVIDIA Omniverse platform based on USD, in turn accelerating development of AI-Driven Volumetric Video Technologies for Digital Human Fidelity.

Technology Headline News

Chaos Releases V-Ray 6 for 3ds Max – Update 1

Upgrade brings more artist/designer-friendly tools to the rendering solution; photorealistic ray tracer adds denoiser/lens making, cylindrical decal tools, and time-saving GPU enhancements.

TV VFX VFXWorld

The Massive Creative Fellowship Behind ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’

For 2 years, Production Designer Ramsey Avery and his team never slept, generating 38,000 pieces of concept art – illustrations, digital models, videos, sketches, and paintings – to support 9,500 VFX shots produced by 20 vendors and their 1,500 artists on Prime Video’s hugely ambitious Middle-earth saga.

All Animation Roads Lead to Angoulême ANIMATIONWorld

Superprod Dreams Big with Angoulême Studio Expansion

Co-founders Clément Calvet and Jérémie Fajner went from 2 artists working in their living room to 600 artists working in Paris, Milan, and as of next month, a brand-new location – with USD pipeline - in France’s growing animation hub.

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