Boris FX, the producer of high-end compositing and effects technology recently launched a new titling plug-in called Boris Graffiti. Based on the powerful text animation engine found in Boris RED, Boris Graffiti allows editors to create complex 2D and 3D animated titles within their already familiar non-linear editing system.
REALVIZ has announced a new application, ReTimer 2.0, that can be used to change the speed or length of any motion sequence in post-production. ReTimer utilizes a revolutionary method for creating highly accurate new frames between frames that were actually shot, and can also be used to subtract frames to shorten a sequence realistically. ReTimer automatically creates any number of new frames through an accurate warping technique developed by INRIA, the renowned French Research Lab that is a technology partner to REALVIZ.
Lee Dannacher goes behind the scenes at shockwave.com, Macromedias spin-off entertainment destination, which is now defining the front edge of seriously fun web animation and interactive fare.
India-based company Colorfront has announced the release of their high-end colour correction tool color*star. color*star is the industry's first plug-in for digital film grading, advanced selective colour correction and creative look-creation running on Discreet's high-end visual effects and editing systems. The plug-in currently runs on inferno*, flame*, flint*, effect* on O2, fire* and smoke* systems from Discreet. Colorfront has recognized the convergence of film, HDTV and video to the 1080p/24 Universal Mastering solution and have standardized color*star's workflow in this format.
SOFTIMAGE, the producers of popular 3D tool SOFTIMAGE|3D, announced that their eagerly anticipated next-generation 3D system code-named Sumatra has been given a name. Sumatra is to be released simply as SOFTIMAGE|XSI - a very humble and straight-forward name, but an effective one all the same. Why SOFTIMAGE|XSI? Unfortunately there's no funny story as to why SOFTIMAGE chose this name, it is simply the file extension of SOFTIMAGE's interactive media format.
High-end 3D software developer Alias|Wavefront began shipping Maya Fusion 2 last week. Maya Fusion is Maya's NT-based compositing and effects software, which is integrated within the Maya UI to give artists the power to combine their live action footage with their Maya CG elements realistically.
During the week of March 6, 2000, NewTek began shipping the eagerly anticipated Windows NT versions of LightWave . This is NewTek's most significant upgrade to LightWave in 10 years, and the new upgrade features advanced modeling tools, groundbreaking rendering capabilities, advanced character animation features and a refined working environment. The new version boasts more features than we could possibly list.
SOFTIMAGE has announced that the latest upgrade to their flagship SOFTIMAGE|3D animation system was available for download from their Web site. This upgrade represents a milestone for SOFTIMAGE, as it is the first upgrade the company has chosen to distribute on-line (rather than wait 6-8 weeks for reproduction, duplication and distribution).
Alias|Wavefront released Maya Real Time SDK (Software Developers Kit) at the Game Developers Conference in San Jose. The new release demonstrates the first comprehensive "Art to Engine" solution for creating interactive content on next-generation games platforms. The Maya Real Time SDK is designed to allow games developers to deliver film quality characters and graphics in their titles for new games platforms such as PlayStation 2.
I get fliers...I get phamplets...I get emails about all the amazing technology available to today's animators. And while I can't use any of it, we can all appreciate how new technology is making bringing `toons to life more easy.
To introduce the March 2000 Production Technology issue, Edwin Catmull, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Pixar Animation Studios, takes the ten question challenge.
Beginning in the late `50s there was an inspired flow of clever techniques that seemed like animation, but really weren't. These cartoon look-a-likes were shot in real-time and not frame-by-frame. Howard Beckerman takes a look back on a few of these fleeting methods.
Eric Huelsman predicts that Walking With Dinosaurs will be hailed as one of the most scientifically significant technological benchmarks in broadcast television for many years to come. Here's why...
Last week Alias|Wavefront unveiled a new upgrade to its powerful 3D
animation system Maya, an upgrade which will add a major new feature to the
software, particularly useful to games developers. Trax is a new non-linear
animation editing solution which will allow games developers to manipulate
extensive amounts of animation and blend it together in a way that can be
reproduced in the final game play. Trax features include reusable time
independent motion clips, blending of hand animation, data filtering and
France-based company REALVIZ recently announced the release of its new
ImageModeler photo-modeling software. This release comes after the release
of several other photo-modeling systems designed to turn objects in 2D
photographs into 3D models. Unlike other solutions on the market, however,
ImageModeler is a high-end application aimed at professionals, and this is
reflected not only in the programs toolset, but in the quality of the
models it produces. The creation of a 3D model in ImageModeler is simple --
Interactive Effects, producers of high-end visual effects systems Piranha
and Amazon Paint, recently announced the release of Piranha 3.1 for Silicon
Graphics Workstations. The new version expands the systems' capabilities in
areas such as video support, digital audio and disk/graphics performance,
as well as adding new features such as Mipmap Texturing, high speed soft
edged rotosplining and improved image tracking capabilities. Also new to
This week both Corel and Adobe announced that they were adding support for
Macromedia Flash to some of their flagship products. Adobe will be adding
support for Flash to their popular web development tool GoLive, which means
that Adobe users should be able to easily integrate Flash animation into
their existing GoLive projects. Corel also announced that it would be
adding support for Flash to Corel LINUX and CorelDRAW 9. Corel LINUX will
be the first Linux OS to include the Macromedia Flash Player as a standard
Intergraph Computer Systems recently announced that they are dropping the
prices of their range of Zx10 ViZual Workstations. The Zx10 is Intergraph's
latest range of high-end workstations that are built around Wahoo
technology and are powered by Intel Pentium III 750 MHz/100 MHz front side
bus processors. A wide range of graphics options are available, from
high-end 2D to mid-range 3D and the industry's fastest high-end 3D graphics
-- Intense3D's Wildcat 4110 VIO Graphics. Now this technology is available
Macromedia, the leading provider of web design tools, recently announced a
major upgrade to its famous FreeHand design and layout software. FreeHand 9
is set to change the way designers approach their work by offering a
powerful toolset for their vector graphics, regardless of whether their art
is intended for print or Web. FreeHand 9 is expected to ship in March on
both Macintosh and Windows platforms, and will be offered as both a
stand-alone product and in the new Macromedia Flash 4 FreeHand 9 Studio,
Versions of Boris Graffiti LTD and Boris FX LTD are now bundled with selected Avid Xpress DV non-linear video editing and delivery systems. Graffiti LTD, one of the most flexible title animation toolsets available, provides superior creativity and workflow for Avid system users by extending the titling capabilities in Avid Xpress DV. Boris FX LTD enhances the Avid Xpress DV toolset with the same dynamic special effects found in the award-winning Boris FX.
Designed for those who produce commercials, music videos, industrial
projects and similar broadcast pieces, 'Lifestyles - Mixed Cuts' is a stock
CD which is packed full of video clips of people. The royalty free
collection of video snippets includes the faces of adults and children,
plus a wide variety of situations including a birthday party, a mother and
daughter out for a walk, professionals in a board room and even a transient
walking along train tracks. The uses are endless. Commercials and music
Toon Boom Technologies recently released a new version of its 2D cel animation software, USAnimation, which is used by top animation studios all over the world (Walt Disney TV Animation, Film Roman, Warner Bros., Klasky Csupo, Paramount Pictures, Mercury FilmWorks, Sunwoo, Cuckoo's Nest, Cinar). Version 5.0 brings a wealth of new tools to animators, including the new 3D camera, or USAnimation's Real-Time Scene Planning module (which can be used at any time after scanning).
Paul Younghusband reviews CG 101, a general, but detailed, book which covers a wide range of topics, from visual effects techniques, to terminology, job descriptions and visual effects history.
Martin "Dr. Toon" Goodman reminisces about the incredible adventure Jason and the Argonauts took him on and the power of Ray Harryhausen and great storytelling.