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Connecting Ideas: FMX 2024 Returns Next April

The 28th edition, set for April 23-26, poses the question: Is the Media & Entertainment community moving closer together? Magnopus Global Director of Innovation Salomon Rogers named program chair.

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NVIDIA and AMD Unveil Workstations that Bring Accelerated AI to the Desktop

By Dan Sarto | Monday, October 23, 2023 at 11:24am

Machines featuring NVIDIA RTX Ada Generation GPUs and AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO Processors will be available next month for preorder from Dell, HP, and BOXX; new trained AI models offer accelerated 3D rendering, simulations, and content creation.

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Major Moho 14 Update Now Available

Featuring a new graphics engine alongside powerful new ‘2D rigging,’ ‘Smart Bones,’ ‘Liquid Shapes,’ ‘Optimized Drawing Tools’ and ‘Frame-by-Frame Tools,’ Lost Marble’s revamped 2D animation software aims to offer professionals, animators, and studios the ‘ultimate animation software.’

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BOXX APEXX S3 Now Features Intel Core i7 and i9 14th Gen Processors

The leading hardware innovator among first to ship new systems with next-gen Intel processors, optimizing performance for CAD, 3D design and motion media.

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Watch: Mill+ and Mercedes-Benz Showcase Innovation for Opening of Worlds 2023

‘League of Legends: A Triumphant Fusion of the Automotive, Esports, and Cinematic Spheres’ ground-breaking cinematic design features a futuristic Seoul built in CG, with Riot Games’ fantastical world and characters introducing Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV to e-sport and game enthusiast audiences.

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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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The Refinery Signs with Alta Global Media

The South African post-house’s offerings range from script to screen while promoting creative financial solutions for filmmakers, including the robust South African tax incentives.

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Masterpiece Studio Releases New Text-to-3D Generative AI Tool

Built in collaboration with NVIDIA, ‘Masterpiece X – Generate’ is designed for rapid exploration and prototyping, creating textured and animated 3D models from simple text prompts. 

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Wētā FX’s Joe Letteri to Receive 2023 VIEW Visionary Award

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 9:00am

The five-time Oscar winner, BAFTA winner, and senior VFX supervisor of James Cameron’s groundbreaking sci-fi sequel Avatar: The Way of Water, will be honored at the upcoming VIEW Conference, which runs October 15-20 in Torino, Italy. 

A Must-Have Guide Headline News

VES Announces ‘The VES Handbook of Virtual Production’ Release

The comprehensive guide to techniques and best practices, gleaned from 82 experts in VR, AR, MR, and XR technology and edited by VFX professionals Susan Zwerman VES and Jeffrey A. Okun VES, is now available for pre-order.

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Podcast EP 228: Ben Treat's Stop-Motion Social Media Journey

The social media presence known online as Frantic Frames shares how he grew his social following from 13,000 in 2019 to 2M today, and how he makes his living entirely from stop-motion social media posts.

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.

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Movella Launches ‘Indie Program’ Bundles with Free Animate Pro Access

Company’s ‘Indie Starter Bundle’ and ‘Indie Pro’ offer independent creators and small studios affordable access to high-quality motion-capture technology and studio-grade software; special StretchSense MoCap Pro Studio Glove available with bundles.

Generative AI for Creators Headline News

Adobe Shares Expansive Generative AI Strategy and Products

At Adobe MAX, the tech leader’s annual conference, big reveals showcased new generative AI models, 100+ Creative Cloud innovations, and Firefly customization for enterprises, all now available; Firefly generated images now top 3 billion with 1 billion generated in the last month.

Technology Headline News

OptiTrack Launches Motive 3.1 Beta 1

Now compatible with all OptiTrack mocap cameras and Cinepuck video camera tracking with simplified user interface, asset creation and 3D viewing and graphing; final release coming Q1 2024.

Awards Headline News

Made with Cartoon Animator: The 2023 Animation at Work Contest Winners!

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 6:18am

8 projects across five categories are honored, demonstrating a wide array of styles, topics, and skill levels that show how the animation program supports streamlined creative diversity.

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Final Pixel Drops Oracle Red Bull Racing Spot and Virtual Production BTS Video

Studio blends archival footage, video plates, and drone footage with environments built in Unreal Engine, CG, and VFX to create the Oracle Red Bull Racing brand’s new campaign. 

Commercials Headline News

State Designs New Key Art and Animates FX’s ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ S2 Campaign

By Dan Sarto | Friday, October 6, 2023 at 9:54am

Watch as the Emmy-nominated docuseries returns for new season sporting new promo look, adorned with the team’s colors and fiery dragon, debuting across print, digital, and TV… and a new trailer.

Professional Animation Tools Even Beginners Can Master Headline News

Reallusion Releases ActorCore AccuRIG Update with Mobile View & Web Embed

By Dan Sarto | Friday, October 6, 2023 at 6:55am

Latest enhancements to free auto-rig application enable top interactive online presentations where you can embed animated 3D characters into websites and easily share them using mobile devices.

Pushing the Filmmaking Envelope Headline News

Gareth Edwards Talks ‘The Creator’ VFX and How AI Helped Enable His Vision

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 3:15pm

With his innovative and compelling sci-fi action adventure now wowing cinema audiences, the director discusses his radical new approach to filmmaking and VFX in the just released featurette, ‘Advancing AI: Creating The Creator;’ Edwards’ film was made possible by recent technological advances and a collaboration with James Knight, AMD’s Global Director of Media & Entertainment and VFX, who kept the filmmaker abreast of the rapidly changing AI landscape from script to final press junket.

Digital Artists Connect Headline News

Fall Edition of THU Career Camp Registration Now Open

Free online event for digital entertainment industry creators and artists everywhere focuses on career growth, recruiting and mentoring – runs November 7-9.

Harrison Ford Can Still Whip it Up! VFXWorld

Rising Sun Pictures and Important Looking Pirates Tackle ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ VFX

The visual effects studios recreated 1960s New York City, complete with city street and subway chases – and digital horse - and an ancient undersea trireme shipwreck dive that included digital doubles, digital creatures, and dry-for-wet effects, respectively, on James Mangold and Lucasfilm’s final ‘Indiana Jones’ cinematic franchise adventure.

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Framestore Heads Under the Sea in ‘The Little Mermaid’ VFX Breakdown Reel

The award-winning visual effects studio delivered 550+ shots, using its trademark mix of artistry and innovation, creating a breathtaking underwater kingdom – harnessing its ‘Fibre’ groom tool, the project team ensured Ariel and the kingdom’s other inhabitants all had ‘great hair days;’ check out their magical reel.

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‘Pencils vs Pixels’ Celebrates the Eternal Magic of 2D Animation

Producer Tom Bancroft, who worked as a Disney animator for many years, talks about the making of his new documentary, which looks at the Disney renaissance of the 1990s and the changes wrought by the rise of CG.

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Soho VFX Heads to Fez for ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ Visual Effects

The studio delivers 235 shots for the fifth installment in the ‘Indiana Jones’ franchise, including a frantic tuk-tuk chase sequence through the streets of Tangiers, Morocco.

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