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Danger Will Robinson! Headline News

‘Lost in Space’ Season 3 Blasts off with New Trailer

Who’s not thrilled to hear once again the fateful phrase, ‘Danger Will Robinson… Danger’ as the third and final season of the reimagined 1965 Irwin Allen sci-fi classic is soon in hand; Netflix launches the space opera’s concluding episodes December 1.

Business Headline News

HP Heads Into the Omniverse with New High-Performance Tech Offers

Newly announced Z by HP, Teradici, and NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise subscriptions bring real-time connection to remote workers collaborating across multiple systems and applications.

Business Headline News

Unity to Acquire Weta Digital's Tools and Technology

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 2:49pm

Deal calls for purchase of leading VFX studio’s proprietary software systems, pipeline, and engineering talent; Oscar-winning VFX team will become WetaFX, remaining under Peter Jackson’s majority ownership and helmed by CEO Prem Akkaraju.

Omniverse Has Arrived Headline News

NVIDIA Reveals Omniverse Avatar Platform

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 11:56am

New technology generates interactive AI avatars with ray-traced 3D graphics by connecting speech AI, computer vision, natural language understanding, recommendation engines and simulation technologies.

Omniverse Has Arrived Headline News

NVIDIA Announces Omniverse Replicator Synthetic AI Data Generation Engine

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 11:17am

Powerful system produces physically simulated data for training neural networks; first implementations shown are NVIDIA DRIVE Sim and NVIDIA Isaac Sim apps.

Real-time 3D Production Collaboration in the M&E Space Headline News

BOXX Systems Now Offering NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 9:29am

Leading high-performance workstation, rendering and server system provider’s platforms, along with NVIDIA’s real-time simulation and collaboration platform for 3D production, now available to unite creative teams working remotely across the animation and VFX space.

Omniverse Has Arrived Headline News

NVIDIA CEO Shares Vision for AI, Robotics, Omniverse Avatars and Digital Twins

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 8:45am

In his virtual GTC keynote, company founder and CEO Jensen Huang introduced a host of new technologies, including his Toy Jensen miniature avatar, to demonstrate transformative uses of the tech giant’s latest offerings in accelerated computing and the Omniverse Enterprise virtual world simulation and collaboration platform.

The MCU Gets Augmented Headline News

Marvel Releases Free ‘Eternals: AR Story Experience'

Travel through time and space to meet the characters, and their backstories, in the studio’s first-of-its-kind iOS-exclusive mobile app, available now; latest MCU adventure hits theaters today, November 5.

Real-time Animation in Unreal Engine Headline News

Don’t Miss Epic’s ‘Animation Workflows Using Unreal Engine and Maya’ Webinar

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 12:56pm

Coming Wednesday, November 10, virtual event will show how to create stylized character-based animation using UE and Autodesk Maya, exploring open standards like Alembic and USD to quickly move work between the two platforms.

Technology Headline News

Rokoko Announces Smartsuit Pro II

Next gen mocap suite features easy use and setup, allowing real-time animation anywhere; upgrades include ready multi-level tracking, optimization for high impact, and native integration into the Rokoko Smartgloves – now available for preorder.

Innovations in Real-time 3D Design Headline News

Join PNY and NVIDIA’s ‘Revolutionizing 3D Workflows with NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise’ Webinar

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 9:00am

This free presentation on November 17 will showcase how companies can address remote and hybrid work challenges with NVIDIA’s new real-time collaboration and simulation platform, Omniverse Enterprise; PNY is also hosting a series of Omniverse Enterprise sessions at GTC 2021, NVIDIA’s free digital conference running November 8-11. 

Now On-Demand Headline News

It’s a Wrap - VIEW 2021 Concludes its Most Successful Year Ever

The conference’s 1st hybrid edition hosted some 210,000 visitors online and 300+ attending in-person with a total of 297 speakers delivering 160 talks, panels, workshops, masterclasses, and keynote speeches; over 140 sessions are now available to stream on-demand.

Nate and Sully! Headline News

Sony Drops New ‘Uncharted’ Videos and Images

The studio shared a few stills, a behind-the-scenes vignette, and action-packed trailer for its treasure hunting adventure adaptation of the hit Naughty Dog video game, coming to theaters February 18, 2022.

Free Conference Headline News

NVIDIA GTC 2021 Unveils Massive Program – Free Registration Now Open

The tech giant’s free virtual conference runs November 8-11, featuring 500+ sessions with industry leaders; highlights include founder and CEO Jensen Huang’s keynote, a discussion on the potential of USD for 3D creators, and how the Omniverse, USD, and real-time rendering are transforming global film production and workflows.

Feature Film VFX VFXWorld

It’s Game On for Digital Domain’s ‘Free Guy’ VFX

Leading visual effects studio delivered 89 digital environments, 87 gameplay shots, and 347 VFX shots on Shawn Levy’s comedy adventure starring Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller who discovers he’s a background player in an open-world video game.

Awards Headline News

‘Only a Child’ Named Best in Show at 2021 SPARK Animation

Simone Giampolo’s short takes the top award at the 12th Annual SPARK Animation Film Festival, which runs October 28 to November 7.

People Headline News

Ghost VFX Names Patrick Davenport President

Company mixes it up with president Tom Kendall changing hats as new head of business development; new hires include Paul Richards as EVP of Technology, and Crys Forsyth-Smith as EVP of Global Production.

Business Headline News

Goodbye Kansas Opens Vancouver Pop-Up Studio

Set in one of the industry’s major VFX hubs, new location to play key role in recruitment while providing closer proximity to existing and potential clients; Peter Muyzers to head operations.

Do it in the Cloud! Headline News

PLAYSENSE Expands to the Cloud with AWS

After doubling in size over the last year, creative CG studio continues to expand its cloud-based rendering pipeline to work on projects like ‘Wargaming’ cinematic trailers, ‘Wargaming Holiday Adventure,’ and ‘World of Tanks – Soul Hunter’ as well as titles for the upcoming RPG ‘Grime’ from Clover Bite.

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