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Saturday, April 30, 2005

3ds Max 7.5 Extension ****



3ds Max 7.5 Extension
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- 3ds Max 7.5 provides new and enhanced functionality in three key areas: Hair and Fur, mental ray 3.4, and Autodesk VIZ features for
visualization.3ds Max 7.5 for the first time builds "high-end" hair and fur capabilities right into the animator’s base application. Based on Joe Alter’s highly regarded “Shave and a Haircut” solution, Hair and Fur offers numerous styling and dynamics tools for creating amazingly realistic hair and other strand-derivative effects..............More!
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Maxwell Render: 'Cinema 4D Plug-in for Windows & Mac'



Maxwell Render: 'Cinema 4D Plug-in for Windows & Mac'
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- The long awaited Cinema 4d Plug-in for Widows and Mac has been Released by Next Limit Technologies.We would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Benjamin Brosdau for getting a CG Choice Award on CGTalk for amazing work with Maxwell Render.
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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Combustion 4 Diamond Keyer ****



Combustion 4 (PART-1) "Diamond Keyer"
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- If you haven’t checked out the specs for the latest version of
from , you are missing out on a brand new keyer..... The Diamond Keyer has been inherited from Autodesks’s award winning flame visual effects system. The new algorithms interpret the footage so well, and yields more satisfying results that you’ll thinking keying in combustion 4 is a breeze.........................................Read Full Article!!
Combustion 4 (PART-2) "Capsules "
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The 7th International Conference On Multi-Purpose and Tall Buildings



The 7th International Conference On Multi-Purpose and Tall Buildings
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- After six highly successful conferences in , , , , and , the most prominent international forum specialising in Towers and Tall Buildings will be held in . Do not miss this unique opportunity to join and share knowledge with regional and international colleagues representing the most esteemed Architects, Engineers, Land Developers, Material Specialists, Entrepreneurs and Decision-Makers at the forefront of the tall building construction industry worldwide!!
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Adobe Video Collection 2.5 Released **



Adobe Video Collection 2.5 Released
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- The all-new Adobe® Video Collection delivers a comprehensive toolset for Windows® based video production, providing the power and control to put your ideas in motion. Transform video into award-winning productions, create stunning
and , produce professional-quality audio, and author interactive, multi-language DVDs. An exceptional value, the Adobe Video Collection pairs creative control with the ability to deliver professional results for film, video, , or the Web. The Adobe Video Collection 2.5 is available in two editions, Standard and Professional.Adobe Video Collection 2.5 also includes new Adobe CS2 .....Link!
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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

The Digital Eye: Nomads Like Us ****



Peter Plantec looks at the nomadic nature of the visual effects industry.
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- This month my eye is on our industry. If you’re afraid of change you’re in for a terrifying ride. I’m going to make some predictions and if I’m wrong you can come back and shake my cage, but we all need to be facing the future with our eyes open. This industry has always required us to work in strange ways. Many of us have longed for a post at an established company with benefits and job security and free food and posh offices and awesome equipment and software. Some of the big houses actually offer that stuff........................................
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Welcome To The CGSociety :)



Welcome To The CGSociety
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- The CGSociety is for creative digital artists. This is anyone that uses computers to tell a visual story. No matter what the format or scope, from a still image to a complete film or game, telling a visual story is the thread that ties this community together.
Annual Membership: $29.95<---------Commercialization of ART ...Now Society...What Next???
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InsideCG Interview with the creators of 'Awake your Consciousness'



InsideCG Interview with the creators of 'Awake your Consciousness'
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- Lamont Gilkey (insideCG) Interviews the creators of animation short ' Awake your Consciousness' . Find about the artist and how they realize the concpet behind 'Awake your Consciousness'...........................
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PD Pro Digital Painter Demo version 3.1 ****



PD Pro Digital Painter Demo version 3.1
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- Santa Clarita, CA April 26, 2005 - Dan Ritchie, author of PD Pro Digital Painter, today announced the availability of the demo version for version 3.1.Long ago (7 years ago) in a place far away (
) a computer artist set out to write a paint program that was easy to use, yet powerful. This paint program would be an “actual” paint program, meaning you could paint with it using traditional media tools. You could also embark on many adventures in traditional animation, image processing, and illustration, but most importantly, this paint program would be fun to use.
Download PD Pro Digital Painter Demo V3.1
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EverMotions "Textures4ever Vol. 1" ***



EverMotions "Textures4ever Vol. 1"
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- Have you ever lost your race with time doing visualizations? Have you ever ruined your render, because of bad textures? If you are an architect, and if you need to work fast but with the highest precision, this is the thing for you. If you are an cg artist, and if you want to make your renders better than ever, you have to get this collection. Textures4ever volume 1 gives you more than 200 professional, highly detailed textures of wood. Why waste costly time for making something that you can have from the best at Evermotion? ............
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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Sachform Technology Releases SPRINGbase & SNOWbase ***



Sachform Technology Releases SPRINGbase & SNOWbase
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Sachform Technology is announced the release of 2 new HDRI-panorama products. SNOWbase and SPRINGbase are collections of High-Res texture maps in HDR-format (). With these two products, Sachform Technology continues the successfull line of highquality products aimed at the professional User.While SNOWbase is a collection of winterly snow-locations, You will find more summerly locations which fresh growing vegetation on the SPRINGbase.The SNOWbase as well as the SPRINGbase have HDRview V 1.0 enclosed, the most advanced viewing application for HDR-Imagery as of today.
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NEWS TIT BITS !! *****


NEWS TIT BITS :
Some latest n not so latest News Links:
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Monday, April 25, 2005

HDRI & Luminance space ****



HDRI & Luminance space
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- High Dynamic Range Image or HDRI : What is "high dynamic range"? Why do my reflections look so flat? Why do bright lights leave streaks at night when shot under long exposure? Lets explore HDRI - High Dynamic Range Images - and luminance space in a quite simple method with Johan Thorngren...............................
Read On!! (CGI Recommended)
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Related Links:
Paul Debevec: You can read a lot more in-depth about HDRI
HDR Shop: Image manipulation and HDR image creator
WikiCG : Everything you want to know about HDRI
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Death Fall Interview with 'Matt Johnson' !! ***



Interview with Matt Johnson, VFX Supervisor for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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- Matt's role as Visual Effects Supervisor begins when the production script arrives at Cinesite, translating words into visual effects ideas. After any additional planning, creative development and previsualisation, Matt supervises shooting elements on location. His role also includes overseeing the project at Cinesite through post-production, liasing between the client and digital effects team to ensure the filmmakers' vision is achieved.....................
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CGA Interview with "Olivier Campagne"



Interview with Olivier Campagne
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Olivier Campagne is 28 years old and graduated as "Architecte DPLG" from the Architecture School of Nantes (). He has been involved since 2001 in (Netherlands), in architecture/urbanism, post-production, architectural visualization firms. Olivier is also one of the final 30 competitors in the 2005 Architectural Visualization competition.
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BusyRay Renderer 1.2.2 beta Released ***



BusyRay Renderer 1.2.2 beta Released
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- BusyRay1.2.2 beta : the physically based plug-in renderer for 3DS MAX has released.
Some of its main features are specified below:-

  • accurate physically based simulations.
  • deep integration with 3DS MAX makes it possible to support most of the effects.
  • elaborate memory management allows to process even the most complex scenes.
  • virtually no parameters to tune - renderer automatically adjusts to every scene.
  • no scene tuning is needed - just render your old 3DS MAX scenes without changes.


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Sunday, April 24, 2005

The Art of Star Wars, Episode III - Revenge of the Sith ***



The Art of Star Wars, Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
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- Packed with breathtaking visuals created by a team of world-class artists, The Art of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith reveals an essential element of the climactic finale of the Star Wars film saga. For years, George Lucas’s handpicked group has labored feverishly to bring Episode III’s unforgettable creatures, exotic worlds, and mind-bending action to life. Together, they created character drawings, costume
, droids and starships, planetary vistas, animation sketches, matte paintings, and animatics–every type of imaginable.
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International Film Festival "ETIUDA&ANIMA 2005"



International Film Festival "ETIUDA&ANIMA 2005"
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- The 12th International Film Festival "ETIUDA&ANIMA 2005" will takes place in Poland, Cracow; between 18th – 24th November, 2005. International Film Festival "Etiuda", organized in Cracow since 1994, aims at popularizing art and film school students' works. Student etudes, often underestimated by professional film festivals' organizers, have found their proper and proud place at an open artistic event organized in a city with no film school. From the beginning of the festival its organizers have focused also on popularizing documentary, animated and other short film production. Film screenings, meetings with the authors, discussions, exhibitions, workshops and other accompanying events all make up the richer and richer programme of the annual editions of the
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Saturday, April 23, 2005

Regarding Water by ArchitectureWeek ***



Regarding Water by ArchitectureWeek
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- A building can outwardly but subtly express the functions it shelters and express institutional regard towards its surrounding context. An example of this is the new office building for Rijkswaterstaat Zeeland, the Department of Water Management and Transport (RWS), in Middelburg, The Netherlands. Through its many sustainability features, it shows deference to energy and water conservation and to the well being of its occupants........................
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Friday, April 22, 2005

Brazil r/s Rendering Features are Key to CG Industry ***



Brazil r/s Rendering Features are Key to CG Industry Leader's Most High
Profile Success Stories !!
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- SEATTLE,( PR-April, 2005) – SplutterFish LLC, a leading high-end 3D rendering software solutions provider has been gaining significant respect from the professional computer graphics industry since its inception. Top CG studios from every corner of the industry, and around the world, are relying on SplutterFish’s Brazil Rendering System for their most demanding shots............................"For a visually intense Motorola ad in which a woman’s modern apartment and contents literally fold up into a cellular phone, The Orphanage crew reconstructed the entire set in 3D to be animated and then rendered it out with Brazil r/s."............
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Breathing LIFE Into Clay ****



Animation 'xpress case study of Vaibhav Studios claymated Amaron TVC Pandu Mangal.
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- Here's a brilliant piece of work that deserves a standing ovation. A landmark in Indian Stop Motion Animation. Amaron Batteries latest TVC Pandu Mangal, claymated by Vaibhav Studios, is awe inspiring to say the least.Expressions that glue viewers' eyeballs to the screen are Vaibhav's hallmark, add to that the detailed miniature, the life like lighting, the adventurous cinematography and a new level of visual complexity and richness in environment thanks to the rich team that worked on the film and one realises that film making is an
which is not limited to live action alone. Many levels up in comparison to the 2 earlier claymated Amaron commercials (which themselves were trendsetters when they hit airwaves 4 years ago) Pandu Mangal has eyeballs popping on both sides of the screen. A wonderful example of how animation (generally percieved as ammunition for kids brands) has been effectively used to target adults and to be specific, adult males who are car owners. Yet another remarkable thing about this claymated TVC is that it doesn't air on a Network or an , the on air activity is majorly on News Channels..............................Read Full CaseStudy!!
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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Cheetah 3D For Mac OS | X ***



Cheetah 3D For Mac OS X
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- Cheetah3D is a lean, fast and elegant 3D modelling, renderering and animation tool for Mac OS X with an easy learning curve. It offers many tools from powerful polygon editing over advanced subdivision surface modelling to
and renderings. Support for many common 3D file formats rounds up its feature set.Download version from thier website.
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Anifest 05 : Even Animators have Fun ****



Animators have a good time at Anifest 05
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- In what was one of the most heartwarming responses in recent times, more than 200 animators from cities all over India collected for
. The festival tagline 'of animators, for animators' seemed truly appropriate as the animators' crowd at the registration desks began to swell even as the gates to Anifest were being thrown open.Colorful Balloons strewn atop the path to the main area added to the festive ambience and one was greeted with the 'Do Doodle Doo' doodling wall just as one got in. Add to that the corner, scrap book area, the pop corn and candy floss and one instantly felt that here was a celebration............More Inside on Anifest'05 !!
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NewTek Announces VT[4] Version 4.5



NewTek Announces VT[4] Version 4.5
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- Las Vegas, NV – NAB 2005, – April 20, 2005 -- NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation and video products, today announced the software version of its award-winning VT[4]™ Integrated Production Suite, providing a comprehensive toolset for all professional video production needs from network broadcast to web streaming. VT[4] version 4.5 provides real-time layering and effects for live video and in most PC file formats and operates internally in uncompressed D1 component video, with composite, Y/C, component, DV or optional SDI output. NewTek's VT[4] includes integrated timeline and storyboard editing, paint, 3D modeling and animation, titling, keying, live switching and much, much more.
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India animated by special effects outsourcing ***



India animated by special effects outsourcing
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- It is a tie-up that is likely to catapult the outsourcing of animation - which has the potential to generate more than US$1.5 billion for India - to another level. Barrie M Osborne, the legendary producer of blockbusters like The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix and Face-Off, will partner with N Madhusudhanan, a visual effects veteran in India, to found a visual effects studio here that will cater to a global audience already high on three dimensional (3D) and special effects. The studio will be modeled along the lines of the famous Weta Digital in , renowned for its work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy. What is more, Osborne is set to produce his next blockbuster in India.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

FREE: Tito's facial Animation Tutorial & Model !! ***



Free facial model ready to be animated (includes tutorial)
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- Download this nice n simple tutorial explaing facial Animation using 3ds Max 7 .Tito uses Morpher (3) as basic modifier for facial animation, with 17 gestures that can be handled from the different Morpher channels. There're also 3 custom attributes (2) created to animate the rotation of the mandible bone.
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Specialmoves calls for full service agencies to outsource specialist interaction design



Specialmoves calls for full service agencies to outsource specialist interaction design
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- (PR) Specialmoves offers agencies greater efficiency, economy and
quality for 3D animation, realtime interactive 3D and multi-user environments.Specialmoves provide high-end production services for the interactive industry. Specialmoves, an independent interactive design agency, is championing the move for full-service agencies to outsource the process of interaction design to specialist agencies. While this ensures the return of high-quality design to the interactive industry, it also frees full service agencies to focus on what they do best; client management, strategic marketing expertise, media and developing creative concepts.
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