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Friday, September 30, 2005

LightWave 3D® Powers Serenity VFX



Zoic Studios Relies on NewTek’s Award-winning 3D Solutionfor Visuals for Joss Whedon’s Latest Motion Picture
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- San Antonio, Texas – September 29, 2005 -- NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation and video products, today announced that Zoic Studios relied on the award-winning LightWave 3D® as a key tool in producing visual effects shots for Universal Pictures’ Serenity, a Joss Whedon film. Zoic produced about 220 shots for the film, and for many of these LightWave® was used to model, texture, animate, light and render the 3D elements. Of those assets that were created in other 3D applications, many were subsequently rendered in LightWave. "We're honored that the incredibly talented, award-winning artists at Zoic are using LightWave 3D for so many of their projects," said Jay Roth, President of NewTek's 3D Product Group. "LightWave has now been used in over 180 films, many of them Oscar nominees and winners, and NewTek is committed to making LightWave a uniquely powerful tool for feature film production, essential to any pipeline, complimentary to any set of professional production tools, and the most complete and flexible solution for any digital artist or producer."In 2002, Joss Whedon joined forces with Loni Peristere and the folks at
Zoic Studios to create an innovative visual style for the special effects for Whedon’s new television series, Firefly. The series picked up an enthusiastic audience during its run, as well as critical acclaim for its well-turned characters, stories and dialog. Zoic's artists took an Emmy and a VES award for their effects work in the series, for which they had used LightWave for 3D content creation and rendering. The DVD has had strong sales, and last year Universal Pictures and Whedon’s production company, Mutant Enemy, went into production on a big-screen adaptation, Serenity. Emile Edwin Smith, a Visual Effects Supervisor for Zoic Studios, helped oversee Zoic’s work on the production of the visual effects for both projects. Regarding the work on the theatrical film project, on which he was CG Supervisor and Peristere was Visual Effects Supervisor, Smith said, "Our primary animation and rendering package was LightWave, and we did a good portion of the modeling in it as well, taking advantage of the great modeling tools. We rendered the majority of the shots and FX in it, utilizing the dynamics system for the explosions, the particle system and HyperVoxels™ for missile trails and firefly FX, radiosity rendering, etc. The biggest challenge we nailed with LightWave was the look of the renders. We did do some work in mental ray, but we were able to get the same results out of LightWave and see those results so much faster that it helped our production immensely. LightWave’s robustness as a workhorse helped us fix any issues we encountered quickly."
(Source: NewTek)

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'SpaceShip' Traning DVD By 3D Total



Author Richard Tilbury
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-The modelling section is a comprehensive guide to building every component of the ship from the creation of a template box utilising orthographic views of the model to use as a guide through to modelling with Editable Poly tools and Subdivision surfaces covering the main hull as well as vents, windows, engine and gun parts. It covers numerous tools and modifiers such as Bevel, Inset, Lathe and Extrude as well as detailing the linking of objects in a heirarchy and the animation of various gun components and also deals with assigning smothing groups to sub-object selections in order to create panelling across the ship........................
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(Source: 3dTotal)

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Photorealistic Raytracer - Turtle 2 Is Shipping



Turtle™ 2 for Maya®
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- Illuminate Labs is now shipping the next generation of its photorealistic raytracer - Turtle 2 - that brings unparalleled speed, ease of use and quality output to demanding CG-artists.Turtle 2 is a radically faster photorealistic renderer that is fully integrated with Maya. Turtle 2 is based on the second generation LiquidLight® rendering technology, which provides the user with superior rendering performance while still being easy to use.........
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(Source: Illumiatelabs)

One Man Band *



One Man Band - PIXAR, the legend continue
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- They are the kings of the full-length film of animation, they détrôné Disney. But they are also the kings of the short film, and their last work "One Man Band" is a pure wonder. Making-of, creative reasoning, methods of production: the team in load of this court us reveals all of it......
Read on !!
(Source: PixelCreation)

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Digital-Tutors : Fundamentals of mental ray in XSI ***



Fundamentals of mental ray in XSI
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- Productivity-focused training combined with proven time-saving tips, “Fundamentals of mental ray in XSI”, provides enjoyable, hands-on projects developed to maximize your understanding of mental ray and add visual richness and strikingly realistic lighting to your work. Popular topics covered in "Fundamentals of mental ray in XSI" include, global illumination, final gathering, controlling photon emission, optimizing render speed,HDR lighting,caustics though glass and liquid, subsurface scattering for realistic skin effects, cartoon-style rendering, depth of field lens effects, creating textures with light info baked into them using render map, specialized lighting / shading nodes in the Render Tree, & several additional topics designed to boost your creativity and understanding of
mental ray in XSI
(Source: DT)

Monday, September 26, 2005

CGarchitect.com Industry Scholarship Announced ****



Submission Deadline (June 1, 2006)
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- The CGarchitect.com Industry Scholarship was started in March of 2002 to encourage the advancement and development of the art of architectural visualization. The scholarship is awarded once per academic year to students who demonstrates outstanding achievement in the field of architectural visualization and has developed new and/or originaltechniques to present architectural works though digital means.In 2003 CGarchitect.com and ART VPS awarded over $2000 US in cash and prizes to Jan-Ruben Fischer.The 2005 Scholarship fund currently sits at $1725 US. This amount will increase as we bring on more sponsors and host online software and hardware auctions. The number of scholarships and their respective amounts will be determined nearer to the submission deadline.If you would like to become a sponsor, please contact Jeff Mottle at jmottle@cgarchitect.com

PolyBoost 2.0 for 3ds Max **



PolyBoost 2.0 for 3ds max
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- PolyBoost 2.0 for 3ds max has now been released. This is a major upgrade of the tools wich includes new features like advanced geometry painting and editing tools, Topology brush, Viewport texture painting/cloning tools, Viewport UVW mapping tweaking and much more. These new tools open up a whole new world of possibilities for working within 3ds max with speed and generating quality output. The upgrade is free for exsisting users of PolyBoost.Here is a video showing some of the
New features:http://www.cmlcreative.com/Videos/PolyBoost2_video.avi
For more information go to the site:
http://www.polyboost.com/

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Introducing SHADE 8 ****



Introducing SHADE 8 - ' A powefull 3d modeling & Rendering tool'
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- Create detailed design projects with the richest tool set available, all at an impressively low price. Shade 8 is the 3D graphics toolkit for designers, illustrators and architects. Bring your ideas to life quickly with intuitive Bezier curve/surface modeling and sophisticated rendering!Import the most popular architectural file formats and let Shade’s sophisticated rendering engines create photorealistic results. You can also use Shade to create initial massing and design studies and stunning walk-throughs................Much more !!

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Alias Ships Maya 7 and MotionBuilder 7 Learning Editions



Alias Ships Maya 7 and MotionBuilder 7 Learning Editions
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- Maya Personal Learning Edition is a special version of Maya® software, which provides free access to Maya for non-commercial use. It gives 3D graphics and animation students, industry professionals, and those interested in breaking into the world of computer graphics (CG) an opportunity to explore all aspects of the award-winning Maya Complete software in a non-commercial capacity. Available for Windows® 2000/XP Professional and Mac® OS X operating systems.
More on Alias Maya7 LE
More on Alias MotionBuilder LE

Leather in vray



Leather in vray
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- Evermotion has posted new tutorial about 'how to make leather in vray'. The step by step tutorial is short and very easy to learn..............
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(Source: Evermotion)

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Next Door Friend IGGYs - Korean Animation



Next Door Friend IGGYs - Korean Animation
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- In White Owl Town lives a little girl named Iggy, a grade 1 student. She owns a special red diary given to her by her father, whom she truly admires. Everyday, she fills the diary with the different things that happen in her life. Let's see what is happening. In White Owl Village there live simple, friendly, but gossipy folk. IGGY and her young friends have just stepped out of their parents loving protection and stepped into the world. What troubles them does not differ very much from our own troubles, friendship, jealousy, curiosity, inferiority complexes, and competition. These kids reflect our own shortcomings and selfishness. This little drama humorously touches such complex subjects, and gives us a chance to look at ourselves because these kids are the mirror images of our own selves................Link!!

Maxwell Announced Maya and Skecthup Plug-in



Maxwell Announced Maya and Skecthup Plug-in for Mac Verion
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- Next Limit Tecnologies, announce that the maya and skecthUP Plugins for Mac version has been released.They have also updated the Maya plugins for Maya 7.0. Please Visit thier website at www.maxwellrender.com for further information.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The Making of 'Daphne & Apollo'



Upon the announcement of cgtalk's Master & Sevant Challenge, i decided to start working on the 'Daphne & Apollo' story that was an inspiration from greek Mythology.
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- The composition of the project came to mind well before I began the work so I was very excited to begin the project for real. I choose different styles for many of my projects and for this one I chose a Neo Classic style that would support my ideas best. I was also very happy with the fact the image was to be a vertical orientation. I generated a pose for my characters and I came up with this pose by 3ds max Biped.............
Read On!!!!
(Source: Cg Networks)

D DAY! Opening of the Imagina Games Awards competition!!



If you are a Video Game Creator, it’s your turn to play!
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- For the opening ceremony of IMAGINA 2006, participants will have the opportunity to attend the IMAGINA GAMES AWARDS.
Why participate in the competition?
Because the IMAGINA GAMES AWARDS will reward the Creators and not only the Products as is the case of most other awards ceremonies dedicated to video games.
Who competes?
Professionals and students - authors, creators, directors, development teams and indies alike
When to enter?
From now till 3rd January 2006,
The closing date of the competitionRequirements?
Your work must have been finished in 2005...
For the Rules and Regulations, please click on the..............................Link !!!!

ZBrush Learning Kit ***



ZBrush Learning Kit
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- Composed of four distinct learning units designed to teach artists the foundations of using ZBrush’s canvas, sculpting, and texturing tools. Each unit progressively delves into the ins and outs of ZBrush getting more and more detailed until we reach the Practical Guide with over 500 pages of detailed tutorials in almost every aspect of ZBrush. Download each guide to join the Pixol revolution. Also visit us at
ZBrushCentral.com to see the amazing artwork produced with ZBrush, ask questions, find answers and join one of the most vibrant CG communities on the web................Link!!

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Evermotion's Posted Real IES in Maxwell & Two video Tutorials



Evermotion's Posted Real IES in Maxwell and Two new video Tutorials
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- EverMotion has posted tutorial about IES light and two video tutorials for 3ds max.....IES is a specific kind of light used especially in architectural vizualisations. In 3ds max those files, which discribe intensity of the light in 3d dimension, are loaded into photometric lights. As you probably know Maxwell doesn't have its own lights - each light must be made by your own. When we have to make simply area light - it is an easy thing. We just create plane and assign light shader to it. BUt it is much harder with IES files. We can't load them to Maxwell's emiters - but...Maxwell is based on physics of natural light so lets try to make it not by IES files but rendering.

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Macromedia Studio 8 Now Available



Studio 8 is the essential software suite used to design, develop and maintain interactive online experiences.
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- Studio 8 offers the broadest range of creative tools for expressiveness and creation of vibrant interactive media, websites, or applications. Use advanced graphics, text, animation, video, and audio tools with precision control and quality. From simple animated graphics to sophisticated interactive experiences, Studio 8 provides a full suite of tools for limitless creativity.....
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(Source: MacroMedia)

Monday, September 19, 2005

Image Based Lighting Tools ***



Image Based Lighting Tools
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Image Based Lighting Tools for efficient illumination by high dynamic range images.
Tools currently included in the suite:
*lightMapGen - generates importance sampling light maps from HDR images
*lightMapGen_loader.mel - create a "dome" of lights from a lightMapGen light map in Maya
*sphericalLight - mental ray light shader which reads lightMapGen light maps
Be kept up to date with latest Image Based Lighting Tools developments.
ibltools-announce-subscribe@thereisnoluck.com

cMuscleSystem 1.1 Released for Windows & Linux !



cMuscleSystem 1.1 is now released for Windows and Linux
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- The version is a FREE upgrade for registered users. In addition we have also placed a new FREE DEMO version of cMuscleSystem for both Windows and Linux online as well. This will let you play with a limited version of the software.

CGC Interview With Ludovick William Michaud***



CGC Interview With Ludovick William Michaud
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- CG channels Stephan dube Interviews 'Ludovick William Michaud' - the Senior Technical Director at Janimation, a Dallas-based company creating visual effects and computer graphics for feature films, high-end commercial spots and video game “trailers.” Janimation’s creative team is known for their motion design prowess........................
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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Free 3D Animation DAZStudio 1.0 Released



Free 3D Animation DAZStudio 1.0 Released
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-(BUSINESS WIRE)-Sept, 2005- Have you fantasized about being a 3D artist but were discouraged by the steep learning curve and costs? Now is your chance as DAZ Productions Inc., a leading developer of professional-quality 3D software and models, announced today the launch of DAZ(R) Studio, a free, feature-rich 3D animation software package that puts a complete virtual photo and motion picture studio at your fingertips. With preconfigured 3D scenes, poseable characters, animals, environments, clothing and accessories, DAZ Studio is the easiest way to quickly create high-quality digital images and animation for games, multimedia, illustration and photography applications. "DAZ Studio is designed to unleash the artist within all of us -- whether you are a mom, a child, a teacher or a professional photographer," said Dan Farr, president of DAZ Productions. "With the free DAZ Studio software, 3D becomes easy, fun and accessible to everyone. DAZ Studio allows both artists and amateurs to quickly "load and render" a preconfigured scene or create their own custom designs, and produce beautiful images instantly without time or cost commitments." DAZ Studio is an ideal solution for budding 3D artists as well as professional 3D designers, photographers, filmmakers, animators and illustrators. With DAZ Studio, users can work with virtual objects to create images of any genre, ranging from fantasy to contemporary. Parents can use DAZ Studio to complete scrapbooks with 3D art and backgrounds; book designers can design vivid cover images; and filmmakers can develop compelling storyboards during preproduction. "Though I'm far from being a real artist, DAZ Studio helps me put the images I have in my mind into a visual medium, and I'm having lots of fun," said Louvette Escuadro, a DAZ Productions customer since February 2005. "The company's tagline says it all: 'Unleash the Artist Within.'" DAZ Studio boasts many robust features, including a full-color OpenGL Preview, the powerful 3Delight(R) Render Engine (compliant with Pixar's RenderMan(R)), and Fast-Time(TM) Rendering via the user's video card hardware. DAZ Studio comes with three complete 3D content scenes that are ready to be loaded and rendered into fantastic art at the push of a button. With its powerful content management system, DAZ Studio makes it easy to create, organize and access virtual scenes, objects and images. DAZ Studio also features comprehensive Poser(R) animation and content import functionality which allows users to load and modify their favorite content created in Poser. To see a complete detailed list of DAZ Studio's features,please visit http://studio.daz3d.com/1_0features.php.
Pricing and Availability
DAZ Studio is free of charge and is available on Windows 98(R) SE or higher and Mac(R) OSX 10.3 or higher. DAZ Studio comes with three preconfigured 3D scenes, including the popular Victoria model created by DAZ, an extensive user manual, and easy-to-follow tutorials for getting started. To obtain a free copy of DAZ Studio, users must register for a free account on the DAZ Web site and agree to participate in the company's unique Tell-Ware program, which stipulates that each DAZ Studio user must share information about DAZ Studio and/or the DAZ Web site with at least two friends. DAZ Productions offers a large library of 3D content scenes and models that can be purchased for use with DAZ Studio. The company also distributes the DAZ Dispatch, an informative weekly newsletter announcing new products, discounts and special offers to receive free products. Informative forums, online art galleries and special membership-based savings plans for customers are also available. For more information, please visit:
http://www.daz3d.com

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Crowd Maker 0.6 beta 2



Crowd Maker 0.6 beta 2
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- Crowd maker is a Maya script. Use for creating large crowd using behavioural animation for Maya particles.
What's new in CM 0.6:
- New "Surface Follow" function, particles can move along a Nurbs surface.
- New Random attributes.
- More accurate functions.
Crowd Maker - Website link

Renderpal 2004 Server V1.60 Released



Renderpal 2004 Server V1.60 Released
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- RenderPal 2004 Server V1.60 has just been released, bringing a lot of new features and many improvements. The most important additions are automatic frame checking on net jobs, a manual frame checker, the ability to limit the number of dispatched jobs in a given time (to reduce network traffic) and client priority. The update also brings a vast amount of improvements, including a slightly freshened GUI. For a complete changelog, follow
this link.
(Source: RenderPal)

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The Making OF PEUGEOT 907 ****



The Making OF PEUGEOT 907
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- At the start of July Peugeot design department comissioned me to do a series of illustrations depicting their new concept car for the 2004 Paris Motor Show, the 907 v12. I flew over to Paris to meet the designers for a full run down on the car including design approach, materials and finishes. They wanted something that expresses the attitude of the car and the design approach. In this article I will be demonstrating the workflow I used to create these illustrations. More information about this car can be obtained from the Peugeot Website..................Link (CGI Recommended)!!!!

Award-winning Panorama Software STITCHER 5



Award-winning Panorama Software STITCHER 5
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- REALVIZ®, a leader in imageprocessing software development, has confirmed, that they will beginshipment of version 5 of their multi award-winning panorama software,Stitcher® this month. Stitcher is a professional-level application, used bythousands of professional photographers, architects, multimedia and 3Dartists worldwide, and enables the creation of superb wide-angle panoramasfor the Web, film, print, and 3D.Stitcher inter-operates smoothly and easily with Adobe® Photoshop®, thereference application in image editing, for maximum control and the freedomto personalize and create the kind of panoramas each individual requires.Internationally acknowledged by serious photographers as a 'must have’,Stitcher offers an enhanced range of features, specifically tailored to meetthe demands of the professional user.............
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