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Saturday, December 31, 2005

GI Interiors: V-ray Lighting Techniques !!



Global illumination Interiors: V-ray Lighting Techniques
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- Continuing from his first DVD, Global Illumination: Exteriors, Christopher Nichols explains how interior global illumination differs from exterior GI. Christopher focuses on the concept of digital sets and explores issues of interior lighting for GI, including the variety of light sources that can be used, as well as how space plays an important role in lighting. Christopher demonstrates the differences between regular light sources, environment light, IES lighting, area lights, and even how geometry and shaders can affect the lighting of a scene. Additionally, since bouncing light plays an important role in interior GI, this lecture looks at some special techniques such as using V-Ray’s photon mapping and light cache. Christopher also explores the idea of baking lighting into textures, which is a useful technique for some situations. With Global Illumination: Interiors, you will see the rendering of an interior space in a whole new light.
Global Illumination: Interiors Link
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104 Free 3D Models !!



104 Free 3D Models .....for Interiors Visualization !
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- Creative 3d is offering 104 free 3d models for download.Interior design furniture: this collection of 104 royalty free 3D objects is available for download. Perfect for furnishing your interior design spaces and architectural renderings.Download before its too Late!!
Interior design furniture download Link
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Animal Logic Produces VFX Sequences 4 "STEALTH" !!



Animal Logic Produces Visual Effect Sequences For "STEALTH"
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- Digital Production company Animal Logic produced Visual Effects for two key sequences in the action-fuelled film helping drive story points and add suspense.The action in Stealth revolves around an A.I. driven aircraft, nicknamed ‘EDI’ that has been introduced into an elite team of Navy pilots engaged in strategic combat. In the story, EDI is the future of the US Navy's fighter intelligence team and is programmed to supply accurate data and intelligence solutions when engaged with a target. However, on return from a mission EDI is struck by lightning causing dire consequences in his programmed behavior. From a trusted tool, he becomes a weapon.
Animal Logic 'STEALTH' Link
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Friday, December 30, 2005

Stash 16 - Animation, VFX and Motion Design Works !!



Stash 16 - the Monthly DVD Magazine of animation, VFX and motion graphics
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- Grab Stash 16 and start off the year inspired. Our latest issue is another rock solid collection of the most important and innovative animation, VFX and motion design work from twenty-nine studios on four continents. Up front, in the big budget category, you'll find brilliant new spot work from Passion Pictures for Vodafone's ?Mayfly?, exploding/imploding vehicles from Digital Domain for Lexus, the BBC's weird but wonderful giant head made from heads from The Mill, basketball mech warriors for EA Sports from Motion Theory and animated masterpieces for Johnny Walker from Aardman. And that's just the beginning. From a record number of submissions we've selected an incredibly diverse lineup of work including pioneering design for MTV China by Life Long Friendship Society, beautiful short films for the Sundance Channel from Headgear, kooky VW shorts from Brand New School, the M5 Coke video from Designers Republic, hypnotic new Napster spots from Psyop and a hilarious CG video from Partizan Lab UK for Jamiroquai (on the cover).More highlights not to be missed: Spots from Bent Image Lab and Sway that shred the envelope of 3D technology, 70's psychedelics from Floria Sigismondi for The Living Things, fresh and fun broadcast design from Addiction and Alphaville, a genre-mashing video from Montreal's Flourescent Hill, and finally, from director Neill Blomkamp, his newest and most ambitious personal work yet. It's called ?Alive in Joberg? and it's like nothing you've seen before.
Look inside the book (PDF)
Stash, the Monthly DVD Mag Link
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NewTek Releases Free Update to VT[4] !!



NewTek Releases Free Update to VT[4] Integrated Production Suite !
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- NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading video and 3D animation products, today announced the release of a free update for VT[4] owners, version 4.6. The new version of the award-winning VT[4] Integrated Production Suite includes improved 3D animation and motion graphics tools, enhanced support for multiple monitors, improvements to the NewTek codec, and all computer sources, including attached DV cameras, can be used as a downstream key (DSK). The feature and maintenance update is a free download for registered VT[4] users.A centerpiece of the update is LightWave [8] version 8.5 and FX Monkey, the icon-driven motion graphics and animation wizard which allows any video producer to create complex logo animations with no prior 3D experience. With FX Monkey, the user selects the objects to work with and easily applies motions and effects to create a complete animation, such as a flying logo or an animated bumper graphic. Another plus for animation production for VT[4] users who have LightWave [8], the LightWave 3D version 8.5 update brings users up to latest features and enhancements offered to date in the LightWave line, including new text creation tools as well as rendering and workflow improvements.
For more information please visit
newtek.Com
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TooN on PAPER - Tutorial !!



TooN on PAPER - XSI to After Effects Tutorial
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- In this tutorial, Mark Val demonstrates creating a character that looks like he's drawn on paper. Mark takes us through the process from storyboard to finish, explaining the pipeline from XSI to After Effects.....Mark: Everything starts from a concept or an idea. Here, it was to represent a toon character that plays with some items while he is going from point A to point B. I came up with the idea to create a character that looked to be drawn on lined paper. It's kind of easier said than done at first when you don't know the procedure, so here are the steps......................
Tutorial Link !!
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Creative Cows
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Mill Create Ultimate Predator For Audi !!



New Commercial for Audi RS4 Quattro
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- The Mill have worked on a dramatic mew commercial for new Audi RS4 Quattro. Audi wants its new model to that of a predator (Dark and slick), one that devours all other models.The ad opens on what feels like a dark, damp cobwebbed warehouse or industrial hanger..........
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the Mill website Link
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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

CG Pack - free downloadable tutorials !!



CG Pack - free downloadable Video tutorials with Jonathan Abenhaim
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- In Mid-January 2006, Jonathan Abenhaim will introduce CG Packs. A series of FREE Downloadable Tutorials that will complement the
Animation Series Volume 1 – Man Walk Cycle much like video game companies create expansion packs for added replay value for their popular games. The first CG Pack will showcase the transformation of the Final Man Walk-Cycle from Volume 1 into a Convincing Female Walk-Cycle in approximately 10 minutes time with a Special added Bonus! Jonathan will demonstrate the versatility of the Man Walk-Cycle he created in Volume 1 and elaborate on the importance of creating a walk that has a solid foundation to work from especially when faced with real world game production situations and deadlines.The CG Packs will stay true to this “Unique” Reality Training Series style and will be Live, Unscripted and always entertaining. People who purchased the Animation Series Volume 1 will benefit from understanding the workflow and techniques that Jonathan Abenhaim uses in creating a realistic walk in 1 hour. Come Mid-January, you will Learn his techniques in transforming that very same walk into a totally different one right before your eyes in 10 minutes.
CG Pack - free downloadable Video tutorials Link
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'Toy Story' Chosen For U.S. Film Registry !!



'Toy Story' chosen for U.S. film registry
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- The Animated movie "Toy Story" is among the 25 movies chosen this year to be preserved by the U.S. Library of Congress.Librarian James H. Billington has chosen a mix of historically significant documentaries and fictional films for the National Film Registry.
There are a total of 425 films so far in the registry, which seeks to preserve films with cultural, historical or aesthetic significance. The collection was started in 1989.This year Pixars "Toy Story" is the only animated flick to make in the list.Toy Story was the first feature-length completely computer-animated movie released by Disney, and is often quoted as the first feature-length completely computer-animated movie of all time.
For more information, please visit
http://www.loc.gov/film/.
All about toy story -
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FINAL RIG 2.0 RELEASED !



FINAL RIG 2.0 for Maya 3d RELEASED
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- Radiant Square has Released FINAL RIG 2.0 .The plug-in is designed to simplify the character setup process inside Alias Maya; it can be used to quickly generate the character controls needed to start animating.The time needed to get your character ready for animation is drastically reduced; even the animation process is enhanced by many built in features.Due to its modular architecture, additional tools can be connected to further improve the level of control and performance of your puppets.
Main Features:
* Easy to navigate GUI
* Multiple characters support
* Character referencing
* Save character proportions to save time in subsequent sessions
* Different setup options for each limb
* Custom setup presets can be used to save your setup model
* Character guides to specify the puppet’s initial pose and proportions
* FK – IK limbs
* Automatic kinematics switching and matching
* Open GL controls for easy character manipulation
* Character proxy to improve viewport feedback while animating
* Easy integration with your production pipeline
* Asymmetric character support
* Modular architecture
* Character renaming
* Animation import - export
* Share animation clips between characters
FINAL RIG 2.0 Website Link
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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Vivendi developing Ice Age 2 game !!



' Ice Age 2 : the MeltDown' game in da making
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- Vivendi Universal and 20th Century Fox have announced the development of the a videogame based on 20th Century Fox's "Ice Age 2: The Meltdown" in a joint statement.The game, which will be released for Xbox, PlayStation2, GameCube, GameBoy Advance, Nintendo DS, and PC, is set for a Spring 2006 launch. "We are excited to continue our successful partnership with Fox to create an extension of the Ice Age story in a fully engaging interactive entertainment experience," said Peter Della Penna, Chief Operating Officer, Product Development for VU Games. "Academy Award-winning animation studio Blue Sky, has contributed an impressive visual style and hilarious storyline for our development partners to turn into great family gaming." Ice Age 2 is currently scheduled for release on April 7 in the UK and March 31 in the US.
Vivendi Universal Website Link
Ice Age 2 : the Meltdown Link
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Making of Skullhead Mobster !



Making of Skullhead Mobster
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- Cgunderground has posted the Making of Skullhead Mobster by Harshdeep Borah.
Making of Skullhead Mobster Link
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Monday, December 26, 2005

VfxWorld Talk with Westenhofer on 'The chronicles of narnia' !



R+H's Bill Westenhofer on 'Narnia'
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- Rhythm & Hues visual effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer talks to
vfxblog about the challenges of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe.....Bill: Narnia was certainly a dream job for me as the story was one that I had cherished since childhood. Of course that is always a double edged sword, because you end up putting yourself under even more pressure to live up to your own high ideals of how it should be. Fortunately, we were working for a director like Andrew Adamson whose creative vision and high standards for the visual effects work ......Read full interview!!
VFxWorld Interview with Bill westenhofer link
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Nontzeflash 2006 Animation Festival !



Nontzeflash 2006 3rd animated film competition
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- This is an on-line competition on the site Nontzeflash.The best animated films will be awarded by judges and they will be shown on Bilbao's Fantastic Film Festival FANT 2006.It is open to everybody who wants to take part, no matter where they are from and with no limited number of animated films. Registeration is free.The animated films will be produced in SWF and the file should be no bigger than 2,5 Mb. Each film should be submitted in a single file, and if it includes some music it should also be included in the same file.
Nontzeflash 2006 Animation Festival Link
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2006 Adobe Design Achievement Awards !!



2006 Adobe Design Achievement Awards......(Entry deadline April 28, 2006.)
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- Adobe Systems Incorporated announced its call for entries to the sixth annual Adobe Design Achievement Awards.It's time for students to submit their entries for the world's premier higher education design and film competition. Submit by April 28, 2006.The Adobe Design Achievement Awards celebrate student achievement reflecting the powerful convergence of technology and the creative arts. The competition — which showcases individual and group projects created with industry-leading Adobe creative software — honors the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, and computer artists from the world's top institutions of higher education.There are nine categories in the 2006 Adobe Design Achievement Awards competition, open to students at post-secondary institutions in 24 countries throughout the world. First-place winning entries will receive US$5,000, a trip to attend the July 20, 2006, awards ceremony in Toronto, Canada, valuable Adobe software products, and studio tours.
2006 Adobe Design Achievement Awards Link
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Saturday, December 24, 2005

The123d Announced BoardRoom Kit !!



Fully detailed, textured and lit boardroom scene & 3d model collection.
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- The 123d released the first in a series of new model collections - the Boardroom Kit - A fully detailed, textured and lit Boardroom scene & model collection. This Kit includes the full scene plus individual model packages, including .3DS .MAX and .MAX Vray file formats! 3ds Max models grouped for easy selection & objects are logically named for ease of scene management. No part-name confusion when importing several models into a scene.
BoardRoom Kit Link
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Cebas Updated its CG Gallery !



Cebas Updated its CG Gallery
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- Cebas has updated its gallery with huge collection of various cg artist works in different category. They have also posted Example Images created with cebas Software.
Cebas Gallery link
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Friday, December 23, 2005

The Pivotal Moment - CG Art Competition Announced !!



The Pivotal Moment - CG Art Competition Announced, 19 December 2005 - 20 February 2006
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- Computer Graphics website CG Society in association with Game Developers Conference announce the first of its Graphic Impact annual animation competitions, Sponsored by: ATI, DAZ Productions.The Pivotal Moment competition will culminate at Game Developers Conference (March 20-24, San Jose, CA) where finalists’ artwork will displayed in the Graphic Impact Art Gallery located at the San Jose Convention Center. On Wednesday, March 22nd at the Game Developers Choice Awards, the competition will be detailed within the program and finalists’ artwork presented. Finally, on the evening of Thursday, March 23rd, winners will be announced during an exclusive awards ceremony and reception.
"The Pivotal Moment" Competition Link
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The Snow Queen !!



The Snow Queen
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- The Snow Queen based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen will be featured on BBC ONE Television, on Christmas day.It tells the magical story of the courage and love of young Gerda, who sets out on a long journey to the North to find and save Kay, a young boy who is being kept prisoner under the spell of the frightening Snow Queen.Shot with a technique that mixes live action and animation, and with the dialogue interweaving with songs and music, The Snow Queen stages a fantastic adventure that, like all good fairy tales, is sure to be loved by children and adults alike...........CG India wish all the visitors " Merry Christmas and Happy new year" !!
BBC One Listing
The Snow Queen Website

Stop-Motion Looks with XSI - Tutorial !!



Stop-Motion Looks with XSI - Tutorial
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- Studio Daily has published a nice step- by -step tutorial by Rob Cazin, how to achieve Stop-Motion Looks with XSI and other CGI packages. This tutorial outlines the guiding principles and techniques that can give your 3D animation a traditional stop-motion look. Although this particular project was done in Softimage XSI version 4.2, each step is generalized to apply to most 3D applications.
Stop-Motion Looks with XSI - Tutorial Link
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Blender 2.40 Released !!



Blender 2.40 Released
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- Blender has had another long development cycle resulting in a release packed with rewrites, new features and improvements. The major additions this release are the Character Animation rewrite, the added Fluid Dynamics system, improved editing and rendering of Particle Based Hair, and the Modifier Stack.The vastly improved animation tools have taken character animation to an inspirational and competitive level. Improvements include fast and easy rigging with added bone types, new display methods, easier and faster skin weighting methods, improved and easier to use deformation methods, completely rewritten Inverse Kinematics system, easier and faster posing, new IPO curves methods, and more robust Actions and NLA tools.........Read full features !!
Blender 3d website link
Documentation-
Radiosity In Blender
Documentation-
Global Illumination In Blender
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Thursday, December 22, 2005

"Original pictures" Early Disney animation films found !!



Rare Disney work found in Japan
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- Original pictures for early Walt Disney animation films have been found stored in a warehouse in Chiba University, Japan. About 250 pieces, including animation from Disney's first colour short - 1932's Flowers and Original sketches, celluloid and background pictures from films such as Sleeping Beauty, Bambi, Fantasia and Cinderella were also discovered. Disney had given the collection to Tokyo's National Museum of Modern Art, which turned it over to the university for educational use, the BBC reported Tuesday.
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CG Underground Interview With "ANDY COTNAM" !!



CG Underground Interview With ANDY COTNAM
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- CG Underground has posted their interview with CG-Artist "ANDY COTNAM ". Andy is also a member of the elite group of " Six Fat Ninjas" http://www.sixfatninjas.com/ !!
CGU Interview - Andy Cotnam Link
Related CGI Post:
CG Underground Interview With Paul Warzecha
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Twixtor 4.5 Released For SoftImage|XSI !!



Twixtor 4.5 Released For SoftImage XSI
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- ReVision Effects, Twixtor 4.5 is Now available for SoftImageXSI and 64 bit Discreet Systems.Twixtor 4.5 has completely revamped tracking.Twixtor intelligently slows down, speeds up or changes the frame rate of your image sequences. For more information, pricing and compatibility and a demo version see the
Twixtor pages.
Related CGI posts: *
Reflex 3 & Twixtor 4.5 Released *Twixtor and Motion Blur for Shake
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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Maya Tutorial: Skin Binding For Dummies !!



Maya Tutorial: Skin Binding For Dummies
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-This is quick tutorial which, will show how to do a quick skin bind that will look and deform quite good, while not getting to much into skin binding.Which for a beginner can be quite hard to get the hang of, as its needs quite a lot of practise, like knowing when to hold and unhold weights, it can become a very tedious process. This setup shows how to quickly rig a mesh, just using basic shapes .Were be using parts of the original mesh. to warp deform the full mesh. This breaks up the mesh into sections and makes it easier to bind. i made a tut like this years ago, but warp deform performs a lot faster these days so is a much more useable tool.
Skin Binding For Dummies tutorial Link
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