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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Wings 3D - Free Subdivision 3D Modeling Software !!!!



Wings 3D - Free Subdivision 3D-Modeling Software, Latest Stable Rel: 0.98.32a
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- Wings 3D is a free, open source poly modeler that was originally inspired by Nendo and later Mirai (both by Izware). Once learnt, its clean, no-frills interface and wide-ranging (but unbloated!) toolset lets the user concentrate on their prime purpose - modelling.It is possible to assign materials, vertex color, UV coordinates and textures, but there will be improvements in those features before Wings goes 1.0. Also user can use yafRay for realistic rendering.There is no support in Wings for doing animations.
Wings 3D can export 3d models in Nendo (NDO), 3D Studio (3DS) , Wavefront (OBJ) and other popular formats.
Related Links:
Wings 3D - Free Subdivision 3d Modeling Software Link
Wings 3D: Tutorials and notes
PuzzledPaul's Wings 3D tutorials, notes and general information
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EverMotion Has Released - ArchModels Extreme Pack ( 3D ) !!



EverMotion Has Released - ArchModels Extreme Pack ( 3D ) !!
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- EverMotion, a Premiere website for 3d artist has released ArchModels Extreme Pack.The newest offer is directed to all those who think about our products, but haven't decided yet which cds are the best for them. We would like to prompt you a little... Get all 21 cds of archmodels collection at once and save 300 Euro. Thanks to this bundle you will get full range of architectural models for all your visualizations. All of them are supported by Textures4ever - wood that comes as a free gift with the package.For More Info Please Visit
Evermotion.org
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PolyBoost 2.2 for 3ds Max Released!!



PolyBoost 2.2 for 3ds Max Released!!
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- PolyBoost 2.2 for 3ds max has now been released and available for download!Version 2.2 brings Edit Poly modifier support for most of the modelling tools and the Edit tools of PolyDraw.PolyBoost will work in 3ds max versions 5, 6, 7 and 8. Most of the tools work on all subobjectlevels, so it's one tool for all modes. UVW-mapping is kept intact for all the modelling tools. Many tools have an optional functionality when the shift key is pressed. This will either apply the tool on the current selection only, or do another variation of the tool. Shortcuts are available for all tools that do not require an interface in order to be useful. The PolyBoost main interface, where all tools can be found is always available by shortcut key or from a quadmenu.Exsisting users can use the automatic update system to upgrade for free.For More information please visit
Polyboost.com !!
Related CGI Post -
PolyBoost 2.o for 3ds max
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DH Counter and Fade Plug-ins For Apple Final Cut !!



Digital Heavens DH_ Counter and Fade Plug-ins For Apple Final Cut
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- Digital Heavens Released two new plug-ins DH_Counter and DH_Fade for Apple Final Cut ...Now they have a set of twelve plugins for Apple's Final Cut, all available individually.
DH_Counter V1.0 -Automatically creates min:sec Text counter with option for count up/down & stop watch mode .... DH_Fade V1.0 -Makes its easy to create consistent fade in/out on clips which have different durations. For More information please visit
digital-heaven.co.uk !!
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Animation Category Added to Golden Globe Awards !!



NEW AWARD CATEGORY FOR BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM COMMENCES WITH 64th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBES
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- HOLLYWOOD, CA, January, 2006 – Next year's Golden Globes will offer a new category when the awards are announced in January, 2007. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association voted last month to establish "Best Animated Feature Film" commencing with "The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards" in 2007, it was announced today by Philip Berk, President. Eligible films must be "feature-length (70 minutes or longer) with no more than 25% live action. If less than eight animated films qualify, the award will not be given, in which case the films would be eligible for Best Picture. Otherwise they would not be eligible for the Best Picture category. The category will be limited to three nominations per year." For More Information Please Visit
hfpa.Org
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MAXON'S CINEMA 4D NOW AVAILABLE FOR INTEL-BASED MACS !



MAXON'S CINEMA 4D NOW AVAILABLE FOR INTEL-BASED MACS !
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- Just days after the first new iMacs with Intel Core Duo processors have begun shipping, MAXON is proud to announce the availability of a "universal binary" version of CINEMA 4D, its award-winning 3D animation package. This makes CINEMA 4D not only the first 3D application, but also the first professional graphics application, available in a universal binary version that runs natively on the new Intel-based Macintosh Computers. Once again, MAXON demonstrates its commitment to the rapid support of the latest hardware advances.Apple itself utilized a universal binary version of CINEBENCH, MAXON's CINEMA 4D-based benchmarking tool, to demonstrate the power and speed users will realize with this new hardware platform. In general, an Intel Core Duo 2.0 GHz iMac renders over twice as fast as an iMac G5 with 2.1 GHz. This makes adding an Intel Core Duo system a very attractive option for CINEMA 4D users. These results were achieved using a final, production-ready version of CINEMA 4D - not a beta version.For More Information Please Visit
Maxon.net !!
Related news from MacWorld -
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REALVIZ TO LAUNCH VTOUR AT IMAGINA 2006 !!


- New Product For the Creation of Photo-real 3D Virtual Tours Available fromFebrurary 2006. REALVIZ, a leader in imageprocessing software development, will launch VTour, the latest addition totheir software portfolio for content creation, at IMAGINA in Monaco thisweek. VTour draws on the award-winning technology of Stitcher andImageModeler and offers users of all levels an innovative and effectivesolution for the creation of photo-real 3D environments from 2D pictures orpanoramas. The REALVIZ team will be demonstrating VTour, along with aselection of their other applications at IMAGINA, which takes place at theGrimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo from 1-3 February 2006.
For More Information please visit
Realviz.com !
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Monday, January 30, 2006

Moving Picture Company won Apsara Award for Jungle Tales!!



Moving Picture Company won Apsara Award for Jungle Tales!!
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- 3D animated production 'Jungle Tales' by Moving Picture Company (New Delhi, INDIA) has won the Apsara Award for 'Best Animated Series' .The APSARA Awards are organized by, The Film & Television Producers Guild.Jungle Tales' has been telecast on Cartoon Network and is soon to be aired on Doordarshan Network.
Related Link:
Moving Picture Company bags Apsara for Jungle Tales
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SashWindow Script For MODO, Available !!



SashWindow - Script For MODO
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- ArchVisual U.K has Released SashWindow Script for one of the most advanced polygonal and subdivision surface 3D modeling software MODO (
Luxology, LLC). SashWindow Script Creates full 3D geometry Sash Windows and automatically fits multiple copies to your mesh.
ArchVisual SashWindow Script For MODO Link
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Hyperion For Realtime 3D Graphics !!



Hyperion Static Ambient Occlusion Lighting
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- Hyperion is a free tool designed to help developers and artists quickly create and prototype realtime 3D solutions: demos, benchmarks, little applications or games.Hyperion aims to put realtime 3D graphics in everybody's hands by using a new and very understandable scripting language that will ensure an efficient understanding of the latest 3D technologies. Hyperion uses a clever mixture of XML, LUA scripting and GLSL (OpenGL Shading Language). The underlying 3D engine uses OpenGL for hardware graphics acceleration.
Related Links:
ozone3d . net
Hyperion Static Ambient Occlusion Lighting Demo
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CG Architect Announced 2006 Architectural Visualization Competition!



2006 Architectural Visualization Competition
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- CGarchitect.com the leading online 3D magazine for architectural CG artists has announced its 2nd annual CGarchitect.com Architectural Visualization competition.As the only competition of its kind in the industry, the competition strives to uncover undiscovered talent through a series of challenges and qualifying competitions spanning the next six months. Competitors will stretch their imaginations and skills to demonstrate their prowess in the art of architectural illustration and animation. While the ultimate winner and finalists in the competition will take home some amazing prizes, the goal of this competition is to promote architectural illustration and encourage its advancement through community participation and critiques.
For more information please visit Competition -
website Link
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CGI New's TiT BiTS !!!


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Saturday, January 28, 2006

CGI News - STASH 17 DVD Magzine of Animation, VFX & Motion design world Released !!



CGI Newswire - STASH 17 DVD Magzine of Animation, VFX & Motion design world Released
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- STASH is Excellent monthly DVD magazine which covers most innovative and outstanding commercial animation, VFX and motion graphics plus insightful behind-the-scenes.STASH is the essential resource for ad agencies, broadcasters, animation and VFX studios, designers, post houses, production companies and schools.Stash 17 features CG piece for Honda from Lost in Space and Zeitguised then divert all power to the main thrusters for The Mill NY's frenetic new ?Kung Fu Clowns? spot for Bell South. A cast of comic CG characters ? polar bears for Coke from Passion Pictures, a wily turkey for Thornton's from the Mill in London and the new 3D Geico Gecko from Framestore NY..............................etc!!
STASH DVD Magzine Website Link
Related CGI Post:
Stash 16 - Animation, VFX and Motion Design Works !!
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HELL Boys Tutorial - Using ART and Liquify tools in Photoshop!!



HELL Boys Tutorial - Using ART and Liquify tools in Photoshop!!
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- A very short and excellent photoshop tutorial by graphic designer kambiz mahmoudi.This short tutorial you can learn about powerful liquefy tools in Adobe photoshop.Also you can have look on other short tutorials by Kambiz for learning more tips and tricks in photoshop.
HELL Boys Tutorial Link
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Latest News : Blender 2.41 released and available for download!!



This release is a big leap forward for editing and playback of interactive 3D content in Blender
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- Just a short month after the release of Version 2.40, blender.org has Released Blender 2.41 update.This release is packed with Game Engine goodness, with the addition of GLSL shaders, ability to use the power of the Blender Material system, as well as multiple viewports. We also added a fun sculpting tool, improved UV unwrapping, 'Scene Set' chaining, and a number Python improvements.
Check for the full Release Log here !!
Blender Download section
Related CGI Post:
BLENDER - A Complete 3D & Animation Tool
Orange Animation Project Is Moving Ahead
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PixoLogic's "Q & A" With Digic Pictures !!



PixoLogic's interview Digic Producer, Gabor Marinov and Lead Modeling Artist Tamas Varga
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- PixoLogic's has published their interview with DIGIC Pictures Gabor Marinov and Modeling Artist Tamas Varga.Digic Pictures is a computer animation studio located in Budapest, Hungary.Digic's first project was a two and a half minute intro film for a PC game called "Armies of Exigo". This was the first Hungarian animation ever to be selected into the prestigious SIGGRAPH Electronic Theater..........
Read on !!
Related link:
http://www.digicpictures.com/
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Friday, January 27, 2006

TextureShaker for Alias Maya and 3DS Max Free Download



TextureShaker for Alias Maya and 3D Studio Max Free Download.....
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- TextureShaker for Alias Maya 3d and 3D Studio Max, Unlimited Fully Functioning Evaluation Copy available for download.TextureShaker is a Shading utility which will multiply one or more textures randomly over a surface.
TextureShaker Unlimited Evaluation download
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IRIDAS Released SequencePublisher 2006 !



IRIDAS Released SequencePublisher 2006
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IRIDAS, the leader in playback and automation technologies for postproduction, today announced the release of SequencePublisher 2006. The new version of this powerful batch-processing and file conversion software provides significant new automation capabilities for postproduction facilities. SequencePublisher 2006 also includes support for metadata plug-ins, allowing the application to access external databases or production management systems; support for new file formats including DPX 2.0, OpenEXR, YUV, and others; and a new Profile Editor for fine-tuning output settings.
IRIDAS SequencePublisher 2006 Link
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MetroModeler V1.5, A 3D modeling Tool !!



MetroModeler Version 1.5, A 3D modeling Tool
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- MetroModeler is a 3D modeling tool for creating 3D models of houses, buildings, streets, and cities. With this computer program, you can create 3D buildings and 3D cities many times faster than you can by using general-purpose 3D programs. The 3D models created by the program can be used in: Video and computer gaming, Movie and television special effects, Magazine or book illustrations, and Web-based 3D environments etc....MetroModeler is loaded with more than 200 functions .
MetroModeler WebSite Link
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nVIDIA MAXtreme 3D driver Ver 8.03 Available for Download !



nVIDIA MAXtreme 3D driver Ver 8.00.3 Available for Download
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NVidia Workstation Application 3d driver MAXtreme version 8.00.03 is avaiable for download.MAXtreme is a Quadro® application utility designed to work with Autodesk / Discreet 3D applications, such as 3ds max and 3D Studio VIZ. The MAXtreme 3D driver is highly optimized for use with a graphics card based on an NVIDIA Quadro GPU that enhances the capabilities of the interactive renderer.
MAXtreme 3D driver V8 Download Link
Related CGI post:
NVIDIA MAXtreme 7 Boosts 3ds Max Performance
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Thursday, January 26, 2006

3D Game on Archie's Comics in 07 ; FX Labs!!



FX Labs Will introuduce new 3D Game on Archie's Comics in 2007
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- FX Labs Will introduce new 3D Game on Archie's Comics in 2007 says FX Labs CEO Tony Garcia in his interview with
Animation 'xpress. The 3D comic book feel arcade action game based on the Archie's Universe is being planned to be released sometime in 2007. FX Labs development studio is situated in Hyderabad and marketing office in the US!
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Dosch Design Released 3D Morden Furniture Along with 3 other Collections!!


Dosch Design Released 3D Morden Furniture, DOSCH 3D: Airplans, DOSCH 3D:security and Dosch Fabric textures...
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-Dosch Design (
http://www.doschdesign.com/) ; a premier studio provding computer graphics products for 3D design has released New Dosch 3D Morden Furniture, DOSCH 3D: Airplans, DOSCH 3D:security and Dosch Fabric textures.......For More Info visit Dosch Design!
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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Cg India features talented concept Artist "Mark Goener" !!



Cg India features talented Concept Artist "Mark Goener" .......
Text by Amit Dixit
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- This week Cg India features the talented concept artist "Mark Goener" ; who does not need any introduction, and worked on numerous prestigious film projects like X-men, SuperMan , Constantine, The Terminal, Minority Report and various other Industrial design projects. His early works and study projects reflect his interest in industrial design and fantasy environments with a futuristic mindset. His rage works includes Photo-Real images too conceptual design sketches of futuristic space, Vehicles, characters and amazing fantasy environments. His long list of prestigious projects shows his ability to produce creative work and finding solutions as per the project theme. Mark continues to strive for opportunities to express original ideas and his visions of spaces not yet known!
Visit Mark Goener's Gallery
HomePage of Artist
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Toonz 5.0 Harlequin Released!!



Toonz 5.0 Harlequin Released!!
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- Digital Video S.p.A. has released Version 5.0 of their animation software Toonz, the Toonz 4.6 users will get free update. Toonz 5.0 Harlequin is a software born from Digital Video’s experience and knowledge of traditional animation to meet the evolution of animation creative and technical standards. Toonz 5.0 Harlequin integrates vector drawings in its traditional workflow based on raster drawings to allow you to step into paperless animation. In a brand new user-friendly environment, animators can now both scan hand-made drawings, and draw from scratch and animate vector drawings; manage super-sized palettes and painting animation levels; compose scenes; move and animate animation levels over background according to the xsheet; move objects like pegbars, cameras and table; add special FX and render out composited sequences by using a render farm.
Toonz 5.0 Harlequin Link
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New Realistic Renderer in Making !



New Realistic Renderer in Making......
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- A new featured packed renderer in the making. The Test results seems very promising, specially the realistic caustic effects and rendering done using Monte-carlo path tracing......check the test result on their
website !
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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

DX Studio Version 1.25 Released !!



DX Studio Version 1.25 Released with new features
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- dxstudio.com has announced the new version of DX Studio, which is now available for download.DX Studio is a complete integrated development environment for creating interactive 3D graphics. The system comprises of both a real-time 3D engine and a suite of editing tools, and is the first product to offer a complete range of tools in a single IDE. New features in this version includes Precomputed radiance transfer (PRT), Dynamic shadows, Collision detection and 3D sound from script etc !!
Download DX Studio Version 1.25
DX Studio Image Gallery
Related CGI Post:
DX Studio Version 1.24 Released
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Spontaneous Creates U2 Latest Music Video with SOFTIMAGE|FACE ROBOT !!



U2 calls 'Original of the Species' video "a dazzling work of future animation"
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- Montreal, Quebec- Press Release- Softimage Co., a subsidiary of Avid Technology, Inc., today announced that New York-based design and effects company Spontaneous used Softimage character animation technology to create the latest music video for the Grammy Award-winning rock band U2. The video for Original of the Species features a digital version of Bono, the band's lead singer, accompanied by a computer generated woman. Both characters were created using SOFTIMAGE|XSI v.5.0 and animated with an alpha version of SOFTIMAGE|FACEROBOT, the revolutionary new digital acting technology that allows 3D artists to achieve realistic, lifelike facial animation for high-end film, post and games projects. The music video was conceived and directed by long-time U2 collaborator, Catherine Owens, who has worked with Spontaneous on several of U2's in-concert animations for the band's current Vertigo tour."One of the concepts of the video was for Bono to enter and exist in the woman's private, digital world for a brief moment in time. When we saw an early model of her character, the images were absolutely haunting - we knew that we could achieve exactly what we had imagined," said Catherine Owens, the video's director. "Spontaneous did amazing work to fulfill the band's vision for the song, which was to deliver an intimate and emotional experience. The band considers it a dazzling work of future animation." In order to create the video's unique look, Spontaneous brought a digital scan of Bono into SOFTIMAGE|XSI animation software to prepare a 3D model to be animated and imported into the Face Robot software. Using FaceRobot, the 3D artists applied data recorded from a live motion capture session - where sensors are used to capture a live performance - to animate Bono's digital double. For the female character, the team was able to re-use the motion capture data from Bono to subtly animate her. The ability to re-purpose this data - in a process known as re-targeting - allowed the team to save costly studio and production time. The project was conceived, created and completed in less than seven weeks for release during the band's current tour.
Related Links :-
Avid Technology, Inc.
www.avid.com
Softimage Co.
www.softimage.com
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