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Friday, March 31, 2006

SOFTIMAGE|XSI v.5.1 download Avaiable


Image hosting by Photobucket SOFTIMAGE|XSI v.5.1 download - XSI v.5.1, the character production software is available for download. XSI 5.1 Featuring completely non-destructive workflow, XSI makes life easier by enabling changes on rigged & animated characters. Designed to fit easily into today's mixed-tool pipelines, and now featuring enhanced support to import and export assets from applications such as Autodesk 3ds Max & Maya, includes advanced real-time effects baking, and tools to easily transfer any surface properties between characters, regardless of complexity or topology............download link !!!!

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Making of Stay Alive (animation/vfx)



Making of Stay Alive (animation/vfx)
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- XSI Base, an Softimage XSI community has published, Interview with members of the visual effects crew at
Pixel Liberation Front about creating 140 shots for the horror movie Stay Alive.Pixel Liberation Front, a visual effects studio located in Venice, California. The visual effects crew at Pixel Liberation Front tell about the challenges and process involved while making 140 shots for the horror movie Stay Alive.The above featured image "Scary Dolls" is modeled by 3D artist Mahito Mizobuchi, image courtesy PLF. For the full interview coverage please visit XSIbase.....Interview link !!
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MEL Scripts :: smartVtx and smartWrapVtx - ver 0.2beta !!



MEL Scripts :: smartVtx - ver 2.0 and smartWrapVtx - ver 0.2beta
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- Two very useful and handy scripts for Maya by Firas J. Ershead. smartVtx 2.0 is a helpfull polygon blend shaps modeling Mel scripts. you may also download demo movie file for Firas website. SmartWrapVtx ver.0.2 MEL is usefull for 2 things, first, paint wraping, second, wrap selected vertices. For download and more info please visit
firas Website !!
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xNormal v3.4 is out !!


Image hosting by Photobucket xNormal v3.o.4 is available - Xnormal mapper, renders a DOT3 bump map texture from a very very very high polygon model and to fit it into a low polygon one.xNormal can read almost all the 3d / picture formats in the market directly, so no exporters are required. It includes support for 3D Studio (3DS), AliasWavefront OBJ, Lightwave LWO, Collada, Kaydara FilmBoX, AutoCAD DXF, Softimage dotXSI, Collada, BMP, TGA, TIFF, JPG/J2K, PNG,HDR, OpenEXR and many many more.It includes an OpenGL interactive 3D viewer where you can see at realtime the final result.......xNormal Link !!

Go Wild Spot - Framesore CFC (VFX) !!



Go Wild Spot - Framesore CFC (VFX)
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- FrameStore CFC. has published article/PR about "Go Wild" - Framestore's latest Commercial spot for Sure anti-perspirant for men. Framestore CFC's Commercials team has got a bit of a rep for raising the bar in digital VFX. Nowhere more so than in the case of the 3D team's creature work, and the last few years have seen an ark-full of astonishing, photo-real creatures emerge from the 1st Floor of the company's Noel Street building. Now, they've done it again, we're proud to say, creating over 300 CG critters – six different species - for a new spot that celebrates the wildlife that comes out to play when football fever strikes..................
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CGIndia News Tit-Bits !!


Image hosting by Photobucket IT's ART magazine #0003 Is available- Every two months, IT¹S ART proposes 60 pages ofillustrations, articles and interviews about digital Art.........Link !!
Image hosting by Photobucket Bug's Life - Children look at drawings from Bug's Life on a huge screen called 'Artscape' which shows how artists are inspired to moving images from the 2D art process, at the Science Museum, London. Pixar studios celebrate 20 years of animation......................Link !!
Image hosting by Photobucket CGTutorials launched - 3DKingdom sucessfully launched a brand newwebsite dedicated to linking to all sort of computer graphics tutorials for various programs..............Link !!
Image hosting by Photobucket "Conduit" software for AliasStudio 13 - VRCO and its affiliate Fakespace Systems, together the world's leading providers of real-time immersive visualization systems and software, today announced the availability of Conduit software for AliasStudio 13,formerly known as StudioTools.............Link !!
Image hosting by Photobucket Microspot DWG Viewer 1.6.5 released - Microspot today released Microspot DWG Viewer 1.6.5, an update to the program based on Microspot MacDraft Professional that opens AutoCAD DWG files created on Windows PCs....................Link !!
Image hosting by Photobucket Media Blasters to Release Voltron - Media Blasters is thrilled to announce its biggest release in the history of the AnimeWorks label. In conjunction with World Events Productions, we will be releasing the original, most beloved robot action animation ever made.......Link !!
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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Falken Rim, 3d Studio Max Tutorial !!



Falken Rim, 3d Studio Max Tutorial by Travis
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- This is a very easy to grasp 3ds max tutorial by Travis Williams. In this video tutorial Travis shows simple step by step technique of modeling a Car Rim. He has done the 3d Modeling in 3D Studio Max 7, but the same technique can be applied in almost all versions of 3D Studio Max. Complete Tutorial is of 52.44min and in Flash format.........................
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Nevercenter's SILO 2.0 , New video !!



Nevercenter's SILO 2.0 , New video and features updates
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Nevercenter has upload a new video on its forum, too keep SILO users up to date on the progress of new version via thier forums. The latest post features quick development videos (with narration) of several new features. Also, they have published a full-res screenshot of the upcoming SILO version.Silo is a 3D modeling program, which supports polygonal modeling with advanced subdivision surfaces.Subdivision surfaces modeling allows you to model a rough version of whatever it is you're trying to make and then use built-in smoothing algorithms to create a smooth shape.....Link !!
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CGIndia News Tit-Bit's !!


Magic Bullet Suite 2.1 for A.E available ::- Red Giant Software today announced the availability of Magic Bullet Suite 2.1. The now supports Adobe 7.Magic Bullet Suite 2.1 is a free upgrade for Magic Bullet Suite 2.0 customers.......Link!!
3d modeling easy chair, ::- Mr-cad has published a new tutorial about how to make Crease on an Easychair with Polygons using 3D Studio Max........
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  • Sketch And Seek With 3D-Seek :: 3D-Seek is a new search engine from Imaginestics that enables industrial customers to quickly and easily search parts catalogs based on sketches, CAD drawings, or existing online drawings...........Link !!
  • Apple ships Final Cut Studio 5.1 :: - Apple today quietly began shipping Studio 5.1, a Universal Binary version of the professional video application suite, making good on its promise to deliver a native version for Intel Macs by March...........Link!!
  • New Hyperion Demo-System out ::- is a free tool designed to help developers and artists quickly create andprototype realtime solutions ; demos, trials, benchmarks, little applicationsor games...Check it out ........Link !!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

"moujou" for AutoDesks Maya Released !!



2d3 FINDS ITS MOUJOU.............Source: CGIndia
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Oxford, 29th March 2006 -- 2d3, the leading developer of visual effects software and part of the OMG group, today announced the general release of moujou, the latest product in its highly successful boujou matchmoving range. moujou is a plug-in for the powerful 3D animation package Maya, and enables the user to access the benefits of boujou within the Maya interface. 2d3 is aiming for two markets with this new release.Firstly it is a cost-effective alternative for smaller studios not ready to invest in the full functionality of boujou. Secondly it is a potential lifesaver for larger studios with a tracking bottleneck - now it’s on everyone’s desktop, everyone has the tools to process shots when needed. For boujou fans, moujou comes with the same boujou feature and camera tracker, has the ability to import image-based masks and includes the same camera path smoothing functionality.For more info. please visit
2d3.com !!
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Lightwave 3d Tutorial : Modeling A 99 Mustang Cobra !!



Lightwave 3d Tutorial : Modeling A 99 Mustang Cobra by Lewis
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- This is an old, but very useful and highly recommended 3d modeling tutorial for lighwave user. The tutorial is written by Elvis Blazencic (lewis), who has been working in CG industry for past fifteen years.This tutorial covers all the aspects, a CG artist has too learn before 3d modeling a Car.Lewis explains step by step process involved in 3d modeling of car, in easy to learn and highly detailed manner. Infect, I feel this tutorial is rather a Benchmark of "how too 3d model a car" for lightwave users........Lightwave 3d Tutorial : Modeling A 99 Mustang Cobra Link !!

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Photoshop Brushes by 500ml (Featured site)!!



Photoshop Brushes by 500ml (Featured site)
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- Brushes are the most commonly used tool in Photoshop and you can create some amazing effects by using these custom brushes. 500ml.org is our featured website this month, which not only offers- 40 brush sets for free but also provide tutorials (how to make brushes) for Photoshop users. The brushes are compatible with Photoshop 7 and higher versions. CG India recommends its visitor to have a look....... -->>
Photoshop Brushes by 500ml Link !!!!
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Download: Free Photoshop Brushes Series 38 :::: 17 Free Photoshop Brushes ::::Download: Photoshop Brushes Series 30
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Fluid Mask 2.0 (Windows) - first beta available!!



Fluid Mask 2.0 (Windows) - first beta available for download
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- Vertus launched its latest release of Fluid Mask (for Windows) at Photoshop World. The first beta of the new version is available for download.Vertus Fluid Mask is a plugin for Adobe Photoshop that facilitates the masking process. It offers a number of innovative tools for getting complex masking jobs done quickly and with a high degree of precision.
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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

RE:Flex 3.1 updates Released for After Effects, Combustion..!!



RE:Flex 3.1 updates released for After Effects, combustion, Fusion and discreet Systems.
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- RE:Vision Effects, Inc. Released RE:Flex 3.1 updates for After Effects, combustion, Fusion and discreet Systems. RE:Flex for After Effect 7 now support 32 bit HDR (unclamped floating point) processing.After Effects 7 users on Macintosh will see a significant improvement on G5 CPUs running Mac OS 10.4. Combustion plug-in gets New temporal smoothing method for situations where the spline animation is smooth, but the resulting warp or morph from RE:Flex is not. This option smooths out any jitters (as a result, this setting can give substantially different results depending on whether it is set On or not)......
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Free MEL Script - ds_rigToolsPack !!



Free MEL Script - ds_rigToolsPack for Maya
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- Character Rigging artist Damon Shelton, who currently working at DNA Production, have released very useful Mel Script pack - ds_rigToolsPack and it is available for free download.
The ds_rigToolsPack contains tools such as curve creation , curve editing, renaming, display options and much more. Pack Features scripts like :: ds_selectTris.mel: selects all triangles in selected objects, ds_selectQuads.mel: selects all quads in selected objects, ds_selectNGons.mel: selects all Ngons in selected objects, ds_selectIslandTool.mel: (toggle on and off) selects shell of components within an object..................etc.!!
Click here to visit the download page
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CGIndia News Tit-Bit's !!


  • DAZ Integrates Autodesk FBX...........Link!!
  • MAAC animators win FICCI awards- The Times of India..........Link!!
  • Richard Fleischer, Director of 20,000 Leagues, Dies.........Link!!
  • Behind The Scenes :: Making of Madagascar By Dreamworks ..........Link!!
  • Int'l animation industry gathers for Tokyo rally...........Link!!

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Monday, March 27, 2006

STASH 19, Magazine of Animation, VFX and Motion Graphics Preview !!



STASH 19, DVD Magazine of Animation, VFX and Motion Graphics Preview....Source: CGIndia
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- STASH will feature new design and more content from next months issue. Every month STASH
DVD magazine delivers the latest and most innovative animation, VFX and motion graphics projects for design and advertising. Starting with issue 19 (releasing April 3) you will find clean punchy packaging, easier to use navigation and more bonus content on each disk.
Stash DVD magazine Archives link
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Behavioural Animation - Thinking like a fish !!



Behavioural Animation - Thinking like a fish !!
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- Thinking like a fish, is an animation short by Adriano Rinaldi, the author of Crowd Maker - who have used Crowd Maker 0.7 and others behavioural animation techniques for this new simulation. He have used flocking, obstacle avoidance, prey-predator behaviour and assembling of formations and other scripting jobs.Moreover a script controls different animations of individual agents. Also, Adriano will release Crowd Maker 0.7 (behavioural animation engine for Maya particles) for Maya Soon!!
Watch the Animation short and Download Crowd Maker Script (link)
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wave2RGB, A MetalRay Shader (XSI)!!



wavelength to RGB mental ray shader
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- wave2RGB, is MentalRay Shader for XSI by Anthony Rossano , who have been working for last fifteen years in mutimedia and animation industry. Anthony have compiled wave2RGB,the shader after runing lots of test and experiments.....Anthony Rossano; I've been thinking that a lot of rendering problems are made more difficult by the RGB color system, and the need to calculate results for the three channels independantly. I started to wonder why we use RGB for such things. I started to wonder if I could write shaders that used a model closer to the physics of light as we understand it today. I took some initial steps in that line of thought, and quickly realized that I'd need to convert from my own colorspace based on light physics to the common RGB system. I assumed that would be trivial, and that there would be a..........
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Get Ready for The Simpsons in living Color !!



Get Ready for The Simpsons in living Color............Source: Yahoo News
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- Viewers will get a glimpse of Springfield's finest in the flesh Sunday when a live title sequence mirroring every frame of the show's classic opening --from Bart's chalkboard musings to Homer's frantic dash through the garage--launches this week's new episode. U.K. network Sky One produced the bit with British actors taking on the role of the 'toon family. The team has copied the opening down to the last detail, according to Fox spokeswoman Jill Hudson,.........
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Reminder --Take Architectural Visualization Industry Survey (CGI Recomended)



Take Architectural Visualization Industry Survey and Win Prizes [$19,000]...........Source: CGIndia
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- CGarchitect.com in partnership with 3Dworld Magazine has announced the 2nd architectural visualization industry survey. This survey will help us analyze current market trends that affect the growth of our industry.This is by far the most encompassing survey ever created for our industry and will be published in the May Architectural Visualization supplement of 3Dworld magazine.We encourage everyone in our industry to complete the survey, so that we can ensure you, your business and your opinions on the industry are represented. Please pass this survey link to your friends and colleagues in the industry.If that was not incentive enough to complete our survey 3Dworld has arranged some prizes for select survey participants who fully complete the survey.
2006 Architectural Visualization Industry Survey Link
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Saturday, March 25, 2006

Goodies For CINEMA 4D Users !!



Goodies For CINEMA 4D Users ......Free downloads
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- Some useful free stuff for CINEMA 4D Users. You will find here 53 handy shaders, which have been created for a Contest at Spanish
C4D Community. You may also download a collection of fur presets and numerous Fabric Shaders for CINEMA 4D created by more than 30 artists....all this and much more for C4D Users for keeping them busy in lazy Sunday afternoon!!
Goodies For CINEMA 4D -downloads
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Framestore CFC New Spot - School of St Ivel (VFX) !!



St Ivel Gold Omega 3 'School of St Ivel'
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- The new 30-second spot for St. Ivel Gold Omega 3, finds a brilliant visual metaphor for the benefits offered by Omega 3 oil, an essential fatty acid contained in the product......The fish were built and animated in Maya, and Wilson developed a shader plug in for the rendering tool used (Mental Ray) that enabled large numbers of fish to be rendered effectively. Wilson's ingenuity in solving this problem not only made School of St Ivel possible, it has also provided the 3D team with a tool that will be used on many future projects........
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Announcing, World's First HDR Video Contest !!



Announcing, World's First HDR video contest !!
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-BrightSide Technologies, a world leader in HDR imaging, announces a video contest for the best HDR imagery. Contest winner will be given an all expenses paid trip to
Siggraph 2006 in Boston, where their work will be featured at the show. BrightSide is looking for creative ideas for videos using the full capacity of HDR Technology to "Display The Real World". As a guideline, the organizers suggest that successful entries show high contrast content.
Details available at
www.brightsidetech.com
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Friday, March 24, 2006

Breaking News:: Turtle 3, For Maya Officially Launched !!



Turtle 3 is now available for download and purchase directly from Illuminate Labs and leading resellers.
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- Just few days after Release of
Public beta Version, Illuminate Labs announces launch of Turtle 3 for Maya®. The new Turtle 3, which will be shown for the first time at the Game Developers Conference in San Jose, California, is available for immediate purchase. In Turtle 3, the differences between the baking and rendering processes have been removed. Baking, Rendering, and Surface Transfers are all now handled in the Maya Renderview. This means that users can take advantage of the advanced rendering features available in their baking process, such as Super Sampling and Region Rendering. Turtle 3 also features light-weight, programmable shading using LUA."Turtle 3 is also the only rendering tool on the market that supports the rendering and baking of the Polynomial Texture Maps," says Mr. Wirell. "And Turtle's already renowned fluid workflow and lightning speed have been even further enhanced." Turtle 3 also comes with an industrial strength renderer that handles all the advanced lighting effects required by today’s industries. Turtle is - and has been - used on a variety of projects where high-end raytracing is required...Feel free to download your full evaluation version of Turtle 3. For more info, please log onto illumiate labs new website at www.illuminatelabs.com !!
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