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Saturday, April 29, 2006

VisMasters Design Visualization Conference Announced!


VisMasters Design Visualization Conference on Friday August 4th '06
- VisMasters today announced the first ever VisMasters Design Visualization Conference to take place at the historic Boston Park Plaza hotel on Friday August 4th, 2006.The VisMasters Design Visualization Conference is a one day event focused on the business, art and technology of design visualization. Featuring speakers from some of the most prestigious and well know architectural and visualization firms, participants from all facets of the industry will find a new found appreciation for the art of visualization and insights into what lies ahead.The conference will also include several user group events including Chaos Group’s V-Ray User Group Meeting as well as the 5th annual CGarchitect.com Architectural Visualization industry awards.
Register Now at:
http://dvc.vismasters.com
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Nicktoons Network Animation Festival


Grand Prize of $10,000; World-Wide Call for Entries Closes May31, 2006 - After two successful festivals and thousands of entries received from around the world, Frederator Studios unites with the Nicktoons Network, the 24-hour animation network owned by Nickelodeon, and Kidscreen Magazine to produce the recently renamed Nicktoons Network Animation Festival. Animators from around the world can submit entries until Wednesday, May 31, 2006..............more !! Tags: . . .

Friday, April 28, 2006

BFurry: Fur Generating Plugin for XSI



- BFurry is a plugin which will generate fur and short hair in XSI. The plugin is shareware. The plugin will generate control fibers for the fur which can control length and direction and can be shape-animated. The generated fur works with standard hair shaders. Generates fur / short hair on polymesh objects. This is real Mental Ray ® hair and will cast ray-traced shadows. Guide hairs are created which control fur length and direction. For more information, please download the plug-in with documentation.

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DAZ Ships Hexagon 2.0 !!



DAZ Ships Hexagon 2......Source: CGIndia
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- Just a few days after acquiring Eovia, DAZ starts shipping Compelling 3D modeler Hexagon 2, a newly acquired 3D polygonal and subdivision modeling software.The Hexagon 2 modeling software delivers a highly intuitive and augmented set of tools for modeling, refining, UV mapping, texturing and previewing detailed 3D creations. It’s freehand brush modeling capabilities provide a breadth of displacement brushes to refine 3D models by smoothing, pinching, and inflating the geometry or by adding high-resolution details. A complete UV-mapping module including one-click UV-Unwrap enables 3D artists to easily apply UV-maps on 3D objects. Through the new 3D paint tools, users can apply textures using brushes and imported textures or choose from a large choice of predefined textures.For more information please visit www.daz3d.com !!
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Dosch Design Info Pack !!



- Dosch Design offers the new Info Pack with a detailed overview of the available products. Dosch Design is Leading Provider of Innovative and easy to use computer graphics products.Make sure to order your free copy: Click here !!
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Google Announced SketchUP (Free Version)


- Just a month after acquiring @ last software, Google Released a free version of SketchUP.It is called Google SketchUp (free) and is available for download. The name of the non-free version is now SketchUp Pro 5, which is still available for sale. The major feature differences between free and pro version are as follows ; Pro users are able to print and export raster images at higher-than-screen resolution, Pro users have access to the following 3D export formats: DWG, DXF, 3DS, OBJ, XSI, VRML and FBX, Pro users are able to export animations and walkthroughs as MOV (Mac) or AVI (Windows) files, Pro users get the Sandbox Tools (for organic modeling of terrain, etc) and the Film & Stage Tools (for pre-viz work), above all - only SketchUp Pro is approved for commercial use; the free version is licensed for personal use only.

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ambientLight Released Trees Collection vol.1



- ambientLight is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Trees Collection vol.1 .. 25 Tree Textures in High Quality JPEG format complete with matching Alpha Maps.The images in this collection have been created primarily for use in architectural, urban visualisation and other CG projects but can be applied in many different areas. Each tree texture has a matching alpha map for seamless integration into your 3d or composited scenes, and can be used in any software capable of importing jpeg image files as textures.
ambientLight Trees Collection vol.1 Link
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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Houdini User project - SHORT LIVED


Houdini User project - SHORT LIVED (CG Short)
- SideEffects has published Houdini user project "Short Lived", a Animation short film created by University of Bournemouth students Jonny Galloway and Mark Wainwright.The film follows the journey of Deedar the toy robot who is being called to the mothership for a trip home.
Houdini was used for all aspects of the 3D work, from modeling, rigging and animation to lighting and rendering....More!!
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Showcasing Maxwell Render 1.0 Features!!


NextLimits Showcasing Maxwell Render 1.0 Features
- Recently NextLimits
Released Version 1.o of one of the most versatile renderer available today. Now it’s up for grab, and Nextlimit has published about the new and power full features of Maxwell Render 1.0. You may also check Maxwell Render features demonstration by A-Team Laboratories and if you are really interested, then please visit 3dvf-cgshop for more info on features and too buy the powerful Maxwell Render 1.o!!
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Free Photoshop Brushes: Botched Ornaments !!


Download Free Photoshop Brushes: Botched Ornaments!
- Very useful and Free Photoshop brushes for Photoshop addicts. These Photoshop brushes are from the collection of graphic artist
Gustaf Fjelstrom.The Botched Ornaments 01 are made up of a handful of decorative elements each distressed to varying degrees. The images were sourced from an old clip-art book, scanned, cleaned up, and weathered accordingly. I’ve left all the brushes in their raw, default state, with the assumption that one would want to fiddle with their own fine-tunings, jitter, flow, Intensity, etc...................Download Link!!
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RTSquare Renderer Plugin for 3DS Max!


RTSquare Plug-in for 3DS Max will start shipping on May 2nd
- GPU-tech announces the release of his software RTSquare Renderer Plugin for 3DS Max on May 2nd.RTSquare is a 3D rendering software designed with a new architecture to accelerate rendering. It takes advantage of the programmability, performance, and quality of your GPU to render imagery of uncompromising quality at unheard-of speeds. For more information please visit
www.gputech.com !!
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VRay for C4D !!


VRay for C4D Under Development
- Good news for C4D users, Development of VRAYforC4D has been announced - a bridge to the high end render system Vray 1.5 (Standalone) from Chaosgroup. Stefan Laub teamed up with the well-known cinema4d plugin programmer Renato Tarabella for developing the bridge between C4D --Vray, with the help of Maxon and Chaosgroup............
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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Free MAXScript for 3ds Max 4 - 7 Download !!



- Download these useful and handy MAXScripts writen by Martin Breidt.These MAXScripts are mostly at beta stage, so use at your own risk and enjoy.Most scripts contain detailed information at the beginning of thescript that explain the usage, any known bugs and usuallyhow to install the script......Link!!
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CG Short Film "fin d'ete" (End of summer) !!



- Two days back, I was invited by Patrick Harboun to watch his animation short named " fin d'été " ...Frankly i did'nt expect a great animated short film as they told me that, they have worked on it only for 6 months. But my expections are short lived, Not- only i did find the film interesting,.. I was completely impressed by the animation, the way they compiled the diffrent shots and specially the great ambience of enviroments.....applauge for Patrick and his team -- Amit !!
Watch the CG short fin d'été
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Watch making of CG short fin d'été
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Introducing Archipelis Designer (3D Tools)


- Archipelis innovative concept is so easy to use: just draw an outline from a background image to make it a 3D textured model! Or you can use a blank view and just draw the shapes you want from scratch. it's the most intuitive approach to sketch the shapes out that can then be enhanced with textures and photographs. Main features includes; Draw 2D shapes to build 3D objects, Re-position & re-shape the 3D objects , Painting embossed (displaced) maps to create relief on the mesh , Automatic merging process, Save to 3D formats: .obj and .wrl (VRML) and much more..............link!!
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SP Effects launches online Maya classes !


- Surrealistic Producing Effects has launched 5 Maya based online training classes, ranging in length, from four to eight weeks. Each class is filled with the latest techniques, and taught by industry professionals. Subjects include Modeling photo realistic characters, texturing, cloth animation, and more. Several other classes are scheduled for release later this summer.SP Effects offers a unique approach to its classes. Instead of following a class curriculum, students are encouraged to work on their own ideas, whether it’s a school assignment, paid job, or extracurricular project. For more information and class registration visit www.speffects.com
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Fusion 5 Learning Edition Released


Las Vegas, Nevada – eyeon announces the release of the Fusion 5 Learning Edition this year at NAB in Las Vegas.
- This freely-available learning version of eyeon’s award-winning film compositing software was produced to help artists experiment and master Fusion without the need to purchase any licenses. All of the features and power available with a commercial license of Fusion are also present in the Fusion 5 Learning Edition.Pricing And Availability The Fusion 5 Learning Edition is available at no charge and is available via download at
http://www.eyeonline.com/.
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XSI Tutorial : Making of Home and Fire


- CG Arena has published a new by Marco A. Delgado, In this XSI tutorial Marco A. Delgado explains, about the making of Home & Fire image for CGArena March Challenge.......Link!!

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

CGIndia Announces, Galaxy Explorer -- da Evolution 'Contest....!!


CGIndia - GALAXY EXPLORER, 3d/CG CONTEST Participate & Win Prizes worth @ $2000 !!
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CGIndia is proud to announce the commencement of its first online CG-Contest, "Galaxy Explorer-- da Evolution"!! We invite CG-Artists from every corner of this planet to participate in this very Interesting contest and show their skills. The Contest will act as a proving ground for CG-artist to show their talent. Participate to win loads of useful prizes Sponsored by some of the biggest names in the CG industry. Deadline for submitting entry is 22nd May 2006.......Go to contest main page (www.cg-india.com/contest_ge.html) !!
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Autodesk 3ds Max 8 Service Pack 3 Released !!


Autodesk 3ds Max 8 Service Pack 3 Released.......Source:CGIndia
- Autodesk, the leading design and digital content creation resource provider, has released 3ds Max 8 Service Pack 3 and available for Download. Autodesk® 3ds Max® 8 Service Pack 3 includes a number of critical fixes for 3ds Max 8 across several functional areas, including edit poly, Biped, Cloth & Load/Save animation.This service pack also includes all bug fixes provided in Service Pack 1 and 2 in the following functional areas: Biped, Cloth, Batch Render, Hair, Material Editor, Maxscript, Script Controller, SDK, Snaps, trackview, particle flow, rendering, DX, display, UV Unwrap and mental ray.
Download 3ds Max 8 Service Pack 3
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Viva La Revolution : An Animation short!


- An Animated short created by three CG Artists, currently employed in 3D Animation and VFX studio located in Belgium. watch the animated movie (12mb,{left click+save as}) watch video

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3D models Collection of Apple Products !!


- The123d.com has released Fully detailed, textured and lit 3d model collection of Apple Mac products.Files in .max + .3ds plus .max Vray format & you get instant access to your purchases. The .max full scene includes 3d models, all lighting, GI and material setups necessary for Vray. All objects are also supplied as individual .max scanline versions. Everything to render the previews seen here has been setup. Features: High quality models - Low & High poly items. Just drop your 3d models into the scene and start rendering. The Apple Products Kit contains 12 3d models and 31 textures.........click 2 check collection!!
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Free Photoshop brushes - by Brush|FED


- Some more very handy photoshop brushes by Geens Kris and brushes are free to download. Their are about 722 brushes in 33 sets and if you are greedy kinds and still hungry for more, then you may download his collection of photoshop patterns and grids.......Link!!

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Seamless Carpet Texture Collection Released!


Seamless Carpet Texture Maps Collection Released
- mr-cad.com has released seamless texture maps collection of carpets.Seamless carpet textures are essential for any 3D scene. An enticing range of carpets in a wide variety of hues and patterns, our 3D Carpet Textures Collection will make an excellent tool in your rendering library. Each texture is available in the popular JPEG format and is seamless. Easily integrate it as a material or texture map in any popular 3D software like 3DS Max, Lightwave, Maya etc.
Collection link page
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Monday, April 24, 2006

gSculpt Modeller v0.99.6 Released



gSculpt Modeller v0.99.6 alpha Released
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- The open source, procedural 3D polygon modeller gSculpt version 0.99.6 alpha has been released.The new version includes a layer system that allows models to be visible in the background, and an OBJ exporter.Due to the presence of the new OBJ exporter, gSculpt is potentially useful now.gSculpt is an open source, procedural 3D polygon modeller, offerring a comprehensive set of polygon mesh editing tools, similar to those found in Wings3D. Its procedural nature (the operations required to build a model from scratch are accessible in a list) means that it should be pretty good for making modelling tutorials, as you can scan through the construction procedure, while viewing the model from any angle.
gSculpt Modeller link
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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Features Maxwell render 1.0 !!



Features in Maxwell render 1.0 ............Tip: peter
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- One of the most anticipated version of,
Maxwell Render was released a while ago. Now, Tom of A-Team Laboratories- demonstrate new and poweful features of latest Version of Maxwell Renderer with help of some video and images. The video demonstrates revolutionary feature such as : emitters over BSDF, NEW! Emitter+Basic Layers , NEW! MXI/HDR Environment , NEW! Sub Surface Scattering, NEW! Anisotropy Model and much more....!
Related links:
Features Maxwell Render 1.0
Features Maxwell Render 1.0 part 2
Watch Maxwell Render dot it, Promo Video Video
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Book Review : Digital Art Masters Volume 1



Book Review : Digital Art Masters Volume 1 by Stryker
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- Not so long ago
3dTotal has released the Digital Art Masters book, a collection of some of the greatest works in 2d and 3d digital art by Cg Artists featured in the gallery of 3DTotal. Now our old friend stryker of 3dm take a look inside the book and share his criticism with us.....Stryker; This book is the source of inspiration for every CG artist. May be here you will learn many new useful tricks and techniques for your further work.........Read on!!
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Friday, April 21, 2006

Spot-Light On Digital Artists Community "PLEIX" !!



Spot-Light On virtual Digital Artists Community "PLEIX"
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- CGIndia like to put Spot-Light focus on Digital Artists Community "PLEIX"....Pleix is a virtual community of digital artists based in Paris. Some of them are 3D artists; some others are musicians or graphic designers. This website is perfect collection of latest creations by the artists of Pleix digital artist’s community. We highly recommends our visitor, - specially those having interest in motion graphics , 3d design and movie making too pay them a visit..........
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Tutorial : Particle Expressions in Fusion 5 !!



Tutorial : Particle Expressions in Fusion 5 !!
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- New video tutorial by
cmiVFX. Sometimes, keyframe animations can take forever and the effect sometimes looks "hand made". When times like these occur, expressions can be used as another way to generate your sequence. When it comes to Particle animation, expressions can really shine as a way to get your effects done quickly and accurately. (Even Organically) Here is a Still grab of the expressions used in the tutorial. If your still lost, check out our particle DVD's for Fusion.
Watch Tutorial now (.mov) Video
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Imagineer Systems Releases monet v2, mokey v4 (VFX)



Major productivity enhancements through toolset extensions and new user interface
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- Imagineer Systems, the UK-based developer of the innovative mokey, monet and mofex visual effects tools, announced today the immediate availability of monet v2 and mokey v4. monet is a unique tracking and compositing toolset for commercial, film and corporate video post production work such as virtual product placement and visual effects work. mokey offers an essential toolset for removing wires, rigs, logos, scratches and other undesired elements in commercial, film and corporate video post production work..............
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Microsoft DirectX® 10 with ATI's Newest SDK


Get a Head Start on Microsoft DirectX® 10 with ATI's Newest SDK
- MARKHAM, ONTARIO--(MARKET WIRE)--Apr , 2006 -- With the introduction of the latest software development kit (SDK), ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY.TO)(NasdaqNM:ATYT) is giving developers and artists the tools to fully leverage the power of unified shaders and the graphics processing unit (GPU) and a sneak peek at the possibilities of the future Microsoft DirectX® 10. With forward looking techniques like shadow volume extrusion and streaming out of animation data, the SDK has more than a dozen new samples of what could be possible with DirectX 10 and empowers developers to start creating the kind of breakthrough content the industry saw at the advent of DirectX® 9.......
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VRay material download!!



VRay material download
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- Download very usefull Vray mats in two categories. Vray Pecious Stones Material Library - A useful starting point for precious stones such as Ruby, Amethyst, Emerald, Sapphire, and more.
Vray Metal Kit - A useful starting point for those luxurious metal shaders. Contains brass, copper, gold, chrome, silver and metallic paint......
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Free Photoshp Brushes (Ningengirai) !!



Free Photoshp Brushes and Gradients (Ningengirai)
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- Free Photoshop brushes always comes handy...download some good Photoshop brushes from ningengirai.net . The website also offers Gradients , few textures and customized Photoshop shapes for free download. Also you may try some of the tutorials .......
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Maya Script : Advanced Subd Convertor !!



Download free Maya Script : Advanced Subd Convertor
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- A MEL script by Henry korol for advanced subdivision. Some of the main features includes ; Preserves object/s name/s , works as a toggler, both hilited and selected objects get converted, Preserves instancing , Converts component selection between subd and polygon mesh/es and vice versa, An option to fix UV that could be cut after converting from subd back to poly. Script performs a merge Uv's with a very little tolerance to fix that, Script automatically checks the geometry for correct topology and much more.............
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Thursday, April 20, 2006

CG-Channel Interview's Digital Artist "Thierry Doizon" !!



Focus on Digital Artist "Thierry Doizon"
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- CGChannel put spot-light on digital artist Thierry Doizon, and we decided to add some more focus, after looking at his inspirational work. What I particularly like about his work is the feel of Environments....simply awesome. Jean Eric of Cgchannel have a session of question answers with the talented artist.....I suggest our visitor to have a look at his work........
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