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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Car 3D Modeling, Using 3ds Max Plug-in Power NURBS


- Npower Software has published a free 1024x768 streaming video Tutorial about 3d modeling a Lemans race car using it’s newly released Power NURBS 2.0 software. 3ds Max 9 file along with demo version of Power NURBS PRO 2.0 is also available for the tutorial. Snip: This first step in my car modeling project starts by modeling the core of the car, the main chassi. It explores Sketch curve creation, Power.........Link!!

Boris FX 9 and Graffiti 5 now Available


- Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated Viusal effects technology for video and film production, today announced that Boris FX 9.0 and Graffiti 5 is now available. Boris FX is a 2D and 3D compositing and visual effects plug-in that seamlessly integrates with industry standard non-linear editing systems. The new version 9 release incorporates an ultra-modern UI design and over 50 new filters! “This release marks a truly exceptional time in our company’s history. Fifteen years ago we rolled into MacWorld Boston with the Boris FX plug-in. Boris Graffiti is a 2D and 3D vector title animation plug-in solution that seamlessly integrates with industry standard non-linear editing systems. Boris Graffiti 5.0 is based on the new Boris Red 4.0 release offering a slick new user environment, exceptional compositing and effects creation tools, and industrial strength processing. For more info please visit www.borisfx.com

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SketchUP Pro 5.0 Review ****


Sketch Pro 5.0 Review by Amit Dixit
- We have published the Review of SketchUP Pro 5.0, one of the most talked about 3d modeling application since Google acquisition of @lastsoftware. Snip: SketchUP, was first introduced by @Last Software, a small group of AEC software industry veterans. Google and @Last Software comes together while working on development of Google Earth Plug-in for SketchUP, and knowing the potential of SketchUP, Google end-up acquiring @lastsoftware in somewhere around March of 2006. SketchUP or Google SketchUP is a simple, yet amazingly powerful 3d modeling tool for creating, viewing, and modifying 3D ideas quickly and easily. Though it had been developed for the conceptual stages of design, SketchUP is more than a powerful 3d application for creating presentations.So here, we begin with Review of SketchUP Pro 5.0.........SketchUp Review!!

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Friday, December 29, 2006

Animation 101


Tags: Animation
- This one is sliped off my radars earlier....Now you may learn, How to make animated CG movies from non other than 'the master of animation "DreamWorks Animation SKG". Snip: Have you ever wondered how CG movies are made? As you might imagine, it takes a lot of people and a lot of time – four years in most cases. We show you what everyone is doing during that time.....
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UPDATED Again! 3ds Max (v.1.0.77) and Maya (v.1.0.15) plugins


- Next Limit Technologies has released updated Maxwell Render plug-ins for 3ds Max (Windows) and Maya (Windows and Mac OSX). This is the second update of Maxwell render plugins with-in this month only. The new plugins offers seamless integration with Maxwell Render, support native materials, a better workflow and much more. Current 3ds Max users will automatically receive a version update notification when they launch their latest 3ds Max plug-in. For download and more info please visit - www.maxwellrender.com

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Download RTSquare Free Edition for 3ds Max and Viz (full version)


- RTsquare 1.3 free edition
- GPU-Tech launches a free full Edition of RTSquare 1.3, renderer plug-in for 3DS Max and VIZ. GPU-Tech, takes advantage of this festive season to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and to offer you the possibility to download a full version of their renderer RTSquare 1.3 for free! RTSquare is the first entirely GPU-based renderer plug-in for 3DS Max and VIZ which uses a new technology to render great images at high speeds.........
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The Laus 07


- Call for Entries: for "Laus 07", the 37th Edition of the Laus Graphic Design and Visual Communication Awards, Deadline is 15th Feb 2007. The 07 Laus Awards will be announced and presented on May 2007, date is yet to be confirmed..........link!!

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Blur Studios Talks about XSI and “A Gentlemen’s Duel”



- Softimage has posted three new interview videos. Tim Miller, Jason Taylor, JD Fievet, and Remi McGill from Blur Studios talk to Softimage staff about the making of "A Gentlemen's Duel," switching their animation and rigging pipelines to XSI, and how Softimage goes the extra mile for 3D production teams. Blur Studio, a Los Angeles-based animation and visual effects production studio, switched its animation and rigging pipelines to SOFTIMAGE®XSI® software for the development of “A Gentlemen’s Duel,” the latest animated short from the Oscar® nominated studio. .............link!!

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Fantastic Four Teaser Trailer



- The first family of superheroes, The Fantastic Four, meets their greatest challenge yet in "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" as the enigmatic, intergalactic herald, The Silver Surfer, comes to Earth to prepare it for destruction. As the Silver Surfer races around the globe wreaking havoc, Reed, Sue, Johnny and Ben must unravel the mystery of the Silver Surfer.
Watch the Teaser -
Trailer video

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Microsoft's XNA Game Studio Express 1.0 Download


- The XNA team is proud to announce the availability of the 1.0 release of XNA Game Studio Express and the XNA Framework, aimed at helping students and hobbyists build games for Windows and the Xbox 360. This release supports both Windows game development and Xbox 360 development (subscription to the XNA Creators Club is required in order to run XNA-based games on the Xbox 360). Requires a graphics card that supports DirectX 9.0c and Shader Model 1.1 (Shader Model 2.0 support recommended). ............link!!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

XSI 6 Released and Available for Download



- Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID), today announced that its Softimage, Co. subsidiary has released SOFTIMAGE®XSI® 6, the latest version of its flagship 3D animation and character creation software. Available now for download,
XSI 6 software offers new features and solutions that result in a fast and highly integrated way to work with complex 3D characters and motion capture data in a mixed-studio pipeline. Whether used for visual effects in film and broadcast programs or for designing next-generation PC and console games, XSI 6 software delivers many powerful capabilities to 3D artists this holiday season. Along with major advances in animation and data management for complex 3D scenes, the rendering core within XSI 6 software has been enhanced for increased performance, scalability and extensibility...Make sure you watch the XSI 6 features video-Tour.
Download XSI 6 trial
Watch XSI 6 Features, Video

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Sitni Sati's FumeFX 1.0 for 3ds Max Released


- Sitni Sati d.o.o., a developer of AfterBurn, DreamScape and ScatterVL Pro, announces the release of FumeFX, the first commercially available gaseous fluid dynamics simulator for 3ds Max. The 'FumeFX is a powerful fluid dynamics engine designed for the simulation and rendering of realistic fire, smoke, explosion, and other gaseous phenomena. It’s versatility, robustness, and intuitive workflow make it a perfect solution for even the most demanding tasks in the computer graphics industry. To speed up the rendering of self-shadows, FumeFX uses an Illumination Map that pre-computes lighting information without significant loss of detail. This Illumination Map can be stored on a hard disk..........more on fumeFX!!

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Podium - New 3D Rendering plug-in for SketchUp


- Cadalog, Inc. has released SU Podium Version 1.0 for Google's SketchUP Pro. Cadalog boast with Podium, You can now make True photo-realistic rendering of your SketchUp 3d model without the pain and frustration of learning a complex program. Podium runs completely inside SketchUp from start to finish. It uses SketchUp features such as Textures, background colors, groups and shadows to achieve impressive results. Podium is intuitive to Google's SketchUp Pro users. Plus, its simple interface cuts the learning curve to minutes instead of days. Make an impression without the pain. SU Podium Version 1.0 (windows only) is available for $149.00.
Download Trial version of - Podium for SketchUP

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ShaderFX version 1.0


- ShaderFX version 1.0 plugin for Autodesk's , is now available for purchase and immediate download from Lumonix online store. Demo version of ShaderFX is also available for download and the demo version shaders are limited to 8 nodes. The 'Shader FX' allows artists with no previous programming experience to create stunning real-time shaders quickly and easily, and gives full control over the appearance of their real-time models. As a full-featured real-time shader editor for 3ds Max, it offers a gradual learning curve to .fx shaders for artists who are used to the 3ds Max material editor.
ShaderFX's powerful schematic interface lets you quickly assemble shaders that support complex effects such as parallax mapping, fresnel fall-off, and cube map reflection, all by simply connecting nodes together. Your shader progress is displayed and updated in 3ds Max's viewport as you build the shader so you can always see your results in real-time. Once you're happy with your results, you can use your shader in the 3ds Max viewport, or you can also export your shader in the popular HLSL FX format for use in other applications and game engines.
Download Free -
ShaderFX Demo

REALVIZ® Announces Availability of Latest Patch Up-date for Stitcher®


- REALVIZ®, a leader in image processing software development, is pleased to announce the availability of a new patch up-date to their acclaimed software, Stitcher® Unlimited. Stitcher Unlimited, which released in July 2006, is targeted at professional panorama creators looking to produce multiple panoramas of the highest quality and with maximum productivity. This latest up-date (version 5.5.2) is available free of charge to existing Unlimited owners on both Macintosh® and Windows®................link!!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Map Layers - Handy Plug-in For 3DS Max *



- Map Layers is an handy Max plug-in, works with 3ds Max 8.0 or higher including x64bit version of recently released 3ds Max 9.0. This 3ds max plugin allows you to blend multiple texture maps together using various blend modes, similar to photoshop layer blending workflow - add, screen, overlay multiply etc. In addition you can specify the opacity amount of every layer. Some of the features includes; Virtually unlimited number of layers, - Linear workflow without need to create complex branches of submaps, - Auto renames submap according to its blending mode and opacity value, - Supports alpha channel for layer masking, either as a channel Mask .............
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Kray 1.7 Open Beta released


- They says: Next generation of Mindberries flagship product Kray has been released. Kray is global illumination renderer, which is also available for Lightwave 3d interface. The speed and quality improvement from 1.612 version is huge to say the least. There has also been loads of features added, connection with LW improved and numerous bugs fixed. This is first of open beta versions which will be available to all Kray owners. Some of the New features include; multithreading, takes advantage of multi core, multi CPU, hyper threading systems (up to 128 threads), new GUI with predefined presets, instances, motion blur and much more!
For more information click - Here

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Making of Last Ride in C4D


- 3DM posted Making of Last Ride with Cinema 4D. Patrik Duda from Czech Republic will try to explain how he did Last Ride artwork using .... Snip: For complicated models like cars or helicopters I prefer "point to point" method. If the model have something of round shape I start there. For example: when I model cars I start with dashers. Then I go from the front of the car to the rear. But there are many ways of course. For making wheels I use Bolean operations. First I make main shape then I use Bolean............link!!

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Introducing Character Animation with Blender


- Introducing Character Animation with Blender, a book (includes DVD) by Tony Mullen. The book covers all the basics of character creation and with Blender: modeling, texturing, working with Ipo curves, armatures, and shapes, and a wide variety of other topics. All of this is presented in tutorial form and the accompanying DVD includes all the files and software necessary to follow along, including the complete installation of Blender for Mac, Windows, and Linux as well as a wide selection of other useful open source 3d software. Also included is an impressive gallery of animated works submitted by Blender users. For details - Click here

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Particle Gen 1.0


The 3D Particle Generator For CG Professionals
- Crystal Pictures ParticleGen is a 3d particle effects generator. Company boast, ParticleGen is flexible and most advanced tool for the creation of multifaceted 3d particle effects in real-time. ParticleGen enables the realization of almost any desired visual effect, from explosions and fog to reflections in water.Beside using your own particle shapes which can be created with any conventinal image editing program, the software also allows you to import 3ds files, which you use as particles or animations. For Autodesk's Maya users, the pro version of ParticleGen enables users to import camera animation for compositing purposes. It will be in the stores on the 20th of December. The Professional (299 Euros) and the Personal Software Editions (99.99 Euros) both revolutionize the creation of digital content and effects. The sphere of applications ranges from film, video and TV productions to graphics design and publishing, image editing, compositing and web design. You'll find more info, examples of applications AND a free demo version at
cybersign.de.
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Monday, December 18, 2006

Mudbox 1.0


1.0 Now Available
Skymatter, a 3D software company founded by computer artists from Weta Digital and Electronic Arts finally released Version 1.0 of versatile 3d modeling and sculpting tool MudBox. After two years of production testing with several of the largest film and game companies, Mudbox is now available for purchase. A new direction in high resolution sculpting software, Mudbox is the first brush-based sculpting tool built from the ground up to address the needs of professional digital sculptors...So finally a worthy competitor to Silo and Zbrush has arrived.............
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T2S Mental Ray Shaders for XSI


Handy Shaders for
- Some real great mental ray shaders for XSI developed by Tek2Shoot R&D, for taking photorealism with XSI to next level. Tek2Shoot's Research and development department is a software development team dedicated to developping next generation tools for digital content creation industry. It is focusing on providing new graphic tools and productivity tools that aim to make big production as easy as small ones for graphic artists. Check gallery section for dowloading the MentalRay shaders preset files.
T2S_Illumination - is dedicated to CG artists looking for a single Illumination node to be used as a basic building block for a great variety of materials.
T2S_Lafortune - The Lafortune representation is a BRDF model (as Phong, Blinn, etc...) fitted to experimental values. It allows to create realistic specular with color fluctuation depending on the viewing / lighting angles.
Unexposed Mental Ray shaders - This XSI addon file is a wrapper containing several unexposed Mental Ray shaders for XSI. The interface has been improved according to the Mental Image documentation.
Fresnel Mask - The Fresnel Mask determines the reflectivity of a surface depending on its refractive index (IOR).When used as a Mask on the reflectivity of a shader, the grazing-angles surfaces become more reflective than those facing the camera, adding realism to the material illumination....and more!!
For more info about shaders and preset files download please visit - T2S Website

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Photoshop Santa


- Christmas^ is just few days away,…..looking for something interesting ?? This time, why don’t make every one in the family and close friends a Digital Santa with the help of Photoshop. Here is the Handy trick for morphing any face over Pre-clicked sample Santa image using Photoshop on Wacom Tablet. Though its easy to use Photoshop with Wacom for this tutorial but its not necessary and can be done with desktop.
Download photoshop tutorial (.PDF)

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Introducing ESP Vision 2.2



- ESP Vision is lighting simulation software used to achieve the highest level of realistic visual presentation. The company boast the new Vision 2.2 is the most technologically advanced lighting pre-visualization software available on the planet. Creating a lighting model is a SNAP with ESP's custom lighting plugins. Each purpose-built plugin is designed to streamline the modeling process. Vision 2.2 integrated with various
and able to import multiple objects from different sources, including Autodesk® 3ds Max, 3d Viz and VectorWorks Spotlight.
For more info please visit www.espvision.com !!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Adobe Releases Beta Version of Photoshop CS3


Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) will introduce a beta version of Adobe® ® CS3 software, the next release of the world standard in digital imaging, on Friday, December 15th. Adobe is delivering a widely available Photoshop CS3 beta to enable customers to more easily transition to the latest hardware platforms, particularly Apple’s new Intel-based systems. The beta is available as a Universal Binary for the Macintosh platform, as well as for Microsoft® Windows® XP and Windows Vista computers. The final shipping release of Adobe Photoshop CS3 is planned for Spring 2007. The software can be downloaded at: labs.adobe.com , in the early hours Pacific Standard Time on December 15.
Digg Users love to Have Photoshop for Free? Related update on (sun 17Dec)
Popular portal Digg is facing heavy criticism by many reputed websites and blogs for allowing threads that discuss warez and methods to Crack software. In a recent post Digg member has posted a method to Crack recently released Photoshop CS3 beta and above all Digg users seem to be quite happy discussing and sharing their opinions about the Photoshop CS3 patch. The story is already digged by more than 1200 users. We have only one question: Is all the Digg Moderators sleeping or may be we are sleeping while promoting piracy becomes legitimate??
You may discuss and find more info on
DI Blog!! (digg this :P)

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Dosch Design Has Released Hign-End 3D and Visualization Products



- Dosch Design, which offers ready to use computer graphics 3d products has Released a range of new fabulous 3d products, as usual with Great deal of attention to product detail and quality. Dosch released the following new 3d and visualization products:
Dosch 3D: Passenger Transportation - 24 detailed and completely textured vehicles.
Dosch 3D: Cranes - 20 detailed and completely textured 3D-models of cranes.
Dosch 3D: Kitchen Designs - 20 completely designed kitchens.
Dosch 3D: World Globes - 40 3D-models of world globes.
Dosch Viz-Images: Bird's Eye Buildings - 300 depictions of buildings from bird's eye view.
Dosch Viz-Images: People, Casual - 150 people in casual clothing.
Dosch Viz-Images: People, Urban - 150 people for urban visualizations.
Dosch Layer FX: Wellness - PSD design templates for wellness and beauty.
For more information about the about latest Dosch Products please
www.Doschdesign.com !!
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Visual Effects Studio "The Mill" Latest Commercial for Vaseline


The Mill' Studio Help Vaseline Promote Our Amazing Skin!
- Oscar-winning visual effects company, 'The Mill have just finished Ivan Zacharias’ latest commercial called ‘Sea’ for one of the oldest skin products around – good old Vaseline. Bringing the Vaseline brand into the 21st century, Ivan has used a mix of live action and animation to create this beautiful film about how amazing our skin is. Lead Flame Barnsley and Flint assist Gareth Brannan embarked on the challenging task of beautifying the hundreds of naked bodies to make it acceptable for broadcasting! Many body parts were painted out or covered up and Barnsley also added some extra bodies to the crowd scenes. In the desert scene he tripled the number of people in the shot. The 3D and Flame team also spent time creating the factory setting, the modern church, the lightening bolts and sky replacements. Senior colourist at the Mill Seamus O'Kane graded the film in Spirit.
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Watch the spot
The Mill website

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e frontier Poser 7 release date 20th Dec. | Pre-order available


- e frontier announced the official release date for Poser 7 English will be Wednesday, December 20, 2006! Electronic versions will be available for immediate delivery, and physical versions will ship as soon as they become available.This is your last chance to preorder Poser 7 Special Edition and receive the exclusive, High Stakes Content Pack valued at $79.99, FREE with your preorder.This exclusive limited time offer will end December 19, 2006. When Poser 7 English ships to our distributors worldwide, the Special Edition will be retired. Poser is priced at $250 for the full version or $130 for existing Poser 4 and newer users. Poser is the complete 3D figure design and animation solution, used by graphic artists, illustrators, hobbyists and animators worldwide.Poser 7 will include many new features, new content and improvements to its architecture. Now you can apply any pose to any biped figure within Poser, regardless of that figure's joints or rigging, and see consistent, high quality results! To save time, you can even take legacy poses from earlier versions of Poser and resave them to the Poser 7 Library, which will automatically convert them to Universal Poses!
Check Poser 7 Feature's list at www.e-frontier.com/go/Poser_7.

Featured Website - motionScript.com


- The featured website motionScript.com; is Dan Ebberts' resource for After Effects scripting and expressions. Its less about the artistic side and more about the technical know-how of Scripting for Adobe After Effects, which is must for AE enthusiasts who wants to experiment and achieve great effects with AE. Dan says: What I've tried to provide here is a repository of information designed to help those that wish to understand expressions and scripting for After Effects. Please enjoy your visit.............link!!

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TVP Animation Pro Released - Demo Available For Download


Tags: Animation
- TVPaint Development, a bitmap graphic and 2D animation solution provider, is glad to announce the immediate release of TVP Animation Pro for both PC-Windows and Mac-Universal Binary platforms. TVP Animation Pro will push up the limits reached by the previous versions regarding the traditional animation tools and video edition. Thanks to the painting engine, one of the most powerful on the market, TVP Animation Pro is intended to be the ideal tool of the professionnal animator. Combining the versatility of Mirage worldly known since 2003 and the major improvements brought by TVP Animation, the new..........read on ok!!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

"Photoshop Brushes" - Haute!


- We are pretty much sure that you have enjoyed playing with the (last) featured free^N^Tasty "", Now what we have here is some really nice, Haute and handy Photoshop brushes by Stephanie Shimerdla. You can find hundreds of free Photoshop brushes (over 50 brush sets with about 30 brushes per set!), as well as a few patterns and tutorials. For Any special request shoot her an email.
Photoshop Brushes -
Haute brushes (click me)

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CGIndia Updates!


- Dear CGIndia users; you may be facing some CGIndia Feed related problems in your feed readers and CGToolbar as well, we are working hard on resolving the issue and it will be fixed soon.
Also, please do update our Feed URL - http://feeds.feedburner.com/cgIndia
- CGToolbar Installations since launch- till 12 Dec 2006 - 34555 Installed.
- CGIndia visitors Since launch - till 13 Dec 2006, at 6:00 Pm IST - 1,738,275. Last four months average 2,88,000-per/month. Thanks For all your Support - Team CGIndia

Animation Short - Traintamarre


Traintamarre, an - Traintamarre is an animated short film made by four final year student; Bea Bourloton , Elea Gobbe-Mevellec, Ben L'Hoste and Sebastien Piquet of Gobelins, l'ecole de l'image animation school, in Paris. The animation short took about eight months to complete and made particularly for the International Animation Festival of Annecy, which took place from June 05th to June 10th 2006. Every day at the festival, a different short film was shown. Traintamarre proudly made the opening of the festival on June 5th.
Watch the CG Film -
click here video

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eyeon Ships Fusion® 5.1



- eyeon Software Inc. announced today that Fusion 5.1 is now available. The node-based compositor combines the benefits of an integrated 2D and 3D multi-processor architecture with an advanced collaborative workflow management system.
Fusion 5.1 is a full-featured, node-based compositing system with built-in backend tools via a powerful scripting engine with ODBC support. A perfect balance between a backroom power tool and a front room client station, Fusion has it all. Not only does Fusion have a real 3D environment with camera/lights support for leading 3D packages, it is also one of the most powerful and intuitive 3D particle systems on the market. With hardware-accelerated 3D capabilities, you can now migrate from pre-viz to finals within the same application. eyeon's Fusion is a true synergy of 2D and 3D tools for ultimate compositing and visual effects.........................more info!!
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3D Animation And Visual Effects News Tit-Bit's***


- The Programme for the IMAGINA '07 promises to be both rich and varied........link!!
- 3d Tutorial on 3dm : The Making of Rage over Babylon by Ziv.....................
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- Dan Milligan about his career as a Canadian storyboard artist..............
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- ambientLight 50% off Winter Holiday Special on all Textures........
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- Featured CGSociety article: Three little 3D PIGs, a CG short film Hoaxland studio.........
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- Watch great
in Commercial for Nike Air Max 360....................link!!
- Newtek releases a trial version of Lightwave 9 for Mac OSX, & 32/64-bit Windows.......
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- 3DAS - 3D Architectural Solutions, presents 26 weeks of insider secrets delving into the world of professional architectural visualization..............
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- eyeon Software launches VFXPedia.com, a new online service for Fusion artists and compositing artists in general...............
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Reflex For Animators


Reflex for
- Reflex is the new way to do 3D animation that will benefit everyone involved in studio production. Whether you're animating in the trenches, working on the technical side of production, managing a major film or game, or teaching the art form to future animators,Reflex is the tool for you?.. Reflex was designed with the traditional animation workflow in mind. The technology may have changed, but the need for fast interaction, visual simplicity, worry-free experimentation, and flexible collaboration hasn't................
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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

NaturalMotion endorphin 2.7 Released | eLE Edition Download Available


- NaturalMotion Ltd., developers of the highly-acclaimed Dynamic Motion Synthesis (DMS) technology, today announced the immediate availability ofendorphin 2.7 and the endorphin 2.7 Learning Edition (eLE). The newest version of NaturalMotion’s award-winning animation software, endorphin 2.7 features new fluid effects support, a Maya control panel plug-in, extended forces and torques, additional file format support and improved user resources. endorphin 2.7’s robust suite of tools are designed to enhance workflow for animators creating realistic, fully interactive 3D character animation for games, films and broadcast production..................download endorphin!!

ArchShaders vol. 1 For VRay


ArchShaders vol. 1 for Vray
- Evermotion.Org has done half of the work for the people who want to create photo Real visualization by releasing very useful ArchShaders vol. 1 for V-RAY. Snip: Almost all of us sometimes have that feeling of irritation after many hours working on perfect shaders. Water is to dry, glass is to matt and the leather looks much more like cotton. Now you can forget about it! We would like to present you new library of 1150 professional shaders with about 500 textures. You will find here everything you need. Bricks, glass, wooden floor, stone paving and much more. With Archshaders you will be able to build scenes faster than before. Just pick and use. This production is prepared only for 3ds max 7 or higher and vray 1.5 R2 or newest.
ArchShaders vol. 1 - webpage link

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cebas fRee Training Series


- cebas Computer, maker of finalRender®, today announces the release of it's new fRee Training Series: finalRender Stage-1 full 40 minute training videos for 3ds Max. In this edition of the cebas fRee Training Series, Loocas Duber goes over every parameter in the Global Options rollout and explains how to adjust AA, setting up bucketing, Includes and Excludes and much much more.........link!!

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sideFX's Houdini 9 Sneak Peek **


- In September and October, Side Effects Software hit the road to meet with the Houdini community in London, Vancouver, Toronto and Los Angeles. While the main goal of the Roadshow was to talk about the character animation, lighting and visual effects tools in Houdini 8.1, audiences were treated to a Houdini 9 sneak peek. Now, for those people who couldn’t make it to the roadshow, Side Effects Software is pleased to post the sneak peek online.
Slated for release in the second half of 2007, Houdini 9 is going to be exciting for both existing users and for artists new to Houdini. In addition to a new fluid solver that is fully integrated into Houdini’s dynamics (DOPs) environment, there will be.................
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Monday, December 11, 2006

Craft Animations released Extended Versions of Craft Directors Tools



- Today Craft Animations announced the release of Extended Versions of Craft Directors Tools. The Craft 4-Wheeler and Airplane Extended versions is available for price of 695 USD/- each. Craft Animations produces and sells plug-ins for direct animation in 3ds Max, Maya and VIZ. The Craft Director Tools plug-in suite saves animators 90% of their workload.........
more info!!
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Animation Short - Men O’ War


Men O’ War - !
- Men O’ War is an animation short made by Isaac Botkin, his brothers and sisters over the course of 5 weeks as a teaching tool for this year’s San Antonio Film Academy. It was created using Lightwave 3D, the Adobe Production Studio bundle, and Cubase for the music. You can download the movie as well as read about how the short animation movie has been made,... from pre production to post-production and more...............
check it out!!

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Latest 2D / 3D Tutorials (off site)


- In this tutorial I will try to cover everything you need to know about occlusion pass..........link!!
- New 3dsmax tutorial by Rick Timmons on HDRI and Caustics for the Beginner.........
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- (PS) Choosing a right colour scheme for any artwork depends on a....................
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- New 3dsmax tutorial by Vray Elite's Joe Pizzini, on creating tractor.........
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- How to make XSI and MAX friends.....any ideas??..................
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- NEW definitive Walk Cycle video tutorial...............
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IMAGINA 2007 –The Gateway to 3D Business


- IMAGINA, the EUROPEAN market of 3D digital creation will be held in Monaco from Wednesday the 31st of January until Friday the 2nd of February 2007. IMAGINA offers a unique concept to bring together professionals and to give them the opportunity to meet over 3 days the most important decision-makers of the European Digital Content Creation Industry. The IMAGINA Awards : the largest American and European studios, the best advertising agencies commercials, Graduation shorts from prestigious world schools, the most gifted independent film-makers participate to the competition...........more on Imagina '07 !!

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Vagalume Animation Studio's 2006 DemoReel


- Have a look at the 2006 demoReel of Vagalume animation studio, a new studio in São Paulo, Brazil, specialized in short and full lenght animated movies. Actually composed by 8 talented artists, and directed by Heber Conde (Autodesk DemoArtist and Studio founder), the team of Vagalume have the know-how and artistic quality for any essentials stages of a 3D production.
Check it out - DemoReel

CG Feature film Rely on Voice-O-Matic



- Dibulitoon has been producing animated feature film from their production studio located in Northern Spain for more than 15 years. December 2006 marked the release of Christopher Coolumbus across theatres in Spain. This gorgeous film tell the story of Christopher who is sent to the moon on a crazy quest. Dibulitoon entered in production of this 70 minutes length CG feature film back in early 2003. More than 60 talented artists worked on this project for more than two years and the results are impressive. Composed by a unique blend of live action maquette backgrounds and integration with CG characters, Christopher Coolumbus is truly an impressive CG feature film.
For Dibulitoon’s production needs, 1459 shots featuring 19 characters, they turned to Voice-O-Matic to help them in the daunting tasks of making their characters talk. Voice-O-Matic takes lip synchronization to a new level by using an intelligent phonetic engine that can break down audio files cleanly and automatically assign correct phonemes to make your characters talk in just minutes. It also has an impressive language support and can handle many languages including English, French and Spanish.Once again prove their technologies reliability in production, this time as a key component to the lip synchronization process in a full length CG feature film.
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Got3D Grass Textures


- Got3D released its newest collection of plant-material textures today, an assortment of 44 high-resolution ornamental grasses covering a wide variety of commonly utilized species. With sufficient image detail to use in the extreme foreground, this library will find its way into all of your exterior renderings. And because several of the plants are shown from additional angles, you can maintain your environment's high level of verisimilitude in renderings from multiple camera angles.Each high-quality JPEG texture is paired with a perfectly matched alpha channel and averages 2,048 pixels tall or wide. Introductory pricing for this collection of all forty-four textures is only $50.00. For more information please visit www.got3d.com.

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New TV Animators


- 20 days left for submitting your entries to BBC three's New TV Animators. BBC Three are offering new animators a chance to join a select band of the funniest, most imaginative up and coming animators in the country for a brand new sketch show pilot entitled "FAO3" which is due for broadcast in 2007. Up to 60 of the best sketches we receive will be showcased on the BBC New Talent website. To enter you need to send in your short , which should be no longer than two minutes in length...........Enter now!!

Dover studio maya training DVD


- Dover Studios announced today the immediate availability of download editions of their visual effects training products. The training products cover topics such as modeling, rendering, and texturing in Autodesk Maya, the program used to create today's leading edge visual effects and animation. For more info please visit www.doverstudios.com !!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Pencil+ 2, 3ds Max NPR Shader Plug-in Released


Pencil+ Ver. 2.0 - a
- P SOFTHOUSE, software developers, today are pleased to announce that Pencil+ (R) version 2.0 will be release on December 6th. Pencil+ 2 for 3ds Max creates fascinating hand painted-like renderings with vivid colored wax pencil strokes such as flat cell paintings and pen drawings. The plug-in has composed of two plug-ins, Pencil+ 2 Material and Pencil+ 2 Line, which control strokes and outlines relatively. Pencil+ 2 Material, directly operated by the 3ds Max material editor, helps to create soft and energetic textures, so that your...............Read On oK!!

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New Maxwell Renderer plug-ins available for Maya, Cinema4D and 3Ds Max



- Next limit technologies has released new and hughly improved Maxwell Renderer plug-ins for Maya, Cinema4D and 3d studio Max. The new
Maya plug-in offers seamless integration with Maxwell Render, support for Maya native materials, a better workflow and more. An improved workflow and better integration are both part of the C4D updated plug-in, which also includes many new commands and support of native C4D materials. The updated 3ds Max plug-in offers many new features and improvements in workflow and integration like support for the 3dsMax Standard material, new Maxwell Material, support for normal 3dsMax cameras... Versions 7.x, 8.x and 9 are supported. You can find a full features list and a plug-in video at http://www.maxwellrender.com .

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Turtle Patch Release 3.1.0.6


Turtle renderer for
- Turtle 3 is constantly improving and the latest updates are now available for download.
In this release they have added a new "directional ambient occlusion feature" (courtesy of Chris Green from Valve Software). This feature stores the from up to four different regions of the hemisphere in each of the 4 color channels of an output texture.
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