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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Craft Animations Launches Craft Missile


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- Craft Animations has released Craft Missile the latest and most dangerous addition to the Craft
series of plugins for Maya, 3ds Max and Viz. Craft Missile is a plug-in that simulates projectiles like missiles and rockets. This tool enables you to create a realistic and life-like animation of the motion of these projectiles. Craft Missile can be used together with other Craft Director Tools. Choose from a number of different configurations in order to animate a guided missile in a dogfight, or a bottle-rocket that just flies off into the blue. Craft Director Tools are a set of 18 plug-ins to boost your animations! Vehicles, Cameras and Accessories. Craft Director Tools are compatible with Maya, 3ds Max and Viz. Craft Animations boast, the Director Tools plug-in suite saves animators 90% of their workload. Free demo version is available for download, licenses are valid for seven days.
More info about -
Craft Missile

Maxwell Plug-ins Updated again


- This is annoying......they are working overtime or may be it is a great way to be in the news by updating the software step by step .01, .02, .03, .033 bla bla.....anyways Maxwell render plugins for 3ds Max, Maya and SketchUP has been Updated. If you still don’t know about it,.. "Maxwell is a new render engine based on the physics of real light. Its algorithms and equations reproduce the behavior of light in a completely accurate way" <-- they Say (NextLimit). Dont ask me, I really don’t have a clew.
Download updated demo - Plug-ins

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Bionatics launches EASYnat® conversion special to natFX®


- Bionatics, the leading developer of 3D modeling and simulation tools for the 3D industry, announces a special offer to all Bionatis’ clients who have purchased an EASYnat library before February 1st, 2007 to convert your EASYnat license as all EASYnat plants and credits, for the price of only a basic natFX license and annual maintenance subscription. This offer is valid from February 1st to March 30th, 2007. Since the release of EASYnat in 2003, many users have gotten used to working with 3D and design visualization technologies or renderings, explains Stephane GOURGOUT, Sales Director. Many customers are expressing more and more the need to switch to a more sophisticated modeling tool like natFX which offers them more flexibility, fine tuning, and faster render times. This offer gives them the unique opportunity to convert their entire EASYnat library into natFX at a special price. (Text from Press Release)
For More please visit -
www.easynat.com

3D[e]MOTIONS Interview With Keytoon Animation Studio



- Keytoon Animation Studio talk about: how it's born, experience with the clients, has grown so fast, make a animation studio. 3D emotion has published an interview with Keytoon animation studio. The Keytoon Animation studio is behind the recently
featured and must see short "The Grandfather of Soul", which celebrates the soul and energy of the unforgettable James Brown.
Keytoon Interview

Adobe Debuts Photoshop Lightroom 1.0


- Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that Adobe Photoshop® Lightroom™ 1.0 software is now available for pre-order and is expected to ship in mid-February 2007. Photoshop Lightroom enables professional photographers to import, manage and present large volumes of digital photographs, helping photographers spend more time behind the lens and less time at the computer. With more than 500,000 photographers participating in the public beta program over the last 12 months, Photoshop Lightroom now includes a wealth of innovative features that streamline digital photography workflows. Recognizing the photography community for their efforts, Adobe is offering Photoshop Lightroom at a special introductory price of US $199 through April 30, 2007 at the Adobe Store. Photoshop Lightroom will later sell for an estimated street price of US $299.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom - Info and Features

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

QUIDAM 1.1 - 3D Character Modeling Software



- N-Sided has Released Version 1.1 Of its 3D Character Modeling Software QUIDAM. The
QUIDAM, is an all new program for creation and modeling of 3D characters. N-Sided boast that, the days of spending hours creating characters from scratch, polygon by polygon, in overly complex programs are over: a few clicks suffice with QUIDAM. The brand new major update of Quidam, comes loaded with features such as; Import Custom Props with automatic insertion, Jelly Brushes (amazing modeling tools to sculpt and retouch with a pen tablet, as if you were drawing), Hi-Res Textures Packs, Reflexion Mapping (Envmap), realistic eyeballs, UV template export and many other improvements (faster display, optimizations...). New character props and clothes, new Model Packs, and don't miss out on special release offer of "Model Pack Pro - Boy" for free to all QUIDAM buyer until february the 15th included!
For More information about QUIDAM -
Click Here

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NEX v1.0 For AutoDesk Maya* Released


- digitalRaster has finally released NEX v1.0 for AutoDesk Maya. The Alpha version of the NEX was launched in late October. digitalRaster boast, NEX v1.0 plug-in for Maya will brings a new level of efficiency to the modeling process. NEX is all about increasing integration and interactivity.
Increasing Integration - Switching between tools takes extra time, and generally takes the artist out of their flow. The idea behind NEX is to keep tool switching to an absolute minimum. Functions that are commonly used together, such as pick selection, marquee selection, Loop/Ring selection, translation along normals, soft modifications, raycast selection, Extrude, Bevel and sliding can all be done within one tool.
Increasing Interactivity - Guesswork leads only to mistakes and frustration, so the concept of previewing is used liberally throughout NEX. Just about all of its features allow you to see what will happen before you actually make it happen.
For more info and Trial version download -
Click Here

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finalRender® SP2 For AutoDesk Maya


- cebas Computer, maker of finalRender®, today announces the release of Service Pack 2 for finalRender Stage-2 for Maya. Service Pack 2 fixes several important issues that were identified after the initial release of SP1. cebas is continuously enhancing the finalRender® code base and forthis reason, from time to time, Service Packs are released. Some of the features finalRender Service Pack 2 includes are; Maya 8.5 - 32 bit and 64 bit support, Installation fixes, Enhanced DR core, 2X faster Motion blur and Great MBlur with GI etc.
For more info please visit
www.cebas.com

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Monday, January 29, 2007

DashRender 1.0 For AutoDesk Maya



- Synthe FX, LLC is an independent software and animation company, has announced the immediate availability of DashRender 1.0 for Autodesk Maya (for Mac). DashRender is a new Dashboard Widget for rendering your Alias / Autodesk Maya 3d scene files, compatible with Maya 6.0 through 8.5 and Apple Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. Simply drag and drop your scene file onto the widget, click render, and watch the progress. That's it.With an simple interface that is both easy to use and read, you will be rendering and keeping track of Maya renders like never before. Apple's Dashboard environment, along with DashRender, now provide the quickest and most convenient way to control your rendering on the Mac. DashRender respects the settings and paths that users have already set up in their Maya scenes. Users can also set "per-render" options such as render size, start and end frames, performance settings, and more.
For more information visit
www.synthe-fx.com

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cMuscleSystem / cSmartBlend for Maya 8.5


- Comet Digital, LLC. has released an update for cMuscleSystem and cSmartBlend for Maya 8.5. This update also includes some bug fixes for cMuscleSystem. Registered users will receive an email with more information, and should contact Comet Digital with their email, Maya version, Operating System and if possible original purchase number in order to obtain the download. In addition our DEMO version has also been updated and now includes binaries for Maya 8.0 and 8.5 including x64 bit versions.
www.cometdigital.com

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Automatron For 3ds MAX *


- Rigging is the most important part of character animation and it’s becomes much more than frustrating when a project demands animating lots of characters. As it is not always possible to use inbuilt tools of 3d animation software’s, the CG Artists writes various scripts to avoid repeating TDS jobs while rigging and among these thousands of scripts some have evolved to be very useful and widely used by CG artists. Just like recently updated Puppetshop plug-in for 3ds Max, the Automatron is a powerful new character animation tool for 3ds Max 8 and up, designed and written by Andy Murdock of 'Lots of Robots', the creator of the animated movie ‘LOR’. Automatron was made by Andy to solve many of his frustrations that he had encountered while doing character animation.
Automatron was created in
and the Rig is made up of only 3ds max objects and 3dsMax controllers. That means your Automatron will be forward compatible with any copy of 3ds max 8 and up, even if you don’t have Automatron. There are no to install on net-render machines, and you can freely send your Automatron scenes to colleges and clients without the need of them having the Automatron Tool. Check it out right away.
Automartron for 3ds Max -
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Animated Spots NickToons



- adolescent a New York–based
studio, who previously associated with Nickelodeon for producing various funny ID and logo's for them, has now created a series of humorous Animated Spots once again for NickToons, Nickelodeon's Cartoon Network. Text from Dzine (snip) ; NickToons asked for over-the-top, adrenalin-driven, absurd scenarios and adolescent gave them "VS" (versus) where unlikely characters face off in bizarre places for unknowable reasons.First in the ring: Canman (a can of spraypaint) vs. Balloonimal (a giant balloon gazelle) fighting each other in an art gallery with fire, funny faces, and a few wicked tricks.
The action is shiny and fresh while referencing classic Three-Stooges style conflict - plumes of steam puff from Balloonimal's ears in anger. In other battles, Cardboard Box faces down Stuffed Animal in car junk yard to see who can eat more. Spin-Psycho (a washing machine) challenges Squid-O-Watt (an electric jellyfish) in a gladiator coliseum full of loose wires and distopian shadows, a post-apocalyptic future-past like in RollerBall or BladeRunner, an association which gives the animated spot a great sense of being at once original and timeless. On top of being visually dynamic and unpredictable, there's not always a clear winner, and two of the vignettes have alternative endings that will surprise any kid watching.
Watch the Animation -
Spot Video

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A Short Film Masterclass


- Recently Bafta.org has annoucned 60 seconds of fame in association with orange and holding a short film making competition in which members of the public aged 16 or over are invited to make a 60 second short film around a one word theme - Celebrate. With Relation to this, BAFTA and Orange hosted a number of workshops around the country to get your creative juices flowing. Don't worry if you missed them you can watch them all - Here Video

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TextureKit New Textures Collections


- Branches Layers Textures Ideal for natural oriented architectural competition's boards, the Layers Collections are perfectly suited for a quick placement in front of 3D scenes. Each collection includes one photoshop file ready to use ( 800 mm width / 400 mm height at 150 dpi ) with : 10 Uncropped Hi-resbranches layers + 1 Foliage ground shadow layer + 1 Landscape layer. It's very interesting for architects and 3D / 2D graphic designers who do not have enough time to give an optimal depth appearance and agreat/natural look at their presentations.

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CG News Tit-Bit's


- 3DM has published an Interview with Michael Hegner.
- Read
Interview of Tino Schaedler, a former Architect who has transitioned into VFX industry.
- A small demo that shows a cool
real time 3d particle-based fire with smoke and sound.
- Adobe has
updated Bridge CS3 to address a variety of issues.
- LightZone 2.1: A fully-integrated, all-in-one photo browser gets an
update.
- New tutorial by Sean Hewitt, about how he
created a dynamic suspension rig.
- Intel announced that it will start making processors using transistors just 45 nanometres wide.
- The Mesh Only Contest is about to wrap up - LWG
- Show Google your university
campus in 3D, using SketchUp.

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Furnace 4 And Tinderbox | NAB 2007



- Great news, The Foundry going to debut Furnace 4 for Shake and launches Tinderbox for Combustion at NAB 2007. Leading visual effects developer The Foundry will take up residence on booth SL14413 in the South Hall at NAB 2007. Visitors looking for stunning 2D
and hardcore image-processing tools will find a host of advanced, yet cost-effective, solutions to enhance workflow and boost productivity from The Foundry.Furnace is a hugely popular suite of more than 30 image-processing tools, many of which automate time-consuming processes in the creation of digital visual effects. The development team responsible for Furnace is to..........Read on!!

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Ventuz 2006 Release 4.0 available


- Ventuz Technology Group announces availability of Ventuz 2006 Release 4.0, the latest version of its standard application for designing, animating and authoring interactive real-time 3D graphics. With Release 4.0, Ventuz Technology Group introduces multi-channel surround sound. The new 3D Sound functionality is seamlessly integrated in the existing Ventuz environment, allowing Realtime Artists to combine any graphics and animation with interactive and real-time music. “Combining 3D graphics and sound in keyframe animations offers Real-time Artists total control and flexibility.” said Christian Schmidt, Ventuz Technology Group’s Product Manager.
Download Ventuz 2006 - Demo

CG News Tit-Bit's


- Free video Tutorial about cloth modeling in 3ds Max 8.
- ambientLight announced the immediate availability of the People Vol 1
Texture Pack.
- FrameFixer
software is now available for Linux and Windows.
- Sean Hewitt takes us through creating a simple game
rig in this new Maya tutorial.
- fuel-depot's intriguing VFX
Spot for Johnnie Walker Red Label scotch.
- TED, a animated music video cliping by 1st Ave for clark of warp records.
- Daniel
Dociu is new featured artist on cgsociety.
- CGIndia shifted to new Blogger platform. Labels starts appearing on site.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

XSI Plug-ins for RealFlow 4


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- Next Limit Technologies has released two new XSI plugins for RealFlow 4. The plug-ins are compatible with XSI versions 5.1x and 6.0. Next Limit boast, RealFlow is most advanced software for fluid simulation and has been used for the production of spectacular effects in numerous major movies. RealFlow is a stand-alone application, fully working in 32 and 64 bits, it works on various OS, it is OpenGL compliant that works with 3D Studio MAX, Maya, LightWave, XSI, Cinema 4D and Houdini. Due to RealFlow's Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) engine and its propagation rigid body solver, any kind of effect is possible, from a tornado that breaks a roof apart, to a flood, to a river with flowers floating on it, to a rainstorm; anything you can imagine! Special features include a wet map generator to create surface wetting effects and the inclusion of a camera into the simulation.
Download XSI -
Plugins

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3ds Max NURBS phone Modeling Tutorial



- For promoting the use of their product Power NURBS for 3ds Max , NPOWER Software's has been publishing a series of NURBS
and the latest among them, is NURBS Phone modeling Tutorial which explores the full range of Solids modeling and Surface Modeling tools included in the latest release of Power NURBS PRO for 3ds Max. The video features includes Power NURBS Booleans, Power NURBS Extrude, Power NURBS Fillet, Power NURBS Sketch, Power NURBS Cutter and the Power NURBS Detailer just to name a few. This tutorial requires the Power NURBS Pro Plug-in for 3ds Max. The Trail version of the as well as the 3ds Max start files are available for download.
NPower Software's boast Power NURBS unique hybrid approach fuses the next generation NURBS surface construction technology with the industry’s leading Solids modeling technology bringing an unparalleled modeling experience to the 3ds Max Platform. Power NURBS modeling environment is designed to provide artist intuitive access to complex advanced modeling tools allowing you to expand your creative potential beyond the polygon world.
3ds Max Nurbs Phone Modeling -
Video Tutorial Video

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Character Rigging Tips


- If you got hang of the "Skeleton Rig" , than its time to get some Character Rigging tips from Paul Neale. Paul explains the basic process to follow and what all Considerations you have to keep in mind while setting up a Rig. Beside this brief introduction to Character Rigging, there are three handy tutorials: Multiresolution rigs - Discussion on methods and reasons for setting up character rigs with the ability to change from one resolution character to another. Triple IK Leg - Leg set up using 3 IK solvers. Arm setup - IK arm setup incorporating twist bones in the upper and lower arm. This isn't a tutorial yet but it has a down loadable file that you can deconstruct and a brief explanation of how it works.
Character Rigging -
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Water Dripping in 3ds Max using Particle Flow


- A New 3ds Max Tutorial published by Evermotion. This tutorial shows how to create rain or water dripping effect in 3ds max using build in particle system Particle Flow. Snip: This tutorial requires basic skills of using 3ds max and Particle Flow. This isn’t step by step tutorial; I just present you how my flow works. You can easily create this effect using Lock/Bond operator which is part of “Particle Flow Tools Box#1” plug-in from Orbaz Technologies.............Link!!

CinePaint


- Studios such as Sony Pictures Imageworks, Rhythm & Hues and many smaller studios use CinePaint, which was first launched in 2002. CinePaint is a collection of free open source software tools, which are capable of handling high fidelity image formats such as Kodak Cineon, SMPTE DPX, and ILM-NVIDIA OpenEXR, for deep paint manipulation and image processing. CinePaint is used for motion picture frame-by-frame retouching, dirt removal, wire rig removal, render repair, background plates, and . It's been used on many feature films, including The Last Samurai where it was used to add flying arrows. It's also being used by pro photographers who need greater color fidelity than is available in other tools. Glasgow is the next generation of CinePaint, which is under development and scheduled to release February 10th.(check Release note for compatibility)
Download CinePaint

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Extreme Photo-Retouching



- Have a look at this incredible video clipping showing some of the great 'n Extreme Photo retouching Jobs. The clip shows photo retouching process in detail, step by step but mind-it, it’s not a tutorial. Infect video features the great photo retouching jobs done by Rodrigo Bressane, who runs a self named New Media Studio which focuses on photography, Design and photo Retouching.
Watch Extreme Photo Retouching -
Video Video

CGJobs Blasts Off


- CGJobs, the new job board of the CG Society, successfully launched into 2007 with computer graphics and games jobs from industry leaders like Lucas Film, MGM, THQ and Sierra. Strong employer and jobseeker interest indicates CGJobs is set to help industry meet its massive staff growth targets of up to 35% per annum. CGJobs is a global specialist job board catering to the Arts, Games, Entertainment and Media arenas. It is set in the CGSociety “Home” of over 90,000 professionals and is managed by Computer Graphics and Recruitment industry professionals Dr Mark Snoswell and Mr Tony Hancock.
To look for the next career move visit http://jobs.cgsociety.org

Monday, January 22, 2007

The Skeleton Rig for 3ds Max 9



- The "Skeleton Rig" is a very easy to use Rig for 3ds Max created by Brad Noble, who have been working on/off it for last five years and recently released Version 2.2 for 3ds Max 8 and 3ds Max 9. An older version of Skeleton Rig for 3ds max 6, 7 and 8 is also available for download. This easy and handy Rig gives you great amount of control while animating the character. The rig contains full IK/FK blending on the arms and legs, finger controls with preset poses, independent hip rotation and a simple yet powerful spine setup with adjustable influences on the head and FK arms. All limbs can be bent into curves and have automatically twisting bones to greatly help deformation. FK and IK snap buttons for the arms and legs and automatic hiding and unhiding of IK and FK controls depending on the amount of IK for each limb.
Squash and stretch parameters on the head, chest, arms and legs along with adjustment for how much thickening and thinning the bones do when squashed/stretched. The rig also contains manipulators. These are not like 3ds Max’s standard manipulators, but are objects that you move instead of going to the modify panel and adjusting a slider. With the manipulators, you can pose the entire rig almost any way you wish using only the move and rotate tools.
The Skeleton Rig - Download Link

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Friday, January 19, 2007

Maya Video Tutorials *


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- CGIndia bring to you three very Useful and Free Maya video tutorials by well known CG Artists Andrew Hazelden & Russell Hazelden of Dover Studio. Dover Studios has been providing customized training to CG artists in the computer graphics and design industries for over 6 years. They have satisfied customers in 14 countries around the world and are now sharing their knowledge through a series of DVDs focused on visual effects techniques that are relevant to artists working in the film, television, animation, and game industries. 1) Creating a photo-realistic leaf using stencil maps, 2) Creating a reflective..........
Maya tutorials!!

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

PSOFT 3ds Max Plug-ins Support 32-bit 3ds Max 9


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- Liquid+ and Pencil+ 2, non photo realistic (NPR) Windows OS compatible plug-ins for 3ds Max developed by P SOFTHOUSE, have been updated with bug fixes and compatibility for the 32-bit 3ds Max 9 version. Those updated versions are available with no cost for downloading on the PSOFT user page for current registered product users. Both Liquid+ and Pencil+ 2 plug-ins for 3ds Max perform well on producing NPR graphics, and they also fairly work together to get fine results. Liquid+, a renderer plug-in, helps to draw delicate velvety surfaces of textures. Pencil+ 2, a shader plug-in, gives hand painted style effects such as pencil drawing strokes to objects.
These updated versions include some bug fixes, described for more details on release notes linked from Product Pages, and compatibility for the 32-bit version of 3ds Max 9. For current product users of Liquid+ and Pencil+ 2 are allowed to get these latest versions on the PSOFT User Page with no charge. For new customers, product lines are listed below. To purchase products, visit the PSOFT Store. To try them out, product free demo downloading is available for you on the
PSOFT website.

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CG News Tit-Bit's


- Respower Super/UV Plug-in for Lightwave 3d available for free download.
- The first image from
WALL• E, the Disney/Pixar film scheduled to to come after Ratatouille.
- Watch new trailer teaser of
300 and TMNT on apple.com.
- The Trial version of PD Pro Digital Painter v4.0 available for
download.
- Check out the Superman Returns Previsualization
Reel.
- 3DTotal announced the release of the new Total Textures v6
upgrade.
- d2software's
released version 4.6 of compositing application Nuke.
- Creating a character in Photoshop is the latest
tutorial from Stephan Williams.
- CGSociety features profile of illustrator Gez Fry.

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GroBoto 2.0.4 Released


- Braid Art Labs LLP announces its latest update to GroBoto. GroBoto creates complex, dynamic, lyrical forms and animation with ease. It combines artistic expression with interactive exploration of an infinite universe of 3D form and motion. Release 2.0.4 includes new features, performance and UI enhancements, as well as minor bug fixes. Braid has extended its New Year’s coupon offer (25% off retail) until January 31, 2007. The Features in verson 2.0.4 includes; Shadow opacity & temperature control, New user preferences options, Improved rendering speed and many more.
Download GroBoto 2.0.4 -
Demo

3D Modeling Tutorial - Nissan 350-Z


- 3DM has published a new Car This is a step-by-step tutorial that explane how to create 350Z's body using polygonal modeling in Maya environment, but you can apply this technique to other poly-modeling software.
Tutorial - Link

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Maya : Hypershade Workflow



- The Canada based developer of 3d animation and visual effects training products, Dover Studios has released new Maya training DVD - Maya: Hypershade Workflow. The Maya Tutorial DVD explores and unlocks the secrets of the Hypershade by taking artists through a series of in-depth lessons that focus on creating shading networks in Maya. Visual effects artists, Andrew Hazelden & Russell Hazelden, explain workflow techniques that will save you time and help you work more efficiently when using the Hypershade in Maya. Through these series of , discover how to combine file textures, transparency maps, and specular maps to create realistic 3D tree leaves by using a technique called stencil mapping. Learn how to add real and simulated surface relief to models with bump and displacement maps.........read On!!

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Polygon Cruncher 7.1


- mootools has released Polygon Cruncher 7.1 for 3DS Max 9 and Lightwave 9. Polygon Cruncher reduces the number of polygons of your objects without changing their appearance. You keep all details even at high optimization ratio. You also keep texture information, vertex colors. You can also optimized taking care of the symmetry of your objects. Improvements in release 7.01 includes; Polygon Cruncher displays textures on object which have planar, spherical (...) projection, Polygon Cruncher crashes when an object contains particular invalid faces, which make reference several time to a same point - now fixed, 3DS file import improved, Searching for Lightwave object file has been improved when reading Lightwave scene, Preferences dialog has been improved and many more improvements.

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Framestore CFC - Flashback



- The company which established itself on Top of the food chain, take's a look back down the memory lane evaluating its year long of achievements in 2006. The Framestore CFC is the largest visual effects and computer animation studio who’s top of the line work in
is unprecedented. The company has won numerous international awards including seven VES Award nominations, announced on 8th January. Snip: 2006 was another fine year for Framestore CFC, with the company continuing to produce top of the line visual effects work across broadcast, commercials and film. From a 300-strong digital bestiary created for Sure/Rexona's Go Wild spot, to the enormous kryptonite island raised out of the ocean for Superman Returns, the company has few equals for quality, creativity and range. In addition, Framestore CFC's newest department, Feature Animation, began ramping up for production of our first feature length animated film, The Tale of Despereaux, entailing an unprecedented recruitment drive as well as extensive new premises. 2007 should be an interesting year......more!!

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Autodesk Maya 8.5



- Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today launched Autodesk Maya 8.5, the latest version of its Maya 3D modeling, rendering and animation software. Now shipping, Maya 8.5 is available for Intel-based Macintosh computers. The software enables faster completion of complex animation and simulation tasks, giving artists enhanced creative control on multiple platforms. Award-winning Autodesk®
® software is a powerful, integrated 3D modeling, animation, effects and rendering solution. Because Maya is based on an open architecture, all your work can be scripted or programmed using a well-documented and comprehensive API (Application Program Interface), or one of two integrated scripting languages. This, combined with an industry-leading suite of 3D tools, means Maya enables you to realize your creative ideas.
Autodesk Maya 8.5

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Prix Ars 2007 - Call For Entries



- The 2007 Prix Ars Electronica is underway. March 7 is the deadline for submitting entries; to do so, log on to prixars.aec.at.The 2007 Prix Ars Electronica winners will be honored with six Golden Nica statuettes and a total of 122,500 euros in prize money donated by Telekom Austria and voestalpine. Since 1987, the Prix Ars Electronica has been the most important and most successful international showcase of excellence for digital media at the interface of art, technology and society. The "Computer Animation / Film / VFX" category has been part of the Prix Ars Electronica since its very inception. It recognizes excellence in independent work in the arts and sciences as well as in high-end commercial productions in the film, advertising and entertainment industries. In this category, artistic originality counts just as much as masterful technical achievement.
This category of the Prix Ars Electronica is open to: works of 2D or 3D computer
, digital short films and narratives, character animation, abstract CG animation, scientific visualizations, commercials, music videos, , CG for the creative manipulation or enhancement of live action scenes, real-time CG, game cutscenes, machinima, generative visuals, etc.
For more information visit - Category page

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2007 Adobe Design Achievement Awards


- Adobe has announced call for entries for 2007 Adobe Design Achievement Awards. Too bad the competition is not open for every one and only the students at post-secondary institutions in 30 countries throughout the world can participate in this award competition. First-place winning entries will receive US$5,000, a trip to attend the awards ceremony, valuable Adobe software products, and studio tours. Individuals and groups may enter projects in the following categories: Animation, Digital Illustration, Digital Photography, Environmental Graphics and Packaging, Interactive and Web Design, Live Action, Motion Graphics, Print Design Multi-Page, and Print Design Single Page.
For more info, please visit - Competition page

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Introducing Click-VR Visualizer for 3ds Max


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- According to its developer Codeblend; Click-VR Visualizer is a next generation real-time Rendering plug-in for 3ds Max. Max users can instantly explore their scenes in real-time and create interactive 3D presentations and visualizations by bringing their projects to life with animations, sounds, videos and user interactions. Codeblend develops 3D realtime rendering software technology and authoring tools for creative professionals. Click-VR Visualizer is completely integrated in 3dsmax. You do not need to waste time exporting data or learning a new 3D software. With just a few simple mouse clicks inside 3ds max you can naturally walk through your 3D scene in real-time. With the ability to explore your scene immediately in real-time you will be able to drastically reduce rendering times.
Click-VR Visualizer for 3ds Max - Download demo

Animation Short - The Grandfather of Soul



- A must see animation short produced by Keytoon Animation studio, as a tribute to legendary singer James Brown. The nicely detailed textures and great lighting gives nice feel to the enviroments.
"The Grandfather of Soul" celebrates the soul and energy of the unforgettable James Brown,...watch how this funny looking guy dressed in 60's style shake his legs on JB hit single -I Got You.
Watch CG Short -
Grandfather of Soul video

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AfterBurn 3.2a and DreamScape 2.5c


- Sitni Sati has released AfterBurn 3.2a for 3ds Max 9 and DreamScape 2.5c update for 3ds max 6,7, and Max 8. AfterBurn is a production-proven volumetric effects plugin which enables rendering of ultra realistic effects ranging from clouds, pyroclastic smoke, dust, superb explosions effects, liquid metals, water and various procedurally defined "hard" objects. DreamScape is sophisticated set of 3DS MAX plug-ins for creating and rendering realistic landscapes, seascapes, skies, clouds, outdoor lighting and more. In contrast to other terrain creation tools for 3DS MAX.
For more info please visit www.afterworks.com.

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5th Annual VES Awards nominees


Tags: . - Visual Effects Society has announced the nominees for 5th Annual VES Awards. Charlotte's Web, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and The Fountain has made it to Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture category, while Children of Men - Birth Sequence, Poseidon, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and X-Men: The Last Stand has nominated under best Single Visual Effect of the Year category. This year VES Awards will be held on Sunday, February 11, 2007 at The Kodak Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland. The Visual Effects Society (VES) is a professional, honorary society, dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences, and applications of visual effects and to improving the welfare of its members by providing professional enrichment and education, fostering community, and promoting industry recognition.
View the VES nominees
VES Awards HomePage

Matte Painting : Winter on 3DM


- Today 3DM posted Matte Painting tutorial: Winter! Here the author wanted to change the season of a scene from summer to winter....well i am already feeling very cold!!
Matte Painting - Winter

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Children of Men - Visual Effects



- fxguide has published an article about Seamless visual effects created for the critically acclaimed film "Children of Men". fxguide talk to visual effects team at Double Negative and Framestore CFC, who worked on the Children of Men
shots. Snip: Children of Men is not an easy film - then neither were the effects. It is often said that seamless effects are just that much harder than dramatic 'big' effects and this was the case with Children of Men. The effects ranged from complex tracking to digital photo-real births and babies. The effects work primarily went to Double Negative (DNeg) who handled most of the matte painting and futuristic compositing, including the extremely complex chase sequences. The digital baby was handled by Framestore CFC. All the work is impressive and the digital baby is perhaps the finest work of its type done so far.
Read fxguide - article
Watch Children of Men - Teaser Video

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Puppetshop Version 3.27


- Puppetshop for 3ds Max has been updated to Version 3.27 , some bugs fixed and improved for functionality. Puppetshop is a Rigging and Animation plugin for 3dsmax 8 (or higher). It offers a unique blend of easy to use animator tools, while keeping the 'backdoor' open for technical directors. Puppetshop has been used extensively in game and film productions. Puppetshop removes a lot of the technical headaches from the rigging process and is tightly integrated into 3dsmax, animators will feel at home instantly. For demo visit - lumonix.net

Featured Website - drawergeeks.com


- Hmmm,....For a shipload of awesome and inspirational graphic illustration, head towards drawergeek.com which features illustrations by top professional artists. Text from site: "DrawerGeeks is a fun thing we do every other Friday, where professional artists (mostly from the animation, illustration and design fields) all draw their own version of chosen fictional characters."...Participation is by invite only. This usually comes by word of mouth from the currently participating artists.........have a look!!

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T U T O R I A L S


Here are some of the latest offsite Tutorials, which I found worthy of a look:
- Daarken brings us another digital painting tutorial keeping with the fire escape theme......
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- Various softwares used to create garden scene but mainly used Xfrog and max......
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- ILM's Christophe Hery developed new rendering for Pirates of Caribbean.......
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- finalRender Stage-2 for CINEMA 4D fRee Training for Shader Tree........
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- 3d Modeling "Mazda RX8" using 3d Studio Max........
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- Texturing a Satanic character using a combination of hand painting, clever use of stock images and Photoshop trickery.......
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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

NewTek Announces Universal Version of LightWave® v9


- NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation and video products, today announced that the Universal version of LightWave 3D® will be available in March 2007. for the new generation of Intel®-based Macs takes full advantage of the advancements in the operating system and development environment from Apple, providing noticeable speed and performance improvements for Mac users. The Universal version enables LightWave® to run on both the PowerPC G4 and G5 CPUs and the new Intel-based Macs. Optimized performance will be provided for Mac users natively on both series of CPUs. Public Testing Program to begin: all registered owners of LightWave 3D® version 9 invited to participate in the final testing phase of the latest Mac-based technology.
Website:
www.newtek.com

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Furnace Wins ACADEMY AWARD® | VFX



- Leading visual effects developer The Foundry is delighted to announce that the development team responsible for the company’s Furnace visual effects and image-processing plug-ins is to be honoured with a Scientific and Engineering Award® from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®. The formal awards ceremony and presentation will take place on 10th February 2007 in Los Angeles. The Foundry’s Furnace, is an integrated suite of software
plug-ins, which robustly utilises temporal coherence for enhancing visual effects (VFX) in motion picture sequences................Furnace win award!!

Motion Blur and DOF with V-Ray


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- Getting DOF effect right is always been real pain in the A$$. Now you may learn how to achieve a well balanced DOF and Motion Blur effects using
Renderer. Recently Released VRay-Elite, a website which extensively covers VRay has posted useful article explaining, how Motion Blur and DOF works in V-Ray. 3D Scene file compatible with 3ds Max 9 is also available for download for making the tutorial easily understandable..............MBlur & DOF link!!

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Luxology modo™ 202 wins prestigious Front Line Award


- Luxology® LLC, an independent technology company developing next-generation 3D content creation software, today announced that modo™ 202 was chosen as the “Best Art Tool” in the ninth annual Front Line Awards competition. The awards are bestowed by the CMP Game Group’s Game Developer magazine in a competition that honors excellence and innovation in hardware and software for programming, art, audio and game components. Winners were selected for their ability to advance the art of game creation by crafting more efficient and effective tools. A free 30-day full-featured evaluation version of is available for immediate download from www.modo3d.com. For more information about The 2006 Front Line Awards and winners, please visit the official Game Developer Front Line Awards website at www.frontlineawards.com.

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Evermotion Released 2 new 3d Models collection


- Evermotion has released two new collection of architectural 3d models. Archmodels Vol. 40 CD comes with 100 professional gadgets and all those small things you would like put on the tables or furniture. Archmodels Vol. 41 collection comes with 65 new objects of realistic plants. This product is compatible with: 3ds max, 3DS VIZ, Accurender, Animatek World Builder, Art.lantis, AutoCAD, Autodesk Image Studio, Autodesk Studio Tools, Bryce 3D, Carrara, Cinema4D, Deep Paint 3D Electric, formZ, Houdini, LightWave3D, Maya, Poser, Realsoft 3D, Rhino, SketchUp, SOFTIMAGEXSI, solidThinking, Strata3D CX, trueSpace (Caligari), VectorWorks, Visual Nature StudioVue (d´Esprit), World Construction Set.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Google SketchUp Pro 6


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- Its seems like,.. we are working at speed of a snail.....just few days after we published
the review of SketchUp Pro 5, Google has straight away dropped another Bomb by releasing version 6.0 (no betas / no RC)....Google has released both SketchUp 6 (free) and SketchUp Pro 6, which is available as a free upgrade to all SketchUp Users who have purchased any of SketchUp earlier version (2 to 5). The great new feature in this release is; now Google SketchUp Pro 6 lets you create 3D models from photographs, match existing models to background photos, render sketchy effects and fog and mark your models with 3D text, logos and watermarks. With the new Styles palette, you have easy access to a collection of display settings, which you can save and share. You also have greater control, with new features like enhanced modifier keys that let you perform operations like “copy” while you move, rotate or push/pull. If you use Google Earth, Google SketchUp allows you to place your models using real-world coordinates and share them with the world using the 3D Warehouse. Learn more about the new features available in Google SketchUp 6.

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Monday, January 08, 2007

ScalpelMAX™ 1.X for 3dsmax 9 Available Now


- cebas Computer, maker of finalRender®, today announced the release of SclapelMAX™ for . All users that purchased ScalpelMAX" within the last 2 months will get this update for free. ScalpelMAX™ is a 3ds max object modifier, offering advanced slicing functionality with many specialized features. ScalpelMAX™ is perfect for users who create complex CAD viszualisations with polygon counts above 100.000. Also the games and video effects people will love SclapelMAX™ because of its incredible texture slicing feature. Mapping coordinates won't be affected by ScalpelMAX™ operations and this makes it possible to cut down any geometry without losing the materials and mappings. ScalpelMAX™ can handle much higher polygon counts in realtime than the standard slice feature. ScalpelMAX also uses less memory to process the slice operation and this makes it also much faster than the built in feature. Another feature is it´s very high accuracy! The powerful ' ScalpelMAX won't fail doing the cut operation while the standard feature gives up and creates unusable "data rubbish". Everybody who ever used the standard Slice function for complex tasks, knows what that means. The standard Slice often is not able to do the job accordingly, ScalpelMAX™ is able to do it because it simply calculates more accurate/efficient. ScalpelMAX™ for 3ds Max 9 is a $59 update and can be purchased directly at the Cebas Shop.

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TOP 10 Free PhotoShop Plugins ****



- They say best things in life comes for free,.….So we are happy to bring you the List of 10 Best Photoshop plug-ins available for free. There are 1000’s of free
Photoshop plugins available all over the internet but these 10 plug-ins or plugins pack stood out among them. These Plug-ins from third-party developers provide Photoshop users the ability to add even more capabilities to their Adobe Photoshop® software and, in most cases, can make certain tasks easier and faster. Look here to find the latest, greatest and above all free plug-ins from third-party developers. Check the list of free Photoshop plugin filters............top10 PS plugins!!

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The Making of Warrior* using 3dsMax


- 3DM has published, The Making of Warrior using 3ds Max by cuatrod. Who says: "This project started as a personal challenge, I wanted to apply everything that I learned throughout this year in a single work. I had in mind the idea of making a scene based on the fight between a warrior woman and a dragon, inspired in some role-playing games with a bit from both oriental and western design, so I worked on this idea holding tight to this concept."....well you dont come across such a detailed 3d work everyday, so guys have a......Look!!

Cebas psd-manager 2.0 for 3ds Max 9


- cebas Computer, maker of finalRender®, today announced the release of psd-manager" 2.0. All users that purchased psd-manager between October 15th, 2006 and today will get this update for free. Some of the new features of psd-manager 2.0 for 3ds Max includes; Output of 16 bits per channel PSD files (with ZIP compression), 3ds max 9 Support (32 bit and 64 bit), Asset tracking and repathing support (3ds max 8 & 9, VIZ 2007), Support for PSD file paths relative to project folder (), Compatibility to 32 bits per channel framebuffers (3ds max 8 & 9,VIZ 2007), Improved automatic configuration and arrangement of render elements: - Support for all 3ds Max 9 render elements (added Hair and Fur,Velocity, Material ID, Object ID, Luminance, Illuminance), Support for all VRay 1.5 render elements and many more. psd-manager is the first and most advanced PSD file exporter for 3dsmax available on the market. psd-manager lets you readjust nearly everything in your rendering with Adobe Photoshop or any another application that supports PSD files. It's an important tool to help you save time..........more info!!

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Animated Short film - "SAMURAI"



- Found about it on cartoonbrew,... SAMURAI is animated Short film by Three Legged Legs™, who produced it for General Electric "Imagination at Work" campaign. It's a tale of a pint-sized samurai faced with a seemingly impossible challenge as proposed by a behemoth Emperor and his wicked minions. Casey Hunt, Greg Gunn and Reza Rasoli are creative directors for the short and animation is beautifully done by Jeremy Collins and Christina Lee. Also, I do like the background music by Nick Faber.
Watch the CG Short -
Samurai Video

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CG Animation Short - "Emelia"



- Emelia is a beautifully made by Derek Flood, who has been working as an animation director and lead animator for both high end commercials as well as for feature films such as Oscar winning "The Pianist" as well as Dreamworks box office Hit "Shrek 2". Additionally, Derek's independent animated short films have won awards and been chosen for the official selections at the most prominent animation festivals worldwide. "Emelia" tells the story of a five-year-old goth girl and the world as seen through her eyes. This dark and quirky story of redemption takes us into Emelia’s head, letting us see in wild and fantastic images what Emelia feels and thinks internally as she confronts parents, playgrounds, and all the angst and despair that every little five-year-old goth girl has to deal with.
Watch CG Short - Emelia Video

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Friday, January 05, 2007

finalRender® SP1 for Maya Available Now


- cebas Computer GmbH, maker of finalRender®, today announces the release of Service Pack 1 for finalRender Stage-2 for Maya. Service Pack 1 fixes several important issues that were identified after the initial release of finalRender® Stage-2 for . cebas is continuously enhancing the finalRender® code base and for this reason, from time to time, Service Packs are released. These Service Packs (short: SP) includes fixes and may contain new features and additions. Some of the new features in finalRender® SP1 for Maya includes; Enhanced DR core, Full Maya 8 support, Full 64 bit support, New bitmap pager, 2X faster Motion blur, Amazing motion blur with GI New image plane support, Support for multiple cameras, Added a "skip" feature to custom RE shaders, Faster more robust translatior, New frCleanup command can be used to remove both fR nodes and fRattributes, Texture baking improvments and many more. SP1 is a Free download and can be acquired by registered users at the cebas Shop www.shop.cebas.com

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VisMasters Online: V-Ray Training Launched


- VisMaster in association with cgarchitect.com has launched Online V-Ray Training for Architectural Visualization, Instructed by Brian Smith of 3DAS, LLC. The VisMasters Online V-Ray Training includes 16 hours of total instruction including both on-demand video and online live training with question and answer sessions with the instructor. The VRay renderer is a plug-in that allows 3ds Max users to bypass the default scanline renderer and achieve truly photorealistic quality with minimal effort. Because of its unsurpassed quality, speed, and ease of use, V-Ray has rapidly become the industry’s renderer of choice in the lighting of architectural visualizations, and is also a favorite among film and game producers..............Link!!

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Luxology Modo 202 Review


- Luxology® LLC has announced the release of Modo 202 during SIGGRAPH 2006 in Boston, since than, the 202 is the hot topic of discussion and reviewed by many CG related website including one by VFXworld. Now new addition to that list is Studio Daily, who recently published a review of Modo 202 explaining its overall capabilities as well as pro's and Con’s. Snip: The words "easy" and "3D" don’t often come together. Hence, tools promising a better path for 3D tend to get plenty of attention. For its part, the Luxology team behind Modo is essentially the same one that brought Lightwave to the masses. Obviously, it has good standing in the community it serves (this team was among the first to bring SDS or subdivision surface technology to the 3D crowd). Of course, there are no guarantees, as 3D artists look to their own niche needs from gaming and film to broadcast. That said, some things remain constant: most 3D pros want a package that’s reliable and potent at modeling, animation and rendering............Read On!!

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Genemation Released GenCrowd 3D 2.0



- Genemation Ltd, a leading developer of 3D face synthesis and character modelling tools announces the availability of GenCrowd 3D 2.0. GenCrowd is a stand-alone software tool that is designed to enable both professional and amateur digital content artists to quickly and easily generate hundreds of realistic, copyright free, 3D heads. The resultant heads (3d mesh and texture), including morph targets or a 'bone rig' for animation, can be exported into industry-standard art/animation tool suites in a variety of file formats, mesh resolutions and texture sizes. Whether you want your you heads to smile or frown, GenCrowd 3D allows a variety of expressions and phonemes (morph targets) to be added to each head . Mix expressions, phonemes and traits to help produce truely unique characters. GenCrowd 3D exports in the following formats: Obj, Maya, VRML, Fbx, Xsi . All heads (excluding vrml) are exported with a bone rig and animation sequence, which cycles through sample expressions.
Download GenCrowd Trial

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New Facial MotionCapture Paradigm at Pendulum


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- Pendulum, the animation and visual effects studio putting significant R&D efforts for developing a solution of creating believable CG characters and realistic facial animation to successfully convey emotion. Partnering with the motion capture experts at Vicon's House of Moves, the Pendulum team is diving deep into the complex realm of high-end digital actors with the development of its new proprietary facial motion capture software, and a uniquely powerful 3D character creation pipeline unlike anything else in the industry.
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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Pose to Pose Keyframe Animation *


- This is a great article/tutorial i found in archives; written by Keith Lango about Pose to Pose Organized Keyframe Animation. Since it was first posted by Keith, this article has been used in various animation schools, universities and animation programs around the world. Snip: There has long been two general schools of approaching animation. Straight ahead and pose to pose. Straight ahead is what it sounds like: the animator just charges in and starts animating in a very stream of consciousness sort of way. This results in some genuinely inspired that flows extremely well. It also ends up in alot of dead ends and wasted effort when the animator realizes he's painted himself into a corner. Pose to pose animation is also much as it sounds, The animator picks some seminal poses that, when timed correctly, capture the energy and direction of the shot. The animator then will go and create these poses and hit the timings, working to deliver the shot with structure. This often times ends up with some of the most powerful animation with very strong poses and tight timing, distilling the animation down to...............Tutorial link!!

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TD-Academy.com launches


- TD-Academy, the premier online school for technical directors, has launched its pre-registration site. Students can pre-register now at www.td-academy.com and save 10% on tuition costs. Actual classes are scheduled to begin sometime in the 1st quarter of 2007. They says: TD-Academy is the first and only online-school that prepares students for the realities of CG -production by implementing a mentorship program employing the artists behind movies like; The Day After Tomorrow*, King Kong*, The Matrix* and The Mummy*. TD-Academy’s unique personal mentor system allows each student to learn from 1-on-1 sessions with CG-artists from major studios like ILM, Dreamworks, Weta Digital, Disney and Digital Domain. TD-Academy’s Mentors have all played leading roles in the best visual effects based blockbusters in recent memory.