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NVIDIA introduces DesignWorks By Ko Maruyama NVIDIA has always been about visual computing. We often think of them as the video card and hardware company to make display and rendering happen (I accidentally typed 'happy' before editing it). Perhaps it isnt too far off base to say that NVIDIA is considered the company to make rendering happy. This year at SIGGRAPH, they are announcing a new concept: DesignWorks. Not hardware, the DesignWorks announcement brings an array of new software tools. ...Read More »
DaVinci Resolve Helps Swordfish Mix the Old with the New As filmmaking continues to advance, it's important to invest in new technology, but also not to forget the traditional art forms and to continue to create in the original mediums. And often times, mixing the old with the new produces an even greater result. Mauricio Baiocchi, senior creative at San Francisco based motion design studio Swordfish, did just that on "Crickets Would Sing," a stop motion animated film based on short stories written by Frances Fabri. ...Read More »
AnimeStudio Pro 11 By Ko Maruyama There are many types of animation software out there, but Anime Studio has two tiers of character animation software that will let help you bring your creative to life easily and dynamically. The entry level application is called Debut, but when you?re ready to step up your game, Anime Studio Pro will give you the tools you need. The latest release comes with some nice upgrades and new features that will let you get there faster and easier. ...Read More »
KUNG FURY By Ko Maruyama Using Autodesk 3D modeling, animation and digital sculpting solutions, Fido created and refined dynamic 3D assets and scenes to bring Sandberg's 80's cop drama homage to life. To watch the film for free, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS5P_LAqiVg . ...Read More »
Adobe acquires Mixamo By Ko Maruyama Mixamo recently launched the new version of its portal and service that allows 3D artists the ability to select from a huge library of actions and quickly rig their characters. I should know, I?ve used Mixamo for a project with great success - in a matter of minutes, my character was rigged and dancing. Today?s news by Adobe (see below) was a bit of a surprise. Today, Adobe announced that they are acquiring Mixamo. ...Read More »
Image Engine Tames "Chappie" Renders with PipelineFX's Qube! By DMN Staff Writer Image Engine was the primary VFX facility on "Chappie", so we were tasked with all the fight sequences, hard-surface character creation, live action animation, comps and lighting jobs that Neill Blomkamp and Sony Pictures requested. Our team consisted of about 150 people working out of the Vancouver office for about a year and half. ...Read More »
Cinema 4D R16 Motion Tracker Run-Through By Stephen Schleicher CINEMA 4D Studio is the very best that MAXON has to offer for professional 3D artists. If you want to create advanced 3D graphics but need a helping hand to ensure you create jaw-dropping graphics quickly and easily, then this is the choice for you. In this tutorial Stephen Schleicher runs through the new Motion Tracker in Cinema 4D R16, and shows how you can track 3D objects into your shot without the need of an additional application. ...Read More »
Live 3D Streaming and Recording from Monarch HD To expand his teachings to aspiring surgeons and gynecologists all over the world, Dr. Rajesh Modi, Director of the Akola Endoscopy Centre in Maharashtra, India, relies on the Matrox Monarch HD(tm) video streaming and recording appliance combined with the Matrox MC-100 SDI-to-HDMI mini converter to distribute 3D video and audio of his daily surgical procedures and to record them for the facility's record keeping and as future teaching material. Students can view live streams of his gynecologic and endoscopic procedures on www.drmodi.in and by using the mobile app "Dr. Modi." ...Read More »
ArtRage 4.5 Released for Mac By Ko Maruyama ArtRage from Ambient Design gets a significant speed and feature boost in the latest version upgrade. The Mac software is free for all registered users of ArtRage 4. In addition to a hefty speed increase in its 64-bit engine build, the new version also has support for stylus tilt and more. ...Read More »
MAXON CINEMA4D R16 By Ko Maruyama My interest in MAXON is no mystery. As a motion graphics animator in Hollywood, working in several major promo design and VFX houses, I?ve seen CINEMA4D become a staple in designers' pipelines. Each time a new version of CINEMA4D is released, 3D motion graphics designers and VFX artists get excited to see what MAXON has in store for us. This year, R16 offers us a lot to be excited for. ...Read More »
NVIDIA offers some major GPU muscle By Ko Maruyama Just in time for all of the crazy new supercharged software offerings from SIGGRAPH 2014, NVIDIA has given us the next generation of GPU muscle. This week at SIGGRAPH, NVIDIA unveiled its Quadro GPUs which provide new tools and technologies. While it's not just for us VFX and Motion Graphics artists, the monster GPU power that sits behind the new lineup seems like it was made for us on the front line of these massive visual demands. ...Read More »
Lightwave3D & OctaneRender together By Ko Maruyama When SIGGRAPH comes around each year, new users and old alike look for the special offers that are often presented by brand new software companies, poised to lure visual effects artists to their program. This year, NewTek offers a huge bundle that includes a license for OTOY?s Octane Render 2.0 software. ...Read More »
SIGGRAPH 2014 Education from NextLimit By Ko Maruyama Although there has recently been a huge evolution in user interface, making RealFlow 2014 more user friendly than ever, NexLimit?s RealFlow is a very powerful liquid and gas simulation engine, as well as a dynamic rigid and soft body engine. With the announcement that Next Limit is offering licenses to schools, students will have a chance to start adopting it into their pipeline while in school. ...Read More »
Maxon's Cinema4D r15 By Stephen Schleicher Maxon's Cinema4D r15 has been available for months, and Stephen Schleicher has been using the software in production for nearly the same time. He has liked it so much that he made the switch, making Cinema4D his animation package of choice. What made him switch? Stephen gives the top five reasons in this video. ...Read More »
Q&A CHRIS DIGIOVANNI Chris DiGiovanni has played a key role in the production of some of the most successful and highly-acclaimed animated films of the last 15 years. He started his career working for MTV Studios in NYC before segueing to a career in animation. In 1994 he moved to California to work at Pixar on such hit films as Toy Story 2, Monster, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Ratatouille. He also worked on many of the studios beloved short films while there, such as the Oscar(r)-winning, Geri's Game and For the Birds, among others. He then went moved back to the East Coast to work at Blue Sky Studios on Horton Hears a Who!, and then went on to work at Starz Animation on the animated features, 9 and Gnomeo and Juliet. ...Read More »
Q&A WITH CHRIS CARTAGENA Chris Cartagena made his feature film debut as an editor on the Academy Award(r)-winning film, Happy Feet and is a native of Brisbane, Australia. He has also worked on various television projects over the years and was the 1st Assistant Editor on the Weinstein Company's Escape from Planet Earth just prior to joining the crew of Free Birds. From Relativity Media and Reel FX Animation Studios, Free Birds is the first theatrical full-length computer-animated film to be made at the award-winning Reel FX studios in Dallas, Texas. Free Birds tells the story of two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks who much put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history -- and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good. ...Read More »
INSIDE LOOK AT "FREE BIRDS" Effects Supervisor Walter Behrnes has worked in visual effects for the film industry for over ten years. He has worked on such features as "The Ant Bully," "The Spy Next Door" and "The Spiderwick Chronicles," as well as the direct-to-DVD features "Open Season 2" and "Open Season 3." From Relativity Media and Reel FX Animation Studios, "Free Birds" is the first theatrical full-length computer-animated film to be made at the award-winning Reel FX studios in Dallas, Texas. "Free Birds" tells the story of two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks who much put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good. ...Read More »
Q&A with MONIKA SAWYER Monika Sawyer has specialized in creating the feather and fur on animated characters for many years. She first carved out this very unique position working as a fur and feathers specialist on a variety of animal characters for such animated films as the Ice Age series, Rio and Horton Hears a Who!, where she first met and worked with Free Birds director Jimmy Hayward. From Relativity Media and Reel FX Animation Studios, Free Birds is the first theatrical full-length computer-animated film to be made at the award-winning Reel FX studios in Dallas, Texas. Free Birds tells the story of two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks who much put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history -- and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good. The film opens nationwide on November 1st. ...Read More »
Maker Camp Comes To Google Maker Camp is a free, online summer camp that hosts cool, creative projects on Google Hangouts everyday at 11 am PT/2pm ET. There are 30 days of projects combined with virtual field trips on Fridays, ongoing until August 16. For our last hangout, we're going behind the scenes of Pixar Studios at 11am PT/2pm ET on the MAKE+ Hangout. We'll meet Pixar sculptor Jerome Ranft,to pick his brain on bringing clay characters characters to life. Later, the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, will drop by for a special appearance. ...Read More »
Artbeats Starfields 2 HD By Stephen Schleicher If you are going to do any kind of sci-fi related project, chances are you are going to have at least one shot that shows off the vastness of space. For those on a budget, spending the time rendering a high resolution space scene may be out of reach. Fortunately, Artbeats returns to outer space with a whole new collection of clips that you can use. ...Read More »
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