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4
Dec
07

Rhino for OSX - in development

Products, News — christian @ 12:51 am

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Image: 5 minutes by Manfredi Conforzi, KEYFRAMESTUDIO Modeled in Rhino, Rendered in Cinema4D

Rhino 3D is probably one of the most wanted NURBS-modelling application on the Mac.
Now McNeel & Associates have begun developing the NURBS-modeller for OS X. They are aiming for Universal Binaries, so all you folks with PowerPC macs, can also use the product.

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4
Dec
07

MAXON UNLEASHES CINEMA 4D R10.5

News — christian @ 12:50 am

Macon Cinema 4D 10.5

MAXON released a dramatically enhanced version of its CINEMA 4D software. Sporting a wealth of new features added to the core CINEMA 4D program, the update also takes in a number of enhancements that have been made to CINEMA 4D’s optional modules. Chief among these are new tools for MOCCA and MoGraph, plus major enhancements to HAIR.

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12
Sep
07

Luxology adds Sculpting and Animation to modo

Products, Animation — Dom @ 11:33 am

modo.jpgLuxology announced the immediate availability of modo 301, the newest version of its artist-friendly 3D content creation software. Available for both Mac OSX and Windows, modo 301 is a milestone release that features new sculpting and item animation, as well as extensive improvements to its modeling, painting and rendering toolsets.modo 301 combines a real-time subdivision surface modeling engine with an artist-focused set of tools that harness sculpting, painting and rendering technologies to speed the creation of world class 3D content. modo is now time-enabled, encouraging designers and artists to explore an unprecedented range of content creation alternatives as well as produce finished animation sequences from within modo or via motion and deformation data from other applications. This unique combination of modern workflow and fused toolsets deliver increased productivity and performance for 3D artists working in a variety of disciplines including product design, architectural visualization, packaging design and a variety of entertainment industries.

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30
Aug
07

Pixar Releases RenderMan Pro Server 13.5

Visual Effects, News — Dom @ 10:57 am

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Pixar Animation Studios today announced the release of its Academy Award® winning RenderMan Pro Server version 13.5 software, together with a new licensing policy greatly increasing throughput on multi-processor computers.

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26
Aug
07

Content Aware Image Sizing - draft

News — christian @ 11:07 pm

This video from Youtube demonstrates an interesting paper for resizing images, presented at Siggraph 2007. Real smart technology.
The technique is to combat the shortcomings of the crop tool, and resizing with correct aspect ratio.

It works by analyzing an image when resizing and finding the areas of the image, which are not likely to be ‘missed’ when cut away.
The magic is in not using straight lines, but rather ‘canyons’ when removing image information. This way they can both increase and decrase te size of the image, on the fly.

16
Aug
07

The Beam of Light That Flips a Switch And Turns on the Brain

Animation, Articles — christian @ 4:40 pm

Raymond - A short movie

NYTimes.com has an article about some neuroscientists who, by toggling a light switch,
can set fruit flies a-leaping and mice a-twirling and stop worms in their squiggling tracks.

In a weird co-incidence, The Mill has made a hilarious short movie called ‘Raymond’ (directed by three french directors called ‘Bif’) around the same theme: scientists being able to animate living people.

Well worth the watch and, now that it’s rooted in reality, alot more enjoyable as well.

Good reading and enjoy ‘Raymond’.
It’s in french by the way. With subtitles.

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16
Aug
07

Jeep through the ages

Visual Effects — christian @ 4:39 pm

Jeep at Woodstock

For over sixty years, the Jeep brand has carried significance in the American automobile culture. A new retrospective entitled ‘Heritage’, directed by Jake Scott, places the timeless SUV in various famous pop culture moments throughout history. Being the first Jeep brand campaign for newly formed agency, Cutwater, the creative team looked to The Mill LA to create a flawless recreation of various aged Jeep vehicles.

Agency: Cutwater
Executive Creative Director: Chuck McBride
Creative Directors: Joe Kayser, Travis Britton
Producer: Mai Huynh
Director: Jake Scott

Video: on www.beam.tv
Article: the-mill.com

12
Aug
07

How Walt Disney Cartoons are made

Animation — Dom @ 9:24 pm

Animation Pioneering Technique

12
Aug
07

Earn bragging rights. Or not..

Products, News — christian @ 10:14 am

Cinebench R10

Maxon Computer, the makers of Cinema 4D and Bodypaint, has released CineBench R10,
their benchmarking software based on Cinema 4D.

The benchmarking software puts your computer through it’s paces and gives you a final score which gives you a clear indication of where your computer stands, compared to other similar setups. It also shows you how you can expect Cinema 4d to run on your computer and hopefully earns you bragging rights on your rig.

The software is a 51 Mb download and contains 64 bit and 32 bit executables for Windows and a Universal Binary for Mac. Get it from maxon.net

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11
Aug
07

Softimage|XSI 6.5 this fall.

Products, Visual Effects, Animation, News — christian @ 10:14 am

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Softimage announced the latest versions of its 3D animation software packages: SOFTIMAGE®|XSI® 6.5 and SOFTIMAGE|FACE ROBOT® 1.8. Softimage also announced plans to repackage its Essentials and Advanced versions of SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 software to meet the specific needs of artists and studios, respectively. The latest version of SOFTIMAGE|FACE ROBOT will offer enhancements for game development pipelines, along with hours of new training material. SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 and SOFTIMAGE|FACE ROBOT 1.8 software are expected to be available Fall 2007.

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