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7
Aug
07

Autodesk Maya and 3ds Max 2008

Products, News — Dom @ 10:16 am

Autodesk, Inc. announced Autodesk 3ds Max 2008 and Autodesk Maya 2008 software, the latest versions of its out-of-the-box solutions for 3D modeling, animation and rendering. Both applications will be showcased at the Autodesk booth (#703) during SIGGRAPH 2007, being held at the San Diego Convention Center August 7-9.

Autodesk anticipates that 3ds Max 2008 will be available in English in October 2007. The Autodesk suggested retail price for 3ds Max 2008 software is US$3,495*. The Autodesk suggested retail price to upgrade from 3ds Max 9 to 3ds Max 2008 is US$795*.

Autodesk anticipates that Maya 2008 will be available in English in September 2007. Maya 2008 will be supported on the Windows and Linux operating systems (64-bit and 32-bit versions), as well as Mac OS X for Intel-based Macintosh and PowerPC computers (32-bit version only).

Autodesk suggested retail pricing is US$1,999* for Maya 2008 Complete (Standalone) and US$6,999* for Maya 2008 Unlimited (Standalone). The upgrade price from Maya 8.5 Complete to Maya 2008 Complete is US$899*, and the upgrade price from Maya 8.5 Unlimited to Maya 2008 Unlimited is US$1,249*.

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1
Aug
07

Want to join us?

News — Dom @ 8:23 pm

I’m looking for more blog writers. If you spend a bit of your time online, like finding new things and like sharing them with others? Join me. If Computer Graphics is what interests you and you have some time at work, give me a shout. I want to hear from you :)  Reach me by email: cginfo [at] insidecg.com

1
Aug
07

New Jobs!!

News — Dom @ 8:16 pm

You lucky jobless people! More job positions just for you :)

MaxScript Developer
Company: Genex
Location:Culver City, CA 90232

3D Lighting/ Rendering Specialist
Company: Genex
Location: Culver City, CA 90232

Technical Animator
Company: Eurocom Developments Ltd
Location; Derby, DE DE22 4NB

3D Artists at Cityscape
Company: Cityscape
Location: East London, LO

Facial Modeler/Rigger
Company: Image Metrics
Location: Santa Monica, CA 0401

More jobs available at cgGIG.com ;)

Our very own job site is heating up!

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1
Aug
07

Mitsubishi Electric Breaks Up Famous Computer Science Lab

News — Dom @ 6:53 pm

Mitsubishi Electric Company of Japan has quietly disbanded the long-term research wing of its most famous international outpost, the Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) in Cambridge. More information available at Xconomy website.

26
Jul
07

Breakthrough motion capture

Products, News — Dom @ 8:01 pm

MaMoCa of Santa Ana, brings new technology to bear on the motion capture problem. Eliminating the need for traditional “markers” (small white balls usually) and turning the entire studio, in effect, into a giant live 3D scanning device, the actor’s body can be captured in much finer detail (100X number of data points) without any cumbersome special clothing or equipment.

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Yeah I know, the first time I read it, it sounded to good to be true. It seems the The MaMoCa system  automates the process, replacing the markers with a projected grid of light. As an actor moves through the grid, the system’s computer and cameras track the movements of 40,000 to 50,000 points where the grid’s lines cross. The data captured by the system creates a moving digital 3D model. Luis Villalobos, the founder of Tech Coast Angels(which recently funded MaMoCa), estimates that MaMoCa will be competing for a market of at least $500 million. Potential customers, he says, are movie studios and video game makers, which can rake in hundreds of millions of dollars on a single work.

26
Jul
07

Entropia Universe to use CryENGINE 2

News — Dom @ 10:22 am

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Entropia Universe, the competitor of Second Life has just signed an agreemend to use the game engine CryENGINE 2.

Second Life competitor Entropia Universe has signed an agreement to use the game engine CryENGINE 2.

A little snippet from official website to show you of what the engine is actually capable off.

“Real time editing, bump mapping, dynamic lights, network system, integrated physics system, shaders, shadows and a dynamic music system are just some of the state of-the-art features the CryENGINE™ 2 offers.

The CryENGINE™ 2 comes complete with all of its internal tools and also includes the CryENGINE™ 2 Sandbox world editing system.
Licensees receive full source code and documentation for the engine and tools. Support is provided directly from the R & D Team that continuously develops the engine and can arrange teaching workshops for your team to increase the learning process. ”

The competition between virtual worlds is heating up. For me the first world to offer odor pleasures will win the race. Strart GO!

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19
Jul
07

DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ Set to Invade

Animation, News — Dom @ 1:48 pm

DreamWorks Animation’s “Monsters vs. Aliens” has been slated for its domestic release on May 15, 2009, one week earlier than its previously announced date, with both the official title and the 2009 release date now confirmed for the project. “Monsters vs. Aliens,” which reinvents the classic ’50s monster movie into an irreverent modern day action comedy, will be the first DreamWorks Animation film produced in stereoscopic 3D technology. The film is being directed by Conrad Vernon (”Shrek 2″) and Rob Letterman (”Shark Tale”), and produced by Lisa Stewart (”I Think I Love My Wife”).

19
Jul
07

New FXGuide TV Episode 3

News — Dom @ 1:43 pm

New episode of fxguide online. Watch a conversation with Ken Ralston and Dennis Muren from the recent VES Festival of Effects. Also, a look at greenscreen footage shot with the new Sony F23 Cine-Alta camera.

16
Jul
07

New Silo 2.0 - Beta Download Available

Products, News — Dom @ 7:48 pm

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Silo 3D 2.0 is a focused 3D modeling application with the ability to switch between organically sculpting high-polygon models and controlling hard-edged surfaces. It is available for both Windows and Mac OS and now available as a Beta Download for all those interested in yet another great 3D Modeling application. Full feature list available on the official website. More and more companies are jumping on the Beta bandwagon. I like that. Let users test out your products, and release a version with less bugs.

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16
Jul
07

NodeJoe Schematic Material Editor

Products, News — Dom @ 7:16 pm

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The new BETA version of NodeJoe is up available online. NodeJoe is a schematic material editor realized as a plugin for 3dsmax™ that allows you a quick, clear and easy way of working with textures and materials. It uses the 3dsmax™ internal data structures to provide compatibility with all the materials and textures that work with 3dsmax™.

The plugin provides an intuitive, clearly arranged graphical user interface to create, analyse and modify materials and textures within 3dsmax™. The working area is zoomable and draggable, presenting an interactive preview of materials, including all submaterials and subtextures, as well as showing their dependencies between each other. You can create connections between different materials by “drawing” directly on to the surface. The integrated automatic layout provides a clearly aligned diagram - at your fingertips.