Discreet Users Group Report – Flame Tech Demo

April 17, 2003

The second demo of the afternoon at the 2003 Discreet users group was a technology demonstration of new stuff being prepped for the next release of flame and inferno. Not everything that was shown at the show will make it into the software — potentially the features will never make it in — but it was an impressive showing nonetheless. The software engineers, who just wrapped up the 5/8 release and maintenance releases, pulled out all the stops to show s

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Discreet Users Group Report – Fire Tech Demo

April 10, 2003

The standout events at the discreet users group meeting are always the previews of upcoming software releases. As usual, these were “technology demos”, and not promised features that will be part of the mix when the release is final. Long time users know this — the promised 3D tracker took several years to see the light of day. We’ll first look at the upcoming Fire/Smoke release and in our next article take a look at the effects software.

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NAB ’03 FXGuide Live & the User Group Meeting

April 7, 2003

Well NAB 2003 got off to a fast start with the first FXGuide Live event followed by the Discreet User Group Meeting. A big thank you to all who attended our inaugural event, as well as your support. We really enjoyed the opportunity to create a user session at NAB — the questions and interaction from the audience was great.

For our intital report on the gossip and news of the events .. click “read more…” at the bottom of this panel. A more detailed

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Artist in Action: Adams, Director and flame artist

March 28, 2003

In our continuing Artist in Action series, we thought it would be good to look at Flame artists who have move over to directing. Many, such as Keith Adam’s at SPIN in Atlanta, – do their own visual design work, for complete creative control.

We caught up with Adams when he was recently on a shoot in Sydney and asked him about his latest spot for Charlotte, USA.

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Digital Fusion NAB Pre Show Discussion

March 23, 2003

FXG’s Sydney crew member caught up with Eyeon’s Adam Zolis based in Canada to discuss one of the industries top desktop solutions Digital Fusion.

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Artist in Action: Freeze Frame : Daredevil

March 15, 2003

Pixel Magic, a division of OCS/Freeze Frame has completed an array of visual effect shots for 20th Century Fox’s ‘Daredevil’, starring Ben Affleck. Pixel Magic created a seamless mix of CG and real-life elements, a challenging task, considering the super-human display of
acrobatics and quick-pace style of the movie.

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Artist in Action: Digital Dimension with DF

March 15, 2003

The job of breathing “life” into the endless “death” of Final Destination II was awarded to long time Digital Fusion users, Digital Dimension. The visual effects studio completed 85 shots, all of which traveled through DF. Everything from the 4000 frame premonition sequences that aided our star, Miss Rivers, in evading numerous pitfalls, to the action packed log disaster scene, a precursor to the theme of “frightening consequences”.

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Is Photoshop’s dominance to be challenged?

March 4, 2003

Feature films produced using Linux include Star Wars Attack of the Clones, Lord of the Rings 2, Star Trek Nemesis, Harry Potter, Scooby-Doo and many more. Every major studio has converted to Linux or has a Linux conversion underway. Linux has become the most popular operating system for feature film production. But with no Adobe Linux version of Photoshop, – the most popular open source Linux application in the post industry is now Film GIMP (or it was …

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Latest VFX casualty – Cinesite Los Angeles

February 28, 2003

There have been rumours for weeks about the possibility of Kodak closing Cinesite…

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1st Annual VES Awards Winners

February 21, 2003

The winners of the 1st Annual Visual Effects Society Awards…

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New Version 5/8 QuickTime Tutorial Available

February 14, 2003

Our first version 5/8 tutorial is now available online. It is an overview of getting around the new and improved batch.

Click here to view the tutorial

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Announcing nucoda Data Conform

February 13, 2003

nucoda Announces World’s First PC-Based Full-Resolution Pre-vis Tool for Film Incorporating Truelight Colour Cube Technology and Timeline Editing

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Visual Effects Oscar Nominees

February 11, 2003

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the nominees for the 75th Academy Awards®. The nominees in the Visual Effects category are…

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Max-T’s Sledgehammer NAS and HD!O

February 10, 2003

Sledgehammer is a new network attached storage (NAS) system that provides a very fast shared storage resource for any facility. Clients simply mount the Sledgehammer and access its contents over an ethernet network. The newest release, Sledgehammer HD!O also incorporates SD/HD video I/O and playback capabilities.

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Announcement: fxguide 5/8 event at NAB 2003

February 3, 2003

As part of NAB 2003, fxguide will host a live advanced user session – specifically focused on last month’s breakthrough releases of Inferno 5.0 and Flame/Flint 8.0. The event is scheduled prior to the Discreet 2003 User Group on the Sunday at NAB, allowing users to go the FXG event in the afternoon before the User Group. Special thanks to our sponsors Discreet and sgi, who were kind enough to help make this event possible. More details…

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