Exclusive! 5.0/8.0 Effects Preview Part 1

August 29, 2002

The fxguide crew has had the good fortune to have an up-close look at the new 5.0/8.0 effects software which discreet is releasing later this year. It is a substantial update to the software, with the biggest change being resolution independence within a project. We’ve also obtained a couple of exclusive screen captures from the new batch and action. If you have any questions, please feel free to post your comments at the end of the article and we’ll try

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5D Expands USA Reseller Network

August 28, 2002

London, L.A. & Miami, September 9th, 2002 — Post-production solutions developer 5D today announced that it has signed resellers in major post production centres across the US to reinforce the sales, training, installation and technical support of its products – 5D Cyborg visual effects compositor, 5D Colossus creative digital colour timing and grading, and 5D Commander data portal and review system for digital dailies.

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VES 2002

August 27, 2002

VES 2002
This year the Visual Effects Society conference was held in San Rafael Film Center instead of the usual LA base, to allow tap into the wealth of Northern Californian talent at places such as ILM and PIXAR, both of whom where heavily involved in this years conference. Visual Effects Supervisor Peter Webb ( Phenomena VFX, Australia) reports for FXguide on this years sessions including Spiderman, a review of Ridley Scott’s Classic “Blader

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What’s the story with Socratto?

August 17, 2002

April at NAB this year Sony showed Socratto to the public on an exclusive Socratto Stand.

Since then FXGuide has been trying to get someone from the company to comment. After months of emails and broken promises, we have decided to publish what we know and our review of the product – without their direct involvement. While we have tried to get Sony to comment they have declined.

So is Socratto the white elephant that proves Sony can

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Artist in action: Method Software

August 14, 2002

FXGuide caught up with Andreas Wacker of Method Studios in Santa Monica.

Famous for its award winning commercials and music clips for directors such as Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, and artists such as Madonna and many more. Method’s visual effects artists, and much of their signature styles on-screen, is supported by proprietary code developed by Method Studios team of engineers, headed by Andreas. Method Software provides such things as speedchange sof

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Éclair Labs adopts 5D Colossus

August 14, 2002

Normally, we’re not big on simply regurgitating press releases from manufacturers. But based upon our looks in the past on Digital Grading, this is fairly impressive news for 5D.

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Illusion Particle Software: New Owner & New Name announced

August 1, 2002

News Announcement: July 15, 2002 – Impule Inc. spins off Illusion Software: New Owner and New Name officially announced.

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Digital Fusion launches Fusion 4

July 25, 2002

Digital Fusion has just shown at Siggraph a new version of their compositing software

The new version has a great new UI, a new warper, improved tracking and some complex transform concetenation code to speed up compositing, all warped in a new infarstructure that supports floating point in every module.

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Side Effects Siggraph Announcments

July 25, 2002

Side Effects announced two new offerings at Siggraph. A stand alone compositing package called Houdini Halo and a dedicated program for modeling and character work called Houdini Escape…

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Apple announces Shake pricing and availability

July 22, 2002

As expected at Siggraph Apple announced Shake will be availabile in August for OSX.

Interesting pricing was also announced where the OSX version is cheaper…

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Mac version of Maya jumps to new version 4.5

July 21, 2002

Alias|Wavefront announced Maya 4.5, this is the version previewed by FXguide from NAB 2002. This new release, is a major plus for Mac users, as the Mac version now jumps from the old 3.5 version to the latest 4.5 release, on par with NT and Linux. Current Maya for Mac OS X users will benefit from a substantial number of feature additions and enhancements – including thermo dynamics, self shading clouds, ocean and natural water simulations, powerful new mod

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RealViz Launch Matchmover 2.5 Pro at Siggraph

July 20, 2002

At Siggraph in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, RealViz have released their latest version of Match Mover: version 2.5.

Matchmover was recently used on the feature film Harts War.

In the film MatchMover was used for tracking and calibrating in 3D live-action camera and location data by Pixel Magic. By using the Matchmover software, Pixel Magic was able to create visually credible interaction between practica

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Idruna Software to Launch Photogenics HDR at Siggraph

July 17, 2002

Idruna Software to Launch Photogenics HDR, the First 32 bit per channel High Dynamic Range Paint Package, at Siggraph 2002, July 23rd

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Digital Domain to make Nuke a product?

July 11, 2002

Digital Domain’s in house compositing software has been the subject of speculation recently – will it become a product to step in and fill the gaps created by recent aquisitions? We sat down for the facts with Michael Taylor, Digital Domain’s Vice President of Digital Production and Technology…

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Blender Goes Open Source

July 10, 2002

The used-to-be-free Blender 3D application is coming back and it looks to be going open source. The latest news can be found here. One of the items on the to do list- “Make noise at Siggraph” …hehe. Nice touch. It will be interesting to see what happens. Who knows? Maybe Apple will end up buying them. 😉

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