Discreet restructures

June 14, 2002

UPDATE: More information added from Discreet.

Discreet restructures and changes some staff. Some old faces are gone, some new
blood has been hired.

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Max 5 to be shown at Siggraph with Radiosity

June 8, 2002

Post Magazine online, has disclosed that Discreet’s biggest news announcement for this year’s SIGGRAPH show centers around its 3ds max animation, modeling and rendering software. Version 5 is designed to offer animators and artists better control over the creation, animation and management of animated characters. Most significant to Fxguide readers in that Post reports MAX 5 has radiosity.

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Silicon Grail Has Been Sold to Apple – Confirmed

June 8, 2002

According to the Silicon Grail website, Apple has acquired technologies from Silicon Grail, including the RAYZ and Chalice product lines…..

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Combustion Service Pack 1 released

May 28, 2002

The combustion 2 Service Pack 1, is now available to

download from Discreets web site.

The so called Service pack is avaliable for PC or MAC ( both OS9 and OSX).

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Combsution Training Video Review

May 27, 2002

Technical Animations just came out with their first Combustion v2 Training Video/DVD from. Here is a brief review written by Jack Pfeiffer, who is a demo artist and trainer for a discreet dealer in Denmark.

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2d3D, boujou on track.

May 19, 2002

“we’re getting results in a matter of minutes and its just great to see it all working straight off. Boujou takes the tedium out of match moving”

-Will Bylkes Head of Aardman’s CG dept.

FXGuide caught up with Chris Steele CEO of 2d3D recently to discuss their market leading Boujou tracking software and sneak a peak at their new “Pixel Dust” product.

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Q&A: 5D NAB Followup

May 14, 2002

Following up on NAB and our coverage of Colossus, we wanted to get more information on what 5D is doing and their other products. We spoke recently with J Miguel Ferros, Products Manager for 5D Solutions about Cyborg, Colossus, Commander, Monster Sparks and more…

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NEWS: Toxik in depth + new screen shots !

May 11, 2002

This week we spoke exclusively to Maurice Patel, product manager of the Toxik product line, officially now called the Discreet Media Architecture. We checked out their plans, and reviewed the NAB technology showing.

Thanks to everyone who emailed us and asked for more screengrabs.. well, we managed to snap more exclusive screen grabs – showing 2 of the most interesting new user Interface features, the transparent menus and the new editing tim

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Ultimatte adds Zbig

May 10, 2002

There is a press release on the Ultimatte web site announcing they have added Zbigniew Rybczynski to their development staff as Senior Developer.

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Digital Grading Part II : 5D Colossus. LOTR & We Were Soldiers

May 5, 2002

One of the most exciting things we saw at NAB was in the 5D booth. This marked the first NAB for Colossus, a software-based, digital grading and mastering solution. One of the only areas remaining in the film post production process without computerization has been color correction. On feature films this has primarily remained a photo-chemical process done by a lab color timer, for television it has meant a very expensive room with equipment from variou

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Official Shake Email – v2.5 last for Windows!

May 2, 2002

An email went out today to customers of Shake… fxguide has obtained a copy of it (click read more to see it!):

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Apple’s Shake

April 29, 2002

One of the most interesting corporate moves in recent months was Apple buying Nothing Real. At NAB, FXguide, and many others treked to the Apple Booth to see the new Apple OSX Shake, and find out just what was the story? How much will it be ? And just when can we get a copy for our Ti Powerbooks ?

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Profile : Karl Sims, Gen Arts

April 26, 2002

Karl Sims is the founder of Gen Arts, who’s Sapphire Sparks are perhaps the most popular Discreet plug-ins. Karl is well known throughout the industry, we caught up with Karl and spoke to him about Sparks, computer art and life in general.

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Sapphire now for Apple’s Shake

April 23, 2002

While not having a stand at this year’s NAB, the GenArts/Sapphire guys popped onto the Discreet Booth for some demos, in coming week’s we’ll be publishing an article with GenArts founder and head genius Karl, but this week GenArts announced that the

most popular Sparks set on FFI will now also be available for Shake.

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Digital Film Grading: Part I , Quantel

April 19, 2002

Since the management buyout Quantel has changed a lot, at this years NAB they were showing PC software versions of their products, their stand was a lot smaller than in previous years, and like other management buyout Post companies – such as Cintel, Quantel are now very open in talking to other equipment suppliers about combined solutions. One such solution that caught our eye at FXGUIDE was the use of the iQ at ILM to help colour grade Star Wars Episode

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