fxguide MacReporter Plug-in Available

July 8, 2002

MacReporter is a shareware program for Macintosh OSX that puts news sources in your dock. The author has provided us a plug-in that works with fxguide.com…

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Discreet Visual Effects Artist and Animators Program (VFXA2) in the UK

July 2, 2002

The Finishing School at the NFTS, a Discreet Training Centre based at the UK’s National Film and TV School is running a new 6 month part-time course featuring Combustion, 3DS Max, Flame and Smoke entitled The Visual Effects Artist and Animators Program (or VFXA2 for short).

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New Combustion Training Book due out October 02

July 2, 2002

One of the first “third-party” Training Books for Combustion V2.0 will be called Combustion Ground Rules, written by Todd Petersen (Published by Delmar Learning) and is scheduled for release in October 2002.

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Apple continues buying spree – Emagic

July 1, 2002

This time Apple has purchased Emagic (“a leading provider of professional software solutions for computer based music production”) and wastes no time announcing they are discontinuing the Windows version on Sept. 30th.

Read the full text from the Apple press release at:
http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2002/jul/01emagic.html

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Artists in Action: Rhonda Graphics

June 27, 2002

In the first of our chats with fellow compositors, we talk to the team at Rhonda Graphics Studios who have just brought musical instruments to life for a new animated 30 min project. The team discuss their views on After Effects and Flame, as well as a few Final Cut Pro tricks they developed.

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Max 5 to be launched at Siggraph 2002

June 26, 2002

Latest Version of Discreet’s Flagship 3D Software will be launched at Siggraph.

Version 5 is a highly interesting release, adding Radioisty technology to the very popular animation software.

There are many new features, in modeling, user interface, renderfarm management but it is the radiosity technology that Discreet has now combined into Max that is of perhaps most interest, especially given the lack of radiosity in the products bigg

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Apple acquires technologies from Prismo Graphics

June 22, 2002

First Shake then Chalice and Rayz, now India Title Pro/Prismo Graphics.

In another move that is sure to have chat rooms running hot, Apple continues its purchasing of effects and post-production equipment software companies.

All eyes must now be on MacWorld in NY, Wednesday July 15, at 9am when Steve Jobs takes the stage for his key note address and hopeful outline Apple’s plans for the post-production industry.

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Turbo Squid Lands Dan Lion as Vice President

June 19, 2002

Many of you will remember Dan Lion from his time at Discreet, or perhaps his Cinesite days. Dan has a new job at Turbo Squid and here is the press release:

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5D slashes pricing on Sparks

June 19, 2002

5D recently announced reduced pricing on their Monster Spark package…

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Quantel Presentation Report – L.A.

June 18, 2002

Quantel held a presentation today on their generationQ product line at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

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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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