At FXGuide we don’t normally do book reviews, but we have had the pleasure of reviewing arguably the best book on visual effects we’ve seen this year, The Invisible Art, The Legends of Movie Matte Painting. It is not over stating it to say this is the best book ever published on matte painting and a must have for anyone who works in compositing and digital matte painting today. Written by Mark Cotta Vaz, well known to the fx community as a senior contributRead the Article
burn is Discreet’s new Linux-based network rendering solution for inferno, flame and flint systems. burn allows you to render Batch setups in the background using low-cost PC workstations while simultaneously freeing your online suite for more creative tasks.Read the Article
“Socratto is Dead” rumors have been flying around the effects industry this week, reaching a fevered pace yesterday. Ordinarily we’d hold of posting such news without direct confirmation from the company, but word has come from many directions…..Read the Article
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 tryRead the Article
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.Read the Article
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
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 canRead the Article
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 sofRead the Article
News Announcement: July 15, 2002 – Impule Inc. spins off Illusion Software: New Owner and New Name officially announced.Read the Article
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.Read the Article