New Cleaner for Mac

October 20, 2002

Discreet has announced it is shipping Discreet Cleaner 6 video encoding software for the Macintosh.

FXGuide caught up with the developers and had a chat with John Worthington of Discreet about the new release, the new features, and just why we need to encode New Orleans’ hurricane videos for our cel phones!!!

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Artist in action: Vico Sharabani

October 14, 2002

Rhinoceros Visual Effects and Design Supervisor and Creative director Vico Sharabani, created a full character animation rig within Inferno, and used it to produce an x-ray effect for Fox Sports Net.

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5D Followup: Colorfront to support Colossus (Updated 10.16)

October 13, 2002

The underlying technology of 5D Colossus was licensed from a company called Colorfront. In the wake of the news of 5D closing, the CEO of Colorfront has given us a statement on the future of this technology…

Updated to include official company statement

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Breaking News Exclusive: 5D Closes Doors

October 11, 2002

It’s sadly come to our attention from multiple sources inside and outside the company that 5D Solutions, Ltd., makers of the high-end compositor Cyborg and color corrector Colossus, has closed their doors……

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Oregon3D Appointed as Authorized Training Center for Discreet

October 11, 2002

Only Independent U.S. Training Center to Offer Courses on Discreet flint, flame and smoke

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Digital Domain Launches D2 Software, Inc

October 9, 2002

We don’t normally parrot Press releases, but this one follows up on a story we broke back in July that is currently the second most read story on fxguide. Digital Domain has formed D2 to provide high-end digital production software for Windows®, Linux and IRIX Platforms.

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The Invisible Art : The Legends of Movie Matte Painting

October 9, 2002

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 contribut

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Discreet DROPS price on Combustion . . .

September 30, 2002

In a surprise announcement, Discreet has introduced a world-wide aggressive price package for the software bundle of Combustion v2 with Cleaner (available for both MAC and PC platforms.)

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From IBC – 5D Annoucements

September 13, 2002

5D made several announcements today from IBC regarding the introduction of new products as well as improvements and updates to existing ones. Without having actually gotten to the booth yet, here’s a preliminary look at their announcements…

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Discreet’s burn to be introduced at IBC

September 11, 2002

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.

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Exclusive! Plug pulled on Socratto

September 5, 2002

“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…..

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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.

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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. 😉

note:posted by Anonymous

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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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