Object tracking : PFtrack

August 2, 2006

PFTrack, already established as a great 3D tracker, moved to provide a new level of functionality when it provided added object tracking in version 3.0. Now with version 3.5 this is refined even further. With Version 3.5 is due out soon, fxguide sat down with Richard Spöhrer Managing Director of PixelFarm to discuss the product in this week’s podcast.

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Superman Returns

July 3, 2006

Superman Returns thanks to director Bryan Singer, Visual Effects Supervisor Mark Stetson, and a large number of visual effects artists around the globe who worked to make the man of steel fly, see through walls, repel bullets and save the world. We cover this summer blockbuster in our one-year anniversary fxpodcast as well as in detail with our online story.

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Shake 4.1: Interview with Apple

June 28, 2006

Dion Scoppettuolo, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Apple’s Shake, talks about the rumours and reality regarding the recent Shake announcement.

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The Deaths of Ian: Stan Winston Studios at fxguide

June 23, 2006

We chat with Mike Pryor, Head of Digital Production, about The Deaths of Ian.

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The DaVinci Code and Double Negative

May 22, 2006

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Mr. X Scares up Effects for Silent Hill

May 13, 2006

A conversation with Evan Jacobs about the visual effects done by Mr. X for the feature filme Silent Hill.

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‘Poseidon’ Fluid Simulations and ILM Visual Effects

May 8, 2006

A look at some of the visual effects behind the blockbuster ‘Poseidon’ movie.

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Red Camera : A Peak Behind the Curtain

May 5, 2006

Following up from last week’s very successful podcasts is the rest of the interview with Red Camera’s Ted Schilowitz – so called Leader of the Rebellion.

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NAB2006 Report – Wednesday April 26

April 26, 2006

In our final podcast from NAB, we explore some of the less obvious gems of the show and discuss the relevance of NAB as an event.

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NAB2006 Report – Tuesday April 25

April 25, 2006

Roundtable and interviews covering: The Red Camera, Apple developments and SDK DVD produced by fxphd, Plug-ins, Filmlight, Gum…

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NAB2006 Report – Monday April 24

April 24, 2006

Coverage of the annual Autodesk user group meeting and information about our new sister site, fxphd.

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Digital Intermediate Colour Grading

April 10, 2006

Mike Seymour covers the ins and outs of digital grading with colourist Warren Lynch.

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Autodesk Master Classes at NAB 2006

March 27, 2006

We speak with Jake Parker and Michael Ruzicka about their presentations at the flame and smoke master classes being held at NAB this year.

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The Job Search

March 21, 2006

We speak with Teresa Hall of Muse recruitment about how vfx artists can best present themselves to prospective employers.

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After Effects 7 32-bit Workflow

March 13, 2006

A conversation with Stu Maschwitz of the Orphanage about using a 32-bit linear color workflow in AE. Maschwitz has been an evangelist for using After Effects for high end projects.

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Matte Painting Part 4: The Future

March 6, 2006

A conversation with Alp Altiner.

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Conversation with Bill Collis of The Foundry

February 28, 2006

Mike Seymour talks with Dr. Bill Collis, Head of Research at the London-based Founrdy. The Foundry develop the Furnace, Keylight, Tinder, and Anvil plugins.

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A Look at After Effects 7.0

February 20, 2006

We talk with Steve Kilisky and David Simons of Adobe about the recent release of After Effects 7.

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Matte Painting Part 3 : The Art

February 12, 2006

Examining the art and beauty of matte painting with senior matte painter Wayne Hagg

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Matte Painting with Gerhard Mozsi

February 6, 2006

We speak with matte painter Gerhard Mozsi about his craft and his use of Adobe Photoshop to create both photoreal as well as concept art.

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Visual Effect Society’s Eric Roth

January 29, 2006

Discussion of credits, shows, awards, and the growing importance of the VES

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Conversation with Mark Ruff

January 19, 2006

This week, we speak with Mark Ruff, a photographer who specialises in frozen moment multi-camera time splices. After many years with a film rig and then a digital rig, Mark has developed a near real-time system.

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Writing for Effects: Red Dwarf

December 22, 2005

As it is almost Christmas we figured we’d explore a different side of visual effects and talk to someone who creates the scripts and characters that we daily need to film and composite. We decided to talk to an entremely successful writer and producer. Doug Naylor is a funny guy, he writes funny comedy, but the business of writing for visual effects – especially for a tight budget, cult classic – with global appeal is a tough job. This week, Doug Naylor k

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NUKE in a state of FLUX

December 5, 2005

Nuke 4.5 in production. In this week’s podcast we talk to Jonathan Egstad, visual effects supervisor for the Paramount release “Aeon Flux” starring Charlize Theron. For our online story we chatted to Gary Meyer, Nuke Product Specialist about the details of the 4.5 release.

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Checking in With Toxik 1.1

November 28, 2005

In this week’s podcast, we check in for an update on Toxik with Autodesk’s Chris Vienneau, who is the product manager for the application.

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A Primatte Primer

November 21, 2005

We interview Scott Gross of IMAGICA Corporation of America, developers of the Primatte keying plug-in.

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Flame and Inferno on Linux

November 16, 2005

We speak with Bill Roberts of Autodesk about he recent Linux product announcements.

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Fusion Cooking with Version 5

October 31, 2005

After more than a year of development, Eyeon Software’s Fusion 5 began shipping over the last several weeks. The new version boasts numerous improvements, the highlight of which is a new 3D compositing environment in the procedural workflow. In this week’s fxpodcast we speak with Isaac Guenard, Senior Product Manager for Eyeon, about the new features in the software and how they have been received by the users.

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Mr. X and The Greatest Game Ever Composited

October 24, 2005

We speak with Aaron Weintraub from Mr. X in Toronto, Canada. The facility completed over 150 visual effects shots for the film.

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Shake 4.0 SDK

October 17, 2005

A look at the Apple 4.0 Shake SDK with Dion Scoppettuolo, Senior Product Marketing Manager of Shake and Motion.

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