from the archives: 25 years of fxguide

VFX protest at Oscars: images from the picket line + audio interview

February 22, 2013

A group of Visual Effects Artists is working to raise the profile of issues facing the industry by protesting at the Academy Awards. Updated with an audio interview with Jeff Heusser and Scott Squires from the march.

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The science of fluid simulations

September 15, 2011

In the spirit of our “Art of” stories we launch today a new style of story: “The Science of” In these articles we take a topic and explore the state of the art in that field. We start with fluid simulations: what are they, what are the issues, and how do they work?

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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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Discreet restructures

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

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

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

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

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.

“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

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 !

This week we spoke 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.

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Ultimatte adds Zbig

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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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What’s the story with Alias/Wavefront ?

With offices closing, price drops, no NAB booth and all the associated rumours, we sat down with Alias/Wavefront to find out just what is going on with the Maya guys.

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MoKey – Auto roto tool

One of the smallest and one of the most interesting stands at NAB were the boy’s from Guildford in the UK with their MoKey software. We spoke to Alan Jaenicke who wrote the code about the newest must-have spark and FX software at NAB.

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World’s first screen grab from Toxik!

FXguide FIRST with this screen grab from Toxik..

This is the first grab of the new user interface…( hey what else would you expect from us !!)

Discreet’s Strata (only the code name) will feature new tools in what Discreet is calling an “immersive 3D creative environment”, where artists can quickly combine visual effects with audio, editing and 3D rendering.

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