And I never said a word…
We’ve been working on more (fun) ML demos. Respeecher and Pinscreen join us to demonstrate advanced AI Facial Re-enactment.Read
AI Generative Fashion Videos
London College of Fashion and Framestore’s Johannes Saam discuss how to make generative fashion AI videosRead
Meta Human Animator
MetaHuman Animator is announced along with UE for Fortnight and much more as part of the ’23 State of Unreal keynote at GDCRead
GTC: Shutterstock Teams with NVIDIA to Build AI Models for Generative 3D
NVIDIA joins with Shutterstock for generative 3DRead
Elvis is in the (VFX) House
Fin Design+ Effects discusses their work on the multi-oscar nominated film Elvis.Read
fxpodcast #351 ILM’s Craig Hammock – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Oscar Nominated Craig Hammock discusses Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.Read
fxpodcast #350 Sci Tech Winner Ryan Laney
Ryan Laney is to receive a commendation (special plaque) for his inventive use of AI facial technology to give a digital “veil” to protect identities while preserving facial emotion in documentary filmmaking.Read
Mac version of Maya jumps to new version 4.5
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 modRead
RealViz Launch Matchmover 2.5 Pro at Siggraph
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 practicaRead
Idruna Software to Launch Photogenics HDR at Siggraph
Idruna Software to Launch Photogenics HDR, the First 32 bit per channel High Dynamic Range Paint Package, at Siggraph 2002, July 23rdRead
Digital Domain to make Nuke a product?
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…Read
Blender Goes Open Source
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. 😉
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fxguide MacReporter Plug-in Available
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…Read
Discreet Visual Effects Artist and Animators Program (VFXA2) in the UK
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).Read
New Combustion Training Book due out October 02
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.Read
Apple continues buying spree – Emagic
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:
Artists in Action: Rhonda Graphics
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.Read
Max 5 to be launched at Siggraph 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 biggRead
Apple acquires technologies from Prismo Graphics
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.Read
Turbo Squid Lands Dan Lion as Vice President
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:Read
5D slashes pricing on Sparks
5D recently announced reduced pricing on their Monster Spark package…Read
Quantel Presentation Report – L.A.
Quantel held a presentation today on their generationQ product line at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.Read
UPDATE: More information added from Discreet.
Discreet restructures and changes some staff. Some old faces are gone, some new
blood has been hired.
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.Read
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…..Read
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).Read
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.Read
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.Read