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The Foundry's MODO 901 to be released May 27
[permalink] 22.05.2015

The Foundry Modo 901 videoMODO 901, the latest version of The Foundry's 3D content creation solution, delivers innovative new features, accelerated performance and powerful enhancements to the core toolset that let artists and designers working independently or as part of a team create high-quality, beautiful output in less time. MODO 901 includes the integration of the award winning MeshFusion; new progressive texture baking; new and improved tools for everyday modeling tasks, better ways of working with both regular and UDIM multi-tiled UVs and layered multi-resolution sculpting. The possibilities of what artists can do with MODO 901 becomes even more exciting with the following features: advanced viewport, vector-based graphics support, accelerated performance, extended dynamics and effects, more flexible rigging, easier pipeline integration, complexity management, improved painting and texturing, physically-based materials and rendering, as well as UI and viewport enhancements. With MODO 901, The Foundry introduces new pricing for new seats ($1,799 US), effective on May 27, when 901 becomes commercially available. Customers can still purchase 801 now (at current 801 prices) and automatically receive an upgrade to 901 when it becomes available. Current users on 701 or earlier can also upgrade to 801 now and automatically upgrade to 901 on shipment. This offer is valid until commercial release of MODO 901 on May 27, 2105. [source]

www.thefoundry.co.uk
 
 
 
Grass Valley unveils EDIUS 8
[permalink] 22.05.2015

Grass Valley Canopus EDIUS 6.5 screenshotGrass Valley, a Belden Brand, is launching EDIUS 8, the latest version of its editing platform designed for production and broadcast news. Version 8 features multiple new capabilities, including refreshed GUI, Canon XF-AVC support, a new workflow clip management tool, accelerated 4K H.264 playback and an aggressive development program to introduce many new creative tools over the coming months. EDIUS delivers exceptional performance using Intel's Quick Sync Video - providing editors with super-fast H.264 export capabilities for dealing with smartphone footage and repurposing for uploads to social media channels, including YouTub. EDIUS 8 will be available in two versions, EDIUS Pro and EDIUS Workgroup. EDIUS Pro is targeted at production professionals looking for flexible editing that offers speed and the ability to handle any file format with a range of creative tools. EDIUS Workgroup is aimed at collaborative news and sports editing for broadcasters, and can be fully integrated with the GV STRATUS video production and content management system, or other third-party media asset management tools and server offerings. EDIUS Pro 8 and EDIUS Workgroup 8 will ship towards the end of June 2015. [source]

www.grassvalley.com
 
 
The Foundry announces new investment from HgCapital
[permalink] 21.05.2015

The Foundry NUKE STUDIO videoThe Foundry, a leading provider of award-winning creative software (Nuke, Modo, Mari, Katana etc.), announced a majority investment from HgCapital, one of the UK's most prestigious private equity firms. Comprising experts from technology and business sectors, HgCapital are perceived as one of the top investors in European software. The Foundry will sit within the Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) sector of HgCapital. Under the terms of the deal, HgCapital will assume majority ownership from The Carlyle Group for an enterprise value of 200 million GBP ($312 million US). [source]

www.thefoundry.co.uk
 
 
Plugin Alliance releases 18 new AAX DSP titles for Pro Tools HDX
[permalink] 21.05.2015

Avid S6 photoPlugin Alliance recently released 18 new plug-ins for AAX DSP including the legendary SPL Transient Designer as well as titles from companies like elysia, Maag Audio, Vertigo and Millennia Media. Added to the already available 11 titles, Plugin Alliance now has a total of 29 plug-ins available as AAX DSP. With AAX DSP being the platform of choice for so many recording and live sound professionals around the world who rely on Avid's Pro Tools as well as Avid's VENUE consoles, such as the recently announced VENUE S6L, broad support of the AAX DSP platform is a priority for Plugin Alliance. [source]

www.avid.com
 
 
LUMIX DMC-G7 provides 4K video in an affordable package
[permalink] 20.05.2015

Panasonic DMC-G7 camera photo 4K Panasonic unveiled the LUMIX DMC-G7, new interchangeable lens camera which combines 4K video (3840x2160 at 30 fps), and high resolution photo. Ideal for the amateur photographer wanting to produce professional quality images, the 16-megapixel LUMIX DMC-G7 is designed for ease-of-use without compromising on performance. The new 4K Photo feature allows users to crop individual frames from 4K video footage for maximum versatility. The camera features a 410g body incl. battery, a high performance OLED Live View Finder, Wi-Fi connectivity, and 3-inch 1040K-dot free-angle touch screen display. Pre-order price for LUMIX G7 camera kit with 14-42mm lens is $799.99 US. Ships in mid June.
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www.panasonic.com
 
 
Apple introduces 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch Trackpad
[permalink] 20.05.2015

Apple MacBook Pro Retina DisplayApple updated the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life and faster discrete graphics, delivering even more performance and capabilities to the MacBook Pro line. Apple also introduced a new $1,999 US configuration of the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display featuring a 14.7 million pixel display, quad-core processors and AMD graphics, and lowered the price of the top-end iMac with Retina 5K display to $2,299 US. [source]

www.apple.com
 
 
Panasonic VariCam update 3.01
[permalink] 19.05.2015

Panasonic VariCam HS S35 35mm photoNew update for Panasonic VariCam 35 and HS digital film cameras is available now and contains support for new formats (Apple ProRes HQ HD VFR 1-120 fps, AVC-Intra444 HD, AVC-Intra200 HD, and AVC-Intra2K 444 2K), water marking, false color, noise reduction functionality, variable fan speed, selection of the aspect ration for MON OUT, VFR recording up to 60p in SUB mode, low ISO support (VariCam 35 only), LDS lens data support (Master Prime) for VariCam 35, and more. Get it here. [source]

www.panasonic.com
 
 
DaVinci Resolve 11.3.1
[permalink] 18.05.2015

Blackmagic Davinci Resolve 12 screensotBlackmagic Design has just updated DaVinci Resolve to version 11.3.1. The new update provides support for DNxHR in QuickTime wrapper, updated color science for Alexa 65 RAW processing, ALEXA Open Gate and Canon RMF clip resolution improvements, support for CUDA 7 and NVIDIA Maxwell GPUs, anti-aliasing improvements for title rendering with shadows, and general performance and stability improvements. Download it here. [source]

www.blackmagicdesign.com
 
 
The Foundry's KATANA 2 rebuilt from the ground up
[permalink] 18.05.2015

The Foundry KATANA 2 screenshot The Foundry released KATANA 2, new version of its look and lighting development tool, originally developed at Sony Pictures Imageworks. With KATANA 2, artists can manage increasingly complex content while working to tighter production timelines. In addition to faster iteration, KATANA 2, with its emphasis on interoperability, fits into the progressively intricate pipelines associated with today's visual effects productions. In addition to the responsive user interface, new features of KATANA 2, include: new public API; Lua scripting; scripting support for math operations; new scene graph data API; multi-threaded scene data generation; graph state variables; improved light creation and editing; and enhanced live rendering. [source]

www.thefoundry.co.uk
 
 
Comcast to launch 4K and HDR set-top boxes
[permalink] 14.05.2015

Comcast Cable 4K Comcast announced that it will launch a 4K ultra high-definition set-top box later this year as it brings the Xfinity in UHD catalog to the X1 platform. The new X1 set-top box, the Xi4, will deliver Xfinity TV customers 4K UHD content directly to the television, enabling X1 customers to enjoy unlimited virtual 4K linear channels by creating personalized playlists from the Xfinity in UHD library. Customers will also enjoy high dynamic range (HDR) programming -- increased color, contrast and brightness -- with the launch of a new HDR set-top box, the Xi5, next year. Comcast will add hundreds of titles to the Xfinity in UHD catalog and library, including films originally produced for IMAX and other Giant Screen Theaters from K2 Communications and Havoc TV like The Ultimate Wave Tahiti, Antarctica, Rocky Mountain Express, Fighter Pilot and Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia. Full current seasons of hit TV shows such as Syfy's Defiance; USA's Playing House, Satisfaction and Suits; and original programming from STARZ including Outlander and Power will also be included. Initially launched last year on 2014 Samsung UHD TVs, Xfinity in UHD offers one of the biggest 4K libraries available today, providing Xfinity TV customers with on demand access to full current seasons of some of the season's hottest shows, Giant Screen films and more at no additional cost. [source]

www.comcast.com
 
 
 
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Synfig Studio released
29.04.2015

Synfig Studio video First version of Synfig Studio, a free and open-source 2D animation software designed as powerful solution for creating film-quality animation using a vector and bitmap artwork, has been released. Synfig Studio is available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X systems, and offers an intuitive interface, bones animation system, bitmap deformation effects, non-destructive editing, sound support, and more! Download it here. [source]

www.synfig.org
 
 
Esri CityEngine 2015 provides advanced 3D urban environments
The new release of Esri CityEngine 2015 allows GIS professionals, architects, planners, and urban designers to create 3D city models faster and share them easily via ArcGIS Online. [more]
 
Golaem Crowd 4.0 for Maya
Golaem has released the latest version of their crowd simulation plug-in for Maya: Golaem Crowd 4. [more]
 
Autodesk 3ds Max 2016 is here!
Autodesk released a 2016 version of its flagship 3ds Max software (read this announcement for information on new features). [more]
 
 
The Foundry's MODO 901 to be released May 27
MODO 901, the latest version of The Foundry's 3D content creation solution, delivers innovative new features, accelerated performance and powerful enhancements to the core toolset that let artists and designers working independently or as part of a team create high-quality, beautiful output in less time. [more]
 
Panasonic VariCam update 3.01
New update for Panasonic VariCam 35 and HS digital film cameras is available now and contains support for new formats (Apple ProRes HQ HD VFR 1-120 fps, AVC-Intra444 HD, AVC-Intra200 HD, and AVC-Intra2K 444 2K), water marking, false color, noise reduction functionality, variable fan speed, selection of the aspect ration for MON OUT, VFR recording up to 60p in SUB mode, low ISO support (VariCam 35 only), LDS lens data support (Master Prime) for VariCam 35, and more. [more]
 
DaVinci Resolve 11.3.1
Blackmagic Design has just updated DaVinci Resolve to version 11. [more]
 
 

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