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Blender 2.72b
[permalink] 24.10.2014

Blender rendering Blender Foundation has released two new bug fix packages for Blender 2.72 that solve numerous issues found after the release. For a complete list of changes, read this wiki.blender.com article; downloads for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux are located here. [source]

Adobe introduces Premiere Clip
[permalink] 23.10.2014

Adobe Premiere Pro CLip iPhone iPad The new Premiere Clip is Adobe's free app that lets users, in a few quick steps, turn clips and images from their iPhones or iPads into polished videos, and then share them with friends, family, and clients. It's a powerful tool for creative pros; and for established video pros, the app makes it easy to create edits on-the-go and draft a project for further refining in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. [source]

V-Ray 3.0 for Maya
[permalink] 23.10.2014

Chaos Software V-Ray Maya 3.0 beta logoChaos Software released V-Ray 3.0 for Maya. With a powerful new set of features and optimizations focused on speeding up lighting, look development and rendering workflows, V-Ray 3.0 for Maya is ready to be deployed in studios worldwide. New features include faster Ray-Tracing and rendering performance; new progressive image sampler; enhanced V-Ray RT CPU and V-Ray RT GPU; optimized hair and fur; improved SSS with new VRaySkinMtl shader; new Phoenix FD shaders with support for OpenVDB and Field3D; Max Ray Intensity; probabilistic light sampling; render masks; OpenColorIO, GGX, OpenEXR 2.2, Ptex and Alembic 1.5 compatibility; as well as Bifrost and XGen Maya 2015 support. [source]

NUKE 9 arriving in November 2014
[permalink] 22.10.2014

Foundry NUKE 9 video The arrival of NUKE 9, the biggest ever shake up of The Foundry's NUKE technology, including the brand new addition of NUKE STUDIO, is just weeks away. The offering brings powerful node-based VFX, editorial and finishing into a new single studio application, as well as provides core upgrades to the advanced compositing workflows of NUKE and NUKEX. NUKE STUDIO empowers creative individuals working independently, as well as collaborative teams working on quick-turnaround projects, in a way that's previously never been possible. In addition to NUKE STUDIO, NUKE 9 brings fantastic performance and feature updates to the compositing system present across the entire NUKE range. These include a Native Flipbook tool for NUKE and NUKEX; huge performance improvements that cover not only overall NUKE performance but specifically the EXR reader, Deep EXR reader, Particle system and Scanline renderer; enhanced 2D format support; and cutting edge retiming updates. NUKEX and NUKE STUDIO also include an overhaul to the Planar Tracker, to include a new region tracking algorithm; and significant updates to the Vector Generator, Motion Blur and KRONOS tools, with the addition of a new motion estimation algorithm based on OCULA technology. Artists and studios will be able to get there hands on NUKE STUDIO either as a standalone license or part of the Production Collective, which will change to include NUKE STUDIO, MODO and MARI from release of NUKE 9. There will be upgrade paths from both NUKE and NUKEX as well as a range of different ways to buy. NUKE 9 will be available by the end of November 2014. It's also the first release of NUKE to support the new Mac Pro and includes Apple ProRes support. The full pricing range can be found here. The Foundry will also offer non-commercial version of NUKE STUDIO, free non-watermarked but functionally and time restricted version of NUKE, NUKEX and NUKE STUDIO. [source]

AutoCAD for Mac 2015 now available
[permalink] 22.10.2014

Autodesk AutoCAD 2015 Mac video Autodesk announced the 2015 releases of AutoCAD for Mac and AutoCAD LT for Mac software, two of the leading computer-aided design tools for Mac users. The new software makes it easier than ever for businesses and students to create drawings and designs on the platform of their choice without sacrificing important functionality that is key to everyday design workflows. Users can also share their work with colleagues that are using Windows versions of the software for uninterrupted collaboration. Key new enhancements include Dynamic Blocks, the ability to save Layer States, Data Linking feature designed to link a table to data in a Microsoft Excel file, and Quick Select, allowing users to quickly select objects based on query criteria. [source]

NewTek's compact multimedia studio: TriCaster Mini
[permalink] 22.10.2014

NewTek TriCaster Mini photo NewTek unveiled TriCaster Mini -- the world's most complete and compact multimedia studio. The ultra-portable system allows anyone who doesn't speak or understand the technical language of video production or broadcasting to transform an ordinary presentation into engaging multimedia content that looks like network-style TV in a matter of minutes. Anyone familiar with computer software and has access to one or more cameras can use TriCaster Mini to capture and mix multiple live video camera angles with graphics, video clips, audio, titles and special effects. Setup is fast, straightforward and uncomplicated. TriCaster Mini, including the optional integrated display screen and system storage capable of recording approximately 45 hours of footage, is available for $7,995 US. TriCaster Mini is also available without the integrated display screen and system storage capable of recording approximately 15 hours of footage for $5,995 US. An optional control surface is available for $2,495 US, and an optional TriCaster Mini cable-kit with four 100-foot HDMI cables is also available for $495 US. [source]

NUKE 9 live event
[permalink] 21.10.2014

Foundry NUKE 9.0 video siggraphJoin the audience of The Foundry's live digital event today, 7.30pm - 9.00pm BST. NUKE 9, including the eagerly anticipated NUKE STUDIO and major updates to NUKE and NUKEX, is the result of two years and countless man hours of development reworking NUKE from its very core to build a faster, more powerful, broader range of unique tools to help users get the job done. Be one of the first to get your hands on NUKE STUDIO! All registrants will be entered into a prize draw to win a free NUKE STUDIO license, so don't miss out. [source]

Panasonic announces Christmas cashback promotion
[permalink] 21.10.2014

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 photo 4KAs an early Christmas present, Panasonic announced that EU consumers who purchase an award-winning Lumix camera or camcorder, from a participating retailer, will be eligible to claim cashback up to 100 GBP (120 EUR). This promotion will run to 12th January 2015. Included in this promotion is the popular Lumix DMC-GH4 (100 GBP / 120 EUR cashback amount), Lumix DMC-TZ60 (30 GBP / 35 EUR), or HC-V550 camcorder (30 GBP / 35 EUR). To claim the cashback on qualifying Lumix, Lumix G camera and camcorder models, participants (aged 18 or over only) must complete the online registration form at panasonic.co.uk/promotions 28 days after product purchase. The last date for registration will be 27th February 2015. [source]

Extensis releases new version of its modular asset management system
[permalink] 20.10.2014

Extensis Portfolio screenshot Extensis announced the immediate availability of Extensis Portfolio, a modular digital asset management system that transforms the user experience and makes DAM affordable for companies of all sizes. With suggested, guided search capabilities, millisecond results, a sleek new user interface and elegant thumbnail views, Portfolio makes asset management intuitive and engaging for the everyday user. Companies can choose what they'll use with Portfolio's modular platform, offering options for mobile DAM, single sign-on, dynamic web portals and more. Additionally, Portfolio's new RESTful API provides ease when integrating with other third-party business applications such as ecommerce systems, collection management systems, and web content management systems. Portfolio is available immediately and starts at an estimated retail price of $2,199 US for the Studio edition. [source]

Canon introduces the world's longest 4K zoom lens
[permalink] 20.10.2014

Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 zoom lens photo Canon has introduced the new ultra-telephoto CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 ultra-telephoto zoom lens. With the world's longest focal length (75-1500mm with its built-in 1.5x extender) and highest (20x) magnification among Super 35mm zoom lenses, the new CINE-SERVO offers cinematographers new possibilities for shooting scenes in HD, 2K and 4K on single-sensor cameras. The new Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm zoom lens is an ultra-telephoto lens with superb 4K optical performance and a removable Digital Drive unit to accommodate either broadcast or cinema-style production. Available in either EF- or PL-mount, the lens leverages Canon's decades of expertise in optical design, computer simulation, and advanced glass materials to achieve a balance of ultra-telephoto 4K optical performance and image brightness with a compact form factor of only 15.9 inches in length (PL version) and a weight of approx. 14.6 pounds. This combination of advantages provides outstanding aberration correction and high image quality extending from the center of the image to all edges. For professional users, this lens enables close-up 4K imaging of wildlife subjects or athletes while maintaining the physical distances necessary in such shooting situations. The new Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 ultra-telephoto zoom lens is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2015 for a suggested list price of $78,000 US. [source]

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Native Instruments releases KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards

Native Instruments Kontour screenshotNative Instruments released the KOMPLETE KONROL S-Series keyboards, and the latest generation of KOMPLETE and KOMPLETE ULTIMATE software bundles. The S-Series keyboards and accompanying KOMPLETE KONTROL software unite all KOMPLETE Instruments under a single, unified playing experience. KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series debuts several industry innovations never before available in a hardware controller. The release also welcomes the next generation of Native Instruments' acclaimed KOMPLETE instruments and effects suites, including six brand-new instruments - ROUNDS, KONTOUR, and POLYPLEX are three new REAKTOR-based instruments, as well as several new additions. The prices of these bundles remain the same, increasing the saving to almost 90% over the cost of the instruments and effects when bought separately. Registered users of KOMPLETE 9 and KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE will receive a free download for the KOMPLETE KONTROL software, giving them the same functionality on KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards as KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE users. The KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards cost $499 US / 499 EUR for the S25 model, $599 US / 599 EUR for S49, and $699 US / 699 EUR for S61. KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE are available at an MSRP of $499 / 499 EUR and $999 US / 999 EUR, respectively. [source]

PlantFactory and VUE 2014.6 PLEs
The "Personal Learning Edition" of PlantFactory and Vue, e-ons virtual nature products, are now updated for the recently announced 2014. [more]
The Foundry launches COLORWAY for CINEMA 4D
Following the launch of COLORWAY in July, The Foundry has now launched the COLORWAY kit for MAXON CINEMA 4D. [more]
Adobe After Effects CC 2014.0.2
Adobe has released the After Effects CC 2014.0.2 (13. [more]
Blender 2.72b
Blender Foundation has released two new bug fix packages for Blender 2. [more]
New update for Blackmagic Studio Cameras enables zoom control
Blackmagic Design released a new 1.9.8 update for its cameras, enabling zoom control using LANC on MFT lenses that support electronic control of zoom, on Blackmagic Studio Camera models. [more]
Creative Cloud Extract makes it easier to go from design to code
With the release of the Creative Cloud Extract, Adobe has made it easier to go from Adobe Photoshop CC design to code. [more]

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