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Grass Valley's EDIUS 7.5 with improved 4K workflows
[permalink] 24.04.2015

Grass Valley Canopus EDIUS 6.5 screenshotGrass Valley EDIUS 7.5, announced at NAB 2015, introduces H.264 codec optimizations improving the 4K workflow with Panasonic AVC Ultra, Sony XAVC/XAVC S, and GoPro HERO 4 foemats. EDIUS encodes XAVC 60P faster than real-time, and, according to the developers, is the first non-linear video editing application to do so. EDIUS 7.5 will be a free of charge update for both EDIUS Pro and EDIUS Elite users when it is released later this month. [source]

PixPlant 3: Seamless 3D maps have never been so easy
[permalink] 24.04.2015

PixPlant 3 screenshot FaronStudio has released the third major version of PixPlant, the texturing tool that creates high quality seamless 3D maps from plain photos. PixPlant's capabilities for seamless texture creation are used by key players in the architectural visualization, interior design, 3D virtual prototyping, visual FX and game development industries. The new version 3.0 offers an integrated environment for the creation of 3D maps from plain photos, including displacement, normal, diffuse, specular and ambient occlusion 3D maps. PixPlant is available now for Windows and Mac OS X. [source]

All-new Photoshop Lightroom CC
[permalink] 22.04.2015

Adobe Lightroom CC videos Adobe announced a major update to its Creative Cloud Photography plan with the release of an all-new Photoshop Lightroom CC that delivers lightning-fast performance and new tools to edit, enhance, organize and showcase beautiful photos. Creative Cloud Photography also includes unique sophisticated mobile capabilities: automatically syncing photos with Lightroom CC on the desktop, Lightroom on mobile devices lets users access and edit their entire catalog of photos on iPad, iPhone as well as Android smartphones and tablets. At $9.99 US per month, Adobe's photography brings the tools relied on by photo pros worldwide within reach of anyone who loves photography. New Lightroom CC includes HDR Merge, and Panorama Merge tools, performance Improvement and GPU enhancements with up to 10 times performance boost, facial recognition technology designed to find and categorize images of family and friends, and Advanced Video Slideshows for the creation of polished slideshows using still images, video and music along with professional effects like pan and zoom. [source]

Golaem Crowd 4.0 for Maya
[permalink] 21.04.2015

Golaem Crowd Maya 4.0 video Golaem has released the latest version of their crowd simulation plug-in for Maya: Golaem Crowd 4.0. Golaem Crowd is now being used by more than a hundred VFX studios worldwide, and on top of improved animation system (animation layers, squash & stretch etc.), version 4.0 enables to create more sophisticated shots with cloth simulations and synchronized motions, and to populate scenes even faster by providing artists full control over the simulation. Golaem Crowd has also been updated to support the latest releases of major renderers (V-Ray, Arnold, Renderman Studio, mental ray, 3Delight) and still offers compatibility with previous versions. The Golaem Crowd Arnold procedural plug-in for Arnold can also be used in Softimage and Katana. On top of the existing FBX export, Golaem Crowd for Maya 2015 can now export Alembic Geometry Cache including shaders name information and user attributes. Golaem Crowd is compatible with any Maya version from 2012 to 2015 (Windows or Linux, 64-bit). A free 30-day evaluation version is available here. [source]

Autodesk announces support for ACES 1.0
[permalink] 21.04.2015

Autodesk Flame 2015 3D Shape screenshotAutodesk announced that Flame Premium creative finishing software, Maya 3D animation software, Shotgun and RV, will support ACES 1.0, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' color management and interchange standards. Simultaneously, Autodesk unveiled plans to make its SynColor color management engine available as a reference implementation for future ACES adopters through a royalty-free, permissive license. With support for the new ACES 1.0 color transforms and Common LUT Format (CLF) already integrated into the latest versions of Flame, Lustre, and Maya, creative professionals now have greater flexibility to achieve and maintain pristine color consistency across imagery created and modified in industry-standard tools - from production to post, delivery and archival. The availability of Autodesk's SynColor production-proven CPU and GPU reference implementation, which features support for exact-math ACES transforms, CLF, OpenColorIO and ICC, will also enable technology developers to more quickly deliver high quality ACES applications with top-notch performance. [source]

Shotgun 6 and RV 6 at NAB 2015
[permalink] 21.04.2015

Auctodesk Shotgun 6 NAB 2015 screenshot Shotgun Software, an Autodesk company, unveiled Shotgun 6 and RV 6 at this year's NAB. Shotgun is the cloud-based production tracking, review and asset management software for film, TV and games, recently expanded via acquisition with RV, the widely adopted desktop image and sequence player. Shotgun 6 will now include direct access to RV 6 at no extra cost to users, with the latest releases of both Shotgun 6 and RV 6 also offering new features to boost production efficiency. Shotgun 6 with RV 6 integration is expected to be available by the end of April with pricing starting at $30 US per account/per month with 'Awesome' support, or $50 US per account/per month with 'Super Awesome' support. RV will also continue to be supported as a standalone tool, and pricing for standalone versions of RV, RVIO, and RV-SDI remain the same. [source]

Livestream Studio HD550, Studio Surface Go, Studio 3.0
[permalink] 20.04.2015

Livestream Studio software screenshotThis year at NAB 2015, Livestream introduced Studio HD550, a portable all-in-one live production switcher with 5 HDMI/SDI inputs and a custom bag; Studio Surface Go, a new portable control accessory for Livestream Studio offering essential switching, graphics, and transition controls in a compact body; and Livestream Studio 3.0, an upgraded version of its production switcher software now available as a free upgrade for all Studio users. Next, Livestream annouced a Studio HD51 price update: it is now available for $6,999 US MSRP (originally $7,999). And from April 13th to May 31st, 2015, Livestream is offering a special promotion for new and existing Studio customers: Customers buying any Livestream Studio product can get $500 off Livestream Surface Go in addition to one month of Livestream Premium, and anyone who purchased a Livestream Studio product before April 13, 2015, can buy a Studio Surface Go and get a $200 Livestream Platform credit. [source]

Universal Audio and Softube announce Marshall Super Lead plug-in
[permalink] 20.04.2015

Universal Audio Softube Plexi screenshot The Marshall "Plexi" Super Lead plug-in -- the only Marshall-branded amplifier plug-in on the market -- comes exclusively to Apollo audio interfaces and the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform in May 2015, as a result of cooperation between Universal Audio and Softube. The 100-watt Marshall Super Lead Model 1959, commonly referred to as the "Plexi," is one of the world's most celebrated guitar amps. Softube worked with Marshall and recording engineer Tony Platt (AC/DC's Highway to Hell and Back in Black) to craft a faithful emulation of Marshall's own reference Super Lead Model 1959 amp, built in 1967 and captured using an era-correct 1960BHW speaker cabinet in Kore Studios, London. [source]

Red Giant Software spring sale, 25% off
[permalink] 20.04.2015

Red Giant Softare PluralEyes videoRed Giants are planning to have a 24-hour spring sale on April 28th, where you can save 25% off everything in their redgiant.com store! The sale discount will be for suites, individual products, full licenses, upgrades etc. To redeem the 25% discount, users will be required to apply the coupon code that will be found on redgiant.com site on April 28. [source]

Autodesk 3ds Max 2016 is here!
[permalink] 17.04.2015

Autodesk 3ds Max 2016 videoAutodesk released a 2016 version of its flagship 3ds Max software (read this announcement for information on new features). This release marks the last year a one-time license is available for purchase (at $3,675 US). Autodesk now offers new subscription plans starting at $185 US/month (online store only). It is also available as a quarterly subscription at $460 US (resellers only) or annually at $1,470 US (online store or resellers). A 30-day trial can be downloaded here. [source]

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Autodesk unveils 2016 Media and Entertainment software

Autodesk 3ds Max 2016 video Autodesk announced new version of its M&E software, including updates to the Flame Family and Entertainment Creation Suite. This year, the 2016 3D animation portfolio is stronger than ever with significant updates to Maya and 3ds Max. Each release includes new features and improvements designed to boost performance, collaboration and simplify daily operations for advanced creativity. Maya 2016 features supercharged animation performance with a parallel evaluation system taking advantage of the CPU and GPU to increase the speed of both playback and character rig manipulation; an all new look and feel, and the updated hypershade showcase improve ease of use and artist-friendly workflows; and new capabilities in Bifrost, including adaptive foam and guided simulations. 3ds Max 2016 adds procedural content creation; a new node-based content and tool creation toolkit Max Creation Graph; new XRef renovations designed to e xternally reference objects to scenes and animate/edit material on the XRef object in the source file without having to merge the object into the scene; as well as new intuitive Design Workspace and Template Systems. The 2016 Entertainment Creation Suite includes all the new features and updates to Maya 2016 and 3ds Max 2016, in addition to updates and enhancements in Mudbox 2016 (new sculpting tools and relax brush for smoothing surfaces) and MotionBuilder 2016 (story tool updates and enhancements). The new releases of Flame and Flame Premium provide customers with Lightbox, an interactive GPU shader toolkit for 3D color correction; Matchbox in Action that applies fast, interactive Matchbox shaders to texture maps/textures; and color management workflow enhancements. See details and purchasing options here. [source]

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 delivers NUKE Non-commercial!
Artists interested in exploring NUKE, NUKEX and NUKE STUDIO can now do so for free with NUKE Non-commercial, the much-anticipated offering from The Foundry. [more]
Grass Valley's EDIUS 7.5 with improved 4K workflows
Grass Valley EDIUS 7.5, announced at NAB 2015, introduces H. [more]
Livestream Studio HD550, Studio Surface Go, Studio 3.0
This year at NAB 2015, Livestream introduced Studio HD550, a portable all-in-one live production switcher with 5 HDMI/SDI inputs and a custom bag; Studio Surface Go, a new portable control accessory for Livestream Studio offering essential switching, graphics, and transition controls in a compact body; and Livestream Studio 3. [more]
Fusion 8 will be available on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux
As revealed earlier this month, Fusion 8, Blackmagic Design's advanced visual effects and motion graphics software, will be released on Mac OS X and Linux. [more]

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