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Faster! Better! Cooler! The Turtle 4.1 Beta is here.
[permalink] 17.09.2007
TurtleSwedish software developers llluminate Labs announced the Public Beta version of Turtle 4.1, their rendering and texture baking solution for Maya. Turtle 4.1 includes a completely new GI user interface, a Radiance Cache, and faster Radiosity Normal Map calculations... The software currently supports Maya 8, 8.5, and the new Maya 2008 on Windows. For more information, download the Data Sheet, What's New and Release Notes PDF documents, or try the beta version (direct downloads for: 32-bit Windows, 64-bit Windows); needs registration. [source]
The Gnomon Workshop releases three new training DVDs
[permalink] 17.09.2007

GnomonThe Gnomon Workshop - a Hollywood-based professional training DVD specialist - announced three new additions to its 3D and 2D libraries. Zack Petroc returns with Volume 2 of his Art Direction and Digital Sculpting series, utilizing ZBrush 3 (The Digital Maquette, Volume Two). You can watch the sample clip with lower resolution here. Next is the Modeling Essentials with StudioTools DVD featuring NURBS modeling in StudioTools with Henry Goecke (sample clip), and finally Practical Light and Color DVD, in which Jeremy Vickery discusses the fundamentals of light and color from a practical standpoint (sample clip). The price of each DVD is $69 US, with the exception of Practical Light and Color, which is priced at $49 US. [source]

Lightroom & Camera Raw updated
[permalink] 15.09.2007

New 4.2 version of the Camera Raw plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS3 comes with minor noise reduction adjustments and support Canon EOS 40D, Fuji FinePix IS-1, Panasonic DMC-FZ18, Phase One P 20-45 backs, and other cameras (but not the Canon EOS 1D Mark III at this time). For a full list of changes, read the Camera Raw 4.2 ReadMe document. Direct download: for Mac OS X (7.5 MB), and Windows (3.2 MB). Photoshop Lightroom 1.2 includes corrections for several issues including XMP auto-write performance, Windows Vista grid display errors, noise reduction for Bayer patterned sensors, and support for the aforementioned cameras. Read the Lightroom 1.2 ReadMe file for detailed upgrade information. Direct download: for Mac OS X (40.8 MB), and Windows (47.3 MB). [source]

MicroTrack II coming soon...
[permalink] 14.09.2007

M-Audio MicroTrack 2M-Audio is working on an updated version of their mobile digital recorder MicroTrack. Its second incarnation will come with a 48V Phantom power, analog limiter, extended input gain range, BWF support, and faster file transfer. As its predecessor, MicroTrack II will be fully battery-operated, will feature USB 2.0 mini-connector for direct drag-and-drop file transfer to PC and Mac computers, and will record to CompactFlash or Microdrive media. No price or release date details were available at press time. [source]

modo 301 is out!
[permalink] 11.09.2007

Modo iconLuxology today announced the immediate availability of modo 301, the newest version of its 3D modeling and rendering software for Windows and Mac OS X workstations. Modo 301 improves performance and workflow (new user interface, threaded painting for superior performance and paint strokes applied across multiple images or UV maps, new snapping functionality, the modo renderer now operates on up to 50 workstations - cross-platform), and adds two new key capabilities: true 3D sculpting and the ability to animate items and their properties. The software ships with dual license supporting both Mac OS X and Windows systems and sells for a MSRP of $895 US ($395 US for upgrades). The free 30-day evaluation version is still in the making (sign up for a Luxology newsletter to be informed when it is available), but you can watch the growing number of free video training materials at Luxology.TV while you wait. [source]

Autodesk Inferno, Flame, Flint, Fire, and Smoke updated!
[permalink] 10.09.2007

Flame logoAutodesk announced the 2008 releases of the Autodesk Inferno, Flame and Flint visual effects systems, as well as the Autodesk Fire and Smoke editing/finishing systems. Among the introduced features is the new standard file system for improved facility workflow; OpenEXR support and better FBX file format support for better interoperability between Flame (etc.) and Autodesk Maya software; new multi-layer timeline and audio tools in Flame, Flint, and Inferno; redesigned 16:9 GUI, on-screen tool tips; and enhanced DVE 3D compositing environment in Fire and Smoke. Also included in these releases are features that were originally introduced in the 2007 Extension 1 release, previously available only to Autodesk subscription customers. New 2008 systems will ship on HP 9400 workstations running the Linux operating system. Autodesk published new brochures describing the 2008 systems: Visual Effects and Compositing Product Brochure, Workflow Brochure, and Smoke Overview Brochure. New documentation is not available, yet (only the 2007 docs, and Flame 2007 Extension 1 Training Videos)... [source]

Adobe Illustrator CS3 13.0.2 update
[permalink] 10.09.2007
Adobe released an update to their Illustrator CS3 software. It addresses issues related to importing native Freehand files into Illustrator. This includes fixes for retaining certain gradients on fills, some raster effects, as well as additional support for importing of text styles. Direct download: for Mac OS X (3.2 MB), and Windows (2.5 MB). [source]
NewTek unveils VT[5]
[permalink] 08.09.2007

VT logoThe first public demonstration of NewTek's fifth version of Video Toaster - an integrated video production suite - took place at this year's IBC Exhibition. The VT[5] features live switching and web streaming of up to 24 cameras, and now includes LiveSet, NewTek's new live virtual set technology. The update also features advanced keying capabilities, integrated SDI switching support and automated clip playback, with simultaneous output to video, projector and web stream. VT[5] will be available in Q4 2007 for a MSRP of $4,995 US, current owners of any previous version of VT may upgrade their software for a promotional price of $995 US till October 15, 2007 (or for $1,495 US after October 15). [source]

Ballistic Publishing and 3D.SK present the ULTIMATE photo reference DVD
[permalink] 07.09.2007

ULTIMATE 01 DVD photo BallisticBallistic Publishing - in conjunction with the renowned human reference resource specialist 3D.SK - has released the first of its new ULTIMATE: 16-megapixel royalty-free photographic reference collections for game and film creators. The first title in the series features model Klara Medkova photographed by Peter Levius, and contains 300 clothed and semi-clothed photographs in both reference and action poses. Available from www.ballisticpublishing.com for $65 US. [source]

DPA launches shotgun microphone!
[permalink] 07.09.2007

DPA 4017After rival Schoeps launched their first CMIT 5U shotgun microphone at the end of the last year, Denmark-based high-end microphone manufacturer DPA could not remain silent. Even then, however, the launch of the DPA 4017 shotgun mic came as a (pleasant) surprise! As DPA puts it, "DPA 4017 [is] a short and exceptionally lightweight shotgun microphone offering a highly directional pickup pattern while maintaining DPA's characteristic clarity." 4017 runs on regular 48V phantom power and delivers high output level of 30 mV/Pa (-30 dB re. 1 V/Pa), very low self noise of typically 14 dB(A) and a 70 Hz - 20 kHz frequency range with permanent third order high pass filter at 50 Hz. You can see the directional characteristic and on/off-axis frequency response graphs here. Other interesting data (direct PDF downloads): User's Manual, Brochure. Worldwide delivery will begin during October 2007 at an unspecified price. [source]

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Panasonic AU-EVA1: Compact 5.7K Super 35mm cinema camera!

Panasonic AU-EVA1 photo side At Cine Gear Expo 2017, Panasonic previewed the AU-EVA1, a new 5.7K EF-Mount cinema camera positioned between the Panasonic Lumix GH5 4K mirrorless camera and the VariCam LT. Compact and lightweight, the EVA1 contains a newly designed 5.7K Super 35mm-sized sensor for capturing true cinematic images, with Dual Native ISO. And like the VariCam lineup of cinema cameras, the EVA1 contains V-Log/V-Gamut capture to deliver high dynamic range and broad colors. Weighing only 2.65-lbs / 1.2 kg (body only), and with a compact form factor as well as a removable handgrip, the EVA1 can be used for efficient handheld shooting applications and can also be mounted on a drone, gimbal rig or jib arm for complex yet smooth camera moves. The camera records to SD cards in several formats and compression rates, and offers up to 10-bit 4:2:2, even in 4K. For high-speed capture, the EVA1 offers 2K up to 240-fps. In terms of bitrates, you can record up to 400-Mbps for robust recording. The EVA1 will ship this Fall for under 8,000 USD (body only). [source]

Free HALion 6 trial version
Steinberg announced the immediate availability of the free HALion 6 trial. [more]
Steinberg Cubase 8.5.30 improves Dorico compatibility, new trial versions
Steinberg released a maintenance update 8.5.30 for Cubase Pro and Artist. [more]
CINEMA 4D Service Release 18 (SP2)
This new service release improves stability and performance of Maxon's CINEMA 4D software for 3D modeling, animation, and rendering. [more]
V-Ray 3.5 for Modo
Chaos Software added new, cutting-edge features to V-Ray for Modo. [more]
Propellerhead releases free Reason 9.5 update with VST support
Propellerhead Software released Reason 9.5, the newest update to its award-winning Reason music production software. [more]
Unreal Engine 4.16 with new Volumetric Fog feature
Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4.16 includes new rendering and animation features, significant performance improvements for mobile and console platforms, and a plethora of quality of life enhancements that will make it even easier to make stunning environments and engaging experiences that run smoothly on a wider variety of platforms. [more]

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