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Version 3.0 of Shade/Shape released
[permalink] 10.07.2007

Shade Shaper plug-in logoRE:Vision Effects announced the release of Shade/Shape 3.0, the After Effects (and compatible host applications, see this list) plug-in that "automatically turns your 2D artwork into 3D rendered imagery." New to version 3.0 is support for unclamped floating point processing (in Adobe After Effects 7.0 and up), better multi-threading for faster rendering, edge detection support for better antialiasing and other improvements... Shade/Shape 3.0 is priced at $89.95 US (w/upgrade pricing at $29.97 from any previous version, render-only upgrades are free). A free demo version (that draws an "X" on each image) can be downloaded here. [source]

Houdini 9: Public Beta is out!
[permalink] 10.07.2007
Houdini's new fluid dynamics system in action. In addition to volume-based fluids (as used on the candle fire simulation video on the left), you can use particle-based fluid simulations that produce high quality splashes (right).
Gone are the days of secrecy when high-end software companies did not bother to create demo versions of their products - now you can test drive some of them before they are even released! Side Effects Software just published a beta version of the forthcoming ninth installment of their award-winning 3D graphics solution, Houdini. It sports new, easier to learn GUI with icon-based shelf, a powerful new fluid dynamics solver, enhanced Mantra renderer (with the addition of multi-segment motion blur, physically-based rendering, volumetric rendering, fur procedurals and significant speed improvements) and new Python API. [source]
RF4 updated to v4.3
[permalink] 10.07.2007
RealFlow graphicAccording to Spanish company Next Limit Technologies, makers of the long-standing 3D fluid dynamics simulator RealFlow, their newly released update v4.3 is "more than just a bug fix, there are several new and improved features" as well. That means you will get not only speed improvements (e.g. the stacking procedure in the rigid body solver is now up to 4 times faster and more stable) but also new toys to play with (new commands to reset the transformation matrices of a node or an object, command line option "-reset" for resetting scenes before starting simulations and more...). For a complete list of changes, take a look at the full release notes here. For those not familiar with the software (compatible with all the major 3D packages, see RealFlow's Connectivity page), take a look a this 2006 demo reel to see what the RealFlow package - worth $2700 US per 2 CPU license - can do for you... [source]
Nuke 4.7v2 now available
[permalink] 10.07.2007
Nuke logoHigh-end film compositor Nuke, formerly a proprietary tool of Digital Domain studios and now developed, supported and sold by a British visual effects developer The Foundry (famous for their Tinder plug-ins), got upgraded to version 4.7v2. This is a maintenance release that fixes 40+ bugs (for a full list of features, take a look at release notes). Customers on maintenance contracts will not require new license keys to run this version. A full Nuke (Node-locked or floating) GUI license can be purchased for £1750 / $3500 US, to obtain a fully functional 30-day evaluation license, contact The Foundry sales team at sales@thefoundry.co.uk. Updates can be downloaded here. [source]
Capture Magic HD: Record direct to disk with ease
[permalink] 10.07.2007

Capture Magic HD iconCapture Magic HD is a new multiple camera, direct-to-disk recording and monitoring system for standard definition consumer DV, DVCPro, and high definition DVCProHD and HDV cameras. It features multi-camera support; Waveform Monitors, Vectorscopes, RGB Parades and Histograms; time-lapse and stop frame animation functions; and support for anamorphic lens (you can preview footage at the final aspect ratio). This Mac-only Universal Binary software costs $299 US. If you want a test-drive, download a 14-day trial version here (and check the on-line manual here, if needed). [source]

Corel updates Painter X
[permalink] 09.07.2007
Corel Painter X box
Corel released Painter X v10.1, a free update to its Natural-Media painting software, Painter. The overall stability and performance of the application has been increased; the update fixes over 20 issues w/Workspace, keyboard shortcuts, Enhanced Brush Ghost, Dodge and Burn etc. Available for both Mac OS and Windows, the Corel Painter X v10.1 update can be downloaded from www.corel.com. Or you can download the English versions of the update directly: for Windows or Mac OS X. If you are not a Painter user but would like to test-drive its feature set, you can download a 30-day trial version here. [source]
Continuum Complete 5.0 now also for AVX and FxPlug
[permalink] 09.07.2007

Boris Continuum boxshotContinuum Complete from Boris FX is an expansive filter set for NLE and Compositing applications containing over 150 effects boosting multi-core and OpenGL acceleration for faster processing. It is available for a variety of host applications, including Adobe After Effects / Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro / Motion, Autodesk Combustion (as well as their high-end line-up all the way up to Inferno) and now, BCC 5 also supports Apple's new FxPlug plug-in architecture (i.e. support for deep color processing, new contextual controls for organizing user workspace, and full compatibility with Motion 3.0) as well as Avid's AVX 2.0 architecture (with new user workspace enhancements including on screen and contextual controls). You can take a look at a selection of the Continuum Complete filters in a brief QuickTime movie or download a trial version for your preferred host application here (requires registration). [source]

Tiffen Dfx - A digital version of Tiffen filters?
[permalink] 09.07.2007

Tiffen Dfx box

Tiffen, in collaboration with Digital Film Tools (makers of many AE/PS/AVX plug-in packages, e.g. zMatte or Composite Suite), released a Tiffen Dfx Digital Filter Suite software. It is offered as a stand-alone application as well as a suite of application-specific plug-ins (Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid Editing Systems). All Dfx sales and support will be available directly through Tiffen (or its dealer network), with software development handled by DFT, whose previous products 55mm and Digital Film Lab were integrated into the Dfx package as well. Price for the Complete Stand-alone Web Edition will be $199.95 US, Photoshop and After Effects plug-ins will cost you $299.95 US and $599.95 US respectively. Visit tiffen.com to download free trial versions. [source]

Grit Node - a 'Dirt shader' for LightWave 3D rises again
[permalink] 07.07.2007
Grit Node LightWave exampleGrit - free "Accessibilty Shader" plug-in for LightWave - has been updated to work with the Nodal Shader System of the ninth installment of its host application. Grit enables you to shade surfaces based on their accessibility, i.e. it lets you put dirt in hard to reach places of your model, easily. Download the Windows (x32 and x64) or Mac OS X versions here.
IK Multimedia announces Windows Vista support
[permalink] 07.07.2007

Makers of the famous AmpliTube guitar amp & FX modeling software, Italian company IK Multimedia, announced the support of Windows Vista across their entire product range (incl. Ampeg SVX, AmpliTube 2, AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix, Miroslav Philharmonik, and SampleTank 2). Download the latest plug-in versions and drivers from the IK User Area. [source]

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Grass Valley to unveil EDIUS 8.5 at NAB 2017

Grass Valley EDIUS 8 screenshotGrass Valley, a Belden Brand, will show the newly upgraded GV STRATUS 5.7, EDIUS 8.5 and Ignite v10 at NAB 2017 this month. The latest upgrade to GV STRATUS adds powerful transcoding options to the world-class video and workflow orchestration platform. The XRE Transcoder is now fully integrated into GV STRATUS, enabling broadcasters to ingest a wide range of UGC, leveraging the concept of "edit anything," a philosophy that has been a feature of Grass Valley's EDIUS platform for over a decade. GV STRATUS 5.7 also introduces a new web application for desktop and mobile. Editing applications EDIUS Pro and EDIUS Workgroup 8.5 will be faster and able to export, decode and add metadata in more formats than before. Among other usability improvements, the editing platform now includes "PQ Gamma" support of Primary Color Collection video filter for High Dynamic Range (HDR) editing. EDIUS 8.5's companion personal content management tool, Mync, has also been enhanced to feature more storyboard export options. Grass Valley will be demonstrating its news solutions at NAB in booth SL106. [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]
Cubase 9.0.20 update
Steinberg released the latest Cubase 9 update, version 9. [more]
Unity 2017.1 beta
Unity Technologies concluded the Unity 5 cycle with the 5. [more]
Avid Pro Tools First to get a major update this spring
Later this spring, Avid is bringing new features to Pro Tools First, its free edition of the venerable DAW software, to make it even more like the full version of Pro Tools. [more]

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