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AMD demonstrates first graphics processors to feature DisplayPort 1.1 support
[permalink] 01.08.2007

AMD announced successful interoperability testing of a next-generation graphics processor with a native DisplayPort 1.1 transmitter. The testing was completed with a Genesis Microchip DisplayPort receiver. DisplayPort is an interface designed to be scalable and allow for true unification of display interfaces. It supports both external connections, such as a display to a PC or TV, as well as embedded interface applications, such as inside a notebook PC. For more information on the technology, visit the Video Electronics Standards Association's (VESA) http://www.displayport.org/ web site... [source]

The Iconix Video HD-RH1 camera used extensively on The Kill Point
[permalink] 01.08.2007

Iconix HD cameraMiniature professional HD-RH1 camera from a Santa Barbara-based manufacturer Iconix Video, was used during the production of Spike TV's new eight-hour drama series The Kill Point. Thanks to its extremely compact design (the camera head, connected to a remote CCU and PSU via cable, is roughly the size of a golf ball and weights about two ounces), the cinematographers were able to capture many POV shots otherwise impossible to do with a standard-sized HD camera (shots inside air ducts, e.g.). The 1/3" 3CCD multi-format camera supports standard SD and HDTV resolutions up to 1080p 60Hz, features SDI, DVI-D, and Analog outputs, 14-bit quantization, programmable gamma and Genlock. Read the Spec Sheet or User Manual for more information. See the list of rental locations here. [source]

Toon Boom Studio 4 coming soon!
[permalink] 31.07.2007

Toon Boom Studio boxToon Boom Animation Inc. announced the upcoming release of Toon Boom Studio 4, new version of their award winning all-in-one 2D animation software. And what's new? Redesigned GUI including the ability to customize user workspace; extended animation styles to import, vectorize and animate photographs; wider selection of brushes; ability to apply blurs and glows on drawings with the new Feather Edges feature; support of Adobe Illustrator layers; Alpha Onion Skinning; support of Tablet PC OS (for Windows XP and Vista)... Full version will cost $399 US ($299.99 US during the pre-launch special until August 16, 2007 - this offer extends to upgrades as well, with special upgrade pricing of $79.99 US until August 16), with September 2007 targeted as the expected month of release. [source]

mocha to simplify and accelerate the tracking workflow
[permalink] 31.07.2007

Imagineer mochaImagineer Systems announced their new stand-alone tracking station named mocha. It leverages Imagineer's advanced 2.5D planar tracking technology to simplify and significantly accelerate the tracking and rotoscoping workflow for VFX artists. mocha's proprietary Planar Tracking System enables artists to quickly generate accurate corner-pins that can be exported to industry standard compositing and editing systems (such as Inferno, Flame, Flint, Smoke, Combustion, Avid DS, Quantel generationQ, After Effects, Shake and Fusion). Additionally, mocha intelligently tracks and transforms roto splines that can also be exported (mocha is the 'big brother' of motor; it contains all motor's rotoscoping tools). This new approach to tracking and rotoscoping results in highly accurate 2D tracks and mattes of superior quality while requiring far fewer keyframes and adjustment. See the Tutorial videos to learn the basics of the application. Available immediately for Windows, Mac OS and Linux systems and priced at $2,995 for a single node-locked license. [source]

NVIDIA FX Composer 2 and PerfKit 5 to speed up next generation game development
[permalink] 31.07.2007

NVIDIA FXComposer GraphicNVIDIA's IDE for shader authoring, FX Composer, and a performance toolkit for real-time games and applications NVIDIA PerfKit, were updated to version 2 and version 5, respectively. FX Composer 2 features Shader Library integration, ShaderPerf analysis, animation support, COLLADA support, scripting, effect and project wizards, customizable toolbars and layouts, Microsoft XNA support, and more. The release also bundles mental mill Artist Edition from mental images, which allows users to create shaders visually by connecting nodes. See the Overview Video (smaller version here) or view the Overview Slides to get the impression of FX Composer's feature set. You can also download the latest version here, (plus its Quick Tutorial, Overview, User Guide, and Readme documents). PerfKit 5 brings Microsoft DirectX 10 and Vista support; GeForce 8 Series GPU support; shader editing on the fly; more GPU and driver counters; and other features. NVIDIA also announced the release of the GPU Gems 3 book published by Addison-Wesley (see the Visual Table of Contents here), the latest in a series of collections of cutting-edge GPU programming techniques for computer graphics and parallel computing from NVIDIA. [source]

FormSpring 2.0
[permalink] 31.07.2007

Formspring logoFormSpring introduced FormSpring 2.0 , new version of their online form building tool, designed to create and publish forms easily and securely (see the Feature list). New is the drag and drop functionality; thumbnail view of forms; more templates; or mouse over navigation... FormSpring provides free version of the service and a number of paid services (see their Pricing page), you can also sign up for a free demo here. [source]

DE:Noise reduces noise using feature-sensitive spatial filtering and optical flow methods
[permalink] 30.07.2007

You can never have enough high-quality de-noising tools - that is why the RE:Vision Effects's latest announcement comes certainly as a very good news: The DE:Noise 1.0 plug-in for After Effects (and compatible hosts) combines proprietary motion estimation techniques with feature-sensitive, edge-preserving spatial filtering methods to reduce the visual impact of various problems such as: noisy video, excessive film grain, CG renders affected by sampling artifacts, fingerprints and dust captured during film scan/transfer and printing, snow, drop-outs and many other defects. The plug-in support up to 16 bpc processing and is compatible with Adobe After Effects 6.5, Adobe Premiere Pro 2, Autodesk Combustion 3 and eyeon Digital Fusion/DFX+ 4.04e and up, plus it is also available as an FxPlug plug-in for Final Cut Pro 6 / Motion 3 or higher. The product is priced at $149.95 US, a demo version (that draws an "X" on each processed image) can be downloaded here (or directly: for Windows, Mac OS or FxPlug). [source]

GridIron Nucleo Pro 2 now shipping
[permalink] 30.07.2007

Nucleo Pro 2 iconGridIron updates its After Effects productivity tool Nucleo Pro. With workflow enhancements like Spec Preview, Spec Render, Commit to Disk, and Background Render, Nucleo Pro allows creative professionals to harness the full power of their multi-processor or multi-core computers. New version, Nucleo Pro 2, expands the possibilities with support for 3D rendering applications (supported are: Autodesk 3ds Max & Maya, MAXON CINEMA 4D, NewTek LightWave 3D, Softimage|XSI, and Apple Shake) in the Background Render Queue and Pre-Composition Proxies (a feature that makes After Effects 'proxying' extremely simple by allowing the addition of a proxy with a single keystroke. If a proxied composition is changed, Nucleo Pro 2 re-renders only the modified frames in the background, then updates the composition's proxy automatically.). Nucleo Pro 2 ($395 US) supports all versions of Adobe After Effects version 7.0 and the new After Effects CS3 Professional on both Windows and Mac OS X platforms. Nucleo Pro 1 customers may upgrade to Nucleo Pro 2 for $99, it is also possible to try before you buy (requires registration). Check out the Feature Tutorials here. [source]

eyeon Fusion 5.2: More details at Siggraph
[permalink] 27.07.2007
eyeon Fusion 5 splash screeneyeon Software Inc. announced an update for its high-end video-compositing application Fusion. Version 5.2 will include over 100 modifications in various areas, with the most significant being the addition of a new Vector Motion Blur tool (calculates motion blur from vector data through motion stored in the image's vector/velocity channels), OpenFX plug-in support, GPU-accelerated 3D LUTs, expanded metadata handling for DPX, Cineon and OpenEXR formats, enhancements to scripting, and more precise and faster Tracker tool. Pricing and availability for this upgrade will be announced in detail at Siggraph. If you are not a Fusion user, take a look at the 21 Reasons you need it. [source]
Virtools 4 Service Pack 3 now available
[permalink] 25.07.2007

Virtools logoFrench 3D authoring software Virtools was updated to v4 SP3 "with fixes and additional features." Virtools 4 features a GUI to develop sophisticated applications by: visually assembling objects and behaviors, scripting or programming a dedicated API. Virtools support a variety of 3D formats (3ds Max, Maya, XSI, LightWave 3D, Collada); rendering APIs (HLSL and CgFX, DirectX 9.0c and OpenGL 2.0); and target platforms (Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X computers, Xbox and Sony PSP consoles, plus internet browsers and Office applications via specialized players)... Users can let Virtools update itself or download the Service Pack 3 from the Virtools support website (requires login). If you are new to Virtools technology, check-out the demos and the new virtoolsgames.com web site to see the latest games [created with it]. [source]

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Corel Painter 2018

Corel Painter 2018 video Corel introduced Painter 2018, new version of its creative digital painting software. Painter 2018 delivers a complete set of professional painting tools to help you create your next incredible masterpiece, faster than ever. Innovative new features including Thick Paint, 2.5D Texture Brushes, and Texture Synthesis add unprecedented realism. The Thick Paint feature implements voluminous media to pile up, push around, carve into, scrape, and blend into realistic painted perfection. Users can apply pressure, tilt, and rotation using Bristle Brushes, and work with Palette Knives to achieve organic brushstrokes. New 2.5D texture brushes lift paint off the canvas: you can import a 2D rendering of a 3D model and use source blending to brush on thick scales, pores, or nubby texture. Alternatively, paint directly onto your canvas to add character to your art. Painter 2018 is available for 429 USD / 499 CAD / 424.95 EUR / and 359.99 GBP. Registered owners of any previous version can purchase for the upgrade price of 229 USD / 269 CAD / 218.95 EUR / or 179.99 GBP. UK and European prices include VAT. [source]

Golaem 6 with custom AI capabilities
Golaem announced Golaem 6, giving TDs more accesses under the hood of this crowd simulation engine for Autodesk Maya. [more]
Free Boris Continuum training course from Lynda.com
Boris FX teamed up with Lynda.com to bring you one month free access to their new training course Learning Boris Continuum hosted by VFX expert Lee Lanier. [more]
Free HALion 6 trial version
Steinberg announced the immediate availability of the free HALion 6 trial. [more]
Blackmagic Design's Audio and KeyKode Reader accessory for Cintel
Blackmagic Design today announced the new Cintel Audio and KeyKode Reader accessory for its Cintel Film Scanner, which lets customers scan audio and KeyKode information along with images from the scanner, all in real-time. [more]
E-on software pre-releases Carbon Scatter and CloudFactory Ozone 2017 plug-ins
E-on software announced the immediate availability of the pre-release of its Carbon Scatter and CloudFactory Ozone 2017 suite of plug-ins, for customers with a valid maintenance plan. [more]
Maxon Cinema 4D R18 Service Pack 3
Release 18 SP3 enhances the stability and performance of Cinema 4D, and also optimizes functions in the areas of modeling, data exchange and the user interface of Cinema 4D. [more]

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