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Color Symmetry brings color-consistency to the VFX process
[permalink] 06.08.2007

Color Symmetry iconColor Symmetry, made by a California-based Duiker Research Corp., is a suite of plug-ins powered by a custom library of film profiles, proprietary LUTs, color correction nodes and transformation techniques that eliminate color disparity between the way images appear when being manipulated, integrated and rendered and the way they would look on a real film stock. The whole suite is designed to enhance you studio's color pipeline from initial rendering all the way up to the finishing stage - providing color-handling and film-emulating plug-ins for 3ds Max, Maya, LightWave 3D up to Toxik, Fusion and Shake (see the full list of supported host applications below). The Color Symmetry plug-in suite is available now, with platform-transparent support for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X systems. A single license of Color Symmetry includes plug-ins for Adobe After Effects / Photoshop, Apple Shake, Autodesk 3ds Max / Maya / Toxik, NewTek LightWave 3D, eyeon Fusion, IRIDAS FrameCycler, ASSIMILATE SCRATCH and OpenFX-compatible hosts. No pricing information has been disclosed publicly, yet. See the Color Symmetry Brochure or White Paper to learn more. [source]

New 3ds Max is here...
[permalink] 06.08.2007

Autodesk 3ds Max box shotAutodesk announced 3ds Max 2008, latest version of its out-of-the-box solution for 3D modeling, animation and rendering. This release focuses on overcoming challenges associated with working on large and complex datasets, thus bringing new viewport technology and optimizations for improved performance with scenes consisting of tens of thousands of objects. Selection and material assignment operations are said to be up to 10 times faster, object transformations should be up to 60 times faster! New Scene Explorer will offer hierarchical view of scene data, as well as fast scene analysis and editing tools. 3ds Max 2008 will also feature new, less menu-dependent modeling tools, mental ray workflow improvements or new integrated MAXScript ProEditor. For a list of new features in this release visit www.autodesk.com/3dsmax. Autodesk anticipates that 3ds Max 2008 will be available in October 2007 for a SRP of $3,495 US (for $795 US in case of an upgrade, respectively). [source]

Autodesk Launches Maya 2008
[permalink] 06.08.2007

Autodesk Maya 8 box shotDuring their 'product launching frenzy', Autodesk announced (along with new versions of Max, Toxik and Motion Builder) new version of Maya - Maya 2008. The new version improves overall modeling efficiency with a streamlined Mesh Smooth workflow, a new Slide Edge feature and performance-related improvements to Booleans, Bridge, Bevel and other tools. The speed of other tools and features - like Poly Reduce, Poly Smooth or mental ray mesh translation - also increased. Maya 2008 offers a host of improvements in the game development field as well, with support for DirectX HLSL shaders in the Maya viewport, a new hardware shader API, enhancements to the high-quality render view, accelerated mental ray texture baking, and more. The software also supports Windows Vista OS and includes latest mental ray 3.6 core (which - apart from the mentioned mesh/instances translation performance improvements - features faster IPR startup)... See the Features section on Autodesk's Maya site for a more detailed list of changes. Autodesk will release Maya 2008 in September 2007 for Windows and Linux systems (64-bit and 32-bit versions), as well as Mac OS X for Intel-based Macintosh and PowerPC computers (32-bit version only). [source]

Autodesk MotionBuilder 7.5 Extension 2
[permalink] 06.08.2007
The second extension for Autodesk MotionBuilder 7.5 software, real-time 3D character animation and 3D storytelling solution, is planned to be available for download to all Autodesk MotionBuilder Platinum members later this month. The extension delivers new performance enhancements (improved load speeds, faster scene evaluation), new Biped Template (enables 3ds Max software users to quickly rig their Biped characters in MotionBuilder), new Finger solver in the Actor toolset (allows animators to apply optical marker data to a character's fingers in real-time) and additional platform support for the Intel-based Macintosh system and the 64-bit Windows XP OS. [source]
Focusrite unveils ISA 828
[permalink] 06.08.2007

Focusrtite ISA 828Focusrite's new ISA 828 eight channel rack-mounted (2U) microphone preamplifier comes with original ISA transformer-balanced preamps with the same circuit design as the ISA110 module from Focusrite's Forte console (including Lundahl L1538 transformers and Zobel network). The microphone input stage includes a variable impedance circuit, the four front panel instrument inputs also feature high and low impedance options. Insert switches are on every channel, as well as a high-pass filter. Optionally, the unit can be retrofitted with eight-channel 192kHz A/D card (with noise performance at -122dBF and jitter less than 250 picoseconds). Every channel features a six LED input meter with trim utilising the same reference points as Digidesign's Pro Tools HD. Detailed photos of the unit at Focusrite's web site: Front, Rear. [source]

SOFTIMAGE|CAT 3 now available
[permalink] 04.08.2007

Softimage CATSoftimage has released SOFTIMAGE|CAT 3, the latest version of the popular character rigging and animation plug-in for Autodesk 3ds Max software. CAT's third incarnation brings new character rig presets (allows customers to add skin meshes, deformation objects, manipulator objects, and any kind of 3ds Max object to a character rig), real-time update to pre-set character rigs, realistic skin and tendon deformation for 3D character rigs (i.e. CATMuscle), procedural controls for bones, and joint limits to restrict bone movements to a pre-defined range. For a more detailed list of new features, visit this page. SOFTIMAGE|CAT 3 is available now for $995 US via download delivery, customers of CAT 2 can upgrade for $295 US. Before committing to buy the software, you can view the CAT animated galleries, or download the free trial version (requires registration). [source]

Bowers & Wilkins presents audiophile iPod speakers
[permalink] 03.08.2007

Bowers Wilkins Zeppelin iPod SpeakersHi-Fi legend B&W, the company behind monitoring loudspeakers used e.g. at Abbey Road Studios or Skywalker Sound, introduced "Made for iPod" speakers called Zeppelin. It is a one-piece amplified speaker system and docking station that transforms an iPod into a capable, very compact "audiophile-grade" stereo system. Zeppelin is available from September 2007 at select Apple Stores at a MSRP of $599 US. [source]

Toxik 2008 to coexist with its predecessor?
[permalink] 02.08.2007

Autodesk Toxik 2008 screenshotToxik - Autodesk's "desktop software for feature film procedural compositing" - was released in version Toxik 2008. The software is available as a stand-alone product on both Windows and Linux platforms and was designed for real-time HDRI film-compositing tasks. New Toxik introduces Bicubic image warping tools, interoperability with Maya (all the Maya render layers, cameras, locators, axis and world space information load directly into Toxik), Versioning tool (allows users to manage multiple iterations and outputs with support for multi-channel open EXR import), and other new features. Strangely enough, Autodesk states (on their Toxik site) that Toxik will be currently available in two versions, with Toxik 2007 described as "offering relational database for advanced multi-user collaboration" and customization through Python scripting, while Toxik 2008 will be marketed as "a standalone version and ideal compositing companion to CG applications such as Autodesk Maya software." Toxik 2008 (Windows and Linux) will be made available during fall 2007 with a price specified at $3,485 US for one creative seat. [source]

DFT empowers Photoshop users with Power Stroke 1.0
[permalink] 01.08.2007

Power Stroke GUI PhotoshopDigital Film Tools (an offshoot of the Digital FilmWorks visual effects facility based in Los Angeles) released a new Photoshop plug-in: Power Stroke. It is based on research and technology by Liron Yatziv and Guillermo Sapiro from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota (see this web site) and as such allows region-based color correcting operations with an easy to use interface. Instead of meticulously selecting regions or hand-painting masks, regions of interest are isolated by drawing a few simple brush strokes with adjustments then made only in those areas. The plug-in, compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements for both Windows XP/Vista or Mac OS X 10.4+, is available for $120 US. Before purchase, you can download the demo version, manual and tutorial files here, read the Power Stroke Features leaflet, or see the Selective Re-color tutorial. [source]

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]

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New Blackmagic Design products!

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera photoBlackmagic Design announced several new products at this year's InterBEE in Tokyo, Japan. For a January 2018 release, Blackmagic Design slated a DeckLink 8K Pro PCIe capture and playback card featuring Quad-Link 12G-SDI supporting all film and video formats from SD all the way up to 8K DCI, with 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 sampling and support for advanced color spaces such as Rec. 2020. Blackmagic Design's converter lineup saw the release of new broadcast-quality 6G-SDI Mini Converters for converting SDI to HDMI and HDMI to SDI, and new lower-cost USB-powered Micro Converters, repacked without the power supply so customers can use the power supplies they already own. And lastly, the new Blackmagic Camera 4.7 Update for Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K and Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera adds new video formats, dramatically improved sensor performance, new gain settings, RAW output via SDI, and new control options for operating the cameras remotely. [source]

Grass Valley EDIUS 9 demo version
Grass Valley launched EDIUS 9, new version of its popular Windows-based video editing platform. [more]
Brainworx brings British E-Series console to the masses
Plug-in developer Brainworx announced the availability of bx_console E -- their flagship plug-in that pairs a 72-channel emulation of the high-end, hit-making British E-Series console complete with comprehensive compressor/limiter, expander/gate, four-band parametric EQ, and wide-ranging filter sections, together with flexible signal routing, just like the original console. [more]
Nuendo 8 trial version now available
Steinberg announced the immediate availability of the Nuendo 8 trial version. [more]
Steinberg Cubase Pro 9.5 out now
Steinberg announced the arrival of Cubase 9.5, the next major update to all three Cubase editions that significantly enhances the workflow, quality and creative tool set of your favorite DAW with amazing new features and sharp improvements. [more]
New Blackmagic Design products!
Blackmagic Design announced several new products at this year's InterBEE in Tokyo, Japan. [more]
Red Giant Universe 2.2
Red Giants have released Universe 2.2, an update to Red Giant Universe, their GPU-accelerated plug-ins for editors and motion graphics artists. [more]

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