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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]

How Walt Disney Cartoons are Made
[permalink] 06.07.2007
Disney DocumentaryInterested in classic cartoon animation workflows? Watch the short RKO 1938 documentary 'How Walt Disney Cartoons are Made' on YouTube. In 8.5 minutes, it shows the birth of a legendary animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - from writing and sketching, through inking, coloring, background painting, photography, sound effects creation, scoring, all the way up to the official premiere in Carthay Circle Theatre. [source]
Keylight for After Effects Updated
[permalink] 05.07.2007
The Foundry updated the After Effects version their Academy Award winning keyer, Keylight (Originally developed by The Computer Film Company). Keylight 1.2v5 is included with Adobe After Effects CS3 Professional and this maintenance update fixes several bugs discovered since the AE CS3 release. Download the update free of charge here and see the release notes for a full list of changes (or download the updated User Guide). [source]
Crowley and Tripp mics taken to The Hideout
[permalink] 05.07.2007

Crowley & Tripp Studio Vocalist iconIndependent producer and engineer Michael Hynes recorded Danya River's full-length album (together with partner Mark Cravotta, in their The Hideout Studio; Austin, Texas) using ribbon microphones made by Soundwave Research Laboratories, Inc. "The female voice is very complicated," said Hynes, "and Danya's voice is particularly so. She has a very rich, even low-end and captivating breathiness. [...]" "The Crowley and Tripp Studio Vocalist ribbon was just the microphone I had been searching for," added Hynes. "It captured the warm bottom-end of her voice and enough breath and presence so that I didn't think of it as a normal ribbon. The Studio Vocalist captured her voice the way I heard it naturally in the room with my ears." For the album, Hynes sent the Studio Vocalist into a Sage Electronics preamp, an API 5500 two-channel equalizer, a Neve tape drive processor, and a Neve Portico compressor. The producers also employed a Blumlein pair of Crowley and Tripp Naked Eye microphones, to mike drums, Hammond B3 Leslie Cabinet, and guitars... [source]

Ballistic ships EXPOSE 5
[permalink] 03.07.2007

EXPOSE book photoAustralian company Ballistic Publishing ships the fifth installment in their popular digital art book series EXPOSE. EXPOSE showcases the best digital art (Categories of: Portrait (Painted and Rendered); Architecture (Exterior, Interior and Reconstructed); Fantasy; Action; Concept Art; Creatures; Environment; Cityscapes; Matte Painting; Science Fiction; Abstract; Product Design & Still life; Horror & Surreal; Humorous; Whimsical; and Transport) from around the world each year. Judged by an international team of industry leaders this year's edition features 298 examples of some of the world's best digital art prepared by 218 artists from 45 countries and selected from over 4,500 entries. EXPOSE 5 is available in three editions: Hard Cover ($65 US); Soft Cover ($55 US) and Limited Edition ($145 US - includes an additional 16 pages of artist profiles and 8 Limited Edition prints). [source]

Evasion|3D announced a stand-alone version of X-Dof
[permalink] 30.06.2007

X-DOF example

Evasion|3D released a stand-alone version of their Depth of Field simulator for LightWave 3D and mental ray - X-Dof. The X-Dof Studio system works as a pixel-based process, that creates smooth, and accurate depth-of-field on an image or a video input. The software simulates custom lens diaphragms, lens chromatic aberration; features correct alpha blending and transparency, full parameter keyframing, real-time preview, pick-and-click camera focus functionality, and more. View their 'System and workflow overview' and 'Sample animation project' videos to see it in action. This Windows-only application is priced at $299 US (with a special introductory pricing of $199 US until September 01, 2007). [source]

Metric Halo ship Mobile I/O Version 4 software
[permalink] 28.06.2007

Metric Halo ConnectMetric Halo announced the immediate release of version 4 of Mobile I/O - a software / firmware / driver update that enhances the capabilities of all new and existing Mobile I/O hardware products (mobile audio FireWire interfaces for the Mac OS platform). Version 4 introduces MIOConsoleConnect, a new Metric Halo technology which provides total integration of Mobile I/O hardware with every Mac-based DAW, or any plug-in host on the platform. Implemented as AU, VST and RTAS plug-ins, MIOConsoleConnect directly integrates the MIOConsole control system with the host of the user's choice (incl. Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, and Pro Tools). Other new features include: FireWire Returns (integrated FireWire Returns to the computer via FireWire with no external loopback); Record Panel (streamlined, multi-channel recording system built right in to MIOConsole); DSP plug-ins (release version of previously beta-only plug-ins - from simple math primitives to a complete integrated ChannelStrip processor); 32-bit CoreAudio Transport engine; Universal Binary; and New Look (UI to better integrate with the look of Mac OS X)... The update is available free of charge to all Mobile I/O users - here. [source]

UNFOLD3D for Softimage|XSI 6 now available
[permalink] 27.06.2007

Few things in 3D graphics are more bothersome than UV mapping of organic models. With this in mind, a French company Polygonal Design created UNFOLD3D - a fast, semi-automatic UV mapping solution. Now in its fifth generation, it is also available as a plug-in for Autodesk's 3ds Max and Softimage's XSI, the latter has just been updated to be compatible with the sixth version of its host application. Pictures are sometimes worth more than words: you can check out the demo videos showing the plug-ins' features here or request a demo version and see it for yourself... [source]

Digieffects Acquires Buena Software from Toolfarm
[permalink] 25.06.2007
Digieffects LLC, a developer of popular plug-ins for Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Apple Final Cut Pro, announced the purchase of Buena Software from Toolfarm. The Buena Software plug-ins (Au Naturel - 32-bit per channel floating point linear RGB color space, Depth Cue - depth effects for 3D layers, Swatch Buckler - floating color palette for the AE GUI and Effect Essentials - video effect plug-ins providing 'essential tools' for productivity and creativity) will be offered from Digieffects with lower prices immediately: Effect Essentials and Au Naturel will be combined into one package called the Buena Effects Pack. The suggested retail price of this new package is $199 US (formerly $249 and $149 US respectively). Depth Cue will remain a standalone plug-in with the same suggested retail price of $199 US. Swatch Buckler is now available as a free download from Digieffects' web site (formerly $49). [source]
NVIDIA transforms today's workstations into
[permalink] 20.06.2007

NVIDIA Tesla logo

NVIDIA announced a new class of processors based on a revolutionary new GPU. Under the NVIDIA Tesla brand, NVIDIA will offer a family of GPU computing products that will place the power previously available only from supercomputers in the hands of every scientist and engineer as today's workstations will be transformed into "personal supercomputers." The Tesla family of GPU computing solutions span PCs to large scale server clusters and includes: NVIDIA Tesla GPU Computing Processor (a dedicated computing board that scales to multiple Tesla GPUs inside a single PC or workstation. The Tesla GPU features 128 parallel processors, and delivers up to 518 gigaflops of parallel computation.); NVIDIA Tesla Deskside Supercomputer (A scalable computing system that includes two NVIDIA Tesla GPUs and attaches to a PC or workstation through an industry-standard PCI-Express connection.); and NVIDIA Tesla GPU Computing Server (A 1U server housing up to eight NVIDIA Tesla GPUs, containing more than 1000 parallel processors that add teraflops of parallel processing to clusters.). The product line also features a complete software development solution NVIDIA CUDA that includes a C-compiler for the GPU, debugger/profiler, dedicated driver, and standard libraries for Linux and Microsoft Windows XP systems. See the Product Overview or Technical Brief documents for more information. [source]

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New broadcast products from Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design Q1 Broadcast Update Blackmagic Design announced several new products incl. the Blackmagic URSA Broadcast Ultra HD camera for both ENG and studio work costing 3,495 USD; new Blackmagic Fiber Converters to extend and fully power cameras up to 2 km away from video, talkback, tally and more; new ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio live production switcher with 4 M/Es, 20 inputs, 16 new ATEM Advanced Chroma Keyers, DVEs, and more; and new ATEM 1 M/E Advanced Panel with LCD and customizable controls. All the new products are available now! [source]

V-Ray 3.6 for Rhino
Chaos Software has released V-Ray 3.6 for Rhino. The new version incorporates powerful GPU and hybrid rendering, adaptive lights, improved de-noising, cloud rendering, and a library of over 600 lifelike materials. [more]
Sonnox introduces VoxDoubler
Sonnox released VoxDoubler, the first plug-in from a new range they're calling Toolbox. [more]
Steinberg WaveLab 9.5 trial version now available
Steinberg announced the immediate availability of the free trial versions of WaveLab Pro 9. [more]
Modo exports Facebook-ready 3D objects
Foundry announced that Modo will help creators bring 3D and virtual reality content to the masses, arising from an early partnership with Facebook. [more]
Panasonic VariCam LT FW 6.0
New firmware 6.0 for Panasonic's VariCam LT digital film camera adds enhanced functionality with AK-HRP1000/1005/HRP200 remote operation panels; faster boot-up; support for playback of multiple clips in succession as well as in order of selection; new lenses compatibility (Canon CN-E70-200mm T4. [more]
Blender add-on Magic UV updated to v5.0
The Magic UV plug-in for Blender has been updated to version 5. [more]

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