40% off Mari sale launches next week
For a short time only, you can get a 40% discount on new seats for The Foundry's 3D painting tool, Mari. This sale will only run for seven days, starting at 12:00am PDT on 28 March 2017, and ending 11:59pm PDT on 4 April 2017. Offer applies to new seats only, and is not applicable to, cannot be combined with any additional discounts, and there is no limit on the number of seats. [source]
Boris FX introduces Sapphire 10 Units
Boris FX announced Sapphire 10 Units, offering the high-end VFX plug-in collection as eight separate categories (Adjust, Blur, Distort, Lighting, Render, Stylize, Time, and Transitions) with a lower price point, for the first time in Sapphire's history! Sapphire 10 Units support Adobe After Effects CC & Premiere Pro CC, Avid Media Composer, Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve, The Foundry's NUKE, and other supported OFX hosts. Full multi-host, node-locked licenses (195-595 USD) are available and require access to internet. [source]
Autodesk to raise maintenance prices
Autodesk has announced it will continue to offer customers the choice of renewing their maintenance plans on an annual basis, but effective February 20, 2017, multi-year maintenance plans will no longer be offered. Autodesk also plans to increase maintenance plan renewal prices by 5% in 2017, 10% in 2018, and 20% in 2019, citing costly management of he two concurrent business models (subscription and maintenance plans) as the reason for the increase. More here. [source]
Chaos Group releases Phoenix FD 3 fluid dynamics plug-in for Autodesk Maya
Chaos Group released Phoenix FD 3 for Maya, a major update to its all-in-one fluid dynamics plug-in for Autodesk Maya. Phoenix FD supports a wide range of fluid simulations including smoke, fire, water and oceans, making it a popular choice for fast-paced television productions such as Arrow, Once Upon a Time and The Man in the High Castle. With a new FLIP liquid solver, plus a new fire and smoke solver, Phoenix FD 3 for Maya delivers realistic visual effects in shorter time frames. Phoenix FD 3 for Maya's quick presets and intuitive controls now make it faster and easier for artists to create any type of fluid simulation. Phoenix FD works seamlessly in Maya and renders with V-Ray, Chaos Group's Academy Award-winning rendering solution. Available now as a free upgrade for all Phoenix FD 2.x for Maya customers. A Phoenix FD 3 for Maya Workstation license is 830 USD and includes one floating user license and one floating simulation license. Additional simulation licenses are available for 210 USD. [source]
Painter kicks off 'Epic Character Contest' on Drawcrowd
Corel Painter today officially unveiled its Epic Character Contest, a new art challenge for comic illustrators, concept artists, and everyone who enjoys creature or character design. Enter to win 1 of 3 amazing prize packs with goodies from Wacom, Nintendo, ImagineFX, Smith Micro / Celsys, Corel and more. Now live on Drawcrowd and running through April 14, the Epic Character Contest asks artists to do one thing -- create the most epic character ever! To enter, create an original character in Corel Painter and/or Clip Studio Paint Pro. Enter today at drawcrowd.com/epiccharacter. [source]
50% off Convergent Design's Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q RAW Bundle
For a limited time (until April 15, 2017) Convergent Design offers promotional pricing of 495 USD for the Odyssey Raw Bundle for Odyssey camera monitors/recorders. That's 500 USD off their most comprehensive upgrade option, including HFR support, full RAW support, RAW to ProRes recording, and dual stream HD. The Odyssey RAW Bundle offers RAW support for more than 5 camera manufacturers (including ARRI, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, IO Industries, and IndieCam) and over 10 camera models, making it the most versatile and affordable solution for professional use. With an average free firmware update every 2.5 months since shipping in January 2014, both the Odyssey and the RAW Bundle have seen a multitude of free features and additional support. [source]
Grass Valley EDIUS 8.32
New 8.32 update for Grass Valley's popular Windows-only NLE software EDIUS adds a Storyboard function for cut editing and creating simple video sequence into the GV Browser (now renamed to Mync), support for displaying acquisition metadata of XAVC/S, XDCAM or Sony RAW in EDIUS Bins, and several bug fixes. More here. [source]
Boris FX announces major updates for Sapphire 11, Continuum 11 and Mocha VR
Boris FX will be showcasing major new versions of its premier plug-in packages Continuum and Sapphire, along with its new 360/VR tool, Mocha VR, at the NAB 2017, April 24-27, in Las Vegas. Sapphire 11 will be updated to include integrated Academy Award-winning Mocha tracking and masking technology for creative effects isolation. A license agreement with Photron will bring powerful Primatte chroma keying to all Boris FX products. The Boris FX Suite will be a new bundle product making the Sapphire, Continuum and Mocha Pro available together on one license with cost effective pricing. And for the first time in Sapphire's 20+ year history, the expansive Sapphire toolset will be offered as nine individual Sapphire Units. Sapphire Units break down the most popular filters into needful categories, allowing for greater pricing flexibility. Also announced, the Boris Continuum 11 will add new tools, including Primatte's chromakeyer. New Title Studio features include a real-time 3D particle engine and improved UI for motion graphics and title design; and a new 360/VR Unit based on Mocha VR technology for 360 video finishing includes Reorient, 360 optimized blurs and sharpening, and an Insert 2D 360 filter. [source]
Blackmagic Design: New URSA Mini Pro camera and two new panels for Resolve now shipping!
Blackmagic Design announced URSA Mini Pro 4.6K, a new professional camera that combines high-end digital film quality with the ergonomics and features of a traditional broadcast camera. URSA Mini Pro features a massive number of tactile control buttons, switches and dials that make it faster to use, built-in optical ND filters, a new interchangeable lens mount, dual CFAST 2.0 and dual SD/UHS-II card recorders, and much more. Available now for 5,995 USD from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide, incl. optional PL and B4 (pictured) lens mounts. Blackmagic also announced two new portable hardware control panels for DaVinci Resolve, its professional editing and color correction software. These new control panels are designed to allow color correction workflows to be mixed in with editing workflows, while introducing new levels of quality in affordable hardware control panels. The DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel is available for 995 USD and the DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel is available for 2,995 USD, and both are also available now. DaVinci Resolve has been released in version 12.5.5, and is now available on Red Hat and CentOS Linux. This allows customers with Red Hat or CentoOS 6.8 or 7.2 systems to download and use the free version of DaVinci Resolve or the full DaVinci Resolve Studio. Adding Linux support gives customers more choice in hardware, allowing them to build extremely high performance, low cost workstations for editing and color correction. [source]
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.
Magic Bullet Suite 13.0.2 adds support for HitFilm Pro 2017
Red Giant Software's Magic Bullet Suite of visual effect plug-ins has been updated.
Native Instruments FORM 1.1 update
Native Instruments released FORM 1.1, a significant update to this distinctive sample-scanning synthesizer.
Steinberg VST SDK 3.6.7 with Linux and Open Source support
Steinberg released version 3.6.7 of their software development kit for VST.
Chaos Group releases Phoenix FD 3 fluid dynamics plug-in for Autodesk Maya
Chaos Group released Phoenix FD 3 for Maya, a major update to its all-in-one fluid dynamics plug-in for Autodesk Maya.
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