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Pixar showcased new rendering technologies at SIGGRAPH 2017

04.08.2017

Pixar RenderMan Showreel 2017 video Pixar Animation Studios gave a special preview of upcoming technologies at the 2017 RenderMan Art & Science Fair, including new interactive capabilities for RenderMan 22 and work on 'XPU' rendering using CPU+GPU cores together. Demonstrations of RenderMan 21.5, released July 26th, showcased break-through technologies for rendering CGI characters, including state-of-the-art skin and hair based on Path-Traced Subsurface Scattering. Presentations from Pixar and ILM revealed how feature films such as Cars 3, Coco, and Rogue One drive enhancements to RenderMan's core technology. RenderMan 22 will feature 'always-on' rendering embedded in artist applications, responding instantly to geometry, camera, light and material edits. This new live rendering mode delivers interactive frame rates with the same renderer used for batch renders. Other RenderMan 22 technologies like fast vectorized OSL shader network evaluation on Intel scalable-SIMD CPUs were also shown. RenderMan 21.5 is available for download today at renderman.pixar.com. Customers on annual maintenance can immediately begin using this major update. New purchases are 495 USD each for permanent licenses, with volume discounts and short-term loan options available. Researchers and non-commercial users can access Educational Grants and single-user Non-Commercial RenderMan, free of charge. [source]

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Adobe unveils the next generation of Creative Cloud at MAX 2017
23.10.2017

Adobe Creative Cloud 2018 Dimension CC video At Adobe MAX 2017, Adobe unveiled the next generation of Creative Cloud, including four brand new applications, Adobe XD CC for experience design, Adobe Dimension CC for 2D to 3D compositing, Character Animator CC for 2D animation, and an all-new cloud-based photography service, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC. In addition, Adobe announced feature updates to its flagship applications including Photoshop CC, InDesign CC, Illustrator CC and Premiere Pro CC, and ongoing expansion of its Adobe Stock service. All of these updates include capabilities powered by Adobe Sensei, Adobe's artificial intelligence and machine learning platform. Adobe Photoshop CC now offers significantly expanded photography support, major improvements in learning and getting started, and enhanced overall performance; while the Adobe Illustrator CC delivers multiple workflow, user experience and performance improvements. Adobe InDesign CC expands users' ability to work more efficiently so they can create multi-page layouts with ease. Adobe Premiere Pro CC introduces deep collaboration features, state-of-the-art immersive 360/VR workflows and responsive motion graphics controls. Adobe After Effects CC improves the efficiency of motion graphics creation by streamlining the ability to create data-driven graphics and deliver high-quality VR and 3D results. And it does it all faster with GPU performance enhancements. Updates to Creative Cloud desktop software are now available, including membership plans for individuals, students, teams, educational institutions, government agencies and enterprises. [source]

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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]
 
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]
 
 
Avid Pro Tools 12.8.2
Avid announced a new version of Pro Tools that empowers users to take on virtual reality (VR) projects with Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation. [more]
 
Adobe unveils the next generation of Creative Cloud at MAX 2017
At Adobe MAX 2017, Adobe unveiled the next generation of Creative Cloud, including four brand new applications, Adobe XD CC for experience design, Adobe Dimension CC for 2D to 3D compositing, Character Animator CC for 2D animation, and an all-new cloud-based photography service, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC. [more]
 
Grass Valley to launch EDIUS 9 on November 1
Grass Valley will launch EDIUS 9 with new floating licenses, new HDR capabilities, enhanced interface, and integrated HDR support on November 1, 2017. [more]
 
 

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