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NVIDIA: NVLink, Pascal, and Iray VCA introduced
At the annual GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California, NVIDIA updated their public GPU roadmap with the announcement of Pascal, the GPU family that will follow this year's Maxwell GPUs. Named after 17th century French mathematician Blaise Pascal, this next-generation family of GPUs will include three key new features: stacked DRAM, unified memory, and NVLink. NVIDIA NVLink (more) is a high-speed interconnect enabling GPUs and CPUs to share data 5 to 12 times faster than they can today. This will eliminate a longstanding bottleneck and help pave the way for a new generation of exascale supercomputers that are 50-100 times faster than today's most powerful systems. Pascal is due in 2016. NVIDIA also introduced a GPU rendering appliance Iray VCA (more) dramatically accelerating ray-tracing, enabling professional designers to interact with computer models of such high visual fidelity that it can largely replace the lengthy, costly process of building physical prototypes. The NVIDIA Iray Visual Computing Appliance combines hardware and software to greatly accelerate the work of NVIDIA Iray - a photorealistic renderer integrated into leading design tools like Dassault Systemes' CATIA and Autodesk's 3ds Max. Because the appliance is scalable, multiple units can be linked, speeding up by hundreds of times or more the simulation of light bouncing off surfaces in the real world. Pricing is $50,000 US, and includes an Iray license and the first year of maintenance and updates. [source]
OTOY previews OctaneRender 2.0, announces After Effects plug-in
During a presentation at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference, OTOY Inc. previewed the forthcoming version of its acclaimed OctaneRender software. OTOY also announced application support for Adobe After Effects, demonstrating the ability to import a complete 3D scene into the After Effects timeline which can then be edited in real-time. OctaneRender 2.0 builds on the incredible performance of previous versions, harnessing NVIDIA graphics processing units to dramatically accelerate rendering time. OctaneRender 2.0 will include new features such as displacement mapping, object motion blur, hair and fur rendering, OpenSubDiv surfaces support, rounded edges, improved sky rendering, region rendering, and more. The Adobe After Effects plug-in is expected to be released in the second half of 2014. [source]
V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp Service Pack 1
The V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp Service Pack 1 update is now available, adding new features, and support for SketchUp 2014. V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp now also provides the Batch Render Tool which allows the user to render all scene tabs in a SketchUp file with the click of a button. The SP1 also features several key optimizations, including much faster light editing, faster proxy export and creation. optimized memory performance for faster render times etc. [source]
ArtVPS launches Shaderlight 2014
Shaderlight, the popular interactive rendering solution for Trimble SketchUp, has been updated to version 2014 that fully supports SketchUp 2014. The new version enables SketchUp 2014 users to continue rendering with Shaderlight and also provides access to future releases, with free updates until 2015. New users can purchase Shaderlight for $299 US whilst existing customers can upgrade for just $75 US. Educational upgrades are also available to purchase from the website. [source]
SketchUp 2014 released
Trimble Navigation Ltd. released SketchUp 2014, new version of the popular, easy to use 3D modeling tool. From fully-interactive model previews to an entirely new UI, the changes in 2014 are significant. Also added were features for classifying objects and exporting files according to some of the industry;s most common BIM standards; the new LayOut functionality taking care of dates, page numbers, and repetitive text; and speed-optimized shadows as well as vector rendering in LayOut (more). SketchUp Make for Mac OS X and Windows is free, the professional edition SketchUp Pro is $590 US, maintenance and upgrades are $95 US per year for a single user license. [source]
Autodesk rolls out Character Generator
This week Autodesk expanded its cloud offering with the launch of Character Generator, formerly dubbed "Project Pinocchio" - an easy-to-use, web-based application that enables virtually anyone to create customized, rigged and ready-to-animate 3D characters. Once designed, characters can be exported for a wide range of applications - from populating game scenes, to learning animation and modeling, generating models for pre-visualization, design visualization and more. Character Generator requires five cloud credits per high-resolution character download for customers on Autodesk subscription or rental plans. Students and educators receive free access to the product, and a lighter version of the app for creating low-resolution and crowd characters is accessible for anyone to try at no cost. For more information about Character Generator visit charactergenerator.autodesk.com. [source]
Stratasys introduces the world's first color multi-material 3D printer
Stratasys announced the launch of the ground-breaking Objet500 Connex3 color multi-material 3D printer, the first and only 3d printer to combine colors with multi-material 3D printing. The printer features a unique triple-jetting technology that combines droplets of three base materials to produce parts with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent color materials as well as color digital materials - all in a single print run. This ability to achieve the characteristics of an assembled part without assembly or painting is a significant time-saver. It helps product manufacturers validate designs and make good decisions earlier before committing to manufacturing, and bring products to market faster. The Objet500 Connex3 color multi-material 3D printer is commercially available today. [source]
Autodesk reveals a new simulation tool for designers
Autodesk Flow Design software, formerly Project Falcon from Autodesk Labs, is an easy to use airflow simulator, a virtual wind tunnel. Users without any kind of simulation background can begin seeing and understanding airflow behavior around their model within seconds of starting the application. Providing insight at such an early stage ensures that designers can create their model with airflow in mind from the start, thus encouraging exploration of concept variations to make educated early-stage design decisions. This type of early conceptual understanding can benefit a wide range of users, including vehicle designers; building designers; and consumer product designers who want to see how their conceptual design for, say, a golf club or a helmet, behaves in the wind. Pricing information is available here. [source]
Panasonic introduces world's first 20-Inch 4K tablet
Panasonic announced the availability of the Toughpad 4K UT-MA6 tablet, the performance model of the world's first 20-inch tablet with a 4K resolution display. Featuring an Intel Core i7-3687U vPro processor with an NVIDIA Quadro K1000M GPU, and an advanced beyond Ultra HD 4K display providing a lifelike viewing experience, the Toughpad 4K performance model is built to serve as an ideal mobile workstation for professionals in visual-intensive fields such as computer-aided design and video editing. Optimized for the Windows 8.1 Pro operating system, the Toughpad 4K bridges the gap between the needs of IT professionals and workers by including unique hardware and OS-based enhanced security features, remote manageability and capabilities designed to increase end user productivity and data protection. The tablet will be available in Spring 2014 at a list price of $6,999 US. The previously announced Toughpad 4K standard edition, featuring an Intel Core i5-3437U vPro processor with an NVIDIA GeForce 745M GPU, will be available in February 2014 at a list price of $5,999 US. [source]
LumenRT 4.4 update available
Available as a free update for all registered users, LumenRT 4.4 adds improved export capabilities for all supported platforms including CityEngine, MicroStation, Revit, and Sketchup. LumenRT 4 Studio is e-on software's comprehensive system for transforming 3D models and designs into rich, nature-filled videos, images and real-time immersive experiences. More here. [source]
DaVinci Resolve 11 with improved online editing
Blackmagic Design announced DaVinci Resolve 11, a major upgrade with over 100 new editing and color grading features. This new update includes major improvements in online editing plus context sensitive trimming, onset file cloning, photographer style color grading tools and a new collaborative workflow that allows multiple users to work simultaneously on the same timeline. It has over 70 new editing features, including dual monitor support, dynamic JKL trimming, audio crossfades and fully customizable keyboard shortcuts for faster editing. Trimming tools are context sensitive, which means DaVinci Resolve automatically knows whether editors want to ripple, roll, slip, slide, extend or shorten edits, based on the position of the mouse. A new spline curve keyframe editor is integrated into the edit timeline and positions keyframes directly under each clip and in context with the clip. Editors can now also add and animate Open FX plug-ins directly in the timeline as well as use plug-ins for transitions. Adding to DaVinci Resolve's powerful on set tools, version 11 can now securely back up and save digital camera files. The new clone tool copies media drives, memory cards and camera packs to multiple destinations simultaneously, and checksum verified. DaVinci Resolve 11 also features a unique and powerful automatic color chart color balancing tool that automatically gives a primary base grade by analyzing shots containing standard color chip charts even if they were shot in different lighting conditions with different exposure and color temperatures! The update will be available approx. in June for download from the Blackmagic Design web site free of charge for all current DaVinci Resolve customers. [source]
ReelSmart Motion Blur 5 with GPU support for After Effects
RE:Vision Effects released ReelSmart Motion Blur 5 with GPU support for After Effects (CS5-CC), Final Cut Pro (10.
Flicker Free for After Effects, Premiere and Final Cut released
Digital Anarchy released Flicker Free, a powerful plug-in designed to deflicker video.
Native Instruments: 8 synths, 50% off
Virtual synths from Native Instruments are 50% off until March 17.
Magic Bullet Looks 2.5 released
Red Giant Software's color finishing plug-in Magic Bullet Looks for After Effects, Premiere, Final Cut Pro, Sony Vegas, and Avid systems, has been released in v2.
Flatiron 2.0 support 3ds Max 2015
3d-io GmbH released Flatiron 2.0, new version of its scene texture baking solution for Autodesk 3ds Max.
The Unity for PlayStation Mobile public preview
The preview version of the new Unity for PSM build option can be download as part of a dedicated version of the Unity engine with the PSM build option.
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