Category Archives: VFX/Animation

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Doing VFX Work in Linux? Here’s Your Reference Platform

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has released its Calendar Year 2014 Reference Platform, which specifies versions of different Linux tools and libraries as a target for VFX software. VES said the platform aims to minimize incompatibilities, make it easier to … more »

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AMD Releases 4K-Ready FirePro W8100 Pro Graphics Card

AMD has launched a 4K-ready professional graphics card, the AMD FirePro W8100, that it says is nearly 38 times the performance of its closest competing card. Based on the second generation of the company's AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, … more »

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SolidAnim and Encodacam Partner for Real-Time VFX on Set

The French motion-capture and 3D VFX company SolidAnim has announced a new technical partnership with its SolidTrack markerless tracking division and real-time virtual production company Encodacam. The two companies have a long-standing collaborative relationship but will now join forces in … more »

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First Look: What’s New in Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Speedgrade

The 2014 update to Premiere Pro CC is not as comprehensive an overhaul as the one that greeted users of the CS6 version, with its welcome streamlining of the once-cluttered interface along with slick enhancements like improved trimming and hover … more »

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Review: Red Giant Universe

There are probably hundreds of plug-ins on the market today to accomplish virtually any task, from elaborate spins, streaks, and kaleidoscope mosaics to frame-rate conversions and depth-of-field adjustments. Thanks to fast processors and more capable GPUs, all of these things … more »

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Technicolor Buys Toronto VFX Studio Mr. X

Technicolor is purchasing the Toronto VFX studio Mr. X, which it will operate alongside The Moving Picture Company (MPC) as a wholly owned subsidiary within Technicolor's Production Services Division, the company said today. MPC will remain as Technicolor's flagship VFX provider … more »

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Autodesk Buys Bitsquid Game Engine Creator

Autodesk said today that it had acquired Bitsquid, the Swedish creator of the Bitsquid 3D game engine. The acquisition firms up Autodesk's support for game development, setting the stage for the creation of a new Autodesk 3D game engine, but … more »

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Pixar Revamps RenderMan, Offers Free Non-Commercial License

Pixar Animation Studios has announced a "generational shift" in RenderMan, which will debut a new framework, the RenderMan Integrator System (RIS), in the latest version scheduled for release at SIGGRAPH. Pixar described RIS as a "modular rendering architecture" that optimizes … more »

VFX Supervisor Everett Burrell Joins Shade VFX

Visual effects supervisor Everett Burrell has joined Shade VFX (Santa Monica, CA, and New York City). Formerly a VFX supervisor at Look Effects in Los Angeles, Burrell will work on feature and TV projects, reporting to company CEO Bryan Godwin. … more »

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Want a Month of Mudbox? Got $10?

Clearly experimenting with different ways to target different markets, Autodesk is offering a standalone desktop subscription to its painting and sculpting software Mudbox 2015. Autodesk is addressing indie game developers with this offer, noting that Mudbox is the beginning of … more »