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For illustrators and animators who don't need the technical or financial overhead of programs like Maya or 3ds Max, Carrara has been an affordable and capable alternative for almost two decades. Acquired by DAZ 3D in 2006 when the company bought Eovia, Carrara has since evolved in a formidable 3D tool. In this latest release, Carrara 8 Pro features much-needed performance improvements, better lighting and some great additions to the animation toolset.
If you want to ditch the battery belt needed to keep more power-hungry lights in continuous use, LEDs are a lightweight, surprisingly bright alternative. I still wasn't convinced, until I got the chance to take four LEDs, including a cheap consumer version, out for a test run.
Don’t let the fact that Mudbox 2011 is on a development fast-track scare you: Autodesk is not cutting any corners. This major release ships with an overhauled 3D painting system, a streamlined sculpting workflow and the much-anticipated vector displacement.
If you're an editor who uses Adobe After Effects then you've probably been faced with this question: How do you get your footage, easily and without a lot of wasted time, into AE for further post? There's always the option of just working with a single clip in After Effects or importing a single clip at a time to build a new compin After Effects. But that can be a very tedious task, to say the least, for a large, complex edit.
The Sonnet Qio (pronounced Que-Eye-Oh) is a high-speed card reader for professional solid-state media cards, which are quickly replacing tape in modern video cameras. Secondly, the Qio is an eSATA hub, letting you connect fast eSATA hard drives to your computer. These two features aren't necessarily related: you may just want a fast card reader, or you may be interested in eSATA connectivity. But with the $999 Qio, you get both.
A significant update, 3ds Max 2011 delivers important new features and continues improvements started in 3ds max 2010. The release ships with an improved user interface (UI) and workflow, great additions to the modeling tools, a new and improved system for building materials, integration of CAT, and best of all, a top-notch 3D/2D paint system.
Content creators crave speed, and HP delivers with its latest Z800 workstation. The gorgeous case, built from the ground up last year, remains the same, as do all the other components except for the addition of the hottest, fastest Intel processors on the planet.