Category Archives: VFX/Animation

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Darth Maul: Apprentice

Making “Darth Maul: Apprentice”

io9 called this Star Wars film "amazing." The Independent called it "genuinely enthralling" and cited its "incredible lightsaber action." Nerdist said "This is exactly what we wanted." No, we're not talking about The Force Awakens. We're talking about a fan film: "Dath Maul: Apprentice." Cinema 4D maker … more »

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How Homer Simpson Appeared Live via Adobe Character Animator

Taking the live-TV trend to counter-intuitive lengths, The Simpsons made history last night by having an animated character — Homer Simpson, no less! — conduct a live Q&A at the end of a prime-time broadcast. For about three minutes at the end … more »

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Industry Vets Launch Artella Collaborative Animation Platform

The market for cloud-based collaborative animation platforms got a little more crowded this week with the launch of Artella, a new online production pipeline devised by the trio of animators (veterans of Pixar, Paramount and ILM) who founded Animation Mentor in 2005. … more »

Mari Non-commercial

The Foundry Releases Free Version of Mari Texture-Painting Software

The Foundry's texture-painting software Mari is the latest VFX tool to be released in a free, unwatermarked version for non-commercial use. The company said artists can use Mari Non-commercial as a learning tool, as well as for working on personal projects … more »

Thinklogical 4K KVM transmitter

Thinklogical Pushes Uncompressed 4:4:4 4K 60Hz Video over a KVM

Thinklogical came to NAB this year with its new TLX CATx line of KVM systems that it said can extend and switch uncompressed 4:4:4 4K (4096×2160) video. 4K or UHD video can be transmitted at up to 60Hz over a pair of fibre or Cat 6 … more »

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Psyop’s Charming Take on Daily Animated VR Content

New York and LA-based Psyop announced today it has developed Kismet, a novel new VR activity suite meant to be experienced daily. Featuring an animated automaton and a mix of Tarot Card readings, a daily astrology and horoscope session and even “A Game of … more »

Comcast Buys DreamWorks Animation

Comcast to Buy DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 Billion

Comcast has purchased DreamWorks Animation in a deal valued at approximately $3.8 billion. DreamWorks Animation now becomes part of division NBCUniversal's Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. DreamWorks CEO and co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg will become chairman of DreamWorks New Media — basically online media … more »

V-Ray for Nuke 3.3

Chaos Group Releases V-Ray 3.3 for Nuke

Chaos Group said its new release of V-Ray 3.3 for Nuke brings node-based VR support and GPU-accelerated rendering to The Foundry's compositing platform for the first time. The company emphasized that V-Ray for Nuke gives compositors the ability to make changes — … more »

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HP Unveils Slimmed-Down Z1 Workstation

HP updated its all-in-one Z1 workstation, first introduced back in 2012, with a third-generation overhaul that asserts bigger isn't better, dramaticaly reducing the system's size and weight — and price. Screen size has been decreased from the original 27 inches to … more »

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Autodesk Acquires Arnold Maker Solid Angle, Announces Cloud Rendering Through Google

Autodesk said it has acquired Solid Angle, developer of the popular Arnold global-illumination renderer, and is entering a partnership with Google to provide rendering services in Autodesk Maya through Google's cloud platform.  The two announcements were technically separate — the Maya rendering … more »