Category Archives: VFX/Animation

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The Mill Blackbird

The Mill’s Blackbird Is Any Car and Every Car, Whenever You Need It

The Mill said it's cracked the biggest problem in automotive advertising — the need to have a finished, physical car on location for your shoot. Blackbird is a blank, black car rig that can be modified on the fly to mimic … more »

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Ed Ulbrich to Lead VFX, VR Operations at Deluxe

Former Digital Domain CEO Ed Ulbrich has been named president and general manager of Deluxe Visual Effects, reporting to Deluxe CEO John Wallace. Deluxe said Ulbrich will "unify global VFX operations" — including Method Studios and Iloura — for the company … more »

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SolidAnim’s Camera-Tracking Software Now Works with Unity Engine

As VFX-heavy film projects hybridize live-action and CG production, the Unity Engine has come into its own as a tool for filmmakers. Riding the trend, SolidAnim said it has released SolidTrack Unity, a new version of its markerless camera-tracking system that works with … more »

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

Update 05/26/16: Since this story was published, we've learned that face-tracking was not used to automate facial animation for the live broadcast of The Simpsons. Adobe responded to our follow-up question with this clarification on the methodology: There was no camera or motion tracking … 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 »