Category Archives: VFX/Animation

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A Smart Summer Sequel: The Inner Life of the Cell 3.0

Harvard University's Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology developed BioVisions, a collaborative lab of scientists, teaching faculty, students and multimedia experts, to better visualize—and virtualize—the biological processes their students were learning about in the classroom. Their first project, "The Inner … more »

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Maxon Releases Details on Cinema 4D Release 17

The new version of Cinema 4D, scheduled for release for Windows and OS X next month, will include the Take System, a new versioning system that handles scenes and manages variations in render layers and animation. Other new features include support … more »


Autodesk Sets Release Date for Stingray Game Engine

Autodesk said Stingray, its new videogame engine built on the company's 2014 acquisition of Bitsquid, will be available to game developers beginning August 19. Sometime later in the summer, the company said, Maya LT desktop subscribers will get Stingray at no … more »

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BenQ Ships New 4K UHD Display

BenQ shipped the BL2711U, a new 27-inch UHD (3840×2160) "design monitor" aimed at video editors, animators, graphic artists and the CAD/CAM market.  The 10-bit IPS panel fully supports both sRGB and Rec.709 color. (It makes no claims about the next-generation Rec.2020 … more »

SIGGRAPH Embraces Immersive Content with First VR Village

SIGGRAPH's new VR Village is ground zero for immersive content, providing a "360-degree immersion dome" for demonstrating virtual realitry, augmented reality, and full-dome cinema content. "For the debut of SIGGRAPH's VR Village, my co-chair Denise Quesnel and I wanted to … more »

Chaos Group Releases V-Ray 3.1 for Maya

Chaos Group has released V-Ray 3.1 for Maya, with a new feature slate including compatibility with Maya 2016. The new software boasts a variety of V-Ray RT GPU enhancements, including support for hair and fur, subsurface scattering, displacement and subdivision … more »


Vicon Vantage Mocap Cameras Will Make U.S. Debut at SIGGRAPH

Vicon said its new flagship camera platform, Vicon Vantage, will make its U.S. debut next month at SIGGRAPH 2015 in Los Angeles. Vicon's new Control app runs on tablets and smartphones. The new system features new sensor technology that provides … more »


Allegorithmic Announces New Platform for Sharing Meshes, Shaders, other Materials

Allegorithmic announced Substance Share, a new free material-exchange platform allowing artists to share substances, meshes, shaders, smart materials, and mesh-adaptive presets. Allegorithmic's Substance products are widely used by game designers for creating and painting textures, but the company has seen some … more »

10 Ways to Save Money by Data-Mining Your Render Farm

Few pundits in the business know more about VFX pipelines than Troy Brooks. A former head of studio at Digital Domain in Vancouver, Brooks was for more than seven years the CEO of render-farm management software maker Pipeline FX as … more »


How Pixar’s Inside Out Models Real-World Filmmaking Tools

Disney Pixar’s Inside Out takes place in the outside world where 11-year-old Riley and her parents live, and in the inside world, which takes place largely in Riley’s mind. Pixar tells the interconnected stories simultaneously. We see how emotions affect Riley, … more »