Category Archives: VFX/Animation

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Autodesk Announces New Updates of Maya, 3ds Max

The newest update to 3ds Max will be available today, and an updated Maya is coming September 9, Autodesk said yesterday at SIGGRAPH. Headlining the new features in 3ds Max 2016 Extension 1 are new Geodesic Voxel and Heat Map … more »


Nvidia Debuts New Quadro Cards, Unveils DesignWorks

Almost as an afterthought, Nvidia announced two new Quadro video cards at SIGGRAPH yesterday. Both new cards are based on Nvidia's Maxwell GPU architecture. The Quadro M5000 [pictured, below] has 2,048 Cuda cores, boasts 8 GB of GDDR5 GPU memory running … more »


Lenovo Debuts ThinkPad P Series 15- and 17-Inch Mobile Workstations

At SIGGRAPH, Lenovo announced the new ThinkPad P Series mobile workstations, including a 17-inch model that can be configured with up to 64 GB of DDR4 ECC RAM, 1 TB of SSD storage, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, and a 4K UHD … more »


Pixar Licenses Quasi-Monte Carlo Rendering Methods from Nvidia

Pixar is licensing Nvidia's quasi-Monte Carlo QMC) GPU-based rendering technology as part of a multi-year strategic agreement between the two companies.  QMC rendering methods increase the efficiency of rendering processes, especially when used in massively parallel implementations such as those provided … more »

VFX Supervisor Jeff Wozniak to Run Zoic’s NYC Facility

VFX supervisor Jeff Wozniak has been selected to run the New York facility recently opened by Zoic Studios. The new studio will serve features, episodics, commercials and videogames. Wozniak joins Zoic from New York's Industrial Color, where he was head of CG … more »


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 »