Autodesk at SIGGRAPH 2008

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SAN RAFAEL, Calif., July 17, 2008 At SIGGRAPH 2008, Autodesk (Booth #501) will showcase the most recent releases of its 3D solutions and compositing applications, as well as the latest versions of the recently acquired Autodesk ImageModeler and Autodesk Stitcher software.

In addition, Autodesk is holding a series of special events including MasterClasses, an Autodesk FBX Technical Talk, international product demonstrations, an education summit for 3D instructors and more.

"Recent advances in computing technology are enabling greater levels of interaction, simulation and immersion in 3D environments," said Marc Petit, Autodesk's Media & Entertainment senior vice president. "The creative processes for film, games and television are increasingly 'virtualized' and digital entertainment creation has become highly technical. At SIGGRAPH, we will demonstrate how Autodesk is driving the change from highly technical to more creative processes, which will allow artists to freely experiment and better express their ideas in the digital world."

Product Demonstrations and Client Presentations
Consistent product innovation makes sure that Autodesk customers are working with the most leading-edge technology, helping them to stay ahead of the competition. Each day of the show, SIGGRAPH attendees can view demonstrations of Autodesk's latest solutions for the games, film, television and design visualization industries, including:

  • Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk 3ds Max Design modeling, animation and rendering software  
  • Autodesk Flame real-time visual effects design and compositing system
  • Autodesk FBX universal 3D asset exchange format  
  • Autodesk ImageModeler image-based modeling and photogrammetry software  
  • Autodesk Maya modeling, animation and rendering software  
  • Autodesk MotionBuilder 3D character animation software  
  • Autodesk Mudbox digital sculpting software  
  • Autodesk Stitcher software for the creation of panoramas  
  • Autodesk Toxik interactive, collaborative composting software  
  • Revit Architecture building information modeling (BIM) software
In addition, show attendees can see daily client presentations, which illustrate how Autodesk solutions were used in the creation of high-profile projects. Clients presenting at the Autodesk booth include Crytek GmbH, Frantic Films, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Lucasfilm, Mackevision, Method Studios, Soho VFX, Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI), and more.

Events and Training
  • Autodesk MasterClasses From August 11 14, Autodesk will offer more than 25 intermediate to advanced MasterClasses presented by industry professionals. The sessions will cover a wide variety of techniques and workflows in Maya, 3ds Max and MotionBuilder software applications. For more information, or to register for the classes, visit www.autodesk.com/siggraph2008
     
  • Technical Talk: Autodesk FBX - An Introduction
    What: This technical overview of the Autodesk FBX 3D file format will focus on the newest features in the product and highlight how FBX can greatly simplify workflows. This session is intended for developers, technical directors, managers, and enthusiasts, in the fields of content creation tools, game engines, and other applications, seeking to support the most widely used 3D format in the industry. Registration is not required.
    When: Tuesday, August 12, 2008, 1 - 2 p.m.
    Where: Los Angeles Convention Center, Hall G, Room 1 
     
  • Autodesk Education Summit
    What: An opportunity for top educators to connect with industry professionals to discuss key industry trends and best practices. The program will include a networking breakfast and presentations from Autodesk executives, educators, and high-profile industry players. Register at www.autodesk.com/siggraph2008.
    When: Monday, August 11, 2008, 8:30 - 12:30 p.m.
    Where: Westin Bonaventure Hotel, San Gabriel Room 404 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 
     
  • International Product Demonstrations
    What: Autodesk will offer demonstrations of 3ds Max, Maya and MotionBuilder in Spanish, Korean and Japanese. Registration is not required.
    When: Spanish - Tuesday, Aug. 12, 5 - 6 p.m. Korean - Wednesday, Aug. 13, 4 - 5 p.m. Japanese - Wednesday, Aug. 13, 5 - 6 p.m.
    Where: Los Angeles Convention Center, Autodesk Booth 501 
     
  • SIGGRAPH Panel Discussion - Games: Evolving on an Order of Magnitude
    What: Michel Kripalani, director of Autodesk's Games Technology Group, will moderate this panel. The discussion will focus on how companies are addressing the complexity of programming and increased demands for quality and quantity of art assets to achieve near-life visuals. Panelists will include:
    • Lyle Hall, vice president and general manager, THQ Inc.  
    • Martin Walker, general manager, Artificial Mind & Movement  
    • Steve Theodore, technical artist, Bungie, LLC  
    • Steve Sullivan, director of research and development, Industrial Light & Magic  
    • Jeff Lander, lead software engineer, Electronic Arts

    Registration is not required. For more information, click here
    When: Thursday, Aug. 14, 8:30 - 10:15 a.m.
    Where: Los Angeles Convention Center, Room 408AB

     
  • Screening Event for "The Man Who Planted Trees"
    What: Autodesk is sponsoring this screening event for the Academy-Award winning film "The Man Who Planted Trees". After the screening, Pixar Animation Studios' John Lasseter will interview Frederic Back, the film's producer. Registration is not required. For more information, click here
    When: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 8 - 11 p.m.
    Where: Nokia Theatre 777 Chick Hearn CT, Los Angeles


Autodesk Partners
Autodesk thanks its sponsor partners:
  • HP, Intel and NVIDIA for supporting the Autodesk booth  
  • Dell, ATI and Intel for supporting Autodesk MasterClasses  
  • HP, NVIDIA, Intel and Dolby for supporting Autodesk's User Group Meeting  
  • Dell for supporting Autodesk's Experience Centre at the its User Group Meeting  
  • HP and AMD for supporting Autodesk's Channel Sales Meeting

Autodesk, FBX, Flame, ImageModeler, Maya, MotionBuilder, Mudbox, Revit, Stitcher, Toxik, and 3ds Max are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. SIGGRAPH is a registered trademark of the Association of Computing Machinery, Inc. Academy Award is a registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document. © 2008 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.

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