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Blackmagic Design Revolutionizes the Visual Effects Industry with Fusion 7 | Blackmagic Design, Fusion 7
Blackmagic Design Revolutionizes the Visual Effects Industry with Fusion 7
Blackmagic Design announced that Fusion 7, the world’s most advanced visual effects and motion graphics software, is now available completely free of charge. Also announced was Fusion 7 Studio, a complete bundle of VFX and motion graphics solutions with collaborative tools and unlimited network rendering for creative teams and larger facilities.

Adobe Announces Lightroom 5.7 and Camera Raw 8.7 | Adobe, Lightroom, Photoshop, Photography
Adobe Announces Lightroom 5.7 and Camera Raw 8.7
Adobe announces the availability of Lightroom 5.7, Adobe Camera Raw 8.7 and DNG Converter 8.7 as final releases on Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6. This release corrects issues reported in earlier versions of Lightroom 5 and Camera Raw 8. In addition, raw file format support is added for 24 new cameras...

Red Giant Universe Covers New Territory With Version 1.3 | Red Giant, Red Giant Universe, Plug-ins, Adobe, After Effects, Filmmaking
Red Giant Universe Covers New Territory With Version 1.3
The Red Giant Universe is expanding once again with the release of Universe 1.3, the latest update to the world’s fastest growing visual effects environment for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X and Motion, Sony Vegas and now, Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve.

iPi Soft Unveils iPi Motion Capture Version 3.0 | iPiSoft, Motion Capture, Filmmaking
iPi Soft Unveils iPi Motion Capture Version 3.0
iPi Soft, LLC, developers of the iPi Motion Capture line of markerless motion capture technology, today announced the availability of iPi Motion Capture Version 3.0. The next generation motion capture solution delivers a number of impressive new features that gives even entry level motion capture enthusiasts the ability to obtain quality mocap data easily and quickly.

A Light at Both Ends of the Tunnel | NVIDIA, CUDA, NVIDIA VCA
A Light at Both Ends of the Tunnel
As a former 3D technical director and visual effects artist in film and games - and later for a number of creative agencies - I have often joked half-heartedly about the number of years of my life wasted waiting for computers to render. Sadly, the joke is on us artists, and our employers.
Sean Wagstaff, ProViz Tech Marketing at NVIDIA

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The CL3VER Platform brings interactive 3D Presentations to Apple iOS devices. | Cl3ver, 3D, Visualization
The CL3VER Platform brings interactive 3D Presentations to Apple iOS devices.
CL3VER releases it’s brand new App that enables immersive 3D experiences on iOS devices. The app is available today at the Apple Store. Once installed, any interactive 3D presentation created with CL3VER can be directly viewed on the iOS device and it is stored allowing a user to view their presentation even when they do not have an Internet connection.

Alabama DOT Uses LumenRT 2015 for Massive Mobile River Bridge Project | e-on software, LumenRT
Alabama DOT Uses LumenRT 2015 for Massive Mobile River Bridge Project
e-on software is pleased to announce that Alabama DOT (ALDOT) has successfully utilized LumenRT 2015 (the leading tool for Immersive 3D Communication and GeoDesign) on the highly acclaimed Mobile River Bridge project. The bridge will span the Mobile River near downtown Mobile with a minimum vertical clearance height of 215 feet making it the second highest clearance bridge in the United States -- just below the famed Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

NVIDIA Quadro K5200 - In review | NVIDIA, Quadro
NVIDIA Quadro K5200 - In review
NVIDIA upgraded their Quadro workstation graphics card lineup. Among the new members are the new Quadro K5200, which replaces the Quadro K5000. I was sent a card to test drive for a while and see what I thought. This review is the result.
Kurt Foster [Modulok] - Staff Columnist

Digital Anarchy Releases Free Plugin, Flicker Freak, for Adding ‘Horror’-esqe Flicker to Video | Digital Anarchy, Plug-ins, Adobe, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Apple, Final Cut  Pro, Avid
Digital Anarchy Releases Free Plugin, Flicker Freak, for Adding ‘Horror’-esqe Flicker to Video
Digital Anarchy announced Flicker Freak, a free filter for adding flicker to video. The lights appear to flicker on and off, creating an effect commonly seen in horror movies. To do this it uses technology found in Digital Anarchy’s popular Flicker Free plugin, which removes flicker from video.

Autodesk's Mudbox 2015 in Review | Autodesk, Mudbox, Maya, 3ds Max
Autodesk's Mudbox 2015 in Review
Mudbox 2015 is the latest release of this digital sculpting software from Autodesk. In case you don’t know, Mudbox is a tool designed to sculpt, paint textures, and add details to your 3D models. Mudbox can be bought as a stand-alone perpetual license, as a standalone application through desktop subscription (for only $10 a month), and also as part of an Autodesk Suite.
Sergio Rosa [nemirc] - Sr Staff Writer

The Lenovo P300 SFF Workstation Review | Lenovo, Workstations
The Lenovo P300 SFF Workstation Review
Lenovo currently holds an amazing 14% of the workstation market as of the 2nd quarter, 2014. How did Lenovo accomplish this remarkable growth? After spending a month with Lenovo’s new P300 workstations, I believe they accomplished this through committing the company to producing high quality workstations that get the job done.
Ricky Grove [gToon] - Staff Columnist

E-on Software Announces Immediate Availability of LumenRT 2015 | E-on Software, LumenRT, Architecture
E-on Software Announces Immediate Availability of LumenRT 2015
LumenRT 2015 contains numerous new features and capabilities including a newly developed real-time rendering platform called Dynamic Immersive Visualization Engine or DIVE™ for short. The DIVE platform delivers exceptional visual performance and realism, handling scenes of enormous complexity and detail.

Chaos Group Releases V-Ray 3.0 for Maya | V-Ray, Maya, Chaos Group, Autodesk
Chaos Group Releases V-Ray 3.0 for Maya
V-Ray 3.0 for Maya introduces a faster ray tracing core that significantly speeds up a number of calculations for global illumination, lighting, shading and more. For additional speed gains, V-Ray 3.0 also includes an option to enable the Intel® Embree ray caster for static and motion-blurred geometry, proxy objects and instances.

Allegorithmic Ships Substance Painter 1.0  | Allegorithmic, Substance Painter, 3D, Game Development
Allegorithmic Ships Substance Painter 1.0
The talk of the gaming world is now production-ready thanks to a few new power packs. With today’s highly anticipated release of Substance Painter 1.0, Allegorithmic is bringing a new UI, 4K support, and the ability to load custom shaders to its award-winning, next-gen painting application.

Red Giant Releases Offload: A New Footage Backup Utility for All Cameras and Media Formats | Red Giant Software, Filmmaking
Red Giant Releases Offload: A New Footage Backup Utility for All Cameras and Media Formats
Red Giant today released Offload, a brand new standalone application for reliable backup of footage in the field. Available alone or as part of the Red Giant Shooter Suite, Offload makes the often unreliable and tedious task of backing up files from camera card to laptop and external drives a hassle-free experience.

Carbon Scatter 2015: Edit and Populate Millions of Plants Per Second!  | e-on Software, 3D, Carbon Scatter
Carbon Scatter 2015: Edit and Populate Millions of Plants Per Second!
e-on software announced the release of Carbon Scatter 2015, the company's advanced instancing plugins for 3ds Max, Maya and Cinema 4D. Derived from e-on software's acclaimed EcoSystem™ technology, Carbon Scatter 2015 is the easiest and most straightforward solution for creating complex and detailed populations using the native instancing technologies of the host application.

MAXON Announces Cineware 2.0 and Cinema 4D Lite Release 16 Included with the Latest version of Adobe After Effects CC
MAXON Announces Cineware 2.0 and Cinema 4D Lite Release 16 Included with the Latest version of Adobe After Effects CC
MAXON announced MAXON Cineware 2.0 and Cinema 4D Lite Release 16, now available in the latest version of Adobe After Effects CC (2014.1). The upgrades symbolize the ongoing strategic relationship between MAXON and Adobe to deliver improved integration and performance between MAXON’s powerful 3D application, Cinema 4D, and Adobe’s industry-leading software.

The Official "First Film" Selections of the Machinima Expo 7
The Official "First Film" Selections of the Machinima Expo 7
This year at the Machinima Expo 7, we chose to encourage filmmakers to submit their first machinima/animated film. We promised that if they finished their film and sent it in, we would set their film outside of the normal screening process and show the film as an “Official First Film Selection” of the Machinima Expo.

Review of Red Giant’s Shooter Suite 12.5
Review of Red Giant’s Shooter Suite 12.5
The most recent release by Red Giant is a major update to their Shooter Suite of tools. These collections of plugin suites are selected by Red Giant as a package for the very specific needs of particular users. In the case of the Shooter Suite, Red Giant is focusing on filmmakers/VFX artists who need to be sure that their onset footage will get back to their editing room exactly the way they want it to.
Ricky Grove [gToon] - Staff Columnist

Alien Skin Software's Exposure 6 in Review | Alien Skin Software, Exposure, Photography
Alien Skin Software's Exposure 6 in Review
Alien Skin Software recently released Exposure 6, which is a plug-in designed to emulate stock films in your digital photos. They claim it's been a decade of research poured into this plug-in to accurately recreate the look of hundreds of stock films...and it shows. Not only that, the new features in version 6 are mind-blowing.
Nick C Sorbin [nickcharles]

Allegorithmic's Substance Designer in Review | Allegorithmic, Substance Designer
Allegorithmic's Substance Designer in Review
Fundamentally, Substance Designer is a node-based procedural material generator. If you have used node-based material editors before, Substance Designer shouldn’t be too hard to pick up. The main difference is that material editors generate materials since all your connections end up in your global shader node, while connections in SD end in different “outputs” (textures to be used in your host application’s material editor).
Sergio Rosa [nemirc] - Sr Staff Writer

Autodesk Maya 2015 in Review | Autodesk, Maya, 3ds Max, 3D, Animation, MotionBuilder, Mudbox, Softimage
Autodesk Maya 2015 in Review
I'm a long-time Maya guy and this is a Maya review. You can probably guess what we'll be talking about. Autodesk Maya. It's the "go-to" tool for almost everything and the central hub of countless production companies. This year the Autodesk Maya 2015 edition has seen some major upgrades and enhancements. Chief among them we'll be taking a closer look at what I consider the top 3.
Kurt Foster [Modulok] - Staff Columnist - 1 opinion posted

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