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Nothing Safer  | Maxon, Cinema 4D, C4D, 3D, Film
Nothing Safer
The near future: technology has advanced to the point where anyone can carry a pocket-sized device capable of protecting them from any threat. But can this high-tech wonder save us from ourselves? Welcome to the world of Nothing Safer, a recently released, 13-minute sci-fi film by the director/producer team of Marc Leidy and Kristy Kelly, co-founders of Lightdog Films.
Scott Strohmaier

IBC 2014: It’s All About Creativity and Flexibility  | Autodesk, IBC, Conferences, Maya, 3ds Max, 3D, CG, Animation
IBC 2014: It’s All About Creativity and Flexibility
Autodesk is heading to Amsterdam for the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) (September 12 – 16, 2014) with updates to its popular VFX, post production and 3D animation creative tools that enable artists to do their best work. Autodesk will feature an impressive lineup of speakers from creative shops around the world...

MAXON Announces Availability of Cinema 4D Release 16 | Maxon, Cinema 4D, C4D, 3D
MAXON Announces Availability of Cinema 4D Release 16
In addition to countless workflow enhancements, Cinema 4D R16 delivers powerful new features including a modeling PolyPen ‘super-tool’, a Motion Tracker for easily integrating 3D content within live footage and a Reflectance material channel for multi-layered reflections and specularity.

Imagineer Systems Showcases mocha Pro 4 and previews version 4.1 at IBC2014 | Imagineer Systems, mocha Pro, mocha Plus
Imagineer Systems Showcases mocha Pro 4 and previews version 4.1 at IBC2014
Imagineer Systems recently released mocha Pro 4, which features a brand new stereoscopic 3D workflow, Python scripting support, Adobe Premiere support, customizable keyboard shortcuts, new exports and format handling, and more improvements for visual effects and post-production facilities.

Perfect Photo Suite 9 adds lightning-fast Raw previews, re-editable files, improved selection tools and more | onOne Software, Photography, Perfect Photo Suite
Perfect Photo Suite 9 adds lightning-fast Raw previews, re-editable files, improved selection tools and more
onOne Software has announced Perfect Photo Suite 9, an updated version of its photo editing and effects app for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. Included in the new release are many significant performance and feature improvements, all designed to help you streamline your photo-editing tasks, so you can spend more time shooting and less time processing your photos.

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The Red Giant Universe Expands With Version 1.2 | Red Giant Software, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut
The Red Giant Universe Expands With Version 1.2
The update to the multi-host-app library of GPU-accelerated tools includes nine new effects and transitions. Universe 1.2 also adds support for Sony Vegas as well as native editing of transitions in Premiere Pro CC and CC 2014. These updates expand the Universe toolset to 68 effects...

SIGGRAPH 2014: Creative People and Cutting Edge Technology in a Magic City | SIGGRAPH, Conferences, CG, Animation, 3D, Maxon, Cinema 4D, AMD, Xsens, Smith Micro, Poser, Reallusion, iClone
SIGGRAPH 2014: Creative People and Cutting Edge Technology in a Magic City
SIGGRAPH, the annual computer graphics conference, is such a large and varied event that you could go through it several times and never experience the same thing twice. This year’s 41st SIGGRAPH conference, which took place in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada, was no exception...
Ricky Grove [gToon] - Staff Columnist

animago AWARD: Here come the 2014 nominees! 50 productions nominated in ten categories from out of 1,014 submissions | animago, Animation, Film, CG, VFX, Games, Filmmaking, 3D
animago AWARD: Here come the 2014 nominees! 50 productions nominated in ten categories from out of 1,014 submissions
Last week, an independent jury of experts gathered in Berlin to make their final decisions on nominees for this year's animago AWARD. The five best productions were selected in ten categories from out of 1,014 submissions...

Shenzhen Hosts SIGGRAPH Asia for the First Time | ACM, SIGGRAPH, SIGGRAPH Asia, CG, VFX, 3D, Animation
Shenzhen Hosts SIGGRAPH Asia for the First Time
Over four days this December, Asia’s largest computer graphics (CG) event, SIGGRAPH Asia 2014, will be hosted in Shenzhen, China. SIGGRAPH Asia 2014 is dedicated to presenting the most cutting edge graphical achievements and product developments across a range of fields.

JPR Reports AMD jumps 11% in GPU shipments in Q2, Intel up 4%, Nvidia slips | JPR, Jon Peddie Research, GPU, CPU, AMD, Intel, NVIDIA
JPR Reports AMD jumps 11% in GPU shipments in Q2, Intel up 4%, Nvidia slips
Graphics chips are without doubt one of the most powerful, exciting, and essential components in tech today: not only does every computer require one (or more), but the technology is entering into major new markets like supercomputers, remote workstations, and simulators almost on a daily basis.

New Corel ® Painter ® 2015 Reaches New Levels of Innovation with Particle Brushes | Corel, Painter
New Corel ® Painter ® 2015 Reaches New Levels of Innovation with Particle Brushes
Painter 2015 builds on its reputation with revolutionary Particles Brushes, 64-bit support for Mac and the new Painter Mobile app for Android. Artists can enjoy other new features that will enhance their workflow, such as Real-Time Stylus support, Custom User Interface Palette Arrangements and improved cross-platform performance, making the program 40 percent faster than previous versions.

NVIDIA Visual Computing Appliance (VCA) Now Shipping | NVIDIA
NVIDIA Visual Computing Appliance (VCA) Now Shipping
NVIDIA VCA dramatically accelerates ray tracing, enabling users to interact with computer models of such high visual fidelity that it can eliminate the need for 3D physical prototypes. Engineered and built by NVIDIA, the appliance was first introduced in March 2014 at the GPU Technology Conference as "Iray VCA."

Red Giant Releases Primatte Keyer Version 5.1 | Red Giant Software, VFX, Motion Graphics, Adobe, Premiere Pro, Apple, Final Cut Pro X, Motion
Red Giant Releases Primatte Keyer Version 5.1
Red Giant released Primatte Keyer 5.1, an update that adds support for Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X (FCP X) and Motion. Using the same keying technology from blockbuster hits such as “Lord of the Rings,” “Harry Potter” and “Spider-Man,” Primatte Keyer lets users easily remove a blue- or green-screen background, often with the touch of a button.

Siggraph 2014 - Autodesk Unveils Maya & 3ds Max Updates | SIGGRAPH, Autodesk, Maya, 3ds Max
Siggraph 2014 - Autodesk Unveils Maya & 3ds Max Updates
At SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver, BC in booth #1400, Autodesk unveiled its latest extensions for Maya 2015 and 3ds Max 2015. The newest update for Autodesk Maya 2015 delivers powerful new production tools, while Autodesk 3ds Max 2015 software helps increase overall productivity for artists and designers working with the high-resolution assets.

The CG market will exceed $149 billion by 2017 | JPR, CG, 3D, VR, Jon Peddie Research
The CG market will exceed $149 billion by 2017
The computer graphics industry has weathered the storms of recessions and has emerged renewed vigor and potential, partly due to a big boost from mobile and the move to 4K, but also from emerging technologies including 3D scanning, 3D printing, augmented reality, and VR.
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DreamWorks Animation Contributes Lossy Compression To OpenEXR 2.2 | DreamWorks Animation, Codec, OpenEXR, Animation
DreamWorks Animation Contributes Lossy Compression To OpenEXR 2.2
DreamWorks Lossy Compression strategically removes information from High Dynamic Range (HDR) floating-point images, a format common in Animation and VFX production pipelines.
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NVIDIA’s New Professional GPU Lineup Places Quadro at Center of Visual Computing Workflows | NVIDIA
NVIDIA’s New Professional GPU Lineup Places Quadro at Center of Visual Computing Workflows
NVIDIA today unveiled its next generation of NVIDIA Quadro GPUs -- providing new tools and technologies to meet the visual computing needs of the world's leading designers, artists and scientists. The new lineup delivers an enterprise-grade visual computing platform with up to twice the application performance and data-handling capability of the previous generation.

MAXON Unveils Robust CINEMA 4D Release 16 (R16) | Maxon, Cinema 4D, C4D, 3D, Animation
MAXON Unveils Robust CINEMA 4D Release 16 (R16)
In addition to countless workflow enhancements, CINEMA 4D R16 delivers powerful new features including a modeling PolyPen ‘super-tool’, a Motion Tracker for easily integrating 3D content within live footage and a Reflectance material channel that allows for multi-layered reflections and specularity.

Meet Chaos Group Labs: LA’s New CG Think Tank  | Chaos Group, VFX, CG, Animation, Filmmaking, Virtual Reality
Meet Chaos Group Labs: LA’s New CG Think Tank 
Chaos Group Labs will serve as a place where artists, industry leaders and academic researchers are invited to contribute to development discussions and help solve key computer graphics challenges.

3D Masterclass: The Swordmaster In 3DS Max And Zbrush | Autodesk, Book Review, 3DS Max, Zbrush, 3DTotal, 3D
3D Masterclass: The Swordmaster In 3DS Max And Zbrush
3D Masterclass: The Swordmaster in 3ds Max and ZBrush is a book by 3DTotal Publishing, the same publisher that brought us the Digital Art Masters series. Written by game industry veteran Gavin Goulden, the book is an in-depth tutorial at the creation of a richly-detailed low poly game character, The Swordmaster, to which the book owes its namesake.
Kurt Foster [Modulok] - Staff Columnist

Chapman Students and Xsens Bring Robot Love to Life in “Some Like it Bot”  | Xsens, Motion Capture, Film, Comic-Con
Chapman Students and Xsens Bring Robot Love to Life in “Some Like it Bot”
How do you catch robot love on film? The answer for Chapman College’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts students was “Some Like It Bot,” a short film that depicts the clumsy first date of a human and his cyborg crush. Produced quickly with Xsens mocap technology, the film was recently an official selection at Comic-Con International proving that the right tools are all it takes to update a rom-com.

Brian Kingery on BYU’s Award-Winning Animated Film - Owned | Xsens, Motion Capture, Mocap, 3D, Filmmaking, Animation, Film
Brian Kingery on BYU’s Award-Winning Animated Film - Owned
Brigham Young University’s Center For Animation students received two first place awards at the 2014 College Television Awards and at the 41st Student Academy Awards for their short animated film Owned, which made extensive use of Xsens MVN, a “camera-less, full-body, inertial motion-capture (MoCap) solution,” in their production pipeline.
Ricky Grove [gToon] - Staff Columnist

Digital Art Masters: Volume 8 In Review | 3DTotal, Book Reviews, 2D, 3D
Digital Art Masters: Volume 8 In Review
Digital Art Masters: Volume 8 by 3DTotal Publishing is the 8th incarnation of the Digital Art Masters series. For those not familiar with it, the book is basically a picture book of some pretty awesome digital artwork, but it gets way better...
Kurt Foster [Modulok] - Staff Columnist

SIGGRAPH 2014 Art Gallery: Acting in Translation | SIGGRAPH, ACM, 2D, 3D, VFX, Animation, Conferences
SIGGRAPH 2014 Art Gallery: Acting in Translation
The SIGGRAPH 2014 Art Gallery will gather and present 14 outstanding, critical, and innovative unique works and projects, incorporating its theme, “Acting in Translation.” While the essential aim of the Art Gallery is to provide a deeper insight into the relationships within art, science, technology, research, and societal developments, “Acting in Translation” concentrates on strong content and criticality...

PipelineFX Helps University of Portsmouth Students Render Feature Film “Stina & The Wolf” | Qube!, Vicon, Faceware Technologies, PipelineFX. 3D, Animation, Film
PipelineFX Helps University of Portsmouth Students Render Feature Film “Stina & The Wolf”
When a University of Portsmouth professor wanted to give his students more hands-on work, he set his sights high: a feature length film in full CG. Currently in its third year of development, “Stina & The Wolf” is the story of a young girl who is swept into an adventure of love, danger and mystery in a land of towering mountains and dark forests.

Chaos Group to Host Two “V-Ray Days” at SIGGRAPH 2014 | Chaos Group, V-Ray, ILM, Method Studios, Digital Domain, Real-Time Live, Filmmaking, SIGGRAPH
Chaos Group to Host Two “V-Ray Days” at SIGGRAPH 2014
At SIGGRAPH 2014, Chaos Group is bringing back one of last year’s most popular presentation events, “V-Ray Days.” Filled with behind-the-scenes information on rendering techniques used on films like “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” “Maleficent,” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” and more.

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