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Substance Designer 6 HD

Substance Designer 6 Supports HDR Textures and 3D Scan Processing

Substance Designer 6 Supports HDR Textures and 3D Scan Processing Allegorithmic Substance Designer 6 has been released with new functionality within its material authoring capabilities for game development, architectural applications, design, visual effects…
February 13, 2017
Vray 3 5 3dsmax Live Vr
VFX Editor

V-Ray 3.5 for 3ds Max Adds Adaptive Lights, Increases Interactivity

V-Ray 3.5 for 3ds Max Adds Adaptive Lights, Increases Interactivity The V-Ray 3.5 for 3ds Max CPU and GPU renderer is a free update for users with a new Adaptive Lights algorithm, interactive and resumable rendering, live VR rendering directly to headsets and…
February 09, 2017
Framestore Zangla assassin
VFX Editor

Framestore Welcomes New CG Supervisor Fabio Zangla

Framestore Welcomes New CG Supervisor Fabio Zangla Framestore has appointed award-winning CG Supervisor Fabio Zangla, who will work within the global film team. Fabio will be based in London, and collaborate with Framestore’s diverse, talented teams across…
February 09, 2017
VES RodeoFX GOT6
VFX Editor

Visual Effects Society Announces 15th Awards Winners

Visual Effects Society Announces 15th Awards Winners At the 15th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards on 7 February 2017, more than 1,000 guests gathered at the Beverly Hilton to award VFX talent in 24 categories. The event recognises outstanding visual…
February 08, 2017
Houdini 16 dielectric
VFX Editor

Houdini 16 Tunes Up Functionality for Fluids and Rigging

Houdini 16 Tunes Up Functionality for Fluids and Rigging SideFX Software has shown much of the new Houdini 16 functionality and many updates at a launch event at Rich Mix Cultural Foundation in London on 6 February 2017. Release is anticipated on 21 February.…
January 31, 2017
NIM 2 5a
VFX Editor

NIM 2.5 Builds on Security and Project Customization

NIM 2.5 Builds on Security and Project Customization NIM studio, project and asset management software has now been released in version 2.5 with primary updates improving the strength of security and permissions, workflow tools and the level of customization…
January 24, 2017
PFTrack 2017c
VFX Adriene Hurst

PFTrack 2017 Improves Camera and Texture Extraction Support

PFTrack 2017 Improves Camera and Texture Extraction Support The 2017 release of PFTrack adds more ways to work with depth maps, optimisations for using photogrammetry to extract textures, and support for metadata from RED and ARRI cameras. All of the PFDepth…
January 18, 2017
Chaos film vray maya
VFX Editor

Chaos Group’s V-Ray Renderer Wins Academy Award

Chaos Group’s V-Ray Renderer Wins Academy Award Co-Founder and CTO of Chaos Group, Vlado Koylazov has won a Scientific and Engineering Award for the original concept, design and implementation of V-Ray rendering software. The award honours pioneers whose…
January 11, 2017
VES rogue
VFX Editor

‘Rogue One’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Lead Nominees for 15th VES Awards

‘Rogue One’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Lead Nominees for 15th VES Awards The Visual Effects Society has announced the nominees for the 15th Annual VES Awards, recognising outstanding VFX artistry and development in film, animation, television, commercials and…
January 03, 2017
AJA casa loma Mapping
VFX Adriene Hurst

Casa Loma Gets Spooked with AJA KONA 3G and Io 4K

Casa Loma Gets Spooked with AJA KONA 3G and Io 4K Built in 1911, Casa Loma is an historic Gothic house and gardens in the middle of Toronto that has now become a museum and landmark. It is also rumoured to be haunted, making it an ideal setting for a haunted…
December 28, 2016
MTI Film DRS Nova 2 3L
VFX Editor

MTI’s DRS Nova 2.3 Updates Object Tracking for Film Restoration

MTI’s DRS Nova 2.3 Updates Object Tracking for Film Restoration DRS Nova 2.3 is an update to MTI Film’s software and has new functionality tuned to make the tasks of dust-busting, image stabilization and de-warping faster and easier. One of the new tools is…
December 21, 2016
Pipelinefx Qube VFS
VFX Editor

Vancouver Film School Students Grow Up on the Farm with PipelineFX

Vancouver Film School Students Grow Up on the Farm with PipelineFX With over 5,000 students from around the world, the render farm at Vancouver Film School has more users than those of some commercial visual effects companies, and processes more individual…
December 20, 2016
Spin cesar dacol
VFX Editor

SpinVFX Welcomes Creature/Concept Designer Cesar Dacol Jr

SpinVFX Welcomes Creature/Concept Designer Cesar Dacol Jr Emmy award winning studio Spin VFX has hired Cesar Dacol Jr as Supervisor of Creature and Concept Design. He is known for his work on ‘300’, ‘The Incredible Hulk’, ‘Happy Feet 2’ and ‘Robocop’. Neishaw…
December 18, 2016
Allegorithmic substance des2
VFX Editor

Substance Designer 5.6 Supports Photogrammetric Material Workflows

Substance Designer 5.6 Supports Photogrammetric Material Workflows Allegorithmic Substance Designer 5.6 digital material authoring software has a series of new tools and filters for scanned and photogrammetric workflows, based on normal maps and height maps,…
December 14, 2016
Nvidia mental ray maya shaders
VFX Editor

mental ray for Maya Gains Interactive Viewport Rendering and GI

mental ray for Maya Gains Interactive Viewport Rendering and GI Although NVIDIA mental ray no longer ships as part of Autodesk Maya, the mental ray for Maya renderer is available as a plug-in directly from NVIDIA, integrating directly into the application and…
December 06, 2016
Realflow dyverso elastic
VFX Editor

RealFlow 10 Upgrades DYVERSO Multiphysics Solver

RealFlow 10 Upgrades DYVERSO Multiphysics Solver RealFlow 10 fluid simulation and body dynamics software has three new daemons, workflow updates and a new DYVERSO multiphysics solver for simulations of rigid, elastic and granular substances, and the…
November 23, 2016
Zync render 1
VFX Lucy Schneider News Editor

ZYNC Renders Houdini and Cinema 4D on Google Cloud

ZYNC Renders Houdini and Cinema 4D on Google Cloud ZYNC Render on Google Cloud has now been extended to support two new host applications, SideFX Houdini and Maxon Cinema 4D. Both integrations make it possible for animators, motion designers and VFX artists…
November 22, 2016
Autodesk maya 2017f
VFX Editor

Autodesk Maya and 3ds Max Push Ahead to 2017 for 3D Artists

Autodesk Maya and 3ds Max Push Ahead to 2017 for 3D Artists Autodesk Maya and 3ds Max have undergone many changes and updates over the past year since the announcements at NAB. Some were announced at IBC, when Extension 2 was release for Maya, but both…
November 18, 2016
Renderman non commercial2
VFX Lucy Schneider News Editor

Pixar Releases RenderMan Non-Commercial for Artists & Students

Pixar Releases RenderMan Non-Commercial for Artists & Students A Non-Commercial version of the RenderMan renderer is now available from Pixar, free of charge. The product is the same v21 RenderMan software now in use within the production industry, but comes…
November 08, 2016
Blackmagic fusion 11 22 63g
VFX Adriene Hurst

Branit FX Saves a Stitch in Time with Fusion Studio for ’11.22.63’

Branit FX Saves a Stitch in Time with Fusion Studio for ’11.22.63’ ‘11.22.63’ is a recent science fiction television series based on a Stephen King novel following protagonist Jake Epping as he travels back in time to 1960 to prevent the assassination of US…
November 08, 2016
Substance source Guillaume Molle02
VFX Editor

Allegorithmic’s New Materials Library Goes Straight to the Source

Allegorithmic has released a new online material library called Substance Source, as a resource for 3D artists looking for high-quality physically based materials to customize and combine.
November 01, 2016
Thinkbox straightface CrabPanther1
VFX Adriene Hurst

Straightface Studios Renders NUKE On Demand via Thinkbox Store

Straightface Studios Renders NUKE On Demand via Thinkbox Store For almost 10 years, Straightface Studios has been using Thinkbox Software's Deadline to manage on-premise compute resources. When Thinkbox Recently launched the beta for Deadline 8 with…
October 31, 2016
Chaos vrscans4a
VFX Lucy Schneider News Editor

VRscans Library Grows to 400 Photoreal 3D Rendered Materials

VRscans Library Grows to 400 Photoreal 3D Rendered Materials VRscans, Chaos Group’s photoreal material scanning service, now also has a library of more than 400 of its photoreal, 3D rendered materials, ready to use for visualization. The library’s materials,…
October 27, 2016
Maxwell render 4c
VFX Adriene Hurst

Maxwell v4 Lights Up with GPU Engine, Revitalises Materials

Maxwell v4 Lights Up with GPU Engine, Revitalises Materials The Maxwell renderer version 4 is released with a new GPU engine for visualization. Aiming to speed up rendering times, Maxwell has also improved its primary CPU engine and plans to continue…
October 25, 2016
Digital domain nissan stills3
VFX Adriene Hurst

Digital Domain Gets Extreme for Nissan’s Titan

Digital Domain Gets Extreme for Nissan’s Titan Agency Chait|Day has produced two new 30-second commercials for Nissan with visual effects created by Digital Domain, leaving no doubt that the Nissan Titan is the toughest truck on four wheels. The team’s work…