VFX Developments

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Christy Anzelmo Takes Foundry’s Software into the Future

Hydra Viewer in Nuke Christy Anzelmo at Foundry has moved up to become Chief Product Officer, leading the delivery of Foundry’s product portfolio for Media & Entertainment and Digital Design. Christy first joined Foundry in 2015 and has been working as Senior…
July 26, 2021
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Framestore Backs Two New Machine Learning Research Fellowships

VFX and studio Framestore and Bournemouth University are seeking two research fellows to embark on two-year research programmes to help solve key problems facing the VFX industry.
July 26, 2021
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Adobe Adds Speech to Text Workflow to Premiere Pro, Plugins for Blender

Adobe released updates across the Creative Cloud applications Premiere Pro and After Effects, Substance 3D, Mixamo and the mobile painting tool, Fresco. These updates contribute to simpler, faster workflows, and launch new integrations with the open source 3D…
July 24, 2021
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Corona Renderer 7 for 3ds Max Updates Sky Model and Physical Material

Corona PRG Clear Sky Model Corona Renderer 7 for 3ds Max makes updates to the Corona Physical Material and Corona Sky, with improved effects that increase realism in 3D scenes, and achieves faster render speeds. Corona’s Physical Material now has 35 new…
July 19, 2021
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Framestore Welcomes VFX Supervisor Damien Stumpf

Framestore is pleased to announce that Damien Stumpf has been hired as VFX Supervisor to join its rapidly expanding Montreal studio. Damien brings over two decades of skill, knowledge and insight to Framestore, drawing from a wide experience that includes…
July 11, 2021
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V-Ray 5 for Maya and Houdini Supports USD Format and Workflows

Chaos Group has completed the first steps of its support for Universal Scene Description (USD) in V-Ray 5 for Maya and V-Ray 5 for Houdini as a non-destructive way for artists to collaborate and assemble their scenes. The USD interchange format stores and…
July 04, 2021
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RenderMan 24 Upgrades Render Architecture and Shading for Animation and VFX

Pixar RenderMan v24 releases with a new render architecture for animation and VFX, able to use both the CPU and GPU, and a new shading system for layered materials.
July 02, 2021
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MPC Film Bolsters the Team with Four Senior Artists

VFX Producer Lisa Purisima MPC Film welcomes four senior VFX hires to lead its teams as they deliver VFX for some of the industry’s most highly anticipated movies. Khalid Almeerani and Carlos Caballero have been appointed as MPC Film VFX Supervisors, along…
June 28, 2021
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Maxon Redshift Gains Support for OpenColorIO v2

Following Redshift’s April release bringing support for MacOS Metal, the Apple M1 chip and Open Shading Language, Maxon Redshift 3.0.46 includes robust support for OpenColorIO v2, enabling users to achieve more accurate and filmic colour through the use of…
June 28, 2021
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FuseFX Hires New Global Director of Virtual Production and Real-Time

FuseFX visual effects studio, specialising in services for television, film and commercials globally from eight studios has named Julian Sarmiento as its global director of virtual production and real-time. This appointment is part of FuseFX's move to…
June 28, 2021
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V-Ray 5 for Cinema 4D, Update 1, Supports Node-Based Material Editing

V-Ray 5 for Cinema 4D, update 1, now supports node-based material editing, making it possible to achieve photorealistic looks without sacrificing the artist’s creative choices made ahead of rendering. Users can view and manage their complete V-Ray shading…
June 20, 2021
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Weta Digital Partners with Autodesk on WetaM Cloud Production Pipeline

'War for Planet of the Apes' Weta Digital has designed and developed a set of tools embedded in Autodesk Maya, and has partnered with Autodesk in order to market them as a subscription cloud service called WetaM. Weta Digital, one of the world’s top VFX…
June 14, 2021
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Pixomondo and William F. White to Expand Virtual Production in Canada 

VFX company Pixomondo and Canada’s TV & film equipment rental business, William F. White International, a Sunbelt Rentals company, announced a collaboration to build LED volumes across Canada together with a combined initial capital commitment of more than…
June 14, 2021
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VFX and Animation Studio DNEG Brings New Opportunities to Bangalore

Visual effects and animation company DNEG has announced plans to expand its India footprint into Bangalore / Bengaluru. The ‘Silicon Valley’ of India, Bangalore, is a global hub and centre of excellence for technology and innovation and DNEG is in the process…
June 14, 2021
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KeyShot 10.2 Upgrades Caustics on NVIDIA RTX Ampere GPUs

Luxion KeyShot 10.2 includes major improvements for caustics, a redesigned Materials Library, a Configurator UI style for touch screens and a new Mesh Simplification Tool.
June 10, 2021
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Binyan Uses 3ds Max to Bring Drama and Storytelling to ArchViz Projects

View of Sydney Opera House from the Sirius Building. Architects traditionally use highly detailed, accurate visualisations to bring their blueprints, sketches and concepts into the real world, and sell their designs to clients. Production company Binyan…
June 07, 2021
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RSP Welcomes New Hires and Leadership in Adelaide

Under new Executive Production leadership of Meredith Meyer-Nichols, visual effects studio RSP welcomes several new hires including VFX Producers Amy Tinker and Jeanne-Elise Provost, and Resource Manager Sarah Bond. Bree Whitford-Smith joins the Business…
June 07, 2021
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Nuke 13.0’s CopyCat Trains Custom Neural Networks for VFX Artists

In March 2021, Foundry introduced machine learning into Nuke 13.0 with the addition of the CopyCat node, a tool that takes the process of building custom tools beyond scripting, Python extensions and SDKs. CopyCat hands users a process whereby they can show a…
June 03, 2021
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GridMarkets Renders, Manages and Simulates in the Cloud

Cloud rendering services are a form of remote working and of virtualising hardware-based processes that studios have traditionally handled in-house. Such services have been evolving for several years and the market has now grown competitive as off-site…
May 24, 2021
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MPC Episodic Continues to Expand Senior VFX Team

Head of CG Owen Jones MPC Episodic, Moving Picture Company’s dedicated VFX division for television and streaming, has further increased its senior team in London, with hires from VFX studios including Framestore, DNEG and MPC Film. Head of Animation Ross…
May 24, 2021
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Erika Burton Joins DNEG as Global Head of Studios

Visual effects and animation company DNEG has announced the appointment of Erika Burton as Executive Vice President, VFX - Global Head of Studios, based in Los Angeles. The appointment comes at an exciting time for DNEG, which last month picked up both Oscar…
May 20, 2021
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One of Us Open Paris VFX Studio

One of Us has opened a new studio in Paris. The company, which is based in Soho in London, has been looking for the best way to expand, and Paris presents the ideal opportunity for them. The creative possibilities, the VFX talent and the projects underway in…
May 12, 2021
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Clarisse 5 Puts Look Development and Rendering Under the Spotlight

Emission Importance Sampling in Clarisse 5 - all lighting in this render comes from the emissive property of the materials. Isotropix Clarisse 5 contains updates that address set dressing, look development, lighting, rendering and workflow. The application…
April 14, 2021
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Cinema 4D S24 Reveals 3D Asset Control, Animation Workflows, Scene Nodes

Car Rig Character Object Preset Maxon’s Cinema 4D Subscription Release 24, or S24, has new tools to help users search for and obtain models, materials and other assets, and to place them within the scene in different ways. The release includes workflow…
April 13, 2021
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Rumble VFX Launches Expert Team in Soho for Film and TV

Tim Zaccheo, Richard Costin, Joe Cork and Max Wright set up Rumble VFX to handle VFX production from early concepts and planning to shoot supervision and shot design of all types.

BlueBolt Promote Tracy McCreary to Managing Director

Apr 12, 2021 3783
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Joining co-founders CEO Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor and Creative Director Angela Barson, Tracy…

Framestore to Speak at AEAF 2021 on Jingle Jangle’s Storybook Sequences

Apr 09, 2021 2772
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Framestore created several animated sequences for Netflix movie Jingle Jangle: A…

FuseFX Acquires Australian-based Rising Sun Pictures

Apr 08, 2021 2791
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Gravity FuseFX has announced its acquisition of Rising Sun Pictures (RSP) visual effects…

DNEG Appoints Innovator Roy C Anthony as Global Head of Research

Apr 05, 2021 2487
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VFX and animation company DNEG has appointed digital technology innovator and real-time…

ArsenalFX Color Expands Team with an Eye Towards VFX

Mar 30, 2021 3567
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Cortney Haile ArsenalFX Color has expanded its team, adding new talent to support the…

Autodesk’s 2022 Updates Add USD Plugin, Tune Up Modelling and Rendering

Mar 29, 2021 4014
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Resulting from joint development work between Pixar, Animal Logic, Luma Pictures and Blue…

Nuke 13.0 Supports USD Hydra, Adds Machine Learning Tools

Mar 22, 2021 2580
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Machine Learning Foundry has launched into the Nuke 13.0 series of releases with a…

ReDefine Grows VFX and CG Character and Creature Team with New Talent

Mar 16, 2021 2982
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Global animation and visual effects company ReDefine has further expanded its presence in…

FuseFX Welcomes Lindsey Kaiser and Johnny Fisk in Los Angeles Office

Mar 16, 2021 2184
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FuseFX visual effects studio has named Lindsey Kaiser as executive producer at its main…

Houdini Engine for Unreal and Unity Available Free for Commercial Studios

Mar 08, 2021 2549
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Houdini Engine for UE4 SideFX Houdini Engine for UE4 and Houdini Engine for Unity are now…

VFX Students at AIE Get Hands-on with Virtual Production

Mar 08, 2021 2572
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Students at AIE, a 3D animation, game design and VFX college in Sydney, produced their…

Preymaker Expands Production Team

Mar 01, 2021 2510
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Preymaker studio adds to its creative collective with the hires of Zachary Fortin in…

Chaos V-Ray 5 for 3ds Max Update 1 Extends Visualisation Tools

Feb 25, 2021 2700
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Chaos V-Ray 5 for 3ds Max, Update 1, now includes support for masking, new Progressive…

Framestore Appoints New Members to the Real-time Team

Feb 22, 2021 1991
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Grant Bolton and Alberto Aguado have joined the Framestore engine team as Lead Technical…

Level Ex Welcomes Aharon Rabinowitz as Creative Director

Feb 15, 2021 2279
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Level Ex, creator of medical video games for physicians, has welcomed Aharon Rabinowitz…

VFX Veteran Bryan Godwin Joins Pixomondo as Head of LA Studio

Feb 15, 2021 1879
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Pixomondo, an Oscar and Emmy-winning visual effects and virtual production company, has…

AMPAS Honours ftrack Studio with a Technical Achievement Award

Feb 07, 2021 2769
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A review session in ftrack Production tracking platform, ftrack Studio, has earned a…

Framestore Unreal Shot Engine Gears Up for New VFX Pipeline

Feb 01, 2021 2162
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In a special project named FUSE, Framestore Unreal Shot Engine, Framestore is producing a…

Preymaker Welcomes VFX Supervisor Ruben Vandebroek

Jan 25, 2021 2817
Preymaker creative and technology studio welcomes Ruben Vandebroek to its growing team.…

Autodesk’s Diana Colella to Lead Media & Entertainment Group

Jan 18, 2021 2123
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Autodesk’s acquisition of Discreet Logic in 1999 established its role as a major software…

VFX Supervisor Artemis Oikonomopoulou Joins Cinesite London

Jan 11, 2021 3740
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Cinesite announced today that VFX Supervisor Artemis Oikonomopoulou has joined its London…

Skyhouse Scales Cloud Rendering on Digistor’s Onboarding Package

Dec 19, 2020 3737
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Skyhouse Studios animation and VFX facility opened at the start of 2020, and soon after…

V-Ray 5 for Cinema 4D Improves Lights, Materials and GPU Rendering

Dec 15, 2020 3914
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Chaos Group’s V-Ray 5 for Cinema 4D is a large scale upgrade that packages all…

Specialist VFX & Post Talent Agency Opens Up in London

Dec 14, 2020 3074
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The Crown, season 4 Harriet Donington spent 10 years nurturing and developing the careers…

Mari 4.7 Adds New Procedural Workflows and Materials Controls

Dec 14, 2020 2259
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Foundry Mari 4.7 is released with updates improving efficiency and interoperability for…

Maya 2020.4 Extends Bifrost Across Content Creation Pipeline

Dec 11, 2020 2830
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Autodesk Maya 2020.4 includes a major update to the Bifrost visual programming…

RSP’s Historic VFX on ‘The Eight Hundred’ Win AACTA Award

Dec 07, 2020 1954
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Rising Sun Pictures (RSP) in Adelaide won the 2020 Australian Academy of Cinema and…

Chaos Vantage Explores 100% Ray-traced 3D Scenes in Real-Time

Dec 07, 2020 2540
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Chaos Vantage makes it possible to explore 3D scenes in a fully ray traced, real-time…

3ds Max 2021.3 Improves Remeshing Controls, Launches Retopology v1.0

Dec 05, 2020 3390
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Autodesk 3ds Max 2021.3 has new remeshing algorithms, faster GPU rendering with Arnold…

Preymaker Welcomes Three New Hires to its Cloud-Native Studio

Nov 30, 2020 1829
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Following the launch of Preymaker studio in October, the studio announces three key hires…

Keyshot 10 Powers Up Materials, Lighting, Animation for 3D Visualisation

Nov 26, 2020 4083
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Model: Cki Vang Version 10 of Luxion’s KeyShot visualisation renderer and 3D animation…

Boris FX Mocha Pro 2021 Adds Organic Warp Tracking and Alembic Exports

Nov 19, 2020 2694
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AdjustTrack interface Boris FX Mocha Pro 2021 continues to develop digital planar motion…

V-Ray 5 Benchmark Includes New NVIDIA RTX Testing Mode

Nov 16, 2020 2451
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Chaos Group’s V-Ray 5 Benchmark hardware testing application allows users to save scores…

DNEG Appoints Paul Salvini from SideFX and Christie Digital as Global CTO

Nov 16, 2020 2750
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DNEG has appointed Paul Salvini as Global Chief Technology Officer as part of the next…

Maxon Cinebench R23 Updates Computer Benchmarking for 3D Systems

Nov 14, 2020 2055
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Maxon’s Cinebench Release 23 is an update to its benchmarking application that…

Folks VFX’s New Head of Studio Keeps Her Eye on the Future

Nov 07, 2020 2836
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'Legion' Folks VFX, a studio in the FuseFX family, recently hired Mihaela Orzea as its…

Katana 4.0 Focusses on Interactive Renders, Lighting UX and USD

Nov 05, 2020 2262
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Artists can light multiple shots at the same time. Each shot can have global or precise…

Autodesk Flame 2021.2 Refines Keying, Timeline Navigation, Search

Nov 02, 2020 2092
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Autodesk’s Flame 2021.2 update integrates the finishing environment to make it more…

Autodesk Arnold 6.1 Updates USD Support and Post-Processing Nodes

Nov 02, 2020 2140
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Autodesk Arnold 6.1 includes new post-processing nodes to use for exposure, colour…

The Mill New York Co-Founder Launches Cloud Native Preymaker Studio

Oct 30, 2020 2788
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Angus Kneale, former Chief Creative Officer and Co-founder of The Mill New York, has…

Award-winning Executive VFX Supervisor Bryan Godwin Joins DNEG

Oct 19, 2020 2240
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Global VFX house DNEG has expanded it office in Los Angeles with the appointment of…

Carbon Welcomes VFX Supervisor Tobey Lindback

Oct 19, 2020 2696
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VFX Supervisor Tobey Lindback has brought his skills and two decades of experience to our…

NVIDIA Opens Omniverse RTX-based 3D Simulation and Collaboration

Oct 06, 2020 2984
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The NVIDIA Omniverse platform is an RTX-based 3D simulation and collaboration platform…

VFX Legion Signs CG Supervisor Blake Anderson to New Facility

Sep 28, 2020 2624
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VFX Legion Founder James David Hattin has announced the signing of CG Supervisor Blake…

Foundry Shines a Light on Katana 4.0 for Lighting and LookDev

Sep 18, 2020 2242
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Katana lighting and look development software has been in development at Foundry for…

Corona Renderer 6 for 3ds Max Adds Procedural Sky, New Photoreal Materials

Sep 13, 2020 3106
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The Corona Renderer 6 update for 3ds Max from Chaos Czech was developed for greater…

Corona Renderer 6 for Cinema 4D Adds Realistic Sky Model and Scattering

Aug 28, 2020 3800
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Corona Renderer 6 for Cinema 4D Adds Realistic Sky Model and Scattering Chaos Czech…

Academy Software Foundation OpenVDB Adds GPU Support with NanoVDB

Aug 26, 2020 2163
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OpenVDB, an open source software project of the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF), has…

ZBrush 2021 Adds a New Dynamics System and Cloth Sculpting

Aug 24, 2020 3970
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ZBrush 2021 adds a new Dynamics system to its functionality, with Controlled Cloth…

AEAF Awards Celebrates Winners and Finalists

Aug 16, 2020 2267
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Many thanks to everyone who has entered the AEAF 2020 Awards. All winners are listed…

KeenTools FaceBuilder Automates Camera Set-Up for 3D Head Modelling

Aug 13, 2020 1918
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KeenTools FaceBuilder is a plug-in for Blender and Foundry Nuke, developed for creating…

Foundry Develops Scene Layout and Sequencing for Interactive Media

Aug 10, 2020 2789
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Earlier this year, Foundry completed a two-year project titled Enabling Interactive Story…

V-Ray 5 for Maya Adds Render Compositing and Light Mixing

Aug 08, 2020 5425
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V-Ray 5 now supports the ACEScg colourspace standard. Chaos Group V-Ray 5 for Maya has…

Autodesk Bifrost 2.1 for Maya Visualises Geometric Queries

Aug 04, 2020 2402
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Raycasting visualised using arrows Version 2.1 of Bifrost for Maya makes it possible to…

Future Group Pixotope 1.3 Refines Object Tracking and Lights for MR Scenes

Jul 27, 2020 1741
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Pixotope, the live photo-realistic virtual production system from The Future Group, now…

Fusion Studio Rescues ‘Looks That Kill’ at Flying Turtle Post

Jul 25, 2020 1712
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Flying Turtle Post in New York produced visual effects for ‘Looks That Kill’, a romantic…

Foundry Nuke 12.2 Reads USD Data and Goes Solo with Nuke Indie

Jul 22, 2020 2124
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Nuke 12.2 builds on updates in Nuke 12 so far, and adds a new product to the Nuke…

Meet the Expert VFX and Animation Storytellers at AEAF

Jul 17, 2020 1266
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AEAF’s virtual event is taking place in just under one month. The Speaker Program line-up…

Houdini 18 Develops New Mesh, Deformation and Render Effects

Jul 13, 2020 1643
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Viewport fog effects Under Houdini's daily build program, functionality under development…

Top Level Feature Films Are Ready to Roll at AEAF Awards

Jul 06, 2020 1499
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Rodeo FX, 'The Aeronauts' AEAF Awards’ Feature Film categories, VFX and Animation, have…