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X-Rite Pantone introduces Virtual Light Booth

X-Rite Pantone introduces Virtual Light Booth

Designers can create digital renderings of real-world objects with precise capture of lighting and color. X-Rite Pantone recently introduced its new Virtual Light Booth (VLB), designed to simulate and compare the appearance of physical and virtual materials. As part of the company’s Total Appearance Capture (TAC) suite, the VLB allows for the precise capturing of […]

By March 22, 2017 Read More →
Substance Designer 6 expands the digital materials palette

Substance Designer 6 expands the digital materials palette

Quickly becoming an industry standard, the new version offers improved texturing tools and a dynamic text mode. Already a staple in many design toolkits from movie special effects artists to game developers, the latest iteration of Allegorithmic’s Substance Designer sees a plethora of new features added to the software. As with previous versions, the software […]

By March 17, 2017 Read More →
V-Ray updates Nuke plug-in

V-Ray updates Nuke plug-in

Chaos Group adds a new set of tools to aid artists in the creation of realistic volumetric effects. Chaos Group recently announced V-Ray 3.5 for Nuke, an update to its raytracing renderer used to create simulations directly in Nuke video editing software suite. Used in many recent major motion picture projects including Spectre and The […]

By March 15, 2017 Read More →
Intel places $15 billion bet on computer vision

Intel places $15 billion bet on computer vision

Jerusalem-based Mobileye has emerged as a leader in computer vision for transportation; now it will be part of Intel. Intel and computer vision specialist Mobileye today announced Intel will acquire Mobileye in an all-cash offer for approximately $15.3 billion. An Intel subsidiary will make an offer for all outstanding ordinary shares of Mobileye stock for […]

By March 13, 2017 Read More →
Amazon Web Services acquires Thinkbox Software

Amazon Web Services acquires Thinkbox Software

Graphics technology works on-premise or in-cloud. Amazon appears to be building a graphics stack for cloud computing services. Amazon Web Services has acquired Thinkbox Software, maker of several visualization and graphics management tools used for both media and engineering applications. Terms were not disclosed. Thinkbox offers most of its product line as both desktop software […]

By March 7, 2017 Read More →
Oculus unveils new virtual reality art software

Oculus unveils new virtual reality art software

Medium for sculpting and Quill for illustrative storytelling will be bundled with new hand-held controllers for use with the Rift VR headset. Oculus, the company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset recently released its new Oculus Touch controllers with two new VR art applications. The applications, Oculus Medium and Oculus Quill will allow […]

By March 3, 2017 Read More →
Gravity Sketch takes 3D design inside virtual reality

Gravity Sketch takes 3D design inside virtual reality

Opening the doors of 3D creation through consumer-class VR displays. As virtual reality (VR) technologies continue seeping into the mainstream, a team of independent developers have created what they call “the first cross-platform mixed reality 3D creation application” in the form of Gravity Sketch VR. Created by a team of engineers and designers, the London […]

By March 1, 2017 Read More →
Q&A: VFX Supervisor Boyd Shermis

Q&A: VFX Supervisor Boyd Shermis

From Speed and Swordfish to Fear the Walking Dead, a top VFX supervisor stays connected to a global team with CineSync for video production collaboration. It is not uncommon for technical creatives in media and entertainment to be known more for the projects they worked on rather than a particular employer. Boyd Shermis has a […]

By February 27, 2017 Read More →
Arnold earns an Academy SciTech award

Arnold earns an Academy SciTech award

The “brute force” renderer has been used a wide variety of films. The Arnold renderer, published by the recently acquired Solid Angle, has been honored by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a 2017 Scientific and Technical Achievement Award. It joins another rendering product, V-Ray from Chaos Group, in receiving a SciTech […]

By February 23, 2017 Read More →
Redshift renderer releases integration for Houdini

Redshift renderer releases integration for Houdini

The biased, GPU-based renderer counts several well-known animation studios among its customers. Redshift Rendering Technologies has released an integration to the procedural animation tool Houdini, from SideFX Software. Redshift is a biased GPU-accelerated renderer that currently integrates with industry-standard content creation tools including Autodesk Maya, Softimage, and Autodesk 3ds Max. The company says integration work […]

By February 17, 2017 Read More →