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The Foundry has a new majority owner

The Foundry has a new majority owner

London private equity firm HgCapital pays $312 million to add The Foundry to its Technology, Media & Telecommunications group.  The Foundry, best known for its creative media products Mari, Modo, and Nuke, has a new majority owner. London private equity firm HgCapital has paid £200 million ($312 million) to take over majority ownership from The […]

Boy Scouts of America introduces Animation merit badge

Boy Scouts of America introduces Animation merit badge

New merit badge will be the first delivered to scouts via both print and digital publishing. Keeping up with contemporary trends in the arts and sciences, The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is launching a new merit badge in animation. Created and developed in consultation with industry experts, the animation merit badge is the 136th addition […]

Arnold renderer now available for Cinema 4D

Arnold renderer now available for Cinema 4D

The new bridge makes the popular renderer available inside the C4D interface. Solid Angle has released connector software that allows its popular Arnold ray tracing renderer work inside 3D modeling and animation software Maxon Cinema 4D (C4DtoA). Arnold is an advanced Monte Carlo ray tracing renderer purpose-built for feature-length animation and visual effects. Originally co-developed […]

Create a trailer for Siggraph

Create a trailer for Siggraph

A new contest for students seeks “imagination to tell a unique story” about Siggraph 2015 The Siggraph Education Committee is looking for the next great team of computer graphics artists to create a film-style trailer (preview) for Siggraph 2015. The Siggraph Trailer Contest draws inspiration from a similar contest run by the FMX conference. The […]

Lightmap HDR Light Studio update adds 80 features

Lightmap HDR Light Studio update adds 80 features

A new user interface and new preview renderer enhance this “click to render” system. Lightmap is now shipping a major update to its “click to render” lighting software HDR Light Studio. Version 5 features an overhaul of the user interface, support for new 3D formats, and a new preview renderer. HDR Light Studio is designed […]

Toon Boom updates and reaches out with new pricing

Toon Boom updates and reaches out with new pricing

Toon Boom revamps flagship Harmony and with new packaging and pricing models to expand the software’s accessibility.  Toon Boom is among the most venerable of content creation software companies. Founded in 1994, the company has helped transform the animation industry as it entered the age of digitization. The animation industry employs thousands of artists around […]

The Foundry releases non-commercial version of Nuke video compositor

The Foundry releases non-commercial version of Nuke video compositor

This new non-watermarked version of Nuke 9 has few functional restrictions. Visual effects software house The Foundry has released a non-commercial version of its popular video composting software Nuke. The software is available to anyone who wants to learn the software, but stands as a separate product from The Foundry’s educational products. Every film nominated […]

Blender to drive creation of animation feature

Blender to drive creation of animation feature

Popular Dutch comic book character Agent 327 will appear on the silver screen for the first time. The Amsterdam-based Blender animation studio and film production company Fu Works will make a feature length animation movie based on Agent 327, a popular Dutch comic book character. Hendrik Ijzerbroot, AKA Agent 327, is a secret agent working […]

Autodesk throws support behind Academy’s ACES color management standard

Autodesk throws support behind Academy’s ACES color management standard

The move increases interoperability at the most technical and demanding levels of color management. Autodesk is providing support for the new ACES 1.0 color management and interchange standard as established by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The company says Flame Premium creative finishing software, Maya 3D animation software, and Shotgun and RV asset management software will […]

Shotgun update adds RV viewer at no extra cost

Shotgun update adds RV viewer at no extra cost

Both the asset management system and the viewer now run without initial user configuration. Shotgun Software has updated its eponymous asset management software with a variety of new features and by including the previously separate RV asset viewer inside the primary product. Shotgun is a cloud-based production tracking, review and asset management software platform for film, […]