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Autodesk launches Maya 8 - 08/01/06

64-bit Technology Support and Multithreading Enhancements Offer New Levels of Scalability and Speed SAN RAFAEL, Calif., July 31, 2006 Read Full Story


Softimage releases face robot 1.5 - 08/01/06

Update to revolutionary facial animation technology includes a game export pipeline, significant performance improvement and import tools for the upcoming Mova Contour Reality Capture System SIGGRAGH 2006, Boston (Booth #1713) Read Full Story



DARWIN DIMENSIONS INTRODUCES evolver SOFTWARE ENABLING AUTOMATED CREATION OF 3D CHARACTER MODELSSet to Debut at SIGGRAPH 2006, evolver Delivers a Near-Infinite Variety of Character Models For Professional Animation PipelinesMontreal, CANADA (July 24, 2006) Read Full Story


New After Effects plugin for using RPF motion blur - 08/01/06

Hi people - I just finished developing a plugin for After Effects called RPF Motion Blur. It adds the possibility of adding motion blur to a RPF file rendered in 3DS MAX or other 3D application.I'm looking for people to beta test it; if you guys find a bug, I'll give you a free license!You can download a free demo from http://www.rpfmotionblur.comAlso, a free RPF Viewer application; useful for fast viewing rpf in win xp Thanks a lot, hope you like itGerman Heller3Dar Inc. Read Full Story


Added site support for Maya 8 and 3ds max 9 - 08/04/06

You can now select Maya 8 and 3ds max 9 in the version support area of all uploads in their respective sections.   Read Full Story


SIGGRAPH 2006 Attracts 2 on East Coast - 08/04/06

(Boston, MA) - SIGGRAPH 2006, the 33rd conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques, registered 19,764 artists, research scientists, developers, filmmakers, and academics from 80 countries for their conference in Boston this week. More than 230 companies exhibited, including 76 first-time exhibitors. "Returning to Boston for the first time since 1989 was met with a resounding response from the local and international community," commented John Finnegan, SIGGRAPH 2006 Conference Chair from Purdue University. "The city of Boston did a fantastic job at welcoming the computer graphics and technology community to this part of the country." Keynote: Disney's... Read Full Story


Maya 8, Max 9 Event LA -08.17.06 - 08/14/06

Didn't make it to Siggraph? Missed out on the User Group Party? Motion Media with Autodesk will be hosting a New Features event showcasing 3ds Max 9 and Maya 8 at Club Good Hurt in Southern California. The event is FREE, with food, drinks and prizes in a friendly club atmosphere. 21 and over only. Seating is limited. Reservations required. ... Read Full Story


Digimation Releases Max Monster Pak - 08/17/06

Huge Collection of 3D Models, Textures and MoCap Files Available for a Limited TimeNEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, Read Full Story


Laurent Pierlot: Creature Modeling for production - 08/22/06

The Gnomon Workshop is very happy to announce three DVDs by Character Modeler Laurent Pierlot. In over seven hours of lecture, Laurent shares his myriad techniques for creating compelling life-like creatures. Using 3ds Max, BodyPaint, Photoshop and ZBrush, Laurent discusses his workflow for modeling, detailing, texturing and rendering an alien creature based on a Carlos Huante design. While Max plays a key role in the development of the creature, virtually all the methods utilized apply to any leading 3D application such as Maya or XSI.Read the general Press Release: click hereDetails are available by following the links below:Creature Modeling for Production Creature Modeling Techniques ... Read Full Story


Highend Careers Posts over 600 jobs in August - 09/05/06

Last month was fantastic for .  Over 600 paying jobs posted from major studios around the world.  You will now see these jobs rotated on the left hand side of the page under "Latest Jobs" .  If you are in a specific section such as Maya or Shake, you will see jobs respective to those applications listed.  If you are in the global section you will see all jobs.HighendCareers now offers the ability for an advanced search so you can search by location, industry, job title, and list all jobs by any specific studio.You will also see our new top bar at the top of the page so you can easily jump to different sections on all of our sites; highe... Read Full Story


Alex Lindsay to Speak at Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI - 09/14/06

Computer Graphics Industry Leader to Speak at Schoolcraft College Livonia, MI, Sept 19, 2006 Read Full Story


A52 Creates Elements for RPA's $12 Million Pioneer Campaign - 09/15/06

Andy Hall Directs HD Commercials Created Entirely in CGI, Oversees Design of Campaign's Print/Online Elements   HOLLYWOOD Read Full Story


CA Square Adds New Dimension to TVN'S Sopot Package - 09/18/06

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Added Character Rig download sections - 09/19/06

We have added new Character rig download sections to our 3dsmax, maya, and xsi sections. You can now download, share and host your character rigs. You can also upload new versions by updating your rig file. Owners have the ability to create a forum and respond to user comments and suggestions as well.These rigs can be used to learn animation techniques, create quick previz ideas, learn how to use new features, and scripts from the site.If you have any rigs to share go to the respective section and on the top right click on "upload your character rigs":Maya Character Rig SectionXSI Character Rig Section3ds max Character Rig SectionThese sections were created by request. Any o... Read Full Story


Sneak Peak of Jim Sr. vignette for People Under The Stairs - 09/19/06

While People Under The Stairs are on tour in Japan and Europe until the end of October, we have these "sneak peak" images of early production tests for their animated vignette titled Jim Sr.TimeFissure StudiosDirector: C. Palmer StinsonArt Direction: Lisa CovielloStoryboards: Lisa CovielloModeler: C. Palmer StinsonAnimator: C. Palmer StinsonClient: People Under The StairsHip Hop artists Thes One and Double K, (People Under The Stairs), have been record digging, making beats and freestyling classic hip hop since the mid 1990's. Their jazz, funk, rock and soul inspired albums, infamous vinyl collections and energetic live shows have gained them acclaim all over the world. From Ame... Read Full Story


Digital Domain Recruits Top VFX Executives - 09/20/06

DIGITAL DOMAIN RECRUITS TRIO OF TOP CREATIVE SENIOR EXECUTIVES IN THE VISUAL EFFECTS INDUSTRY Mark Miller, a 22-year veteran of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), named president Cliff Plumer named chief technology officer Kim Libreri named vice president Read Full Story


Depth Of Field Generator PRO v3.0 Released - 10/02/06

We are proud to announce the official release of DOF PRO v3.0. DOF PRO v3.0 is the follow-up update to our award-winning depth of field processing filter for Adobe Photoshop (or filter-compliant applications) currently being used by thousands of professional digital artists and production studios world-wide. DOF PRO has been developed with quality output being the number one priority - to produce the most sophisticated and photorealistic DOF effects possible as a post process thus providing a faster alternative to computationally-intensive traditional 3D raytracing techniques. DOF PRO has been reviewed by numerous publishers world-wide, always receiving outstanding reviews, honorary me... Read Full Story


Body Mechanics and Character Animation Training DVD - 10/04/06

Oklahoma City, OK - October 3, 2006 - Digital-Tutors, an Autodesk Authorized Publisher, today announced the availability of 'Body Mechanics and Animation in Maya: Lifting Heavy Objects' - an interactive guide to learning body mechanics and character animation techniques and the newest release in a growing library of interactive training for emerging digital artists. 'Body Mechanics and Animation in Maya: Lifting Heavy Objects' provides over 6.5 hours of project-based training for both new and experienced animators seeking to create believable animations with life and personality. "Learning proper body mechanics in an essential component of successful animati... Read Full Story


MAXON announce new versions of CINEMA 4D and Bodypaint 3D - 10/05/06

October 4, 2006 - Friedrichsdorf, Germany - On the eve of its 20th anniversary, MAXON is pleased to announce the upcoming availability of CINEMA 4D Release 10 and BodyPaint 3D Release 3. With these landmark releases, MAXON has enhanced its modeling, animation and painting softwares to build upon a reputation for ease of use with countless workflow improvements.CINEMA 4D R10 features enhanced object and animation managers, which have been optimized for quicker workflow. Objects can now be easily filtered, searched, bookmarked and arranged in layers to aid in dealing with large scenes. A completely rewritten timeline can be organized in the same way as the Object Manager, and now offers rip... Read Full Story


Highend Network is Hiring Part Time Employees - 10/05/06

We are hiring :) and are in need of motivated part time staff to help with all areas of the site.Please take a look at the job requirements if interested Read Full Story


Wiki'fied our Digital Terms Dictionary: DD 2.0 - 10/16/06

We are pleased to release version 2.0 of our Digital Dictionary. The HIGHEND3D 3D/Fxshare digital dictionary is one of the largest online digital term dictionaries specifically targetted at computer graphics helping to index computer graphic definitions and software terms. By teaming up with Bob Pank (Digital Fact Book, Quantel) and Ron Brinkmann (Author Art and Science of Digital Compositing Book, Apple) we have taken two of the largest digital dictionaries and compiled them into one source.V2 of of the dictionary adds wiki type tools to allow users to submit new terms, edit current terms, and submit images into the descriptions.You will now see these definitions linked from articl... Read Full Story


Apple acquires Silicon Color - 10/17/06

<A HREF=",14077,162367,106603,318915&kid=106603&ucl=111111A&,,,1,,,,,,,0,6,0,17436,16914,14658,28311,803&iid=162367&bid=318915&dat=" target="target"><IMG SRC="" HEIGHT="250" WIDTH="300" ALIGN="CENTER"></A> Apple has acquired Silicon Color, the company responsible for producing FinalTouch color correction software. Apple will conti... Read Full Story


A52 Part of Virtuoso Talents Behind Acura - 10/18/06

VIRTUOSO TALENTS UNITE FOR ACURA BROADCAST SPOTS FROM RPA MJZ Director Phil Joanou, Rock Paper Scissors' Adam Pertofsky, A52 and Others Team-Up for High-Concept Spots   HOLLYWOOD Read Full Story



Citing a shared desire to push the limits of visual effects storytelling, Visual Effects Supervisor Jim Lima has joined the team at Zoic Studios. Lima is known for a unique approach to visual effects that combines art direction and visual effects to create innovative visual storytelling. Read Full Story


Sneak Peek to Malaysia's first 3D animation Film "Geng" - 10/19/06

We are pleased to announce that we have released a sneak peek to our animated film production "Geng". You can hop on over to our website at and download the sneak peek. A youtube version is also available. "GENG" Synopsis Bored with nothing to do for their school holidays, Badrol invites his best friend Lim to go on a camping trip at his old Kampong where he grew up, with intentions to experience some long-forgotten true Malaysian life in his Grandfather Read Full Story


Announcing the release of Project Dogwaffle Professional 4 - 10/20/06

 Press Release - for Immediate Distribution  Title:  Announcing the release of Project Dogwaffle Professional 4 Date: Santa Clarita and San Diego, California - October 11, 2006 has announced the release of PD Pro 4, the newest major edition of Project Dogwaffle Professional, a PC paint and animation software developed by Hollywood special fx artist, animator and novelist Dan Ritchie.  PD Pro version 4 is the successor to the acclaimed and award-winning  PD Pro Digital Painter 3.x, also known as Project Dogwaffle Professional.  Using PD Pro, it is possible to paint with animations over animations, such as d... Read Full Story


Mental ray in Maya: Rendering Workflow Training DVD - 10/23/06

Oklahoma City, OK - October 18, 2006 - Digital-Tutors, an Autodesk Authorized Publisher, announced the availability of 'mental ray in Maya: Rendering Workflow' - an interactive guide to learning the fundamentals of mental ray and the newest release in a growing library of interactive training for emerging digital artists. 'mental ray in Maya: Rendering Workflow' provides over 3 hours of project-driven training for learning rendering techniques and workflow developed to maximize the artist's time and creativity.  "Perfect for students and professionals learning mental ray and improving their rendering workflow, artists will learn how to add visual depth and&nb... Read Full Story


Gnomonworkshop releases Matte Painting DVDs - 10/23/06

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THE GNOMON WORKSHOP RELEASES MATTE PAINTING DVDSChris Stoski and Darin Hilton Reveal Techniques October 18th, 2006, HOLLYWOOD. The Gnomon Workshop is pleased to welcome Chris Stoski and Darin Hilton to our training library with the release of four DVDs on digital matte painting. Used to create backgrounds, sets, extensions or environments that are too costly to ... Read Full Story


Posted behind the scenes of Dragon Slayer 3d Movie - 11/02/06

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Aartform Releases Curvy 3D 1.5 - 11/06/06

  Aartform is pleased to announce the launch of Curvy 3D 1.5, an easy and fast sculpting program for Windows. By focusing on the artistic skills of drawing and painting it is surprisingly easy for novice 3D users, and incredibly fast for experienced 3D artists to create natural 3D models. Curvy 3D is particularly designed for 2D artists with tablets who like to draw or sketch and desire to add some 3D content to their illustrations. "It is very quick to learn", says Simon de Rivaz, the developer of Curvy. "Artists who used to slave for days over shapes in technical 3D programs are now creating characters, monsters, machines and other props in just a few hou... Read Full Story


NUKE Helps Digital Domain Recreate Iwo Jima for - 11/06/06

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For German Users: Maya - Die Referenz, kostenloses Update - 11/17/06

this is just a brief update on my german Maya book which i updated from version 7 to 8. in german:hallo freunde,zu meinem buch Maya 7 - Die Referenz  gibt es ab sofort ein kostenloses update. dieses update ist eine pdf-datei von knapp 30 seiten, die alle befehle enth Read Full Story


Gnomon School of Visual Effects launched Online training - 11/20/06

GNOMON SCHOOL OF VISUAL EFFECTS LAUNCHES ONLINE TRAININGExpert Visual Effects Training Anywhere, Anytime HOLLYWOOD, CA, November 17, 2006, -- Gnomon School of Visual Effects has launched an online division for expert training anytime, anywhere. Beginning in January 2007, courses focused on the development of the skills needed to do digital effects, animation and game development taught by industry professionals will now be available to anyone in the world with high-speed internet access. Registration begins Monday, December 4th. Classes will be available Monday, January 8, 2007. Information and courses can be found at Registration and payment will be done on... Read Full Story


AFI DALLAS International Film Festival - Call for Entries - 11/21/06

AFI DALLAS international Film Festival presented by Target kicks off its inaugural run March 22-April 1, 2007 in Dallas, Texas. AFI DALLAS presents jury awards in Narrative Feature and International Documentary, with both categories each carrying a $25,000 cash prize sponsored by Target. Other competition categories include Short, Student, Texas, and Animation sponsored by ReelFX. We are currently taking entries for this year's festival through Deadlines are as follows:Regular: Dec. 1, 2006Late: Dec. 15, 2006For more information, including how to submit your animation film, check out Read Full Story


Partizan's Ace Norton Inaugurates Honda Civic "Freedom" - 11/27/06

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Lg_norwaygrab, Bringing New Definition to High Res Imagery - 12/01/06

"Yosemite Valley From the Diving Board" (courtesy of Xrez) launches, bringing a whole new definition to high resolution offers extraordinary images of the world Read Full Story


MAYA 8 Character Modeling book from the creator of GO Tools - 12/06/06

Wordware Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Maya 8 Character Modeling by Gary Oliverio the creator of GO Tools.Maya 8 Character ModelingAvailable at all major book retailers.Maya 8 Character Modeling takes a unique approach to modeling as it breaks down character creation using an easy-to-follow formula that makes the learning process less daunting. The author presents an overview of modeling basics and then shows how to block out the body, shape body parts, add details, and create joints and controls using Maya 8. By the time you Read Full Story


SIGGRAPH 2007 SVC Now Accepting Applications - 12/06/06

The SIGGRAPH 2007 Student Volunteers Committee is now accepting applications for the Student Volunteers Program for SIGGRAPH 2007 in San Diego. Interested students can find the application form at The deadline for applications is 11:59pm PT, February 25, 2007. Student Volunteer positions are open students from all disciplines and universities/faculties, including some online schools such as Animation Mentor.Should you have any questions, please send us an e-mail at or visit our website at The FAQs ( and Qualifications ( Read Full Story


AFI DALLAS International Film Festival - Call for Entries - 12/06/06

AFI DALLAS International Film Festival presented by Target kicks off its inaugural run March 22-April 1, 2007 in Dallas, Texas.  AFI DALLAS presents jury awards in Narrative Feature and International Documentary, with both categories each carrying a $25,000 cash prize sponsored by Target.  Other competition categories include Short, Student, Texas, and Animation sponsored by ReelFX. We are currently taking entries for this year's festival through Deadlines are as follows:Regular: Dec. 1, 2006Late: Dec. 15, 2006For more information, including how to submit your animation film, check out Read Full Story



THE GNOMON WORKSHOP RELEASES NEW DVDSMaya Effects Techniques and Photoshop Read Full Story