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Production Leaders Partner for JWT Shanghai's Fantasy Westward Journey Campaign - 07/15/10

NEW YORK and SHANGHAI - (August 4, 2010) - World-class animation studio Nathan Love (www.NathanLove.com) is very proud to detail its collaborations with director Willis Wong, Lunar Films and Hopr in producing two broadcast/web spots for J. Walter Thompson Shanghai and their clients at NetEase.  The innovative spots starring celebrity Jay Chou and promoting Fantasy Westward Journey, one of China's most popular online games, recently debuted in high-profile broadcast and cable outlets across China. The first spot brings Fantasy Westward Journey to life in the real-world, featuring Chou, sitting on the steps of the Shanghai Everbright Convention and Exhibition Center, playing... Read Full Story

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Autodesk Announces Three New Software Releases for the Mac - 01/07/09

Growing Portfolio of Autodesk Creative Tools for Mac OS X To coincide with the annual Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced today that it has expanded its portfolio of Macintosh 2D and 3D software tools for entertainment, multimedia and design professionals. The three new 2009 products for Mac OS X are Autodesk Toxik procedural compositing software, Autodesk Mudbox digital sculpting and texture painting software, and Autodesk ImageModeler image-based modeling and photogrammetry software. As well, 2009 versions of Autodesk Maya 3D modeling, animation and rendering software and Autodesk Stitcher photo-stitching software are already avail... Read Full Story

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Vicon Entertainment Division Opens Los Angeles Base - 01/25/06

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Autodesk SIGGRAPH 2009 Show Reel Call for Submissions - 05/15/09

SIGGRAPH is just around the corner and Autodesk is seeking fresh and exciting new work for its Best of the Best Animation Show Reel, which will be showcased during SIGGRAPH 2009 in New Orleans, LA from August 4-6.Anything from video game cinematics, short films, feature films, commercials, broadcast design, music videos, or episodic projects created with 3ds Max, Maya, Softimage, MotionBuilder, Toxik or Mudbox is welcome. Dont miss this amazing opportunity to show off your work. The reel will be featured in Autodesks booth, on the exhibition floor and streamed live from the AREA.Deadline for imagery submission and video content is Friday, June 12, 2009.For more details about the submissio... Read Full Story

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NVIDIA First to Offer Full Support for OpenGL 3.0 - 12/17/08

Further demonstrating its leadership and commitment to OpenGL and the standardization process, NVIDIA today released fully supported drivers for OpenGL 3.0 for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Linux on its select GeForce and Quadro solutions. These drivers enable software developers to take full advantage of all OpenGL 3.0 capabilities, accelerating their delivery of cutting-edge media platforms and applications.   Building on four months of public beta testing, NVIDIA is now the first hardware developer to offer full support of the Khronos Groups new cross-platform 3D graphics standard. The new drivers implement the OpenGL 3.0 API and the GLSL 1.30 shading language to offer devel... Read Full Story

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EVOLVER.COM AUTOMATES 3D AVATAR AND DIGITAL CLONE CREATION - 07/23/09

Evolver.com Automates 3D Avatar and Digital Clone Creation New Web-based Application Generates Free Realistic 3D Avatars and Clones for Virtual Worlds, Social Networking, Games and Animation07.22.2009 Aliso Viejo, CAEvolver, has just completed a two month public alpha cycle to launch a fully functioning website where visitors can create and export 3D avatars and clones in a matter of minutes using simple slider and selection functions offering a wide range of creative latitude. Evolver delivers 3D characters designed for a broad range of uses. The sites simplicity and user friendly interface makes it easy for anyone to dive in and create a 3D avatar or clone quick... Read Full Story

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Noesis Interactive Expands Mod Your World DVD Product Line - 09/25/07

Noesis Interactive Expands Mod Your World Product Line for Autodesk 3D Studio Max and Maya DVD tutorials enable video gamers to create Characters, Props, Animations, and Levels for Source Powered Games Santa Cruz, CA. (September 18, 2007) Noesis Interactive today announced the immediate availability of two new products in the Mod Your World product family, Custom Props & Animation for Source Powered Games with Maya, and Character Design & Integration with Half-Life 2 and 3ds Max. "We're very pleased to expand our product line for the 3ds Max and Maya community of users, said Dave Larson, CEO of Noesis Interactive. With the launch of these products, we adv... Read Full Story

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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

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Escape Studios Launches First Online ZBrush Course - 12/12/08

Escape Studios, the number one source for developing a successful career in the CG industry, today announced the launch of its new online ZBrush Foundation course. Comprised of over 11 hours of HD video tutorial content created by industry experts, ZBrush Foundation enables artists of all levels to grasp the incredible power of Pixologics industry standard sculpting tool. Delivered through Escapes proprietary online learning system, ZBrush Foundation provides students with a comprehensive learning experience and the ability to ask questions of Escapes industry professional tutors, using the systems unique Q&A feature. For more information on Escapes ZBrush Foundation course, ... Read Full Story

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DARWIN DIMENSIONS INTRODUCES evolver - 08/01/06

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

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MTBS Releases Free Stereoscopic 3D Programming Guide - 03/12/07

"Meant To Be Seen" (MTBS) Releases Stereoscopic 3D Programming Guide Online!New MTBS Programming Guide Gives Game Developers Required Tools for Effective Stereoscopic 3D Programming and Added CompetitivenessSan Diego Calif., March 12, 2007 - "Meant to be Seen" (MTBS), a new Stereoscopic 3D advocacy, certification, and discount organization, has successfully released its' first Stereoscopic 3D Programming Guide at the recent Game Developers Conference. It is now available as a free download at http://www.mtbs3D.com.Stereoscopic 3D solutions offer visible depth through two-dimensional media. This is a huge breakthrough in videogame technology because it adds an intense i... Read Full Story

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A new trailer for Rainbow 6 Lockdown - 09/02/05

From our friends at UbisoftA new trailer for Rainbow 6 Lockdown was posted today. It's cuts between in game and our cinematic footage. Hope you like it: Link Read Full Story

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EMotion FX 3, Next Gene character animation, out on March 20 - 03/08/06

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, MARCH 8, 2006. Mystic Game Development, the market leader in realtime character animation middleware, today announced that it has been developing  EMotion FX 3, a new next generation multi-processor character animation SDK for the last 18 months. EMotion FX 3 will be commercially available on March 20th..   "EMotion FX 3 is a major new product for us and is the result of our recent development  efforts"    said John van der Burg, Mystic Game Development Read Full Story

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OPEN EFFECTS ASSOCIATION FORMED AT NAB 2009 - 05/29/09

- Promoting Open Standards for Visual Effects -Seven companies joined forces at NAB last month to launch The Open Effects Association.  This non-profit, UK-based company aims to develop and promote open standards across the visual effects community. Founding members are Assimilate, Autodesk, Digieffects, FilmLight, The Foundry, GenArts and RE:Vision Effects. These companies have helped artists create ground-breaking VFX shots on just about everything that hits cinema screens.  The Associations initial focus is to improve the OFX image processing plug-in standard launched by The Foundry in 2004.  The goal for the OpenFX API is to reduce the level of development and support r... Read Full Story

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Google Earth 4 supports COLLADA - 06/17/06

Google Earth and KML 2.1 now use the COLLADA interchange format for 3D geometry and texturesCOLLADA is an open standard for that defines an XML-based schema for 3D authoring applications to freely exchange digital assets without loss of information.  http://www.khronos.org/colladaThe Google Eartth news is significant for 3D modelers because (in addition to giving Google Earth the capabilities for 3D textures)  it means you can use any of the popular 3D modeling applications including Maya, SoftImage|XSI, 3ds Max, etc to create sophisticated models with textures, export them as COLLADA, and then import or drag and drop them into Google Earth.  Combined with th... Read Full Story

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Virtual Director - 02/09/06

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THE VIRTUAL DIRECTOR The Future of Filmmaking has arrived LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - February 7, 2006. Today, Origami Digital and Infix Labs in conjunction with Motion Analysis Studios announced the availability of The Virtual Director pipeline. TVD is an integrated system allowing a director to work within a live action hybrid or fully synthetic environment in which the full range of conventional directing tools are available.       "What we're offering is nothing less than an entirely new way of making movies.  Similar systems have been used in the past but that's always been proprietary technology. This... Read Full Story

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BOXX Workstations to Accelerate the Creative Process at VICO - 08/01/07

Austin, Texas July 31, 2007  BOXX Technologies Inc., an innovator in high-performance computing systems for visual effects (VFX) professionals, today announced that it has secured a new technology purchase agreement with Los Angeles-based VICON House of Moves Motion Capture and Animation Studio.  Under the terms of the agreement, BOXX dual- and four-processor workstations will power VICONs top-of-the-line facility, which provides end-to-end motion capture services for clients in feature film, television, commercial, game development and interactive markets.  VICON has found BOXX to be the ideal hardware partner because of its technology leadership, their understanding of ... Read Full Story

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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

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NVIDIA Redefines Notebook Workstation Market - 02/22/08

NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the world leader in visual computing technologies, today introduced the NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M professional GPU for notebook and laptop workstations. This new graphics solution defines a new level of graphics performance and advanced visual computing for designers, engineers, and scientists who demand the functionality of a desktop workstation on a notebook platform. Design professionals, who rely on the high-performance and advanced features of NVIDIA Quadro graphics in a desktop workstation, can also experience this same level of performance in a notebook workstation, said Jeff Brown, general manager, Professional Solutions, NVIDIA. With the new NVI... Read Full Story

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NVIDIA Announces that NASA Astronaut and Space Commander Eileen Collins to Speak at NVISION 08 - 05/30/08

NVIDIA today announced that Commander Eileen Collins, former test pilot, astronaut, and space shuttle commander, will speak at NVISION 08. NVISION 08, which takes place on August 25-27, 2008 in San Jose, California, is a three-day mega-event for professionals and enthusiasts who are passionate about visual computing. Thousands of engineers, designers, developers, researchers, artists, enthusiasts, gamers, film makers, business professionals, and consumers from around the world are expected to attend. We are extremely pleased and honored to have Commander Collins join us at NVISION 08, said Rob Csongor, vice president of marketing, NVIDIA. As both the first woman space shuttle p... Read Full Story

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Grome 1.1, Landscape and Level Modeler, Released - 08/23/07

Grome 1.1 Version Released   Bucharest, Europe, August 23, 2007 Quad Software announced today the release of version 1.1 of Grome graphical editing application. Product of more than two years of development and refinements, Grome is versatile terrain and game level modeler targeted towards professional game developers and companies from 3D simulation industry.   Since its commercial release, 6 months ago, Grome was widely adopted by professional game studios as a valuable tool inside the game production pipelines. Used in AAA game titles for consoles and PC, by well known studios like Ubisoft and Eidos and in 3D simulation software by companies like Saab Bof... Read Full Story

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Confronter The Tower of Time: Released - 05/26/08

Confronter The Tower of Time This newly released PC Video Game "Confronter The Tower of Time" is worth trying. It's awesome graphics and sounds are truly engaging! ...The Great Clock situated inside The Tower of Time, Powered by the nine magical stones, happened to appear from the nine planets... ... It possesses the power of controlling The Time... Website: www.eivaagames.com Read Full Story

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MIDWAY GAMES & ECLIPSE RELY ON RIOT'S - 01/03/08

MIDWAY GAMES & ECLIPSE RELY ON RIOT'SVISUAL EFFECTS EXPERTISE FOR LAUNCH OF "AREA 51"Burbank-based ad agency Eclipse tapped the talented team of artists at Riot to promote the newest version of "Area 51," a video game title to be released by Midway Games this month. The new commercial entitled "Blacksite" is currently airing nationwide.To view the new commercial, go to: http://www.riotny.com/client_area/area51/pr"Blacksite" opens with a post-apocalyptic panorama of a town in ruin -- smoke-filled skies, turned-over vehicles, and demolished homes. A young girl walks through the devastation holding her teddy bear, singing "Ring Around the Rose... Read Full Story

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Avatar Reality Collaborates with e frontier to Add Realistic Home Models to Upcoming MMVW Blue Mars - 02/22/08

Avatar Reality Inc., a development entity dedicated to the advancement of online community building, today announced collaboration with e frontier Inc. to utilize their Shade 10 and Shade Home Design software to bring a variety of architecture home designs into Blue Mars, a new massively multiplayer virtual world (MMVW) launching at the end of 2008. Set in Terraformed Mars, Blue Mars players will live out their celestial fantasies through personalized avatars. Using Shade 10 and Shade Home Design, players will easily create realistic home models and have access to a vast library of highly detailed 3D objects such as furniture, musical instruments, cars and buildings. Blue Mars oc... Read Full Story

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Superfad Creates a Universe of Entertainment - 11/08/07

SUPERFAD CREATES A UNIVERSE OF ENTERTAINMENT FOR PLAYSTATION 3 & TBWACHIATDAY To express the massive HD entertainment gaming experience of PlayStation 3, agency TBWAChiatDay commissioned the talents of Superfad who set out to design an animated universe that literally explodes from the system. In addition to showcasing the immersive and dramatic realm of PlayStation 3, Superfad was challenged to design a commercial where every frame would work as a printed still. This ambitious and exciting project was unleashed on the world today. To view it: www.superfadftp.com/~ps3_pr login:   ps3_pr pass:  press According to the Superfad team, the spot was designed for a “so... Read Full Story

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New Deal Studios Creates "Halo 3" Diorama For Xbox 360 - 09/29/07

NEW DEAL STUDIOS CREATES HALO 3 DIORAMA FOR XBOX 360 BELIEVE INTEGRATED MARKETING CAMPAIGNMcCann San Francisco & T.A.G. called on the talents of New Deal Studios for the launch of Xbox 360s Halo 3, the most anticipated Xbox 360 videogame release of 2007. McCann San Francisco & T.A.G. and digital agency AKQA teamed on Believe, an integrated effort comprised of television commercials and an interactive web site, all featuring images from a miniature diorama created by renowned visual effects company New Deal Studios. New Deal also produced the photography of the visuals for the commercial and interactive website, while Matthew Gratzner, Creative Director and Co-Founder, designed and... Read Full Story

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Let there be EVO - 07/11/06

EVO: PHASE ONE LAUNCHES ON OCTOBER 20, 2006 IN NORTH AMERICA Equipped with liquid cooling system, and integrated biometric fingerprint reader For Immediate Release Anniston, Alabama JULY 11, 2006 - Today the Envizions Computer Entertainment Corporation announced that the Evo: Phase One media entertainment console will go on sale via the internet October 20, 2006. The suggested retail price is $679.95. (80 GB HDD) The system will ship with the Akimbo video on demand application pre-installed, plus, customers can apply an additional discount on over 1,600 games from the Evo: Direct store upon purchase of their EVO unit. ... Read Full Story