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SIGGRAPH Asia 2010 Deadline For Student Volunteers Fast Approaching - 06/15/10

Imagine having the opportunity to go behind the scenes and be an integral part of the world's premier conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques. This priceless experience gives you the opportunity to meet and learn directly from industry professionals, artists, and teachers while assisting conference attendees and supporting conference programs in this international event that draws thousands of people who share a passion for advanced technologies. As a Student Volunteer, you will have admission to SIGGRAPH Asia 2010’s complete program, including Courses, Technical Sketches & Posters, Technical Papers, and the Computer Animation Festival. All of this is a... Read Full Story


The Biggest Animation Competition! - 09/13/09

Now for the first time in the history of animation ADA creates a professional league among animators, similar to those of NFL, NBA, MLB. ADA divided the planet into 4 divisions and each division will consist of 30 professional teams! In order to select the best teams there will be held a 16-week Championship starting on 7 October. The main prize is $100,000 but every week you will also have a chance to win $10,000. Absolutely anybody who created an animated clip and uploaded it to can take part in the Championship. Animated clips can be in any animation genre and the duration should be from 15-60 seconds. The animated character in the clip sh... Read Full Story


Letter from Will McCullough : Launches - 08/25/09

Hello All, We are in the process of making a major switch to our sites. and Fxshare are going to merge and become .  CreativeCrash is an entirely new platform that has many new focus areas.   While Highend3d/Fxshare were mostly known as download sites in the past, and the new platform extends the download capabilities greatly; each file now has forums, feature requests, bugs, image viewer, tags, and more.  However, when you log into CreativeCrash you will be at your dashboard.  Your dashboard is now a focal point of the site, which combines social and business networking into one location.  Much like facebo... Read Full Story


Real Pets to the Rescue in Bud Light "Snowed In" Spot - 02/09/07



Animators Are Some of the Happiest Workers in America, Survey Finds - 10/17/08

Animators Are Some of the Happiest Workers in America, Survey Finds Third-party survey commissioned by reveals career trends in the animation industry     Emeryville, CA October 16, 2008 (Animation Mentor), the leading online character animation school created by animators for animators, today unveils key findings from an animation industry survey that shows a vibrant and healthy workforce with a bright future. Animation Mentor commissioned independent research firm Knowledge Wave International to conduct the survey to gain insight into an insiders view on industry trends, job titles, job satisfaction and salari... Read Full Story


Highend3d Character Rig DVD Contest Winner Announced - 03/19/07

Highend3d announces the winner from our February Character Rig Submission Contest.The winneri is: Ryokukitsune who submitted the Renamon CharacterThe winner was select by random from the database of all users who had submitted character rigs to all sections on  He has won his choice of 5 DVDs from  Ryokukitsune and thank you to all who submitted character rigs and were entered into the drawing.There are now over 50 fully rigged characters on highend3d free to download for all users.  Character rigs can be found in the respective download sections of Maya, XSI, and 3dsmax.  We are looking forward to seeing this resour... Read Full Story


NVIDIA Redefines Entry-level Professional Graphics - 11/06/08

With todays traditional workstation model pricing, many organizations can only afford to deploy professional graphics solutions to select designers and engineers, leaving a significant portion of the workforce with sub-optimal products. This is about to change as NVIDIA Corp. announced today NVIDIA Quadro FX 470, the first integrated professional motherboard GPU, and NVIDIA Quadro FX 370 Low Profile (Quadro FX 370 LP), an entry-level Quadro graphics boards for small form factor systems.   Honoring NVIDIAs commitment to tailor its Quadro professional line to the specific needs of the end user, the Quadro FX 470 and Quadro FX 370 LP GPU deliver high performance and flexibility at... 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


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


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


PARRY STUDIOS Announces its latest 3D Short Film - 07/01/09

Melbourne, Australia June 30, 2009 Parry Animation Studios, founded by Jack Parry and Marianna Parry, in association with Screen Australia has released its latest CG-animated short, Calypso.   The film is the result of the collaboration between Parry Studios and the multi-award winning Australian Animation/Director/Producer Sarah Watt, one of Australia's most celebrated animators.  Calypso, which is Directed by Jack Parry, and Produced by Marianna Parry is the story of an old man's escape from dying.   In the not-so-distant future our elderly are left to be cared for by machines.   George, an abandoned, terminally ill man, has been left to end his... Read Full Story


Announcing the iZ3D and Animated Banner Creation Contest! - 02/29/08, one of the world's largest 3D resource communities, and iZ3D, globally renown for its 22" Widescreen 3D monitors, have joined to create a new contest for 3D artists! One talented winner will receive a brand new iZ3D 22" Widescreen 3D Monitor. iZ3D has turned to the creative community at to create an exciting animated banner utilizing 3D graphics for its new marketing campaign. The 22" iZ3D is an advanced video monitor capable of displaying impressive into-screen and out-of-screen 3D images with passive polarized glasses. iZ3D is designed to replace standard two-dimensional monitors while maintaining commercial image quality and di... Read Full Story


Contact Us form bug fixed - please resend emails if you sent one in comment form - 10/08/08

We had a bug with our spam filter that has seemingly eaten a lot of emails sent through our comment form on the site.  This is now fixed.If you have sent us a mail in the last 30 days and have not gotten a response, please resend your query to us in our contact us form Read Full Story


Yahoo users not receiving emails - 04/16/08

Hello Everyone,To anyone that is subscribe to any of our list servers with a yahoo mail address you probably have not seen any mail come through since the 13th.  Apparently yahoo has put us on a temporary ban.  We have filled out all the necessary forms to get to the bottom of this.  Hopefully this problem will be resolved asap.  In the meantime you may want to resubscribe to any lists with a non yahoo account.Thanks,will Read Full Story


Highend Network announces fully hosted Tutorial System - 04/11/06 and are pleased to announce our new 5 minute fully hosted tutorial system. This system allows any user who has text, screen shots, movies, or existing tutorials, to easily publish a multi page fully hosted tutorial on our sites within 5 minutes for free. The system uses our proprietary wysiwyg editor which allows users who know no html to easily create a formatted tutorial containing graphics, movies, and even scene files all hosted directly on our server. Users can also create a forum for every tutorial with just one click. A forum allows readers to share their ideas and create new conversations about the topics submitted. The owner of the tutorial also ha... Read Full Story


Ecosystem simulation in Houdini - 02/24/07

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Added Maya Python Scripting Forum and FAQ - 02/16/07

Now that Maya 8.5 has python built in we have now added a python scripting forum and python faq sections to highend3d:Maya Python Forum:/boards/index.php?showforum=723Maya Python FAQ:/maya/faqs/python/Python scripts can also now be uploaded to our Mel Scripts download section If there are any python experts out there who would like to be forum leaders on the new forum please contact me.If anyone has any other suggestions for python related resources needed on the site please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.Will Read Full Story


A52 and Raul Ortego Add New Dimensions to Nike Golf Campaign - 02/21/07

A52 and Raul Ortego Add New Dimensions to Nike Golf Campaign from Wieden+Kennedy and Smuggler Director David Frankham   HOLLYWOOD Read Full Story


NVIDIA Breaks Visual Computing Barriers with First 4GB Graphics Card - 11/18/08

Professionals searching for oil, diagnosing illness or styling the next high-performance luxury vehicle all have one thing in common, the need for advanced visual computing solutions. NVIDIA Corporation, the world leader in visual computing technologies, today unveiled the most powerful professional graphics card in graphics history the NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800.   The size and complexity of data is growing at an exponential rate. The challenge for todays professional is to make sense of the mountain of data by distilling it into a form they can comprehend, analyze and use to make impactful decisions, said Jeff Brown, general manager, Professional Solutions, NVIDIA. At stake can b... Read Full Story



PHIL TIPPETT OF TIPPETT STUDIO TO KEYNOTE AT THE //ADAPT 2007 CONFERENCE IN MONTREAL //ADAPTs Special Feature Presentation Program to Showcase Creative Works from Industrial Light & Magic and DisneyPixar (Montreal, Canada) Thursday, June 28, 2007 Today, Digital 04 Studios is thrilled to announce additional speakers to the //ADAPT 2007 Conference line up. Opening the conference will be award-winning visual effects supervisor and animation pioneer, Phil Tippett as the Keynote speaker. The //ADAPT 2007 conference will also feature Todd Vaziri from Industrial Light and Magic, who will present segments from Transformers, and Michael Fong from Pixar ... Read Full Story


Added SIGGRAPH 2007 Forum - 08/01/07

Hey Everyone,There are lots of things going on at and around siggraph that do not really fit into news or events section so I created the SIGGRAPH 2007 Forum.  Feel free to post anything related to SIGGRAPH there.If anyone is attending and interested in blogging about your experiences, please contact me at  Thanks,Will Read Full Story


Adobe and MAXON Present The Power Integration Tour 08 - 02/11/08

Two Powerhouse Packages - One Dynamic WorkflowThe Power Integration Tour presents free seminars demonstrating how you can enjoy increased speedand efficiency in your production pipeline by combining the power of Adobe CS3 Production Premiumand MAXON CINEMA 4D. The Adobe/MAXON workflow is the proven choice for top motion design studiosworldwide.The Power Integration Tour will demonstrate how combining the power of Adobe Creative Suite 3,Production Premium and MAXON's CINEMA 4D can produce stunning 3D motion designs faster and easierthan ever before. Attendees will be taught how to create dazzling 3D broadcast designs.Representatives of MAXON and Adobe will cover an array of motion graphics... Read Full Story

Th_highend_ad2 Character Rig Contest: DVD Giveaway - 02/08/07

Announcing the February Character Rig Contest sponsored by The Gnomon WorkshopAny user that submits a character rig from today until March 8th, 2007 will automatically be entered into a drawing to receive their choice of 5 DVDs from The Gnomon WorkshopRules:Submit any character rig to any of the following character rig sections on Character Rigs - Submission LinkXSI Character Rigs - Submission Link3dsmax Character Rigs - Submission LinkContest date ends March 8th, 2007* Any users that have submitted character rigs previously they will automatically be entered into the drawing.About Highend3d Character Rig provides the ability ... Read Full Story


NVIDIA Delivers World's Fastest 3D Accelerator for Remote & Distributed Visualization - 11/11/08

NVIDIA Corp. further demonstrates its commitment to break through visual computing performance barriers with todays introduction of the new NVIDIA Quadro Plex 2200 S4 Visual Computing System (VCS), the worlds fastest 3D accelerator for remote graphics visualization and rendering. Designed to address the most demanding remote graphics and offline rendering challenges, the Quadro Plex 2200 S4 VCS is available in a standard 1U form factor for large-scale server deployment delivering unprecedented performance and visual compute density for oil and gas exploration, medical imaging and styling and design applications.   The Quadro Plex S4 2200 is our biggest generational leap in mul... Read Full Story


Added support for Maya 2008 and 3dsmax 2008 to system - 12/18/07

We've now added version support for Maya 2008 and 3ds max 2008 to the site.  So you can add and update your files to reflect this.Will Read Full Story


Scott Spencer reviews the Cintiq 18sx with Zbrush - 02/21/06

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L.A. SIGGRAPH January 2008 Press Release - 01/08/08

nVidia will present the latest on hardware andsoftware rendering with a special screening of thefirst in their new series of animated shorts PlushLife and will provide a Mental Mill Presentation. Topics will cover Gelato and MoCA, Fx Composer 2 andPerf Tools.DAY / DATE / TIME:Tuesday, January 8, 2008 6:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.PROGRAM:6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. - Social Hour & Hors d'oeuvres. (Social Hour may be outside, weather permitting, sodress warm)IMPORTANT NOTE:   Food and Water will be provided atno charge.  Barnsdall will run a Cash Bar, with Beer, Wine, CoffeeandSoft Drinks.7:30 9:30 P.M. Program Presentation.ADMITTANCE:6:30 P.M. - Priority admittance for Members only.... Read Full Story


Heribert Raab reviews Nuke 5 in depth - 05/22/08

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all - 12/26/07

I just wanted to wish everyone who celebrates a Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone and their families.I hope everyone can take a bit of a break and be ready for another great year of CG refreshed and renewed :)Will Read Full Story


Highend3d/fxshare is looking for blogging beta testers - 04/12/07

Hey Guys,I am looking for beta testers for a new blog system we have in place. If you are interested in having your own blog and helping to test, please send me a pm.Thanks,Will Read Full Story


Bug in Submission Page Fixed - 03/06/07

Hey Everyone,We fixed the problems with the submission.  If you had submitted something anywhere on the site (aside from the forums) in the last few days please resubmit it.Sorry for the inconvenience.Will Read Full Story


Upgrading servers: you may experience problems - 03/01/07

We are currently upgrading our servers and software.  We are still working on the bug that is preventing new registrations.We are aware of skin problems in the forums.You may have experienced problems uploading files or submitting articles/news.  If you have we did not receive your submission: please submit again.  Those problems should be resolved now.Thanks for your patience.Will Read Full Story


Happy New Year! - 01/01/07

Happy New Year Everyone!I wanted to wish everyone the best for this new year. May all yoru plans, hopes, animations and effects be better then last!Thank you all for another great year. In 2006 we hit 51,000,000 downloads - more then I ever thought possible now 10 years ago when the site was first started. I hope I can continue to make all your jobs easier and lives around 3d and effects a bit more fun in '07.So here's to another year... Cheers.Will 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


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


Warren Grub describes facial rigging on Delgo animated film - 05/26/06

Warren Grubb describes the process of their facial animation rig in Maya on character Delgo from the feature film./maya/tutorials/character/276.html Read Full Story


ARTVPS and Mental Images collaborate on new raytracing solut - 03/07/06

ARTVPS and mental images collaborate on new raytracing solutions The field of ray tracing visualisation is set to see further developments in 2006, heralded by the announcement of a partnership between two of the sector Read Full Story


Looking for Nuke, Final Cut, Motion, After Effectcs users - 03/01/06

We are looking for users of Nuke, Final Cut, Motion, SoundTrack, DVD Studio Pro, After Effectcs, and Combustion to help with new communities. If you have any tips, tutorials, scripts, want to help with reviews, write columns or think you can contribute in anyway, please contact address is will@ (the web site you are on) Thanks,Will Read Full Story


Fixed Email bug - 03/01/06

Fixed a mail problem that stopped list server mail, message board mails, registration mails, etc.Spam these days causing so many problems :( Read Full Story


Added Nuke subsections - 02/21/06

We added nuke download sections and tutorial sections.ok you few guys out there, share what you got :) Read Full Story