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25 Years of Pixar Animation

25 Years of Pixar Animation

I'm sure many of you will have seen the film medley that represents 25 years of Pixar Animation. Well, it's amazing to be reminded of all their fantastic work - not just the images and characters, but the stories also. They pretty much have it all. I would personally like to thank Pixar for The Incredibles, which for me is unsurpassed. Simply brilliant.

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Wed 30 Mar 2011: 8:29am

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New Version of Smedge 2011 is Out Now

New Version of Smedge 2011 is Out Now

The long-awaited new version of Smedge has just been released, and it looks like Uberware have included some neat new features, worth taking a closer look at.

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Thu 24 Mar 2011: 11:36am

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Changing Workflows Within the Post Pipelines...

Changing Workflows Within the Post Pipelines...

I noticed this over at JupiterJazz: AtomKraft Beta2. It's a massive plugin to Nuke enabling a whole host of 3D rendering type workflows. Believe it or not, it puts control of final renders and outputs in the hands of the compers!

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Fri 18 Mar 2011: 10:19am

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Tech Industry will be Affected by Mega Japanese Earthquake

After the shocking events that hit Japan there is of course a severe knock on effect to our industry in terms of technology.

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Thu 17 Mar 2011: 9:24am

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Create Lens Flares Easily with Optical Flares Plug-in

Create Lens Flares Easily with Optical Flares Plug-in

Do you use After Effects? Do you spend a lot of time designing and animating lens flares? Then Optical Flares might just be the plug-in for you. We’ve just added it to our Techstore, and we think it is pretty cool.

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Thu 17 Mar 2011: 8:21am

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Add Realism to Composite Shots with 220 Organic Effects

Add Realism to Composite Shots with 220 Organic Effects

OK, so Sapphire is not a new product. It has been used by a lot of the top studios like Framestore, MPC and The Mill for some time now. But is it new to our Techstore range, so we thought we’d make a bit of noise about it.

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Thu 17 Mar 2011: 8:21am

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New Way to Sculpt and Model with 3D-Coat

New Way to Sculpt and Model with 3D-Coat

It’s not often that I come across a new product that shows me a completely different way of working… We’ve been checking out 3D-Coat and have come to the conclusion that it might just provide something quite special in terms of modelling and sculpting.

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Tue 15 Mar 2011: 9:47am

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The Foundry’s Storm: Free Trials Now Available

The Foundry’s Storm: Free Trials Now Available

The Foundry’s new RED Digital Cinema product Storm has been released, and we now have free trial licences available for those of you keen to test it out.

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Mon 14 Mar 2011: 1:46pm

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Share 3D Designs in Interactive PDF Files

Share 3D Designs in Interactive PDF Files

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of new plug-ins and products starting to emerge. Some good, some not so good. But a few of them have really caught our eye, so we’ve decided to add them to our Techstore range. It means that there’ll be a lot of new additions for you to check out over the next few days.

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Fri 11 Mar 2011: 12:49pm

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FxFactory Pro: 170 Plug-ins in One Box

FxFactory Pro: 170 Plug-ins in One Box

FxFactory Pro's plug-ins are brand new to Escape Studios, and we are pretty excited about adding this clever package to our software range. FXFactory Pro is basically a bundle of 170 plug-ins which have been developed by Noise Industries specifically for CG artists who work with Final Cut Pro, Motion, Final Cut Express and Adobe After Effects.

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Wed 9 Mar 2011: 4:42pm

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Autodesk Media 2012 Announcements!

Autodesk Media 2012 Announcements!

So Autodesk are at it again with a complete update of all their product line for Media and Entertainment. The update for Maya looks very good, with multi-threading in nucleus - a big plus! Check out the video at the top of this page - it shows the work being done on liquids . The viewport technology begun with viewport 2.0 in 2011. Obviously it was not that great in 2011 but it's a different story with this new 2012 version. All the good stuff is now in there: screen based ambient occlusion, motion blur, depth of field, they are all in the viewport.

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Kinect's New Underground Fanbase Gets Busy

There has been a bit of an underground homebrew fanbase for Microsoft's new controller, Kinect.

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Thu 24 Feb 2011: 8:03am

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ZBrush 4: Free trial versions now available

ZBrush 4: Free trial versions now available

Trial versions of ZBrush4 are now available. This is great news for anyone wanting to trial the latest release of Pixologic’s award-winning 2D/3D digital sculpting tool.

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Autodesk Announces Intent to Acquire Scaleform Corporation

Autodesk Announces Intent to Acquire Scaleform Corporation

"Another Autodesk purchase" I hear you cry as the news gets out that a cool $36 million CASH is to be spent on Scaleform

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Tue 22 Feb 2011: 10:33am

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LookFX creates stunning visual effects for Black Swan

LookFX creates stunning visual effects for Black Swan

Black Swan has received raving reviews for its VFX work, and even impressed the critics with nominations for both BAFTA and VES awards. It’s a big credit to LookFX, who had to overcome some pretty tough tracking challenges to make it all happen.

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Tue 15 Feb 2011: 4:53pm

CityEngine's a hit with Ministry of Sound

CityEngine's a hit with Ministry of Sound

Producing a city in the shape of a Ministry of Sound logo might seem like a pretty tough feat, but not for award-winning agency Fold 7 and freelance motion design director Paul Clements, who used CityEngine to do just that.

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Thu 10 Feb 2011: 11:20am

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Wings3D Release Made me Feel a Little Nostalgic

The release of Wings3D release 1.4 - the open source modeller - made me take a trip down 3d memory lane.

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Tue 25 Jan 2011: 2:31pm

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TACTIC Make New Video Tutorials Available

TACTIC Make New Video Tutorials Available

Are any of you into production asset management? Then this could be the ideal resource for you. Southpaw have just launched a new 'video page', where you can gain access to loads of useful resources for how to use their TACTIC software. 

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Thu 20 Jan 2011: 9:03am

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Mega Cities made easy with CityEngine

Mega Cities made easy with CityEngine

Constructing a whole city spread out over 385 square kilometres in just 4 weeks seems like a tall order. Base Productions faced this very dilemma when creating 6 CGI sequences for National Geographic's Mega Cities, to create the large Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung. They managed to get around it by using CityEngine to procedurally generate buildings, and only concentrate on a few hero buildings to recreate the huge city. You can check out the opening sequence to see the final result, and although the buildings aren’t very detailed, it gives you a great feel for the density of the city and its size.

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Tue 11 Jan 2011: 5:54pm

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Autodesk 2011 Upgrade Promotion: Last days

Autodesk 2011 Upgrade Promotion: Last days

If you want to upgrade to Autodesk’s 2011 products for less, then you may want to check out Autodesk’s Upgrade Promotion, but hurry there’s just over a week left.

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Thu 6 Jan 2011: 4:02pm

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