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Creating a Medieval City with CityEngine

Creating a Medieval City with CityEngine

Ever thought how hard it would be to design all the different buildings for a Medieval town and then deal with the layout and terrain?... Wow what a headache! Well, not such a headache any more. You can now create realistic looking medieval dwellings and villages that look like they have just come out of an episode of Merlin using CityEngine.

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Wed 8 Dec 2010: 2:43pm

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New NUKE Bundle Promo – Save up to 50%

New NUKE Bundle Promo – Save up to 50%

The Foundry is spreading the festive cheer this December with a great new promotion that can save you up to 50% on bundles of NUKE and NUKEX.

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Tue 7 Dec 2010: 9:36am

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The Foundry's STORM: Now on Beta

The Foundry's STORM: Now on Beta

Hot off the press... The Foundry have just launched the public beta for their long awaited RED camera tool, STORM.

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Fri 3 Dec 2010: 12:18pm

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Free Public Beta of Lightworks

Free Public Beta of Lightworks

EditShare has released the free public beta of the Lightworks non-linear video-editing software.

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Thu 2 Dec 2010: 11:52am

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Marvelous Designer - A New Tool To Solve CG Cloth Issues

Marvelous Designer - A New Tool To Solve CG Cloth Issues

Here is a very interesting new bit af kit to address the problem of CG cloth. It's called Marvelous Designer.

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Wed 1 Dec 2010: 9:11am

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The Foundry’s STORM: Soon on Beta

The Foundry’s STORM: Soon on Beta

The Foundry’s new RED camera production hub, STORM, will soon be available for beta evaluations.

0 Comments Tim Flett

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Tue 30 Nov 2010: 6:00am

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Taking The Foundry Products On the Road

Taking The Foundry Products On the Road

Last night, Escape Studios and The Foundry kicked off The Foundry Live Tour with an evening presentation at Aardman Animations' private screening room before a packed audience of CG specialists from the Bristol area.

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Fri 26 Nov 2010: 4:34pm

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Top 5 Reasons to Use CityEngine

Top 5 Reasons to Use CityEngine

It's not often I see new technology come along with the potential to really make a difference in a pipeline. CityEngine is one such product that is gaining momentum in the industry and worthy of a closer look.

0 Comments Tim Flett

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Tue 16 Nov 2010: 3:48pm

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Pixar's RenderMan amazing 40% price reduction!

Pixar's RenderMan amazing 40% price reduction!

Yesterday, Pixar announced an unprecedented price drop in their flagship product RenderMan® Pro Server. The 40% reduction will allow studios and freelancers that were previously unable to buy into the technology, to get a slice of the Film / VFX industry standard renderer. With the global CG expansion, Pixar appreciate that the growth of renderfarms is real and happening now, this move allows existing customers to ramp up their rendering capabilities in a more cost effective manner whilst allowing smaller shops and freelancers access to the toolset.

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Tue 16 Nov 2010: 10:39am

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IKinema: New Animation Plug-in for Maya

IKinema: New Animation Plug-in for Maya

If you use Autodesk Maya for animating characters and models, then you may want to check out this cool new animation plug-in called IKinema.

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Mon 15 Nov 2010: 9:33am

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Win A Pixar’s RenderMan Walking Teapot!

Win A Pixar’s RenderMan Walking Teapot!

To celebrate the new release of RenderMan Studio 3 and RenderMan for Maya 4, we’re giving three lucky people the chance to win a limited edition Pixar RenderMan Walking Teapot.

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Tue 9 Nov 2010: 3:49pm

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Is Technology Making Us Stupid?

Now, I realise that it’s a bit of a leading question, especially as all of us in this industry rely so much on technology…

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Tue 9 Nov 2010: 12:37pm

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Escape Studios Hosts VFX Workflows Event at Aardman

Escape Studios Hosts VFX Workflows Event at Aardman

Escape Studios will be taking the Foundry’s products on the road with an event at Aardman Animation studios in Bristol on the 25th of November.

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Fri 5 Nov 2010: 10:15am

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V-Ray 2.0 Pre-orders Now Available!

V-Ray 2.0 Pre-orders Now Available!

The new version of V-Ray for 3ds Max is now available for pre-order. This new 2.0 has undergone a significant revamp and now includes the V-Ray 3ds Max rendering engine along with V-Ray RT CPU and V-Ray RT GPU - that’s a whole lot more than you used to get!

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Wed 3 Nov 2010: 10:53pm

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BOXX to ship with new Quadro Fermi 2000

BOXX to ship with new Quadro Fermi 2000

BOXX machines will now be even faster following nVidia’s recent announcement that they will be releasing a brand new graphics card, the Quadro Fermi 2000. This is the lastest addition to the nVidia Quadro Fermi Series, which are the industry’s only GPU-accelerated cards made for coping with HD-SDI video and 3D stereoscopics.

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Wed 3 Nov 2010: 10:44pm

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Open Source and the Studios

So a year on from the opensource announcements made by numerous studios the move seems to be going well. A lot of major facilities are opening up the process and offering solutions the most well known is probably OpenExr by ILM but numerous other facilities have begun releasing software and specs back to the community.

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Wed 27 Oct 2010: 10:35am

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Disney Release Source Code for Partio

One of the biggest challenges facing TD's is moving data from one system to another. For example, getting the nice particle animation that you have done in Houdini into Maya for rendering.

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Tue 26 Oct 2010: 10:14am

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AutoCAD for the Mac

AutoCAD for the Mac

Autodesk have released AutoCAD for the Mac after its announcement back in August.

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Tue 19 Oct 2010: 2:04pm

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Pixar's RenderMan Studio 3 is out!

Pixar's RenderMan Studio 3 is out!

RenderMan Studio 3 has arrived and it packs some punch! Speed and lots of features and enhancements, including support for Maya 2011.

RenderMan Studio is Pixar's advanced suite of tools for shading and lighting TD's.

4 Comments Mark Cass

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Thu 14 Oct 2010: 9:44pm

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Escape Studios Awarded Pixar's RenderMan International Reseller of the Year 2010!

Escape Studios Awarded Pixar's RenderMan International Reseller of the Year 2010!

I am delighted to announce that Escape Studios has been bestowed the honour of being Pixar's RenderMan International Reseller of the Year 2010! With around 20 worldwide RenderMan partners, we are super pleased with this news!

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Mon 11 Oct 2010: 8:26am

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