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Do you want to be in the know of the newest technology and techniques in the VFX industry? Do you want to meet with some of the brightest VFX talent in the UK and Europe?
Then CVMP is the perfect place for you to be on the 5th and 6th of December!

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The return of Softimage Creatives!

The return of Softimage Creatives!

Escape Studios Technology are happy to announce the return of Softimage Creatives London – the only user group in the UK to celebrate everything Softimage.

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NVIDIA gets Heavy Hand-ed

NVIDIA gets Heavy Hand-ed

Our friends over at NVIDIA brought to our attention this “Making Of…” video including NVIDIA technology and Adobe CS6 Production Premium software. The video was created for Heavy Hand, a band formed of some NVIDIA employees.

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Glowfrog At The VFX Festival

Glowfrog At The VFX Festival

As you probably know Escape Studios organised and hosted the UK’s first VFX Festival last week with events, seminars and master classes taking place across London. The VFX Festival went down an absolute storm and was a fantastic platform to demonstrate the success of the UK’s ever-expanding visual effects industry.

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CVMP 2012

CVMP 2012

Want to be a part of a European forum to discuss the latest research, advances and state-of-the-art industry practises?

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Merlin Delivers

Merlin Delivers

Just a small blog with a massive congratulations to Michael Illingworth and the team at Vine Post Production for their CG work on the BBC’s Merlin.

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Tue 9 Oct 2012: 4:43pm

Everything is just Vine...

Everything is just Vine...

Over the past six months we have been working with Michael Illingworth, founder of Vine Post Production to expand his studio. Michael has worked at The Mill and Cinesite and has been involved in post-production, compositing and visual effects supervision on some of the biggest film names in the industry including the Harry Potter franchise, Gladiator and Black Hawk Down.

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GPFS user group

GPFS user group

The sixth General Parallel File System (GPFS) User Group is set to take place on September 20th at The Bishopswood Golf Club, Bishopswood, Bishopswood Lane, Tadley in Hampshire. 

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Introducing the BOXX renderPRO

Introducing the BOXX renderPRO

BOXX Technologies present the BOXX renderPRO, the first personal, dedicated, rendering solution for animation, VFX, engineering and architectural visualisation. The renderPRO is designed for desk-side rendering with easy configuring and a compact design for professional performance in minimal space.

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RenderMan proves Brave enough!

RenderMan proves Brave enough!

Pixar have recently released several production images from the movie Brave that showcase the quality of work that can be produced using Pixar's RenderMan products.

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Supermicro Launches Fat Twin

Supermicro Launches Fat Twin

Our friends at Boston are delighted to finally announce the launch of Supermicro’s highly anticipated Fat Twin server platforms.

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Launched: Softimage Creatives Are Go!

Launched: Softimage Creatives Are Go!

The Softimage Creatives launch event went ahead on May 29th as planned, and it was nothing short of amazing. There was an incredible turn out of XSI enthusiasts, which confirms to us all that the community of users is still very much alive. Over 150 people squeezed into Jerusalem Bar on Rathbone Place to celebrate the launch of the London Softimage user group, and among those were visitors who travelled from Ireland and the continent. It’s this dedication to the cause that will undoubtedly help make the independent Softimage user group a real success, and I’m sure it has proved to the SiC founders that their efforts have not been in vain.

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CVMP 2012 – Final Call For Papers

CVMP 2012 – Final Call For Papers

Do you have a high-quality paper that demonstrates research or work related to media production? If the answer is yes, then now is the time to present it at CVMP 2012. The Best Student Paper prize is being sponsored by Google and the award is a very substantial £2,000.

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Autodesk and Adobe: The Start of a Beautiful Relationship

Autodesk and Adobe: The Start of a Beautiful Relationship

For those of you battling with 3D and 2D interoperability, there may be light at the end of the tunnel. Autodesk and Adobe are joining forces to try make these problems a thing of the past.

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Softimage Creatives: Launch Event Line-Up Released!

Softimage Creatives: Launch Event Line-Up Released!

Great news Softimage users out there… the line-up for the launch Softimage Creatives user group meeting has been released. And for those of you who are hoping to attend, I think you’ll agree this is a programme to get excited about.

Here’s the list of speakers and  topics for May 29th 2012:

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Upgrade to Autodesk 2013 Promo!

Upgrade to Autodesk 2013 Promo!

As of last month Autodesk released the 2013 update of their 3D software, and with that you’ll find a variety of enhancements and new features that make these versions pretty special. In our competitive industry, having the latest and greatest tools to complete the job is always a bonus, and the 2013 versions may well set you on your way to creating work that stands out from the crowd. Of course for many of you, the cost can make upgrading a tricky business and that’s why we want to make sure you’re all aware of a promotion that could help stretch the pennies a little further.

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A New Studio for International VFX Company Pixomondo

A New Studio for International VFX Company Pixomondo

Pixomondo has expanded their impressive global network of VFX studios yet again. Recently they established their twelfth facility at the Celtic Media Centre in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to service local film and commercial productions as well as provide support to the other international studios. With over 150,000 square feet of design-built stage spaces, the Celtic Media Centre is perfect for meeting the demands of any production. This is the largest studio facility in Louisiana state, and with the generous tax incentives currently in place in that region, this looks to be a great move for the Oscar winning VFX company.

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NVIDIA Quadro and Tesla Support in Adobe CS6

NVIDIA Quadro and Tesla Support in Adobe CS6

I’m sure you’re all aware by now that upgrades to Adobe CS6 will be available soon, and with this new version we can all look forward to accelerated performance and interactivity. Yes, now you can feel safe in the knowledge that Adobe Creative Suites now support NVIDIA Quadro and Tesla GPUs, opening a whole world of enhanced efficiency for their programmes.

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Adobe CS6 Upgrade Promotion

Adobe CS6 Upgrade Promotion

This is just a little reminder that the release of Adobe CS6 is just around the corner, but for those of you itching to upgrade, you should think about getting round to it soon. Adobe are currently running a pretty good upgrade promotion that will keep you up-to-date with the latest and greatest features in Adobe Creative Suites. When you buy a full CS5.5 license between now and May 6th, you get an upgrade to CS6 absolutely free. Just to be clear, this will also save you money, as the CS6 price will undoubtedly be significantly higher. That’s a good incentive if ever I heard one, for upgrading now!

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Rendering a Pre-Visualisation for the World Trade Centre

Rendering a Pre-Visualisation for the World Trade Centre

Responsible for producing a visually captivating film that unfolds the story of the re-construction of the World Trade Centre, VFX house Piranha were faced with the monstrous task of rendering data of epic proportions. For Piranha the solution came in the form of a BOXX workstation.

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HP Next Generation Product Launch

HP recently announced the new Gen 8 technology based on a number of new processors now hitting the market. These include a whole new range of workstations, ProLiant solutions, servers and blade centres.

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The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists

The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists

After the rip roaring success with their Christmas adventure Arthur Christmas, Aardman Animations has once again teamed itself up with Sony Pictures Animations for The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists due for release on March 28th in both 2D and 3D.

Apologies, but in celebration for the upcoming release we’ve gotten ourselves in the buccaneering mood with a nautical themed blog with added seafaring lingo. Keep up if ya dare!

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Autodesk Excellence for Every Customer

Autodesk Excellence for Every Customer

This year Autodesk are putting you first, with the introduction of their new customer engagement initiative which they are calling "ACE". The program aims to offer the end user the best possible experience when purchasing Autodesk products.

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Introducing the Boston Igloo NX Series

Introducing the Boston Igloo NX Series

Many of you will recognise Boston Limited for their range of bespoke IT and server solutions - we have mentioned them on this blog on a number of occasions. Boxx workstations, Quattro nodes and Igloo servers are products that have made a significant impact in their relative markets. What’s great about Boston is that they pay attention to the changing world of technology, and have a knack for keeping ahead by introducing the latest and greatest bits of technology into their products. This is exactly what customers want and in so doing they make new technologies more accessible.

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Record Breaking Performance with Avere and Arista Networks

Record Breaking Performance with Avere and Arista Networks

The team at Avere have what looks like an impressive storage solution on their hands, and it’s great to see them taking the extra steps to make it the best it can be. Very recently they recorded a performance benchmark that could put the competition to shame - 1.56 Million IOPS with less than three standard equipment racks. It was 2.5 to be exact.

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Calling all Maya Artists!

Calling all Maya Artists!

NVIDIA very recently put out a call for Maya artists to submit new models to be considered and potentially used as benchmarks for Autodesk’s Maya. NVIDIA developed a CUDA plug-in for Maya that delivers fluid simulation, hence their involvement in this. For more details on that, check out this demo.

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And we have a Winner!

And we have a Winner!

Last month we asked architects and designers to enter a competition to win an HP mobile workstation with V-Ray for 3ds Max software. The competition is now over, and we have to say we were really pleased with the response we had. It was great to see so many excited about the prospect of winning these two powerful technologies. A large number of you got all three answers correct but unfortunately there could be only one winner, and picked at random the winner is Simon Jennings of Jennings Designs, Nottinghamshire.

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PC Pro Recommend Boston’s Quattro 1332-T

PC Pro Recommend Boston’s Quattro 1332-T

PC Pro recently took advantage of an exclusive opportunity to test-drive Boston's Quattro 1332-T, a machine that may challenge current misconceptions about micro-servers. The outcome was a positive one, where the team at PC Pro gave it their seal of approval, recommending it an ideal cloud platform. By combining qualities like high server density and low power consumption, this machine may give blade servers a run for their money.

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10th Annual VES Award Nominations

10th Annual VES Award Nominations

The Visual Effects Society (VES) are holding their 10th annual awards ceremony very soon, set to define the greatest VFX moments from 2011. Earlier in the week VES released their nominations for this year’s awards, a list that recognises the outstanding VFX achievements across film, animation, television, commercials and games. Regularly referred to as the “Oscars” for the visual effects world, this is a highly prestigious event for VFX professionals internationally. Receiving an award from any of the 23 categories is a great honour.

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The Future of 3D Display for Post Production Houses

The Future of 3D Display for Post Production Houses

Good news for people who require outstanding visualisation of their work, because as part of their Digital Signage series our friends at Planar have introduced the Clarity Matrix 3D.

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Win an HP Mobile Workstation with V-Ray for 3ds Max Software

Win an HP Mobile Workstation with V-Ray for 3ds Max Software

For all of you architects and designers out there, we’ve just launched a competition which could see you win the latest kit on the market! In association with HP and Chaos Group we have a much coveted prize up for grabs for one lucky winner who can answer three questions correctly. The successful winner will take home an HP EliteBook laptop with software V-Ray for 3ds Max – two essential tools to compete in a fast paced, competitive industry.

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V-Ray Renders in 3 Seconds on a New BOXX Workstation

We came across this video and just had to share it with you all. Check it out!

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A Successful UGM for Softimage

A Successful UGM for Softimage

On 16th November 2011, Escape Studios and Autodesk joined forces to organise a Softimage user group meeting.  The event was held at the Autodesk London office on Broadwick Street, where product manager Jason Brynford ‘Chinny’ Jones presented updates as well as a preview on the Softimage roadmap. An over subscribed event, the UGM attracted an obvious attendance from users within Soho but also users from as far as Sweden, France, Bulgaria, and Germany.

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New Release: Maxwell Render 2.6

New Release: Maxwell Render 2.6

The guys at NextLimit have just announced the release of Maxwell Render Suite 2.6 which introduces some great new features and improvements.

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Naiad by Exotic Matter; A Driving Force in Fluid Simulation

Naiad by Exotic Matter; A Driving Force in Fluid Simulation

A few months back FX Guide released an article on The Science of Fluid Sims. If you didn’t manage to catch it at the time, you should definitely check it out now. It is a great read for anyone looking to know a little more about the science and evolution of fluid simulation and what the future holds for its craft. The article should also set you up nicely to understand the importance of what the company Exotic Matter are working towards with their new product Naiad.

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Escape Studios Welcomes Phil Darkin

Escape Studios Welcomes Phil Darkin

We would like to officially welcome the latest member to the London Escape Studios team.

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The Electric Theatre Collective; New VFX Facility Now Open In Soho

The Electric Theatre Collective; New VFX Facility Now Open In Soho

There is a new VFX facility in town to have recently opened their doors for business. They are a trio of young visual effects professionals who have proven talents across a range of high profile projects both in the UK and US. This company is the Electric Theatre Collective, and we would like to congratulate them on a very impressive start up. We believe these guys are destined for great things as they venture into the sometimes uncertain territory of running their own facility and build a strong foundation around the name Electric Theatre. We wish Giles Cheetham, James Sindle, Daniel Stanhope Marum and their team every success in the years to come.

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Potential Shortage of Hard Disk Drives

Potential Shortage of Hard Disk Drives

Western Digital, one of the worlds largest hard drive manufacturers, has been badly affected by recent flooding in Thailand where they have two production plants. The one in Bang Pa-in Industrial Park is completely destroyed, with equipment submerged in water. The other in Navanakorn Industrial Park is struggling to keep flooding at bay.

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Autodesk Softimage UGM This November

Autodesk Softimage UGM This November

A Softimage UGM in the UK has been a long time coming, something that Autodesk are very aware of. So, we've partnered up with Autodesk to make it happen. We are delighted to announce that Jason “Chinny” Brynford-Jones, Softimage product manager and demonstration guru, is making the trip to London to chair this meeting. It certainly wouldn’t be the same without him. A blast from the past for some of you, “Chinny” has been with the Softimage family for 15 years. He started out as a demonstrator in London and has since gained a reputation as being the cheerful face of Autodesk Softimage.  He has been working in Product Management for the last 8 years and is now a Technical Product Manager at Autodesk in Montreal.

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New 3DBOXX 3970 XTREME: Pick of The Week for Desktop Engineer!

New 3DBOXX 3970 XTREME: Pick of The Week for Desktop Engineer!

BOXX Technologies are bringing a new workstation to the market that aims to boost processing speeds and accelerate workflow. This unique product is kitted out with 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor as well as Intel Smart Response Technology, a combination you can’t get elsewhere. It is currently the fastest single socket workstation on the market, with incredible speeds of up to 4.5 GHz. The latest addition to the 3DBOXX XTREME workstations line, it is designed to offer exceptional support for visualisation, modelling, 3D animation and motion media applications.

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Get Involved With the V-Ray for Softimage Public Beta Programme

Get Involved With the V-Ray for Softimage Public Beta Programme

Last week, Chaos Group announced that their V-Ray for Softimage is now ready for public Beta testing. This is the latest rendering solution by Chaos Group, due to release towards the end of the year.

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Autodesk Incremental Suite Webinar Recording Now Available

Autodesk Incremental Suite Webinar Recording Now Available

On September 7th, 2011 we held a webinar for Autodesk’s 2012 version of the Entertainment Creative Suites. As ever, registrations for this Autodesk webinar were plentiful, and we're delighted so many of you were able to join us on the day.

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V-Ray 2.0 for Maya is Now Shipping

V-Ray 2.0 for Maya is Now Shipping

V-Ray 2.0 for Maya is now shipping. And, just so you know, it now comes with interactive rendering on GPU and CPU.

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