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iPad – is it CG Friendly?

iPad – is it CG Friendly?

Last year, Apple shook the tech world when it released the iPad, and it quickly became the must have gadget for 2010. Apple is now in the spotlight again with lots of hype around iPad 2. It's all very well lusting after one of these little babies, but for me, the real question is "what can a 3D pro like me actually use it for?".

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Fri 1 Apr 2011: 11:20am

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Escape Studios in a Live Q& A at the Guardian

The chances are, if you’re reading this blog, you’ve got more than a passing interest in the film industry. Alright, specifically the VFX part, but still, you’re keen to know as much as you can about the industry, and possibly how you can break into it (hopefully with our help…).

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Escapee Ricardo Viana Gives us the Low Down on our Online Mentored Course

Escapee Ricardo Viana Gives us the Low Down on our Online Mentored Course

Want to know what it’s like to do one of our Mentored courses? Well we caught up with Escapee Ricardo Viana to find out how he got on – all the way from sunny Portugal.

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Wed 23 Feb 2011: 4:13pm

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StereoScopic 3D Doesn't Work!

StereoScopic 3D Doesn't Work!

So when an academy awarded influential film editor like Walter Murch makes very detrimental comments about 3D stereo some people should take a long hard look at it. What does 3D really add to the whole film experience except expense and a headache? You can find his comments here - all of which are very observant and true.

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Thu 27 Jan 2011: 12:32pm

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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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Free Tutorials - Animation & ZBrush

Free Tutorials - Animation & ZBrush

You can really impress future employers by taking advantage of our two expert tutorials this month. Taken from our Character Animation Foundation and ZBrush for 3D Artist courses, they are designed to give you pro-skills in very specialised areas.

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Wed 12 Jan 2011: 5:37pm

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Stereoscopic 3D and Small Children

Nintendo, Sony, Toshiba have all issued warnings on the development of eyesight in younger children when watching stereoscopic 3D images. Here is a link to a BBC story about the recent Nintendo announcement. Their announcement basically said: "There is a possibility that 3-D images which send different images to the left and right eye could affect the development of vision in small children".

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Fri 7 Jan 2011: 10:30am

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Flash on Ipad, Windows on Ipad, Quicktime on Android, MAYA on IPAD

The cloud is only just beginning to really show its power and what it can do. This OnLive demo of their new video compression technology is astounding. It will open a whole new era of computing and inter-op that we can only dream of. Imagine running maya on an Ipad? Well, it's not that far fetched an idea, and I reckon rental of maya is a definate possibilty in the future. But what about having the ability to run any app on any hardware? This truely is a game changer and from their humble beginnings in just the games' world I think OnLive just showed that the future will be a very different place and that they may be a major force.

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Mon 13 Dec 2010: 10:26am

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CG Andrex Puppy!

CG Andrex Puppy!

So an Iconic mascot after 4 decades has finally become a CG character. Having done this myself with the first CG Tony the Tiger I have to wonder whether this will work. The British public being such a fickle bunch! CG Tony was to be a furry character but was squashed at the last moment by Kellogg's in the States as going to far away from the 2D character of Tony (shame he was so cool furry).

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Thu 2 Dec 2010: 9:00am

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The wait’s finally over – CG Whiz 2010 shortlist

We said it was going to be tough to judge and we were right. The entries for this year’s CG Whiz competition blew us away (quite literally!) and the quality of the reels overall impressed each and every judge.

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Thu 2 Dec 2010: 7:25am

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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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Go Weta! But still the Hobbit runs away...

Go Weta! But still the Hobbit runs away...

The actors unions and writers strikes are having a major negative impact on the film making capabilities all over the world. First, there was LA some years ago with their writters' strike. Now they threaten the film production in NZ according to the recent news

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Thu 21 Oct 2010: 11:12am

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Movember = facial hair for Escape Studios' Men!

Movember = facial hair for Escape Studios' Men!

Dear friends of Escape Studios... We have decided to take part in Movember this year.... OK, let me explain...

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Thu 21 Oct 2010: 10:33am

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3D Conversion of Harry Potter Cancelled - One for the Studios!

According to Variety we have been saved from yet more badly converted stereo films - check out the story here. Warner Brothers have canned the release of Harry Potter Deathly Hallows part 1 in 3D. This is due to quality issues, that were mainly due to time constraints, and Warner have come to the conclusion that the converted film was not high enough quality. I can only applaud them for not releasing yet another stereo nasty.

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Fri 15 Oct 2010: 10:19am

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HDR Video the next stage...

It's been a few years since Paul Debevec produced his paper with Jitendra Malik, Recovering High Dynamic Range Radiance Maps from Photographs, at SIGGRAPH. Since then, people all the world have begun to generate high dynamic range still images and probes - essentially capturing all the light information from a scene in mulitple passes using digital cameras and then merging these into a single HDR image. A simple web search for HDR Images in google images will present you with an array of hyper-real looking images, or try here for some examples.

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Fri 8 Oct 2010: 2:30pm

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Lundgren vs Unicorn and The Hoff!

Lundgren vs Unicorn and The Hoff!

Absolute genius on the part of the creatives at Leo Burnetts for Norton.

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Fri 1 Oct 2010: 11:24am

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Has the boxed game had its day?

Has the boxed game had its day?

Last week’s high profile launch of Halo: Reach, and the stories of gamers camping outside retailers' doors, tell me that game launches have become just like movie premieres and create just as much excitement as the launch of new Apple gadgets.  

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Wed 29 Sep 2010: 1:00pm

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Escape Studios announces winner of the CG Graduate Design Awards

Escape Studios announces winner of the CG Graduate Design Awards

Firstly a big thank you to all of you who entered our CG Graduate Design Awards. We were really impressed with the standard of entries and it made last week’s judging day with our friends at The Mill pretty tough.

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Nvidia vs ATi: War over, in name at least

For the hardcore 3d artists who have been doing this for many a year, it's sad to see an iconic brand lose its identity after such a long and illustrious career. it has always been a love hate relationship for ATI/Nvidia among all 3D artists. I come from a time when graphics cards in PC's where absolutely atrocious; that was before VGA and when 4 colours was a big deal. There was I, with my silicon graphics 4D20 and a geometry engine running GL. How advanced was I?!

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Fri 10 Sep 2010: 9:59am

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Two showreel tips

Those of you who follow us on Twitter will know that we had our first ever realtime Twitter feedback session on Monday. I am told I should refer to them as Tweetups or Twitter parties, but if truth be told, it was a simple, honest, online showreel clinic!  We asked our followers to send us links to their reels, and Lee Danskin, our Training Development Director, provided his usual professional feedback.

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