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Hayes Davidson Put Our V-Ray for Max Course to The Test

Hayes Davidson Put Our V-Ray for Max Course to The Test

Matt Clinch is an Associate Partner at world renowned architectural visualisation practise Hayes Davidson; we asked Matt to give us some feedback on one of our recent online courses, V-Ray for Max, and here is what he had to say.

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Fri 5 Aug 2011: 10:41am

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What Happened at the London RenderMan UGM

What Happened at the London RenderMan UGM

We hosted the much-anticipated London Pixar RenderMan User Group Meeting last week, and all I can say is that it was pretty packed.

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Tue 26 Jul 2011: 12:55pm

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Mantra for Maya & Other Renderers

Mantra for Maya & Other Renderers

I have been looking at Maya to Mantra today, and thought: "Great! Means that sometime soon we'll be able to try out Houdini's Mantra Renderer in Maya".

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Wed 13 Jul 2011: 11:54am

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Join us at this Year's Pixar RenderMan User Group Meeting

Join us at this Year's Pixar RenderMan User Group Meeting

We are delighted to announce that Pixar and Escape Studios in association with the VES will be hosting the London RenderMan User Group meeting on Thursday, July 21st at 6:30 pm. In a break with the usual tradition, the first of this year's RenderMan User Groups is actually taking place in London, ahead of the Siggraph RenderMan UGM.

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Wed 22 Jun 2011: 2:33pm

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Lee Danskin Reviews MARI 1.3

Lee Danskin Reviews MARI 1.3

Just by being on Linux, MARI has rocked the post industry. All those guys tired of dual-booting, of trying to get Photoshop to work in Wine or some other “in-elegant Linux solution”. Or for those trying to use a laptop hooked up to the network or two machines with a KVM switcher (you know who you are) MARI is like a breath of fresh air! No nasty print type things getting in the way of painting at high bit depths and HDR floating points. Everything works. No nasty greying out of pull downs as it only works in 8 bit situations; geometry size is not an issue either, texture size is 32k square. It’s eats massive data sets elegantly. It’s a Godsend.

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Mon 6 Jun 2011: 1:42pm

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Free Tutorial: Effects in V-Ray for Max

For those of you who want to learn V-Ray for Max, you’re in for a real treat this month. We’ve released a tutorial from our new V-Ray course which will be launched over the coming weeks. The tutorial has been taken directly from one of the major case studies within the course and this video is designed to demonstrates the power of V-Ray.

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Thu 12 May 2011: 2:02pm

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Pixar Release RenderMan Pro Server 16

Our friends at Pixar have announced the release of RenderMan Pro Server 16! 

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Tue 10 May 2011: 7:40am

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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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Wed 4 May 2011: 4:42pm

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V-Ray Online Training - Shhhh.... Keep It Secret

V-Ray Online Training - Shhhh.... Keep It Secret

Shhhh, don't tell anyone but the images in this blog have been 'lifted' from our brand spanking new self directed course: VRay 2 for 3DS Max... We are very happy with it... But keep it quiet as it may help improve your skills ;-)

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Thu 21 Apr 2011: 2:58pm

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Rhythm & Hues: Effects Apprentice Program

Rhythm & Hues: Effects Apprentice Program

Calling all escapee's and graduates... An opportunity to be part of this amazing apprentice program in California!

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Fri 15 Apr 2011: 8:50am

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Chaos' Top Man Vlado Koylazov Talks to Escape

Chaos' Top Man Vlado Koylazov Talks to Escape

Chaos have been super busy working on their new V-Ray 2.0 for Maya, so when the opportunity came up to chat to Chaos’ top man, CTO Vlado Koylazov, we didn't hesitate to get the inside scoop. So, for the lowdown on where the new ideas come from, what's in store for future releases, and his favourite CG project, read on.

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Tue 5 Apr 2011: 5:35pm

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Be the First to Try out V-Ray 2.0 for Maya

Be the First to Try out V-Ray 2.0 for Maya

Chaos have just announced the much anticipated release of V-Ray 2.0 for Maya and are now calling for beta testers to test out all the new features and tools in this new version.

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Thu 31 Mar 2011: 11:15am

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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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3D Artist Reviews the BOXX8550

3D Artist Reviews the BOXX8550

Did any of you see the review of the 3DBOXX 8550 Xtreme in the latest issue of 3D Artist magazine? I can't say that I was surprised when I read that it had taken the title of the fastest rendering machine ever seen. We have been running test on this machine in our labs ourselves and have seen it deliver some pretty outstanding results.

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Wed 9 Mar 2011: 9:42am

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Maxwell Render 2.5 – Out Now

Maxwell Render 2.5 – Out Now

The latest version of Maxwell Render has been released this week, with a neat new technology called Maxwell Fire. This is a new interactive rendering tool which gives users instant results when setting up a scene, so you can preview scene lighting and materials within seconds. This is pretty neat and should make a difference to your workflows.

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Fri 17 Dec 2010: 3:09pm

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And the winners are...

And the winners are...

As part of the new release of RenderMan Studio 3 and RenderMan for Maya 4, we ran a competition to give three lucky people the chance to win a limited edition Pixar’s RenderMan Walking Teapot.

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Fri 17 Dec 2010: 9:36am

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V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max – Out Now

V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max – Out Now

The long-awaited V-Ray 2.0 has been released, with some great new features and additions that will really give you better and faster results.

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Tue 14 Dec 2010: 2:48pm

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3 Reasons BOXX 8550 is The Fastest Workstation in the World

3 Reasons BOXX 8550 is The Fastest Workstation in the World

There has been a lot of talk about the BOXX 8550 XTREME lately, and why it’s the fastest workstation in the world. Many of us are naturally suspicious of all the marketing hype, but on proper investigation, these claims are actually based in pretty solid facts... Here’s the low down.

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Thu 9 Dec 2010: 3:35pm

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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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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.

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