Thursday, February 25, 2010

After Effects Users win a Flip HD

The Foundry wants to know more about you! They are developing new plug-ins for After Effects and want to ensure they know as much as possible to help them deliver what you want.  Answer a few simple questions and you could win a Flip Ultra HD.  It will only take a few minutes we promise!  The winner will be drawn at random on 12 March 2010.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

E-on Software Releases Vue 8.4

E-on software, maker of the leading solutions for natural 3D environments, today announced the immediate availability of Vue 8.4, a major update to its award winning Vue 8 solutions for Digital Nature, available at no cost for all registered users.

Vue 8.4 adds many new features together with significant improvements to existing breakthrough technologies, and overall productivity and workflow enhancements.

Friday, February 19, 2010

3Dean's Vray car studio setup


Dean Fowler's  list of settings for a studio style rendering of a car in 3ds max 2010 and vray. (check more of his work at

The car model was purchased via Turbosquid, the Vray materials can be found at If you haven't been to this site, you might want to take a peak.  It's a good community of users posting their materials - from the brilliant to the bizarre! 


Photoshop CS5 - Better edge detection and masking results in less time

Edge Detection in CS5Photoshop Product Manager, Bryan O’Neil Hughes, gives you a glimpse of new selection technology that offers better edge detection and masking results in less time—even with the trickiest images, like hair.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Mental Ray Licensing Schemes for 3ds max, Maya, and Softimage 2010

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 Clients often ask how mental ray is licensed.  Per CPU? Per Core?  Where do I get the batch licenses with my new Maya 2010? (answer: you get 5 per license, - but only with the network version of Maya 2010) See the attached charts and feel free to contact Motion Media with any questions!

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 Notice the differences between the different software packages,  and the way that a mental ray satellite v.s  batch license is deployed.  For example, Backburner with 3ds max 2010 allows for unlimited batch licenses, and no additional licensing is required!

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 Satellite renderers are per core for maya, and by CPU for 3ds max.  Whether satellite rendering should be deployed, or if you will be ok with batch rendering v.s. purchasing standalone MR, is a topic for another post.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Genarts & The Foundry Announce Strategic Alliance

LONDON and CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – February 16, 2010 – GenArts Inc., the premier provider of specialized visual effects software for the film, television and video industries, and The Foundry, the world-leading visual effects software developer, today announced they have entered into a broad strategic alliance. Under the terms of the agreement, GenArts will acquire The Foundry’s Tinder and Tinderbox plug-ins business and the two companies will enter into an arrangement to collaborate closely to expand the capabilities of the Nuke platform.

A well-established suite with a loyal customer following, Tinder and Tinderbox have been stalwarts in the visual effects plug-ins market for many years. GenArts will immediately assume all development, sales, marketing and customer support of Tinder and Tinderbox as they work to breathe new life into the venerable Tinder brand.

The strategic alliance allows the development teams from The Foundry and GenArts to work closely together to fully maximize the functionality of their future products. This collaboration opens the door to more effective delivery of new technology as the host platform and plug-in development can be more synchronized.

“Both GenArts and The Foundry deliver technologies that are essential to the compositing pipeline at Method,” said Janelle Croshaw of Method Studios. “Host platform development is often independent from the features and schedules of plug-in development. We’re very pleased to see that GenArts and The Foundry understand that the way we use their products is extremely intertwined. This collaboration allows us to provide more seamless solutions to clients as we continue to deliver visual effects that push the limits of our audience’s imagination.”

As part of the alliance, GenArts will become the flagship partner in The Foundry’s new third-party partner program for Nuke. GenArts will have an exclusive co-marketing relationship with The Foundry as a provider of visual effects plug-ins for Nuke and Nuke customers will have the option to install trial versions of GenArts plug-ins on initial installation.

“The Foundry is very pleased to have come to this new arrangement with GenArts,” said Bill  Collis, CEO, The Foundry. “We believe that it’s in the best interest of our customers for Tinder to be looked after by GenArts, while The Foundry concentrates on developing complex, problemsolving, image-processing plug-ins including further work on its award-winning Furnace and Ocula toolsets and new products based on our 3D scene technology. We hope our new third party program, launched today, with GenArts as our first provider, will bring a variety of plug-ins to the attention of Nuke users enabling them to do even more within the platform.”

“GenArts’ portfolio enjoys an unquestioned pedigree as the go-to tools in the arsenal of the world’s best visual effects artists and editors,” said Katherine Hays, CEO of GenArts. Our alliance with The Foundry presents a unique opportunity to deliver value to Nuke users as the platform continues to gain momentum. Customers across the film, broadcast and commercial industries tell us that they highly value the benefits of standardizing their compositing pipeline on a common
toolset from a trusted partner. The GenArts portfolio including Sapphire™, Monsters™, Raptors™, wondertouch™ and now Tinder offers the most comprehensive suite of visual effects in the industry for our current and future customers. This strategic alliance with the Foundry further supports Nuke’s growth into markets where GenArts software is a must-have.”

For additional information, please refer to our FAQs:

About GenArts
GenArts, Inc. is the premier provider of specialized digital visual effects for the film, broadcast and video industries. The GenArts Sapphire™, Monsters™ and Raptors™ portfolio equips digital artists with a collection of state-of-the-art image processing and synthesis effects such as glows, light rays, lens flares, lightning, film damage, fire and fluid effects. The effects seamlessly integrate as software plug-ins into leading editing and compositing systems from Adobe, Apple, Avid, Autodesk, Assimilate, Eyeon, FilmLight, The Foundry, Quantel and SGO.

In November 2009 GenArts acquired wondertouch, an award-winning software developer specializing in particle effects. Their flagship product, particleIllusion™, is considered one of the most popular solutions for particle effects creation, enabling artists to create natural effects such as smoke, fire, sparkles, fireworks and countless abstract effects. GenArts was founded in 1996 in Cambridge, Mass.

About The Foundry
The Foundry is a world-leading innovator of visual effects and image processing technologies that boost productivity in motion picture and video post-production. The Foundry has a wellestablished client base that includes leading visual effects facilities worldwide, such as Warner Bros., The Moving Picture Company, Weta Digital, Framestore, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Digital Domain. It is at the cutting edge of software development, marketing and sales for visual effects compositing. In June 2009, The Foundry announced a management buyout for an undisclosed sum led by Advent Venture Partners. Advent backed The Foundry’s management team, led by CEO Dr Bill Collis and the original founders.

The Foundry is highly profitable and has more than doubled in size in the past two years. The Foundry’s products support a wide range of award-winning host platforms including After Effects, Autodesk® Media and Entertainment Systems, Avid DS, Nuke, Shake and Final Cut Pro. In 2007, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded a Sci-Tech Award® to The Foundry’s development team for the Furnace image processing suite – and the company now holds two products with AMPAS Sci-Tech Award® winning technology including high-end compositing system Nuke.

The Foundry is headquartered in London, and has offices in Los Angeles. For more information
please visit:

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

AJA Announces new Software Updates

Many New Features Now Available with Ki Pro v1.1

Including Support for ProRes (LT) and ProRes 422 (Proxy)

Now available for free download from the AJA website, Ki Pro v1.1 adds the following new features.

New Features

  • Support added for Apple ProRes 422 (LT) and Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) formats

  • 1080p support added. Ki Pro will now auto-detect 1080p 23.98, 1080p 24, 1080p 25 and 1080p 29.97

  • Audio and video signal generators added

See the full list of new features in the release notes.

Download Ki Pro v1.1 here

KONA and Io Express v7.5

Available Now

New Features

  • KONA 3 now supports double speed transfer from supported VTRs, such as some HDCAM models

  • Time lapse capture supported (ALL)

  • KONA drivers now support multiple cards in a Mac

See the full list of new features in the release notes.

Improvements and Fixes

  • Improved downconvert on input (KONA LHe)

  • Uninstaller operation improved (ALL)

  • Improved timecode display in AJA TV to reflect non-29.97 framerates when the movie being played has no timecode (ALL)

See the full list of improvements in the release notes.

Download KONA and Io Express v7.5 here.

Io HD v7.5

Available Now

New Features

  • Time lapse capture supported in AJA Control Panel application

  • Io HD (and KONA) drivers now support multiple AJA products on/in Mac—see “Using Multiple AJA Products” in the release notes

  • AJA TV optionally supports playback in the background

See the full list of new features in the release notes.

Improvements and Fixes

  • Improved A/V sync for non-Final Cut Pro QuickTime applications

  • Uninstaller operation improved

  • Improved plug-and-play operation

See the full list of improvements in the release notes.

Download Io HD v7.5 here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Digimation Releases Glock 19 Small Arms Trainer

Digimation®, a leading developer of high fidelity virtual training, announces the immediate availability of its Glock 19 small arms trainer. Using photorealistic interactive 3D animation and graphics, Digimation's Glock 19 virtual trainer familiarizes students with the weapon's individual parts, functionality, safety procedures, and cycle of operations.

"Digimation virtual trainers are designed to help students become familiar with complex equipment, learn operational skills, and master complex maintenance and repair procedures," said David Avgikos, CEO of Digimation. "Numerous studies confirm the advantages of this type of 'learn by doing' approach over traditional paper and PowerPoint."

Introduced at this past year's I/ITSEC, Digimation's new high fidelity virtual training solutions are completely customizable with any subject matter and training criteria specifics.

"Our goal is to achieve a level of realism that can stand up to the closest scrutiny by those most familiar with the real world counterpart," said Grant Niesner, Technical Director at Digimation and project lead for the weapons trainer. "Our tolerance for bad graphics is pretty low. This generation of students in particular expects an extremely realistic experience when it comes to interactive training."

To learn more about the Glock 19 trainer and other virtual training solutions from Digimation, visit or email sales@digimation.

Availability and Pricing
The Glock 19 small arms trainer is currently available worldwide. A demonstration version is available for download here. For pricing information please contact

Shaderlight Demo Winner Announced

Motion Media and ArtVPS had a demo of the 3ds Max plugin Shaderlight today and it went really well. It really is a pretty cool plugin.

We would like to congrtulate the winner of our free shaderlight license giveaway - Richard Langberg

Have Fun Richard!

If you missed the demo and want to catch another one, we are hosting one again tomorrow Thursday Feb. 11th at 10am PST so come on by and register, you could be the proud owner of a Free Shaderlight License just for attending. Click here to register

Maxon Releases New Version of Cinebench

Maxon has released a new version of Cinebench, which is a free software based on Cinema 4D that will benchmark your workstation. There is also an unofficial Cinebench 11.5 database online at

CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON’s award-winning animation software CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Spider-Man, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia and many more.


3ds Max Tutorial - Model and Texture a Modern Chair

Tutorial Details

  • Software: 3ds Max and Mental Ray

  • Version: 2009

  • Difficulty: Beginner

  • Estimated Completion Time: Approximately 30 min

  • Supporting Files: None

Note: click the 'Monitor' icon to view tutorial in full-screen HD.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Updates from Automatic Duck

From Automatic Duck's Newsletter:

Last year we announced that we were working with EditShare to exchange sequences between Final Cut Pro and Avid using their Flow universal media system. We are glad to announce this functionality is now shipping in two new updates for Pro Import FCP and Pro Export FCP– 2.08 and 4.04 repectively. These updates also correct issues found since the previous updates.

Users of Pro Import FCP 2.0 can update to version 2.08 at no charge from here. Users of Pro Import FCP 1.0 can upgrade to 2.08 for $195, click here for upgrade instructions.

Users of Pro Export FCP 4.0 can update to version 4.04 at no charge from here. Users of Pro Export FCP 3.0 or earlier can upgrade to 4.04 for $195, click here for upgrade instructions.

Nuit Blanche from Spy Films

A really cool video and making of video called Nuit Blanche from Spy Films

Nuit Blanche from Spy Films on Vimeo.

The Making of Nuit Blanch

Making Of Nuit Blanche from Spy Films on Vimeo.

Intensity Pro Giveaway Winner Announced!

Motion Media would like to congratulate John Rauschelbach for winning the Blackmagic Intensity Pro Giveaway. Congrats John, we hope you get good use out of it.

Stay tuned for more contests and giveaways in the near future.