Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Autodesk Launches Entertainment Creation Suites Premium at Siggraph

Autodesk, Inc. introduced Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suites Premium, offering a powerful set of tools for 3D modeling, digital sculpting, texture painting, animation, effects, rendering and compositing. The Premium Suites provide integration across applications for enhanced interoperability and efficiency, enabling artists to explore creative ideas with advanced modeling and animation technology.

“We created the Premium Suites to give artists the tools and freedom they need to tackle complex creative projects with greater ease and efficiency, enabling them to build more sophisticated CG production pipelines at a much lower cost than was previously possible”

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Zbrush 4.0 Unveiled at Siggraph 2010!

Pixologic unveils ZBrush Version 4.0 (for Win and Mac) at Siggraph 2010!

Booth #709 Los Angeles Convention Center
27th-29th July

Pixologic, Inc., makers of the award winning ZBrush is pleased to announce that it will be unveiling the latest software in the Pixologic line - ZBrush Version 4.0 (for Win and Mac) at Siggraph 2010 show Los Angeles Convention Center
27th-29th July 2010.

Pixologic also announced that following the 'sneak preview' at Siggraph 2010, ZBrush 4.0 will be available to the public for purchase and download on 8/9/10 (Monday 9th August 2010).

Those visiting the Siggraph exhibition floor will have the opportunity to pre- purchase a special edition package of ZBrush 4.0 at the Pixologic Booth!

ZBrush is the leading 2D/3D digital sculpting application for artists today and is used extensively in the film, game, toy and collectible industries as well as scientific illustration.

Pixologic will be hosting hourly demonstrations at Booth #709 where attendees, users and newcomers will see and explore the latest exciting ZBrush 4.0 features, presented live by industry renowned character modeling artists and supervisors- from Disney Animation Studios, Blur Studios, Naughty Dog and other top film and gaming studios.

Jimmy Golding, Marketing Director at Pixologic commented:

''This is the 10th anniversary year of ZBrush! We are looking forward to a very exciting show and the opportunity to reveal the latest features of ZB4 to our fans, community, newcomers and future talent.''

Pipeline fx Announces Qube! 6.0

PipelineFX, makers of Qube!™ - the leading render farm management software for digital media creation, announced today the availability of Qube! 6.0 with "Smart Farming" technology.

"Smart Farming" describes a system for render farm management that delivers the power of pipeline data through integrated charting and reporting, automates labor intensive render farm processes, and integrates with other digital media infrastructure packages. The concept was developed after an extensive product validation process with customers across digital media verticals in major markets around the world.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Win Free Tickets to the BLUR Party at Siggraph 2010

Motion Media is giving away two tickets to the BLUR party at Siggraph featuring the Crystal Method and more. 

Sign Up Here

Autodesk Maya 2011 Hotfix 3

Autodesk has released a third Hotfix for Maya 2011.

The download is a complete full installer.

You'll have to uninstall old version, for the new hot-fixed version

Read me and Download here.

List of Parties at Siggraph 2010

Siggraph Parties

Check out the list below for information on getting into some of the best parties at Siggraph 2010. We will update the list as information comes in, but if your having a party or know of a party that we don't have listed, let us know here.

Be sure to bookmark this page as it will be updated daily from now until Siggraph!

BLUR 2010 - The Ultimate Siggraph Party - SPONSORED BY MOTION MEDIA

Wednesday July 28th 9pm-2am
Music Box Theater
Invite/Wristbands Only - You can register for a chance to win a free ticket here.

It will be featuring a new dancing/performance act in between the DJ set and the Crystal Method gig.

Unofficial Siggraph CGI Beach Party
Sunday July 25th - noon to sunset
Venice Beach Pier (at the end of Washington St.)
Join us for the second annual LA Siggraph CGI Beach Party. The party officially starts at noon and is open to all CGI students and professionals who love sun and surf.
Click Here for more info and directions

Pipeline FX, Shotgun and Tweak Software Party
Tuesday July 27th 9pm-Midnight
Where: Seven Grande
Invite/Wristbands Only
More Info Here

ACM Siggraph Chapter Party
Monday July 26th, 8:30pm - 2am
At Club 740
In downtown LA.

The Foundry GeekFest
This event is FREE, but places are limited and fill fast, so don't miss out REGISTER NOW.
Follow the link for more info: http://beta.thefoundry.co.uk/articles/2010/07/06/68/the-foundry-geekfest-at-siggraph-2010/

SIGGRAPH Reception
Wednesday 8-10pm at the Westin Bonaventure Ballroom

Mingle with the movers and synergize with the shakers as the international computer graphics community gathers for its biggest social event of the year. Bring your business cards. SIGGRAPH 2010 provides food, beverages, and a legendary LA location: The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, which has starred in many feature films: “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”, “This is Spinal Tap”, “In the Line of Fire”, “Nick of Time”, “True Lies”, “Midnight Madness”, “Hard to Kill”, and “Chuck”. In “Escape From LA” and “Epicenter”, it was destroyed by visual effects.

Animation Mentor Happy Hour
This event is only open to Animation Mentor Students and Alumni
  • When: 10 PM - 2 AM
  • Where: Boardners, Downtown Los Angeles
  • Website: http://www.boardners.com
  • RSVP: Email Grace@AnimationMentor.com by July 22nd to reserve your spot
  • Kick off Siggraph with Animation Mentor students and alumni for an 80's night. Must arrive before 10:30 PM. Drinks $8 - $10. Must be 21 or older to attend, tickets required at the door.
23rd Anniversary CG Show/SAKE Barrel Opening Party
6PM on Wednesday July, 28
JW Marriot, Salon C

Siggraph After Party - 3D Production
July 27, 2010 5-8pm
ESPN Zone at L.A. Live
19th Hole Bar
1011 S. Figueroa St, Ste. B101
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Join us on for an exclusive Siggraph after party. Isilon, Integrated Media Technologies (IMT), Atempo, and Southpaw present an evening of fun, food, and drinks with the creative minds behind some of today's hottest 3D Productions.

Guest speakers and topics will include:

  • Wayne Miller, President and Chief Creative Officer of Action 3D – How he shot live concerts like Dave Matthews, Phish, and JayZ in 3D
  • David Kenneth, Executive Producer of IE Effects – How his firm developed the 3D exhibit for the World Fair in China and the work they did on Michael Jackson's This Is It in 3D

Register for this event here.

NYU-SCPS CADA Alumni Networking Event
Wednesday July 28, 2010 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Hotel Figueroa Terrace & Pool 939 S. Figueroa Street
Open to all as a networking event.

Join CADA Alumni, Students, and Siggraph Friends for a few hours of socializing and networking.

RSVP cada.alumni@nyu.edu CADA Siggraph Booth #1131


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Lagoa Multiphysics and Softimage ICE

Autodesk Softimage


Thiago Costa

= Lagoa Multiphysics 1.0 via Softimage ICE

Check out the teaser video


Blur, Blizzard eye candy project trailers

First up is this awesome teaser trailer for  "The Goon"

Our Client Blur Studios with David Fincher are working on this project.

Link We love it!

Blizzard is launching their StarCraft II Wings of Liberty game on the 27th of this month.

Let the Zerg Rush begin!

Monday, July 19, 2010

20th anniversary 3ds Max Siggraph T-shirts

Looking for cool schwag to add to your collection of 3dsmax gear?

Autodesk is giving away limited 20th anniversary T-shirts at Siggraph 2010.

Link with details here

Thursday, July 15, 2010

R2.0 for MXO2 and CompressHD for Mac Now Available

Release 2.0 version software for Mac OS is now available for you to download.

The key feature of this release is the addition of many new control parameters for Matrox MAX such as variable bit rate, constant quality, scene detection, noise filtering and many more, that let users optimize encoding speed and video quality. Web video publishers, in particular, will appreciate the ability of Matrox MAX 2.0 to deliver superb quality video at low bit rates.

Release 2.0 provides the following new features for the Matrox MXO2 family:

Support for Mac OS X Snow Leopard only (v10.6.4).

1080p at 23.98 fps, 25 fps, and 29.97 fps support on HDMI and SDI outputs.

Genlock support for 23.98 fps on MXO2, MXO2 Rack, and MXO2 LE.

New Matrox MAX H.264 encoding features:

For Apple Compressor:
– Variable bit rate.
– Scene detection.
– Constant quality.
– Noise filter.
– Chapter marker support for Matrox MAX H.264 .mov and .264 files.
– H.264 level 3.1 support for encoding HD video for use with Apple iPad.

For Telestream Episode version 5.x, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Apple QuickTime:
– Constant quality.
– Noise filter.
– H.264 level 3.1 support for encoding HD video for use with Apple iPad.

Release 2.0 provides the following new features for the Matrox CompressHD:

Support for Mac OS X Snow Leopard only (v10.6.4).

New Matrox MAX H.264 encoding features:

For Apple Compressor:
– Variable bit rate.
– Scene detection.
– Constant quality.
– Noise filter.
– Chapter marker support for Matrox MAX H.264 .mov and .264 files.
– H.264 level 3.1 support for encoding HD video for use with Apple iPad.

For Telestream Episode version 5.x, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Apple QuickTime:
– Constant quality.
– Noise filter.
– H.264 level 3.1 support for encoding HD video for use with Apple iPad.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Autodesk Academic to Commercial Upgrade

Autodesk 3ds Max Student UpgradeAutodesk has an Academic to Commercial license upgrade for 3ds Max, Maya, Motionbuilder, Softimage and 3ds Max Design,  which allows owners of a perpetual student license to upgrade to a full commercial license for only $1300 (msrp) A better price is available on our website. This is a little known upgrade available from Autodesk, and is a great way for graduating students to upgrade for a reasonable cost.

Click on any one of the products above to go to our online store and purchase your upgrade.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Zbrush 4.0 Is Coming....

Pixologic has announced that Zbrush 4.0 will be released on August 9, 2010 for both Windows and Mac OSX. 

Also included:
Updated versions of all major plugins, and GoZBrush support for Modo, Cinema 4D, 3DSMax and Maya for Windows and Mac systems.

More information about ZBrush 4.0 and its features will be presented closer to launch date.

ZBrush 4 will be released as a free upgrade to all current registered ZBrush users,
and for those who purchase ZBrush before the release data.

Getting the upgrade will be easy, and linked to your Support Account.
If you have already created a Support account, simply log in and check to make sure that you have provided your Cleverbridge reference number and ZBrush 3 serial number.

If you have not created an account yet, do so and be sure to include the information from your license purchase (reference and serial numbers). Your Support account pre-registers you to receive the upgrades when they are released.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Matrox Mtx.utils 3.0 for the Matrox MXO2 family and CompressHD

Matrox MXO2 & Compress HD LogoRelease 3.0 of Matrox Mtx.utils for the Matrox MXO2 family and CompressHD is now available for you to download.

Motion Media Check Fraud Scam

If you have received or been approached about cashing or depositing a check from Motion Media for an amount similar to $4,500 please be aware that you are most likely being scammed.  You may be part of a check fraud scam that is being investigated by the FBI, and we would like to hear from you.

DO NOT TRY TO CASH OR DEPOSIT THE CHECK or you could be liable in the case as well.

Instead, you should contact Motion Media at 310-450-4000 or via our contact page and give us all of the information you have surrounding the check that you received.

We are currently putting all of our resources into finding the person responsible for this scam and assure you that we will get to the bottom of this as soon as possible.

Thank you for understanding.

The Motion Media Team

8 hour Vray Training Event at Siggraph 2010

Chaosgroup VrayIf you’ll be in LA for SIGGRAPH2010, you should definitely check out the Chaos Group’s 8-hour training event on VRay.  It looks like it will be a great event with a lot going on and chances to win some great prizes as well.