Friday, January 21, 2011

Nuke maintenance releases 6.1v4 and 6.2v2

The NUKE team have been hard at work and this week have not one, but two maintenance releases for you.

All new versions are FREE to customers on valid maintenance.

If you want to renew your maintenance please contact your Motion Media software coordinator @ Phone: 310-450-4000

NUKE & NUKEX 6.1v4

This is maintenance release.  FurnaceCore in NukeX 6.1v4 has been updated to v4.3v4 and multi-view EXR writing is significantly faster. Numerous other bugs have also been fixed.

NUKE & NUKEX 6.2v2

Nuke & NukeX 6.2v2 instates user preference as to whether or not to use #### in the file browser.
Quicktime codecs are now configurable and LIN and LOG have been added to the sRGB LUTs in Framecycler.  Several other bugs have also been fixed.

Click Here for Full details.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Foundry's Stereo MasterClasses in February 2011

Taking on stereoscopic Film or Commercials projects?

Come to our FREE full day event to see how The Foundry's products can offer a helping hand and how your peers have been successful using them in production.


Due to limited space, if you are a student and want to attend one of these events please email and we will put you on a waiting list for registration.

Click here for more information about The Foundry's Stereo MasterClasses

We at Motion Media are also holding a 3-Day Nuke Training course with renowned NUKE Trainer Steve Wright

Register for the 3 day NUKE class and more information

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tron Now and Then wih Digital Domain at the LA Chapter of SIGGRAPH January 21

Twenty-eight years ago when the Los Angeles SIGGRAPH Chapter was formed, the first presentation was on TRON. Join the artists at Digital Domain as they discuss the new installment in the story of code writer Flynn. Also, present will be visual effects artists from the 1982 TRON. Two panels will compare and contrast the evolution of the effects employed in this highly successful franchise.

The good folks at CGSociety have posted much more details on the event.

Detailed information in the CGSociety NEWS section

The Foundry with also be there doing a Pre-Show Feature.

Also Check out Digital Domains THE MAKING OF TRON: LEGACY

Are You Charging Enough as a Visual Effects Artist?

See where you stack up against your peers and see if you should be charging or making more money.

In 2009 Jake Sargeant and Bran Dougherty-Johnson created a survey for the motion graphics & visual effects industry to get a better grasp on salary in the industry.  They have now put together those findings in a very interesting document.

Click Here to Read their Findings

The 2009 Motion Graphic Design Census questionnaire was written by Jake Sargeant and Bran Dougherty-Johnson. The survey was hosted online at in December of 2009. The results were analyzed by Bran Dougherty-Johnson in 2010.

Movie Magic

Just thought I'd post this old school video that I found of the tv show "Movie Magic". It is basically a tv version of the cinefx magazine. I really wish there was still a show like this one on tv, it's always interesting to see how different shops and artists work.  Enjoy!

Friday, January 14, 2011

cebas develops 3D Stereo conversion software with Pixel Magic

Final Render

cebasVisual Technology Inc. with the well known visual effects house Pixel Magic have agreed to develop advanced software and workflows that are already being used for converting “Harry Potter” to 3D Stereo. The technology was successfully pioneered for the major studio on “The Chronicles of Narnia – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”.

Link for More Information

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Newtek Releases Lightwave 10

NewTek LightWave 10 delivers a whole new set of groundbreaking tools for 3D artists. Whether you work alone or play well with others, LightWave 10 has the tools you need to turn your dreams into gorgeous graphics and amazing animation for film, television, print, design … or simply to satisfy your desire to create something really cool. LightWave 10 gives you more speed, flexibility and control, along with new, interactive tools that let you model, render and animate, quickly and affordably. Plus, LightWave artists have won more Emmy® Awards for visual effects and animation than any other CG artists. Now that’s cool.

LightWave 10 benefits artists with unique, new capabilities not found in any other 3D application, like instant feedback from the Viewport Preview Renderer (VPR), the precision of a complete Linear Color Space Workflow, real-time Anaglyph Stereoscopic Preview, and Virtual Studio Tools that deliver real-time virtual walkthroughs.

LightWave 10 Modeler and Layout, with an updated and refined user interface, deliver extensive new data interchange tools that provide seamless integration into multi-application pipelines. LightWave 10 also includes NewTek’s next generation
CORE technologies with real-time OpenGL views of Ambient Occlusion, Bloom and HDRI background images, Python-based expressions and scripting, Bullet rigid body dynamics, sophisticated UV mapping capabilities and much more.

Lightwave 10 Release Video and More information.