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Stay on top of what happening in your field. We’ve created a single point for regularly updated articles, resources, industry news and other stuff we find interesting. If there is a topic you would like to see an article on or a general question you would like answered, please let us know and we’ll see what we can do. Otherwise, enjoy!

Maxwell Render V3.1

To be released TOMORROW, Jan 28th


Exciting news!

The next minor version, Maxwell Render V3.1, will be released tomorrow afternoon (CET, Madrid time) if no major issues come up before then.

Again, here's a rundown of some of the new improvements and features:

NEW in V3.1 PLUGIN updates
  • Spot Emitters - watch the video
  • Custom Sampling Levels/"Extra Sampling" - watch the video
  • Open VDB support
  • Animation tools in Maxwell Studio - watch the video
  • Improved performance in Windows
  • Camera Response / White balance
  • Floating Shadows - watch the video
  • UDIM Textures
  • Improved Shadow Channel
  • Custom Alpha per material
  • Simplified license activation procedure - with videos!
  • "Tech preview" of the NEW network manager
  • And more...
ALLwill be updated to include support for new V3.1 features.  The following plugin versions also now supported:
  • SketchUp 2015
  • Houdini 14
  • NUKE 8 & 9
  • Photoshop CC 2014
  • After Effects CC 2014
  • LightWave 2015

New V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max update

A new V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max update is available for immediate download. This update contains important bug fixes and includes:

  • Fixed 3ds Max 2015 SP3/Extension2 crash on remote hosts with Distributed Rendering
  • V-Ray RT GPU now supports VRayDirt
  • V-Ray RT GPU supports VertexColor texture
  • VRayMetaball supports Maxscript vertex color source
  • VRayProxy disables Force first map channel option by default
  • .vrmesh viewer adds a slider to control point size of particles
  • .vrmesh viewer enables OpenGL point smoothing when point size is greater than 1.0

SSA Sydney Social w/Avere Systems

February 12th, 2015 @ Flying Bark Productions
6:30pm to 9:00 - 62-68 Church Street, Camperdown

StudioSysAdmins, Avere Systems, StormFX and Flying Bark would like to invite you to Flying Bark Productions 62-68 Church Street, Camperdown, NSW 2050 on Thursday February 12th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm  for an evening socialising with local SSA colleagues, enjoy some libations and snacks.
Jim Thompson, Avere’s World Wide Senior Systems Engineer for Media & Entertainment will do a brief talk about Avere’s on prem optimisation and aggregation technology. He will conclude his presentation with an introduction to Avere’s cloud storage and cloud compute solutions. Please join us for a fun and informative evening.
Flying Bark Productions
62-68 Church Street
Date and Time:
6:30pm Thursday 12th February 2015

Register HERE

Avid Releases New Version of Media Composer Bringing Resolution Independence to Film and Television Production

The Avid Artist Suite’s Media Composer | Software enables video professionals to quickly and efficiently acquire, manage, edit, and deliver native 4K media

Avid® announces the availability of the latest version of Avid Media Composer® | Software, which allows video professionals to acquire, manage, edit, and deliver native 4K and other high-res media faster and more efficiently than ever.

Leveraging the new Avid Resolution Independence architecture and Avid DNxHR™ encoding, Media Composer offers the most complete and flexible end-to-end workflow for file-based editing of any resolution. This new release helps content creators deliver higher quality content in more collaborative, powerful, and efficient ways – a key part of Avid Everywhere™. Leveraging the Avid MediaCentral Platform, Media Composer is part of the Avid Artist Suite of industry-standard creative tools.

Avid Resolution Independence provides a holistic, platform-centric approach that puts no limits to the resolutions customers can capture, edit, and output. Media professionals can work with the broadest variety of media in every resolution – SD, HD, 4K and beyond – using their existing infrastructure. Media Composer is the first Avid product to support Resolution Independence, with support for more products and solutions across the MediaCentral Platform coming soon.

At the center of the Avid Resolution Independence architecture is Avid DNxHR, a new extensible media codec that makes it possible to edit and deliver high-res content within HD-capable infrastructures. Offering greater beauty without the bandwidth, DNxHR scales from lightweight proxies to mastering-quality high-resolution media.

Other new capabilities in the latest version of Media Composer include enhanced colour management, high frame rate support, high-efficiency proxy workflows, and timesaving background rendering of high-resolution media.

Media Composer | Software gives editors at post production facilities, broadcasters, production companies and more, the tools, workflows, and options needed for professional film, television, video, and news creation.

The new version of Media Composer | Software is available now through authorised Avid resellers.

Notes to editors

New capabilities in the latest version of Media Composer | Software include:

  • High-resolution editing – including 4K as well as 2K and Ultra HD
  • Avid Resolution Independence
  • DNxHR encoding
  • Enhanced color management – support for new advanced color spaces that provide richer color depth than HD
  • High frame rate – support for up to 60p
  • Proxy workflows – work with high-res media quickly and efficiently with proxy media and proxy timeline features
  • Background rendering for high-res media

Pause Fest 2015