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ZBrush4R7 by Pixologic Released!

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ZBrush 4R7 is the final iteration within the ZBrush 4 series before we move to ZBrush 5.0. As with our previous point releases, it doesn't simply make a few minor changes but rather is packed with major additions. In fact, 4R7 is one of the most extensive releases since ZBrush 4 came out.

Maxwell Render V3.1

To be released TOMORROW, Jan 28th

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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

Tractor-1.7.1 is now available

Tractor-1.7.1 is now available on the Pixar download site.

All current Tractor customers have been granted download access to this release.  In addition there have been no changes to licensing so your existing Tractor licenses are still valid.

Tractor 1.7.1 provides several bug fixes over the 1.7  release included in the following changes


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The world's only video guide on how Editshare integrates with Adobe CS6

StormFX have created two videos demonstrating the Editshare functionality in an editing environment.

This detailed overview is the only publicly available video guide that covers all aspects from user setup to user interaction with Editshare and is highly beneficial for all Mac and Adobe users.


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Watch the Xsens motion capture suit in action.

Watch the Xsens motion capture suit in action as the Storm FX Team take you through the setup and basic functionalities in this 6 minute Video.

Motion Capture is a way to record human movement where the data can be used to animate digital characters to reflect realistic human movement.


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Autodesk M&E Meet the Experts: Animation Tips & Tricks with Autodesk Maya

Join David Zwierzchaczewski, ANZ Media & Entertainment Technical Specialist, for a live webinar and discover the new features in Autodesk Maya 2013 and some great workflow features to help you streamline your animations.

In 60-minutes, he will walk you through some tips and tricks surrounding animation retargeting, layers preferences and other Maya User Interface features you may not have stumbled across. No matter how long you've used Maya, you'll pick up a new trick or two from this webcast. You'll also get a close look at some of the latest workflows in this release and how they can help streamline your animation.

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Get Help Learning the New Smoke

Autodesk has revitilized their Smoke Learning Channel on Youtube. With over 30 videos grouped in easy to use playlists the Autodesk Smoke Learning Channel is better than ever. Check it out after the jump.


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Just launched: Autodesk Simulation Workshop

May 3, 2012

The Autodesk Simulation Workshop is a new online resource that contains a series of modules designed to help train the next generation of engineers, based on feedback from a focus group held with influential faculty from North America and EMEA.  Developed for faculty, by faculty, the modules focus on the theories and methodologies of mechanical engineering, connecting traditional problem solving to modern CAE methods illustrated with Autodesk software.


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Post-Production Picks of NAB 2012

May 1, 2012

Best in show in post-production

If you’re suffering from a post NAB show hangover after being bombarded with all the "big" announcements that came through, especially on new projectors, players and cameras that capture 4K, rest assured we hear you loud and clear.

With over 1,600 exhibitors and 92,000 plus attendees, even if you stayed at home, it was hard not to be overwhelmed by the plethora of emails, blogs, and tweets that covered the event.


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