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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!

Shotgun Software - 101 Webinar

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In this webinar you‘ll learn how Shotgun Software can effectively manage and track your studio production pipeline, make it easily to collaborate with your team and to review your work seamlessly all in the same application hosted in the cloud.

Who should attend?
Film & TV Studio Directors, Producers, Supervisors, Artists, Production Managers; Games, Animation & VFX Studios.

When:
11am-12pm AEST | 1PM-2PM NZ Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Agenda:
Shotgun Overview – Let's start with the basics! Features in Shotgun Q & A

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Creative Cloud keeps getting better.

Join now and qualify for significant savings.

Creative Cloud is your exclusive source for the latest versions of Adobe’s creative apps and services for faculty, staff, and students. Current customers can join now and save up to 40%.

Institutions like yours are moving to Creative Cloud for:

  • Access to the latest creative apps along with step-by-step tutorials
  • A web-based Admin Console that makes it easy to centrally manage and deploy apps
  • The flexibility to easily add and reassign licenses
  • A wealth of resources, call center support, and optional Adobe Expert Services to ensure successful deployment
  • Budget predictability and cost savings with one annual contract

SPECIAL OFFER: NEW CREATIVE CLOUD MEMBERS

Adobe Cumulative Licensing Program (CLP) level 1, 2 and 3 customers qualify for savings over a two-year period when purchasing Creative Cloud through the Value Incentive Plan (VIP).

  • Adobe CLP-1 customers receive VIP Level 2—limited-time offer ends May 29, 2015.
  • Adobe CLP-2 customers receive VIP Level 3.
  • Adobe CLP-3 customers receive VIP Level 4.
  • All other customers receive VIP Level 1 through 4 pricing based on individual purchase volume.

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PipelineFX now offers users the option to license Qube! on a subscription basis.

 

PipelineFX makers of Qube!, the leading render farm management solution for VFX, Design, Broadcast and Education media is excited to announce that they now offers users the option to license Qube! on a subscription basis.

 

What's New

Qube! 6.7 beta online demo

PipelineFX engineers now invite you to a "sneak peek" of upcoming Qube!
releases in an Online Demo twice a month.  We just ran the first beta demo March 27th for our upcoming release of v6.7, scheduled for May.  The feedback is tremendous and we hope to have more customers join!  

 

New v6.7 features include:

  • A Vray DBR job can start up immediately on one node and automatically add more workers as they become available
  • Modify the environment of your job after the job is already submitted
  • Option to require that a job or jobs only start on empty workers
  • Improved stability when submitting a large amount of jobs
  • New submission interface offering tabbed navigation

 

Qube! Subscription Licensing
Effective May 1, 2015 - You can purchase Qube! Unlimited licenses on a month-to-month basis

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The RealFlow Deliciously Viscous Challenge!

The RealFlow Deliciously Viscous Challenge!

Choose your favourite food and give it a tasty thick twist with a RealFlow simulation.

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1st prize worth over $3000!

DEADLINE: Wednesday 3rd July
FORMAT: Video - Maximum length 30 seconds 1080p, Quicktime (H.264) or MP4

Entrants choose their favourite food and give it a tasty thick twist with a RealFlow simulation. Be it caramel, chocolate or honey, show off your love of food with RealFlow, and make everyone’s mouth water!

Enter here: http://www.realflow.com/challenge

Adobe Document Cloud

What is Adobe Document Cloud?

Adobe Document Cloud combines a completely reimagined Acrobat with the power of e-signatures. Now you can edit, sign, send, and track documents wherever you are — across desktops, mobile, and web. All from Adobe, the company that invented PDF.


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Batman: Arkham Knight Blur Studio Case Study

Brandon Young talks to us about working with the Caped Crusader's awesome vehicle using RealFlow.

About the company
Blur Studio is an award-winning production company based in Culver City, California. They work on such jobs ranging from commercials, games, cinematics and VFX for film.


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Unity 5 Professional Edition is here!

The latest and most advanced version of the best development platform for creating games is now available to purchase.

With our awe-inspiring Physically-based Standard Shader and Real-time Global Illumination Unity 5 Pro is a graphics powerhouse.

It comes with so many additions to the feature-rich and highly flexible Unity Editor, including the top-tuned Audio Mixer, animation upgrades and the 64-bit editor.

Reach a broader audience with industry-leading multiplatform support! Our 21 deployment options now include WebGL at near native speeds, fully-integrated Oculus Rift build options in development and improved support for iOS Metal rendering.

What’s more, Unity 5 Pro delivers unmatched efficiency boosted in the Cloud with new services, including Unity Cloud Build Pro to automate the creation and distribution of builds, and Game Performance Reporting to monitor your game, starting with a preview of Exception Logging.

 

 

In addition to all the revolutionary engine features in Unity 5 Pro, you also get free access to essential new services and benefits:

  • One year’s access to time-saving Unity Cloud Build Pro
  • Asset Store Level 11 discounts and benefits
  • Unity’s Team License including the Cache Server and version control tools
  • Deep dive insights into your players’ behaviour with Unity Analytics Pro
  • Plus more unique Unity 5 Pro benefits including privileged access to upcoming Unity 5 betas

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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