Autodesk Subscription Changes Coming Soon.

Autodesk Subscription Changes Coming Soon.

Starting Feb 1, 2016, Autodesk will no longer allow for the late renewal of Maintenance Subscription contracts after expiration and all subscription agreements must be renewed on time. It is crucial that you do not miss your renewal date! Read on to get more information.

Dec 17, 2015 Substance Painter 1.7 Released!

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Substance Painter 1.7 Released!

SUBSTANCE PAINTER 1.7: ENHANCED WORKFLOW AND CONTENT

Allegorithmic has released Substance Painter 1.7, to close what has been a very fruitful year for the tool. Indeed Substance Painter has come quite a long way, and needless to say they plan on keeping the same pace in 2016! This update contains new features which are mostly about improving the artist’s workflow and adding quality content, mainly:

  • The ability to assign a different shader per texture set.
  • Being able to create your own project templates.
  • Painting enhancements: improved precision thanks to an update of the brush engine (better handling of sub-pixel painting, filtering for stamping and antialiasing when painting sharp strokes and patterns).
  • New content: car paint shader, Dota shader, velvet shader, baked lighting filter (allows to bake lighting information in your base color/diffuse) and new mask generators (light position and 3D distance).

Of course, this update also comes with many other improvements and fixes, find out more in the full release note.

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Sep 23, 2015 Coming Soon: The Foundry Modo 901 Sale – Save 40%

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Coming Soon: The Foundry Modo 901 Sale - Save 40%

Modo 901 Sale!

If you’ve been thinking about purchasing Modo, wait no more! Ok, well wait just a little bit longer, until September 28th would be perfect!

Get ready to take advantage of our two-day Modo 901 sale and save a whopping 40% off new seats, 20% off upgrades, and between 20% and 40% on selected MODO plug-ins, kits and training.

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Sep 11, 2015 Da Vinci Resolve 12 First Impressions

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Da Vinci Resolve 12 First Impressions

This morning Blackmagic Design released the new version of Da Vinci Resolve. Resolve 12 has a bucketload of new features, from simple adjustments and updates, to game changing overhauls, but the name of the game with this release is it’s editing tools.  For years now the non-linear editor market has been dominated by Avid, Premier, and (less so lately) Final Cut, with a few smaller names out in the wings, and now Blackmagic is throwing its hat into the ring in earnest with this new release of Resolve.

At this year’s NAB conference, I was able to elbow my way through the crowd and get a brief hands on demo of the new Resolve 12, but now that it is fully released, anyone with an internet connection can now download the basic package of Resolve, with the pro version still available for $995 from your favorite Blackmagic reseller.

So what’s new exactly?

For starters, the naming convention has changed. In the past, the free version of Resolve has been designated “Lite”, while the paid version just carried the release number. With Resolve 12, Blackmagic has somewhat reversed that convention, and dropped the “Lite” from the free version, and added “Studio” to the paid version. This may be a little confusing for those upgrading from a previous version, but I don’t feel like it will cause much headache, and is really secondary to the other changes made to this platform.

As mentioned above, the real meat of this update is in the editing tools, and as an editor and Premiere fan, these are the changes that I am most interested in. Resolve 12 comes with a decent selection of editing tools that will be very familiar to anyone with NLE experience.  The most often used editorial functions are bundled into one tool called the “Trim Edit Mode”. The Trim Edit Mode contextually switches between different functions depending on where your mouse cursor is, and what you have selected. If you select the middle of a clip you can slip it, or select multiple clips, and slip them all together. To slide a clip up and down the timeline, select the cursor, or the “Normal Edit Mode”. To ripple and roll, switch back to the Trim Edit Mode and select the ends of the clip you want to edit. By selecting just the edge of one clip, you can ripple it back and forth, and by selecting the edit itself, or the space in between both clips, you can roll it back and forth. Personally, I find myself doing one when I intended to do the other, but that may just be a matter of getting used to this system. There is also a “Razor Edit Mode”, which functions just how you would expect. There is also an “Insert Clip”, “Replace Clip”, and “Overwrite Clip”, that function as expected for the most part, although the Replace Clip tool seems to be a little finicky, causing me to sometimes drop the wrong clip into the timeline, or do nothing.

da vinci review 2Resolve 12’s basic editing tools.

There is also a fourth editing mode, known as the “Dynamic Trim Mode”, which essentially gives you the ripple and roll tools at all times, which you can access with the hotkey “W”, but cannot be found on the main bar of editing tools for some reason. This editing tool more or less makes the Normal Editing Mode and the Trim Edit Mode all but obsolete, so why include all three, and why hide the Dynamic Trim Mode? I have yet to come up with an explanation for this.

Resolve 12 comes with a pretty good selection of transitions and effects, and they work fairly intuitively. You’re able to drag and drop effects from a bin on the right side to where you want them, all very familiar stuff, but where Resolve 12 shakes things up is the in timeline curve editor. It gives you a little drop down button that opens a curve inside the timeline where you can custom edit effects. It took me a little while to warm up to this way of doing effects, but it’s actually pretty cool.

 

Example of Resolve 12’s effects curves

My biggest issue with this release of Da Vinci Resolve trying to be a fully fledged editor is the lack of workspace customization. Sometimes I want my timeline viewer to be larger than my media pool viewer, and this is unfortunately impossible. Nor can you pop panels out of the background like you can in other programs, so it’s impossible to have your timeline viewer on one monitor, while having  your timeline on another.  Of course you can output the timeline direct to a video monitor via Blackmagic hardware such as a Decklinik Extreme card.  However, if you want to have your media bins on a different monitor, away from the rest of your workspace, you’re completely out of luck. This lack of customization is a bummer, but I like the direction this program is going very much. Fingers crossed for the future.

As this is just a brief first impression review. There were a number of features I have not yet had the chance to review, such as the new audio tools which appear extremely promising, as well as the multi-cam editing mode. I could see this feature being quite popular. There is also a new system of sorting footage via metadata tags, which is not editing specific, but could be a lifesaver on larger projects, cutting down drastically on time spent searching for specific clips.

Overall, I was surprised at how much I liked the new editing features in this release of Resolve, and although it may not have nailed it perfectly as an editor, there is the benefit of having Davinci Rosolve’s world famous color correction capabilities, which is nothing to take lightly!

 

-Zachary Cain

Motion Media Product Specialist

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Aug 20, 2015 Get Substance Designer 5.2 Now

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Get Substance Designer 5.2 Now

Substance Designer 5.2

This Substance Designer 5.2 update targets mostly the 3D view, graph, export and performance; most importantly:

  • 3D view features : tesselation and opacity support in PBR shaders.
  • Convert maps to Vray/Corona/Redshift/Arnold targets using the PBR converter filter.
  • Pixel Processor node performance boost on DX10 engine: about 50 times faster :)
  • Graph improvements: options to render comments at constant size, and to disable new node display in the 2D view.
  • Option to hide/display PSD layers in the library preferences.
This release also contains many bug fixes. You can find the full release note here.

Aug 20, 2015 Substance Painter 1.5 Just Released

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Substance Painter 1.5 Just Released
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For Substance Painter 1.5, Allegorithmic focused on tool, viewport, and shelf enhancements, along with other surprises!Here are the major additions:

  • Exporter update: presets for Vray/Corona/Redshift/Arnold, and export to Sketchfab directly from the tool (let the sharing begin)!
  • Ability to export any selected mask as a bitmap.
  • 22 new smart materials created by our talented artists :)
  • Viewport features: blur the environment background, display wireframe (and change its color).
  • UI improvements: new default layout, thumbnail generation for smart materials and generators.
  • New shortcuts: brush rotation, invert painting color on greyscale maps and hardness control in a substance.

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Software

Substance Painter 1.7 Released!
Substance Painter 1.7 Released!

Allegorithmic has released Substance Painter 1.7, to close what has been a very fruitful year for the tool. Indeed Substance Painter has come quite a long way, and needless to say they plan on keeping the same pace in 2016! This update contains new features which are mostly about improving the artist’s workflow and adding quality content.

Autodesk Subscription Changes Coming Soon.
Autodesk Subscription Changes Coming Soon.

Starting Feb 1, 2016, Autodesk will no longer allow for the late renewal of Maintenance Subscription contracts after expiration and all subscription agreements must be renewed on time. It is crucial that you do not miss your renewal date! Read on to get more information.

Coming Soon: The Foundry Modo 901 Sale - Save 40%
Coming Soon: The Foundry Modo 901 Sale – Save 40%

Modo 901 Sale! For only 48 hours, save 40% on new licenses of Modo 901 and 20% on upgrades. Plus, save huge on kits and training as well. Get Modo 901 today!

Digital Art Contest for Seattle-based Creators!
Digital Art Contest for Seattle-based Creators!

Motion Media announces its first digital art contest launching March 18th, ending June 11th. We are looking for artists to feature in our new gallery space on Pioneer Square in Seattle. Our gallery space is a registered Art Walk stop.



Hardware

Atomos Shogun Studio
Atomos Shogun Studio

Just Announced! The Atomos Shogun Studio is the word’s first all-in-one 4K/HD, 2ch, dual 7” 3RU rack recorder, monitor, and playback deck!

Autodesk 360 MegaBots Design and Engineering Challenge
Autodesk 360 MegaBots Design and Engineering Challenge

Early last month, Autodesk wrapped up their MegaBots Design Challenge, and declared 3 winning designs. For those not in the know, MegaBots is a Bay Area based fighting robot company. Yes. A fighting robot company. Their goal is to create an entire league of manned mechanized machines of mayhem that will wow arenas full of spectators in epic scale paintball battles.

Motion Media's 4k Bundle
Motion Media’s 4k Bundle

To improve data consolidation and maximize performance, Splash Entertainment, an animation studio involved in distribution, post production, online content creation and video on demand (VOD), moved away from older, mismatched storage solutions and switched to Motion Media’s new 4K Studio Bundle.

Cool and Useless Stuff Made by 3D Printer
Cool and Useless Stuff Made by 3D Printer

We want to talk to you today about all the useless chotchkies you can make with a 3D printer that will bring pure joy to your life.



Autodesk

Autodesk Subscription Changes Coming Soon.
Autodesk Subscription Changes Coming Soon.

Starting Feb 1, 2016, Autodesk will no longer allow for the late renewal of Maintenance Subscription contracts after expiration and all subscription agreements must be renewed on time. It is crucial that you do not miss your renewal date! Read on to get more information.

V-Ray 3.2 for 3ds Max 2016 is Here
V-Ray 3.2 for 3ds Max 2016 is Here

V-Ray 3.2 for 3ds Max 2016 is VR-Ready and fully compatible with 3ds Max 2016. This free update for V-Ray 3.0 customers includes support for major VR formats, including Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR.

Autodesk 360 MegaBots Design and Engineering Challenge
Autodesk 360 MegaBots Design and Engineering Challenge

Early last month, Autodesk wrapped up their MegaBots Design Challenge, and declared 3 winning designs. For those not in the know, MegaBots is a Bay Area based fighting robot company. Yes. A fighting robot company. Their goal is to create an entire league of manned mechanized machines of mayhem that will wow arenas full of spectators in epic scale paintball battles.

Autodesk Signs Agreement to Acquire Shotgun Software
Autodesk Signs Agreement to Acquire Shotgun Software

Autodesk is acquiring Shotgun due to the way they drive their product roadmap in close collaboration with clients, their open dialog, their responsive engineering, their “we’ve got your back” street team.



Adobe

Digital Art Contest for Seattle-based Creators!
Digital Art Contest for Seattle-based Creators!

Motion Media announces its first digital art contest launching March 18th, ending June 11th. We are looking for artists to feature in our new gallery space on Pioneer Square in Seattle. Our gallery space is a registered Art Walk stop.

Free Stuff This Week
Free Stuff This Week

Check out these freebies from around the web including After Effects Presets, Premiere Pro Light Leaks and Film Burns, Cinema 4D grunge effects and much more.

Free 4th of July Fireworks Presets
Free 4th of July Fireworks Presets

Boris FX’s Paul Ezzy helps you celebrate Independence Day with eight presets based on BCC Particle Emitter 3D for Adobe AE, Adobe PP, Avid, and Sony Vegas Pro users who have BCC 9 (and BCC 8).

Nvidia GPU Acceleration Comes to Illustrator
Nvidia GPU Acceleration Comes to Illustrator

NVIDIA now enables graphic artists to seamlessly interact with vector art at any resolution, and to smoothly pan and zoom significantly faster. With this new feature powered by NVIDIA GPUs, Illustrator CC can now accelerate the entire canvas by up to 10x faster than with CPU alone.



AJA

100 Free CION Cameras #TryCion
100 Free CION Cameras #TryCion

In recent news, amidst the excitement and chaos of NAB, AJA has just launched their new #TryCION program. As mentioned in the title of this post, the program seeds 100 CION cameras for free to qualified shooters for use on their projects. That could be you!

Aja Ki Pro Rack Firmware Update
Aja Ki Pro Rack Firmware Update

Ki Pro Rack v5.0 firmware is now available. Along with several improvements and fixes, this update adds the much-anticipated rollover recording functionality. Rollover recording allows a recording to start on one media module and seamlessly continue onto the second module once the first has reached capacity.

CION: Aja's all new 4K Camera
CION: Aja’s all new 4K Camera

Aja announced their entry into the camera market yesterday with the brand spankin new CION. The retro looking camera is quite beautiful with wood and suede accents against a black metal body. The camera does 4K, UHD, 2K and HD with its APS-C Sensor as well as RAW via the (awesome) built in thunderbolt port. The camera has all the bells and whistles you would expect from an Alexa, but for only $8,995. The official press release will be later this morning, but here are some pics from the twitter users who broke the story.

AJA Ki Pro Quad v5.2 Firmware Released
AJA Ki Pro Quad v5.2 Firmware Released

AJA is pleased to announce the release of Ki Pro Quad v5.2 firmware. This firmware adds 4K HDMI output support, allowing Ki Pro Quad to work directly with the latest 4K HDMI displays across a single HDMI cable, as well as resolving several usability issues.



The Foundry

Coming Soon: The Foundry Modo 901 Sale - Save 40%
Coming Soon: The Foundry Modo 901 Sale – Save 40%

Modo 901 Sale! For only 48 hours, save 40% on new licenses of Modo 901 and 20% on upgrades. Plus, save huge on kits and training as well. Get Modo 901 today!

The Foundry Announces ACES Integration at NAB 2015
The Foundry Announces ACES Integration at NAB 2015

At NAB 2015, The Foundry announced its formal partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Color Encoding System (ACES).

MODO Rigging Master Course
MODO Rigging Master Course

The Rigging Master Course update is finally available, and we hear that is has “doubled in size and awesomeness”.

Motion Media Presents Robbie Schroeder!
Motion Media Presents Robbie Schroeder!

On April 2nd, Motion Media Project presents the work of Seattle artist, Robbie Schroeder. Join us at our Seattle, Pioneer Square gallery space for the April 2nd Pioneer Square Art Walk.



Matrox Video

Matrox MicroQuad Software Update
Matrox MicroQuad Software Update

Matrox MicroQuad The Matrox MicroQuadUtils version 1.2 is now available. This release allows MicroQuad to preserve customized labels after a power cycle. Note: New units coming out of production will have this firmware installed. Existing customers who wish to upgrade their units will need to download the MicroQuadUtils software package. This will install a firmware updater as well as a Remote Control Panel application that will allow them to change the labels of their quadrants. The firmware updater will advise customers if their firmware is up to date.  Download Now Buy Matrox MicroQuad  

Matrox MXO2 Dock Now Shipping
Matrox MXO2 Dock Now Shipping

Matrox is pleased to announce that Matrox MXO2 Dock is now available. The Matrox MXO2 Dock thunderbolt Accessory for Matrox MXO2 I/O Devices Delivers Convenience and Connectivity for MacBook Pro and MacBook Air Users

Matrox Mac release 3.1.1 now available for MXO2 Family, Mojito MAX and CompressHD
Matrox Mac release 3.1.1 now available for MXO2 Family, Mojito MAX and CompressHD

Matrox software update for Matrox MXO2 Family, Mojito MAX and CompressHD is now available for download.

Adobe CS6 Drivers Now Available for Matrox Products
Adobe CS6 Drivers Now Available for Matrox Products

PC release 7.0 and Mac release 3.1 for Matrox MXO2 Family, Mojito MAX and CompressHD are now available for you to download. They are available to the public today.



Chaos Group

V-Ray 3.2 for 3ds Max 2016 is Here
V-Ray 3.2 for 3ds Max 2016 is Here

V-Ray 3.2 for 3ds Max 2016 is VR-Ready and fully compatible with 3ds Max 2016. This free update for V-Ray 3.0 customers includes support for major VR formats, including Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR.

V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max Service Pack 1 Now Available
V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max Service Pack 1 Now Available

A free update to V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max Service Pack 1 is now available for download. Now is the perfect time to upgrade to 3.0.

V-Ray 2.0 for Sketchup Service Pack 2 Released
V-Ray 2.0 for Sketchup Service Pack 2 Released

V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp Service Pack 2 will be available for download at the Chaos Group Downloads page tomorrow. This is a free update for all current V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp customers. We encourage you to get this free update to create even smoother and faster V-Ray workflows.

V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino Service Pack 1 Released
V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino Service Pack 1 Released

V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino Service Pack 1 are now available for download at the Chaos Group Downloads page. This is a free update for all current V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino customers. We encourage you to get this update and create smoother and faster V-Ray workflows.




News/Press Releases


Autodesk Subscription Changes Coming Soon.
Dec 17, 2015 | No Comments | Read more →

Starting Feb 1, 2016, Autodesk will no longer allow for the late renewal of Maintenance Subscription contracts after expiration and all subscription agreements must be renewed on time. It is crucial that you do not miss your renewal date! Read on to get more information.

Atomos Shogun Studio
Jun 17, 2015 | No Comments | Read more →

Just Announced! The Atomos Shogun Studio is the word’s first all-in-one 4K/HD, 2ch, dual 7” 3RU rack recorder, monitor, and playback deck!

V-Ray 3.2 for 3ds Max 2016 is Here
Jun 8, 2015 | 1 Comment | Read more →

V-Ray 3.2 for 3ds Max 2016 is VR-Ready and fully compatible with 3ds Max 2016. This free update for V-Ray 3.0 customers includes support for major VR formats, including Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR.

RealFlow Case Study: Carbon 3D
Jun 1, 2015 | No Comments | Read more →

When Carbon 3D announced its groundbreaking 3D printing process, CLIP, at a Vancouver TED talk, Fusion CIS partnered with Cinco Design to create an artistic depiction of how the printer works using RealFlow and other software.

Autodesk 360 MegaBots Design and Engineering Challenge
May 29, 2015 | No Comments | Read more →

Early last month, Autodesk wrapped up their MegaBots Design Challenge, and declared 3 winning designs. For those not in the know, MegaBots is a Bay Area based fighting robot company. Yes. A fighting robot company. Their goal is to create an entire league of manned mechanized machines of mayhem that will wow arenas full of spectators in epic scale paintball battles.

Events


Motion Media Does Art Walk
Apr 6, 2015 | No Comments | Read more →

Last Thursday the Seattle Motion Media Project space launched at the Seattle Pioneer Square Art Walk with a soft opening. The Motion Media Project space featured the work of visual artist, Robbie Schroeder.

Webinar: Network Attached Storage for Creative Workflows
Apr 1, 2015 | No Comments | Read more →

We want to teach you about Seagate NAS Solutions! Join Motion Media and Seagate to learn about how Seagate NAS solutions are ideal for all creative environments from Game Development, VFX and Animation to Post Production.

Motion Media Presents Robbie Schroeder!
Mar 23, 2015 | No Comments | Read more →

On April 2nd, Motion Media Project presents the work of Seattle artist, Robbie Schroeder. Join us at our Seattle, Pioneer Square gallery space for the April 2nd Pioneer Square Art Walk.

Motion Media’s Top 8 GDC Picks
Mar 13, 2015 | No Comments | Read more →

Motion Media attended the GDC 2015 last week. We went, we saw, we conquered. Now we are catching up on our sleep. Check out out top 8 picks for the most exciting attractions featured at the convention hall.

Join the Motion Media Madness Bracket Challenge!
Mar 12, 2015 | No Comments | Read more →

Register for the Motion Media Madness Bracket Challenge and you would win a Robox 3D Printer or other great prizes. Challenge the Motion Media team along with your peers to see who is the best at guessing who’s going to win!

Updates/Upgrades


Substance Painter 1.7 Released!
Dec 17, 2015 | No Comments | Read more →

Allegorithmic has released Substance Painter 1.7, to close what has been a very fruitful year for the tool. Indeed Substance Painter has come quite a long way, and needless to say they plan on keeping the same pace in 2016! This update contains new features which are mostly about improving the artist’s workflow and adding quality content.

Get Substance Designer 5.2 Now
Aug 20, 2015 | No Comments | Read more →

The Substance Designer 5.2 update targets mostly the 3D view, graph, export and performance. Check it out.

Substance Painter 1.5 Just Released
Aug 20, 2015 | No Comments | Read more →

For Substance Painter 1.5, Allegorithmic focused on tool, viewport, and shelf enhancements, along with other surprises! Check out the major additions in the full article!

V-Ray 3.2 for 3ds Max 2016 is Here
Jun 8, 2015 | 1 Comment | Read more →

V-Ray 3.2 for 3ds Max 2016 is VR-Ready and fully compatible with 3ds Max 2016. This free update for V-Ray 3.0 customers includes support for major VR formats, including Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR.

Aja Ki Pro Rack Firmware Update
Feb 26, 2015 | No Comments | Read more →

Ki Pro Rack v5.0 firmware is now available. Along with several improvements and fixes, this update adds the much-anticipated rollover recording functionality. Rollover recording allows a recording to start on one media module and seamlessly continue onto the second module once the first has reached capacity.



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