Facial Rigging in Maya

Facial Rigging in Maya

Check out this great Facial Rig for Maya from SoukiZERO who is a Character TD supervisor at Motion Magic. He shows how he created the interactive controllers for his Facial Rig that was based on FACS (Facial Action Coding System) in the videos below.

Apr 6, 2016 Deadline 8.0 is Coming Soon!

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Deadline 8.0 is Coming Soon!

Deadline 8.0 is coming soon and you’re not going to want to miss it.

Deadline 8 includes some really cool new features and is one of the biggest releases to come from Thinkbox Software in a few years. Along with tons of new updates and features, Deadline 8 also introduces the ground-breaking new Usage Based Licensing (UBL) feature – the new, simple way to utilize Deadline On Demand.  That alone is worth keeping your Deadline maintenance renewed.

Deadline 8

Thinkbox’s UBL approach even extends to third-party tools such as The Foundry’s NUKE – all at the click of a button. Working either on-premise, remotely, on on the cloud, you can access the rendering time that you need, whatever the product, all at the click of a button.

CUTTING COSTS
Using UBL will only ever consume time during the minutes it renders: you’ll never end up paying for time you didn’t use. And what’s more, Deadline 8.0 works alongside existing licenses. Permanent licenses will always be preferred, so you won’t waste your resources elsewhere.

MORE TO COME
Deadline 8 also adds Proxy Server capabilities, the ability to control multiple farms from a single screen and Python sandboxing for increased stability.

Permanent licenses of Deadline are currently available for purchase or renewal at $185 USD, including one year of support and software updates. Starting April 15, 2016, Deadline will be priced at $195 USD per license. On-demand licensing will vary depending on usage.

Deadline 8.0 is due to launch on April 15.

Apr 4, 2016 How to Change your Autodesk Contract Manager

More : Autodesk · Software · Tutorials ·

How to Change your Autodesk Contract Manager

We get asked a lot about how to change your Autodesk contract manager so I thought that I would post a short how-to.

Let me start by saying that the easiest way for you to do change your contract manager is to contact Motion Media or email your sales rep and have them do it for you. But, if you don’t want to wait for them, here’s how you can do it yourself…well sort of.

The former or new Contract Manager can submit a web support case to update the Contract Manager listed on a maintenance plan and some subscription contracts. Note: The Contract Manager cannont be changed on auto-renew subscription contracts.

  1. Sign in to your Autodesk Account at accounts.autodesk.com.
  2. Select Management to view your Products & Services.
  3. Hover over Support on the menu at the top and select “View my support cases” from the menu options.

Note: This option only appears for subscription customers who purchased a support benefit.

How to Change your Autodesk contract manager

4. Select My Subscription from the Select a Case Type options.

How to change your Autodesk contract manager

5. Select “I want to change the Contract Manager” from the Category options.
6. Enter the requested information and click the Submit button.

An Autodesk support specialist will contact you confirm the change.

Mar 8, 2016 Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) 10 Free Updated

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Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) 10 Free Updated

The new release of Boris Continuum CompleteBCC 10.0.1 is available free to all BCC 10 for Adobe users.
Major speed, performance, and quality enhancements. 

Highlights include:

  • Improved speed: Up to 2x faster render and preview times on filters like Beauty Studio, Title Studio, and the PixelChooser powered by mocha.
  • New Title Studio Templates: Callouts, Countdowns & Clocks.
  • New Presets: 45 Light Leaks Dissolve options.
  • And much more.

Download Boris BCC 10.0.1 or keep reading for more info.

Continue reading “Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) 10 Free Updated”…

Mar 3, 2016 Fume FX 4.0 for Maya Now Available!

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Fume FX 4.0 for Maya Now Available!

Fume FX 4.0 for Maya has been released, and it’s the fastest FumeFX ever!

New features such as a faster solver, advanced vorticity, new burning model, smoke and fire sharpening at render time, fields sharpening at simulation time, improved caches handling and many other will allow users to create more detailed simulations in less time.

FumeFX 4.0 for Maya

Key Features

– Production proven results demonstrate this technology’s ability to achieve realistic smoke and fire effects for cutting-edge industry applications.
– FumeFX 4.0 for Maya supplements the user’s artistic vision with the power of real-world physics for the ultimate in both style and realism.
– GPU accelerated Preview Windows with self-shadows and geometry.
– A multitude of parameters and FumeFX helpers give users maximum control of the fluid’s behavior and appearance.
– Easy to use, basic effects can be created with just a few clicks.
– FumeFX is capable of dynamic interaction with other scene objects.

Mar 1, 2016 V-Ray 3.3 for Maya Released!

More : Chaos Group · Updates/Upgrades ·

V-Ray 3.3 for Maya Released!

Chaos Group V-Ray 3.3 for Maya has been released! The first thing users we’ll notice is speed. Most scenes render 20-50% faster with V-Ray 3.3 for Maya, and it’s a free update for V-Ray 3.X for Maya artists. Also, this release introduces final frame production rendering on the GPU with a major update to V-Ray RT. Like V-Ray for 3ds Max, 3.3 for Maya adds Variance-based Adaptive Sampling with better noise detection for cleaner images. It also brings faster set-up with less adjustments since lights and materials can now be evaluated automatically. And these are just a few of the many new features.

Plus, when buying V-Ray 3.3 for Maya from Motion Media, you’ll also get a $100 credit to www.designconnected.com

Users who have V-Ray 3.0 or 3.1 for Maya, just need to login at chaosgroup.com and go to the download page to get this free update.




Software

Deadline 8.0 is Coming Soon!
Deadline 8.0 is Coming Soon!

Deadline 8 includes some really cool new features and is one of the biggest releases to come from Thinkbox Software in a few years. Along with tons of new updates and features, Deadline 8 also introduces the ground-breaking new Usage Based Licensing (UBL) feature – the new, simple way to utilize Deadline On Demand. That alone is worth keeping your Deadline maintenance renewed.

How to Change your Autodesk Contract Manager
How to Change your Autodesk Contract Manager

We get asked a lot about how to change your Autodesk contract manager so I thought that I would post a short how-to. Let me start by saying that the easiest way for you to do change your contract manager is to contact Motion Media or email your sales rep and have them do it for you. But, if you don’t want to wait for them, here’s how you can do it yourself.

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.



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

How to Change your Autodesk Contract Manager
How to Change your Autodesk Contract Manager

We get asked a lot about how to change your Autodesk contract manager so I thought that I would post a short how-to. Let me start by saying that the easiest way for you to do change your contract manager is to contact Motion Media or email your sales rep and have them do it for you. But, if you don’t want to wait for them, here’s how you can do it yourself.

Fume FX 4.0 for Maya Now Available!
Fume FX 4.0 for Maya Now Available!

New features in FumeFX 4.0 for Maya, such as a faster solver, advanced vorticity, new burning model, smoke and fire sharpening at render time, fields sharpening at simulation time, improved caches handling and many others will allow users to create more detailed simulations in less time.

Facial Rigging in Maya
Facial Rigging in Maya

Check out this great Facial Rig for Maya from SoukiZERO who is a Character TD supervisor at Motion Magic. He shows how he created the interactive controllers for his Facial Rig that was based on FACS (Facial Action Coding System) in the videos below.

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.



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 3.3 for Maya Released!
V-Ray 3.3 for Maya Released!

haos Group V-Ray 3.3 for Maya has been released! The first thing users we’ll notice is speed. Most scenes render 20-50% faster with V-Ray 3.3 for Maya, and it’s a free update for V-Ray 3.X for Maya artists. A

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.




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


Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) 10 Free Updated
Mar 8, 2016 | No Comments | Read more →

The new release of Boris Continuum Complete, BCC 10.0.1 is available free to all BCC 10 for Adobe users. It comes with Major speed, performance, and quality enhancements.

Fume FX 4.0 for Maya Now Available!
Mar 3, 2016 | No Comments | Read more →

New features in FumeFX 4.0 for Maya, such as a faster solver, advanced vorticity, new burning model, smoke and fire sharpening at render time, fields sharpening at simulation time, improved caches handling and many others will allow users to create more detailed simulations in less time.

V-Ray 3.3 for Maya Released!
Mar 1, 2016 | No Comments | Read more →

haos Group V-Ray 3.3 for Maya has been released! The first thing users we’ll notice is speed. Most scenes render 20-50% faster with V-Ray 3.3 for Maya, and it’s a free update for V-Ray 3.X for Maya artists. A

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.



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