Motion Media's March Madness Challenge is Back!

Motion Media’s March Madness Challenge is Back!

Motion Media’s March Madness Challenge – Do you have what it takes to pick them all? Join Motion Media and our customers in a challenge to pick the most correct games in the 2017 College Basketball playoffs and you could win a 5TB Lacie Rugged hard drive!

Deadline 9 Now Available

Deadline 9 Now Available

The latest version of our scalable high-volume compute management solution – Deadline 9.0 is now available. This new version introduces additional security features and UI improvements. For improved security of your render farm, all connections from Deadline to the Deadline database…

Apr 5, 2017 New FumeFX Feature Film & Games Reel

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New FumeFX Feature Film & Games Reel

There’s not much to be said about the new feature film and games reel from FumeFX, except that it is awesome! Check it out for yourselves below.

FumeFX 4.0 offers many new features that help simulations to run faster and with more detail.

The new FumeFX 4.0 QCG solver is up to twice as fast as the CG solver found in FumeFX 3.0. Along with other simulation optimizations, FumeFX 4.0 can complete simulation faster than any previous version of FumeFX.

New vorticity type has additional control over vortices which helps user to fine tune the final result. The highly optimized Spline Follow force field allows various special effects that were impossible before.

Built-in Black-body radiation shader and new burning model that includes Oxygen are powerful tools for achieving realistic fire and explosion animations. Sharpening at render-time will bring out maximum possible detail from your existing caches. Fully multithreaded cache pre-processing at render time will result in significant time savings across the render farm.
Features such as 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.

The software comes in two flavors, FumeFX Max & FumeFX Maya. For more info get in touch with us.

Mar 16, 2017 Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6k Camera Test & Color Grade

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Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6k Camera Test & Color Grade

Check out this video where the youtube channel Tested, takes a look at the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6k camera and puts it to the test. Take a look for yourself.

Joey goes in-depth with the Blackmagic USRA Mini 4.6K cinema camera, testing it for various types of shoots and explaining the use of color spaces and LUTs for post-production editing. Using DaVinci Resolve, Joey guides us through his workflow for grading footage shot in a flat color profile.

The Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6k is a lightweight miniaturized URSA featuring an incredible 4.6K Super 35 image sensor with global shutter and a massive 15 stops of dynamic range! The super compact and lightweight design is perfectly balanced for handheld use and comfortable enough for all day shooting. That means you get a handheld camera with higher resolution and better dynamic range than most Super 35mm film! URSA Mini shoots up to 60 frames per second, has a super bright 5 inch foldout viewfinder, dual RAW and ProRes recorders and more. You can select from four models of URSA Mini with 4.6K or 4K image sensors and either EF or PL lens mounts.

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6kBlackmagic URSA Mini 4.6k side

Blackmagic URSA Mini is designed to be used on feature films, television shows, commercials, indies, documentaries, music videos and more. The stunning quality of its 4.6K sensor with 15 stops of dynamic range lets you capture epic cinematic shots, while its compact size is perfect for solo shoots or smaller crews! You can easily customize URSA Mini with high quality cinema lenses, rails, matte boxes and more. The optional shoulder mount kit features a quick release mounting plate so you can go from handheld to shoulder or tripod in seconds, making it perfect for pickup and run shooting situations. It’s the handheld Super 35mm digital film camera that you can use anywhere and, because it’s an URSA, everything you need is built right in!

Get your Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6k Here

 

Dec 8, 2016 Photorealism with Quixel Megascans & Redshift

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Photorealism with Quixel Megascans & Redshift

Quixel Megascans & Redshift together at last!

One of the images below was created using Quixel Megascans & Redshift, can you tell which one?

Quixel Megascans & Redshift

One was photographed at a volcanic beach in Australia, the other was created from scratch on a computer in a garage in California. Using the latest tech in computer graphics, it is now possible to create photorealistic images in less than a day. Did you figure out which image is CG? If you’re not yet sure which image is CG, the right image was created with Quixel’s Megascans and rendered with Redshift 2.0. Congrats if you got it right!

Quixel is a tech company dedicated to developing blazingly fast workflows and tools for photorealistic graphics production. With its release of Megascans, the scan library now used by nearly every major game and film studio worldwide, environment creation has become faster, easier and more fun than ever. The scans plug into any modern renderer — in this case, Redshift.

Redshift is a GPU renderer that provides physically correct shaders and lighting, and as Megascans offers fully physically based scans, the process is as simple as plugging in the scans, adding a sun & sky, and hitting render. And as Redshift is the world’s fastest renderer, this 4K render finished in less than an hour with a single GeForce GTX 970 on a mid-tier computer — many times faster than traditional CPU rendering techniques.

Here’s another example. One is Quixel Megascans & Redshift, one is a photograph:

Quixel Megascans & Redshift

The images were created by one of the minds behind the Megascans 3D scan pipeline, Daniel Woje, who has more than 10 years of experience as an Environment Lead in the VFX industry. For these environments he used the volcanic scans already available in the Megascans library, and the goal was to faithfully capture the look of a photograph using nothing but similar looking scans, a modern renderer and a (highly trained) artistic eye. The complete Lava Field Ecosystem pack used in the creation of these scenes will be available this December.

In this example, the top image is a photograph. Did you get it right?

Dec 7, 2016 Realflow 10 from Next Limit Has Arrived!

More : NextLimit · Software · Updates/Upgrades · Visual Effects

Realflow 10 from Next Limit Has Arrived!

All new RealFlow 10!

RealFlow 10 is the 10th version of the software – now much improved, faster, and with many new features. In celebration of this special anniversary, they have lowered the prices for both new and upgrade licenses!

Here are some of the improvements in RealFlow 10:

  • New DYVERSO Multiphysics solver for rigid, elastic, and granular simulations
  • Three new daemons
  • A highly optimized DYVERSO solver for GPU and CPU
  • Up to two times faster HYBRIDO solver with a better memory footprint
  • Various workflow enhancements

To get a quick look at what’s new, watch the Tech Reel above.

MORE FEATURES INSIDE:

  • Bitmap Emitter Improvements.
  • Continuous Collision Detection.
  • Better support for 4K monitors.
  • Time Scale for Hybrido secondary emitters.
  • Homogenization of bounded options in Daemons.
  • Environment variables can be used in the preferences window.
  • License priority pick up.

Dec 7, 2016 Phoenix FD Maya Beta Now Available

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Phoenix FD Maya Beta Now Available

PHOENIX FD MAYA BETA NOW RUNNING

Chaos Group is pleased to announce that Phoenix FD Maya is now available for beta testing.

Phoenix FD Maya

This all in-one-solution for fluid dynamics integrates seamlessly into Maya, and it’s optimized to render with V-Ray.

Phoenix FD can simulate smoke, liquids, ocean waves, splashes, spray, mist, and more. It’s been refined to give users the power they need, with tools that are fast, intuitive and interactive. We’ve also added online licensing as an option.

See the list of new features and updates >

This is a public beta, so anyone using Maya can try it out.

Phoenix FD Maya

ARTIST-FRIENDLY

Built for 3D artists who want to create dynamic FX using quick presets, fast setup and intuitive controls.

INTERACTIVE

Preview and render interactively in the viewport. Adjust simulations on the fly.

CREATIVE CONTROL

Create all types of physically-based fluid effects with fast, flexible controls for rendering, retiming and refining simulations.

SMART INTEGRATION

Integrated seamlessly into Maya and optimized to render with V-Ray.

COMPATIBILITY

Compatible with top industry tools such as Alembic, Krakatoa and OpenVDB.




Software

New FumeFX Feature Film & Games Reel
New FumeFX Feature Film & Games Reel

The new FumeFX feature film and games reel is pretty amazing. It showcases the powerful particle generation toolset they have for creating smoke, fire, sparks and more. Check it out!

Photorealism with Quixel Megascans & Redshift
Photorealism with Quixel Megascans & Redshift

Using Quixel Megascans and Redshift you can create stunning photorealistic renderings using the GPU. Check out these images and see if you can tell which one’s real and which one’s CG.

Realflow 10 from Next Limit Has Arrived!
Realflow 10 from Next Limit Has Arrived!

Realflow 10 is much improved and faster with a lot of new features. Realflow 10 also has a new lower price! Check out the new Dyverso Multiphysics solver, three new daemons and more.

iToo Software Call for Submissions!
iToo Software Call for Submissions!

iToo software is looking for submissions for their showreel for 2016. If you have any Archviz, Animation, VFX or other shots you’d like included, get in touch with them today.



Hardware

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6k Camera Test & Color Grade
Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6k Camera Test & Color Grade

Check out this video where the youtube channel Tested, takes a look at the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6k camera and puts it to the test. Take a look for yourself.

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.



Autodesk

Available now – V-Ray 3.4 for 3ds Max and Maya
Available now – V-Ray 3.4 for 3ds Max and Maya

V-Ray 3.4 for 3ds Max and Maya is now available as a free upgrade. All you have to do is login to your Chaos Group account and download it, it’s that simple.

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.



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

Webinar: Introducing V-Ray for Modo
Webinar: Introducing V-Ray for Modo

Motion Media and Chaos Group did the first ever webinar on V-Ray for Modo on 7/28/16, here’s the original info and recorded webinar. If you’re interested in V-Ray for Modo check out our website.

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”.



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

Phoenix FD Maya Beta Now Available
Phoenix FD Maya Beta Now Available

Phoenix FD for Maya Beta. Phoenix FD can simulate smoke, liquids, ocean waves, splashes, spray, mist, and more. It’s been refined to give users the power they need, with tools that are fast, intuitive and interactive. We’ve also added online licensing as an option.

Webinar: Introducing V-Ray for Modo
Webinar: Introducing V-Ray for Modo

Motion Media and Chaos Group did the first ever webinar on V-Ray for Modo on 7/28/16, here’s the original info and recorded webinar. If you’re interested in V-Ray for Modo check out our website.

V-Ray Beta 3 for Revit Has Been Released
V-Ray Beta 3 for Revit Has Been Released

V-Ray Beta 3 for Revit is now ready! Beta 3 runs noticeably faster — up to 30% faster. We’ve also refined the interface, improved interactive rendering and added support for Revit 2017.

Available now – V-Ray 3.4 for 3ds Max and Maya
Available now – V-Ray 3.4 for 3ds Max and Maya

V-Ray 3.4 for 3ds Max and Maya is now available as a free upgrade. All you have to do is login to your Chaos Group account and download it, it’s that simple.




News/Press Releases


Motion Media’s March Madness Challenge is Back!
Mar 13, 2017 | No Comments | Read more →

Motion Media’s March Madness Challenge – Do you have what it takes to pick them all? Join Motion Media and our customers in a challenge to pick the most correct games in the 2017 College Basketball playoffs and you could win a 5TB Lacie Rugged hard drive!

Maxon Announces Cinema 4D R18 – New Features
Jul 25, 2016 | No Comments | Read more →

Maxon announced the release of Cinema 4D R18 today at Siggraph in Anaheim. After watching some of the demos and reading a bit about it, the new features look pretty great. Take a look at the press release below from Maxon, and check out this Promo to find out how you can get a free copy of Cinema 4D R18.

iToo Software Call for Submissions!
Jun 9, 2016 | No Comments | Read more →

iToo software is looking for submissions for their showreel for 2016. If you have any Archviz, Animation, VFX or other shots you’d like included, get in touch with them today.

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!

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


Deadline 9 Now Available
Mar 9, 2017 | No Comments | Read more →

The latest version of our scalable high-volume compute management solution – Deadline 9.0 is now available. This new version introduces additional security features and UI improvements. For improved security of your render farm, all connections from Deadline to the Deadline database…

Realflow 10 from Next Limit Has Arrived!
Dec 7, 2016 | No Comments | Read more →

Realflow 10 is much improved and faster with a lot of new features. Realflow 10 also has a new lower price! Check out the new Dyverso Multiphysics solver, three new daemons and more.

Phoenix FD Maya Beta Now Available
Dec 7, 2016 | No Comments | Read more →

Phoenix FD for Maya Beta. Phoenix FD can simulate smoke, liquids, ocean waves, splashes, spray, mist, and more. It’s been refined to give users the power they need, with tools that are fast, intuitive and interactive. We’ve also added online licensing as an option.

Maxon Announces Cinema 4D R18 – New Features
Jul 25, 2016 | No Comments | Read more →

Maxon announced the release of Cinema 4D R18 today at Siggraph in Anaheim. After watching some of the demos and reading a bit about it, the new features look pretty great. Take a look at the press release below from Maxon, and check out this Promo to find out how you can get a free copy of Cinema 4D R18.

V-Ray Beta 3 for Revit Has Been Released
Jul 20, 2016 | No Comments | Read more →

V-Ray Beta 3 for Revit is now ready! Beta 3 runs noticeably faster — up to 30% faster. We’ve also refined the interface, improved interactive rendering and added support for Revit 2017.



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