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.

Jun 9, 2016 iToo Software Call for Submissions!

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iToo Software Call for Submissions!

iToo Software Call for Submission!

They want to show your work to the Industry

iToo Software Call for Submissions
iToo Software is working on their NEW SHOWREEL, and if you’d like to be featured, it’s time to send in your work.

What are they looking for?

ARCHVIZ, of course. Most of you are visualizers, so your architectural renders are more than welcome.

ANIMATION! We know some of you are using our software to do amazing stuff in TV, movies, commercials and we are eager to see it.

And VFX, GAMING, RT, VR... Anything!

We want to work on it during summer, so please send your work before June 30th. For submitting, send us an email at submission@itoosoft.com or click the button below.

Jun 6, 2016 Available now – V-Ray 3.4 for 3ds Max and Maya

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

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

Available now – V-Ray 3.4 for 3ds Max and Maya as a free update for current customers. V-Ray 3.4 introduces CPU and GPU-accelerated denoising. Now you can automatically remove noise and cut render times by up to 50%.

V-Ray for 3ds Max

New V-Ray Denoiser
Automatically remove noise and cut render times by up to 50% with the new V-Ray Denoiser. V-Ray’s denoising technology is non-destructive, giving you the original render and the denoised version for even more control in post. Denoising can be used progressively while rendering or after rendering, with support for animation and enhanced blending between frames with the standalone denoiser tool.

Works with 3ds Max 2017
V-Ray 3.4 adds support for 3ds Max 2017 including initial support for the new Physical Material and HiDPI scaling of the V-Ray Frame Buffer. V-Ray RT now supports MultiTile and ColorMap.

GPU rendering improvements
Supports bump maps with procedural noise.
Supports orthographic cameras
Track GPU memory usage directly in the V-Ray Frame Buffer

Aerial Perspective
Control the color of atmospheric haze.

VR cameras
Now with support for top/bottom VR output

Faster Global Illumination
V-Ray Light Cache calculations are up to 15% faster.

V-Ray RT improvements
Update render regions without restarting the render.

Improved GTR/ GGX
Improved performance and no “fireflies” when using GTR/GGX materials.

V-Ray Frame Buffer updates
Added option to automatically save completed images only to render history.
Added option to keep the VFB history folder relative to project path.

V-Ray for Maya

New V-Ray Denoiser
Removes noise automatically, cutting your render times by up to 50% with GPU acceleration. V-Ray’s denoising technology is non-destructive, giving you the original render and the denoised version for even more control in post. Denoising can be used progressively while rendering or after rendering, with support for animation and enhanced blending between frames with the standalone denoiser tool.

V-Ray 3.4 for 3ds Max and Maya Raytracing

Works with Maya 2016 Extension 2
V-Ray 3.4 now supports the new render layers and motion graphics tools in Maya 2016 Extension 2.

GPU rendering improvements
Procedural textures supported by V-Ray RT GPU can now be used as bump maps.

Aerial Perspective
Control the color of atmospheric haze.

Faster Global Illumination
V-Ray Light Cache calculations are up to 15% faster.

Textures
New support for VRayMultiSubtex.

V-Ray RT improvements
Update render regions on the fly – without restarting the render.

May 16, 2016 Digital Restoration with PFClean

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Digital Restoration with PFClean

Starting from Scratch with PFClean

There’s a very interesting story on The Pixel Farm’s website about the use of PFClean on restoring digital footage. In this case it was used by a company called Realworks on a documentary about the life of Heinrich Himmler.

Realworks is the digital restoration company behind the creation of the documentary film, The Decent One (2014). The documentary illustrates, through unseen writings, photographs and archive footage, the private life of Heinrich Himmler and his family.

The archive footage, which brings the unseen writings to life, required an intensive restoration process before the documentary could be finalised. Director of The Decent One and Founder of Realworks, Vanessa Lapa, and Producer, Tomer Eliav, tell us how they used PFClean to restore the historic footage for a cinematic release.

PFCLean

The adoption of PFClean has transformed the way restoration companies such as Realworks operate, allowing them to test new value propositions, develop new customer oriented metrics, and to explore opportunities which in the past were never obtainable. Realworks demonstrated how instrumental PFClean was in not only maintaining image integrity for a project with material of utmost historical importance, but also in delivering the seemingly unachievable. That’s where PFClean empowers the most innovative and driven companies to become pioneers.

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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

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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.




Software

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.

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.



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

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

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

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.

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.




News/Press Releases


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!

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.

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


Available now – V-Ray 3.4 for 3ds Max and Maya
Jun 6, 2016 | No Comments | Read more →

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.

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.



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