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Jun 5, 2013 Extension 1 for Autodesk Smoke 2013 Now Available for Download

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Extension 1 for Autodesk Smoke 2013 Now Available for Download

Extension 1 for Autodesk® Smoke® 2013 software is now available for customers with Autodesk Subscription.
Extension 1 supports BlackMagic Design® video I/O cards and devices, offers improved trimming tools, and provides enhanced performance and stability.
To download and for more information, Login to your Autodesk Subscription Center account.

Also Grant Kay from Autodesk has posted a wealth of training videos for Smoke 2013 Extension 1.

So now all the Getting Started Videos, 40+ movies, have all been produced on Smoke 2013 Extension 1. In addition to this, I have made the materials available for download as well. So you can get all the materials and follow along with the lessons.

Check out Grant’s Blog for more information.

May 30, 2013 Webinar: Autodesk Smoke and Budget Conscious Retail Commercials

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Webinar: Autodesk Smoke and Budget Conscious Retail Commercials

Join Autodesk Expert Rob O’Neill and Nicky Liddell from boutique post house, Concrete Wednesday in Melbourne, Australia as they examine the work involved in putting together budget-conscious retail commercials with Autodesk Smoke.

Rob O’Neill and Nicky Liddell will show how the powerful creative toolset of Autodesk Smoke was used to finish budget-conscious retail commercials for Opel and Bayer.

During this hour-long in-depth session, we look at some of the techniques owner and Smoke Artist Nicky Liddell employed making these spots – from lighting and texturing in Autodesk® Maya® to editing, compositing, from fixing to finishing – a little bit of everything that Autodesk Smoke has to offer!

Attend this webinar to find out how Autodesk Smoke can help editors who want to do more than just edit.

More info on Autodesk Smoke

Webinar will be in English only.

When: Tuesday June 11
Time: 1:00-2:00 PDT

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Oct 15, 2012 Autodesk Smoke 2013 for 3D Artists Webcast

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Autodesk Smoke 2013 for 3D Artists Webcast

Date and Time: 2012-Oct-24
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Pacific Daylight Time
Location: Online
Hosted By: Autodesk, Inc.

Join Senior Technical Specialist, Gary M. Davis, as he explores the exciting combined editing and compositing paradigm in the new Autodesk® Smoke® 2013.

In this webcast, Gary will be using the same software that is currently available as a free download through December 2012. Features and workflows detailed include the various options for ingesting and working with CG render passes and different file formats such as floating point openEXR.

In addition, Gary will highlight the unique advantages Smoke 2013 provides 3D artists looking to combine traditional non-linear editing and visual effects compositing in one application. The new ConnectFX schematic view will be detailed, including workflows for post-processing depth of field, motion blur and other stylized look-development/treatments for CG post.

Register for the webcast here.

Jul 26, 2012 ZBrush 4r4 is Here!

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ZBrush 4r4 is Here!

Pixologic has announced the release of ZBrush 4R4 for both Windows & Mac.

ZBrush 4R4 continues expanding on creative freedom with a focus on model topology and detail creation. These new features were developed to let you be an artist first and foremost, while also helping give you ever more freedom to explore new ideas!

Major Features

IMM
Insert Multi Mesh Brushes combine entire libraries of objects into a single brush. Select from any object within the brush, then insert it into your model. Easily convert any Tool to an Insert brush with a single click. If your Tool has multiple SubTools, an Insert Multi Mesh brush will be created, allowing you to select from any of its objects at any time.

Tri IMM
Tri Part Multi Mesh Brushes advances the Insert Brush features even further, using PolyGroups to define end cap objects along with a middle segment. When you draw a curve, the end caps will be placed at either end with the middle segment being duplicated along the curve’s length. Instantly build chains, zippers and other complex shapes in full 3D. In addition to Tri IMM, the new Curve Brushes can be used to draw almost anything!

QRemesher Alpha
The new QRemesher frees you from the complex tasks of creating new model topology. QRemesher can automatically or semi-automatically clean up your mesh topology. Special automasking and other control features including curve guides let you control the retopology, when necessary, to get the best results quickly and easily.

Topology Brush
The new Topology Brush provides manual control over topology creation for those times when you wish to re-topologize your work with precision. It uses ZBrush 4R4’s optimized curve engine to let you draw new polygons on the fly, after which a simple click on the support surface instantly generates the new polygons — with or without thickness. Build form-fitting props complete with thickness or redesign a partial surface, ready to replace part of your existing mesh.

Mesh Fusion
Mesh Fusion swaps part of your model’s surface with another piece of topology, automatically bridging the polygons to maintain a seamless mesh. Simply define PolyGroups on your model and then replace those areas with a new mesh! ZBrush merges the new element into the support mesh by bridging the polygons at the insertion boundary. Read more »

Grid System
Reference Images can now be applied to the ZBrush Grids. Load your images for the front, side and top views to more easily create artwork based on references. This even works with Shadow Box. Different images may even be assigned to opposite sides of each plane, giving you the effect of a reference cube surrounding your sculpt. Additionally, your model or even a simple plan with a texture applied on it can be snapshot to the Bakckground image so that if follows your camera rotations.

UndoHistory
With over 10,000 available steps gives you virtually unlimited Undo capabilities. This History is saved as part of the ZBrush Project format, meaning that your steps will be maintained even across multiple sessions. A History slider makes it easy to scrub through your Undo History, you can play through the steps like a movie. In fact, you can even make a movie out of your History, complete with special controls to optimize (or replace) camera movement, object centering and more. The result is a far more enjoyable playback than if you had simply recorded your sculpting session using traditional video capture.

TransPose Enhancements
TransPose now provides a world axis selector so that you can switch to any working plane orientation with a single click, or snap the Action Line to your surface normal anywhere on the model. In addition, there are new Inflate and Flatten functions which are especially useful for hard surface sculpting.

DynaMesh Enhancements
DynaMesh nowprovides increased resolution (up to 2048) and the capability to combine SubTools using DynaMesh — even defining specific SubTools as negative volumes. You can accomplish amazing things simply by combining basic shapes in original ways.

While these major new features and enhancements are the most noticeable, they are nowhere near being everything that ZBrush 4R4 brings to the table. You can see a list of many more features that have been designed to make your life easier or open up new avenues for creativity here.

Jan 16, 2012 Webcast: Accelerate Your Post-Production Pipeline with Smoke for Mac

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Webcast: Accelerate Your Post-Production Pipeline with Smoke for Mac

Don’t miss this opportunity to see how Autodesk® Smoke® brings editing, color correction and motion graphics together in an all-in-one application. Smoke unifies visual effects and editing on the Mac so you can deliver professional quality results – quickly.

In this webcast, Autodesk Technical Specialist Quinn Richardson shares his real world experience editing promos in this comprehensive overview of Smoke on Mac.

 

Dec 14, 2011 LA Post Production Group Meeting Tonight

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LA Post Production Group Meeting Tonight

Motion Media is sponsoring the Los Angeles Post Production Group & would like to invite you to the December Event – Tonight!

Wednesday Dec 14 – TONIGHT

7pm -> 9pm

What’s on the agenda for tonight?

From 7-8pm
Scott Kase from Usedav.com will discuss the ins and outs of buying and selling used gear. He’ll be going over how to navigate the overwhelming amount of options out there and how to choose the right one for your production, as well as showing you the best way to maximize the resale value of your gear.

From 8-9pm
Will Harris of Autodesk will be showing an awesome demo of creative finishing with Smoke for Mac. Will shows you how to consistently deliver cutting edge 3D content and outstanding finished results that will keep your clients coming back for more. If you’re an editor or VFX artist you won’t want to miss this. You’ve heard all about Smoke for Mac, now’s the time to see for yourself how powerful it is.

$5.00 is requested at the door

Location: Showbiz Store & Cafe – 500 S. Sepulveda, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Please RSVP to brad(at)motionmedia.com if you plan to attend

Nov 2, 2011 Video: Action 3D Compositor in Smoke for Mac

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Video: Action 3D Compositor in Smoke for Mac

Grant Kay and Autodesk have put together a nice series on the Action 3D Compositor in Smoke for Mac and I’ve gathered all the videos here for you to check out.  If you’re thinking about getting in to Smoke for Mac or if you’re a current user, I’d highly recommend checking out this video series.

To see the other five videos, click on read more below.

Continue reading “Video: Action 3D Compositor in Smoke for Mac”…

Oct 3, 2011 Getting Started with Smoke for Mac 2012

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Getting Started with Smoke for Mac 2012

Our friends at Autodesk have done a great job of creating tutorials for just about everything you can think of in Smoke for Mac, so I thought I’d share their tutorial on getting started and installing Smoke on your mac.

If you don’t already have Smoke for Mac, you can get it here – Autodesk Smoke for Mac 30 Day Trial

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Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6k Camera Test & Color Grade

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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!

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Deadline 9 Now Available

Deadline 9

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…

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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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