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Apr 27, 2015 Curvature to Vertex Color Modifier

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Curvature to Vertex Color Modifier

One popular request on the Autodesk 3ds Max is the curvature map. While you can’t create procedural texture maps with Max Creation Graphs (at least not now) you can create modifiers that set the vertex color map and then use the vertex color map to drive materials. Continue reading “Curvature to Vertex Color Modifier”…

Apr 21, 2015 ZBrush: Beauty & Anatomical Details

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ZBrush: Beauty & Anatomical Details

Meet Ukrainian ZBrush artist, Alexey Kashpersky. Alexey creates digital visuals of anatomical body parts for Thomas Direct Studios and Radius Digital Science. If you are creeped out by doctors visits, his work may not be your cup of tea. These renders provide a glimpse into the workings of our bones, organs, cells, and appendages. Alexey’s complete body of work depicts usage of many different styles. His styles range from baroque style fantasy artwork, to the aforementioned medical illustrations. Born in 1986 in his native Ukraine, Alexey currently lives in New Jersey. Continue reading “ZBrush: Beauty & Anatomical Details”…

Apr 17, 2015 Autodesk 3ds Max 2016 Introduction

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Autodesk 3ds Max 2016 Introduction

The 3ds Max Development team has been working overtime for almost a year to bring you the latest version of the Autodesk 3ds Max.  We can’t wait to introduce it to you! Continue reading “Autodesk 3ds Max 2016 Introduction”…

Apr 13, 2015 New at NAB: Autodesk Maya & 3ds Max 2016!

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New at NAB: Autodesk Maya & 3ds Max 2016!

At NAB, Autodesk representatives have a busy week ahead of them. Two exciting Autodesk updates to be released this week include Maya and 3ds Max 2016. Continue reading “New at NAB: Autodesk Maya & 3ds Max 2016!”…

Mar 16, 2015 GET STREAMLINED: RealFlow Video Tutorial

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GET STREAMLINED: RealFlow Video Tutorial

To peruse a case study featuring Brandon Young talking about working with the Caped Crusader’s awesome vehicle using RealFlow, click here… But first, check out this useful tutorial showcasing the workflow between RealFlow, 3ds Max, Krakatoa, Frost, After Effects and Vray! View after the jump.
Continue reading “GET STREAMLINED: RealFlow Video Tutorial”…

Aug 7, 2014 Cebas Grand Reveal @SIGGRAPH 2014 – Booth# 914!

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Cebas Grand Reveal @SIGGRAPH 2014 – Booth# 914!

cebas has TWO major announcements, showcasing its latest plugins: moskitoRenderTM and thinkingParticles 6TM.
cebas Visual Technology Inc will also be updating all of its finalRender fans previewing the flagship finalRender 4 GPUTM brand new feature additions.

mosktioRenderTM: The First Fully Featured GPU Renderer for 3ds Max

Come and watch cebas’ exclusive showcasing of its latest horsepower GPU-Only mosktioRenderTM. The GPU renderer that will replace your renderer without second guessing or regrets! mosktioRenderTM for 3ds Max uses Nvidia’s latest technology with the least amount of software and creative restrictions of all GPU-only renderers on the market!

thinkingParticles 6TM: You Are Your Own Magician!

thinkingParticlesTM is one of cebas’ flagship plugins widely known for its fully procedural and physically accurate, real world destruction and special effects simulations in the movie industry.
Countless blockbuster movies and projects are home to thinkingParticles’ limitless ability to portray advanced physics-based particle effects that are simply mindblowing!
Now, entering the world of fully procedural fluid dynamics and soft body simulations; thinkingParticles Version 6 covers almost any/all possible scenarios of, what is known as, the “multi-physics” effects.

finalRender 4 GPUTM: It’s Revolution Not Evolution!

cebas Visual Technology Inc will show its most advanced product in the making; finalRender 4 GPUTM. As a technology leader in the field of physically accurate rendering, cebas was the first to bring advanced global illumination rendering to 3ds Max in a new and unique way. And in continuing to offer groundbreaking technology, cebas is introducing a whole new approach to Physically accurate Global Illumination Rendering based on its unique and finalRender 4 GPUTM exclusive trueHybridTM rendering acceleration technology.

SIGGRAPH Visitors and thinkingParticles fans get to witness some of the industry’s best thinkingParticles visual effects and animations presented by the one and only Will Wallace! A VFX guru who has a portfolio full of amazing movie and game-title scenes as well as the creator of HouseFX – His latest DVD training package for destruction with thinkingParticles inside 3ds Max.

Aug 6, 2014 Review of The Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate 2015

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Review of The Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate 2015

Brad Clark and the Animation World Network recently did an honest, in depth review of the Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate 2015. The review gives you a good insight into the improvements in the software as well as any shortcomings. Give it a read and let us know if you agree in the comments.

From the Review:

Rest in peace Softimage

Technically there is a 2015 version with updates, but this will be the last version of Softimage. As were many of you, I was shocked and saddened by the announcement that Softimage had reached end-of-life and was being discontinued. Looking to the bright side, I felt that maybe it was going to be a good thing and the fresh eyes looking over Maya and 3dsMax would bring some innovation to these somewhat old cranky workhorses. Time will tell, and until then we should focus on the 2015 release of the suite and welcome our Softimage users to the mix.

Last year during my review I mentioned that I was feeling studios might not be getting maximum benefit from the suite and missing out on tools that were better in one package than another. The old thinking that you’d Model in Max, Rig and Animate in Maya (the Softimage guys just laughed and went back to doing it all in one software) is now ready to be flipped around. With Maya 2015 once again getting a big modeling and simulation upgrade and with Max’s much improved UI love for big scene management and even faster viewport speed, in addition to adding python support, things are looking up for both camps.

After getting the suite installed, there were already a few service patches available and thankfully they installed right over the existing software…no need to waste time uninstalling the freshly installed software first.

Since Softimage is done, I didn’t install it. Sad yes, but in the past 10 years as much as I wanted to invest deeper time in it, no client ever asked and my time goes where the work is. So this will not include a review of Softimage. It is time to move forward. R.I.P Softimage.

I did install 3dsMax, Maya and MotionBuilder and will review the improvements and failings of this release. For those new to my reviews, I feel most of you can read the “what’s new” documents yourself and watch the nice updated movies but you come here to learn something that wasn’t included in the press release and that is what I aim for. I focus on my areas of interest and experience – character rigging, motion capture and overall workflow efficiency.

Read the Full Review Here

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May 6, 2014 Updates: 3DS Max 2015 Service Pack 1

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Updates: 3DS Max 2015 Service Pack 1

Autodesk 3DS Max 2015 service pack 1 available

Service Pack 1 for Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2015 and Service Pack 1 for Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design 2015 have fixes for issues with stability, performance, interoperability, localization and workflows. These service packs also address the Heartbleed vulnerability – a security bug in the open-source OpenSSL cryptography library.

http://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/3ds-max/downloads

Apr 15, 2014 Autodesk 3ds Max 2015 Available Now!

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Autodesk 3ds Max 2015 Available Now!
Autodesk has now released 3DS Max 2015!
Customers with subscription can download 3ds Max 2015 from the Autodesk Subscription Center.

Feb 4, 2014 Chaos Group Ships V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max

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Chaos Group Ships V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max

Chaos Group V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max has been released.
This release marks the next step in V-Ray’s overall development, introducing widely acclaimed new features and improvements.
V-Ray 3.0 is the most complete lighting, shading and rendering toolkit, delivering a powerful new set of features focused on artist productivity and modern CG workflows.

V-Ray 3.0 offers a number of additional workflow shortcuts, technical advances and support for open sources technologies. These include:

  • Render Mask – Users can define render regions using an object selection or image mask
  • Reflection/ Refraction Trace Sets – Provides more direct control in choosing whether reflections and refractions are visible in objects
  • Max Ray Intensity – Will easily fix artifacts from over-bright sources
  • Probabilistic Lights – Increases the speed of scenes with a high number of lights
  • V-Ray RT GPU – Improved with support for Render Elements
  • V-Ray Frame Buffer – Improved with added color correction controls
  • Open Source Technologies
    o Alembic integration with support for hair and particles
    o Deep Data output support including OpenEXR 2.0
    o Ptex object-space vector displacement support
    o Open Shading Language (OSL) support for programmable shaders
    o OpenColorIO support for advanced color management

For the complete list of new features, please visit V-Ray.com, the new home for the V-Ray community.

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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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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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News/Press Releases


Motion Media’s March Madness Challenge is Back!
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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
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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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