The Chaos Group has announced V-Ray 3.0 for Maya. Included in the initial round of enhancements will be a new Progressive Rendering Engine, support for several open source technologies, and up to 5x faster ray tracing and rendering performance.
Thinkbox Software has acquired code to bring its particle renderer, Krakatoa, into Maxon’s Cinema 4D modeling and animation software. Initial efforts to link the plug-in with Cinema 4D were led by Ugly Kids artist Daniel Hennies, who collaborated with a developer to program a bridge to the stand-alone version of Krakatoa. Leveraging the C++ API of Krakatoa SR, Hennies and a small team were able to fully integrate the particle renderer with Cinema 4D and first demoed the technology at SIGGRAPH 2013.
Thinkbox Software has released XMesh MY, a geometry caching plug-in for Autodesk Maya. Designed to streamline animation and visual effects production pipelines, XMesh is a set of tools for saving animated scene geometry in a condensed format that yields smaller files for faster loading, manipulation and sharing across facilities and applications. Also compatible with Autodesk 3ds Max, the robust and scalable multi-threaded solution allows artists to quickly open, share or receive computer generated assets from internal studio departments or external facilities.
Athena Studios, Emeryville, California, which specializes in production services for film and multimedia clients, has obtained the feature film rights to the award-winning children’s Christmas book Auntie Claus by author Elise Primavera. The announcement was made today by Jon V. Peters, CEO/founder, Athena Studios.
The popular YouTube series Dick Figures set the record for largest animated fundraising effort on Kickstarter in summer of 2012 and now, after 350 million views on YouTube and $300,000 raised on Kickstarter, the creators and producers of Dick Figures The Movie have announced the official digital release date.
Lincoln, Nebraska’s Outpost12 Studios is using new Zylight Z90 compact LED lights on location and IS3c large panel LED lights in its studio. Known in their market for VFX and animation work, the studio is using its new lighting instruments to produce custom interactive work for the Web that creates unique branding experiences for its clients