Red Giant Software have released v2.5 of their look design tool. New features include: improved performance, enhanced Looks previewing, strength slider to control the overall strength of the entire Look, LUT Tool, S-Curve Tool for adding contrast to footage without losing detail, etc. The new version is a free update for users of Magic Bullet Looks 2.0 and up. More on Red Giant Software’s website.
After establishing a well entrenched position in motion graphics, Maxon announced that it is partnering with Side Effects software to develop a plugin that gives Cinema 4D users access to the Houdini Engine. According to Harald Egel, Maxon’s CEO, “integrating Houdini’s procedural workflow and VFX tools inside Cinema 4D will offer our users a streamlined experience to collaborate with Houdini artists”. More on Maxon‘s and Side Effects‘ sites.
The VES channel will showcase visual effects artistry from around the world, practical skills demonstrations, VFX pioneers from the last 100 years, insights from renowned artists, workshops (including Practical Lighting For CG Artists, Virtual Production, Cinematography), etc. More on the VES YouTube channel.
The browser-based 3D engine for creating interactive presentations now offers the ability to make scenes available without the need for an internet connection. Cl3ver offline files have a .html extension and can be opened with any browser that supports WebGL. More on Cl3ver’s website.
Archviz artist Krzysztof Czerwinski has generously released a number of free resources for use in architectural projects, including 3D models of trees and plants (created with AvizStudio’s ATree3D plant generator script), cutout images of people, etc. More on Krzysztof Czerwinski’s site.
3d-io have posted a number of tutorials showing how to use their plugin to quickly skin a character and creating advanced deformations and automatic secondary motion effects: Hypodermic deformations, Advanced mutations, Character skinning, Fine-tuning skinning techniques, Silicon and implants, Jiggle and wobble effects.
A tutorial by Paul Neale on how to create reactions without using the Reaction Manager. Watch it on YouTube.
New features in 3d-io’s scene render to texture plugin for baking full scenes or selections of objects into a single UV Map include overall improvement in speed and new functions for advanced workflow. Read on for more. [more...]
Upon inquiry, Thinkbox’s Chris Bond kindly provided us with the following answer regarding the $400+ difference in price between the Max and C4D versions of Krakatoa:
“Pricing wise, we priced it based on what we perceive as the value because there are things missing. [more...]
Santa Monica-based BBDG studio used abundant CG to create the main title for “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”, the follow-up to Carl Sagan’s 1980s science documentary television series. The new “Cosmos” is being presented by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-produced by Ann Druyan, Sagan’s widow and co-creator of the original series. Watch Cosmos’ new main title on Vimeo and find out more on BBDG’s site and CosmosOnTV.com.
A tutorial by Anselm von Seherr-Thoss on how to use effectors in FumeFX to control turbulence. Watch it on YouTube.