Another great tutorial by Austris Cingulis, this time on how to create shader-based water droplets. More on Viscorbel.
CMIVFX have announced that they will be releasing a tutorial series focused on an introduction to using ThinkingParticles in 3DS Max. The training is yet to be released but will cover the basics behind ThinkingParticles, including particle interaction, rigid bodies, destruction, and much more. They have released a preview video which you can watch on the CMI Vimeo Channel.
Scanline VFX has been nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special and Visual Effects in a television series, for the work they recently completed on Game of Thrones Season 4 final episode. You can watch a breakdown video of Wight Attack Sequence on their Vimeo Channel.
ArtFX is a CG/VFX school located in the French city of Montpellier. The shorts made by students from the school have been drawing attention lately due to the high quality of their CG work and the amount of production being dedicated to them. ArtFX’s emphasis is on mixing CG with live action, so they dedicate as much work to filmmaking. The scripts of their shorts are getting more polished, too (though only a few get to the quality one is used to seeing from Supinfocom – but that may change in the future). Additionally, they create great detailed making of videos for each of the shorts they produce. One of the best from their latest batch of shorts is Hybris, you can watch it on Filmnosis.
Inglobe Technologies has released the ARmedia 3D SDK, a software development kit for creating augmented reality applications that offers a new 3D mapping and tracking approach, allowing to create applications capable of recognizing and tracking objects independently of their size and geometry. The SDK is intended to enable developers to add digital interaction to real world objects (not only flat surfaces). The ARmedia SDK can be integrated with any 3D engine and authoring environment, the company is already offering functional integration with Unity 3D and Open Scene Graph. More on Inglobe Technologies’ site.
Ngrain Augmented Reality is a software designed to streamline the creation of augmented reality (AR) content. It lets you import models created with major 3D applications and superimpose content such as text, audio, animations and video. The software aims to remove many of the technical barriers to generating and deploying AR experiences. More on Ngrain’s site.
A script by Autodesk to remove custom attributes from the rootscene, meditmaterials and the animation layer control manager. More on Autodesk’s MaxStation blog.
The Foundry has unveiled Colorway, a tool for streamlining the iterative design workflow. Much like Motiva’s Colimo, Colorway allows to modify scenes’ lights, colors and textures after rendering. The software is bundled with a presentation application that turns it into a review tool, which allows clients to make modifications within predetermined materials and lighting options. These changes can then be exported back to the original 3D scene. Colorway currently works with scenes rendered with Modo, but support for other 3D applications is on the way (starting with Cinema 4D). More on The Foundry’s site.
A script by Salwan Badra for quick creation of facial rigs. Watch a video and find out more on Vimeo.
New features in Itoo Software’s parametric modeling plugin include: ability to project 1D and 2D arrays onto surfaces, corners for 2D arrays, fixed size controls for segments, beveled corner geometry, vertex alpha and illumination channels support for improved interoperability with real time engines, etc. Watch a new features video and find out more on Itoo Software’s forum.
John Martini and Daniel Santana have co-developed a new modifier plugin designed for optimizing splines. Watch a video on Vimeo.
Toronto-based Sad Cat Software announced the public beta testing of its new image editing software that offers features such as PSD file import, non-destructive procedural workflow, 16-bit per channel color depth and digital tablet support. More on Ormr’s website.