UK artist Wayne Robson has posted two reels on the work he’s done as CG supervisor for Ruairí Robinson’s The Last Days on Mars (along with a salute to the CG artists that worked at Screen Scene on that film). More on Wayne Robson’s website. (Note: mature content)
Researchers at the University of Warwick have devised a method for real-time encoding and remote display of HDR video. This means that full HDR video content can now be encoded and delivered directly to interactive online and cloud-based games, to remote displays including mobile devices, streamed from a consumer camera, etc. More on the University of Warwick’s site.
Next Limit have posted a video showing VFX breakdowns from a hero water shot of a harbor created by Mr. X studio for the film Pompeii. Watch it on YouTube.
A tip by Dave Wortley on using Maxscript to overdrive values limited by UI controls in Max. More on Dave Wortley’s blog.
A script by Bodyul Vladislav for creating spline-based fibers. More on ScriptSpot.
John Hable, author of the Ginger HDR video tonemapping plugin for After Effects has announced that the software will be discontinued. More on 19lights’ website.
New features in Itoo Software’s set of plugins for creating large extensions of trees and vegetation include: support for V-Ray 3 and Corona Renderer, improved animation, over 30 new presets of wild grass and flowers, etc. More on Itoo Software.
The company behind a number of useful audio processing tools has released a free guide to audio mixing, with in-depth explanations of its concepts. Though it uses some of its software to illustrate the examples in the book, it is intended as a guide for everyone who wants to learn more about mixing. Each chapter demonstrates useful concepts that you can apply in your mixing projects. The guide is available for download from Izotope’s site.
Artur Leão has updated his YCDIVFX MaxPlus Packages, which now allow to execute Python scripts in 3DS Max directly from Python in a way that is much easier to setup. The integration code is based on the SublimeMax package created by German artists Christoph Bülter and Johannes Becker. More on You can do it! VFX.
A tutorial by Paul Neale on creating a procedural mountain range. Watch it on YouTube.