Area 5, a San Francisco based production company that serves the games industry, recently created Grounded: The Making of The Last of Us. The feature length commissioned documentary follows Naughty Dogs artists and developers behind the scenes as they work on the well respected title. Watch the film free on Amazon Instant (currently available only in USA).
John Martini has released his latest plugin for 3DS Max called Labyrinth. This plugin allows users to create splines on any given object. The knots which make up Labyrinth are automatically attached to the objects they’re generated on. To find out more you can watch the Feature Overview and the Explaining Controls Video. The plugin is available at www.JokerMartini.com.
Clovis Gay has released two new videos demonstrating his upcoming plugin Fur Guides Painter that promises to radically speed up the process of creating guide splines for Hair&Fur or Ornatrix. The plugin comprises a suite of tools to allow you to paint master guides directly on the mesh, adjust guides using simple-to-use brush tools and an interesting autoflow feature that automatically creates a flow of guides from the mesh. To find out more watch the overview video or a 26 minute tutorial.
Allan McKay has released a reel of visual effects R&D for Transformers 3, the video also features some destruction work by Joel LeLievre. Watch it on Vimeo.
Svetlin Nikolov has released a detailed tutorial about creating explosions with PFlow and Chaos Group’s Phoenix FD. Watch it on Vimeo.
VizPark has announced the release of Automap and Automaterial, a set of related plugins that extract height, specular and diffuse maps from a single bitmap. Automaterial is a Standard, V-Ray and Mental Ray compliant material that requires only a single image to automatically populate bump, reflection, and displacement maps, it is able to batch convert a folder of images. Find out more information on Vizpark.com.
3dTotal have just posted an interview with Mike Johnson who works as a scene assembler at Blur. You can read the full interview on the 3dTotal website.
Romania based FrameBreed Animation Studio has just published a making of video for the work they recently completed on Spongebob Squarepants 4D, The Great Jelly Rescue amusement ride. The project was completed using 3DS Max and you can watch the video on the FrameBreed Vimeo Channel.
Rotem Shiffman has released a significant new update for VFB+ a replacement for Max’s default visual frame buffer with a host of useful new features including:
Mighty Instruments has released Mighty Tiles Pro, a completely re-written version of their plugin for creating procedural textures for walls and floors. The new version features many new features including: [more...]
Codega Studio has released a free app on the iTunes store, that aims to make smartphone and tablet screen replacements that much easier. VFX Screens allows users to use their iPhones and iPads to display a customisable red/blue/greenscreen with tracking markers, which can then be replaced by a virtual screen display during the compositing stage. It also supports touch and swipe events, and can be used for TV and PC screen replacements via AirPlay and AirServer. For full details, you can visit the Codega Studio website.