Populate your virtual wardrobe. 3D Fabrics is a collection of 80 detailed 3D models of textiles in various forms. It includes jackets, shirts, trousers, shoes, cushions, beds, curtains, draperies and towels. See a PDF catalog of the models and find out more on Viz-People’s website.
Chris Murray, 3DS Max Technical Specialist for Autodesk, is hosting another 3DS Max Happy Hour event tonight at 6pm EST, which will be streaming live online. You can watch the live stream on Ustream. You can use #maxchat for asking them questions.
At the recent NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference Otoy previewed version 2 of their unbiased GPU renderer, expected to be released in April. Also announced was application support for After Effects that enables users to import, edit and render 3d scenes in real-time, due later this year. Features of version 2 include: [more...]
NVidia announced the Iray Visual Computing Appliance (VCA), a GPU rendering system that combines hardware and software to accelerate Iray rendering. The Iray VCA uses eight of NVidia’s top of the line GPUs, each with 12GB of graphics memory. It offers both 10GigE and InfiniBand connections, allowing rendering clusters of multiple VCAs to be easily built up over time. More on NVidia’s website. [more...]
A new implementation of Bullet physics for Max is being developed by Norwegian artist Stig Atle Steffensen. More on MUForums.
A video by Jasper Brekelmans has been posted publicizing this year’s EUE, to be held June 5-6 in Utrecht. A great list of speakers and masterclasses is taking shape. Watch the video on YouTube and find out more on EUE’s website.
According to a post on the SI mailing list by Chris Vienneau, Director of Media and Entertainment at Autodesk, “Toxik and Matchmover will be available on Autodesk Exchange in a week or two with no eula. You won’t need a license to use them anymore.” Read the full thread on the Softimage Mailing List.
CaptiveMotion have released a Max plugin designed for retargeting facial mocap animation to any character (even 2D ones). Embody Animation allows to retarget facial mocap data to a bone rig or directly to a mesh and supports industry standard facial mocap formats, including C3D and TRC. The software provides additional tools for noise reduction, importing, exporting and batch processing. A free trial is available. Read the list of features (PDF) and find out more on CaptiveMotion’s site.
Hyperfocal Design is producing a number of HDR timelapse sky domes and is offering a free one-day length HDR timelapse sky dome that runs from sunrise to sunset. There are 586 .EXR frames provided in 1024×512 resolution, so you can preview every frame. Also included is a single high resolution 9500x4750px frame. The first commercial timelapses are expected to go on sale in Q2 2014. You can find more information, view a time-lapse animation and download the free sample at HyperfocalDesign.com. (Note: signing up to an email list is required to download the HDR timelapse)
Mighty Instruments has released a Photoshop version of their plugin for creating high resolution tile-based textures, including brick walls, parquet, and cobblestone pavements, using individual bitmap images. The Photoshop filter is currently in open beta, users interested in taking part can find out more on Mighty Instrument’s website.