Technology

Dolby’s ‘Silent’ bags Two Daytime Emmy Awards at the Creative Arts Ceremony
6:30 pm PDT 27/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Dolby Laboratories has all the reason to rejoice as its short animated film Silent won two Daytime Emmy Awards at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Daytime Creative Arts Emmys ceremony, held on Friday, 24 April, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. Created in conjunction with Moonbot Studios and CAA Marketing, a division of entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Silent represents the evolution of film technology from the silent-film era to the present day. The three-minute film celebrates … Read More


Q1-2015: Technicolor group revenue up 8.3% on current currency basis
6:00 pm PDT 27/04/2015 By Tarachand Wanvari

BENGALURU:  Global technology player in the media and entertainment sector Technicolor reported a 8.3 per cent growth on current currency basis in group revenue for the quarter ended 31 March, 2015 (Q1-2015, current quarter) to € 805 million as compared to the € 744 million for the corresponding year ago quarter. However, on a constant currency basis, revenue actually fell 3.2 per cent. Company speak Technicolor CEO Fredric Rose said, “Our strong first-quarter performance means we are well on our … Read More


Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Bombay Velvet’ will redefine sound for feature films
4:00 pm PDT 24/04/2015 By Sidharth Iyer

The word ‘sound’ originates from the Latin word ‘sonus’, which means to convey a specified impression when heard. Sound is interpreted in many ways and is actually a medium far stronger than visuals if used optimally. Dolby Atoms is one such technology that has enabled sound designers to experiment with the art that they specialise in and help them to create genuine effects for the sound that they sometimes need to recreate. AnimationXpress.com recently caught up with the men behind … Read More


PVR to bring 4DX technology to India with CJ 4DPLEX
9:30 am PDT 23/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

India’s largest multiplex operator PVR has inked a deal with 4D cinema company CJ 4DPLEX to bring 4DX technology to its movie theatres. PVR will launch the 4DX technology at PVR Cinemas this year at its first Superplex, a 15-screen multiplex at Logix City Centre in Noida, India. This will make the Superplex India’s most advanced cinematic viewing experience, strategically located in the heart of the city, bringing the audience world class formats including Imax, ECX, PVR Premier, PVR Gold Class, PVR 4DX and PVR Playhouse. PVR … Read More


Dolby declares improved q-o-q results for Q2-2015
6:30 pm PDT 22/04/2015 By Tarachand Wanvari

BENGALURU:  Audio equipment maker Dolby Laboratories (Dolby) reported a 16 per cent quarter on quarter (q-o-q) growth in revenue for the quarter ended 27 March, 2015 (Q2-2015, current quarter) to US$ 271.95 million as compared to the US$ 234.24 million reported for the immediate trailing quarter. However, y-o-y, revenue fell 2 per cent from the US$ 278.59 million reported for Q2-2015. The company says that total revenue for Q2-2014 included a back payment settlement of US$ 24.7 million, which did … Read More


Weta Workshop’s VFX specialist Sir Richard Taylor breathes life into giant-sized human figures
4:00 pm PDT 21/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The special effects company that has created props and costumes for the theatrical spectacle like the Lord of the Rings trilogy in the past and most recently also worked on its first Indian film in Shankar’s ‘I’ has lent its expertise to bring the Anzac tradition alive through a series of giant-sized figures on display at The Museum of New Zealand. Sir Richard Taylor’s prop and special effects firm Weta Workshop was commissioned to develop a series of larger-than-life figures of soldiers … Read More


Disney unveils 3D printer to make soft toys
12:00 pm PDT 20/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

A team from Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University has devised a 3D printer that layers together laser-cut sheets of fabric to form soft, squeezable objects such as bunnies, doll clothing and phone cases. These objects can have complex geometries and incorporate circuitry that makes them interactive. The new fabric printer is similar to laminated object manufacturing, which takes sheets of paper or metal which have each been cut into a 2D shape and then bonds them together to form … Read More


Wanda Cinema Line selects Dolby ShowVault/IMBs for new screens in China
5:45 am PDT 17/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Dolby Laboratories and Wanda Cinema Line Corporation, one of the largest cinema exhibitors in China, recently announced that Wanda will purchase more than 400 units of the Dolby ShowVault/IMB to deploy in all of its new cinema screens built in China through the end of 2015. “The ShowVault/IMB has already proven its worth in our existing cinemas, delivering outstanding performance and high reliability,” said Wanda Cinema Line Corporation, Board Director and GM, Zeng Maojun . “We are very pleased to … Read More


Dolby Vision debuts with Disney’s ‘Tomorrowland’ & Disney•Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’
8:00 am PDT 16/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Dolby Laboratories and The Walt Disney Studios have announced that Disney’s Tomorrowland, in theatres 22 May, 2015, and Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out, in theatres 19 June, 2015, will be the first Dolby Vision titles to be shown at Dolby Cinema locations around the globe. In addition, Disney’s The Jungle Book, due out 15 April, 2016, will also be presented in Dolby Vision, with more titles to be announced. Dolby Cinema, featuring Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, is a premium cinema offering for exhibitors and moviegoers that combines spectacular … Read More


The Foundry releases a free version of its Nuke for artists; includes Nuke Studio & NukeX
10:00 am PDT 15/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Tools provider The Foundry has released a non-commercial edition of its VFX software Nuke, enabling artists to explore the technology for free. Nuke Non-commercial is a free, non-watermarked version of all Nuke products, including Nuke Studio and NukeX, although there will be “some light functional restrictions” according to the firm. Nuke is most commonly used for movies and television productions, including the Oscar-winning Gravity, but it has also been used with virtual and augmented reality content. The Foundary has been … Read More


Larger than life motion captured characters that have graced the silver-screen
7:00 pm PDT 13/04/2015 By Shivang Arora

Recently, we at AnimationXpress.com took you through WETA Digital’s cyber-thespianism magic that recreated Paul Walker in finishing the tent-pole Furious 7. While Peter Jackson’s VFX Studio, WETA Digital may have exhibited some serious cutting-edge technology, Furious 7 is not the only project where VFX studios have delivered some awe-inspiring visuals. Pushing beyond the realms of creativity, the fusion of ideas and motion capture technology has made it possible for creators to bring alive some jaw-dropping inhuman characters on-screen. Basically the … Read More


Mitashi finds an ally in Fortumo to provide direct payments solutions
11:00 am PDT 11/04/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Carrier billing company Fortumo and Mitashi have struck a partnership wherein mobile device manufacturer can start collecting payments made by users of its smartphones in 88 countries through carrier billing. Mitashi will also get access to the portfolio of top games and apps of developers who are already using Fortumo’s payment solutions. Commenting on the association, Mitashi Edutainment VP – gaming, toys and telecom  Adnan Chara, “Mitashi ThunderBolt has by far been one of the best selling consoles series in … Read More