Technology

Facebook shuts down Oculus Story Studio
6:30 pm PDT 05/05/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

In a move that might be dubbed abrupt by many, Facebook has announced that they will be shutting down their award-winning VR animation studio, Oculus Story Studio. As the name suggests, the studio catered to story-driven VR content for its platform. Their first project was Lost in early 2015 and next in line was Henry, which won an Emmy Award. Their final project was Dear Angelica showcasing actress Geena Davis. Oculus, VP of content wrote a blog post announcing the news: “Two … Read More


‘Shaun the Sheep’ enters virtual reality space with Movie Barn VR app
11:00 am PDT 27/04/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

With virtual reality opening gates for a more immersive experience of films, animated shows and games, a lot of brands have started experimenting in this segment. Aardman have released their first ever Aardman character VR (virtual reality) experience, Shaun the Sheep Movie Barn VR (app). The free app is available to download from GooglePlay and the App Store and viewable through light mobile headsets, such as Google Cardboard. Shaun’s Movie Barn is a fully interactive and immersive environment. Fans can … Read More


Shotgun brings along Amazon Web Services to accelerate multi-region performance
2:30 pm PDT 21/04/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Shotgun Software, developer of cloud-based review and production tracking software, announced that it has leveraged Amazon Web Services to bring an improved experience to customers around the world with new, multiregion hosting. As production businesses around the world continue to grow, so does the daily volume and size of media uploaded and downloaded from the cloud. In time-critical business such as post-production, speed is essential – including the need for fast media access and retrieval. The team at Shotgun recently … Read More


Acer announces a brand new range of gaming PC
5:45 pm PDT 11/04/2017 By admin

Acer has announced the launch of the all new Acer Aspire VX 15 and Predator G1 Desktop in India designed exclusively for the gamers who demand the highest level immersive gaming experience. After massive success of Acer’s unified gaming series “Predator”, Acer continues to innovate and delight the gaming fans with new products and upgrading the Predator series while lowering the price. Acer’s new top-of-the-line Predator 15 G9-593 and 17 G9-793 Notebook features aggressive new look, latest graphics and cooling features, deliberated to maximize gamers’ … Read More


HP opens up Centre of Excellence (CoE) in India, aims to support ‘Digital India Dream’
1:00 pm PDT 14/03/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

HP today unveiled its first Centre of Excellence (CoE) in India, a facility dedicated to demonstrating innovative solutions developed locally that have the potential to digitally transform the country. In alignment with the government’s Digital India initiative, HP has built the facility to offer solutions with technological innovations. Helmed by the company’s Digital India Business Unit, the 4,000 square-feet facility aims to showcase multiple solutions for sectors such as education, healthcare, BFSI, and manufacturing. Developed in collaboration with over 25 … Read More


Amazon Web Services acquires Thinkbox Software in an undisclosed deal
3:00 pm PDT 07/03/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been steadily pushing their acquisition programme as they have recently acquired Thinkbox Software, a company which creates and sells solutions for media design and content creation, loosely targeted at people in the wider spectrum of the video-media industry. Not much about the deal has been mentioned, except for a short message on Thinkbox Software’s website by the company’s CEO, Christopher Bond. “We’re excited to announce that we’ve been acquired by Amazon! We’ll be joining the … Read More


HP launches its gaming brand, ‘OMEN’ in India
3:00 pm PDT 23/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

HP today made the debut of its gaming portfolio in India – OMEN, featuring an array of products built for gamers combining its latest in PC innovation. The portfolio will be available starting 15 March, 2017 on their website, select HP World stores, leading ecommerce portals. The Omen brand looks forward to unify HP’s gaming portfolio under one name. Commenting on the launch HP India, MD, Rajiv Srivastava said “Gaming in India has seen rapid expansion and adoption in the … Read More


StratusCore now available to one and all in the digital content production industry
6:30 pm PDT 31/01/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

StratusCore, a content production technology company, announced the general availability of its cloud-based digital content production platform and suite of tools for the digital content industry. Film, television, gaming, advertising, virtual reality and other industries developing content for digital mediums can take advantage of StratusCore’s comprehensive offering of on-demand tools, services and community resources that eliminate the complexity and inefficiency often associated with the data-intensive content creation process. Through StratusCore’s platform, digital artists gain affordable access to popular content creation … Read More


Thinkbox Software’s ‘Deadline’ used by Cartoon Saloon to enchance its 2D animation pipeline
11:00 am PDT 20/01/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Two-time Academy and BAFTA Award nominee Cartoon Saloon delivers 2D animation projects with critically acclaimed results. When the studio began work on Netflix original series “Puffin Rock,” Cartoon Saloon turned to Thinkbox Software’s Deadline to provide render management backbone for its new pipeline. Based in Kilkenny, Ireland, Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar-nominated “The Secret of Kells” (2009) was the first homegrown Irish animated film. The studio also keeps as much of its process in-house as possible. “We do whatever we can to grow everything … Read More


28 companies come together to form ‘VR Industry forum’ to Boost adoption of VR services
1:00 pm PDT 06/01/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

At CES in Las Vegas yesterday, 28 companies announced the Virtual Reality Industry Forum, Inc. (VRIF), a not-for-profit company with its purpose stated as, “To further the widespread availability of high-quality audiovisual VR experiences, for the benefit of consumers.” The Founding Members of VRIF are Akamai Technologies, ARRIS International plc, b<>com, Baylor University, CableLabs, Cinova Media, Dolby Laboratories, DTG, DTS, EBU, Ericsson, Fraunhofer, Harmonic, Huawei, Intel, Irdeto, Ittiam, MovieLabs, NABPILOT, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Technicolor, TNO, Sky, Sony Pictures, Vantrix, Verizon, … Read More


Epson announces availability of Developer and Drone Editions of Moverio BT-300 AR Smart Glasses
12:00 pm PDT 05/01/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Epson, providers of the Moverio augmented reality (AR) smart eyewear platform has announced the immediate availability of its Moverio BT-300 Developer Edition. The new AR platform is designed for software developers creating new experiences in augmented reality. Additionally, the highly anticipated Moverio BT-300 Drone Edition glasses will be available to pilots later this month. Optimized for use with DJI hardware, the Moverio BT-300 Drone Edition glasses will enhance the safety, productivity and capabilities of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The Moverio BT-300 … Read More


Google Play India extends its carrier billing option for Vodafone and Airtel customers
7:00 pm PDT 03/01/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

With the Smartphone penetration in the country at an all-time high, more and more people are joining the digital bandwagon. Going with trend, Google India had initially announced carrier billing for Idea users back in May, last year and then added the net-banking option as well. Now, they have extended the carrier billing services for Vodafone and Airtel users as well. Android Police were the first ones to spot this out. The feature seems to be limited to only the … Read More