ASUS ZenFone Zoom Review: Twice the hype for half the value?
1:00 pm PDT 01/03/2016 By Prerna Kothari

It’s been only about two years since the Taiwan based company, ASUS decided to come out with its own android based smartphones named as ASUS ZenFone and has grown out to capture the mobile market at a rapid pace. With Gionee, Xiaomi and Motorola ruling the smartphone budget section in India, Asus is gaining momentum in the android market by launching a new phone almost each quarter or sometimes maybe more than one. According to the company, ZenFones have been … Read More

Reallusion launches facial animation software CrazyTalk 8
10:30 am PDT 11/02/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Reallusion, the animation software and content developer, has launched CrazyTalk 8 which is a photo-to-3D animation software now available for Mac and PC. Previously, facial animation and 3D head modelling were commonly only accessible to advanced animators and 3D professionals, but now CrazyTalk 8’s new approach guides users through creating a custom 3D head using one or two photos. With the help of the recently patented fitting process in the new software, face fitting and modelling with now able to generate … Read More

Relive the Christmas blockbuster ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ in June with Lego
2:00 pm PDT 03/02/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

The seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise that went on to become the highest grossing film in the franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will now be seen in the video game format just like its counterparts. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The Lego Group and Lucasfilm announced Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens game that’s set to launch on 28 June. The game will allow players to re-create the action sci-fi film and introduce new gameplay mechanics … Read More

Dive deeper and go rugged with the STK Explorer Camera
1:00 pm PDT 01/02/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

The division of the Santok Group, STK Accessories announced the launch of its first ‘explorer camera’ that’s designed not only to endure the extreme outdoor conditions of any adventure but to also capture all the fun and thrills. The camera comes with 19 accessories which will help capture your adventurous journey as it’s a go anywhere, rugged, compact, waterproof camera. With the STK explorer camera, you will be able to record your favorite memories. Commenting on the launch of the … Read More

Apple secretly working on VR gear
1:00 pm PDT 30/01/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Cupertino giant Apple is secretly working on virtual and augmented reality gear which will challenge Facebook-owned Oculus Rift and Microsoft HoloLens, reported the Financial Times. Apple has hired a team which runs in the hundreds, and is bolstered by talent hired away from companies working on altered-reality technology and buying startups in the fields, report says. It also has a number of patents to its name which it could put to use for the benefit of the VR department. “I don’t … Read More

ASUS ZenFone Zoom launched; a smartphone that focuses on photography
10:00 am PDT 23/01/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

ASUS has launched ZenFone Zoom in India, a smartphone that will enhance the photography feature in mobile phones. This product of the Taiwanese mobile company priced at Rs. 37,999 will give a DSLR experience due to its camera centric focus. With 13MP PixelMaster camera, ZenFone Zoom uses 3X optical zoom with a 10-element HOYA lens arrangement to deliver exceptional clarity and enable close-ups ranging up to 12X total magnification. In order to eliminate shakes and blurred shots, it has built-in … Read More

Frankie acts as a catalyst to tell the tale of Master Chief in ‘Halo:The Fall of Reach’
4:00 pm PDT 22/01/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

To maintain its standard and baffle its large fan base, The Halo: Fall of Reach animation developed by 343 industries and created by the Sequence Group used Cospective’s remote review and approval solution called ‘Frankie’. In order to convey the origins of Halo hero – The Master Chief – in a series of fully CG animations, Sequence Group integrated initial concepts through to final delivery. Developer 343 Industries, the vanguard of all things Halo, originally proposed The Fall of Reach as a … Read More

SAM acquires the workflow and asset management specialist ‘Mantrics’
10:30 am PDT 22/01/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Digital Video, the developers and owners of Toonz has sold part of its business to Quantel (now S.A.M.) and will now concentrate back its resources on the Animation products (Toonz). Digital Media also recently announced that SAM has acquired Italian workflow and asset management specialist Mantrics. Mantrics which is a privately-held joint venture was established in 2008 by Digital Video and Video Progetti.  SAM has already developed a powerful position in the MAM and workflow management arena with Momentum, launched in … Read More

AMD revenue falls below its estimates due to China slowdown
2:00 pm PDT 21/01/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) forecast first-quarter revenue below analysts’ estimates, due to lower demand for its graphic chips used in consoles and an economic slowdown in China. Shares of the company, which is in the process of selling some of its assets to cut costs, fell about 6% to $1.83 in extended trading. AMD has been shifting to gaming consoles and low-power servers, but progress has lagged Wall Street expectations due to intense competition from Intel and Nvidia. The company said … Read More

Kingston launches Hyperx Cloud Drone gaming headset in India
10:00 am PDT 20/01/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Kingston Technology, the company that manufactures flash memory products, launched its HyperX Cloud Drone headset in India for Rs 3,999. Brand’s lightest offering in its Cloud range of headsets at 220 grams, its 40mm directional drivers, comfortable memory foam ear cushions and a stylish design, HyperX Cloud Drone headset offer a passionate audio experience for gamers and audiophiles. HyperX Cloud Drone features an over-ear design with 40mm driver that delivers an excellent audio performance while the leatherette memory foam ear pads offer comfort for an extended use. … Read More

Storyboard Pro 5 released by Toon Boom Animation to increase efficiency and creativity
10:00 am PDT 19/01/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Toon Boom Animation, known for its Storyboard Pro software that enhances the creation of 2D animation, announced the release of Storyboard Pro 5. This new release streamlines the pre-production and storyboarding process with new creative tools for artists, adds improvements to the 3D workflow, and provides better integration with editorial. Storyboard Pro 5 has also been improved in order to enable pre-production pipelines for CG, live action and games cinematics. This extended version of the software is user friendly as … Read More

Autodesk, India and SAARC head Alok Sharma predicts 2016 trends in M&E industry
10:30 am PDT 15/01/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Media and Entertainment (M&E) industry is growing by leaps and bounds over the years and this leap has led to an impetus in the visual effects, gaming and technology sectors. Talking about the M&E trends that India will witness this year, Autodesk, India and SAARC head, Alok Sharma says, “The media and entertainment sector has evolved over a period of time and even though it has many sub-segments, the industry overall is growing at a fast pace. Presence of VFX … Read More