Autodesk announces Flame 2017 family extension 1 release at IBC 2016
3:00 pm PDT 09/09/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

At IBC 2016, Autodesk announced Flame 2017 family extension 1 release for professional 3D visual effects, compositing and finishing. The update includes new 3D scene navigation features and enhancements, collaborative workflow enhancements for working with Autodesk and third-party 3D animation tools, a new way of working with multi-channel (EXR) render passes, render quality improvements, better colour management and batch compositing enhancements including a new compass tool. “With this Flame extension, we’ve added intuitive navigation for artists who are new to the product … Read More

HTC shifts its focus to non-gaming VR experiences with Viveport
10:30 am PDT 08/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Virtual reality (VR) is definitely going to be a beacon of the digital age and more or less we all can agree to that. While the implications of the technology are being tested right now with a plethora of potential areas where it can be used, mostly it is being used to bring more immersive experience in gaming, for now at least. Now, one of the major players of the VR industry has shifted its focus from just gaming. HTC … Read More

300 remotely based artists work seamlessly on the short film ‘The Squonk’ using Shotgun
4:45 pm PDT 03/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

A student project short film ‘The Squonk’ which is the brainchild of Jannis Funk (co-writer and producer) and Mike Bothe (co-writer and director), is based on a 19th century American folktale about the eponymous woodland monster. The project has turned into a passion for Berlin-based Funk who has gone out to recruit over 300 remote visual effects artists since principal photography in 2012 to donate their time and expertise to the film. And throughout the whole process, from initial planning … Read More

Fusion 8.2 now available on Linux for free
5:00 pm PDT 28/07/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Blackmagic Design today announced that Fusion – visual effects software – is now available on the Linux platform. Linux is extremely popular in the world’s leading visual effects production companies and this new Linux release can be a major announcement for the visual effects industry. This new Linux version of Fusion and Fusion Studio means VFX artists can select their preferred computing platform, as Fusion is now available on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. All project files are common, so … Read More

Shotgun honours Pipeline Heroes at SIGGRAPH 2016
1:00 pm PDT 28/07/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Shotgun Software today announced the winners of the third annual Pipeline Awards at SIGGRAPH in Anaheim. The Pipeline Awards recognise tools and individuals who exhibit excellence in pipeline tool development and are pushing the industry forward by making tedious processes better and faster for studios of all sizes. Mammal Studios, Pipeline technical director, Janice Collier was honoured with this year’s Hero Award for her outstanding contribution not only to Mammal where she has helped create a pipeline for the 15-person … Read More

Shotgun 7.0 announced by Shotgun Software at SIGGRAPH 2016
11:00 am PDT 27/07/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Shotgun Software, developer of the cloud-based review and production tracking software, has announced Shotgun 7.0 at SIGGRAPH this week in Anaheim, CA. Shotgun is laser-focused on solving collaborative review challenges at studios, and making it easier for teams of all sizes to upload, share, view, and then keep track of all of their media on a single, intuitive platform. This latest update expands Shotgun’s review capabilities by introducing editorial cut data into the review process, enabling teams to view their … Read More

SIGGRAPH 2016 brings new Autodesk Design Animation to Customers: Maya 2017, Arnold and 3ds Max 2017
2:00 pm PDT 26/07/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

At the SIGGRAPH conference in Anaheim, California, Autodesk showcased the latest design animation solutions for Maya 2017 and an update to 3ds Max. Maya 2017 features integrated rendering with Arnold, new motion graphics tools and numerous features and enhancements that help artists work faster and easier than ever. Autodesk also announced that Solid Angle’s Arnold renderer will support 3ds Max with a plugin called MAXtoA. Maya and Arnold Maya 2017 now includes Arnold as its default renderer. This unique integration … Read More

Performance capture and virtual production house Animatrik’s deal with NantStudio leads to its expansion in the USA
10:30 am PDT 22/07/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

The Vancouver and Toronto based Animatrik studio, provider of performance capture and virtual production solutions for film, television, games and animation, has signed an agreement with next generation soundstage and virtual production studio NantStudio, expanding its operations  into the United States. Founded in 2001, Animatrik runs motion capture, previsualisation and virtual production services via an expert team of technicians and virtual production services. Recently, Animatric provided camera tracking, motion capture suit and simulcam technology for Warcraft movie. Other films in … Read More

Adways acquires Pokkt’s reward-based ad platform ‘Pocket Money’
10:00 am PDT 28/06/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

“Pocket Money today is amongst the top 5 Apps in the category with huge traction. We have built Pocket Money as a successful and profitable business in less than 18 months.” This is what Pokkt, founder and CEO, Rohit Sharma had to say about Pocket Money, the IP from the Alternate mobile payment platform, which assists owners of digital assets to monetise their users through an advertisement funded model. Pocket Money has been acquired by Japanese mobile marketing firm, Adways, who … Read More

Kuberplay: A service that allows you to download paid-apps for free
6:00 pm PDT 24/06/2016 By Krishanu Ghosal

On the eve of the digital age we stand at a place where android penetration is at its peak and it would be safe to say that it will just keep growing further for the time to come. As more and more app developers spring up to cater to the ever growing demands of the consumers, the matter of revenue generation still hinders the functions of these new players in the industry. As there is an undeniable chunk of consumers … Read More

Virtual reality developers are set to have their very own conference
1:00 pm PDT 23/06/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Virtual reality (VR) has become one of the most anticipated and most talked about topic of the gaming industry. With its popularity on an upward surge, major players in the scene like Sony, HTC, Oculus and more would be looking forward to enthrall the audience. Possibly, keeping the same thing in mind and to garner undivided attention, the Virtual Reality Developers Conference (VRDC) will be back this year for its second edition with an event solely dedicated to them. The … Read More

Animatrik delivers motion capture service to bring ‘orcs of Warcraft’ to life
8:00 pm PDT 07/06/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

One of the most anticipated movie of 2016 that’s based on Blizzard Entertainment’s game, Warcraft that’s set to hit the big screens on 10 June, tells the story much before World of Warcraft takes place. Since the game showcases the worlds of orc and human clash, the question arises how did director Duncan Jones and his collaborators craft a race of orcs, taller and more muscle-bound than humans, and feature them not just in ferocious mega-battles, but also reveal their … Read More