Pixar’s Universal Scene Description Going Open Source

Pixar intends to release its Universal Scene Description software (USD) as an open-source project by summer, 2016. The toolset addresses the need in the CG film and game industries ... Continue Reading →

Digital Human League Publishes 1st Set of Open Data

The Digital Human League has released the first batch of data in its attempt to overcome the “uncanny valley” effect in creating digital versions of humans. The league is ... Continue Reading →
November 2014 Tech Reviews

November 2014 Tech Reviews

Imagineer Systems’ mocha Pr Mocha Pro has worked its way into the visual effects and post-production world in a big way. If you doubt me, then you can probably take it up with the ... Continue Reading →

Chaos Group Offers V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max Beta

Chaos Group has announced the beta program for V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max – one of the most complete lighting, shading and rendering toolkit on the market. Everything an artist or full ... Continue Reading →

ILM and Sony Picture Imageworks Release Alembic 1.5

Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) and Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) have released their jointly developed, open sourse project Alembic 1.5. The new tool facilitates the sharing of ... Continue Reading →

Maxon, Adobe Execs Discuss Cineware

Maxon and Adobe unveil a revolutionary new workflow system between After Effects and Cinema 4D at NAB. There’s always an exciting buzz in the air when two big software companies join ... Continue Reading →

The Top 12 Tech Tools of 2012

Our in-the-know visual effects expert and critic picks his favorite releases of the year (in no particular order!):       Continue Reading →

The Foundry Introduces Nuke 7.0

VFX software developer The Foundry has launched the new 7.0 version of its Nuke compositor. The new release from the London-based developer is packed with a wide range of features and ... Continue Reading →

Lucasfilm, SPI Update Alembic Exchange Formata

Alembic is getting an upgrade. Lucasfilm and Sony Pictures Imageworks announced improvements and updates to the open-source exchange format at SIGGRAPH 2012 in Los Angeles. The new ... Continue Reading →

Lucasfilm, Imageworks Release Alembic 1.0

The public release of Alembic 1.0, the open source project developed jointly by Sony Pictures Imageworks and Lucasfilm Ltd., was announced at SIGGRAPH in Vancouver, BC yesterday. Alembic ... Continue Reading →