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November 2013 Tech Reviews

Hewlett-Packard’s z820 Workstation I have to speak up about the Hewlett-Packard z820 workstation. As a product reviewer, I need a robust machine to test things like the NVIDIA ... Continue Reading →
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Autodesk Introduces Pay-As-You-Go Plans

Entertainment creation software giant Autodesk is now offering its customers pay-as-you-go plans for its latest Design and Creation Suites, 3ds Max, Maya and Maya LT. The new payment ... Continue Reading →
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Delivering Digital Dystopia in 4K

Vfx supe Peter Muyzers details the labor-intensive process of creating the realistic worlds of Elysium for director Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi thriller. In 2009, South African director ... Continue Reading →
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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 →
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Chaos Group Outlines Special SIGGRAPH Activities

Rendering solution producer Chaos Group will join forces with various vfx industry artists to present two special events at SIGGRAPH in Anaheim on July 24. The panels will offer production ... Continue Reading →
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An Exclusive Sneak Peek at 2014's ‘Legends of Oz’

Roger S. Baum’s further adventures of his great-grandfather’s beloved characters are given a new animated life in Summertime’s Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return. In ... Continue Reading →
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DWA Releases OpenVDB 1

DreamWorks Animation is seeking to redefine volumetric storage and processing with the release of a new open source framework developed by studio engineers for sparse volume data, OpenVDB ... Continue Reading →
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Autodesk Debuts 2014 EC Suite

Autodesk has announced the new features of its 2014 Entertainment Creation Suite, which comprises the latest editions of award-winning 3D animation, visual effects and creative tools ... Continue Reading →
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Autodesk Kicks Off ‘Gwen & Dave’ Animation Contest

Autodesk is calling on artists/aspiring travel agents to design the ultimate animated getaway for Gwen and Dave–stars of the new short from Autodesk and Hatch Studios–for ... Continue Reading →
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Shotgun Introduces New Unified Toolset and Prices

Shotgun Software is offering a new new integrated package and price point for its popular production management system. The tool now encompasses production tracking, scheduling, review ... Continue Reading →