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Blackmagic Design ships Fusion 8, Fusion 8 Studio

Fremont, California, USA – April 1, 2016 – Blackmagic Design today announced that both Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Studio, the world’s most advanced visual effects and motion graphics software, is now shipping and is available for download from the Blackmagic Design website for both Mac OS X and Windows. The release of Fusion 8 […]

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Five Reasons to Adopt GPU Rendering

The rise of GPU-based rendering in the VFX and CG space is growing ever more prominent. As an alternative to rendering from the CPU, working with your GPU presents a very tempting option. But is it really worth the switch from the familiar realm of harnessing the power of your CPU? It’s an important decision, […]

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Winners of the VFX Oscar 2016

VISUAL EFFECTS Ex Machina – WINNER Mad Max: Fury Road The Martian The Revenant Star Wars: The Force Awakens ANIMATED FEATURE FILM Anomalisa Boy and the World Inside Out – WINNER Shaun the Sheep Movie When Marnie Was There CINEMATOGRAPHY Carol The Hateful Eight Mad Max: Fury Road The Revenant – WINNER Sicario FILM EDITING […]

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Creating the Bear VFX for ‘The Revenant’

While “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” enters the Academy’s VFX bake-off on Saturday as the obvious frontrunner, everyone wants to know how ILM did the harrowing bear attack in “The Revenant.” Here’s a behind the scenes glimpse from VFX production supervisor Richard McBride. “What was interesting, thinking back to the early discussions with [director] Alejandro […]

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VFX overtime concern swells union ranks

EXCLUSIVE: UK union BECTU says membership has “skyrocketed” in recent months due to overtime conditions. Union BECTU says membership has “skyrocketed” among the UK’s film visual-effects community as a result of its recent campaign highlighting unpaid overtime. The UK’s largest entertainment union reports that hundreds of artists have joined in the last two months, making […]

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Solid Angle releases MtoA 1.2.0.2

Solid Angle has released Maya to Arnold version 1.2.0.2 New features include: Faster ray tracing of curves and volumes. Opacity controls added to the Skin Shader. ​Cache Interpolated Motion Blur for nParticles. Subdivision soft creases support. MtoA will take into account the Maya edge and vertex creases and apply them to the rendertime subdivision cage. […]

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Side Effects Releases Houdini 14

Side Effects Software, an industry leader in 3D animation and visual effects software, is proud to announce the immediate release of Houdini 14. With a new Position-Based Dynamics solver for granular simulation, new crowd pipeline tools, user interface enhancements and grooming tools for hair and fur, this release brings a better user experience, improved scalability […]

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87th Oscars Nominations

Oscar nominations were announced this afternoon at a live news conference at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The nominees for Visual Effects are: Captain America: The Winter Soldier Dan Deleeuw, Russel Earl, Bryan Grill, Dan Sudick Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Erik Winquist Guardians […]

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BAFTA Nominations for VFX

Nominations have been announced for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2015. Special Visual Effects in 2015 The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White Guardians Of The Galaxy Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Jonathan Fawkner, Nicolas Aithadi Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Joe […]

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Inria releases Natron 1.0 – Open Source Compositing Tool

Just in time for Christmas, promising open-source compositor Natron has hit a stable milestone 1.0 release. The software is intended to provide a VFX-capable node-based compositing tool with a familiar Nuke-like UI. Developed at French public computer science research institution Inria, Natron is released under an MPL V2 licence, meaning it can be used for […]

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