Archive for July, 2006

GENE SIMMONS SAYS BIG MACHINE DESIGN “ROCKS”

Hollywood, CA, July 31, 2006 – Big Machine Design (BMD), a full-service creative services studio based in Hollywood, has completed a new main title opening graphics sequence and show package for the new real life series “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” which will debut on the A&E Network August 7. The announcement was made today by BMD co-founders Steve Petersen (also BMD Executive Producer) and Ken Carlson (also BMD Creative Director.) more

Digital Rapids Releases Powerful Stream 2.3 Software Update

Digital Rapids Stream SoftwareJuly 31, 2006 — Markham, Ontario: Digital Rapids – a leading developer of scalable solutions for content ingest, encoding, transcoding, protection and delivery – has released version 2.3 of the Stream software. The Stream software provides a simple, streamlined interface for video and audio ingest, encoding, transcoding and distribution with Digital Rapids DRC-Stream, StreamZ and StreamZHD media encoding systems. Stream 2.3 includes new video processing plug-ins, extended MPEG support, additional Closed Caption support and much more. more

D2 Software Invites Artists to Explore NUKE with Free Downloadable Version

Venice, CA. July 28, 2006 – At SIGGRAPH 2006, D2 Software, Inc., a subsidiary of Digital Domain, Inc., is announcing that it will make a free non-commercial version of its NUKE® compositing software available for download on August 31, 2006 from www.d2software.com. The new version is designed to enable artists, students, and graphics professionals to learn and experiment with the high-end NUKE toolset used by 40 visual effects companies on films such as Titanic, I, Robot, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, The Ant Bully, King Kong, The Wild, and many other film, commercial, and animation projects. more

NUKE Community Continues to Expand; Four Facilities Purchase in June/July

At SIGGRAPH 2006, D2 Software, Inc., a subsidiary of Digital Domain, Inc., is announcing strong momentum for its NUKE high-end compositing software with four visual effects companies in the U.S. and Canada purchasing the software in June and July. Mr. X, Image Engine, Furious FX, and SpeedShape all selected NUKE to handle high-end compositing work for film, video, and animated projects. The company also announces that it has recently partnered with new European resellers. more

New HP Workstation Offers Unprecedented Performance for Entry-level Market

New HP Workstation Offers Unprecedented Performance for Entry-level Market

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 27, 2006 – Extending the boundaries of workstation computing, HP today introduced a low-cost workstation that brings unprecedented performance to the entry-level market.

Featuring the new Intel® Core™ 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processor(1,2) and 975X Express chipset, the HP xw4400 Workstation is ideal for meeting the computing demands of engineers, designers, video editors and other power users – all at an affordable price. more

Blackmagic’s Multibridge Extreme 2k Capabilities Demo at Siggraph 2006

2K Feature Film Workflow Demonstrated on Blackmagic Design’s Multibridge Extreme as part of 1 Beyond’s Professional Workstation and Storage Solution at Siggraph 2006

SIGGRAPH: Boston, MA USA – July 27, 2006 — Blackmagic Design today announced that Multibridge Extreme will be used to demonstrate 2K and real time 10 bit HD on Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0, using 1 Beyond‘s new OctoFlex 8-processor professional workstation, and IntelliRaid FC-XPR™ at Siggraph, in 1 Beyond‘s booth, #206. more

Massive Software Announces Artist Talks at SIGGRAPH 2006

Auckland, New Zealand (July 26, 2006) — Massive Software, the leading developer of artificial life-based 3D animation systems, today announced a series of artist talks for SIGGRAPH 2006, open to SIGGRAPH attendees at the Massive Software Booth #1023. The line-up includes behind-the-scenes presentations that go inside the techniques used to create stunning Massive shots and scenes on a range of feature film and commercial television projects.

Scheduled speakers include: more

wondertouch particleIllusion Used to Animates Scenes of Ancient Egyptian Afterlife

ST. LOUIS, MO – (July 25, 2006) – wondertouch™, www.wondertouch.com, a high performance software developer of particle effects creation tools, today announced that B1 Media, a Los Angeles-based full service production facility specializing in DVD menu and DVD game production, selected its award-winning particleIllusion™ particle effects creation tool to help animate realistic live action and 3D scenes illustrating aspects of life in ancient Egypt, for the upcoming History Channel documentary “Egyptian Book of the Dead.” more

AJA SHOWCASES VIDEO SOLUTIONS TAILOR MADE FOR ANIMATORS AND EFFECTS ARTISTS AT SIGGRAPH 2006

Grass Valley, CA–(July 25th, 2006)– AJA Video, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, will be showcasing the latest versions of its KONA (Mac) and XENA (Windows) video playback and capture cards at SIGGRAPH 2006. The KONA 3 v2 and XENA 2K feature advanced support and plug-ins for seamless integration with leading graphics and effects applications, such as Apple Shake and Motion, Autodesk Combustion®, Eyeon Fusion®, Adobe After Effects® and Adobe Photoshop®. AJA Video will be demonstrating these technologies from Booth 1031 at this year‘s SIGGRAPH Conference, to be held in Boston, MA from August 1 -3, 2006. more

DEVASTUDIOS NAMES MATT HARTLE 3D MOTION GRAPHICS DIRECTOR

Venice, CA, July 24, 2006 – Devastudios, a full service creative communications company specializing in film graphic design, broadcast design, and game trailer design, has named Matt Hartle as 3D Motion Graphics Director. The announcement was made today by John Berlin, president, Devastudios, Inc.
In his new post, Hartle will oversee the development of the quickly growing 3D Design and Visual Effects department at Devastudios. more

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