Thursday, 18 September 2014

Google buys cloud rendering company Zync

Search engine giant Google has acquired Zync, a firm that enables VFX sequences to be rendered via the cloud.

Zync becomes the latest in a series of 26 acquisitions for Google this year alone. And while financial details of the deal were not disclosed Zync will become part of Google’s Cloud Platform team. 

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Time to grow

Escape Technology catches up with its newest technical guru: Tim Harcourt.

Tim is Escape’s newest new recruit. “Newest new” because we’ve just recruited two techies to join our burgeoning team. 

Joining us from a background in electronics and computing, Tim is a savvy engineer. Having arrived onto the scene at the tail end of the video era he not only knows everything there is to know about modern technology and systems, but he can still clean and calibrate a D1 deck blindfolded (ha!).

Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Foundry releases Nuke 8.0 v6 and Nuke 9 beta updates

It's been a busy week for The Foundry, with the launch of Nuke 8.0 v6 and the release of the next Nuke 9 beta.

While there are no new features in Nuke 8 v6 it is crammed full of bug fixes, which should make for a smoother experience. So make sure you have the update installed and revel in its new glory.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Cinema 4D Release 16 presentations

Cinema 4D Release 16 may have only been shipped two weeks ago, but it's already making waves. 

And now you can watch top artists reveal some of the high end techniques used on visually stunning productions like Ender's Game, Dreadnought, and The Division. 

Thursday, 18 September 2014

20% off Mocha Pro

At IBC2014, Imagineer showed off the newly released of mocha Pro 4.01 with improved planar tracking and roto support for NUKE, Autodesk Flame & Smoke, Adobe Premiere and many more.

To celebrate they're running a one week promotion to get 20% off Mocha Pro. 

Thursday, 11 September 2014

V-Ray 3.0 for Softimage Now Available

The team over at Chaos Group have just unleashed V-Ray 3.0 for Softimage. This is available as a free update for all current V-Ray for Softimage commerical license holders. 

Tuesday, 09 September 2014

Meet HP's new range of Haswell Xeon E5 v3 Workstations

HP have just announced that they have refreshed their workstation range with a new generation based around Intel's brand new Haswell=EP Xeon V3 processors. All new platforms are planned to be available as of September 22nd 2014, please get in touch with Escape for more information.

The new range comprises of the HP Z440, HP Z640 and the HP Z840, see below for a quick glance as to what is new:

Friday, 05 September 2014

Maxon Cinema 4D Release 16 now shipping

Maxon's latest release of Cinema 4D has hit the shelves. So to speak.

Raising standards once again, the new release features numerous workflow workflow optimizations and innovative tools to enable artists to great content in a fraction of the time.

Friday, 05 September 2014

Wacom present four new styli for touch screens or iPad

Our chums over at Wacom have just unveiled four new styli for touch screens or iPad®. They are especially proud to announce a brand new and very innovative product: the Bamboo™ Stylus fineline, the Bamboo™ Stylus fineline marks the entry into the next generation of smart-stylus. It combines best in class pen technology with high-end design and will help you to reach into the fast-growing, student and digital executive market. For more information make sure you get in touch!

Friday, 29 August 2014

Save 10% on Autodesk upgrades

Autodesk have announced price reductions and upgrade discounts for existing users.

From February 1st 2015 customers without active maintenance subscription will no longer be able to upgrade from previous versions.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

V-Ray public betas now available!

The team over at Chaosgroup have just launched the public betas of V-Ray for Nuke and MODO! Make sure you grab hold of them now.

What is V-Ray for Nuke?

V-Ray | NUKE unifies the pipeline between NUKE artists and 3D artists for unprecedented workflow improvements at all stages of production, while providing access to V-Ray's advanced ray tracing capabilities. V-Ray | NUKE can render Alembic caches, V-Ray Proxies and V-Ray scene files, all with complete control over lighting, shading, and render output.

What is V-Ray for MODO?

V-Ray | MODO promises smooth integration of proven rendering capabilities directly into your native MODO workflow. For studios currently using MODO or for those considering adding it to their existing toolset, V-Ray | MODO offers the opportunity to unify their rendering platform.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Extension 1 now available for Autodesk 3ds Max

If you are a 3ds Max customer with Autodesk® Subscription you now have exclusive access to the new tools in Extension 1 for Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2015 software. Extension 1 delivers powerful OpenSubdiv modeling workflows - the top feature request on User Voice - support for the Alembic interchange format, and enhancements to the ShaderFX visual shader editor that helps you more easily create and exchange the complex assets today's demanding productions require.

New features

OpenSubdiv Support

Efficiently represent subdivision surfaces using OpenSubdiv libraries, open-sourced by Pixar and incorporating technology from Microsoft Research.

  • Visualize your model interactively without the need to render for a better WYSIWYG experience, greater productivity, and more accurate realization of creative intent.
  • Get faster in-viewport performance for meshes with high subdivision levels by taking advantage of both parallel CPU and GPU architectures.
  • Reduce the guesswork when animating models and help shorten production times, with efficient smooth surface representation.
  • Create complex topology in less time, by taking advantage of efficient crease modeling workflows with CreaseSet modifier and Crease Explorer.
  • Easily transfer your models to and from certain other packages that support OpenSubdiv using Autodesk® FBX® asset exchange technology and achieve a consistent appearance.

Alembic Support

View massive datasets in the Nitrous Viewport, and transfer them more easily through your production pipeline with new Alembic support.

  • Work with production-proven technology, co-developed by Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc. and Lucasfilm Ltd.
  • Move complex data through a pipeline in a manageable form: complex animated and simulated data is distilled into a non-procedural, application-independent set of baked geometric results.
  • Get more from your workstation, with highly efficient use of memory and disk space.
  • Enjoy faster data transfer and load times, with the ability to export and load only selected geometry.

Get more shading options and better shader interoperability between 3ds Max, Autodesk® Maya® software, and Autodesk® Maya LT TM software.

Enhanced ShaderFX

  • Create a wider range of procedural materials with new node patterns—wavelines, voronoi, simplex noise, and brick.
  • Create normal maps from 2D grayscale images with a new bump utility node.
  • Get faster access to the shaders you need, with a searchable node browser.