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Visual Effects Society Announces Business Roundtab

October 9, 2013, 09:18 AM


The Visual Effects Society (VES) announced 12 business roundtable discussions set for its 5th annual Summit, “A New Reality: Content Creation and Distribution.” The daylong interactive forum Oct. 26 at the W Hotel in Hollywood will bring together creatives, executives and visionaries from diverse disciplines to illustrate new pathways to creativity and problem solving. Business roundtable moderators include senior executives from Walt Disney Studios, Paradigm Talent Agency, Method Studio...

Use Fluids to Drive Maya nParticles

October 9, 2013, 09:17 AM


John Zilka takes a look at creating an underwater sand effect in Autodesk Maya by combining interactions with 3D Fluid Containers and Particles tied to some simple expressions.

Rampant Design Tools: Drag, Drop & Go Effects

October 9, 2013, 04:13 AM


Plug-in free and platform/software agnostic, these drag & drop effects, lights, backgrounds, mattes and styles will give your video productions a professional edge with minimal effort. Professional grade effects for video editors and motion graphics artists in high-definition, broadcast quality QuickTime files. They work with all NLEs including Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Avid, Media 100, Sony Vegas and more. These are professionally crafted by Emmy® Award-winning VFX...

Gravity: VFX That's anything but down to earth

October 9, 2013, 04:13 AM


One of the most impressive films of the year is Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, with digital production (the word post does not apply here), computer imagery and visual effects primarily provided by Framestore and lead by visual effects supervisor Tim Webber.

Motion graphics in a mobile world

October 8, 2013, 07:35 PM


The spectacular popularity of mobile devices means interactive designers need to extend their skills beyond the desktop to embrace the universe of HTML5. Among mobile devices, including tablet computers, smartphones, and interactive books and magazines, HTML5 is the common denominator. With HTML5 comes the need to find new ways to integrate interactive media. Specifically built to meet web standards, Adobe Edge Animate provides a way to create interactive and animated content using HTML, CSS...

Rampant Design Ships MonsterFX

October 8, 2013, 07:34 PM


Rampant Design Tools announces the availability of its newest library of Drag-and-Drop Textures, MonsterFX: Undead.

Union VFX Opens New Soho Office

October 8, 2013, 07:34 PM


UK-based Union Visual Effects relocates to a larger facility in London’s Soho district; new studio also houses an advanced review theatre, featuring a 4K projector.

Drifting Smoke: Free After Effects Preset

October 8, 2013, 12:57 PM


Use this free After Effects preset to add realistic smoke to your video editing or motion design project.

Excluding/Including a Light's Effects from objects

October 8, 2013, 12:56 PM


Jamie Hamel-Smith takes a look at cheating the lighting scheme in a rendering by including and excluding a light’s effects on objects in your scene, which can be helpful in crafting a particular lighting look or mood.

Reel FX Completes 140 VFX Shots for Parkland

October 8, 2013, 09:58 AM


Dallas-based visual effects studio Reel FX was recently completed 140 visual effects shots, in addition to the titles, main-on-ends and end crawl, for Playtone and Exclusive Media’s feature film, Parkland.

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