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lundi 4 avril 2011

The Foundry au NAB 2011

The Foundry montrera la semaine prochaine, au NAB 2011, les nouvelles fonctionnalités du prochain Storm, Mari 1.3, Nuke & NukeX 6.3 (nouvelles splines, grid warpers, 3d particles, planar tracker, denoiser, piste audio scratch track, deep 3d compositing ...), et une preview de Katana.


Retrouvez The Foundry au stand SL5625 du 11 au 14 Avril au NAB, Las Vegas.

jeudi 9 septembre 2010

The Foundy MARI - Training

Le site The Foundry a mis à jour sa page de training pour son logiciel de texturing 3D : MARI.

La page contenant des documentations, exemples, obj et textures se trouve ici : http://www.thefoundry.co.uk/products/mari/training/

mardi 30 mars 2010

There's Someting About MARI

Mari ... Utile et Beau


"Mari was originally developed at Weta Digital. The technology was driven by the texture department's need to handle complex, high resolution textures on 3D models in Lord of The Rings, King Kong and Avatar. Born out of genuine production experience, Mari was designed as a full 3D paint tool with a responsiveness and feature set that puts even the best dedicated 2D paint systems to shame. Mari is extremely scalable, coping easily with an obsessive level of detail – literally tens of thousands of textures – quickly and elegantly."

Plus d'informations ici. Case study de l'utilisation de Mari sur Avatar en cliquand le screenshot ci-dessus.


vendredi 13 novembre 2009

District 9 - Render Passes

Notre confrère CgSociety.org propose un papier sur le workflow utilisé pour la post-production du film District 9, avec images, textes, et vidéos à l'appui, montrant précisément les passes de rendu utilisées pour atteindre un degré de réalisme avancé.

Extrait en anglais : "Julianna Kolakis first worked on the look development of Christopher and little CJ with James as well as the look dev lead Joe Eveleigh, the lead lighter Robert Bourgeault, and later Anna Ivanova, the second texture artist who came aboard to help with maps for the aliens and other models. The artists all contributed to the character development gathering references and giving artistic feedback on how materials such as the skin, shells, and tentacles should look.

"There were 2026 texture maps for a variety of adult aliens (excluding clothes), and each model had 21 UV maps at 4096 pixels," explains Kolakis. "These maps included colors, bumps, displacements, various specs, wet specs, roughness, masks, multiple subsurface, and reflections for materials such as the shell, skin, eyes, fur, bruising, blood, dirt, dust, war paint, and stickers."

Lire l'article ici

mercredi 28 octobre 2009

The Embassy's VFX Work on District 9

The Embassy team worked on 109 shots for District 9, including the scorpion-like alien creature scenes and the sequences in which lead character Wikis is forced to use alien weaponry to blow up various objects. While all of the sequences required varied cameras and visual effects to drive home the authentic feel, the Exo-suit sequences stand out as a distinguishing use of vfx software to further the perceived reality of the film.



To start, CG Leads Matt Rouleau, Simon Van de Lagemaat and their team built and animated the Exo-suit in XSI and then rendered it in mental ray. The surfacing and texture painting was done in Zbrush and Modo, then it was composited and GenArts Sapphire plug-ins were added. Stephen Pepper, The Embassy's compositing supervisor for District 9 said details created with GenArts Sapphire were integral to achieving the film's convincing visual effects. Read more

mercredi 22 avril 2009

Textures ressources : Amazing Textures

texturesLe site Amazing Textures propose des photos croppées d'éléments pratiques pour le matte painting ou le texturing 3D, tels des textures de briques, de fenêtres d'immeubles, de signes, de rues, de sol, de plafond, de portes, d'ombres et même des références pour mieux vous aider dans vos créations et recherches. L'accès est gratuit mais nécessite de s'enregistrer. La partie Free Samples permet d'avoir un aperçu de leur offre, je le rappelle, complètement gratuite. Une mine d'or !

mercredi 21 janvier 2009

GENARTS ACQUIRES UK's SPEEDSIX TO EXTEND ITS RANGE OF INDUSTRY-LEADING VISUAL EFFECTS SOFTWARE PRODUCTS

GenArts a acquis les renommés plugins SpeedSix.

En anglais / In english :

 GenArts Inc., the leading provider of digital visual effects software for the film, broadcast and video industries, announced today it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SpeedSix Software Limited. As of today, all SpeedSix employees will join the GenArts team and remain in the UK. In addition, SpeedSix's renowned Monsters and Raptors visual effects will be sold and supported in their current form alongside GenArts Sapphire, creating the industry's most compelling family of state-of-the-art image processing and synthesis effects software.


The acquisition is part of GenArts' aggressive growth strategy fueled by last year's investment from Insight Venture Partners of New York. CEO Katherine Hays took the reins in June, 2008 and announced her intent to accelerate the company's growth via acquisitions and strategic partnerships.


"We're excited to announce the acquisition of SpeedSix as an initial step in our growth plan," Hays said. "For over 12 years, GenArts has built a reputation for visual effects that inspire our customers to create the Academy Award-winning magic that has thrilled and delighted audiences around the world. We believe that the creativity and passion of our combined company will allow us to achieve new heights with our technology while leveraging our complementary businesses to create unequalled value for our customers in the years to come."


SpeedSix's Monsters and Raptors plug-ins feature powerful tools including retiming, particle effects, lens distortion matching, fire, and organic fluid backgrounds. Monsters and Raptors have been used throughout the film and video industry to create effects for some of the most popular movies, television and advertising produced in the industry.


Steve Hayes, Director of SpeedSix commented, "We've always admired GenArts and the outstanding reputation they have built over the last decade. We share their commitment to deliver the highest quality, most organic and most original visual effects tools in the world. We're proud to be joining the GenArts family and look forward to working together to create exciting new products that allow filmmakers and vídeo artists to explore the limits of their imagination and create the entertainment experiences that continue to amaze us all."


About GenArts
Founded in 1996 in Cambridge, Mass., GenArts, Inc. is the premier provider of digital visual effects for the film, broadcast and video industries. GenArts Sapphire equips digital artists with a collection of over 200 state-of-the-art image processing and synthesis effects such as: Glows, EdgeRays, LensFlare, Lightning, FilmEffect, Warps and Textures. The effects seamlessly integrate as software plug-ins into leading editing and compositing systems from Adobe, Apple, Avid, Autodesk, Assimilate, Digital Vision, Eyeon, FilmLight, The Foundry, Quantel and SGO.


Sapphire has become the industry standard for high-end visual effects creation by providing unrivaled image quality, a unique organic look, and ease of use. They have been used extensively in an array of television programs, music videos and feature films, including
Iron Man, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Hulk, Spider-Man 1, 2 and 3, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Star Wars - Episode I, II and III, Sin City, The Matrix trilogy, X-Men 1, 2 and 3, Titanic, Lostand CSI.   www.genarts.com.

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