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Jeff Patton has released a layered material for iray! This layered material offers features like SSS/Back scattering/Translucency, coatings, dispersion, and more, all wrapped into one convenient source. You can download this new material from the nvidia ARC website or via the link on his server, after the break.
Diamant Tools are a set of custom tools developed by Blizzard Lead Character Modeler Rich Diamant, for Maya artists who need to model, do their UVs, retopologize and just have a general update to the existing tools available in Maya. Diamant Tools run at $199USD a license, but you can give it a spin with the temporary license (runs out after 20 uses).
Motion Tools is a small collection of tools that aims to aid Motion Graphic work being created inside Softimage. It does so by providing many ICE compounds and partially abstracting the ICEtree construction processes. It eases the creation, procedural animation and simulation of many many objects or chunks of geometry. Since it is based on factory nodes and standard workflows it allows you, and encourages you, to keep using ICE in order to push your effects further, so that they have a unique look.
Side Effects has announced a free 12-week course that will focus on three areas: Lighting, Shader Development, and Mantra Rendering. The course will start by showing how to setup your scene for Lighting and Rendering.
Pixologic is pleased to announce the release of ZBrush 4R4 for both Windows & Mac. ZBrush 4R4 continues to expand on creative freedom with a focus on model topology and detail creation. New features include Insert Multi Mesh, Tri Part Multi Mesh, QRemesher Alpha, Topology Brush, Mesh Fusion, UndoHistory, TransPose Enhancements, DynaMesh Enhancements, and more! As usual, this is once again a free update for existing registered users. Don't forget to check out the two videos that show new features in action.
Blue Pencil is a plugin for Maya that brings 2D drawing to the 3D viewport. Take control of your drawings with a comprehensive toolset, native undo/redo support, pressure-sensitive drawing, integrated keyframes and data that is stored directly in the Maya scene file. Blue Pencil runs at $99USD a pop.
As much as Jean Michel Jarre is the unchallenged father of electronic music, this Kinect-driven music performance probably has Jarre wishing he had done this sooner. Laser harp still rocks though. Anyway, check out the video for some cool beats and nice visuals!
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London animation house Bird Box Studio produced a great little short, featuring a couple of wildebeest contemplating crossing a river.
SnappyTree by Paul Brunt, is a procedural tree creation app designed to demo webgl and proctree.js. SnappyTree produces proctree.js JSON which can be used to generate trees client side in other web applications/games. In addition, SnappyTree also provides export options for .OBJ wavefront and .DAE collada file formats so the generated trees can be used in other native applications.
Here is another video from Autodesk's Craig Barr, showing how you can use a 3Dconnexion SpacePilot PRO in conjunction with a Wacom tablet, to do some sculpt and paint work in Mudbox. SpacePilot PRO will set you back $399USD, which is on the pricey end for a partial keyboard and mouse combo, but it sure as hell makes for cool-looking hardware for clients in presentations!
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