Jonathan de Blok has released the first Nyx SideKick beta which is a software that lets you work with Houdini and 3DS Max in an interconnected way. The current beta only supports 3DS Max 2017 and Houdini 16. The tool is being developed by Jonathan de Blok, Artur Leao and Daniel Santana. A tutorial has also been posted that you can view on Vimeo. More information and the installer can be found on the Facebook page HoudiniForMaxers.
Using the Oculus Rift headset, a couple of touch controllers and the VR sculpting program Oculus Medium, Southerngfx have created high quality sculpts which they've compiled into a reel that you can view on Vimeo. On their Vimeo channel you can also view tutorials that goes through this workflow.
Built using fractals Hal Tenny submitted various conceptual assets to the VFX teams working on the upcoming movie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The main fractal algorithm used was Mandelbulb 3D his assets contributed to both space phenomena as well as architectural details though Hal Tenny makes it clear that his assets were further conceptualized by the artists working on the VFX. Find out more on Hal Tenny's blog.
A developer by the name of SoHyeon Jeong has released a video demonstrating a new liquid simulation software that the developer claims to be the fastest and most stable physics engine available by using machine learning algorithms.(more...)
Recently Allegorithmic spoke with Theory Studios and Barnstorm VFX, about their visual effects work on the TV series, The Man in the High Castle. You can read the full interview on the Allegorithmic blog.
New features in 3d-io's unwrapping and UV packing plugin for 3DS Max and Maya include: flatten unwrap mode, new UV tile creation process that allows to easily control the number of UV tiles, automatically generate material IDs for each UV tile or unwrap the UV tiles according to material ID settings. Plus speed, stability and performance boosts, and a simplified licensing system. Unwrella supports Max 2010-2017 and Maya 2010-2017. A trial version is available for download. More on Unwrella's website.