While most people strive to perfect a simulation of reality in their VR projects, some developers choose a different path. A Commodore 64 enthusiast known as jim_64 has created his own set of inexpensive virtual reality goggles and what must be the platform's only VR game, Street Defender. If you fancy having a go yourself then the process is documented on jim_64's blog, otherwise you can enjoy a video of the retro-tech in action on YouTube.
There's something really gratifying about seeing levels for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy go from initial block out to final scenes in these timelapse breakdowns by environment artist Anthony Vaccaro. Watch them on YouTube.
Russia-based PostPro18 Studio has released a making of video for a series of dinosaur filled adverts for Dixy Stores, a chain of Russian convenience stores. You can watch the breakdown on Vimeo and see stills and the final commercials on Behance.
Adobe has announced at IBC that Character Animator CC is now out of beta and available in the next couple of days for rental customers. The software enables artists to create cut-out style animations from characters created in Photoshop or Illustrator, and animate them using a mouse, keyboard shortcuts, or multi touch gestures as well as automatic lip syncing and facial animation captured from a camera feed. Animated characters can then be added to an After Effects composition. Watch a video of the most recently added features on YouTube, and read more about Character Animator on Adobe's website.
Blackmagic Design has announced Ultimatte 12, a real-time hardware compositing solution for broadcast quality keying, virtual sets and AR. New features of Ultimatte 12 include: one-touch keying, support for Ultra HD output, improved image processing algorithms for better edge handling, color separation, color fidelity, and spill suppression. Ultimatte 12 costs $9,995. Find our more on Blackmagic Design's website.
(Errata) The short will be funded by the Blender Cloud but the director and his team will work remotely (not at the Blender Institute).
The talented Spanish artist and founder of Pepe-School-Land will be directing the next short produced at Blender Animation Studio, which is being made with the aim "to improve the Grease Pencil tools from the Blender 2.8 branch" and "to show everyone how to make compelling 2D animation film in a 3D environment". Martínez Lara is the author of quality shorts such as Alike (co-directed with Rafa Cano Méndez) and Changes. More on the Blender Cloud website.