Insydium has shared some pre-release information about X-Particles 4, a significant update to its particle system plugin for Cinema 4D due for release on 5 December. New features will include: (more...)
Digital Anarchy has released Transcriptive, a new plugin for Premiere Pro that uses AI to automatically transcribe audio. The resultant text is fully searchable, making it easier for editors to find parts of a clip or sequence. The plugin doesn't actually perform the transcription itself, it provides an integrated connection to Speechmatics and IBM Watson, two services that promise up to 95% and 85% accuracy respectively. The plugin costs $299 and there's a transcription cost on top of that of $0.07 a minute for Speechamatics, and $0.02 for Watson, although the latter include 1000 minutes free per month. Find out more on Digital Anarchy's website.
ILM has released another behind the scenes look at their work on Kong: Skull Island, created at their San Francisco and Vancouver Studios. The video features digital environment work, water simulations, battle sequences and complex hair simulations. Watch it on YouTube.
Ben Lindbergh talks to ILM's chief creative officer and senior visual effects supervisor John Knoll about how his love of astronomy and advancements in our scientific understanding have influenced representations of the cosmos in VFX. Read the full interview on The Ringer.
A new study has been published linking prolonged sitting periods of around 12 or more hours per day, particularly those accumulated during 60 to 90-minute periods or longer, with significant increases in health risks. According to the study by researchers from the Columbia University Medical Center, those who kept most of their sitting sessions to less than 30 minutes had the lowest risk. "Sitting really is the new smoking", said study co-author Monika Safford, "so if you have a job or lifestyle where you have to sit for prolonged periods of time, we suggest taking a movement break every half hour". The study is the largest to link objectively measured sedentary time and sedentary patterns with health risk. More on Columbia University's website and Science Daily.