Vladimir Koylazov, Marcos Fajardo and Larry Gritz are among the individuals and organizations that will receive an award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this year, for significantly expanding filmmakers' creative choices for moving image storytelling. A number of digital camera makers (ARRI, RED Digital Cinema, Sony, Panavision, etc.) will also be awarded this year for their contributions in transitioning filmmaking to the digital realm. More on the official website.
Dell has announced Canvas, a 27-inch touch display designed to function as a second screen for drawing, animation and other applications that may employ a stylus. The Canvas also comes with a control dial. It is expected to be available on March 30 in the U.S., at a SRP of $1799. More on PC Magazine and Dell.
Fuel3D unveiled the details of the Fuel3D 360 Scanner, a high speed imaging and measurement system, designed for capturing highly detailed 360 degree 3D data. In just 0.3 seconds, the Fuel3D 360 Scanner captures high resolution
3D data (accurate to 0.2mm), gathering both shape and color data of mid-sized objects – around the size of a human head and shoulders. The easily transportable scanning rig can be set up and calibrated in under an hour, making it practical for on-location scanning. (more...)
Allegorithmic has launched Substance Academy, a new website with free learning materials for artists wishing to learn Substance Painter, Substance Designer and Bitmap to Material. Videos and documentation are organised into courses categorised by software, level and topic to make it easier for users to master the software. Substance Academy is live now, with plans to add additional content regularly.
Fnord software has announced that ProEXR, their popular OpenEXR plugins for Photoshop, Premiere and After Effects, are now open source under a GPL licence. Although several of the plugins for Premiere and After Effects were already included with the host applications, the full suite is now free for everyone. This includes the previously commercial Photoshop plugin as well as After Effects plugins for processing non-RGBA data. According to the developer this decision was made in part by the recent release of Exr-IO which provides similar features, though is currently only available for Windows. Find out more on the Fnord software blog.
Chaos Group has disclosed information on the GPU rendering improvements that will be brought by the upcoming version of V-Ray 3.5 for 3DS Max (with other platforms to follow). More on the Chaos Group Labs' website.