Defective Studios is developing an immersive virtual reality world creation tool inspired by Bruce Branit's short film "World Builder". VRMT provides a set of props and tools with which one or more people can collaborate on the creation of environments. Brush
sets can be made on and imported from other 3D applications. VRMT can
also be used for game level design, its results can be loaded into
other software such as Unity. More on Defective Studios' site.
C4Dome 2 is a plugin for Cinema 4D that offers a toolset for HDR lighting. It comes with a number of presets and also provides the ability to take HDR elements from the included library and combine them to create custom HDR images, as well as a special render preview feature that makes it easier to fine-tune scenes. C4Dome 2 also delivers flicker-free animations. More on the Renderking website.
FutureMag has an interesting report on CG techniques being used for capturing and digitally preserving historic works of art, as well as restoring and reproducing them. Watch the video on YouTube. (French)
Autodesk announced that it is making its software available for free to students, teachers and educational institutions around the world. According to the MaxStation blog and Autodesk's Shaan Hurley, the company previously offered free access in some countries, but not others, and the software was available free to students, but in many cases not to the schools themselves. These restrictions have now been lifted. More on the MaxStation blog, Shaan Hurley's blog and Autodesk's website.
Adobe recently previewed a new character animation tool they're developing: a markerless real-time mocap software that allows to control a puppet in After Effects and record its motion using a webcam and microphone. Watch a demo video on YouTube and find out more on Adobe's AE blog.
Prices and a release date have been announced for Corona Renderer 1.0 for 3DS Max. A tentative date of November has been set for the release and prices will vary based on a choice of month-to-month subscription vs. a permanent license. Features in the 1.0 release include: (more...)