Tokyo-based OLM Digital are sharing for free some of the tools they developed for After Effects, Photoshop and Maya, including Smoothing Without Blurring and OLM Color Key. More on OLM Digital R&D's site. (Registration required)
CG dinosaurs will roam the Earth once again. A trailer for the fourth film in the Jurassic Park series, which originally got many people interested in working in the CG field, is now available. Once again Steven Spielberg and ILM are involved. The film is being directed by Colin Trevorrow. Watch the trailer on YouTube.
Character TD Ahmed Shalaby has posted two videos demoing his upcoming free character rig for 3DS Max, showing body and facial animation features. A Maya version of the rig is in the works. More on Ahmed Shalaby's website.
A collaboration between AXYZ design and Chaos Group gives SketchUp and Rhino users access to the Metropoly ready-posed 3D character models. This allows artists to incorporate characters into scenes with the following benefits: (more...)
FXHome have released HitFilm 3 Pro and updated their website with more information on the new features offered by their editing, compositing and VFX software. These include an OpenEXR pipeline, background proxying, OpenFX compatibility, improved editing UI, denoise filter, grade transfer for matching looks across shots, etc. HitFilm 3 Pro is priced at $299. A video showing HitFilm 3 Pro at work can be found on YouTube. Read the list of new features on FXHome's website.