CG Today - Animation News

Pixologic unveils ZBrush 4 R2 at SIGGRAPH 2011 VancouverPixologic, Inc., makers of the award-winning ZBrush software attended SIGGRAPH 2011 in Vancouver over August 9th - 11th where they unveiled their latest version - ZBrush 4 Release 2 - to packed audiences.   ZBrush 4R2 introduces many significant new features, as well as major enhancements throughout ZBrush. New features can be seen in two ‘sneak preview’ movies for ZBrush 4R2 at ZBrushCentral

Miivies launches a browser-based 3D animation studio

Miivies, a specialist in 3D animation technology, has launched  the world's first Internet animation studio that enables the making of 3D animations in collaborative groups. Using this browser-based animation studio, consumers can make 3D animation films either alone or jointly with others. The service is free of charge.  However, if the user wants to share or download the completed animation, it is rendered into a video clip and then there is a rendering fee. The key customer segment for this new animation studio is young people in the 12-24 years bracket.

The Miivies animation studio offers a browser-based and easy-to-use toolset for the design of sets and characters, acting, filming and editing. Sound effects and music soundtracks can also be added. Users control animated characters in a manner familiar from many computer games. The characters can be moved in virtual sets and they independently carry out tasks assigned to them by the users. The characters are able to speak the dialogue written for them in a variety of languages, including English, German, French, Finnish and Swedish.

"Our research shows that the next growth area in the Internet will be consumer created content, including 3D animation films. Within a few years, the quality of the consumer created 3D animation content will improve to a level that will compete with Hollywood productions," said Erkki Heilakka, founder and CEO of Miivies.

"The Made In Internet MoviesTM technology lets anyone to express their feelings, ideas and stories in form of 3D animations. The ability to contribute and collaborate is at the core of the Internet.  An Internet with no possibilities to contribute would have died already," asserts Jari Ovaskainen, an investor in Miivies, and  the former CEO and Founder of iobox, acquired by Telefonica in 2000.

Vicon, developer of motion capture systems for the entertainment, life science and engineering industries, will introduce a future technology, "Mobile Mocap" at SIGGRAPH 2011 being held at the Vancouver Convention Center. This and other new technologies will be previewed in the Vicon booth, #694 from August 9-11 during show hours.

Vicon Introduces Mobile Mocap at 2011 SIGGRAPH

Moving mocap out of the lab and into the field, Vicon's mobile motion capture (Mobile Mocap) solutions tap several new technologies, many years in the making. At the heart of Mobile Mocap is a new, very small lipstick-sized camera that enables solutions applicable to automotive ergonomics testing, the medical industry, eye tracking, military surveillance, and entertainment for less obtrusive, more accurate facial animation data. The small and powerful new cameras capture 720p (1280X720) footage at 60 frames per second. In addition, a powerful processing unit synchronizes, stores, and wirelessly transmits the data, all in a tiny wearable design.

Recruiting; Imageworks' Vancouver Production Studio; Open Source and Technical Achievements Lead Activity at SIGGRAPH 2011

Sony Pictures Imageworks Recruiting at SIGGRAPH Job FairSony Pictures Imageworks, the Academy Award® winning visual effects and digital character animation unit of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, features an exciting slate of upcoming projects at SIGGRAPH 2011, the 38th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. These include the films THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, MEN IN BLACK 3, Sony Pictures Animation’s HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, and OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL; Imageworks’ recently opened production studio in Vancouver’s Yaletown district; several innovative technologies; and the latest developments in its Open Source program.

Entertainment Marketing and Creative Agency BIGSMACK Opens New York City Office; Adds Andrew Kobliska as Head of Marketing & Business Development

BIGSMACK Opens New York City Office; Adds Andrew Kobliska as Head of Marketing/Business DevelopmentDemonstrating their commitment to expansion and greater creative challenges, BIGSMACK, the award-winning full-service creative agency and entertainment marketing company led by Creative Director Andy Hann, announced the addition of Andrew Kobliska as Head of Marketing & Business Development. Additionally the company has opened a New York City office, based in the heart of the Flatiron creative district and re-launched their website, which focuses on the their distinct and diverse work.