Anime Studio Debut 11 By Ko Maruyama Smith Micro software has just released their newest version of Anime Studio Debut. It is an amazingly robust piece of software for the beginner or hobbiest animator. Although Anime Studio Debut is priced for the beginner, the new feature set has tools that will allow you to create professional looking animations. ...Read More »
iPiSoft sponsors The Mocap Vaults By Ko Maruyama Recognizing the growing need for today's professional actors, directors and producers to learn the unique challenges behind working with motion capture technology, iPi Soft, makers of the leading markerless motion capture technology iPi Motion Capture, has partnered with The Mocap Vaults, an educational resource that offers both online tutorials and live workshops in Los Angeles, Canada, London, and other European cities. ...Read More »
AJA Try CION By Ko Maruyama Announced at last year?s NABShow, the AJA CION camera is a beautiful piece of hardware for any serious shooter. The production camera handles like camera operators would expect. ...Read More »
Premiere Clip to CreativeCloud By Ko Maruyama Your mobile device is an awesome way to start working on a small visual project because you often have it with you all the time. The great part about PremiereClip is that you can shoot, edit, and upload right from your phone or tablet. The ability to edit, do some amount of post work, and quickly share it is the HEART of PremiereClip. However, if you have a CreativeCloud subscription, you can take the project that you just edited with your finger into a more substantial NLE. ...Read More »
GPU Beast at NABShow By Ko Maruyama Now that we're looking at even more definition at this year's NAB, and 4K monitors already a standard, it's a good thing that NVIDIA is stepping up to raise the bar on what to expect from a video card. Not only are we using GPU to drive our monitors, but we're using GPU more and more to power our video graphics renders. Production and Post Production professionals will be looking at NVIDIA closely at next week's NABShow. Their new NVIDIA Quadro M6000 is professional graphics card in beast mode. ...Read More »
Jeff Foster speaks @NABShow By Ko Maruyama Our friend Jeff Foster will be speaking at NABShow next week to talk about drones. If you know Jeff, or his work, you know that he's interested in both production and post production. He is always helpful and excited to teach people about new techniques and technologies. ...Read More »
Ollo Clip Telephoto By Ko Maruyama Back to the well. It's like potato chips: so good, you can't stop. Olloclip telephoto for iPhone 6 will keep you shooting. What started out as one lens for our production (the 4:1) has turned into more. Shooting with your iPhone 6 is so much better with great optics. The telephoto lens from OlloClip isn't just a zoom, it?s a physical lens - which means a much better picture than digital zoom. ...Read More »
Road to NAB 2015 By Ko Maruyama This year, a small team and I will be trying something completely different. Rather than relying on the heavy duty gear that we've used in the past, our production is shifting to mobile. Completely mobile. That means iPhones and iPads. It means we can deliver quickly, but the smaller gear is also more difficult to control and protect. ...Read More »
Image Engine Tames "Chappie" Renders with PipelineFX's Qube! By DMN Staff Writer Image Engine was the primary VFX facility on "Chappie", so we were tasked with all the fight sequences, hard-surface character creation, live action animation, comps and lighting jobs that Neill Blomkamp and Sony Pictures requested. Our team consisted of about 150 people working out of the Vancouver office for about a year and half. ...Read More »
Motion Capture x 3 By Ko Maruyama The aptly named iPi Soft upgrade now stands at version 3. It's not just the iteration that follows 2, but it captures up to 3 people at once. Using multiple cameras (up to 16 USB cameras or multiple Kinect 2 sensors), the software allows you to capture and edit motion data on your PC. Later, you can export the data to your favorite 3D software to use as animation data. ...Read More »
iOgrapher At Fit Expo By Ko Maruyama iOgrapher is a remarkable product that can turn your iPad or iPhone into a professional field tool for production. Last year, attendees at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) visited the iOgrapher booth to see the framework in action. Since then, iOgrapher has been showing up wherever people are documenting their with iOS video. This weekend, iOgrapher flexed some muscle at The Fit Expo in Los Angeles, showing up where most people are talking about healthy lifestyle options. ...Read More »
EnvoyPro EX drives from OWC By Ko Maruyama This year's International CES is complete with everything from toothbrushes to car parts, but we're interested in what might help us in professional production. Other World Computing is introducing yet another sexy new new drive. 1TB portable SSD USB 3.0 powered with 436MB/s read time. ...Read More »
Viper Pro drives from OWC By Ko Maruyama This year's International CES is complete with everything from toothbrushes to car parts, but we're interested in what might help us in professional production. Other World Computing is introducing a new drive with up to 8TB capacity with an SSD RAID configuration that should help you in your evolving 4K production pipeline. ...Read More »
Drives for Doing: GTech's Rugged Drives By Ko Maruyama This year's International CES is complete with everything from toothbrushes to car parts, but we're interested in what might help us in professional production. G-Technology is introducing a new rugged drive that is small enough to bring to the to remote locations, but strong enough to withstand being out of the studio. ...Read More »
Shooter Suite By Ko Maruyama Red Giant Software is a familiar name in professional post production circles. Their current super set of software is called Shooter Suite, a package of several different applications that will help you get from production through post quickly and easily. ...Read More »
Some SSD questions answered By Ko Maruyama As we update our studio Macs to Yosemite and better SSD drives, the community of Mac users have been talking about what to do, not to do, upgrading, and general confusion - especially when it comes to looking at SSDs. I had a chance to ask Larry O'Connor to dispel some of the myths surrounding SSDs for our creative workstations. ...Read More »
MAXON'S NEWEST By Ko Maruyama Once you learn a piece of 3D software, it?s hard to switch into another piece of software. The language of good 3D design and animation doesn?t change, but the interface and toolset does change when you switch between software packages. However, switching between something your comfortable with and CINEMA4D is even easier now. So making the transition between what you?re using now and R16 doesn?t have to be an On/Off operation. ...Read More »
NOTA Effectors By Ko Maruyama As a motion graphics artist - most of the time you're going to be moving the clones you generate with the CINEMA4D Cloner Object. NOTA Effector is going to make that much easier. NOTA Effector being a standard Module can be used with all Mograph tools as PolyFX, Fracture, Cloner and similar. ...Read More »
FOUND STUDIOS By Ko Maruyama Found Studios recently caught our eye after they teamed up with VCCP to create the Hiscox Insurance commercial projected on the surface of a house. Their recent projection was for the MTV EMAs and is on a much bigger scale, on Glasgow's City Chambers building. ...Read More »
MAXON at World Animation & VFX Summit By Ko Maruyama It's a year of Reinvention and Renovation for the World Animation and VFX Summit. It's only 10 days away, but you can still register for the professionals summit. Producer Bonne Arnold (How to Train Your Dragon 2), voice talent Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh), animator and artist Glen Keane (Duet), director Rob Minkoff (Mr. Peabody and Sherman), media director Richard Taylor (RGH Themed Entertainment), and director David Silverman (The Simpsons) are some of the 2014 edition?s distinguished honorees and speakers. ...Read More »
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