Pixel Squid: New Rubble By Ko Maruyama PixelSquid, a company built by the same creatives behind TurboSquid, offers amazingly easy ways to add 3D objects from an existing library to your Adobe Photoshop compositions. If you don't have Photoshop, there's an iOS app that allows you to add 3D objects on your iPhone! ...Read More »
PIXELSQUID By Ko Maruyama PixelSquid? You may know TurboSquid - Yeah, same team. But this time, the new team is offering resources for the 2D artist who is interested in finding 3D objects to use in their compositions. If you've ever wanted to use a 3D object in your Adobe Photoshop composite, but just didn't have the chops (or time) to make the 3D object happen, this (extension/service) is perfect. PixelSquid has taken out all of the complexity of modeling, lighting, layering, and rendering 3D, and delivers a truly 3D object that you can easily customize for your Photoshop workflow. ...Read More »
State of Play Games at SIGGRAPH 2015 By Ko Maruyama During the SIGGRAPH convention, State of Play games introduced attendees to creating games with physical environments. By using paper, glue, markers, and other art supplies, anyone could become part of the game making process. Once the stage was set each day, an interactive experience was built in a few minutes. ...Read More »
State of Play Games at SIGGRAPH 2015 By Ko Maruyama During the SIGGRAPH convention, State of Play games introduced attendees to creating games with physical environments. By using paper, glue, markers, and other art supplies, anyone could become part of the game making process. Once the stage was set each day, an interactive experience was built in a few minutes. ...Read More »
NVIDIA introduces DesignWorks By Ko Maruyama NVIDIA has always been about visual computing. We often think of them as the video card and hardware company to make display and rendering happen (I accidentally typed 'happy' before editing it). Perhaps it isnt too far off base to say that NVIDIA is considered the company to make rendering happy. This year at SIGGRAPH, they are announcing a new concept: DesignWorks. Not hardware, the DesignWorks announcement brings an array of new software tools. ...Read More »
How to add some fun graphics to Premiere Clip By Ko Maruyama Here's how you can add some fun graphics to your Premiere Clip videos that you create on your iPhone or iPad. Although you can always export your video out to a heavy duty application like Premiere Pro with the click of a button, sometimes, it's more spontaneous to make them 'in camera' ...Read More »
Adobe Stock for CreativeCloud By Ko Maruyama Adobe announced their new updates to CreativeCloud 2015 today, and with it comes a whole slew of upgrades to applications that professionals rely on for their daily workflows. Professionals also frequently rely on stock material to incorporate into their projects. Now Adobe will provide opportunities to find and purchase stock materials directly from within the applications you're using. ...Read More »
The Pixel Lab By Ko Maruyama For several years, owner and designer Joren Kandel has been posting beautiful 3D models on his website: The Pixel Lab. In addition to several free models that are routinely posted on the website, The Pixel Lab has recently offered a bundle of wonderfully detailed 3D objects that will allow you to create a shopping scene. ...Read More »
DAZ3D Prints By Ko Maruyama DAZ 3D software has been an affordable and easy way for people to begin exploring 3D models and creating beautiful scenes quickly. Now, DAZ is offering a way to get 3D characters from your screen to your hand. 3D prints of models built within the Genesis 2 system are supported. Printed people (and a dragon) for people who print. ...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 »
VideoCopilot Element 3D By Ko Maruyama It's been about 2 years since VideoCopilot introduced the Element 3D plugin for After Effects. Now, Version 2 is out, delivering more control over the ability to integrate 3D models, textures, lights, and animation using many of the Adobe After Effects controls that you're already familiar with. ...Read More »
The Foundry's Mischief By Ko Maruyama Here's my 4 minute review after a first look at the software. Seriously - in 2 minutes, you'll be comfortable with the software. Why? Because it just does one thing - sketching. This is what it was meant to do. And it is RIDICULOUSLY FAST. ...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 »
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 »
MAXON at IBC By Ko Maruyama IBC is kicking off in Amsterdam on September 11. And with it, starts the annual convention for European broadcasters and digital entertainment content creators. This September date comes on the heels of MAXON's release of R16, their newest version of CINEMA4D. If you're at IBC 2014, you can see R16 presented in person. ...Read More »
Quick Sketching with Ron Husband By Ko Maruyama The first thing you should know about this book is that Ron Husband is not only a great teacher but an amazing animator who has worked on several movies, including Beauty and the Beast, The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, The great Mouse Detective, The little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King and others you might share on your favorites list too. ...Read More »
Grabbing motion with iPiSoft By Ko Maruyama This weekend, I jumped into putting together a motion capture PC. It?s nothing big, but the right amount of gear to get the motion capture portion of the workflow done. I?ll be using Microsoft Kinect cameras in conjunction with iPiSoft?s software to capture the data ? from there, anything is possible. ...Read More »
OWC 16GB RAM and 240GB SSD Drive Upgrade for 2011 Mac mini By Heath McKnight Other World Computing (OWC, www.macsales.com) sells some the best and most affordable upgrades for Mac users, such as RAM, hard drives and more. I've heard stories of just how fast a solid state drive (SSD) is compared to a standard drive found in a Mac, and I wanted to see for myself. More RAM and a faster hard drive is always great for video editors to work faster and more efficiently. Plus, can my new 2011 Mac mini really accept 16GB of RAM? Read on to find out. ...Read More »
GPU Computing Gems Jade Edition By Wen-mei W. Hwu, Mark Harris and Michael Garland The NVIDIA Fermi GPU architecture introduces new instructions designed to facilitate basic, but important, parallel primitives on per-thread predicates, as well as instructions for manipulating and querying bits within a word. This chapter demonstrates the application of these instructions in the construction of efficient parallel algorithm primitives such as reductions, scans, and segmented scans of binary or Boolean data. ...Read More »
The workstation market continues to experience healthy growth, hitting new high in the fourth quarter of 2010 By Alex Herrera, Senior Analyst for Jon Peddie Research The fourth quarter of 2010 saw the workstation market take a noteworthy step forward in its journey back from recessionary lows, setting a new high water mark for quarterly unit volume. Worldwide, the industry shipped 903.7 thousand workstations, representing a solid - yet still moderate - 6.4% sequential gain. Continued tempered growth should bode well for the workstation market. ...Read More »
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