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Issue Media Asset Category Title Vendor/Format OS Description
103
May
2008
3D Model Collection
ModelUP Models

(8 files)
Included in the folder are models of a ball couch/chair, an office chair, two hotels, a large city block with(more) high-rise buildings, a beach lifeguard tower, a Sony video camera and a ceiling fan with wooden blades. All of the models include textures.

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103
May
2008
3D Model Collection
Falling Pixel model

(1 file)
This disc contains a model of a PlayStation 2 console, created by Chris Lawrence. The model includes textures(more) and lighting set-up. Licensed for commercial use. MAX version requires 3DS Max 9

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103
May
2008
3D Model Collection
Altair Models models

(6 files)
Included in this folder are six models: a wall clock in MAX, 3DS and OBJ formats; a SWAT team member in MAX, 3DS(more) and OBJ formats; a rose in MAX, 3DS and OBJ formats; a pirate in MAX and OBJ formats; a home gym in 3DS and OBJ formats; and a garbage can in MAX and 3DS formats. All of the models include textures. Licensed for commercial use

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103
May
2008
2D Texture Collection
Texture FX texture sets

(52 files)
Texture FX sells a DVD containing 800 fully tiling textures, complete with bump maps, at both 750x750 and 1,500x1,500(more) resolutions. The DVD costs just $8. As a sampler of this content, Texture FX has provided 18 sets of themed textures, making 52 textures in total. Themes are Barks, Bricks, Fabric, Food, Grass, Household, Stucco, Woods, Building Faces, Bushes and Foliage, Chipped Paint, Concrete and Asphalt, Construction Site, Counter Collection, Faux Walls, Metal Plating, Rusty Metal, and Stone and Rocks

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103
May
2008
3D Model Collection
DAZ Productions content

(2 files)
A stock model of a ruined temple, ready for use in DAZ Studio or Poser. The disc also includes a model of a tiger(more) shark created by artist Colin Swift.

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103
May
2008
Workflow and Efficiency
Gnomonology After Effects training on converting image sequences to QuickTime
The 14-minute tutorial deals with the subject of assembling animations rendered out from packages like 3ds Max(more) or Maya as image sequences. Sequences like this can become difficult to manage, load, archive, preview or present. An effective solution is to convert them to movie files in formats such as MOV or AVI. This tutorial demonstrates how to convert a sequence to QuickTime using After Effects, including loading the sequence, creating the After Effects project and rendering using compression codecs.

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103
May
2008
3D Landscapes
Aztec city tutorial
As part of this issue's themed tutorials on recreating the elements in 3D, training provider Geekatplay Studio(more) explains how to recreate an Aztec landscape. The tutorial explores Vue's Advanced Material Editor and EcoSystems functionality. Requires Vue 6 Infinite.

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103
May
2008
Modeling - Landscapes
Underwater lighting tutorial
For the water section of our themed tutorials on recreating the elements in 3D, we turn to the subject of underwater(more) lighting in Bryce. In the walkthrough in the magazine, Cirstyn Bech-Yagher explains how to create an image of a flooded ruin, using stock models provided by DAZ Productions (also on the CD), and setting up depth fogging and 'God ray' effects.

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103
May
2008
Animation - Particles
Northern Lights tutorial
For the 'air' section of issue 103's themed tutorials on recreating the elements in 3D, Pete Draper explains how(more) to recreate the Aurora Borealis, the mysterious polar light phenomenon better known as the Northern Lights, in 3ds Max. The walkthrough in the magazine explores how to animate the effect, using the software's Particle Flow system.

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103
May
2008
Animation - Particles
How do I create a large scale explosion?
Issue 103's themed walkthroughs on recreating the elements in 3D conclude with a Q&A in which Blender expert(more) Bassam Kurdali explores how to use the powerful open-source software package to simulate an exploding building, complete with flames, smoke plume, showers of debris and expanding shockwaves deforming the surrounding terrain.

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103
May
2008
3D Lighting
How do I create multiple colored attenuated volumetrics?
103
May
2008
3D Lighting
How can I add volumetric light after rendering?
103
May
2008
Rendering - Non photorealistic
How do I animate the sketch effects created with Sketch and Toon?
103
May
2008
Shader
How can I create a cartoon shader?
103
May
2008
Rendering - Non photorealistic
How do I render wire-frames in Maya?
103
May
2008
Animation - Timeline, Keyframes and F-Curves
How can I realistically increase the distance of an animation?
103
May
2008
2D Image Creation, Management and/or Editing
How do I make gritty text?
103
May
2008
Animation - Textures/Materials/Shaders
How do I animate a metal surface gradually shifting from shiny to frosty?
103
May
2008
Modeling - Character
How do I create my own library of Z-Brush alpha's for use in my models?
103
May
2008
VFX - Fluid Simulation
Faking 3D Fluids
To mark issue 103's tutorials themed around the four elements, our cover illustration mixes fire and water. In(more) the magazine, Nicholas Pliatsikas explains how he used a combination of modelling and particle simulation techniques in Houdini to achieve his striking image of a match flame made out of water.

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103
May
2008
Book/DVD
Character Modeling with Maya and ZBrush
Too heavily weighted towards modeling in Maya at the expense of Z-Brush workflow.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 6/10

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103
May
2008
Book/DVD
An Essential Introduction to Maya Character Rigging
A recommended resource for newcomers to character and rigging workflow.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10

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103
May
2008
Book/DVD
Creating Cartoon Characters in modo
modo
This lengthy 385 minute DVD can be a bit pedestrian but there's useful info for those who stick with it.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10

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103
May
2008
Book/DVD
Cheetah3D for Beginners
A must have DVD (at 210 minutes) for anyone wanting to come to grips with Cheetah 3D.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10

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103
May
2008
Plugin
Polyboost (version #4)
The hugely popular 3D Studio Max workflow assistant returns with a complete rewrite of the core and an armful(more) of new productivity shortcuts. Requires Max 5 or later

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Value for money: 10/10
Range of features: 10/10

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103
May
2008
Plugin
Rayfire (version #1.32)
Design, create and amend automated fragmentation, impacts, and explosions with this cost effective visual effects(more) plugin for 3D Studio Max 9 or later.

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 8/10
Range of features: 8/10

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103
May
2008
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Cheetah3D (version #4.4)
The latest update to this cut-price Mac-only 3D suite takes it acclaimed render engine and throws it out in favor(more) of an even better one.

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 10/10
Range of features: 7/10

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103
May
2008
3D Modeling
Moment of Inspiration
This brand-new NURBS modeler from the creator of Rhino offers a standard toolset-but an extremely interesting(more) take on interface design.

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 9/10
Range of features: 7/10

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103
May
2008
Hardware - Computer
VeryPC Designed for Cinema 4D III
Innovative configuration choices make VeryPC's application-specific workstation a refreshing choice for Cinema(more) 4D users at a reasonable price.

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Value for money: 10/10
Range of features: 8/10

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