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Issue Media Asset Category Title Vendor/Format OS Description
108
Oct
2008
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Softimage: XSI (version #7) (Demo version)
This DVD contains an exclusive 60-day trial of SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7, Softimage's 3D modelling, rendering and animation(more) software. Rather than having to write scripts or C++ code, XSI 7's new ICE visual programming technology enables artists to create complex tools and visual effects by manipulating nodes on a dataflow diagram: a much quicker, simpler and more intuitive process.

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108
Oct
2008
General - 3D
Digital-Tutors Softimage Training
On the DVD, you can find a self-contained presentation that includes training on XSI in film; broadcast design(more) with XSI; XSI for games; and XSI for VFX and TDs. The training lasts 7 hours in total, and was recorded specially for this DVD.

Author: Digital - Tutors

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108
Oct
2008
3D Model Collection
Turbo Squid Model Collection

(6 files)
Turbo Squid has supplied six models of human heads, faces and facial features for the DVD, including a model of(more) the muscular system of an eye and a set of human teeth. All models include textures and are supplied in MAX, 3DS, OBJ or LWO formats.

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108
Oct
2008
2D Texture Collection
Turbo Squid Human Eyes and Hair

(4 files)
The DVD also includes two further texture sets from Turbo Squid. Two sets of human eyes and two images of hair(more) (blond and brown).

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108
Oct
2008
3D Model Collection
Ballistic Publishing head model

(2 files)
The disc contains a selection of assets from the DVD accompanying the book ESSENCE: The Face. The disc includes(more) the final 3D model of Monika's head in MA, MB, OBJ and MAX formats, complete with textures, and a bonus model of a skull.

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108
Oct
2008
3D Model Collection
aXYZ design character

(1 file)
The DVD contains a full-body, mental ray-ready, high-definition female character model in MAX format that is ready(more) for close-up shots. The character is rigged for animation, including hand rigs; and comes with a high-quality walking motion file. The DVD also includes all the necessary textures including bump, specular and diffuse maps. The model is optimised for deformation during the animation process.

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108
Oct
2008
3D Model Collection
Runtime DNA Poser collection of characters and creatures

(9 files)
The content on the disc includes 9 figures that require Poser 5 or later:Angelica - The Holy FighterLaRoo2 Lite(more) Ogre for Poser! (base figure)IGD Apollonia PosesJessiG2 AlienRM Mandira V4Morphius for Ichiro 2DNA VincentM3 P4/P5 Texture and Character SetRDNA Greyling

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108
Oct
2008
Animation - Motion Capture Data
Animazoo mocap files

(15 files)
Animazoo has provided 3D World readers with 15 mocap files in BVH format, including a variety of movements ranging(more) from walking to dancing, gymnastics and combat, captured for Twelve Interactive's Martial Arts: Capoeira. You can use the files to create character animations in 3ds Max, Poser, LightWave 3D, Life Forms and MotionBuilder.

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108
Oct
2008
2D Texture Collection
TextureWorld textures: Skin and Hair

(27 files)
This DVD contains TextureWorld's commercial texture collection, Human Skin & Hair Vol I, comprising 27 seamlessly(more) tileable textures of human skin and hair, complete with bump maps.

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108
Oct
2008
2D Texture Collection
3dsk human reference images

(60 files)
This issue, 3d.sk has provided 20 set of reference images of human faces. There are 10 sets of male faces and(more) ten sets of female faces of a range of ages and ethnicities.

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108
Oct
2008
2D Texture Creation and/or Editing
Skin Art
Blade Interactive's Stephen Molyneaux explains how to paint facial texture maps in Photoshop using photo references.(more) The walkthrough explores how to create the bump, specular and colour maps, apply them to a head model in 3ds Max, and adjust shader settings.

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108
Oct
2008
2D Texture Creation and/or Editing
Skin Art
The DVD contains the base model, the finished texture maps, and a complete video walkthrough explaining the process(more) in more detail. A bonus video explains how to UV Unwrap the character model in 3ds Max, and generate an ambient occlusion map by using Max's Bake To Texture function. The 6 video tutorials commprise over 2 hours and 11 minutes of training.

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108
Oct
2008
Animation - Facial Capture
Facial Capture: How to join the Dots
Our tips this issue cover the use of facial motion-capture data in 3D animation projects: from ways to plan and(more) manage a successful motion-capture shoot to setting up a suitable facial rig to which to apply the resulting data.

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108
Oct
2008
Animation - Character
Talking Heads
Accurate lip-synching is a prerequisite of any successful facial animation. In the magazine, Red Vision's Tom(more) Pullan explains how to sync a cartoon character to a brief dialogue clip in Maya

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108
Oct
2008
Animation - Character
Talking Heads
29 minute video tutorial to accompany Tom Pullan's lip-sync masterclass. Also includes associated project files.
108
Oct
2008
Animation - Rigging
How do you set-up facial controls for a character?
As part of this issue's set of walkthroughs themed around the human face, in his Lead Q&A, Ola Madsen explains(more) how to set up a basic facial animation rig. Starting with a cartoon-style head, Ola explains how to create blendshapes and set up a logical interface to control the way in which they are applied to the model by means of expressions. The result is a simple, easily controllable facial rig that you can use to keyframe your own facial animation.

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108
Oct
2008
Modeling - Character
Perfect Portraits
Cover artist Francisco A. Cortina presents his five killer tips for improving your 3D portrait images. Tips cover(more) reference images, modeling, texturing, lighting and shaders.

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108
Oct
2008
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
How do you create a decent bubble material?
108
Oct
2008
Motion Capture
How can I get motion capture to work with Poser of DAZ characters in Carrara?
108
Oct
2008
Texturing - Procedural Texture Creation
How do I randomize MoGraph's multi-shader materials on clones?
108
Oct
2008
Rendering - Textures and/or Materials
How can I set up a suitable material for use when rendering realistic glass objects?
108
Oct
2008
Animation - Scripting
How do I simulate floating debris on an ocean surface?
108
Oct
2008
VFX - Cloth Simulation
How can I control the look of folds in cloth dynamics?
108
Oct
2008
Animation - Rigging
Is there any way to transfer a lattice between objects?
108
Oct
2008
Modeling - General
How do you work with Auto Visibility and parent-child visibility?
modo
108
Oct
2008
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
How can I mimic the look of a wet road?
108
Oct
2008
Book/DVD
How To Cheat in 3DS Max 2009
A quick and easy to follow run through of most areas of 3DS Max. Ideal as a quick start guide(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Author: Michele Bousquet

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108
Oct
2008
Book/DVD
Unreal VFX: Material Transitions
A 146 minute DVD that provides a decent workflow for pimping up your levels to make them more sophisticated.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Author: Eat3D

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108
Oct
2008
Book/DVD
Intuitive Animation with Robert Kuczera
At 200 minutes, this DVD is highly recommended for animators at all levels, thank to an authoritative presenter.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Author: The Gnomon Workshop

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108
Oct
2008
Book/DVD
Next-Gen Texturing Techniques
This 286 minute DVD is a good training resource for artists tackling the challenges of next-gen game texturing.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Author: Eat3D

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108
Oct
2008
Plugin
Vanilla Pass Manager
Vanilla Seed's handy MAXScript creates multiple rendering passes from 3DS Max, each with different properties(more) or using multiple renderers

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

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108
Oct
2008
Plugin
Mimic Pro
Lip-Sync software Mimic Pro joins Carrara's growing arsenal of character animation tools, but the plug-in lacks(more) some of the features of the original.

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Value for money: 6/10
Range of features: 8/10

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108
Oct
2008
3D Painting
Argile (version #1.1)
Add mesh sculpting and real-time texturing to your workflow for less than the price of a night out with new tool(more) from N-Sided.

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Value for money: 8/10
Range of features: 6/10

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108
Oct
2008
Plugin
AfterBurn (version #4)
The respected 3DS Max particle effects plug-in grows in stature with this lastest release, but it's more a case(more) of evolution than revolution.

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

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108
Oct
2008
Hardware - 3D Scanner
NextEngine Desktop 3D Scanner HD
Building on the success of its standard-def predecessor, this hi-def scanner offers more detail and more color(more) in a faster package.

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

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