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Issue Media Asset Category Title Vendor/Format OS Description
111
Xmas
2008
Video Editor and/or Compositor
Nuke 5.1 PLE (version #5.1) (Learning E version)
Nuke Personal Learning Edition provides all of the major functionality of the software with the exception of watermarked(more) output, limited support for plug-ins and exporting of project files. This version is free to use, is not time-limited and does not require you to install a licence key

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111
Xmas
2008
3D Model Collection
ModelUP Models

(10 files)
Included on the CD are models of various lights, lamps and cushions, several chairs and a flat-screen television.(more) All of the models include textures. The models are provided in 3DS, DWG, DXF, FBX, OBJ, Scanline and V-Ray formats. LICENSING: Licensed for commercial use

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111
Xmas
2008
2D Texture Collection
ModelUP Textures

(4 files)
Four high-resolution textures (2272 x 906 and up to 4220 x 2450) for creating dramatic skies
111
Xmas
2008
2D Texture Collection
aXYZ design products - Firefly Textures

(22 files)
22 high-resolution (2048 x 2048) tileable textures with diffuse, displacement, normal and specular maps. Textures(more) are in the dirt, flooring, brick, concrete, tile and wood floor categories

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111
Xmas
2008
Animation - Motion Capture Data
aXYZ design products - eMotion Mocap Data

(4 files)
Four free motion-capture data files that are ready to use in 3ds Max and MotionBuilder. Motions include: man(more) opening door, person rollerblading, person standing and then moves out of the way, and a teen walking.

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111
Xmas
2008
Audio Editor and/or Collection
The Gong Sounds

(2 files)
Two free royalty-free ambient sound effects taken from The g(O)ng Sounds collections
111
Xmas
2008
2D Texture Collection
Texture FX

(20 files)
The CD includes a selection of 20 high-resolution (1500 x 1500 to 2048 x 2048), tileable textures with bump maps.(more) Textures are oil scum, fabric, faux basket, faux wall, frozen asparagus (now that one is useful ! ), Italian concrete, lettuce, mulch, sand, strand wood and a telephone pole.

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111
Xmas
2008
3D Particle Animation
Tutor FX - Hypervoxel Presets for Lightwave

(20 files)
On the CD are 20 free Hypervoxel presets for LightWave 3D from the firm's HV-Pro Collection. Categories include(more) clouds, pyro, liquid, nature, smoke, mico, and the wild.

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111
Xmas
2008
3D Model Collection
SilverKey 3D Fawn

(1 file)
This fawn comes complete with textures and 10 poses and is provided as two installers, one each for Windows and(more) Mac OS X.

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111
Xmas
2008
2D Texture Collection
Panoramic Skies

(40 files)
On the CD are 40 high-quality (2405 x 675 up to 4068 x 852) photoshoot reference images of blue skies, taken from(more) Andrew Gahan's recently released book 3ds Max Modelling for Games: Insider's Guide to Game Character, Vehicle, and Environment Modeling

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111
Xmas
2008
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
The Art of Detail
To launch this issue's masterclasses on the use of detail in 3D imagery, Sven Geruschkat explains how he created(more) his arresting cover image, 'Evil Witch'. The disc contains larger versions of the images printed in the tutorial, including full-sized versions of all eight texture maps used for the witch's skin; screenshots of key mental ray render settings; and alternate renders showing the influence that different HDR environments have on the render.

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111
Xmas
2008
VFX - Compositing
Going Green
Melania Fodritto of the National Centre for Computer Animation explains how to use Nuke to sort out poor greenscreen(more) footage, placing the actor against a backplate.

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111
Xmas
2008
Animation - Rigging
How can I animate a bomb-disposal droid?
Cinema 4D Cafe's Nigel Doyle explains how to use Cinema 4D's XPresso tools to rig a robot so that different moving(more) parts respond to each other's movements automatically as you animate.

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111
Xmas
2008
Rendering
Outside Edge
Neoscape's Gus Capote explains how to use V-Ray to set up a photo-realistic exterior render.
111
Xmas
2008
3D Landscapes
Ghost Town
Vue Backplate Tutorial: Composite CG elements and video to make a post-disaster landscape. Geekatplay's Ami Chopine(more) explains how to blend a video clip with environmental components built in Vue, compositing the result in After Effects. The CD includes all the scene files you need, along with full-size screenshots for reference.

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111
Xmas
2008
3D Particle Animation
How can I create particle collation effects with 3D Studio Max?
111
Xmas
2008
Rendering - Optimization
How can I speed up ambient occlusion renderings significantly?
111
Xmas
2008
Modeling - General
How do you make merlons and embrasures for towers in Bryce?
111
Xmas
2008
VFX - Compositing
How can I simulate a large crowd in my composite with limited 3D assets?
111
Xmas
2008
3D Particle Animation
How can I create a ring of fire using sprites?
111
Xmas
2008
Rendering
How can I reduce interpolated radiosity flickers?
Lightwave
111
Xmas
2008
Modeling - UV Projections
How can I bake an occlusion UV texture map in Maya?
111
Xmas
2008
VFX - Motion Capture
I need to realign some mocap so that it works with our game engine. What is the easiest way to do it?
111
Xmas
2008
Modeling - General
What's the best procedure to model the threads of a bottle?
111
Xmas
2008
Rendering
The Gnomon Workshop: V-Ray Training
A sample chapter from the training DVD Global Illumination: Interiors. This CD includes the 35-minute Chapter(more) 6: Baking Lighting into Textures from The Gnomon Workshop DVD Global Illumination: Interiors V-Ray Lighting Techniques with Christopher Nichols. The aim of the DVD is to explain how interior global illumination differs from exterior GI. The training focuses on the concept of digital sets and explores issues of interior lighting for GI, including the variety of light sources that can be used, as well as how space plays an important role in lighting

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111
Xmas
2008
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Lightwave 3D (version #9.5)
The third free update to version 9 revamps Lightwave's renderer and adds character animation tools. Is this the(more) one that users have been waiting for?

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

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111
Xmas
2008
Renderer - Rendering and/or visualization application
fryrender
Feversoft's debut software release is the first commercial physically unbiased renderer since Maxwell Render.(more) So how does it stack up?

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

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111
Xmas
2008
Presentation and/or Web Authoring Tool
Creator (version #3)
Intuitive workflow and a low price make the package once known as Deep Creator a strong contender for the real-time(more) authoring throne.

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

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111
Xmas
2008
3D Modeling
GroBoto (version #2.3)
Showcased at Siggraph this year, has this one-of-a-kind '3D array' tool evolved from an interesting novelty to(more) part of the serious illustrator's toolbox?

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

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111
Xmas
2008
Plugin
Flamingo (version #2)
Robert McNeel & Associates add-on for Rhino now offers a cleaner interface an better raytracing, but faces(more) stiff competition from rival renderers.

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

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111
Xmas
2008
Book/DVD
3DS Max 2009 Architectural Visualization: Intermediate to Advanced.
A worthwhile read for students and beginners, or for intermediate professionals.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Author: Brian L. Smith

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111
Xmas
2008
Book/DVD
Mastering the Art of ICE. Volume 1: Breaking the ICE
At 333 minutes, this DVD is a clear-cut introduction to ICE particles and a decent alternative to the manual(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Author: i3DTutorials

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111
Xmas
2008
Book/DVD
ZBrush Advanced Workflows
At 606 minutes, this DVD should offer Good advice - but it can be hard to find, with large sections where Finlayson(more) is simply sculpting.

Verdict (new purchase): 6/10
Author: Misguided Tutorials

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111
Xmas
2008
Book/DVD
Advanced Maya Texturing and Lighting (2nd Edition)
An updated edition but as a technical resource, it's only a marginal improvement.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 5/10
Author: Lee Lanier

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