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Issue Media Asset Category Title Vendor/Format OS Description
113
February
2009
Plugin
aniMate Plugin for DAZ Studio (Demo version)
aniMate (created by GoFigure for DAZ Studio 2.3.3.89) puts animations together using editable chunks called aniBlocks,(more) which can be stored and reused just like video clips. Animations are assembled by stacking aniBlocks in the aniTimeline. You can create new aniBlocks from DAZ Studio keyframes, which means BVH animation files, Puppeteer animation or hand keyframing can all be used to create new aniBlocks. Licensed for commercial use.

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113
February
2009
Animation - Prescripted Motions (General)
aniMate aniBlock Sampler (Demo version)
aniBlocks are animations that have been broken down into editable chunks that can be stored and reused like video(more) clips. Animations are created by stacking aniBlocks in the aniTimeline. AniBlocks can be dragged around and rearranged inside the timeline and they are always automatically blended one to another. AniBlocks can be trimmed, cropped, split and combined to create just the effect you need, or to create completely new aniBlocks. On the CD is a sampler collection of 11 aniBlocks provided by GoFigure and DAZ 3D. REQUIREMENTS: DAZ Studio 2.3.3.89, aniMate (trial version on this CD). Licensed for commercial use

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113
February
2009
3D Model Collection
ModelUp Models

(2 files)
Included on the CD are models of a woven pillow set and a complete leather living room set. Both models include(more) textures. The models are available in a number of formats including: 3DS, ASE, DWG, DXF, FBX, OBJ, Scanline, and V-Ray. Licensed for commercial use.

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113
February
2009
3D Model Collection
ModelUp Models for Maxwell Renderer Interior Tutorial

(2 files)
Included on the CD are models of a Peach Chair and a Belmont Armchair. Both models include textures. The models(more) are also used in the Maxwell Render Interior tutorial in this issue. Licensed for commercial use

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113
February
2009
Animation - Motion Capture Data
Centroid Mocap Data: A high-quality mocap clip of a horse trotting

(1 file)
On the CD is a mocap clip of a horse trotting created by motion capture specialist Centroid. The horse clip was(more) taken from a longer trot captured in a volume measuring 15 x 20 metres, using 52 hi-res Motion Analysis Eagle 4 cameras. After shooting, the marker data was identified and tracked, then solved onto a custom made proprietary skeleton. LICENSING: Commercial use is permitted. If this data is used for commercial purposes, you must publish a credit for Centroid and inform Centroid of the data's use by emailing info@centroid3d.com

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113
February
2009
2D Texture Collection
Texture FX texture samples

(20 files)
The CD includes a selection of 20 high-resolution, tileable textures with bump maps. Type of textures are brick(more) materials, brick walls, whicker baskets, building faces, counter tops, bark, bushes and abstract. LICENSING: Commercial use

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113
February
2009
Rendering - Multi-Pass Rendering
DVD Multi-Pass Compositing: 3DS Max Rendering Techniques Sample Chapter
The CD includes the 13-minute Chapter 5: Color Correction from The Gnomon Workshop DVD Multi-Pass Compositing:(more) 3ds Max Rendering Techniques with Tim Jones. The aim of the DVD is to break down the process of rendering passes out of 3ds Max and how to composite them together in Fusion.

Author: The Gnomon Workshop

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113
February
2009
Modeling - Character
Creature Feature
Creature and character design sculptor Scott Spencer explains how to use ZBrush to model the base figure of a(more) werewolf character. While the scene files and screenshots you need to follow the magazine tutorial are on the CD, the 3D World web-site has three sets of screen-capture videos, which are essential for completing the tutorial.

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113
February
2009
Animation - Rigging
Taking Shape
Lightwave
Animation supervisor Robert Powers explains how to use LightWave 3D to create an aquatic alien in the style of(more) James Cameron's The Abyss. You'll use LightWave 3D's automatic bone deformation tools rather than painting weight maps.

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113
February
2009
Rendering
Inside Job
Brian Looney explains how you can achieve production-quality interior renders in less time when you're using Maxwell(more) Render. All the scene files and screenshots required to follow the tutorial are on this CD, along with a screen-capture video showing the workflow.

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113
February
2009
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
How can I make metal more real?
In this issue's lead Q&A, Pete Draper helps a reader achieve superior metal and lacquered surfaces in 3ds(more) Max. All the scene files and screenshots required to follow the tutorial are on the CD, along with a screen-capture video showing the full process.

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113
February
2009
Animation - Particles
How can I create dripping sparks without resorting to third party plugins?
113
February
2009
Rendering - Non photorealistic
How can I simulate half-tone images with Sketch and Toon?
113
February
2009
2D Texture Creation and/or Editing
How do I make snowflakes and snowflake brushes?
Gimp
113
February
2009
Animation - Scripting
How can I create a custom squash-and-deform set-up for a wheel tire?
Lightwave
113
February
2009
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
How can I create a convincing tarnished silver material?
113
February
2009
Animation - Constraints
Is there a way to animate the hair on my character procedurally?
113
February
2009
2D Texture Creation and/or Editing
How do I make one layer into a mask for another?
113
February
2009
Animation - Rigging
What's the best way to rig a character mesh quickly in Poser?
113
February
2009
VFX - Cloth Simulation
How do I animate a realistic cable?
113
February
2009
Book/DVD
Behind the Scenes Volume 4: Character Texturing for Production
Maya, Bodypaint 3D, Z-Brush, Photoshop
At 330 minutes, this DVD provides an educational insight into real-world production(more)

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

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113
February
2009
Book/DVD
Behind the Scenes Volume 5: Hard Surface Texture Painting
Maya, Bodypaint 3D, Z-Brush, Photoshop
At 270 minutes, this DVD provides an educational insight into real-world production(more)

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

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113
February
2009
Book/DVD
Introduction to Z-Brush
At 194 minutes, this DVD provides a comprehensive and easy-to-follow look at a developed workflow.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Author: Digital - Tutors

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113
February
2009
Book/DVD
UV Mapping Workflows in Maya
At 436 minutes, this DVD has an excellent value for money, though more in-depth coverage of other apps would have(more) been welcome.

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

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113
February
2009
2D Image Joining
Stitcher Unlimited (version #2009)
Autodesk's first update to its newly acquired image-stitching software adds HDR support and GPU acceleration,(more) but feels a sadly unpolished release.

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

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113
February
2009
3D Model Collection
Michael 4 Pro Bundle
Five years after Michael 3, DAZ 3D has finally updated its popular male character.(more)

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

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113
February
2009
3D Modeling from Images
ImageModeler (version #2009)
Autodesk's first update to its venerable image-based modelling tool adds an option to create geometry from single(more) images, but workflow issues remain.

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

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113
February
2009
2D Image Creation, Management and/or Editing
Photoshop CS4 Extended (version #CS4)
The deluxe edition of the industry-standard image-editing tool adds true 3D painting abilities and OpenGL acceleration.(more)

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

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113
February
2009
Modeling - Landscapes
Vue 7 xStream (version #7)
Although not as groundbreaking as previous releases, this robust update to the leading environment generator offers(more) incredible integration with host software.

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

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113
February
2009
Hardware - Computer
Scan 3XS CAD X58
Part of a new generation of workstations benefiting from Intel's Core i7, this tower system offers superb viewport(more) performance.

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

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113
February
2009
Hardware - Graphics Card
PNY Quadro CX
PNY
The new Quadro graphics card may be aimed at Creative Studio 4 users, but it offers powerful OpenGL acceleration(more) for 3D artists too.

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

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