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Issue Media Asset Category Title Vendor/Format OS Description
119
Aug
2009
3D Model Collection
aXYZ design Model Collection

(22 files)
This issue, aXYZ design has provided us with a collection of 10 3D human models in two different positions, for(more) a total of 20 poses. There is also a bonus wheelchair model. Also included is a fully parametric animated escalator model with walking characters. The animated people and wheelchair are supplied in MAX, LWO and OBJ formats. The escalator is supplied in MAX format, suitable for 3DS Max 9 or above. Licensing: Commercial use

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119
Aug
2009
3D Model Collection
Flat Pyramid Models
This issue, Flat Pyramid has provided four architectural models, including both a hotel and commercial buildings.(more) The files are supplied in various file formats, including 3DS, MAX, OBJ, W3D and WRL. Licensing: Commercial use.

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119
Aug
2009
3D Model Collection
Content Paradise Figure: James Johnson Figure Pack

(6 files)
his issue, the disc includes the James Johnson Figure Pack, available via Content Paradise. This superhero figure(more) comes with 20 poses, 9 facial expressions, a hair prop and clothing. The base model also comes in OBJ format and includes: body, pants, shoes, T-Shirt, mask and suit. Licensing: Commercial use

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119
Aug
2009
2D Texture Collection
TexturePortal Textures

(15 files)
In the folder are 15 high-resolution (512x512, 1024x1024 and 2048x2048), tileable textures with specular, bump(more) and normal maps for use in your projects. Textures are brick, doors, tile, fences, corrugated metal, crate of corn, utility cover, and cracked concrete. All files are provided in JPEG and PNG format. Licensing: Commercial use

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119
Aug
2009
Audio Editor and/or Collection
SoundScalpel Sound FX

(14 files)
On the disc is a selection of 14 useful traffic sounds and noise for games and other multimedia projects, provided(more) in WAV format. Licensing: Commercial use

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119
Aug
2009
Animation - Character
Gnomon Workshop Video Clip from "Intuitive Animation with Robert Kuczera"
his CD includes the 18-minute chapter 'Acting out the Scene' from the Gnomon Workshop training DVD Character Intuitive(more) Animation with Robert Kuczera. In the complete DVD, Robert guides you through his character animation process from beginning to end. Robert presents an insider's view of how professional animators work, showing workflow and techniques with supporting discussions on the principles of animation. Licensing: Learning use only

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119
Aug
2009
3D Visualization - Architectural
Render and arch-viz image
Part 1 of a two part tutorial series. In this part, produce a realistic architectural scene that will blow your(more) clients away. Start by creating the render passes.

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119
Aug
2009
3D Visualization - Architectural
Composite an arch-viz image.
Part 2 of a two part tutorial series. To complete this issue's two part architecture masterclass, take the scene(more) you rendered in 3D Studio Max and V-Ray, and process it to produce the stunning final image.

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119
Aug
2009
Animation - Rigging
Rig your own battle robot.
Lightwave
FX artist Dan DeEntremont provides his guide to rigging a robot capable of transforming into a train in LightWave(more) 3D. This disc includes full-sized screenshots and scene files for the tutorial. You can download supportingvideo walkthroughs from the 3D World website via the link below. Licensing: Personal use

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119
Aug
2009
Animation - Character
Revealing Detail: Staging
In our regular series of tutorials on the fundamentals of CG, Weta's Steve Lambert explains how to apply Disney's(more) 12 classic principles of animation to 3D work. This issue, Steve looks at the third of those principles: staging. This disc includes scene files and video examples showing the principles in action. Licensing: Personal use

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119
Aug
2009
Animation - Scripting
Get your rocks off.
This issue, Sony Pictures Imageworks technical director Kevin Mannens explores how one of his genuine production(more) scripts from the latest Chronicles of Narnia movie was created. The script simulates airborne debris using rigid bodies with unique characteristics. Kevin reveals how to code an efficient script that randomises types, sizes and spread in MEL script. You can find the fully annotated script and a sample scene file showing it in use on the disc this issue. Licensing: Personal use

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119
Aug
2009
VFX - Image Tracking
10 ways to improve your tracking
This issue, Michael Thompson, head of tracking at Framestore, provides his expert tips for improving your camera(more) tracking work. The disc includes a scene file and bonus video for one of the tips; a further bonus script; and full-sized versions of the images included in the magazine. Licensing: Personal use

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119
Aug
2009
Modeling - Character Poses
Dressed to Kill
This issue, leading comic-book artist Brian Haberlin provides a guide totransforming this stock figure from Content(more) Paradise into an illustration via that great pose. You can find the final project file and Brian's supporting video tutorial via the link below. The original Poser figure can be found in the Resourcessection of the disc. Licensing: Personal use

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119
Aug
2009
Modeling - Hair
How do I make an artificial Christmas tree branch?
119
Aug
2009
Modeling - Hair
How do I grow hair with Maya's Hair System?
119
Aug
2009
Rendering - Multi-Pass Rendering
How do I extract the different render passes stored in an .exr file?
119
Aug
2009
Animation - Expressions
What's the easiest way to animate a crawling centipede?
119
Aug
2009
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
How do I make an easy-to-change texture set for a figure in Poser?
119
Aug
2009
Rendering
Can the width of a render be expanded without disruption?
119
Aug
2009
Modeling - General
How can I slice cross-sections through an object?
119
Aug
2009
3D Landscapes
Terragen (version #2)
Despite the protracted wait, Terragen 2.0 gives other landscape generators a run for their money, says Cirstyn(more) Bech-Yagher.

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Verdict (upgrade): 8/10

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119
Aug
2009
Presentation and/or Web Authoring Tool
Director (version #11.5)
With a new upgrade hot on the heels of the last, Lance Evans argues that Adobe's revamped Director is staging(more) a comeback.

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Verdict (upgrade): 7/10

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119
Aug
2009
Renderer - Rendering and/or visualization application
Turtle (version #5)
A unified user interface and baking workflow boosts the power of the Maya compatible games renderer, says Kenny(more) Lammers

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Verdict (upgrade): 8/10

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