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Issue Media Asset Category Title Vendor/Format OS Description
134
Oct
2010
Plugin
X-Frog for Maya (version #4) (Full version)
A full version of Xfrog 4 for Maya: Xfrog 4 adds procedural objects to Maya. By combining these with Maya components,(more) you can create a wide variety of organic models and animations using procedures based on some of the building blocks of nature. Xfrog tools behave exactly like Maya components, so that they can be keyframed and combined with PaintEffects or particle animations. It's also possible to use MEL scripts to drive them. For: Windows and Mac OS X Licensing: Commercial use

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134
Oct
2010
Plugin
X-Frog for Maya (version #5) (Demo version)
A trial version of Xfrog 5 for Maya: Xfrog 5 adds procedural objects to Maya. By combining these with Maya components,(more) you can create a wide variety of organic models and animations using procedures based on some of the building blocks of nature. Xfrog tools behave exactly like Maya components, so that they can be keyframed and combined with PaintEffects or particle animations. It's also possible to use MEL scripts to drive them. For: Windows and Mac OS X Licensing: Evaluation use

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134
Oct
2010
3D Model Collection
X-Frog Plants Home Garden Library

(27 files)
On the disc are nine different version of three models from the XfrogPlants Home Garden Library series: onion,(more) watermelon and carrot. The models are provided in various formats; please see the folder for details. Please read the important installation notes in the READMEFIRST file. For: Various packages Licensing: Commercial use

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134
Oct
2010
3D Model Collection
The Game Creators Game Ready Models

(101 files)
Game-ready models from The Game Creators: The disc includes a selection of game-ready models that can be used(more) in any game creation tool that supports the DirectX file formats X and DDS. The collection includes 3D models for characters (26 models), weapons (14 models), vehicles (24 models), sky-boxes (20 items), sky-spheres (10 items) and general items (7 items). For: Any software with DirectX file support Licensing: Commercial use

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134
Oct
2010
3D Model Collection
PROVIZ3D Low Polygon People Collection

(8 files)
A collection of low-polygon 3D people: On the disc are eight low-polygon 3D people for 3ds Max. Each is rigged(more) with biped/skin and is ready to be animated for basic movement such as standing and walking. Each character has up to 3,500 faces and is optimised for 3D architectural rendering and animation for medium-distance viewing. Single texture maps are provided at up to 2,048x2,048 pixels. For: 3ds Max 2009 or later Licensing: Commercial use

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134
Oct
2010
3D Model Collection
Architectural Poser World Model Collection

(6 files)
Architectural Poser assets and more: This issue, Poser World has provided six high-quality assets for Poser, including(more) a bus, a department store, a dining room, a Mediterranean villa, a Paris corner and a summer sports outfit for Victoria 4. For: Poser Licensing: Commercial use

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134
Oct
2010
3D Model Collection
Blitz Academy Training Module: Low Polygon Trash

(1 file)
A Blitz Academy training module to teach essential game development skills: On the disc is a Blitz Academy training(more) module that provides the brief, reference and final example files for producing low-polygon trash to dress a gritty game level. For: Any 3D software Licensing: Learning use only

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134
Oct
2010
2D Texture Collection
Game Beep Texture Pack

(46 files)
A comprehensive sidewalk texture pack: On the disc is a comprehensive sidewalk texture pack developed by Bret(more) Truchan for Game Beep. The textures are designed to be mixed and matched. There are approximately 46 textures, each split into four sidewalk squares. Over 160 photographs went into making the entire set, shot from the grungy streets of San Francisco. For: Software capable of handling BMP files Licensing: Commercial use

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134
Oct
2010
2D Texture Collection
Arroway High Resolution Wooden Floor Texture

(5 files)
A high-resolution floor texture from Arroway: This issue's disc includes a high-resolution floor texture, complete(more) with bump, diffuse and specular maps, for use in environments. The texture accompanies this issue's 10-Minute Tutorial. Licensing: Commercial - please read the Arroway Textures EULA.txt document included in the folder

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134
Oct
2010
Audio Editor and/or Collection
SoundScalpel Sound FX

(25 files)
25 audio clips for use in animation: On the disc is a selection of 25 useful sound effects to use in animations(more) such as: Urban city ambient sounds, dog barking, sheep bleating, plastic lid screw, plastic bottle movements, cable whoosh, card ripping, bubble wrap popping, plastic packaging movement, paper rip, plastic bad rustle, stirring cup of tea, beer glass clinking, telephone dial tone, apple crunch, human swallow gulping, pencil/pens rummaging, scissor cutting cardboard, machine gun and rifle gunshots, and a shallow water pour. The files are provided in WAV format. Licensing: Commercial use

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134
Oct
2010
3D Modeling from Images
Gnomon Tutorial Extract: Modeling a Next-Gen Weapon: Colt 1911 with Joe Simanello
Discover low-poly modelling in this 33-minute video excerpt: This disc includes a 33-minute extract from Modeling(more) a Next-Gen Weapon: Colt 1911 with Joe Simanello. Chapter 1: Low Poly Modeling is included. In the complete DVD, Joe reveals his process for modelling a Colt 1911. Using an image plane for reference, he creates the low-polygon slide, handle, trigger guard, trigger, barrel, hammer and sights. Licensing: Learning use only

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134
Oct
2010
Modeling - Game Asset Development
Control a game character
This issue, Okan Arikan shows you how to create a controllable game character using a combination of stock assets(more) and dedicated software. The disc includes the scene files. Click the download link for video tutorials. For: Animeeple, Quidam and Unity Licensing: Personal use

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134
Oct
2010
2D HDRI Creation, Management and/or Editing
10 Techniques for perfect HDR images
Computer graphics pioneer, Paul Debevec shares his methods for capturing HDR reference of the highest quality.
134
Oct
2010
VFX - Compositing
Comp a fairy forest scene
Get to grips with compositing backplates and solving greenscreen issues as Melania Fodritto creates a magical(more) woodland sequence.

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134
Oct
2010
Animation - Motion Graphics
Create a 3D title sequence.
Use 3D geometry and shaders as the basis for a composited video as Gary Noden presents a Maya/Photosop Extended/After(more) Effects pipeline.

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134
Oct
2010
VFX - Compositing
Be Selective
Part 4: Improve your output as Andy Davenport takes you through the basics of render passes. In this issue, it's(more) the turn of matte passes, including object ID and material ID passes.

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134
Oct
2010
Lighting - HDRI
Let there be light
3D Buzz's Steve Twist introduces his Python script on the 3D World website for generating a lighting rig in Houdini(more) from an HDR environment map.

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134
Oct
2010
2D Image Creation, Management and/or Editing
Vintage Tech
Using a birchwood texture from Arroway, Cirstyn Bech-Yagher shows how to modify and apply a map as an aged and(more) grungy surface for a steampunk-style thumb drive.

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134
Oct
2010
2D Image Creation, Management and/or Editing
How can I create backdrop planets?
Gimp
134
Oct
2010
Animation - 2D Layers in 3D Space
How can I recreate the look of a "captured moment" commercial?
134
Oct
2010
Modeling - UV Projections
How can I properly align UV's on a water slide?
134
Oct
2010
VFX - Fire, Flames and Explosions
How can I easily create debris from an explosion?
Lightwave
134
Oct
2010
Animation - Particles
How can I create a Transformers-style text effect?
134
Oct
2010
3D Modeling from Images
How can I make usable geometry out of existing 2D images?
134
Oct
2010
VFX - Compositing
How do I make Fusion interpolate a smooth gradient?
134
Oct
2010
Animation - Deformations
How can I set up a squash 'n' stretch rig for a ball?
134
Oct
2010
3D Modeling
City Engine (version #2010)
With a host of user-friendly features and a great price tag, Steve Jarratt says this is a one-trick pony you can(more) afford to have around.

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134
Oct
2010
3D Modeling and Sculpting
Acropora (version #1)
The new kid on the voxel-modeling block nicely fills the niche between the free and high-end tools, says Cirstyn(more) Bech-Yagher.

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134
Oct
2010
Hardware - Computer
Scan 3XS 3D Modeling Workstation
An overclocked Intel Core i7 CPU and powerful ATI graphics make for a heady combination concludes James Morris.
134
Oct
2010
Plugin
X-Frog for Maya (version #5)
If realistic 3D organic modeling is vital to your work, then this latest release adds some invaluable tools, says(more) Chris Carignan.

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134
Oct
2010
Modeling - Landscapes
Power tips for X-Frog Users
Get more out of the vegetation-generation app on your disc with Jan Walter Schliep's tips for smarter, more reliable(more) workflow.

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