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Vicon wins DNEG Contract Posted: 06/02/2020
Vicon wins DNEG Contract

Oxford Metrics plc (AIM: OMG) the international software company servicing government, life sciences, entertainment and engineering markets, is pleased to announce that Vicon, a world leader in motion measurement, has signed a contract with visual effects provider, DNEG for Vicon’s flagship Vantage solution utilising both its Tracker and Shgun software.

With over 20 years of industry experience, London-headquartered DNEG has won the Academy Award for ‘Best VFX’ for four out of the last five years. In total, DNEG has been honoured with five Academy Awards, five BAFTAs, two Emmys and eleven Visual Effects Society Awards.

Initially, the Vantage system and Tracker software will be utilised for camera tracking during film shoots. Tracking and understanding the exact position of film cameras will enable them to accurately composite live action footage with their visual effects, providing a seamless final production. Adding motion capture to their toolkit will enable the DNEG team to capture the performances of actors and precisely recreate virtual environments within their various studios across the world.

Isaac Partouche, DNEG’s Head of Virtual Production, commented: “When you are tracking the position of film cameras, especially on a busy set, markers can sometimes be obstructed, which impacts the accuracy of the data. Thanks to features within Vicon’s Tracker software, jitter is minimised when obstructions do happen. Furthermore, adding Vicon’s Shgun software will also allow us to stream real-time motion capture data direct into a game engine to visualise CG characters. Coupling this with the high precision of the Vantage system means that Vicon really delivers on our camera tracking requirements.”

Nick Bolton, CEO of Oxford Metrics, commented: “DNEG has delivered some of the most stunning visual effects on blockbuster movies and television series and we are delighted they have chosen Vicon to help with their upcoming productions. Not only have they invested in a solution that delivers on their current requirements, but by adding our Shgun software, they can extend the capabilities of the system for future productions. We are looking forward to working with them and are excited to see the effects they will go on to produce.”

 

 

 

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Fusion Studio Used to Create Animated Feature, Latte and The Magic Waterstone Posted: 11/12/2019
Fusion Studio Used to Create Animated Feature, Latte and The Magic Waterstone

Blackmagic Design today announced that Grid VFX relied on Fusion Studio throughout its in house compositing pipeline to deliver newly released children’s animated feature, Latte & The Magic Waterstone.

Directed by Regina Welker, the team’s latest project ‘Latte & The Magic Waterstone’ involved the completion of more than 1,200 visual effects shots, including the complex compositing of background and foreground plates and CG render layers for 3D assets, lighting, procedural effects, and more.

“Latte was a huge project for us. It’s a feature animation with a limited budget, so we knew we had to work as efficiently as possible,” begins compositing supervisor at Grid, Laurens Bekaert.

“Fusion’s GPU accelerated render engine was amazing at being able to handle geometry and 3D space compared to alternative compositors. We could add smoke and particles behind our characters and see a good representation of how they would look in 3D instantly, without needing to re render.”

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Recreate the Magic from Frozen II with a New Red Giant Cheap Tricks Tutorial Posted: 06/12/2019
Recreate the Magic from Frozen II with a New Red Giant Cheap Tricks Tutorial

Red Giant has released another Cheap Tricks episode: Frozen II VFX, in which Daniel “Hashi” Hashimoto of Action Movie Kid demonstrates how to recreate the magical visual effects from the newest Frozen film. Now available on YouTube for unlimited viewing pleasure, Hashi explains how to use the full arsenal of tools from Red Giant Complete, including Particular, Starglow, Colorista IV, Supercomp and Reflection, to create smokey portals, ice diamonds that float through the sky, and, of course, the enchanting sparkle magic Elsa creates when using her powers.

WATCH NOW: Cheap Tricks Episode 12 - Frozen II VFX

Red Giant Complete is the subscription service that gives editors, motion designers and VFX artists all Red Giant tools at one low price - Trapcode Suite, Magic Bullet Suite, Universe, VFX Suite and Shooter Suite. With Red Giant Complete, annual subscribers will have the most up-to-date versions of all tools, saving thousands of dollars over traditional perpetual licenses.

 

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Introducing: Red Giant Complete for Individuals, Students and Teachers, the All-Access Annual Subscription to Editing, Motion Graphics and VFX Tools Posted: 25/11/2019
Introducing: Red Giant Complete for Individuals, Students and Teachers, the All-Access Annual Subscription to Editing, Motion Graphics and VFX Tools

Red Giant today announced the availability of Red Giant Complete for individuals, students and teachers. Expanding its software licensing options, Red Giant Complete is a subscription service that gives editors, motion designers and VFX artists all Red Giant tools at one low price – Trapcode Suite, Magic Bullet Suite, Universe, VFX Suite and Shooter Suite. With Red Giant Complete, annual subscribers will have the most up-to-date versions of all tools, saving thousands of dollars over traditional perpetual licenses.

Watch now: Red Giant Complete - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1nnDIlmEo8&feature=youtu.be

“Red Giant Complete has been available to our volume customers for years, with thousands of licenses in use at broadcast networks, film studios and universities. And now, due to popular demand, we're really excited to offer subscription licensing to all of our customers,” says Chad Bechert, CEO of Red Giant. “At the same time, nothing has changed. While we think Red Giant Complete is an incredible deal, we know some customers are more comfortable buying software the traditional way. We want to make sure our community of talented artists has what it needs, so we’re continuing to offer perpetual licenses at their usual prices.”

Red Giant Complete is $599 a year for individuals or $299 for students and teachers. Check out the Red Giant blog to learn more about how to switch over to Red Giant Complete and why now is the best time to make the switch, with a special, limited-time-only introductory offer for established Suite customers

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Fifty Fifty adds second Baselight grading suite Posted: 21/10/2019
Fifty Fifty adds second Baselight grading suite

Leading London boutique post house Fifty Fifty has added a second Baselight grading suite as part of its expansion programme. With the growing interest in top end content for broadcast and streaming, both suites are equipped for 4K and HDR Ultra HD, and certified for Dolby Vision grading and delivery.

 
Originally a short-form house, Fifty Fifty is now best known for its broadcast work. As well as an ambitious expansion into a fourth building next to its original Soho base, to drive future creative and commercial growth, Fifty Fifty has recruited experienced long-form colourist Joe Stabb to run both the department and the new suite.
 
“Our boutique size enables us to offer agile, bespoke solutions,” said Cara Kotschy, managing director of Fifty Fifty. “The addition of beautifully styled and Dolby Vision accredited Baselight suites is a strategic move to put us at the forefront of technology and deliver our strategy within the high-end programming market. Baselight is a name that almost every single client will recognise and trust.”
 
Today, the majority of Fifty Fifty’s OTT deliverables are in HDR, so it is incredibly important that they have the confidence to deliver this new technology. The new suite matches the existing room technically, based on a Baselight TWO workstation with a Blackboard control surface. Fifty Fifty also use Baselight plug-ins in their editorial rooms and Flame VFX.
Tags: FilmLight | Fifty Fifty | Baselight | grading suite | colourist | Joe Stabb | 4K | HDR Ultra HD | Cara Kotschy | Dolby Vision | Blackboard control | Flame VFX | colour science | colour artist | interoperability | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Red Giant Releases Epic Finish to Game of Thrones VFX Tutorial Series: Dragons Posted: 04/10/2019
Red Giant Releases Epic Finish to Game of Thrones VFX Tutorial Series: Dragons

Red Giant has just released the fourth and final installment of its special edition tutorial series for recreating the award-winning visual effects from Game of Thrones. In episode 11 of Cheap Tricks, Hashi shows viewers how to add a dragon into their shot. Using Red Giant tools, Hashi explains how to create two terrifyingly awesome dragon VFX shots - including one featuring dragon fire and the epic destruction of the zombie horde he created in episode 10. Viewers will learn tons of techniques in 3D animation, camera tracking, object replacement, keying, compositing, color correction, and much more.

Tags: Red Giant | Game of Thrones | VFX
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Artjail raises the bar with Baselight colour grading Posted: 03/10/2019
Artjail raises the bar with Baselight colour grading
Independent VFX boutique Artjail has added a Baselight grading suite in each of its locations: one in its New York studio, and one in Toronto their newest studio that opened in January. Bringing grading and VFX together will strengthen the studio’s workflow for complex VFX projects. It will also further their reputation for short form advertising projects and long form work.
Tags: FilmLight | Clinton Homuth | colourist | Artjail | VFX boutique | Baselight | grading suite | Steve Mottershead | New York | Toronto | BLG | Flame | NUKE | Avid | VFX | feature set | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Bring the Army of the Undead to Life On Screen with the Help of Red Giant Cheap Tricks Posted: 02/10/2019
Bring the Army of the Undead to Life On Screen with the Help of Red Giant Cheap Tricks

Portland, OR - October 1, 2019 - Red Giant, creator of filmmaking, visual effects and motion graphics tools, has just released the third installment of its Cheap Tricks special edition Game of Thrones tutorial series. In this latest episode, Action Movie Dad, Hashi, demonstrates how to recreate intense battle scenes between the living and the dead from the Emmy®-award winning television show, including how to animate the zombie horde that would make up the dreaded army of the dead. As part of today’s tutorial release, Red Giant will also be giving away free green screen footage and launching a contest to give folks a chance to win all tools from the Red Giant product family.

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Rob Legato Uses Blackmagic Design To Create Virtual Production For The Lion King Posted: 25/09/2019
Rob Legato Uses Blackmagic Design To Create Virtual Production For The Lion King
Blackmagic Design announced today that visual effects supervisor Rob Legato used a wide variety of Blackmagic Design products to create the virtual production environment for Disney’s “The Lion King.” The film, which was directed by Jon Favreau and features the voices of Donald Glover and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, has earned nearly $1.5 billion worldwide since its July 19, 2019 opening.
Tags: Blackmagic Design | BMD | Blackmagic | The Lion King | Disney | Virtual Production | VFX | Filmmaking | DaVinci Resolve | Cameras
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Replicate the Intentionally Bad Opening Sequence from Better Call Saul with New Tutorial from Red Giant Posted: 20/09/2019
Replicate the Intentionally Bad Opening Sequence from Better Call Saul with New Tutorial from Red Giant
Red Giant has just published yet another tutorial, this week’s being inspired by some of the (intentionally) worst motion graphics ever featured in an opening title sequence, those of Better Call Saul. Seth Worley is at it again, bringing his wit and hilarity to a useful tutorial that will have any aspiring motion graphics artist creating campy effects in less than five minutes. In the newest tutorial now available on Red Giant’s YouTube channel, Seth shows us how to recreate the purposely bad look of the Better Call Saul title sequence using free fonts, iPhone camera footage and Universe AV Club.
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Fast-forward to creative results with FilmLight at IBC2019 Posted: 05/09/2019
Fast-forward to creative results with FilmLight at IBC2019

At this year’s IBC, FilmLight (Amsterdam, 13-17 September, stand #7.A45) is demonstrating new colour management tools and products designed to improve efficiency and flexibility for a wide range of workflows.

Tags: FilmLight | IBC2019 | Blackboard Classic | control panel | workflow improvements | colour management tool | Baselight | FLUX Store | VFX | Daylight | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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Red Giant Releases Game of Thrones VFX Pt. 2: The Undead Horse Posted: 22/08/2019
Red Giant Releases Game of Thrones VFX Pt. 2: The Undead Horse
Red Giant, creator of filmmaking, visual effects and motion graphics tools, today released the second installment of its multi-part Game of Thrones visual effects tutorial series: how to turn a live horse into a member of the Night King’s undead army. Daniel “Hashi” Hashimoto demonstrates keying and compositing techniques using tools including King Pin Tracker, Spot Clone Tracker and Supercomp from the new Red Giant VFX Suite, to add and track gory effects to a very much alive horse. Watch now and stay tuned for more Cheap Tricks Game of Thrones VFX tutorials.
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Foundry partners with ACCESS:VFX to lead diversity drive in the visual effects, animation and gaming industries Posted: 14/08/2019
Foundry partners with ACCESS:VFX to lead diversity drive in the visual effects, animation and gaming industries

Foundry (https://www.foundry.com/, the leading developer of creative software for the media and entertainment and digital design industries announced its collaboration with ACCESS:VFX - (https://www.accessvfx.org/)

Tags: Graphics | gaming | creatives | Foundry | ACCESS:VFX | diversity | VFX
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Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 16.1 Posted: 12/08/2019
Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 16.1
Blackmagic Design today announced DaVinci Resolve 16.1, a new update to the company’s popular edit, color, visual effects and audio post production software that includes major updates to the new cut page to help create the world’s fastest editor.
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Creating movie star looks for HBO Big Little Lies Posted: 12/08/2019
Creating movie star looks for HBO and rsquo;s Big Little Lies
The second season of HBO’s runaway hit drama Big Little Lies was completed at Technicolor in Los Angeles. Finishing artist and Vice President of business development Pankaj Bajpai, famed for grading the HBO series Sex in the City, True Detective and Nat Geo’s Genius seasons for both Einstein and Picasso, used Baselight to enhance the distinctly Californian look of the show.
Tags: FilmLight | Big Little Lies | HBO | Technicolor | Pankaj Bajpai | Baselight | Base Grade | Film Grade | Flare control | BLG for Flame | Baselight for NUKE | VFX | color grading | colour grading | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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