Thursday July 27, 2000
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Stand Prices Slashed for Great Market Share
"We are on the verge of an explosion of new broadcast media outlets," says Toni M. Poper, President of Linker Systems. In speaking with Animation Artist Magazine, Linker Systems says that sales of its product have dramatically increased since lowering the price. Poper says that the continuing goal with Animation Stand is to "empower studios, no matter what their size, with the ability to create professional quality animation and special effects."
In about three weeks we'll be uploading and interview with Animation Stand representatives..
Character Studio 3
From its large booth at SIGGRAPH, Discreet is showing off several applications including a new revision of 3D Studio Max and Character Studio 3. The new revision of 3D Studio Max features a new IK architecture (including several plug-ins called IK solvers), weighted constraints, and custom manipulators. Character Studio 3.0 was looking sharp as the program continues to grow in its character refinement and building tools. Character Studio 3.0 is a plug-in that works with 3D Studio Max. A new set of tools from Discreet are being broken in by Mainframe on its upcoming Gulliver Travels animated adventure. Character Studio contains a rich set of tools aimed at behavioral animation, motion capture, free form animation, and footstep animation with the end result of characters being able to have their own abilities and attributes.
Pictures Shows Final Fantasy Footage
From its booth at SIGGRAPH, Square Pictures is showing the same Final Fantasy trailer that is available from its Website. In addition, Square Pictures is showing one short scene that is being rendered in real time by Sony's GScube system. Using a Playstation control, you can stop the scene and change your viewpoint, lighting, etc. The scene shows the main female character opening her eyes, releasing herself from a chair and floating to a window in her room to look out at Earth.
Wacom Draw on Screen Tablets Impressive at SIGGRAPH
Here are pictures of Wacom's new PL500 product line which show you what you're drawing on the tablet:
Picture of the Day...
the wires in the bottom right corner.
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