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NUKE STUDIONUKE STUDIO is a brand new tool that extends our NUKE product family and draws on our existing powerful compositing, conforming and shot management technology, as well as adding a host of new features and functionality.
The resulting combination is a powerful node-based VFX, editorial and finishing studio that’s been designed to empower creative individuals working independently as well as collaborative teams working on quick-turnaround projects in a way that’s previously never been possible.

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Autodesk Smoke for MacAutodesk, Inc. unveiled the latest version of its powerful professional video editing software Autodesk Smoke 2015 at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB). In addition to significant new creative tools and performance enhancements, Smoke 2015 will soon be available as a Desktop Subscription, so customers can access the software on a pay-as-you-go basis for the first time.
Smoke 2015, a professional video effects and editing tool for Mac-based studios, now features 3D Tracker, a new Timeline FX workflow, added hardware support and optimization for the new Mac Pro running OS X Mavericks and better interoperability with Final Cut Pro X.
Key Features:
- New re-architected Timeline FX offers new effects capabilities for editors - such as direct access to the Action 3D compositing environment as a segment-based effect
- New timeline-integrated 3D tracker allows editors to match original camera movements in a clip in order to realistically add new elements: video layers, text or 3D objects
- Improved support for Blackmagic DesignLink card and UltraStudio for Thunderbolt devices and extended video IO support for AJA Video Systems to offer dual stream stereoscopic output
- Improved integration with Final Cut Pro X that supports more timeline and effects metadata for a fast, high fidelity project transfer between the apps. In addition, Smoke sequences can be exported as XML with accompanying QuickTime media files.
Pricing and Availability:
Autodesk polled a sample across the professional video market and 68 percent responded that termbased software licensing is a great option. Smoke 2015 will soon be available via monthly, quarterly and annual Autodesk Desktop Subscription plans; customers who commit for a year save more than $500. Smoke 2015 Desktop Subscription will be available starting May 8, 2014, on the Autodesk eStore for $195 SRP/month, $545 SRP/quarter and $1,750 SRP/year.

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eyeon Generation 4KVisual effects and post-production solutions developer, eyeon Software Inc., announced today the release of eyeon Generation 4K; eyeon's new playback and production solution for 4K HFR up to 120 FPS Stereoscopic.  
Incorporating full 7.1 high-definition audio as well as the ability to drive Cinema projectors, such as the Christie Cinema and Mirage series, Generation 4K provides a breakthrough path to an advanced HFR playback workflow.
Leading facilities such as Blur Studio, Legend3D, Muse VFX, and trailblazing VFX Director, Douglas Trumbull, have contributed a variety of production requirements to help define another user-driven offering in the escalated 4K workflow.
For studios in search of a complete 4K solution, Generation 4K provides comprehensive support of all workflows, with much-anticipated features including:
- High Frame Rate playback
- Image format support for DPX, EXR, QuickTime, JPG, RED, Canon C500, and more
- CDL and LUT color support
- Per clip and overall color tuning
- Stereo adjustments via inter-ocular alignment and edge cropping
- Editing and trimming
- EDL import, linking directly to the production workflow
Teaming with Generation AM for the studio desktop workflow, the Generation 4K HFR revolution is complete:
- Version control and the ability to compare many different versions of shots
- Annotations and Notes for organisation of production workload
- Logical effects stacks
- Event scripting to support other pipelines, such as Nuke, AE, Cinema 4D, Houdini, Maya
- Specific stereoscopic tools for both conversion and visual effects
- Advanced scripting environment of Python and Lua
- Ability to extend existing proprietary technologies

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PdplayerPdplayer 1.0.7.5 is now available for download at the Chaos Group Downloads page. We’ve added EXR and DPX export, support for RGBA .vrimg channels generated by V-Ray 3.0, support for deep OpenEXR images, improved dynamic range of EXR, .vrimg, IEEE float TIFF images. We have also improved cache playback, color controls and fixed a number of things, so we recommend that you update your copy of Pdplayer.

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Autodesk Design Suites 2015Autodesk, Inc. today announced the release of the new Autodesk 2015 Design Suites, which are more tightly integrated with Autodesk cloud services than ever before – offering customers the ability to collaborate, simulate, analyze and more, many with just one click from within the suite.
Each Autodesk 2015 Design Suite includes AutoCAD 2015, the most advanced AutoCAD yet. A new interface and enhanced productivity tools enable customers to experience a new standard in design and documentation. Additionally, Autodesk Subscription offers customers even more convenient, flexible ways to access the tools they need, when they need them, to help grow their business. Autodesk subscription connects customers with software updates, services and support that help get the most out of their investment in Autodesk software now and in the future.
Productivity-Boosting Enhancements for All Suites
New features and functionality have been added to the 2015 family of Autodesk Design Suites:
- Autodesk AutoCAD Design Suite
- Autodesk Building Design Suite
- Autodesk Factory Design Suite
- Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite
- Autodesk Plant Design Suite
- Autodesk Product Design Suite

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Unity 5Unity Technologies unveils Unity 5, the next generation of the award-winning Unity multiplatform engine and development tools, during its Developer Day at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Unity 5 brings a wealth of new capabilities and features enabling all developers, from the smallest indie teams to the largest studios, to create amazing games and interactive experiences, and painlessly deploy them to almost any platform. Unity 5 is available for pre-order from the Unity Store and includes access to Unity 4 and all its remaining updates.
Unity 5 includes a host of new abilities, including the following marquee features:
Physically-based Shading
- Real-time Global Illumination with Enlighten
- Real-time Lightmap Previews
- Audio Overhaul
- WebGL Add-on Early Access
- Unity Cloud

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V-Ray 3 for MayaThe V-Ray 3.0 for Maya Beta program is now open! This major release is just around the corner and we’d like your input to help make it our best update yet. As a member of the beta community you’ll get access to beta builds of V-Ray 3.0 for Maya and interact directly with the developers in a dedicated forum for feedback, works in progress and test renders.
V-Ray 3.0 for Maya comes with a powerful set of new features and improvements and this is your opportunity to get early access and have a positive impact on the release.
Here are just a few new items:
- Progressive Image Sampler
- Performance Improvements
- Support for Open Source Technologies and Data Exchange Formats

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AMD Radeon EmbededAMD today announced the AMD Embedded Radeon™E8860 GPU (codenamed “Adelaar”), the industry’s first discrete graphics card based on Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture designed specifically to advance the visual growth and parallel processing capabilities of embedded applications. With more than double the performance in the same power envelope as its predecessor1, the AMD E8860 GPU delivers 3D and 4K graphics to embedded gaming machines, digital signage, medical imaging, commercial aerospace and conventional military, and other embedded applications. A 33 percent higher single precision floating point2 over the previous generation at 768 GFLOPS enables the AMD E8860 GPU to also blast through the most complex parallel applications like terrain and weather mapping, facial and gesture recognition and biometric and DNA analysis.
The AMD E8860 GPU, designed in multi-chip module packaging, comes with an industry leading seven year longevity supply guarantee3 and is available as a mobile PCI Express module (MXM) and PCI Express add-in-board. The AMD E8860 GPU drives multiple independent displays with support for AMD Eyefinity Technology4, and supports DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.2, and OpenCL™ 1.2 with support for Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Embedded 7 Standard, Windows 8/8.1, Windows Embedded 8 Standard, Linux and real-time and safety-critical operating systems supported by CoreAVI’s suite of embedded software drivers.

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AMD FirePro CloudToday AMD announced that the AMD FirePro™ R5000 remote graphics card has been fully tested and certified by Autodesk®, Bentley®, Dassault Systèmes and Siemens PLM software, empowering  secure and remote professional graphics application performance in the cloud. The AMD FirePro™ R5000 is a single-card remote graphics solution certified for several applications from these leading CAD/CAE/CAM software providers. A one-of-a-kind solution, the AMD FirePro™ R5000 unites a professional-grade graphics processing unit (GPU) and the Teradici TERA2240 PCoIP host processor into a single-width PCI Express 3.0 card. The AMD remote graphics solution is designed for mainstream CAD/CAE/CAM workflows that require high-performing graphics capabilities in the cloud.
The current list of certified applications includes:
- Autodesk®: AutoCAD® 2014/2013/2012, Inventor® 2014, Revit® 2014/2013/2012
- Bentley® MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries 3)
- Dassault Systèmes: SOLIDWORKS 2014/2013/2012
- Siemens PLM Software: NX 8.5/8.0, Teamcenter Visualization 8.01/8.0/2007, Tecnomatix 9.1.2, Solid Edge ST6
AMD FirePro™ R5000 is tested and certified for use with the HP t310 Zero Client and HP Z420 and Z620 workstations, enabling secure, reliable access to models and designs.

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Autodesk SoftimageWe regret to inform you that the upcoming 2015 release will be the last one for Softimage® software. This final version is expected to ship on or around April 14, 2014. Autodesk will continue to offer product support until April 30, 2016. We will also provide Softimage support services (including Hot Fixes and Service Packs) to all Softimage customers with Autodesk Subscription, at no cost, until April 30, 2016.
We understand that you will now need time to re-evaluate your production capabilities. To help you, we are offering Autodesk Softimage Subscription customers special no-cost options to migrate to either Maya or 3ds Max software while continuing to use Softimage in production. These options will be available until February 1, 2016. Upgrade paths are also available for customers who are not on Subscription.
Although this decision is a difficult one, we do believe that by focusing our development efforts, we can better serve the needs of the media and entertainment industry and provide customers with better products, faster. Autodesk wants to continue its relationship with you into the future. We regret any inconvenience that this may cause; however, we believe that you will find our new transition product offerings very attractive.

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