Siggraph 2009 in pictures

loocas | miscellaneous,photos | Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

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Siggraph 2009, dissappointment

loocas | miscellaneous,opinions | Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

It is true, this year’s siggraph, possibly plagued by the challenging economy, is quite dissappointing. :(

Old friends are not here, many of the companies I look forward to checking out are not on the exhibition floor (Pixologic, The Foundry, SouthPaw, Gnomon, Boxx etc…), the newly released major applications from major players (Autodesk) are really weak.

Everyone keeps repeating that it’s not only due to the economy, but also due to the location. New Orleans isn’t really the hottest place, in terms of CGI technology. Also, everyone keeps saying that the next year’s Siggraph, hosted in L.A., will be huge, which is understandable and easy to believe.

The conferences were sweet as well as the user meetings, so thankfully this doesn’t show signs of the falling trend in recent years.

Well, we’ll see. I should have some photos from the show tomorrow, so I’ll treat you with a few actual views.

Autodesk announces their 2010 product line

loocas | 3ds Max,Maya,opinions,software | Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Following the announcement, Autodesk revealed the 2010 product line.

Hands down, the updates are really not about new big features at all, this time. Well, maybe except for Maya 2010, which’ll, for the first time in years, come in one version only, just Maya 2010, no Unlimited or Complete (which was confusing anyways) and will include Toxik (altough called Maya Composite) and MatchMover.

I still haven’t seen any presentations of these new features, but I’m really looking forward to that. Even though I really dislike the idea of having Toxik inside of Maya by default. I never liked that compositor, always felt very “Flame-ish” and therefore “odd” to me, being used to Fusion or Nuke. But still, I’ll save my judgement after I see a demo.

Autodesk also announced a 3ds Max 2010 SP1 release, which is always good, if it wasn’t for “subscribtion customers only”, which is, in my opinion, bullshit!

Then Softimage 2010 with some minor additions and bugfixes. Notably f-curve editor really needed that sweet touch and Scintilla, which I really felt in love with after it was included in 3ds Max, is also a very nice additon.

They’ve also announced digital production Suites, which seem to be a great idea, possibly taken from Adobe, that you’ll be able to buy a bundle of 3ds Max/Maya, Motion Builder, or even 3ds Max/Maya, Motion Builder, Mudbox. If the prices are “reasonable”, I’m sold!

As I’ve said, I’ll wait for tomorrow’s demos to pass my judgement on these new releases, so, stay tuned…

Siggraph 2009

loocas | miscellaneous,opinions | Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Siggraph 2009

Here we go!

Yeah, finally, after a year, one of the biggest and, arguably, most important CG conferrences is open in New Orleans.

I’m lucky enough to be able to attend and see what’s up and what’s comming in the following years in the industry. Also, I’m proud to be a part of the Cebas group that’ll be showing off some of the new, hot stuff from Cebas at their booth, so if you’re around, drop by and say hi :)

I’ll go see some conferences today, but tomorrow, I’ll be on the exhibition hall.

The journey to Siggraph 2009 begins…

loocas | miscellaneous | Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

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That’s right, folks! ;) I’m coming this year!

I’ll make a quick, 3 day, stop in New York first, but then I’m all New Orleans! My plane is leaving tomorrow at 11:15am from Prague to JFK.

I’m especially looking forward to the digital workflow and pipeline presentations and products. Then I’m going after entertainment and advertising systems and, of course, Eyeonline’s and The Foundry’s new additions to the compositing mill. Maya 2010 migh also be fun.

So, anyways, if you’re going to visit Siggraph this year, stop by Cebas’ booth #3207 and say hi, or just enjoy the demos of finalRender we’ll be doing at the booth ;)

Siggraph 2008 is coming!

loocas | miscellaneous,opinions | Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

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I can’t wait to finally see what’s been cooking in the industry for the past year. I was lucky enough to attend the last year’s Siggraph and see it for myself, but, unfortunately, I’m unable, due to work, to attend this year’s exhibition in LA, which is a real pitty as I’d love to see LA and the biggest CG event that gets even bigger in LA.

What I’m most interested in, obviously, are the progresses of Autodesk and Softimage, but I’m also interested in MoCap evolution as well as various other areas: rigid/soft body simulation, rendering technology, data interoperability etc…

Hopefully Max 2009 SP2? Or perhaps Max 2009.5 (as I don’t believe Autodesk would release software from a way too distant future, like Max 2010 :D ) will bring some sweet new features or at least a long-time wishes (i.e. bug fixes) to the table. Especially since ICE is making so much noise these days. Which is always good. I’ve heard some rumours about a complete core-rewrite of Maya, but who knows, this has been said about Max for years as well. We’ll see in a few days time what these software giants have to offer.

For the time being, if you’re interested, here are
some photos I took last year at Siggraph 2007 in San Diego.

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