Lacoste Tennis Future from the AKAMA TEAM

Akama studio made this great Lacoste Ad “Tennis in 2083” and how the gesture will evolve. Of course all in Lacoste. The Ad was produced for the www.lacoste-future.com web site. Everything wa done by Akama studio with 3DS MAX, Vray, Adobe After Effects.

Beauty retouching video from room.tv

The art of retouching clip from room.tv a Venice, CA based company shows how clips are polished these days. This clip and the ones on room.tv web site shows a great before and after comparison from the wonderland of retouching. On room’s website you find more fx & design examples of their recent work. room’s…

ThinkingParticles 3.0 DEMO Version

Cebas has release its new ThinkingParticles 3.0 Demo Version. Cebas tried to make your ThinkingParticles Demo experience as close to the full version as possible, but there are as you can expect some restrictions in a Demo Version. Cabas say’s about their product: “ThinkingParticlesTM 3.0 is the ultimate rule based particle system for 3ds max,…

Photoshopping: Images that are wrong

Did you ever see a photo or image and though “mm that looks odd, does she really have three arms?”. It might be Photoshoped to death. If you interested in such images you should take a look at photoshopdisasters photoshopdisasters list them all. All the Images that got a little to much Photoshop work on…

Wanted a new VFX & DFX rich movie

Wanted (Universal Pictures) is a comic book inspired movie hitting theaters in Summer. Staring James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, and Angelina Jolie. The story: What if someone came to you and told you your father was part of a secret organization and was one of the world’s greatest assassins and you have it in your blood…

Tools to Visualize Social Networks, Music, the Internet, Flickr and others

readwriteweb.com did publish a great article “The Best Tools for Visualization” . In this article you learn more on the tools that are available to visualize Social Networks, Music, the Internet, Flickr and other information and resources. Quote from the article  “The Best Tools for Visualization“: “Visualization is a technique to graphically represent sets of…

You Suck At Photoshop #8 : 3D Layers

  Donnie shows how to use 3D Layer in PhotoShop in his latest and great video tutorial. Donnie tells his sad story, which make you smile.

Phase One Capture One 3.7.8 & 4.0.1

Phase One has released versions 3.7.8 and 4.0.1. These releases add new cameras to the compatibility list and fix bugs in previous versions. Full details in the release notes Capture One 4.0.1 release notes, Capture One PRO 3.7.8 for Windows release notes and Capture One DB 3.7.8 for Windows release notes. A number of new…

Atmospheric video (web) Interieur presentation from Ikea

This new video catalogue from Ikea shows how you can present furniture in a very nice way. All characters are shown in their hectic day2day live (quick cut sequences) and then in the relaxing atmosphere at home in their of curse Ikea bedroom (slow motion shots). Watch “You need a quiet place” and relax a…

StrongMocha Breaking One Million Hits Mark

Today, after 7 Month since StrongMocha went online the StrongMocha web site did pass the One Million Hits bar. Thank you for visiting and coming back in the future.

mocha’s planar tracking in depth tutorial @ imagineer systems

imagineer systems did release a new mocha tutorial made by CMIVFX and Imagineer Systems explaining mocha’s innovative planar tracking in depth.

“One Man Against Attila the Hun” @ fxguide

Gareth Edwards did produce the 250 HD effects shots all by himself. Gareth was using Premier Pro, After Effects, mocha-AE, PhotoShop, 3D MAX and some more tools. Gareth spend almost 5 month on the post production. fxguide did publish a great background story on the making of “One Man Against Attila the Hun” “Every once…

Speed Racer Movie from Matrix Creators

From writer/directors Larry and Andy Wachowski, the creators of the groundbreaking “The Matrix” trilogy, and producer Joel Silver comes the live-action, high-octane family adventure “Speed Racer.” Slated for release on May 9, 2008, “Speed Racer” marks the Wachowski brothers’ first writing/directing collaboration since “The Matrix” movies. Joel Silver, who previously worked with the Wachowskis on…

You Suck at Photoshop #5: Select Color Range

Donnie just released his next PhotoShop tutorial which always comes with the sadness of a man that… You Suck at Photoshop #5: Select Color Range  

Introduction to Camera Tracking by Rhythm & Hues (updated)

Rhythm & Hues did release a small introduction about camera tracking (using Maya live): The movies are on Rhythm & Hues web site Introduction to camera tracking (1.2 MB) Example to show the need for camera tracking (14.6 MB) Maya live setup (7.3 MB) Initial alignment of the camera (6.0 MB) Fine tuning the alignment…

’31 Days of Oscar’ promo

A great ‘31 Days of Oscar‘ promo from Fresh Paint is packed with stunning visual effects. “Using a combination of shot elements and 3d, we were able to bring a contemporary feel to otherwise classic movies.” As we look at this more from a vfx and Digital F/X point of view the spot shows a…

“You Suck at Photoshop 4” get’s more then 320000 views in 4 days

“You Suck at Photoshop #4” is now available. This time you can learn about “Path and Masks” which you can use to create your astonishing Photos. This new photos could even help you to sell something that is so boring (and ugly) you could not sell in the first place.

Kit Kat Ad “Come to discover the Ultimate Break” from Akama Studio

This sensational Ad from Akama Studio is another masterpiece of their work. My rating: “Top notch quality” [MEDIA=11]

New Puma ad “Until then”, featuring sensational animations and outstanding graphics

“Until then” a new futuristic Ad from Puma, featuring sensational animations and outstanding graphics. Start the flash movie below to see this great Ad more about the add can be found on Puma’s website   [MEDIA=10] The Making off is available on YouTube  

Newtek released more then 16 hours of free LightWave training

WilliamVaughan and Chuck (Chuck Baker) did release more then free 16 hours of Free LightWave training . Newtek did post over 16 hours of LightWave training covering Modelin General Modeling Organic Modeling Surfacing/Texturing Tools Mapping Surface Editor Node Editor Animation Animation Tools General Animation Animating Cameras and Lights Vehicle Animation Character Animation Particles Dynamics Lighting…

New successstory on YouTube “You Suck at Photoshop”

If you ever though “Gosh this seems to be hard, how do I change the color of the font again?” you like this special PhotoShop Tutorials:      

Cloverfield (formerly known as Central Park) a new VFX and DFX movie

“Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper desends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera. the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives. ” Cloverfield is…

(USA) Library of Congress Shares Over 3,000 Photographs on Flickr

[kml_flashembed movie=”/wp-content/tiltviewerpro/TiltViewer.swf” height=”600″ width=”650″ fversion=”9″ useexpressinstall=”true” allowfullscreen=”true” fvars=” user_id = 8623220@N02″/] The Q&A about the shared images from the Library of Congress Photos on Flickr Frequently Asked Questions which is available as well. Q: Why is the Library placing pictures on Flickr? A: We have several goals: To share photographs from the Library’s collections with…

VFXWorld Production Focus: I Am Legend: Apocalypse Now in Manhattan

VFXWorld has released a great article about the production and special effects in I Am Legend Visit the Official I Am Legend Website

Trapcode Form released

Trapcode Form has been released. It is a grid-based 3D particle system with a twist. It can be used to create fluid, organic patterns, complex geometric structures and swirling stringy animations etc and it can be used to visualize audio. Form works in AE 7 and later. Trapcode Forms features: Uses AE’s comp camera Audio…

T-Gen for XSI released

simartom did release T-Gen, T-Gen is a tree and plant generator plugin which is fully integrated into XSI. According to simartom T-Gen comes with over 80 appearance and distribution parameters, full utilization of XSI curves and node-based hierarchy ensures great flexibility and huge possibilities while creating your own trees and plants. Almost all parameters of…

mocha-AE has been released by Imagineer Systems

mocha-AE is a stand alone 2D tracking tool for the After Effects community based on Imagineer Systems’ unique 2.5D Planar Tracking technology. mocha-AE helps solve problematic shots that traditionally challenge point based trackers, such as footage with objects moving out of frame, lack of detail, motion blur and heavy grain. This helps the artist to…