Blender pulls a rabbit out of the hat

Published in Technology & Computing

Ever wondered how far you could go with Open Source software? 

Clock speeds may have been static for a decade, but everything else about PCs is changing. Neil Roberts describes the latest tech.

Audio brings life to animations

Published in Post & VFX

I was present at the audio mixing stage of Aardman Animations' "The Wrong Trousers" or "Wallace and Gromit" as most people remember it. This stop-motion animation classic was hilarious from the first frame to the last, but for me the most memorable thing was seeing it without sound, and then with sound

Bridging the Uncanny Valley to make realistic CGI humans

Published in Post & VFX

The term 'Uncanny Valley' was originally coined by Japanese robotics professor Masahiro Mori back in 1980 and suggests that as we get close to human realism a huge dip in a ‘familiarity’ graph occurs, indicating a sudden negative response. Now the Digital Human League, a superteam of Hollywood visual effects artists and researchers, is looking to bridge the gap with the creation of convincing synthetic humans.

3D animation company 3Lateral shows off an impressive facial rigging demo from its work on the Xbox One release title Son of Rome. Plus, a bonus video of the 3DLateral scan process!

You don't need cameras any more

Published in Technology & Computing

Have a close look at this video clip. It’s an advert for a high-end kitchen worktop manufacturer. Watch it in 720p, and look as closely as you can at the camerawork, the clever use of depth of field, the lighting, and particularly the fresh fruit.

And then reflect on the fact that no cameras - or indeed fruit - were involved in the making of this at all.

Blender: love it and/or hate it

Published in Business

Phil Rhodes has strong personal opinions about this powerful but unintuitive software

It's not easy to make a photo-realistic animation of an eye, but this proves that it can be done - complete with peach-fluff!

How did they make that - thing - move?

Demented Reality

Published in Production

When you put High Tech and Low Tech together, you get... Low Tech. But it's very funny...

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