— HumanEyes Technologies has unveiled HumanEyes Capture3D, a 3D software solution designed for use with today's digital cameras. Now available, HumanEyes Capture3D enables users to generate realistic 3D images using data captured with virtually any digital camera. The software does not impose limits on picture width; in fact, it can be used to create 360-degree panoramas. HumanEyes Capture3D also can assemble 2D and 3D photography into a single, seamless image. Additional features include guided optimization of 3D scenes, automatic convergence point control and parallax (depth) control, and support for TIFF, JPEG, and AVI file formats. A fully functional, 30-day trial version is available for download from the company's Web site.
HumanEyes Technologies; www.humaneyes.com
Win — Pinnacle Systems has upgraded its Liquid Edition video editing software to Version 6. The upgrade provides users the ability to edit multiple streams of native HD content with real-time effects. Its SmartEdit feature enables the combination of multiple formats and standards in the same timeline. Users have the option of editing in native HDV or DVD formats, as a result of SmartEdit's support for various codecs, including DV25, MPEG-2 I-frame and IBP, and uncompressed. The new edition also features a redesigned Microsoft Windows-based user interface, compatibility with Pinnacle Studio, and a Steinberg-inspired audio engine. At the same time, Version 6 of Pinnacle Liquid Edition Pro gains a professional analog and digital I/O breakout box that takes advantage of USB 2.0.
Pinnacle Systems; www.pinnaclesys.com
Win — Shoran Software has released its Ren-derPal 2004 Server Version 1.3, the updated edition of its professional render management system for such renderers as Alias's Maya, Mental Images' Mental Ray, Softimage|XSI, and NewTek's LightWave. Version 1.3 now enables users to monitor and control jobs, as well as render clients, via the RenderPal 2004 Job Submitter. Abolishing the need to add clients manually, RenderPal 2004 Server can automatically add clients by using UDP heartbeats sent by the RenderPal 2004 Client. In addition to support for 10 clients and five net jobs, RenderPal 2004 Server offers the ability to import render settings from a Maya scene file (command-line support included).
Shoran Software; www.renderpal.com
NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display of America has updated and expanded its AccuSync family of flat-panel displays. The company's LCD monitor series sports a slim cabinet design and two new 20-inch models, the ASLCD200VX and ASLCD200VX-BK. The new displays boast NEC-Mitsubishi's On Screen Manager, which enables users to adjust display settings either via up-front buttons or, with the help of the company's NaViSet software, via a mouse and keyboard. The AccuSync line includes 15-, 17-, 19-, and 20-inch base and multimedia versions in a choice of a black or white cabinet.