Volume: 27 Issue: 12 (December 2004)

Features

Consolation Prizes
The "big three" next-generation consoles—Microsoft's Xbox 2, Nintendo's GameCube 2, and Sony's PlayStation 3—are expected to ship in 2005, or perhaps even in 2006. Though these units are frequently ...
Locomotion
When filmmakers think about bringing a storybook to life, they usually imagine re-creating the fantasy world by using animation or by putting actors into the roles of the storybook characters. Shrek ...
Fear Factors
Using various technical and artistic approaches, three developers have injected fear and horror into their recent game releases, producing unique and terrifying experiences that are not for the ...

Department

Albert Kiefer
To illustrate the application of the Superformula, Albert Kiefer, 3D product specialist at Genicap, used the code to create naturally complex shell shapes that he calls Future Fossils.
User Focus - 12/04
"It was important to the band to have a 24p HD master because the musicians are not only interested in the technology, but they also want to preserve their work for years to come," says editor/effects ...
Products - 12/04 - Part 2

A Few Good Mentors
Last spring, the editors received a rather cryptic e-mail from an animator at a major studio about a “side project” that he and a few of his friends were working on. When we checked it out, we learned ...
Market Outlook & News - 12/04
3D modeling and animation software experienced growth in 2004, a trend expected to continue throughout 2005. The 3D modeling and animation segment saw other profound changes in 2004 as well. Alias ...
Products - 12/04 - Part 1

3D Animation Software
The latest news surrounding Alias's Maya involves a new agreement with BOXX Technologies whereby Maya Complete and Maya Unlimited software are bundled with Boxx professional workstations. Alias also ...
Adobe Atmosphere
Interactivity. Real-time imaging. Immersive environments. These buzzwords have floated around the industry for years. Software developers continue to produce products that change these words into ...
Discreet 3ds max 7
Discreet has begun shipping 3ds max 7, the latest version of its venerable 3D modeling and animation application. The upgrade includes new modeling and texturing features, as well as an update to ...
Uncommon Compositing
There was a time in digital video's relatively distant past when compositing was viewed as an exclusive craft. Compositors and editors were almost thought to be from different planets, or at least of ...
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