Volume: 27 Issue: 3 (March 2004)

Features

64-Bit Players
Momentum for 64-bit computing in the digital content creation arena has been building since AMD released its 64-bit Opteron chips last year. It's easy to figure out why: Special effects houses, game ...
Horsing Around
Whereas the donkey and the massive Clydesdales appear in many of the same shots, rarely were they filmed in close proximity to one another. In fact, the be-ginning sequence showing the donkey behind a ...
Linux in the Chain
A few years ago, studios creating digital content for film and broadcast began adding Linux-based hardware and software to their production pipelines. An early, high-profile example was DreamWorks ...
Larger than Half-Life
Half-Life 2 's story line picks up where the original left off, with Gordon Freeman, a government scientist, once again battling aliens that are pouring through an inter-dimensional doorway that he ...

Department

All-Natural Animation
For years, we’ve been waving the flag that the visualization and simulation market has been one of the most dynamic in the computer graphics industry. Now, the latest research confirms that the trend ...
Products - 3/04 - Part 1

Products - 3/04 - Part 2

GameBoxx FX
Boxx Technologies has made a solid name for itself in the production community by creating reliable servers and high-end workstations at an affordable price. The GameBoxx series is no different. The ...
Market Outlook and News
The 2003 US sales figures announced by the ESA and compiled by the NPD Group, a global market information company that measures product movement and consumer behavior, indicate the majority of games ...
User Focus - 3/04
Since then, digital effects in film and television have be-come far more sophisticated and realistic. Yet when producers recently brought this classic back to the small screen in a two-part miniseries ...
The Art Institutes
When eager students began their education at The Art Institutes, they no doubt had visions of creating the next Finding Nemo or The Lord of the Rings movie. While such dreams may seem overly ...
Magic Bullet Suite
I was a longtime subscriber to the belief that film is film, video is video, and you can't make video look like film. That changed the day I met Magic Bullet Suite. The program provides a creative ...
SketchBook Pro
An illustrator by trade, I implement digital tools, as well as traditional pencil and paper, in my daily work flow. So when Alias announced its SketchBook Pro, I jumped at the opportunity to add it to ...
Alternative Editing
However, alternatives exist. And these programs have enough happy users to make them worth considering before simply following the crowd to the most obvious offerings.
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