Volume: 27 Issue: 4 (April 2004)

Features

Crash Course
After leaping his way to video-game stardom through six successful action games, Crash Bandicoot—the popular spiky-haired marsupial—is expanding his range as a character, appearing for the first time ...
Devilish Effects
In case you're not a fan of Mike Mignola's comic books, Hellboy was a Nazi experiment gone good; a red demon baby conjured up at the end of World War II by Hitler's occult scientists and rescued by US ...
Grand Opening
Creators of new prime-time television shows have just a short period—often only a few weeks—to win the loyalty of a substantial viewing audience or risk being replaced by the network.
Building an Empire
Rome wasn't built in a day. It took approximately six months. At least, that's how long it took Stargate Digital to create a photorealistic 3D version of the ancient city used in a dramatic 35-second ...
Affordable Arrays: Storage in the Studio - Part 2
Digital content professionals have unique requirements for data storage. They need extremely high capacity and as much speed as they can afford. Unfortunately, most studios operate under tight budgets ...
DAMming the Flow: Storage in the Studio - Part 3
Digital asset management (DAM) is one of those technologies that can be defined in a variety of ways. Is it simply a method for organizing electronic files? Is it software that controls the flow of ...
Net Savings: Storage in the Studio - Part 1
Jim Farney, senior marketing manager for media industries at SGI (and former longtime owner of a major postproduction facility), says that while most large studios already are using and benefiting ...

Department

Wacom Cintiq 18SX
At work and in my personal life, much of my time is devoted to composing creative digital content. For years, I've incorporated a 12x12-inch Wacom Tablet Digitizer 2 (so old that it's no longer listed ...
DV Authoring Revolution
It's not an apples-to-apples comparison, of course, considering one is hardware and one is software. But, imagine this: In a two-year span from 1999 to 2001, DVD authoring software went from a high of ...
Products - 4/04 - Part 1

Market Outlook, Industry News - 4/04
As the accompanying chart from Jon Peddie Research shows, the industry will experience a continued increase in advertising and capital expenditures through 2006. There are several reasons for this ...
Digital Juice Libraries
Stock film and video footage provides access to resources that often are rare, unique, and difficult to produce internally, but finding them can be a source of frustration. Searching for the necessary ...
User Focus: Making Waves
Although memorialized in a Hollywood blockbuster film, that incident, sadly, was not the area's worst seafaring disaster. Nearly a century earlier, another fierce New England storm—the Portland ...
Alias's Exposé Yourself Contest
When artists started dropping their pencils and paintbrushes in favor of digital tools, they opened themselves up to a new range of capabilities, which in turn, led to new artistic possibilities.
Anark Studio 2.5
Having used Anark Studio 1.5 following its release in 2002, I was impressed by the ease with which I was able to create custom interactive graphics for the Web or a CD-ROM. Recently, I was afforded a ...
Indie Opportunities
Contrary to popular belief, the independent game-developer community is not made up entirely of nerdy teenage boys who spend more time stealing other people’s code than creating their own. A ...
Products - 4/04 - Part 2

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