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Volume: 27 Issue: 8 (August 2004)

Features

PCI Expressway
Workstations and servers in the graphics community are well known for being the fastest machines on the market. Graphics professionals demand of their systems cutting-edge speed. Whereas processor, ...
Hot 'Bots
50 years ago, Isaac Asimov's collection of nine stories about evolving generations of robots and mechanical men was published in book form as I, Robot. One of those stories, "Liar!," introduced the ...
Visual Notes: Part 1 of a two-part series
The sound, and look, of music changed forever in the 1960s when British bands started the pop-music revolution and, unwittingly, jump-started the music video craze.
Mobile gaming prepares for takeoff
Certainly growth looks substantial, if not explosive. According to a recent report titled "Winning and Losing in Mobile Games" from wireless communications analyst Alexander Resources, worldwide ...

Department

User Focus - 8/04
According to Carl Bianco, lead technical director, the artists needed to provide the sails in a range of states—billowing, hanging, furled, furling, and damaged. Moreover, they had to produce them in ...
Artbeats Clip Collections
Many situations can require the use of stock film and video footage, and many sources from which to acquire it exist. Few companies, however, offer the wealth, breadth, and quality of selections ...
Technique & Technology
To create a trio of hybrid vampire brides—characters with the heads and faces of actual actresses fused with computer-generated bodies—the studio developed a first-of-its-kind technique that enabled ...
SIGGRAPH 2004 Electronic Theater
During the past three decades, the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival has evolved from informal screenings by a handful of artists showing their own films to one of the industry's top international ...
Mobile Gaming Goes 3D
What is the state of the art of mobile gaming graphics? Currently, 2D sprite-based graphics—reminiscent of the 16-bit and 32-bit games of the late 1980s and early 1990s—are primarily being used in ...
Gaming: 2010
It may come as no shock to learn that video and computer gaming will continue to be the hottest market in the entertainment industry, at least for the rest of this decade. Even mainstream market ...
Products - 8/04 - Part 1

Products - 8/04 - Part 2

HP xw6200 Workstation
With its new line of workstations, Hewlett-Packard enters the world of PCI Express (PCIe), a serial bus technology with much higher speed than conventional PCI. Although it initially will benefit ...
Maya 6
A longtime professional user of Alias's Maya, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Version 6. Soon after I began using the upgrade, it was evident that Alias packed 6.0 with a wealth of user-requested ...
The Balkanization of Animation
The outsourcing of computer animation and game development provides an interesting lens through which to view the phenomenon. The industry is by no means immune; it is, in fact, very well suited to ...
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