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SIGGRAPH 2017 Concludes in Los Angeles with Strong Attendance

By Staff

SIGGRAPH 2017, the annual interdisciplinary educational experience showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques, has recently concluded in Los Angeles with over 16,500 attendees from around the world. SIGGRAPH 2017 marked the 44th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, and was held 30 July-3 August 2017 at the Los […]

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DI4D Unveils Highest Fidelity Facial Performance Capture at SIGGRAPH 2017

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

DI4D unveils its highest fidelity facial performance capture so far at SIGGRAPH held this week at the Los Angeles Convention Center, August 1 to August 3. DI4D’s proprietary “motion scanning” technology captures 4D data comprising video rate 3D surface scans tracked with a dense fixed topology mesh. The DI4D solution, which does not require any markers, make-up or structured light, provides much higher fidelity facial motion capture data than alternative solutions and ensures that every nuance of an actor’s facial performance is recorded. Using a DI4D PRO system upgrading with nine 12 mega-pixel synchronised video cameras, the company has been able to capture higher fidelity 4D data than ever before.

Dr Colin Urquhart, CEO of DI4D said:

“We always try to present something new and exciting at SIGGRAPH and this year we will certainly do that by showing the highest fidelity DI4D facial performance capture data so far. We have increased the resolution of cameras used on one of our DI4D PRO systems by a factor of four from 3 to 12 mega-pixels and we have also significantly enhanced our 4D processing and mesh tracking software. As a result we can capture much higher fidelity data and track even denser meshes than with our current DI4D PRO system. This ensures that we can record every nuance of an actor’s facial performance and satisfy the requirements of even the most demanding of movie visual effects projects.”

Colin adds:

“We are also demonstrating the use of DI4D data in VR for the first time on our booth (342) at SIGGRAPH this year. The level of detail of facial performance we are now able to capture really needs to be seen – or even better, experienced in VR – to be believed!”

For more information, visit http://www.di4d.com/.

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SIGGRAPH Attendees Experience Panasas ActiveStor® with DirectFlow® for Mac®

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

When you are ready to execute your projects in record time, turn to Panasas ActiveStor® high-performance data storage where rendering happens faster, predictably and reliably, every time.

Panasas exhibited this week at SIGGRAPH in LA from August 1-3, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Conversations included topics such as tackling render challenges with the right storage solution.

Panasas storage solutions drive industry and research innovation by accelerating workflows and simplifying data management. Their ActiveStor appliances leverage the patented PanFS storage operating system and DirectFlow protocol to deliver performance and reliability at scale from an appliance that is as easy to manage as it is fast to deploy. Panasas storage is optimized for the most demanding workloads in life sciences, manufacturing, media and entertainment, energy, government as well as education environments, and has been deployed in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Whether advancing genomic research using next-gen sequencing technology, rendering visual effects for an animated film, designing advanced aircraft with complex CAE/FEA models, or optimizing the extraction of oil and gas deposits through seismic processing-based analysis, their customers know their data is accessible, secure, and easily managed.

For more information visit http://www.panasas.com.

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Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles | X-Rite Pantone Exhibits at Booth 1104

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles, takes place this week, July 30 to August 3. Today is the last day to visit the exhibit booths on the show floor. So make sure to check them out today, 9:30am-3:30pm.

X-Rite Pantone’s exhibit is located at booth 1104.
www.xrite.com

Streamline your product design process, reduce approval cycles, and accelerate your speed to market with X-Rite Pantone solutions that offer a new level of accuracy in capturing, communicating, and visualizing physical materials. X-Rite’s Total Appearance Capture (TAC) Ecosystem takes 3D virtualization to a new level. Capture reality in a physically precise way and ensure consistency in your presentation of digital materials across your design, marketing, and point-of-sales tools.

For more information about SIGGRAPH, visit their website at http://s2017.siggraph.org/.

Venue:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015 USA

LOCATION & HOURS
Exhibition

South Hall H/J
Tue, 1 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Wed, 2 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Thu, 3 Aug, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

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Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles | Cogswell College Exhibits at Booth 1100

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles, takes place this week, July 30 to August 3. Today is the last day to visit the exhibit booths on the show floor. So make sure to check them out today, 9:30am-3:30pm.

Cogswell College’s exhibit is located at booth 1100.
www.cogswell.edu

Students say they’ve found their tribe at Cogswell College – the creative arts college in the heart of Silicon Valley.

In an all-inclusive, collaborative environment, Cogswell delivers an intense focus on developing undergrads for jobs in high-demand creative arts industries through project-based learning. Cogswell stands out as a creative arts college by offering true studio environments that feature professional-level equipment, multi-disciplinary collaboration and industry expert instruction, coaching and mentoring. Cogswell prepares students for the real world by giving them real-world experience through a project-based learning approach while they’re still in school.

Students in the school’s Project X studio, for instance, come together from multiple disciplines to create professional-grade animated films. In the MediaWorks studio, the students complete video and animated shorts for Silicon Valley companies.

At Cogswell College, “work hard, play hard,” is easy, because work and play are one and the same. It’s about training and development of talent. And it’s about creating the best job calling card of all: an impressive portfolio.

Cogswell grads earn jobs at signature companies, such as Disney, DreamWorks, Blizzard Entertainment, Pixar, Microsoft and Apple.

They have engraved their names on Hollywood movies such as Big Hero 6, Godzilla, Frozen, The Avengers, Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon.

For more information about SIGGRAPH, visit their website at http://s2017.siggraph.org/.

Venue:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015 USA

LOCATION & HOURS
Exhibition

South Hall H/J
Tue, 1 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Wed, 2 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Thu, 3 Aug, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

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Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles | Boris FX Exhibits at Booth 1011

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles, takes place this week, July 30 to August 3. Today is the last day to visit the exhibit booths on the show floor. So make sure to check them out today, 9:30am-3:30pm.

Boris FX’s exhibit is located at booth 1011.
www.borisfx.com

Boris FX & Imagineer Systems are leading developers of visual effects & motion graphics plug-ins for broadcast, film and 360/VR post-production professionals. Flagship products, Continuum Complete, Sapphire and Mocha Pro have made their mark on Hollywood feature films and broadcast TV shows including Rogue One, The Hobbit, The Walking Dead, Mr. Robot and many more. In 2016 Boris FX acquired GenArts and the popular VFX plug-in package, Sapphire. Together Boris & Imagineer software complement industry standard editing & effects software from Adobe, Apple, Avid, Autodesk, Blackmagic, The Foundry and more. At SIGGRAPH 2017 visit the Boris FX booth to preview the new Mocha VR and Sapphire v11. Mocha VR brings Mocha’s Academy Award-winning tracking and VFX tools to an optimized 360 video workflow for cinematic VR post-production. Sapphire 11 is the newest version of flagship VFX plug-in package.

For more information about SIGGRAPH, visit their website at http://s2017.siggraph.org/.

Venue:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015 USA

LOCATION & HOURS
Exhibition

South Hall H/J
Tue, 1 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Wed, 2 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Thu, 3 Aug, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

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Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles | Wacom Technology Exhibits at Booths 831 and 931

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles, takes place this week, July 30 to August 3. Today is the last day to visit the exhibit booths on the show floor. So make sure to check them out today, 9:30am-3:30pm.

Wacom’s exhibit is located at booths 831 and 931.
www.wacom.com

Wacom’s aim is to make technology more human, more natural, and more intuitive. The company strives to create solutions that help people harness and execute new ideas.

Wacom creates harmony between people and technology. As the world’s leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays and digital interface solutions, Wacom brings people and technology closer together through their natural, intuitive interface technologies.

The company provides tools and instruments that let people express their creativity as fluently in the digital world as they would with ink on paper, paint on canvas, light in a darkroom or editing suite. Wacom’s enthusiasm for creativity overflows from the professional sphere to provide the tools and inspiration for anyone on their creativity journey, whether just starting out or well on the way. Together we celebrate and explore the human spirit of creativity and what that can achieve in the world around us.

We are all using technology to do more and more. And enjoying being able to interact with devices in new and creative ways. Wacom provides the tools that make it simpler, easier and more intuitive for anyone to use sophisticated technology, whatever they want to do with it.

For more information about SIGGRAPH, visit their website at http://s2017.siggraph.org/.

Venue:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015 USA

LOCATION & HOURS
Exhibition

South Hall H/J
Tue, 1 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Wed, 2 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Thu, 3 Aug, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

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Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles | Intel Exhibits at Booth 807

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles, takes place this week, July 30 to August 3. Today is the last day to visit the exhibit booths on the show floor. So make sure to check them out today, 9:30am-3:30pm.

Intel’s exhibit is located at booth 807.

The Intel® Software Developer Zone provides tools and resources – designed to provide the development support and business opportunities developers and software businesses need to innovate and succeed. Connect with a worldwide community of developers and Intel on all things software. Visit http://software.intel.com/ to learn more.

Intel’s products and services include: 2D Graphics, 3D Graphics, 3D Modeling, Animation, Authoring Software, Commercial Game Engines, Computer-Video Interfacing, Desktop Video Production Software, Digital Imaging, Education/Training, Engineering Application, Graphics Accelerator Boards-Hardware, Graphics Accelerator Boards-Software, High Performance Graphics Processors, Media/Publications, Mobile Computing, Multimedia Tools & Applications, Multimedia Tools and Applications, Networking Equipment, Rendering & Modeling, Smartphone Application Development, Smartphone Chipset Solutions, Video Servers, Visual Effects Software, Web Graphics, Workstations

For more information about SIGGRAPH, visit their website at http://s2017.siggraph.org/.

Venue:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015 USA

LOCATION & HOURS
Exhibition

South Hall H/J
Tue, 1 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Wed, 2 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Thu, 3 Aug, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

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Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles | Intel Exhibits at Booth 807

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles, takes place this week, July 30 to August 3. Today is the last day to visit the exhibit booths on the show floor. So make sure to check them out today, 9:30am-3:30pm.

Intel’s exhibit is located at booth 807.

The Intel® Software Developer Zone provides tools and resources – designed to provide the development support and business opportunities developers and software businesses need to innovate and succeed. Connect with a worldwide community of developers and Intel on all things software. Visit http://software.intel.com/ to learn more.

Intel’s products and services include: 2D Graphics, 3D Graphics, 3D Modeling, Animation, Authoring Software, Commercial Game Engines, Computer-Video Interfacing, Desktop Video Production Software, Digital Imaging, Education/Training, Engineering Application, Graphics Accelerator Boards-Hardware, Graphics Accelerator Boards-Software, High Performance Graphics Processors, Media/Publications, Mobile Computing, Multimedia Tools & Applications, Multimedia Tools and Applications, Networking Equipment, Rendering & Modeling, Smartphone Application Development, Smartphone Chipset Solutions, Video Servers, Visual Effects Software, Web Graphics, Workstations

For more information about SIGGRAPH, visit their website at http://s2017.siggraph.org/.

Venue:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015 USA

LOCATION & HOURS
Exhibition

South Hall H/J
Tue, 1 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Wed, 2 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Thu, 3 Aug, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

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From:: Student Filmmakers

SIGGRAPH 2017 Emerging Technologies: VR, Holograms & More

By Spencer Sterling

Every year at SIGGRAPH, the annual conference on computer graphics, artists, developers, and engineers gather from around the globe to show off the cutting edge in entertainment technology–and this year was no exception. Out of the 179 exhibitors, these 5 stood out from the rest of the pack to deliver amazing products that push the […]

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Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles | ACM Student Research Competition

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

ACM Student Research Competition
LOCATION & HOURS
ACM SRC Final Presentation

Room 402 AB
Wed, 2 Aug, 3:45-5:15 pm

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles, takes place this week, July 30 to August 3. SIGGRAPH 2017 hosts an ACM Student Research Competition, which takes place in two stages. In the first stage, a panel of distinguished judges views the SRC posters during the poster sessions and selects six semi-finalists. These semi-finalists present their work to SIGGRAPH 2017 attendees during the ACM SRC Final Presentation. At the end of the presentations, the judges announce the first-, second-, and third-place winners in the undergraduate and graduate categories. First-place undergraduate and graduate winners go on to the Student Research Competition Grand Finals.

For more information, visit the SIGGRAPH Events section at http://s2017.siggraph.org/acm-siggraph-theater-events.

Venue:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015 USA

LOCATION & HOURS
Exhibition

South Hall H/J
Tue, 1 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Wed, 2 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Thu, 3 Aug, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

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SIGGRAPH 2017, Los Angeles | ACM SIGGRAPH Chapters Business Meeting

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles, takes place this week, July 30 to August 3. The ACM SIGGRAPH Chapters Business Meeting takes place Wednesday, August 2, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Los Angeles Convention Center, ACM SIGGRAPH Theater, South Lobby.

For more information, visit the SIGGRAPH Events section at http://s2017.siggraph.org/acm-siggraph-theater-events.

Venue:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015 USA

LOCATION & HOURS
Exhibition

South Hall H/J
Tue, 1 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Wed, 2 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Thu, 3 Aug, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

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From:: Student Filmmakers

Fusion 9 Gets a VR Toolset and Big Price Break in Major Upgrade

By Liz Nord

Blackmagic has announced significant updates to Fusion 9—at a sweet new price.

Blackmagic has appropriately chosen SIGGRAPH, the world’s largest computer graphics conference, to release news of its own largest Fusion upgrade to date. Fusion has long been an industry standard in visual effects, compositing, 3D, and motion graphics, but with today’s announcement of Version 9, the software adds another major capability: VR.

There are over 40 new features in Fusion 9.

According to the company’s press release, Fusion’s new VR toolset gives users “a full 360º true 3D workspace, along with a new panoramic viewer and support for popular VR headsets such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.” Even better, the new features come with a significant price drop on its Fusion Studio, from $995 to only $299. (Like Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve, there is also a free version of Fusion available to wet your feet with.)

The company boasts over 40 new features in Fusion 9. See details of some of the standouts below:

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From:: No Film School

Autodesk Highlights Next Generation Storytelling and Collaboration Tools at SIGGRAPH 2017

By Staff

Leading up to SIGGRAPH 2017, Autodesk released a series of updates for its media and entertainment tools, including Autodesk Media & Entertainment Collection, Autodesk Maya, Shotgun, Arnold, Autodesk 3ds Max, and Autodesk Flame. Engineered with the intent of streamlining and accelerating production on films, TV shows, games and immersive experiences, the new releases include enhancements […]

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From:: BLT News

DI4D Unveils High Fidelity Facial Performance Capture at SIGGRAPH 2017

By Staff

Facial performance capture company DI4D has announced they will unveil their highest fidelity facial performance capture so far at SIGGRAPH, which takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 01 to 03 August 2017. DI4D’s proprietary “motion scanning” technology reportedly captures 4D data comprising video rate 3D surface scans tracked with a dense fixed topology mesh. […]

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