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AMD, EPYC usher in a new era for server processors

AMD, EPYC usher in a new era for server processors

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AMD along with EPYC has ushered in a new era for high-performance server processors and the datacenter. “Dropbox is currently evaluating AMD EPYC CPUs in-house, and we are impressed with the initial performance we see across workloads in single-socket configurations,” said Akhil Gupta, vice president of infrastructure at Dropbox. “The combination of core performance, memory bandwidth, and I/O support make EPYC a unique offering. We look forward to continuing to evaluate EPYC as an option for our infrastructure,” he added. With its high core count, superior memory bandwidth, and unparalleled support for high-speed input/output channels in a single chip1, EPYC aims to revolutionize the dual-socket server market while simultaneously reshaping expectations for single-socket servers. Ea
Testing Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality system

Testing Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality system

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Cirque du Soleil along with Microsoft is testing how the Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality system could be used by directors and production design teams to better envision and plan sets for Cirque du Soleil's live shows. Incidentally, this is a technique that might also find its way to Hollywood productions. With the Cirque du Soleil test, directors and designers could effectively stand on a stage or set, and while wearing the HoloLens AR headsets, they could see virtual set pieces and props allowing them to better plan the look of a set before construction. "It allows them, in the creation process, to visualize what the set will look like much sooner," Bernard Fouche, general manager of innovation at C-Lab for Cirque du Soleil has claimed. "They can walk through the stage and see
Manios Digital & Film to showcase new camera accessories at Cine Gear Expo

Manios Digital & Film to showcase new camera accessories at Cine Gear Expo

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Manios Digital & Film will showcase new camera accessories from Cartoni, Vocas, Kinotehnik and Hawk-Woods at Cine Gear Expo 2017 in Hollywood. Said Manios Digital & Film president Steve Manios Jr., “We look forward to Cine Gear every year because it’s an opportunity to talk one-on-one with the cinematographers and camera operators who use our products in the field,” “We are particularly excited this year as we have several great new products that directly address situations pros face in the field every day,” he added. People attending the Expo will have a chance to inspect, up close, newly-developed fluid heads, tripods, specialty rigs, matte boxes, lights and power systems, and have their questions answered by Manios Digital & Film camera professionals.
Autodesk ties up with Microsoft Azure for cloud rendering solution

Autodesk ties up with Microsoft Azure for cloud rendering solution

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Rendering can be a complex and demanding process with several variables to consider including infrastructure and pipeline needs, data management, team size, timeline and budget. To simplify the process, Autodesk has joined forces with Microsoft Azure to offer customers a new scalable cloud rendering solution with the Microsoft Azure Batch rendering platform. Built on the proven Azure Batch platform, this new rendering solution allows users of Autodesk to submit their jobs for on-demand rendering directly through Maya, 3ds Max and Arnold with pay-per-use billing and custom scalability. With the Azure Batch Rendering Platform, Autodesk users can seamlessly leverage Azure’s robust usage-based cloud rendering tools to scale their rendering jobs with burst capacity as needed, efficiently man

NPR floats first ever children’s podcast Wow in the World

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For parents, podcasts have become much-needed alternative to the increasing television and smartphone time of their kids. And yet, despite the demand among both groups, the number of shows produced for children has remained low relative to all the shows produced for adults. It’s a void that big producers are starting to fill. NPR has taken the wraps off it’s first-ever children’s podcast, Wow in the World. Created for kids between 5 to 12, the show that premieres on May 15 will focus on topics in science and technology, with the goal of sparking conversations among kids and between kids and their parents. Focused on big questions and mysteries like ‘How long would it take to get to the closest star outside our solar system?’etc., the show will lay emphasis on children’s voices. That’
Chaos group to present details of V-Ray’s GPU rendering capabilities at GTC this year

Chaos group to present details of V-Ray’s GPU rendering capabilities at GTC this year

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Chaos Group, a worldwide leader in computer graphics, will present several major advances to V-Ray’s GPU rendering capabilities at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2017, in San Jose, California. Group lead GPU rendering developer Blagovest Taskov will present his talk Next Generation GPU Rendering: High-end production features on GPU on May 9. Taskov will cover key issues that have affected the automotive, design, architecture and entertainment industries, as well as the solutions the company has pioneered to solve them. The topics that he will speak on include: Breaking the GPU rendering memory barrier: Memory limitations inherent to GPU computing have always been a fundamental challenge when rendering on GPUs. With recent advances to V-Ray GPU, Chaos Group has reduced overall
Disney launches Disney Digital Network

Disney launches Disney Digital Network

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Disney has unveiled the Disney Digital Network. The network will aim to deliver digital-first stories through digital platforms and influencers to Millennial and Gen Z audiences at the IAB Digital Content NewFronts next Tuesday in New York City. The new network, which according to Disney reaches more than one billion followers, will combine more than 300 social media channels will also include Disney’s in-house branded content service Disney Co/Op, which pairs up with Disney digital storytellers with advertisers for custom campaigns. Disney editorial brands that will be featured in the network include Oh My Disney, Disney Style, Disney Family, Babble, Polaris, StarWars.com and Star Wars app. Moreover, each editorial brand will connect digital audiences with both Disney and non-Disney
Solid Angle releases Arnold 5.0 core rendering library

Solid Angle releases Arnold 5.0 core rendering library

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Creator of the industry-leading Arnold global illumination ray-tracer, Solid Angle, has officially released version 5.0 of the Arnold core rendering library and associated plugins for the main DCC tools. In addition, Autodesk has announced that 3ds Max 2018 ships with Arnold 5, replacing mental ray. Building on Arnold’s leadership in production ray-tracing, Arnold 5 represents an evolution in rendering for artists everywhere. Not just a feature release, Arnold 5 also represents a significant transition to a new architecture paving the way for major developments to come. With a significant update to the Arnold core, faster rendering, new feature additions, enhancements to existing workflows and exciting new capabilities, Arnold 5 will help artists create more stunning imagery than ever.
Lionsgate to come out with DVD of Shaun the Sheep soon

Lionsgate to come out with DVD of Shaun the Sheep soon

Merchandise, Softwares
One would be glad to know that Shaun the Sheep and his farmyard friends are coming back. It is a British stop-motion animated television series, a spin-off of the Wallace and Gromit franchise. Yes, the beloved series of Aardman Animations is coming back in a new collection of adventures called Shaun the Sheep: Animal Antics. The collection of seven slapstick episodes is being brought in the form of DVDs and Digital HD on June 13 by Lionsgate. The comical episodes include Shaun trying to outfox a fox, Bitzer discovering his jazzy side and the sheep auctioning off everything on the farm. The home video release also includes a special Building-a-Pig video and Timmy’s Tune #3 music video.    
PFT completes acquisition of DAX

PFT completes acquisition of DAX

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  Prime Focus Technologies (PFT), the technology subsidiary of Prime Focus has completed the acquisition of DAX, a leading provider of cloud-based production workflow and media asset management applications to the entertainment industry. In a uniquely structured performance linked transaction, PFT had announced a definitive agreement to acquire DAX for a base consideration of US$ 9.1 million on March 11th.   Through its US subsidiary PFT will acquire all the assets of DAX for an upfront payment with balance payable over 3 years primarily from cash flows from the North American operations.   This acquisition gives PFT ownership of DAX’s patented technology (US Patent No: 7,660,416/ 8,218,764) and products including the Primetime Emmy® award winning Digital Dailies® so