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.
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.
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
Disney’s all-new mobile app Club Penguin is ready to launch as its web operations close officially today. Launching today, Club Penguin Island is a subscription-based app that features immersive game play where players can customise their penguin, embark on island quests, earn special rewards and take on daily challenges to level up their penguins. The app includes a new safety moderation system and a chat filter in addition to more familiar features like reporting tools that allow users to self-moderate the community. The said app is available through the Apple App Store and Google Play for free download with the option to purchase a recurring US$5 monthly subscription. Original Club Penguin memberships will not be transferred to Club Penguin Island though players were able to pre-r
As the second largest and fastest growing market for smartphones in the world, India is witnessing an increase in content consumption on handheld devices (mobile phones) via over-the-top (OTT) platforms such as Hotstar, Netflix and Amazon Prime video. The reasons for this prompt consumption pattern have been the improvement in speeds of internet, lower 4G internet tariffs by telecom companies and easy availability of low cost smartphones. Before 2015, this growth was gradual as nobody could make a dent with the right mix of technology and content suited to Indian tastes. However, in that very year, the turning point came when the Rupert Murdoch-owned Star India launched Hotstar. Though Sony Pictures Networks India's Sony Liv was already in the market, the launch of Hotstar su...
In anticipation of the Star Wars-themed lands at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, Disney has come out with new details about what guests will experience in the new land. The two 14-acre lands will aim to transport guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space, the place where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life. Moreover, each park will feature two signature attractions viz one that allows fans to take control of the Millennium Falcon on a secret mission and a Star Wars adventure that will put guests in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Besides, Disney is currently constructing two full-sized AT-AT Walkers. Both Star Wars-themed lands are expected to open in 2019. &nbs
Google has released a new app namely Family Link that will allow parents to monitor their children’s activity on Android devices. The said app manages the apps that kids can use by allowing parents to approve or block any content from the Google Play Store. Parents can also keep an eye on screen time by seeing how many minutes are spent on each app in the weekly and monthly activity reports. They can then use this information to set daily screen time limits. The app also allows parents to remotely lock a child’s device. The app can also be used to monitor and restrict use of the YouTube Kids app which has collected more than 30 billion views to date and attracts more than eight million weekly users. Google, that is also launching kids original series on YouTube Red, currently
Known for its steam-centric electronic building blocks, New York-based tech startup littleBits is working out some big plans when it comes to coding. The company has launched a new kit designed to teach the foundations of coding and engineering through blocks and gaming activities. It will also coincide with the release of a littleBits Code Kit app that features drag-and-drop block programming based on Google’s Blockly. Also included in the kits are more than 100 activities and lessons for kids in grades three to eight as well as start guides for both students and teachers. littleBits, which joined Disney’s 2016 Accelerator Program after raising US$60 million in funding, is currently accepting advanced purchase orders for the kit, which will be released in June. The new kit is perfect
With YouTube videos and Instagram posts ushering in a whole new trend of homemade slime-making, Nickelodeon is bringing its iconic goop to the DIY crowd. In relation to this, New Jersey-based toy and art products manufacturer Cra-Z-Art has partnered with Nickelodeon to market and distribute branded slime kits across the US. The kits will include all of the necessary ingredients to make the network’s famous green slime as well as a variety of colors and textures including glitter, neon and glow in the dark. The kits will be seen on US retail shelves this month.
Like every year, the Oscar season is here. And with that a sense of excitement also cropped into those who follow the awards. Here, we talk of the awards in the field of animation. In the animation section, Disney’s Zootopia won the best animated feature award at the Awards function. Disney-Pixar’s Piper won the best animated short film category. Another Disney project, The Jungle Book, won the visual effects honor. The animated contenders in the Best Original song category from Trolls and Moana, lost out to City of Stars from La La Land. On the lighter vein, the ceremony was capped with the strangest ending in Oscars history as presenter Warren Beatty read from the wrong envelope and declared La La Land the winner of best picture. After the speeches were midway, the mistake was