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Toon Boom Animate Pro, Manager debut

Toon Boom Animation on Monday announced Toon Boom Animate Pro and Toon Boom Manager, two new products for animation professionals.

Animate Pro is an all-inclusive digital animation package for the Mac and PC.Priced at $1800, Animate Pro incorporates content creation, animation and compositing tools in one package. The software lets you animate digitally or import content from paper, and combine the two with tweening and cleaning tools. It also features multi-plane (three-dimensional) camera support with the ability to move, scale and rotate elements; use symbols and pegs; add sparkling effects and compositing, adapt the user interface and more.

Manager is intended to help animation workflows track the progress of production in real-time. Both Manager and Animate Pro are part of Toon Boom Animation’s Harmony, a team-based infrastructure for animation production.

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Media Distributors Introduces Constellation VCM; Innovative Asset Management Solution for Production Industry.

Media Distributors, a leading provider of services, systems, and products for professional audio and video production today announced that it has introduced an innovative asset management system, Constellation VCM™, for the production industry. Constellation VCM is an integrated storage management and archive management system for professional video environments. The software system includes an end-user interface that offers full search, retrieve, and manipulation of video and project files, without touching the original video source content.

Media Distributors has entered into an original equipment manufacture (OEM) agreement with SoleraTec, LLC of Escondido, CA, and will be the exclusive sales partner for Constellation in the broadcast media, television, and entertainment industries. The two companies have jointly engineered Constellation VCM to match the requirements of the video production industry, enabling a flexible “information repository” approach to managing video files, rather than a monolithic file structure.

Constellation VCM is the first video asset management system to leverage next-generation enterprise tiered storage techniques and is the first to include digital fingerprinting, to deliver a highly flexible, scalable storage and distribution system for a wide range of customers, from large-scale video rights holders to small production and post-production companies. The system easily conforms to the existing workflow of any organization.

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NVIDIA Introduces Industry's Most Powerful Professional Graphics Lineup

NVIDIA today introduced its most powerful and advanced top-to-bottom line of Quadro® professional GPU solutions in the Company’s history.

Spanning from sub-$100 entry-level to standalone visual computing systems, this new series includes:

  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800 – the industry’s first and only 4GB, ultra high-end solution delivers the highest visualization performance and capabilities, enabling professionals to work with large-scale models and datasets.
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 – ultra high-end solution provides professionals with the most complete toolset to dramatically push the boundaries of realism, performance, and quality.
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800 – single slot solution with a robust feature set and added capabilities such as SLI Multi-OS and SDI support to enable a no-compromise, high-performance, interactive visualization experience.
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800 – mid-range solution offers the best price performance for workstation graphics and provides the optimal blend of quality, precision, performance, and programmability.
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 580 – best-in-class entry-level solution boosts productivity for a variety of industry-leading volume CAD and digital content applications.
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 380 – an affordable professional-class graphics solution extends energy efficiency while delivering 50-percent faster performance.
  • The Quadro NVS 295 – capable of supporting up to two 30-inch digital displays at maximum resolutions, taking business graphics to a new level visual perfection.
  • This new line-up also brings the introduction of NVIDIA® SLI® Multi-OS, a ground-breaking technology that enables, for the first time, 3D workstation virtualization on the Quadro GPU. With SLI Multi-OS, applications and users are able to optimize productivity and costs through the use of multiple Quadro GPU technologies from a single workstation in a virtualized environment. Users can also enable native SLI technology support on key partner platforms to accelerate application performance, scaling and higher image quality.

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    CalDigit to Distribute Carbon Copy Cloner with all Storage Systems

    CalDigit is excited to announce that it will be bundling Carbon Copy Cloner with all of it’s drive arrays, giving users the ability to backup and even clone, bootable OS X volumes. Carbon Copy Cloner has been a staple in the OS X community for years. It’s reputation is unparalleled, and has provided OS X users an easy back up solution. In combination with storage arrays from CalDigit, users now have a complete and easy to use back up solution.

    The CalDigit VR is the the most advanced two drive RAID system in it’s class, supporting a quadruple interface for easy connectivity. The CalDigit VR’s modular design provides two hot swappable drive modules and an easy to read front LCD. With support for RAID 0 and RAID 1 the CalDigit VR is a perfect backup and storage device. Using RAID 1 on the CalDigit VR in combination Carbon Copy Cloner, users have the ultimate data back up solution.

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