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MAXON Releases Spanish-Language Documentation for Cinema 4D

MAXON Computer announces the immediate availability of Spanish-language documentation for its CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D software packages. The integrated context-sensitive help system, consisting of over 3200 pages filled with detailed information, has been localized for all Spanish speaking customers. The complete Spanish language packet can be downloaded for free at

Outcome Uncertain in Blu-Ray vs. Download Battle

Market researchers Gartner and iSuppli say that Blu-ray Disc may have beaten out HD DVD as the high-definition optical disc format to replace DVDs, but it now faces a new test against Internet downloads. But the victory for Blu-ray Disc may be short-lived if consumers choose to download high definition content from the Internet, market researchers say.

GeniusDV Provides MPEG-4 and H.264 Licensing Assistance

GeniusDV has launched a new consulting service for organizations that need assistance with their MPEG-4 or H.264 licensing through MPEG LA.  For those that are delivering MPEG-4 or H.264 content there are licensing requirements through MPEG LA.  The main organizations that pay money as a result of the licensing through MPEG LA are those that are making money off delivering  MPEG-4 and H.264 content.  Many companies can be covered by the MPEG LA licensing simply by contacting MPEG LA and requesting a licensing packet and signing and returning the documents.  For those that don’t have the time to request the license and review the documents, GeniusDV can handle the work by serving as a liason with MPEGLA and your organization. Contact GeniusDV for more details.

NewTek Announces LightWave 3D v9.5

NewTek, Inc., announced LightWave v9.5, a major update to its award-winning 3D application, LightWave 3D. LightWave v9.5 new capabilities include a complete hair and fur solution, new lighting system and many improvements to animation, global illumination, rendering and workflow. The update will be available to registered owners of the LightWave v9 series at no charge. The beta program is scheduled to begin in early March.

Apple Motion: Using Behaviors in Motion 3

Chapter: Motion Graphic Design

Topic: Behaviors

One of the great things about Apple`s Motion 3, (part of Final Cut Studio 2), is its ease of use. You can create some great animations simply by adding Motion`s Behaviors, the program`s equivalent to Adobe After Effects` Expressions.


Apple After Effects: Basic 3D layers, lights and Cameras

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: 3D Objects (or pseudo 3D) Objects for 2D Space

This is the video I did for Terry White’s Creative Suite Podcast, It is all about 3D layers, light and Cameras in After Effects. There is also some information on my upcoming tour The Adobe Maxon Power Integration Tour which will show how to integrate 3D files from Maxon’s Cinema4D into your workflow. This is a very cool tour and well worth your time. I will be posting video of the tour in small segments so those who don’t make it can see the tour. Enjoy!


Newtek Lightwave: Rendering Out to Multiple Cameras in Lightwave 9

Chapter: 3D Modelling and Animation

Topic: Rendering and Output

This tutorial from the DVD Basic Training for Lightwave by Class On Demand shows how to render out animation to multiple cameras at the same time to save time and keep consistencies in scenes.


Adobe After Effects: Digits Man: Part 1

Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects

Topic: Reproducing TV or Film Effects

In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern will show you a cool technique for filling an image of a human head with animated numbers using After Effects CS3’s Text tool. Use this link for the project files.


Apple Final Cut Studio: How To Prep A FCP Sequence For Finishing

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Workflow

Because I’ve had to write out these instructions to two clients in the past week, let’s focus on footage (usually DV) on a firewire drive and that isdirectly from those files.. These techy instructions are specifically for shows cut on Final Cut Pro. The end result: You’ll create a new project with a new timeline that’s exactly the same as your current timeline – only it points to newly copied media that’s been trimmed to only the footage needed to playback your timeline. We’ll include 15 frames of handles for each shot, so we can slip and slide 15 frames in either direction – if need be (no edit is ever truly locked). Because we use Apple’s new Color software so heavily in our workflow, some preparation needs to go into this process that can be neatly classified as ‘busy work’; all speed changes, time remaps, freeze frames, or jpeg / tiff files in your project must be rendered out and re-edited back into the sequence. Same thing with nested Motion or Livetype projects. On documentaries this is not an insubstantial amount of work. But currently, we have no choice – it’s a limitation of the Color software, which is powerful enough to be worth the hassle.


Digidesign Pro Tools: Pro Tools 7 LE Essential Training: Reverb and the Delay Plug-in

Chapter: Audio

Topic: Equalization Settings

In this video, host Joe Godfrey discusses the reverb plug-in on Pro Tools 7 LE, which affects the way that the sound sounds in accordance to the way it echoes. Changing the reverb in an audio track can make it sound like the sound is in a small room with little or no echo to a large stadium with lots of reverb.