Blender Surpasses Another Huge Milestone

Today it was announced that the Blender development fund had skyrocketed past another huge milestone thanks to a new, $1.2M mega grant from Epic Games. This means that at the time of writing the current development fund stands at a whopping €67048 / month, which is already being put to good use to improve and enhance Blender further. I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the team at the Blender foundation as this is a massive achievement and very well deserved. With a multitude of new tools already being developed for future releases (everything nodes, UDIM support, advanced snapping & modelling tools) thanks to the development fund and the final 2.8 release only just around the corner, this is definitely and exciting time to be a Blender user.

New Website Launch

The first phase of our brand new website is now live, so welcome and please feel free to take a look around. Due to the fact that we’ve been so busy over the last few months with no sign of that changing anytime soon, the site will be published in a few different stages. This is simply because I haven’t had the time or opportunity to complete all the new content yet, but this is something that I will be attempting to achieve within the two weeks. Please check back then to see more update.

Thanks,

 

Jason Pickford

Collaborative Concept Artwork Project

I’m really pleased to be able to share a new piece of concept artwork, “Remnants of the Past”. A creative collaboration with character artist, Francois Daigle. The environment (shipwreck models and rock formation) utilises more than 70 UDIM tiles / texture sets totalling more than 15GB and was textured entirely with Substance Painter. The character (model, soft surface textures and rigging) was created by Francois who also used Substance Painter for texturing in addition to Marvelous Designer for the cloth simulations on the characters cape.

Adobe Acquires Allegorithmic

It looks like 2019 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for 3D content creators. Today it was announced that Adobe has acquired Allegorithmic and their entire suite of 3D content creation tools. You can read the full announcement by Sébastien Deguy (Allegorithmic founder and CEO) on the Medium.com website.

Here’s some key points to take away from the official acquisition statement:

  • Sébastien Deguy will lead Adobe’s 3D initiatives, and help take them to the next level. In addition, the Allegorithmic team will remain unchanged.
  • Adobe is building an expanded team to focus on the incredible opportunities in 3D and immersive design.
  • Substance tools will become flagship Adobe products.
  • Adobe has been investing in Allegorithmic for two years, so this isn’t a typical acquisition. Teams from both companies have actually been working together for a considering period of time already and clearly have a lot of respect for each other.
  • This could significantly improve both Photoshop and After Effects for 3D content creators who already subscribe to Adobe CC.

Providing that Sébastien Deguy remains in charge and the Allegorithmic team remains unchanged, this could end up working out very well. Adobe has a gigantic R&D department that Allegorithmic will now be able to access. This will allow them to develop new tools and features that will significantly enhance future versions of Substance tools. Whatever your thoughts might be about this acquisition, one other thing is very clear. Demand for 3D content creation (including 3d visualisations, AR and interactive) is definitely growing and Adobe clearly now views 3D content creation as both a necessity and essential part of their future plans. This can only be a positive thing for 3d content creators who may now be able to provide their specialist services to a much wider audience then ever before.

I wish the entire Allegorithmic team the best of success with the acquisition!

2D Animated Video for Hotel Revenue Management Platform

That’s a wrap on another animated explainer video. This time, we’ve been working alongside the fantastic team at Revanista to produce a video that explains their revolutionary, new service.

Watch the video below to find out more.

 

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Thunderstorm FX Expand In-House Rendering Capacity

I’m really excited to announce that we’ve just increased our in-house 3D rendering capabilities with the addition of two new render nodes.

Both nodes are equipped with:

  • AMD RYZEN 2990WX Threadripper CPU’s
  • 64GB DDR4 Corsair Vengeance Ram
  • Samsung EVO 970 Pro M.2 SSD’s
  • Asus ROG Zenith Extreme Motherboards
  • Touch Screen Fan Controllers
  • Corsair Hydro H100 Liquid Coolers and stunning Corsair Graphite 780T Black Chassis.
We hope that our continued investment in the very latest technology will confirm our commitment to producing high-calibre CGI and animation content. This will allow us to increase our production output and quality to meet growing demand from both our direct clients and white label agency partners. To find out more about our CGI & animation capabilities, please submit an enquiry via our contact form or call us directly on: +44 (0)1625 265932.

3D Product Installation Videos For Fire Protection Products

Many products used within engineering, fire safety and manufacturing industries need to be visualised before the USP’s can truly be understood. Traditional forms of media and literature may go some way to explaining the technical aspects of such products, but will very rarely prove effective as sales tools. This is why you need an installation explainer video as it will allow you to summarise what your product does, why it’s needed and how it works in less than 2 minutes of screen time. This will help you get your product in front of the right people whilst simultaneously working 24/7 as a fantastic, search engine friendly sales tool.

The latest set of product installation videos produced for TENMAT Fire division help the audience to understand the value, appearance and capability of their potentially life-saving products. Find out more by watching the videos below.

If your business is in need of a product installation video and you would like a quote, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch so we can discuss your requirements further.


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2D Animated Video for Print-on-Demand Services

When it comes to offering a digital service you need to keep well ahead of the curve to ensure that you stand out from your competitors and gets noticed. But how do you achieve this when your target audience won’t stick around long enough to read the copy on your website or place an order? That’s if they can even find your website in search engine results to begin with. The solution is to use animated video and that’s exactly what Gift Flow chose to do by commissioning us to produce a stunning video for them. The two dimensional animated explainer highlights the simplicity of their online ordering system, no minimum order policy, fast delivery, huge range of products and flexible API in less than 90 seconds.

Find out more by watching the video below or heading on over to the Gift Flow website.


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Introducing 3D Motion Photograph Videos

 

3D Motion photo videos use advanced camera projection and animation techniques to bring your photographs to life. The result is a stunning video that will enjoy all the same search engine benefits as live video content, but for a fraction of the cost and with a turnaround time of just 2-3 days per video.

This makes it a perfect solution for a wide variety of different photography including charity, corporate events, social media, models, sports, portraits and products. And, if you don’t already have existing photos we can also recommend a great photographer to take some for you. Get in touch to find out more.

3D Product Film for Fashion Products

Customised® sunglasses provide unparalleled levels of customisation, are designed to the highest standards in Germany and sold to customers around the world. Thunderstorm FX® were tasked with producing a photorealistic product film to showcase the design, quality and unique features of their products. This is the final result.


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If you need customised sunglasses for personal branding, sports teams, events or something else entirely then check out the Customised website.