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The new Falcon Heavy: MOST POWERFUL ROCKET since the Apollo moonshots

SpaceX has released a video animation of its Falcon Heavy, the mega-rocket of "scale and capability unequalled by any other currently flying". Falcon Heavy is still to make its maiden voyage, but when it does the lift off thrust will total nearly four million pounds, equal to fifteen Boeing 747 jet liners at full power, said …
Kat Hall, 28 Jan 2015
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Shrek-as-a-service: DreamWorks and Infosys team up

Here's an odd one: Indian outsourcer Infosys and Hollywood animation studio DreamWorks Animation have created a “strategic engineering partnership”. The deal looks to involve Infosys running its eye over the technology DreamWorks uses to make movies and figuring out how to commercialise it. The Indian company will “... deploy …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Nov 2014
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Pixar frees its production-grade RenderMan software

Pixar Animation Studios has decided to give away RenderMan, its flagship animation software used to create the likes of Toy Story, Wall-E and – less happily – Cars 2. The company decided on the freebie, which will apply only to non-commercial use, after last week releasing a new version of the software said to offer “ an …
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King Kong's dangling cluster cut loose

The supercomputer used to animate Peter Jackson's 2005 version of King Kong has been donated to New Zealand's Auckland University of Technology (AUT). The supercomputer comprises 200 IBM HS20 Blade servers, a piece of kit Big Blue sold back in 2005 and a couple of preceding years. IBM's page for the HS20 suggests the machines …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jan 2014
HP and Shrek 2

Dreamworks open sources animation software

Animation studio Dreamworks has released some of its production animation code under an open source licence. OpenVDB, the software in question, is billed as “an open source sparse volume processing toolkit” and is available under version 2.0 of the Mozilla Public License. The C++ library “comprises a hierarchical data …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Nov 2012
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London CGI firm scores DON'T-HIT-the-PEDESTRIAN test contract

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has awarded animation firm Jelly a contract for CGI technology. DSA said it met with the SME last October to identify new technologies that could be used to refresh its hazard perception test. The agency started a formal procurement process in January and two early examples of CGI clips were …
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UK's top tech startup: Glasgow's tiny circle of animation wizards

Comment Tech startups that can truly be considered game-changers are rare - especially in Shoreditch. The more hype that the Silicon Roundabout "leisure startup" scene receives, the more painfully apparent it is that the emperor has no clothes – see these comments for example. Which is a pity, for less attention is paid to genuinely …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Nov 2011

Nvidia's Maximus: Hard-core 3D graphics on speed

Blog Part of Nvidia founder/CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's SC11 keynote session was a demo of something called Maximus that elicited oohs and ahhs from some of the folks around me. An animator of something called Shrek - I think it's a music video or TV show - built an animated scene in real time as we watched. It was a combination of …
Dan Olds, 17 Nov 2011
Digimania Muvizu animation suite

Muvizu animation suite

Review Digimania's Muvizu is free 3D animation software running on the Unreal engine. It allows you to create movies and even upload them directly to YouTube or Facebook from the application. Considering how much Autodesk Maya or 3DS Max will set you back and how many man hours it will take you to do the simplest of animations (and …
Lucy Orr, 17 Nov 2011
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Lego movie greenlighted by Warner Bros

Film studio Warner Bros has given the green light to its animated Lego movie, which is now expected to be released in 2014. Harry Potter Lego game poster (click to enlarge) Credit: Warner/TT Games The studio has struck up a deal with the Aussie special effects cartoon house Animal Logic, which put together movies like Happy …
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Disney's animated back-catalog gets re-released in 3D

Following last month's successful 3D re-release of The Lion King, Disney has announced four more animated classics from its extensive collection are set for the extra-dimensional polish-up too. Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., and The Little Mermaid are all to be re-released in 3D starting from January next …
Caleb Cox, 5 Oct 2011
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Fukushima explained in crap cartoon

Those of you've who've struggled over the past week or so to understand just what's happening down at Japan's Fukushima nuke plant should seek enlightenment from this video, evidently aimed at kids but just as handy for fact-starved, fearful parents: You can find the original animation here. It's already clocked up 900k+ …
Lester Haines, 21 Mar 2011
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Playmobil throws down animation gauntlet

The El Reg Bootnotes department's toy manufacturer of choice, Playmobil, has agreeably invited fans to pitch their best miniature animation efforts for the chance to secure £500 and a year's supply of the company's products. Playmobil launched the challenge at the Toy Fair in London, having apparently been rather impressed by …
Lester Haines, 27 Jan 2010
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Making Muvizu: DIY animation is here

Even though it's in the alpha stage, Digimania's Muvizu is one of the most impressive new technologies I've seen in the past few years. But don't take my word for it. You're going to be annoyed by Muvizu output pretty soon. What the software - pronounced "Movie Zoo" - does is simplify 3D animation to the point that a child can …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Nov 2009
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Futurama back from dead again

Futurama is to return with 26 new episodes, six years after Fox first cancelled the animated show. Comedy Central, which previously commissioned four feature-length specials, will begin screening the new half-hour shows of the animated series on US cable TV next year, following the agreement of a deal between Fox and Comedy …
John Leyden, 11 Jun 2009

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