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Free Update for CINEMA 4D R12 and BodyPaint 3D R12


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Posted by Marc Leitner
October 27, 2010

(October 27, 2010) MAXON releases free 12.028 update for CINEMA 4D R12 and BodyPaint 3D R12.

This update is recommended for all owners of these Releases. A list with detailed information regarding this update can be found here.

This update is free for all CINEMA 4D R12 and BodyPaint 3D R12 owners and can be downloaded and installed directly via the Online Updater or you can download it on the MAXON web site.

Minimum requirements: CINEMA 4D R12.016 or higher must already be installed on your computer.


MAXON Celebrates the Release of CINEMA 4D R12 at Industry Events Around the U.S.


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Posted by Safe Harbor Staff
September 29, 2010

(Newbury Park, California) MAXON Computer USA, a leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, is pleased to announce opportunities throughout the Fall to acquaint established and aspiring digital content creators with the latest version of its award-winning 3D software application – CINEMA 4D Release 12.

MAXON announced the availability of CINEMA 4D Release 12 earlier this month. The comprehensive release boasts dozens of new features including improved rendering, enhanced dynamics, new deformers and superior character animation capabilities to allow digital artists to intuitively and easily create high-end 3D images and animations.

Learn-Play-Create

At established conventions, festivals and workshops, CINEMA 4D motion graphics, visual effects and animation industry experts from around the country will demonstrate the software’s advancements and provide hands-on seminars and workshops geared to an array of 3D topics related to the artistic process. Venues include: Cut & Paste 2010, Content & Communications World, AniMiami, Motion Albuquerque & Santa Fe, MGFest Austin and CTN Animation Expo, as follows:

  • Cut & Paste 2010 Digital Design Tournament
    The Cut & Paste 2010 Digital Design Tournament, entering its fifth year, is the premier, live action competitive event for 2D, 3D and motion designers from major cities worldwide. Last year’s Cut & Paste global championship winner in the 3D category, Gabriel Smetzer, credits his reliance on CINEMA 4D’s intuitive interface and logical workflow for allowing him to achieve the winning 3D design beating out 15 other international semifinalists in this category. MAXON is an event sponsor of the 10-city tour which begins in New York City on October 2nd. Representatives from the company will be at various Cut & Paste tournament venues providing demonstrations of CINEMA 4D in-action on stage. For additional details visit, http://www.cutandpaste.com/

  • Content & Communications World (CCW)
    MAXON will be exhibiting at Content & Communications World, the "…fall's premier conference and exhibition for media, entertainment and communications technology," taking place October 13 – 14, 2010 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. During show hours, MAXON welcomes members of the press and convention attendees to stop by its exhibitor booth # 956 to view some of the year’s most exciting, high profile 3D motion graphics, animation and texture painting projects and creative workflow techniques. For additional details visit, http://www.ccwexpo.com/ .

  • AniMiami
    The first AniMiami Animation Festival takes place on October 16 – 17, 2010 hosted by Miami International University of Art & Design’s downtown Miami campus. AniMiami is comprised of various elements including an animation festival featuring an Animation Expo of professional work, conference workshops and speakers, a job fair and an industry exhibit expo. MAXON will have an exhibitor presence at the show, and a CINEMA 4D digital animator will be on hand demonstrating real-world animation projects using the software. For additional details, visit http://www.animiami.com/ .

  • Motion
    MAXON is a sponsor of the two-day Motion event taking place October 17 – 18, 2010 in Albuquerque that brings creative professionals from the film, broadcast, and game industries and students together to discuss trends, share creative insights and address relevant industry issues. The event also includes Motion U full-day training intensives in Santa Fe (October 16) and Albuquerque (October 19) with leading industry talent from the motion graphics, visual effects and animation industries. At Motion U in Santa Fe, Mark Spencer of Day Street Productions and Apple-certified instructor for Motion, will lead an in-depth, hands-on session entitled, "Apple Motion & CINEMA 4D: A Crash Course for After Effects Users" showing how to integrate these software tools into a motion graphics and effects workflow. Darrin Frankovitz, MAXON CINEMA 4D lead trainer and a digital game artist and designer, will also conduct a session entitled, "CINEMA 4D: Adding 3D to Your Motion Graphics Workflow" to help creatives incorporate motion graphics elements and scenes into the CINEMA 4D and Adobe After Effects work environment. For additional details, visit http://motion.motion.tv/ .

  • MG Fest (Austin)
    As the leader in providing 3D digital content creation software tools to motion graphics artists, MAXON is pleased to continue sponsorship of the MGFest 2010 conference comprised of a year-long program of regional events aimed at advancing the practice of motion design, visual effects, sound design and interface technology. At the upcoming MGFest Austin, October 18 – 24th, Darrin Frankovitz, will lead an intensive at the conference’s Imagination Workshop entitled, "CINEMA 4D Essentials" covering 3D fundamentals using CINEMA 4D, including navigating in 3D space, lights and cameras, textures and materials, multi-pass rendering, keyframe animation, using the timeline, After Effects integration, and more. For additional details, visit http://www.mgfest.com/#austin .

  • CTN Expo
    The CTN Animation Expo, now heading into its second year, attracts professionals from both the traditional and digital worlds of animation. Hosted by the Creative Talent Network, the event taking place November 19 – 21, 2010, aims to be a resource for education, employment and business opportunities. MAXON will be exhibiting at the Expo again this year where it will showcase the CINEMA 4D Release 12 product line and continue its commitment to provide artists greater knowledge of the 3D animation process. For additional details, visit http://www.ctnanimationexpo.com/ctnx/ctnx2010/ .

About CINEMA 4D

MAXON CINEMA 4D is a professional 3D software package offering everything needed to create high-end 3D images and animations for film, broadcast, architecture, games, multimedia, design and engineering. Continuing a two-decade tradition of excellence, CINEMA 4D offers spectacular image quality and an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that puts professional results within reach of artists at all levels of CGI experience. CINEMA 4D delivers speed and productivity by taking advantage of the latest advances in processor technology, and offers configurations tailored to the distinct needs of specialized 3D markets.

About MAXON Computer

MAXON Computer is a developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions. Its award-winning CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D software products have been used extensively to help create everything from stunning visual effects in top feature films, TV shows and commercials, cutting-edge game cinematics for AAA games, as well for medical illustration, architectural and industrial design applications. MAXON has offices in Germany, USA, United Kingdom, France and Japan. MAXON products are available directly from the Website and its worldwide distribution channel. Specially priced learning editions of the company’s software solutions are also made available to educational institutions. For additional information on MAXON visit http://www.maxon.net.


MAXON Announces Immediate Availability of R12 of Acclaimed 3D Package CINEMA 4D


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Posted by Marc Leitner
September 1, 2010

Friedrichsdorf, Germany, September 1, 2010 - MAXON Computer, a leading developer of professional 3D software, today announced the immediate availability of CINEMA 4D Release 12, the next generation of its highly-acclaimed professional 3D software application. The comprehensive CINEMA 4D Release 12 builds on more than two decades of 3D graphics development excellence and boasts dozens of new productivity enhancing features including improved rendering, enhanced dynamics, new deformers and superior character animation capabilities to allow digital artists to intuitively and easily create high-end 3D images and animations.

"Today’s release marks a significant milestone in the development of MAXON‘s professional 3D software and is a testament to more than two decades of programming excellence," remarked Harald Schneider, CEO and co-founder of MAXON Computer. "Our development team made every effort to bring customer requested features that are easy to use, stable and powerful. Creative professionals from all industries will find unparalleled solutions to help them meet the challenges of today’s fast-paced production environments and create award-winning content."

Key Highlights of CINEMA 4D Release 12

(Not all features are included in every configuration. Please see the Product Comparison Chart on the MAXON web site for more info)

  • Powerful New Dynamics: CINEMA 4D now includes a comprehensive and easy-to-use rigid body dynamics system based on the production-proven Bullet engine. Objects can be connected via hinges, springs and complex joints, and with a simple click, can be transformed into soft bodies.

  • Enhanced Rendering Features:

    • Linear Workflow and Color Profiles: Adopting a linear workflow is now as simple as activating a checkbox. Colors and lighting are mixed in a more realistic way, resulting in higher-quality images with less effort. Color profiles are now integrated throughout CINEMA 4D for accurate color representation.

    • IES lights: It's now possible to apply accurate light falloffs using the IES data directly from lighting manufacturers. Photometric intensities based on Lumen and Candela are also supported.

    • True Units of Measurement: CINEMA 4D now supports units, ensuring that calculations are accurate and scene scaling remains consistent. Units are automatically converted and scaling/unit information is automatically stored within each document.

    • Render Queue: Batch rendering has been streamlined with this augmented render task manager, complete with logging capability.

    • Picture Viewer: CINEMA 4D's breakthrough picture viewer now includes full-screen playback, a histogram display and navigator.

  • New Character Tools: The Inverse Kinetics (IK) system features new dynamic properties. CINEMA 4D Studio also includes a powerful, integrated pose-mixing and morphing system.

  • New Deformers: Several new deformers have been added to include options for modifying objects based on a low-poly cage or within the screen space.

  • Python: Extensive support for the powerful Python language is now fully integrated allowing users greater functionality to create scripts, expressions and plugins for unlimited creative workflow.

  • Others: A variety of other new features include double precision, dual transforms, OpenGL 3 support, new architectural shaders, and an parametric spline L-system.

This release also marks a widespread reorganization across the CINEMA 4D R12 product line with the introduction of four editions offering a proven workflow and feature sets targeted to professional 3D animators, motion graphics artists, architects and designers. Paul Babb, president and CEO, MAXON US adds, "The product line reorganization is a practical step that gives all customers, from hobbyist to studio professional, clear choices when deciding on the features they need to deliver high impact, creative results," he said. "Customers will also benefit from the streamlined and condensed product structure as it allows our team to better focus on developing new, exciting functionality."

[US Editors’ note: The CINEMA 4D Release 12 product line will be on display in the United States at the Content & Communications World Conference next month, October 13 – 14, in New York City.]

MAXON's New Product Line-Up

The CINEMA 4D Release 12 product line includes breakthrough new editions that cater to the creative workflow needs of professionals in specialized 3D markets, as well as an upgrade to BodyPaint 3D, MAXON’s highly acclaimed high end painting and texture application, as follows:

  • CINEMA 4D Prime: Professional 3D Graphics Begin Here. The core professional 3D graphics package that includes basic modeling, animation and rendering functionality. Release 12 now additionally includes Ambient Occlusion and many deformers formerly found in the MOCCA and MoGraph modules.

  • CINEMA 4D Broadcast: The 3D Motion Graphics Powerhouse. Leverages CINEMA 4D Prime functionality to deliver a powerful motion graphics toolset expressly designed to enhance the creative process for broadcast design professionals. Release 12 now includes features of the previous MoGraph module, GI rendering and an extensive library of objects, materials and presets.

  • CINEMA 4D Visualize: The Professional Solution for Architects and Designers. Leverages CINEMA 4D Prime functionality to deliver a professional solution for architects and designers. CINEMA 4D Visualize includes all features of the previous Architecture and Engineering Editions,(Advanced Render, Sketch and Toon and NET Render 3 modules plus extensive object and material libraries).

  • CINEMA 4D Studio: Everything You Need for High-End 3D Animation. The most comprehensive CINEMA 4D Release 12 edition includes all available features, as well as all libraries of the Broadcast and Visualize packages.

  • BodyPaint 3D Release 12: 3D Painting, Texturing and UV Editing. While benefiting by all the new developments of its sister application, CINEMA 4D Prime, BodyPaint 3D Release 12 offers a full complement of 3D painting and texturing tools unmatched by any other package on the market. New features in Release 12 include color profiles, the option to render Ambient Occlusion into a texture, and the Cineman connection to RenderMan including preview renders directly inside BodyPaint 3D. It also boasts updated exchanges with 3ds Max, Maya, Softimage and LightWave 3D.
A Product Comparison Chart is available on the MAXON web site.

MAXON will no longer be offering individual modules for purchase.

System Requirements

Recommended system requirements include Windows XP, Vista or 7 running on Intel or AMD CPU with SSE2-Support; Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher running on an Intel-based Mac; 1024 MB RAM, DVD ROM drive. Standard DVD installation can take up to 2.5 GB of disk space.

Pricing, Availability and Upgrade Path

CINEMA 4D Release 12 and BodyPaint 3D Release 12 are available now from MAXON and its authorized dealers.


MAXON C4D Used to Create 3D Imagery for 360-degree Stage Set in New "Peter Pan"


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Posted by Marc Leitner
June 8, 2010

(Newbury Park, California—June 7, 2010) MAXON Computer, a leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, today announced that world-renowned theater designer William Dudley used CINEMA 4D to chart new territory in the marriage of digital scenery and live action in the new stage production of JM Barrie's "Peter Pan" which recently made its US Premiere in San Francisco.

Dudley, a long-time CINEMA 4D user whose career spans 40 years of award-winning theatrical set design, turned to CINEMA 4D to create the digital sets that immerse cast and audience alike in a CGI Neverland in a way never experienced in live theatre — an experience Dudley calls "cinematic theatre."

Peter Pan is being performed "in the round" in San Francisco's Ferry Park in The threesixty˚ Theatre — the world's first 360-degree CGI theater pavilion — a specially designed light-tight tent that seats 1,350, stands 100 feet tall and serves as a giant surround projection screen. Dudley, working with Matthew "Mash" O'Neill and a small team of CG artists, used CINEMA 4D to craft spectacular virtual sets that live actors interact with and that bring audiences into the action when, for example, Peter and Wendy fly over 400 square miles of Edwardian London.

For Dudley, considered a pioneer in the use of 3D software technology to create immersive, photo real 3D theatrical environments, CINEMA 4D affords increased efficiency and artistic flexibility. "Fabricating extremely detailed physical working models is costly and subject to endless revision and change by the director. Using CINEMA 4D permitted us to model, texture, light and animate complex, timed scene changes, and distribute copies of plans and stills to numerous technicians and contractors as well as make adjustments for fine details or specific views of the set quickly and efficiently. The orthogonal views in the software were especially useful in generating technical drawings that can show multiple renders of a stage prop for maximum clarity of intent," Dudley said.

"CINEMA 4D is well thought out and offers an intuitive interface and logical modular workflow that is tailored to the needs of artists rather than geeks, and is well integrated with Photoshop and After Effects," he added.

According to O'Neill, "Containing rendering times of the flyover of London presented the biggest technical challenge." CINEMA 4D's robust polygonal modeling and HyperNurbs subdivision surface tools let Dudley and O'Neill achieve just the right level of detail, while keeping the polygon count of the cityscape to under 15 million. This reduced rendering time, but even so, the 8.5K image files took 200 computers four weeks to render.

In addition to flying over of London, Peter Pan takes audiences on a magical journey through clouds and jungle, under water, on the deck of a pirate ship and underground. Clouds were created using CINEMA 4D's PyroCluster volumetric shading system, Thinking Particles — CINEMA 4D's particle system — and the MoGraph 2 animation effects module. To cover Neverland Island in palm trees, the team put CINEMA 4D's hair system to use, replacing each hair with a palm tree model that could be "brushed" into place. The cloth system included in CINEMA 4D's character animation system handled flags blowing in the wind and sails on the pirate ship.

Displaying the all-encompassing threesixty° Theatre experience required 12 linked, specialized and highly adapted 20K projectors that seamlessly deliver 10 million pixels of animated imagery in 360 degrees. A Hippotizer Media Server ( http://www.tmb.com/products/Hippotizer ) delivers the segmented video files to each projector.

"We're thrilled that CINEMA 4D has been integral to William's workflow on this production of Peter Pan giving him the artistic freedom and confidence to create dazzling cinematic-style imagery that not only seamlessly blends with live actors and physical props, but for the first time ever is being projected onto a 360-degree theatre set providing audiences the ultimate immersive live theatrical environment," says Paul Babb, President and CEO of MAXON US.

"The technological requirements of this show," Babb added, "heavily imposed by projecting ultra-high-resolution animation on a 360-degree screen, are massive especially in terms of rendering and seamlessly synching imagery from 12 projectors with live actors on stage and aerially, and we commend Bill for his vision, artistry and technological know-how in pushing our application into the 'cinematic theatrical' realm in such a dramatic way."

Previous to Peter Pan, Dudley used CINEMA 4D to create digital scenery in small and large-scale live theater productions. In November 2005, he designed the first-ever CGI sets to appear on Broadway during the premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Woman in White, which had previously debuted in London's Palace Theater in September 2004. These same digital techniques were also featured prominently in Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia, at the Royal National Theater in London 2002, and in Terry Johnson's Hitchcock Blonde, at the Royal Court Theater, also in London, in 2003 and South Coast Repertory in Southern California (January 2006), and others.

This production of Peter Pan and The threesixty˚ Theater represented an exclusive opportunity for Dudley and crew to push CINEMA 4D even further to bring a dynamic theatrical experience to younger, visually-sophisticated audiences. "Youth today expect a multimedia experience at live events. Many details of the theatrical stage sets in Peter Pan were designed with young audiences in mind — live actors in costume are interacting with both physical props and cinematic CGI in illusionistic 3D space, on the ground and aerially, further blurring the lines between theatre and cinema," added Dudley.

The threesixty° Theatre production of Peter Pan was a smash hit when it launched in London in 2009. It premiered in the U.S. on April 27, 2010 in San Francisco and is scheduled to travel to major U.S. cities including Los Angeles, Chicago and New York as well as other venues worldwide. For more information about the show, visit http://www.peterpantheshow.com/.

About MAXON Computer

MAXON Computer is a developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions. Its award-winning CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D software products have been used extensively to help create everything from stunning visual effects in top feature films, TV shows and commercials, cutting-edge game cinematics for AAA games, as well for medical illustration, architectural and industrial design applications. MAXON has offices in Germany, USA, United Kingdom, France and Japan. MAXON products are available directly from the Website and its worldwide distribution channel. Specially priced learning editions of the company's software solutions are also made available to educational institutions. For additional information on MAXON visit http://www.maxon.net.


MAXON Announces Availability of CINEMA 4D Plug-in for Adobe After Effects CS5


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Posted by Marc Leitner
May 28, 2010

(Friedrichsdorf, Germany—May 27, 2010) MAXON Computer, a leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, is pleased to announce the immediate availability of an updated CINEMA 4D exchange plugin for Adobe After Effects CS5.

The plugin features 64-bit native compatibility for Windows and Mac OS X to allow users of CINEMA 4D to take full advantage of available hardware operating system performance for improved rendering and workflow efficiency directly inside the After Effects application.

CINEMA 4D – MAXON’s leading 3D motion graphics ‘powerhouse’ – is highly praised for its ease of use, quick workflow, fast rendering, rock-solid architecture and seamless export of composition files. Its unmatched integration to leading compositing tools like Adobe After Effects, supports not only 2D compositions, but also 3D camera, light and object data.

MAXON will make the new After Effects CS5 plugin available free of charge in the download section of http://www.maxon.net.

About CINEMA 4D

MAXON CINEMA 4D is a professional 3D software package offering everything needed to create high-end 3D images and animations for film, broadcast, architecture, games, multimedia, design and engineering. Continuing a two-decade tradition of excellence, CINEMA 4D 11.5 offers spectacular image quality and an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that puts professional results within reach of artists at all levels of CGI experience. CINEMA 4D 11.5 delivers speed and productivity by taking advantage of the latest advances in processor technology, and its modular design allows configurations tailored to the distinct needs of specialized 3D markets.

About MAXON Computer

MAXON Computer is a developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions. Its award-winning CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D software products have been used extensively to help create everything from stunning visual effects in top feature films, TV shows and commercials, cutting-edge game cinematics for AAA games, as well for medical illustration, architectural and industrial design applications. MAXON has offices in Germany, USA, United Kingdom, France and Japan. MAXON products are available directly from the Website and its worldwide distribution channel. Specially priced learning editions of the company’s software solutions are also made available to educational institutions. For additional information on MAXON visit http://www.maxon.net.


Safe Harbor Computers Now Carrying Craft Animation Line


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Posted by Marc Leitner
April 2, 2010

Waukesha, WI – April 1, 2010 – Safe Harbor Computers, a leading supplier to video and 3D professionals, today announced that they are now offering the Craft Animations product line, helping users streamline production times by nearly 90 percent, saving both time and money.

Based on cutting-edge research in artificial intelligence and autonomous control systems, Craft Director Tools simulate the complex physical behavior of cameras and 3D vehicles such as helicopters, cars, airplanes, boats and motorcycles.

Craft Director Studio extends creative possibilities by eliminating the time-consuming tasks of key-framing, scripting and rigging. Users gain the experience of a new era of animation with an opportunity to create natural motion paths on-the-fly, optionally with the use of an input device, gaining instant gratification through highly realistic interactive real-time animation.

Utilized by high-profile companies world-wide such as Pixar, Digital Domain, Lockheed Martin, Nasa, Digital Dimension and Toyota; Craft Director Tools streamline production, enhance realism and increase creativity for users in the visual effects, game development, forensic reconstruction and architectural design industries.

Availability
Craft Animations product line is available immediately from Safe Harbor Computers, delivered electronically via email or FTP at http://www.sharbor.com/vendors/CRA.html.

Requirements
Craft Director Studio currently runs in either 3ds Max, 3ds Max Design, Cinema 4D, Maya and Softimage. Both on Windows and OS X.

About Craft Animations
Founded in 2006 and based in Gothenburg, Sweden, Craft Animations™ AB is a leading developer of a new era of professional real-time 3D animation technology, Craft Director Tools™.


MAXON Introduces CINEMA 4D Broadcast Edition


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Posted by Safe Harbor Staff
September 3, 2009

MAXON Computer, a leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, has introduced CINEMA 4D Broadcast Edition, a comprehensive new bundle of its highly acclaimed 3D software suite. The new release leverages the core application CINEMA 4D – renowned for its ease of use, seamless integration into existing production pipelines, as well as a speedy and stable architecture – to deliver a powerful motion graphics toolset expressly designed to enhance the creative process for broadcast design professionals. The Broadcast Edition is based on the latest version of CINEMA 4D, Release 11.5*, which is loaded with new features for an unprecedented level of workflow productivity, including a major upgrade to its popular MoGraph module. This upgraded module offers an integrated Dynamics Engine and advanced capabilities that help artists quickly create spectacular, high-end 3D animations.

CINEMA 4D continues to be recognized worldwide as the 3D digital content creation software of choice by major broadcast networks, design and branding studios and visual production facilities because of its workflow efficiency, blazingly fast rendering speeds and seamless integration into leading compositing applications such as Adobe After Effects, Apple Motion and Final Cut Pro. The list of the broadcast industry’s most widely recognized entities that rely on CINEMA 4D as a creative and technical tool to stay competitive and create groundbreaking graphics campaigns includes Fox, ESPN, NBC, CBS, ABC, BBC, The Discovery Channel, TNT, BSkyB, ITV, RTL, ProSieben, Framestore, Moving Picture Company, Sehsucht, Aixsponza and many others.

According to Harald Egel, MAXON co-founder and CEO, today’s motion graphics artists are under constant pressure to deliver content that enhances broadcast production value. "MAXON is proud of the pivotal role that CINEMA 4D continues to play in empowering design and broadcast designers with flexible, fast and reliable 3D motion graphics workflow solutions. Today’s Broadcast Edition builds upon the company’s motion graphics legacy by providing design professionals with a truly targeted and unparalleled motion graphics software toolset that can be easily integrated into any production pipeline and help create world-class entertainment content."

"CINEMA 4D has clearly emerged as the first choice for creating 3D motion graphics for broadcast design," said Chris and Trish Meyer, authors of Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects. "The new Broadcast Edition – with the fantastic MoGraph module plus the addition of hundreds of presets – is perfect for both beginning and experienced motion graphics artists looking to add a powerful, flexible, targeted 3D program to their toolset."

Highlights of CINEMA 4D Broadcast Edition
The CINEMA 4D Broadcast Edition includes the CINEMA 4D R11.5 core application, the newly updated MoGraph 2 module and the Broadcast Extension Kit. Highlights of the release include:

Powerful New Motion Graphics Capabilities
The motion graphics module in CINEMA 4D, MoGraph, has been upgraded to version 2. MoGraph2 delivers advanced motion graphics functionalities includes the following:

  • MoDynamics – an optimized physics simulation package allows for hundreds of objects to easily collide or be affected by such forces as gravity or friction and lets artists create exciting, abstract motion graphics and spectacular effects using only simple primitives.
  • PolyFX – provides artists the ability to create quick and easy explosion effects.
  • MoSpline – facilitates the cloning of existing splines and animating them with forces and effectors.
  • Many additional features provide advanced capabilities for broadcast design professionals.

Broadcast Extension Kit
The CINEMA 4D Broadcast Edition bundle also includes the Broadcast Extension Kit, which contains hundreds of preset objects and scenes – some pre-animated and/or modifiable, with camera and lighting setups, royalty-free sound and background clips. These resources were specifically created for common on-air requirements so artists can create impactful motion graphics animations right out of the box!

Pricing and Availability
The CINEMA 4D Broadcast Edition is available now from MAXON and its authorized dealers, including Safe Harbor Computers.


MAXON Unveils CINEMA 4D Release 11.5 - Professional 3D Graphics Just Got Easier!


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Posted by Safe Harbor Staff
September 2, 2009

MAXON Computer, a leading developer of professional 3D software, has announced the immediate availability of CINEMA 4D Release 11.5, a comprehensive upgrade to its highly-acclaimed 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering software. Loaded with new features, CINEMA 4D R11.5 provides improved workflow and productivity, enabling professionals to create high-quality stills and animations quicker and easier than ever before. This release is the culmination of MAXON’s leading-edge technology and development. It features a substantially re-tooled and accelerated render engine, an all -new Picture Viewer, enhanced interoperability with leading compositing applications, and a major upgrade to its popular MoGraph module, which features an integrated Dynamics Engine and a host of new additions. CINEMA 4D Release 11.5 also provides full support for the latest operating system offerings from Apple and Microsoft, including Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Windows 7, respectively.

"MAXON is committed to providing powerful enhancements to CINEMA 4D that really improve the productivity of users across various disciplines, including film, broadcast, architecture, product visualization, games, multimedia and more," states Harald Egel, MAXON co-founder and CEO. "The many improvements in the new Release 11.5 will help all customers gain even better results, save valuable time and resources."

"CINEMA 4D gives my design team the ability to make miracles happen within ridiculously tight deadlines," said John LePore, associate creative director for Perception NYC. "The new features and enhancements in Release 11.5, especially those in MoGraph 2, truly augment an already mind-blowing arsenal of creative tools."

Key Highlights of CINEMA 4D Release 11.5


Superior Rendering Performance Including New Bucket Rendering
Significant re-tooling of the render engine in R11.5 helps artists render more rapidly and efficiently. R11.5 takes advantage of state-of-the-art multi-core processors and adds new features such as render instancing and bucket rendering to provide users tremendous improvements in efficiency. Render-intensive tasks such as sub-polygon displacement have been accelerated immensely. CINEMA 4D users can now create scenes of greater complexity, as even billions of polygons can be rendered on modest hardware.

Enhanced Picture Viewer
The new Picture Viewer in R11.5 offers a vast set of creative tools for reviewing and editing images and animations, saving artists valuable time. Features include a render history with the ability to compare renderings, image filtering and adjustments, post filter effects, and improved layer management. The RAM player also enables users to play back animations with sound even whilst the rest of the job is still being rendered. This gives users the ability to check animations for problems as they render.

Improved Interoperability and Integration[brUsers of Release 11.5 can now more easily integrate CINEMA 4D into existing production pipelines:

  • Numerous improvements have been made to CINEMA 4D’s highly praised connectivity to Adobe® After Effects®, including support for additional object types.
  • Support for Apple® Motion now includes the export of 3D data.
  • Support for Autodesk® FBX® 2010.0 allows for quick and easy interchange between a variety of 3D applications.

Powerful New Motion Graphics Capabilities
The motion graphics module MoGraph – a staple with CINEMA 4D motion graphics artists due to its quick workflow, fast rendering and easy export to compositing applications – has been upgraded to version 2 and provides powerful new motion graphics functionality. New features in MoGraph 2 include: MoDynamics, an optimized physics simulation package with which hundreds of objects can easily be made to collide or be affected by such forces as gravity or friction; PolyFX for providing quick and easy explosion effects; MoSpline for cloning existing splines and animating them with forces and effectors; and many more exciting features for broadcast artists.

Support For New Operating Systems
MAXON continues to build upon its legacy of providing compatibility with the latest advanced operating system release features:

  • Apple – R11.5 is fully compatible with Mac OS X Snow Leopard, including access to up to 64GB of virtual memory.
  • Microsoft – R11.5 is fully compatible with Windows 7, including enhanced file dialog.

Pricing and Availability
CINEMA 4D R11.5 and the optional MoGraph 2 module are available now from MAXON and its authorized dealers.


WEVA Partners With Universal Studios Florida For WEVA EXPO 2008 Tour


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Posted by Safe Harbor Staff
April 17, 2008

WEVA International has partnered with Universal Studios Florida Production Group to plan an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the Universal Studios Production Facilities for professional videographers in conjunction with the WEVA 18th Annual Wedding & Event Video Expo, August 11-14, 2008. WEVA EXPO 2008, the wedding and event video industry's largest convention and trade show will be held at Orlando Grande Lakes Resort, just 10 minutes from Universal Studios Florida.

The largest working motion picture and television studio outside of Hollywood, Universal Studios Florida boasts 9 state-of-the-art soundstages, multiple broadcast studios, and more than 100 backlot sets. Numerous feature films (including The Waterboy, Matinee, and Parenthood) have been shot on the studio backlot.

Home to cable network’s Nickelodeon, Universal Studios Florida has hosted TV programs as diverse as The Ellen Degeneres Show; The Food Network's Emeril, Live!; The Steve Harvey Show; America's Most Wanted; Fear Factor; BattleBotsIQ and TNA (Total Nonstop Action). TNA, today's popular contemporary wrestling show, is taped in Stage 21 - (adjacent to the park).

This summer, WEVA EXPO 2008 attendees will have a rare opportunity to take an optional pre-convention, behind-the-scenes tour of Universal Studios that is being planned for Monday August 11, 2008 (starting early afternoon, ending before the official WEVA EXPO 2008 Opening Night Gala at 5:45pm).

"As announced at our NAB event this week, WEVA is already at work with the Universal Studios Production Group (USPG) designing a backlot tour that is ‘professional to professional’ rather than the standard ‘visitor’ version normally presented to park guests," relates Dan Argenas, WEVA’s Director of Association Communications. "Our goal is to offer WEVA EXPO 2008 attendees an inside view of state-of-the-art television and film production that’s up close and personal."

The WEVA and USPG teams are finalizing details of the tour, including ground transportation (private busses will depart from the JW Marriott). Watch WEVA.com for more news on the Universal Studios Tour and continuous updates on all WEVA EXPO 2008 Wedding and Event Video Sessions, EXPO 2008 Trade Show, and EXPO 2008 Special Events.


MAXON Unleashes CINEMA 4D R10.5


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Posted by Safe Harbor Staff
October 3, 2007

MAXON has released a dramatically enhanced version of its CINEMA 4D software. Sporting a wealth of new features added to the core CINEMA 4D program, the update also takes in a number of enhancements that have been made to CINEMA 4D's optional modules. Chief among these are new tools for MOCCA and MoGraph, plus major enhancements to HAIR.

One highlight is the new DWG import filter. CINEMA 4D users now have access to one of the most widely used CAD exchange formats on the market. AutoCAD versions 13 to 2008 are supported, including layers, blocks and references. A further boost to file exchange for customers in the architectural field is the new connection to Allplan 2008, which guarantees loss-free transfer from CINEMA 4D R10.5.

Users working as a team are set to see a huge benefit with the eagerly anticipated arrival of XRefs. These external references allow a large scene to be broken down into parts, each of which can be worked on separately to the master project file, thus allowing multiple users to work on the same project file at the same time for super fast project turnaround. Further additions bolstering the update are new modeling tools (Connect, Dissolve and Spin Edge), a completely new way to light scenes (with the new Lighting Tool you control the lighting rather than the lights), plus a powerful new method to unwrap UVs of organic objects without undercuts.

Naturally, workflow is another area MAXON is always improving. Lots of tweaks here and there will help users to work more efficiently and include extended functionality in the Head Up Display (HUD), which now allows data to be dragged and dropped directly into the viewport. HUD elements can also be colored and grouped easily. Additionally, the timeline has been refined to enable users to work faster than before. A new summary track allows the entire animation to be edited as a whole, while the new reduced modification mode greatly simplifies the process of editing complex f-curves. For the user who likes to reach for the online help, a welcome addition is the provision of full text search capabilities, making it quicker to look up any subject from the huge comprehensive online help system.

In terms of the modules, key changes were made to MOCCA, MoGraph and HAIR. Animating characters in MOCCA has never been easier thanks to over 25 improvements, such as Squash & Stretch features and new Deformers. MoGraph boasts new effectors and cloning options, allowing this must-have module for state of the art motion graphics to flex its muscles even further. And hair rendering is dramatically faster with full support for multicore and multi-CPU machines - a dual-core machine now renders hair at up to double the previous speed.

With a total of over 90 substantial improvements packed into the update, Release 10.5 makes its mark as arguably the most comprehensive .5 update in CINEMA 4D history.

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