AutoDesk has released its Characted Animation Toolkit (CAT) software to its subscription customers for free! This software is designed to take out the tedious steps out of 3D character animation.
Constructive Media took delivery of a brand new rack which is just the start of a formidable hardware update for its renderfarm! We’ve moved from single core, to hyperthreaded P4’s, to the first dual-cores, then to Core 2 Duos, then to Core 2 Quads and now we embrace the arrival of a stack of Core… Read more »
Autodesk has acquired all substantially all the assets of Softimage, a Canadian subsidiary of Avid Technology. Both Softimage and Autodesk Media & Entertainment are headquartered in Montreal, Canada. Softimage has been developing state-of-the-art 3D technology for more than 20 years.
After a trip up to the US for the SIGGRAPH 2008 conference, Damian has returned full to the brim on the latest and greatest developments in the world of 3D graphics! Sneaking in a trip to the hollowed turf that is Pixar, Damian also managed to meet the creators of much of the software that… Read more »
Constructive Media is in the process of upgrading its standard operating environment (SOE) to 3ds Max 2009, we’ve been testing this out for quite a few weeks and thus expect there to me minimal problems/delays, but with all technology upgrades there may be a few unforeseen bugs!
In an effort to produce platform-independent applications, Constructive Media is working on “Project Thomas” which will streamline internal work processes and project management!
SIGGRAPH 2008, the 35th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, represents the "holy grail" of conferences for us in the 3D industry. This year, one lucky staff member from Constructive Media is about to fly over to the Los Angeles Convention Center
A BRAND SPANKING NEW DIGITAL SLR now graces the Constructive Media asset registry! We now have at our disposal a Canon EOS 40D DSLR to take high-resolution digital photography of sites, aerial photos, and the like – given that we’re gadget freaks we’ve already given it a thorough workout, especially the 6.5fps shooting mode.
WITH THE NEXT BIG RELEASE OF 3DS MAX, we are planning on updating our renderfarm and workstations to the latest 3DS Max 2008, complete with V-Ray 1.5SP1 software. With any luck this transition will happen over the Christmas break, but as with all technical updates, there’s bound to be a few gremlins that creep into… Read more »
WE ARE RENOWNED FOR BEING GADGET FREAKS, and there’s so many cool devices being created each day – here’s a list of some of our favourites. Oh, and did we mention that Christmas is just around the corner?
YOU CAN NOW UPLOAD YOUR REQUESTS (for quotes preferably!) directly to us using an on-line form. This will help us to assist with enquiries at a faster rate as it will prompt for the appropriate files where necessary. Simply request either 3D visuals, graphic design services, or web development services will be directed to the… Read more »
TO GIVE OUR CLIENTS AN EASY WAY TO REQUEST NEW QUOTES, we are developing an on-line quote request form where you can send us your instructions, files, and description of your project all from the comfort of your home/office!
IT IS WITH GUNS A’BLAZING that Constructive Media moves into the second-half of the year – we’ve just upgraded our entire renderfarm with proper shelving (capable of holding 400kgs per level), have started rolling out the Adobe CS3 suite on all our workstations, and the full version of V-Ray 1.5 is also just around the… Read more »
THE CHAOS GROUP are the wonderful makers of the V-Ray plug-in, and version 1.5 (final) has been released! We have ordered our hardware protection keys in, and are extremely keen to see what this latest upgrade to our rendering software will bring!
THE CONSTRUCTIVE MEDIA WORKSTATIONS AND RENDERFARM NODES underwent an upgrade to its V-Ray rendering engine software, and as a result we’re seeing benefits like “decent distributed rendering that doesn’t crash”, “freaky noise thresholds”, and the introduction of a new sunlight system which holds a lot of promise for creating those elusive “dusk” visuals!
SINCE OPENING THE DOORS to the Media Archive, the ticker has registered the six-thousandth access this week! The Media Archive was established to ensure that the days of missing CD’s and emails are gone — when you need to access a project created at Constructive Media, you can simply log in to retrieve all the… Read more »
OUR PANTONE reference guides have arrived (with many thanks to Blueline Media) so now we have the full 4-Color (american spelling yes, it irks but can be managed) Pantone guides so you can see how your choice of corporate colours will be reproduced on both coated and uncoated stock.
WE HAVE ADDED AUTOSKETCH (.skf) FILE FORMATS to our list of “file formats we accept!” So your drafting team/designers no longer need to export out to DWF/DWG’s, you can simply send us the unmodified .SKF files and we’ll be able to transform those into 3D pre-construction visuals!
IN RESPONSE TO CONTINUED DEMAND, we now have two new faces in the office – Bjorn Hevroy, and Cam Scott! We also welcome the return of one of our more seasoned veterans, Oskar Burchett. Previous staff members are having kids and are travelling around the globe – it’s all pretty exciting really!
IT SEEMS THAT A FEW YEARS OF SOLID RENDERING TAKES ITS TOLL ON EVEN OUR HARDENED WORKSTATIONS – and the result of which is bloated capacitors on the mainboard of one of our most trustworthy workstations! Thanks to the fast technical service from Dell who did not let us down with guaranteed next-day repairs (a… Read more »