Reviews

Review: Physics-based animation with Cascadeur isn't 'groundbreaking' but has potential

Aug 12, 2020 at 10:00 am by nemirc

Although I like flashy technology (and flashy visuals ingeneral), character animation is still one of my main interests in computer graphics. That's why Cascadeur sounded lik.... Read More

V-Ray 5 gives great renders and is getting better

Jul 30, 2020 at 10:00 am by Warlord720

I have always had an "almost there" relationship with V-Ray over the years. When I was fulltime freelancing my main contracts were to 3DS Max shops, so V-Ray was always in the.... Read More
Portrait Pro Studio Max Review

Review: Portrait Pro Studio Max is amazing

Jul 24, 2020 at 10:00 am by Barbara Din

A few days ago, I stumbled upon this piece of software that sparked my interest, so I decided to give it a try and review it. A quick spoiler: it is amazing! PortraitPro clai.... Read More
Review: Corel Painter 2021

Review: Corel does everything right with Painter 2021

Jun 29, 2020 at 10:00 am by Barbara Din

In my previous review of Corel Painter, version 2020, I mentioned how much I appreciated the focus on performance improvement, since all the bells and whistles in the world do.... Read More
Particle Illusion Standalone from BorisFX

Review: Particle Illusion Standalone from BorisFX is an easy-to-use tool

Jun 23, 2020 at 10:00 am by nemirc

As you know, last week BorisFX made available Particle Illusion Standalone as a free application. Particle Illusion is a GPU-accelerated application to generate particle effec.... Read More

Quick Look at Adobe's Select & Mask - June 2020 Update

Jun 18, 2020 at 12:00 pm by Warlord720

Adobe has released its June 2020 update for desktops and iPads. This update includes enhancements to the popular "Select Subject" feature introduced back in 2017. With just a.... Read More
The Heretic: Morgan (VFX Character) package for Unity

The Heretic: Morgan (VFX Character) package for Unity

Jun 16, 2020 at 10:00 am by nemirc

Previously, I covered “The Heretic: Digital Human” free package for Unity, a package featuring an extremely realistic human character from “The Heretic&rdquo.... Read More
Budget Racing Sim Hardware

Racing Simulator Hardware on the Cheap

Jun 04, 2020 at 01:56 pm by Warlord720

Back in the early '90s, when graphics were much simpler, I remember getting into Papyrus Design Groups NASCAR Racing to such a degree I would be exhausted after a race.  .... Read More
The Heretic: Digital Human package for Unity

Review of The Heretic: Digital Human package for Unity

May 18, 2020 at 04:00 pm by nemirc

Last week, Unity Technologies released "The Heretic: Digital Human" as a free package on the Asset Store. This package contains the character created for The Heretic, an anima.... Read More
InstaLOD Studio XL

A second look InstaLOD Studio XL: This old hacker is impressed

May 14, 2020 at 10:00 am by Warlord720

I was proud of my last article on InstaLOD XL Studio. I was short on time and wanted to get something out that showcased the power of the tool without diving into the technica.... Read More
Make Human

Review Make Human is easy to use and gives good results

May 12, 2020 at 10:00 am by nemirc

MakeHuman is a software that, as I understand, began as a module for Blender. However, it's been available as a stand-alone application for some time. The software is basicall.... Read More

Olive: a free non-linear editor for Windows, Mac, Linux

May 06, 2020 at 10:00 am by nemirc

Olive is a free video editor for Windows, Mac and Linux and, while it doesn't really compare to high end applications, it will fit all the needs of mid-range video editing ent.... Read More
BioLite 620 - Solar Lighting and Device Charging Kit

Review BioLite 620 Solar Light is an expensive purchase at present, but worth the investment

May 06, 2020 at 10:00 am by Warlord720

Being stuck at home means anything from long days in a small apartment to backyards or other private areas outside. For those lucky enough to have some room to roam outside an.... Read More

Vegas Post: a Superb Video Editing and Effects Package

Apr 25, 2020 at 05:00 am by -gToon

One of the problems any video editor faces is workflow. Creative work often requires that you work without interruptions. That means you shouldn’t have to jump from one.... Read More

Getting reacquainted with InstaLOD Studio XL

Apr 23, 2020 at 10:00 am by Warlord720

Last year I wrote about how to use InstaLOD in Reallusion's iClone to make drastic poly count reductions in your models while retaining form. Then I used InstaLOD Studio XL fo.... Read More

Game Development Tools: Unigine Community SDK

Apr 22, 2020 at 10:00 am by nemirc

Unigine, the Russian developer behind the Unigine engine, recently released Unigine Community SDK. This is a free game engine that you can use to create your own projects, as.... Read More

Unreal Engine 4 Blueprints Fundamentals Online Course

Apr 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm by nemirc

As you know (if you read one of my previous articles), Pluralsight has made available all of their courses for free, for the month of April. All the different things I do for.... Read More
5 Digital Painting Apps to Try While in Isolation

5 Digital Painting Apps to Try While in Isolation

Apr 16, 2020 at 12:00 pm by Barbara Din

If you never tried digital painting, or you just dabbled, or even you do paint digitally and you're curious to try something different and see what new programs you might bene.... Read More
3DS Max 2021 Release

A Look at 3DS Max 2021

Apr 16, 2020 at 10:00 am by Warlord720

Can you believe it? 3DS Max adds PBR materials!   But wait… this isn't 2016… this is 2021! Even real timers have had PBR for a whi.... Read More
Exploring Unity's High Definition Render Pipeline

Exploring Unity's High Definition Render Pipeline

Apr 14, 2020 at 10:00 am by nemirc

Even if Unity has been releasing new versions, I had opted to remain on version 2017 (currently on long-term support, or "LTS") because that was the last version to support Pl.... Read More

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