Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about The Mind Machine

 The Mind Machine is an animated web series that I made not so long ago with Adobe After Effects. Below is the story of how this cult-classic-to-be was made, as well as some thoughts about independent animation production. There are also a set of images from the series including pictures of the main characters. At … Continue reading Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about The Mind Machine

Review of Premiere Pro CC 2015: Scopes & the Lumetri Color Panel

 While Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 has been out for a while, I only recently had a chance to go over the new features. Among other things, I had been traveling for a while then I hurt my back in the gym. But enough about me. Let’s talk about Premiere Pro CC 2015. Only several … Continue reading Review of Premiere Pro CC 2015: Scopes & the Lumetri Color Panel

Using CINEMA 4D’s CMotion & Cineware to Animate, Then Add Particles in After Effects

 CMotion, MAXON’s CINEMA 4D cyclical motion generator, was introduced in R14. While it’s often thought of as a way to generate walk cycles on rigged characters, many are unaware of its power to generate repetitive motion of all kinds, and can be used for motion graphics, machines, and many other kinds of projects. Some time … Continue reading Using CINEMA 4D’s CMotion & Cineware to Animate, Then Add Particles in After Effects

The New HP Z240 Workstation: Power at a Price Everyone Can Afford

 HP is the market leader in workstations, the real workhorses of our industry. Workstations are a class of computer that not only provide higher levels of performance and expandability, but the durability that is necessary with demanding workloads. At the top of HP’s workstation line is the HP Z840, a machine that oozes power and … Continue reading The New HP Z240 Workstation: Power at a Price Everyone Can Afford

Lenovo Unveils Powerful New Mobile Workstations

 Lenovo is getting serious about workstations. Earlier this year, the computer company rebooted their ThinkStation line of workstation towers, two of which I’ve reviewed. The top-of-the-line ThinkStation P900 is a powerhouse of a machine that’s capable of handling the most intense and demanding production challenges. It contains dual Xeons packed with 20 physical cores (that’s … Continue reading Lenovo Unveils Powerful New Mobile Workstations

Looking for CINEMA 4D Consulting in New York?

 MAXON’s CINEMA 4D, known for its intuitive user interface and powerful features, continues to be embraced by studios, advertising agencies, design firms, networks, architects and freelance artists around the world. Its innovative features include MoGraph (it’s renowned cloner toolset), full featured polygonal modeling tools, sculpting, physics, cloth, hair, multi-layered reflections, an extensive list of deformers … Continue reading Looking for CINEMA 4D Consulting in New York?

Review of Digital Rebellion’s Kollaborate

 While some things never change, other things really do. Fifteen years into the third millennium, the business of making motion pictures has been significantly affected by new technology. Computers and software have profoundly changed the way we do our jobs, and editors have embraced the creative freedom and unlimited opportunities for experimentation that is possible … Continue reading Review of Digital Rebellion’s Kollaborate

Review of the Lenovo ThinkStation P900 Workstation

 I expected that Lenovo’s new top of the line ThinkStation P900 was going to be a hot machine when I first heard about it, and when it finally arrived for review, I can’t say I was disappointed. While I don’t always make a video for every product I review, I often do when a new … Continue reading Review of the Lenovo ThinkStation P900 Workstation

Will Adobe buy The Foundry?

 EDITOR’S NOTE: After this story was published, it soon became apparent that the rumors about the possible acquisition of The Foundry by Adobe were unfounded. The Foundry instead received a majority investment by England’s HG Capital. Well, it was an interesting rumor anyway, one that was wildly speculated on at the time. In that regard, … Continue reading Will Adobe buy The Foundry?

NAB 2015 Diary: Resolve 12 and Mini Ursa camera

 Today I arrived in Las Vegas for the NAB show which starts tomorrow and runs for the next four days. While most of the stories I write are extensively planned and researched, such as hardware and software reviews, I decided that I would write a few sentences at the end of each day of the … Continue reading NAB 2015 Diary: Resolve 12 and Mini Ursa camera

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