Monday @ Siggraph
Staff Writer By: Ricky Grove (gToon)
Monday started out awkwardly when I realized I had left my Siggraph badge back at the BnB right after I had paid for a days parking. But everything evened out after a good cup of coffee and sitting down to my Monday schedule, which is packed with fun meetings, events and presentations.
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Chaos group is running their 2-day V-Ray Days talks here at Siggraph and recently announced V-Ray for Modo, which as been very well received. What's new with V-Ray is the soon-to-come V-Ray for Houdini, which I'm told with be Open Source! I also learned that Chaos group is focusing on development this year at Siggraph and won't have a booth.
NVIDIA'S new oil-painting simulation app looks great!
NVIDIA Press Event
Four great demos were presented (more when I experience them on the Exhibit Hall floor tomorrow and Wed.): Adobe Wet Brush, a unique application that allows you to paint with simulated oil paints, Iray for 3DS Max, 360 Video SDK(wow, amazing ability to re-create physical light) and Mental Ray for Maya (available as a free beta).
HP Workstations and Displays
HP demoed two new displays, the DreamColor Z32x and the DreamColor Z27x, both of which are professional displays. In addition, I got to see their new 3rd generation workstations (announcement comes tomorrow) and the ZBook 15 + ZBook 17 mobile workstations. All of these are powerhouse computers that look as good as they perform. We'll be reviewing one or two of these in the coming year. More info to come...
AMD Capsacin Event
I thought I knew a lot about AMD and it's goals and ideas, but after attending this stellar presentation I realize I really have to get on the ball and learn more about this exciting and innovative company.
I won't go into too much detail here, but suffice to say they announced a new Radeon Pro line of products which include 3 new cards, one super-card, a Renderpro Open-Source renderer and a new 360 Video application. There were guests from Unity, The Foundry and a special guest from a California University who praised AMD for the technology that is helping them us VR to help war vets cope with PTSD.
I'll be writing a full report on AMD and their announcements once I get back from Siggraph.
Wow! What an excellent end to Monday @ Siggraph!