The Foundry Fest Summer Promo 2014

Posted on 19.08.14 at 01:44

The Foundry Fest Summer Promo.
*Prices quoted below are EX GST

Valid: 11th – 27th August 2014
THE NEW SEATS*
Max 10 seats per company on THE NEW SEATS.
40% off MODO – Floating $1245, Individual $1040
40% off MARI – $1400

THE PKATS ( MODO Plug-ins, kits and training)
25% off all PKATS – Please contact us for a quote

Valid: 11th August – 19th September 2014
THE UPGRADERS*
Upgrade from NUKE TO NUKEX and save 25%** – Please contact us for a quote
**Discount off upgrade. Maintenance will be co-termed.
Upgrade from any previous version of OCULA to OCULA 4 and save 25% – $4696
Upgrade from any previous version of MODO to MODO 801 and save 25% – Floating $604, Individual $430

THE CROSSGRADERS*
All AE, Fusion and Shake users are eligible for the NUKE crossgrade.

You will be asked to confirm ownership, but will not have to surrender your current compositor. 
Move to NUKE from any other compositing package and save 20% - $3908
Move to NUKEX from any other compositing package and save 20% – $7554

THE FUTURE GENERATIONS*
25% off individual educational licenses
Creation Collective: $129
Production Collective: $217

Requirements:
Q: Who qualifies for THE FUTURE GENERATIONS pricing?
A: STUDENTS in primary or secondary education or enrolled in a degree-granting or certificate-granting course lasting at least 5 months. GRADUATES graduated in the last 12 months from degree-granting or certificate-granting course lasting at least 5 months. FACULTY: You are employed for 3 days or more per week at a degree-granting or certificate-granting Institution.

Q: What are the restrictions of purchasing an Education license:
A: Restrictions:
Maximum order of 2 licenses per student
Unrenewed licenses expire after 12 months
Can purchase licenses for longer than 12 months
Parents, relatives and guardians can purchase for students as long as the required education identification documents are provided and contain the student’s details.
Licenses can only be used for education purposes. Any commercial use must be agreed in writing by The Foundry. Individuals that use software bought at a discount under the education program for profit and or on a commercial production will be breaking the terms of conditions.

Q: How do I order THE FUTURE GENERATIONS?
A: Additional order requirements:
Contact details: Name, address, phone & email
Official photo ID or Student ID with valid date
If you e-mail us from your school email i.e. student.foundry.ac.uk only photo ID is required
University document or intranet screenshot detailing your class schedule or course enrollment. Information should show course start and end date or expected graduation date and be officially headed, stamped or show the University emblem.
Completed credit card form
Your system ID – to find it, visit our licensing FAQ page

For more details and information about this promo, please contact:
Intraware Australia
Ph: 02 9439 0244
E: sales@intraware.com.au

— The Aftermath — The Foundry & Intraware User Conference

Posted on 09.07.14 at 02:08

The conference was a huge success and enjoyed by all the attendees who came from all around the region.

For those who missed the Masterclass by Frank Reuter or would like to see it again, you can see the re-run here.

We will be posting a re-run of Dave King’s session on MODO and MARI soon.

Meanwhile, here are some photos from the event.

 

Karactaz on their use of Modo
Wayne from Intraware, Joe and Matt from The Foundry being grilled by the audience
Charlie Tait from Weta showing Nuke scene data
Peter Hillman and Charlie Tait from Weta work on their deep pipeline
The Intro
Frank Rueter Master Class
Networking during a break, a chance to feed
Joe and Wayne either announcing the door prize or about to jump off the roof, with Mariana and Debbie

MODO & MARI Training in Sydney

Posted on 25.06.14 at 04:36
Four evenings course in the Fundamentals of  MODO and MARI.
Date: July 16 and 17, 23rd and 24th’ 2014
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Wentworth Park, Wentworth Park Road, Sydney NSW 2037

The course will cover:

~Switching to MODO~
On the first day of the 2-evening MODO starter, we will cover switching to MODO for those accustomed to MAYA, MAX and XSI. We cover GUI, preferences, navigation, package comparisons, where features are and what MODO calls them, configuring MODO to be familiar, and MODO’s workflow paradigms. All whilst learning modelling. On day 2, we will cover painting textures, multi-resolution pixar subdivision sculpting, making vector displacement maps and morphs. We will also cover basics of materials and rendering out passes and Uv mapping.

We will not cover rigging, particles or animating in any depth past basic workflows and principles. These deserve a class of their own!

MODO SHOT

For more info about MODO please visit this page.

~MARI 2-evening starter~
This popular course kickstarts your MARI mastery, teaching you how to create complex textures using all the powerful tools in MARI.

MARI

For more info about MARI please visit this page.

Course Cost: $495 inc GST for the four evenings

Trainer  – Dave King – Intraware Australia
Dave has 20+ years modeling and texturing experience, his many credits include AAA games such as Unreal Tournament 04, Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach, Dragonage, Mythos, God of War: Chains of Olympus and Civilization IV.  Dave was also the Games Development consultant for Autodesk and art director at Bigworld, Microforte and Rocksteady games.  Daves VFX work includes Where The Wild Things Are, and The Spirit.  Dave currently provides Foundry product training to studios and film schools.

Please Register Your Interest Here.

 

The Foundry User Conference @Sydney 27-28 May 2014

Posted on 28.03.14 at 02:09

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Please click here for more info and speakers’ bio.

World’s First PCIe® Card Expansion Systems With Thunderbolt 2

Posted on 04.02.14 at 00:54

Sonnet Now Shipping Echo™ Express III-D, III-R, and SE II Expansion Chassis With Thunderbolt™ 2 Technology

IRVINE, Calif. — Jan. 16, 2014 — Sonnet Technologies today announced that its Echo™ Express III-D (desktop), Echo Express III-R (rackmount), and Echo Express SE II (desktop) Thunderbolt™-to-PCI Express® (PCIe®) card expansion chassis are the first devices of their kind to ship with 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt 2 interfaces. These models, which began shipping this week, are the newest members of Sonnet’s award-winning Echo Express family of expansion products that enable any Mac® computer equipped with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports to interface with a wide variety of high-performance PCIe cards originally designed only for use in desktop computers.
The Echo Express III-D, Echo Express III-R, and Echo Express SE II incorporate ultra-fast Thunderbolt 2 technology, which delivers twice the throughput of 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt and provides sufficient bandwidth to support many of the highest performance and most demanding PCIe cards. The new expansion chassis support every kind of Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available — enabling the use of professional video capture, audio interface, 16Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, SAS and SATA HBA, and RAID controller cards with Thunderbolt-enabled iMac®, Mac mini, Mac Pro®, MacBook Air®, and MacBook Pro® computers. Plus, the Sonnet systems’ dual Thunderbolt 2 ports support full-bandwidth connectivity with Thunderbolt 2-equipped host computers, full backward compatibility with 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt-equipped computers and devices, and daisy-chaining of other Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt devices.
Designed for users needing an optimum solution for connecting three PCIe cards to their computers, both the Echo Express III-D and Echo Express III-R provide one x16 and two x8 PCIe slots to support three full-length, full-height, single-width PCIe cards. Both chassis feature a built-in universal 300W power supply with a 75W auxiliary power connector to support PCIe cards with higher power requirements. In addition, the systems integrate two large ultra-quiet, temperature-controlled cooling fans to enable their use in noise-sensitive environments. The companion Echo Express III-R Mobile Rack Kit enables users to install one or two mobile rack-form-factor devices inside the Echo Express III-R chassis. Peripherals such as LTO tape drives, 2.5-inch SSD or HDD drives, 3.5-inch drives, Blu-ray™ burners, and memory card readers can be installed into the kit and connected to the PCIe cards installed in the chassis, saving rack space for other equipment.
The Echo Express SE II was designed for users needing a simple way to connect two adapter cards to their computers, and it supports all but long Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe cards. Weighing just 3.7 pounds and measuring only 6.5 inches wide by 11 inches long by 4.6 inches tall, the Echo Express SE II is compact and lightweight, and its rugged aluminum case provides excellent protection for the cards. The new chassis supports two half-length (up to 7.75 inches long), full-height PCIe 2.0 x8 cards and provides an additional space for a daughter card. Some specialty cards, such as RME’s HDSPe MADI FX card, Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink 4K Extreme, and the Lynx Studio Technology AES16e-50, include a daughter card that mates with and provides additional external connections to the main card. The Echo Express SE II provides the slot space and mounting support for an adjacent daughter card without sacrificing an entire PCIe slot.
“Sonnet has consistently led the way in delivering high-performance and reliable Thunderbolt-enabled products, beginning with the first-ever suite of Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion chassis, and now continuing with the only Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe solutions available,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “Our new Echo Express III-D, Echo Express III-R, and Echo Express SE II not only deliver amazingly fast 20 Gb/sec performance when connected to Thunderbolt 2-equipped computers such as the new Mac Pro, but also are our quietest models yet and are fully compatible with even the earliest Thunderbolt-enabled Macs.”
Until now, the Echo Express III-D, III-R, and SE II have been equipped with 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt technology. Customers who have purchased these Echo Express systems received an in-box coupon for a free upgrade to Thunderbolt 2. These customers will be able to claim their Thunderbolt 2 upgrade from Feb. 3 to March 31, and more information can be found at www.sonnettech.com/thunderbolt2upgrade.
More information on the Echo Express III-D is available at www.sonnettech.com/product/echoexpress3d.html.
More information on the Echo Express III-R and Echo Express III-R Mobile Rack Kit is available at www.sonnettech.com/product/echoexpress3r.html.
More information on the Echo Express SE II is available at www.sonnettech.com/product/echoexpressse2.html.

The Foundry Melbourne User Group Meeting

Posted on 29.01.14 at 01:10

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We are pleased to invite you for the first ever user group meeting with the folks from The Foundry and VFX artist extraordinaire Mat McCosker!

Mat McCosker is a CG/VFX artist  who’s worked at a variety of studios in various capacities. Mat will present “the artist’s guide to geeking out” – a discussion of NUKE basics through to deep data compositing along with tips for saving CG render time using NUKE”. More info at www.matmccosker.com

The Foundry’s Mariana Acuña is a veteran VFX artist, and Creative Specialist. Mariana will show the latest and exciting features in MARI. Check out some of her many accomplishments at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1598737/

Feel free to come straight from work and mingle (Cold beer and food provided). Bring your friends and colleagues! Everyone is welcome but you need to RSVP! Please email: wayne@intraware.com.au with your name, contact number and email address to secure your spot.

Mix and mingle at 6p.m, demos will start at 6:30pm sharp, afterwards you are invited to stay and talk to our presenters, The Foundry and Intraware Australia.

NUKE8 and HIERO 1.8 is OUT NOW!

Posted on 06.12.13 at 01:39

We’re very pleased to announce that NUKE 8 is now available!
Fully loaded with a wide range of new features and improvements. This latest release offers something for everyone, from NUKE novices to experienced users and pipeline developers.

Offering a range of user-driven new features and improvements, HIERO and HIEROPLAYER 1.8 focus on both interoperability with NUKE and core workflow enhancements. New features include Quicktime color handling controls, editing audio controls, custom image readers and enhanced playback performance.

Check out this page for more info about Nuke8 and Hiero 1.8.

Sonnet Announces Echo™ Express SE II Two-Slot Thunderbolt™-to-PCIe® Expansion Chassis and Upcoming Support for Thunderbolt 2

Posted on 23.09.13 at 07:32

Sonnet Announces Echo™ Express SE II Two-Slot Thunderbolt™-to-PCIe® Expansion Chassis and Upcoming Support for Thunderbolt 2

Two-Slot Chassis Will Ship With Certificate For Free Upgrade to Thunderbolt 2 Technology

IRVINE, Calif. — Sept. 11, 2013 — Sonnet today announced the Echo™ Express SE II, the replacement for the highly successful Echo Express II Thunderbolt™-to-PCIe® expansion chassis. The new model adds enhanced capabilities and sells at a lower price, and also includes a coupon for a free upgrade to exchange to Thunderbolt 2 when it becomes available this fall. The new two-slot Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion chassis enables the use of a wide variety of high-performance PCI Express® (PCIe) cards — originally designed for use in desktop computers — with any Mac® computer with a Thunderbolt port. Accommodating cards up to 7.75 inches long, the Echo Express SE II supports nearly every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card on the market, including double-width cards (PCIe card plus daughter card).

The original 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt interface provided breakthrough bandwidth for external expansion, more than sufficient to support the maximum performance of most PCIe cards. However, some high-bandwidth cards, such as 16 Gb fiber channel and multiport 10 Gb Ethernet cards or multiple bandwidth-hungry cards, require more than 10 Gb/sec. Thunderbolt 2 removes this barrier by providing more bandwidth for demanding applications. Featuring 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt 2 technology, the Echo Express SE II chassis squeezes every bit of performance out of the most demanding PCIe cards, ensures optimum performance with every compatible computer, and is backward compatible with computers equipped with 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt. The Echo Express SE II equipped with Thunderbolt 2 will be available when Thunderbolt 2 hosts, such as the new Mac Pro®, ship this fall. Until then, Sonnet will ship the expansion chassis equipped with 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt, and will include a coupon for a free exchange to Thunderbolt 2 (the customer pays only shipping and handling costs).

The Echo Express SE II was designed for users needing a simple way to connect two adapter cards to their computers, and it supports all but the longest Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe cards. Weighing just 3.7 pounds and measuring only 6.5 inches wide by 11 inches long by 4.6 inches tall, the SE II is compact and lightweight, yet its rugged aluminum case provides great protection for the cards. The new chassis supports two half-length (up to 7.75 inches long), full-height, single-width PCIe 2.0 x8 cards, and provides an additional space for a daughter card. Some specialty cards, such as RME’s HDSPe MADI FX card, Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink 4K Extreme, and the Lynx AES16e-50, include a daughter card that mates with and provides additional external connections to the main card. A daughter card occupies an adjacent PCIe card space without filling a slot. The SE II provides the space and mounting support for a daughter card without sacrificing a PCIe slot.

The Echo Express SE II ships with an external, 80-watt power supply. Like all Echo Express expansion chassis, the SE II has dual Thunderbolt ports to support daisy-chaining of devices and features a large, quiet, temperature-controlled fan to help keep hot-running cards cool. When not needed, the fan slows down to a whisper, making the SE II Sonnet’s quietest two-slot expansion chassis. The SE also conserves energy by automatically powering off when the computer to which it is attached sleeps or is disconnected.

The Echo Express SE II enables iMac®, Mac mini, new Mac Pro, MacBook Air®, and MacBook Pro® computers equipped with a Thunderbolt port to use Thunderbolt-compatible professional video I/O, audio interface, SAS and SATA HBA, 16 Gb and 8 Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gb Ethernet, and RAID controller cards. The list of compatible cards is available on Sonnet’s website and is continually expanding as more cards are tested and certified. Like the other models in the Echo Express family, the Echo Express SE II was designed, engineered, and built by Sonnet in California.

“We are excited to collaborate with Sonnet on new levels of external PCIe performance,” said Jason Ziller, director of marketing for Thunderbolt at Intel. “With breakthrough speed, these products will provide a wide variety of workflows in a portable package.”

“Our new chassis offers a much quieter replacement for our Echo Express II two-slot Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion chassis, which provides 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt 2 technology and is priced even more affordably,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “Now, users considering the purchase of the new Mac Pro and other Thunderbolt 2 technology-enabled computers will be able to take advantage of the groundbreaking performance of Thunderbolt 2 technology using Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion chassis for PCIe cards.”

More information on the product and compatible PCIe expansion cards is available at www.sonnettech.com/product/echoexpressse2.html.

MARI 2.0v2 is now available!

Posted on 16.08.13 at 01:14

Mari 2.0v2

MARI 2.0v2 is now available to download, including a number of important fixes and enhancements.

For full details of improvements made please see the release notes.

If your maintenance is current, download MARI 2.0v2 today.

BLUEFISH444 CREATE & EPOCH 2K VIDEO CARDS RECEIVE COMPATIBILITY CERTIFICATION WITH SONNET’S EXTENDED RANGE OF THUNDERBOLT™ PCIE EXPANSION CHASSIS

Posted on 12.08.13 at 05:40

09 August 2013

BLUEFISH444 CREATE & EPOCH 2K VIDEO CARDS RECEIVE COMPATIBILITY CERTIFICATION WITH SONNET’S EXTENDED RANGE OF THUNDERBOLT™ PCIE EXPANSION CHASSIS

South Melbourne, Australia, July 30th, 2013…Bluefish444 manufacturer of the industry’s highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, announced the certification of its Epoch 2K and Create video cards with Sonnet Technologies Inc.’s full length family of PCIe Thunderbolt™ Expansion Chassis.

Bluefish444’s entire range of Epoch 2K and Create uncompressed 2K/HD/SD SDI I/O video cards have been successfully tested and qualified by Sonnet as Thunderbolt™ compatible when run with the Bluefish444 8.7.0 driver for Mac OSX 10.8.

The Sonnet Echo Express Pro, Echo Express III-D, Echo Express III-R and xMac Mini Server are all qualified with Bluefish444 Epoch | 2K and Create video cards for uncompressed 2K/HD/SD SDI capture, preview and mastering of digital content.

The Thunderbolt™ port on the range of Sonnet PCIe expansion chassis provides external PCIe device support for laptops and personal computers such as the Mac book Pro, iMac and Mac Mini and upcoming Mac Pro that do not otherwise provide slots to support PCIe cards. The second Thunderbolt ™ port on the range of Sonnet PCIe expansion chassis allows daisy chaining to other Thunderbolt enabled devices.

“Bluefish444 intends to provide our Mac OS X customers with the widest range of SDI I/O workflows available. Thunderbolt™ connectivity is a means to enable a flexible and portable solution for digital content creation utilizing all of our major features such as 2K, hardware scaling and 12 bit SDI I/O,” said Craige Mott, Managing Director, Bluefish444. “Sonnet, with its range of Thunderbolt ™ expansion chassis, makes this workflow possible for Bluefish444 customers.”

“Sonnet welcomes the compatibility of Bluefish444’s high quality SDI I/O PCIe video cards with
our family of full length PCIe expansion chassis. Sonnet customers will be able to access studio quality 2K SDI I/O via their laptops and personal computers through our collaboration”, said Greg LaPorte, VP Sales and Marketing, Sonnet Technologies. “Together with Bluefish444 we bring a high quality SDI digital content creation workflow to portable video artists”.

The Bluefish444 8.7.0 driver for Mac OSX 10.8 supporting the Thunderbolt ™ protocol and compatible with Sonnet expansion chassis is immediately available for Epoch and Create customers from the Bluefish444 homepage www.bluefish444.com free of charge.

Epoch 2K and Create video cards are available from Bluefish444 resellers worldwide.

About Bluefish444:
Bluefish444 is the manufacturer of the industry’s highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD video cards for the Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems. Its video cards are used in broadcast, feature film and post-production markets for editing, animation, compositing, color correction, restoration, digital intermediate, 3D and IPTV applications.

Bluefish444 cards have been used on award-winning feature films, commercials, music videos and sports events worldwide. Bluefish444’s range of video cards are incorporated in video servers, encoders, decoders and character generator solutions by numerous 3rd party OEM manufacturers, in addition to other niche & mainstream applications.

Founded in 1998, Bluefish444 is a division and brand name of Bluefish Technologies Pty Ltd., which is based in S. Melbourne, Australia. Its products are distributed via an extensive sales channel of OEMs, dealers, and system integrators globally. For further information, visit www.bluefish444.com

About Sonnet Technologies:
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of storage systems, Thunderbolt™ technology PCIe® expansion products, interface cards, and media readers for professional users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products enable the use of pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with mini, portable, and all-in-one computers. The company’s product line features a range of high-performance, cost-effective, and reliable portable, desktop, and rackmount RAID storage solutions. For more than 25 years Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market numerous innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac®, Windows®, and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.