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NewTekoffers rigging tips on DVD S AN ANTONIO — NewTek’s (www.newtek. com) “LightWave 10: Rigging Revealed” DVD, is designed to help artists master the art of rigging in LightWave 10. It features creature/character artist Lino Grande, and is part of its upgrades and new unit packages. LightWave 10 pricing is $695 for up- grades and $1,495 for full units. The DVD offers fast and flexible techniques for cre- ating character animation similar to that found in many feature film pipelines. Grande discusses the LightWave rigging process from beginning to end, and offers step- by-step instructions for the rigging of bones and joints, building skeletons, and rigging without weight maps — a feature unique to LightWave 3D. Rigging without weight maps allows for character geometry changes after a rig has been created without experiencing the slow down often associated with repainting weight falloffs after each change. New features in LightWave 10 are also covered in the DVD. Artists can learn how to use the new view- port renderer and export animation, deformations and dynamic simulations to the native LightWave MDD point cache format to import into CORE. The DVD also covers using the new Autodesk Geometry Cache tools to interchange data with other 3D applications. Color managementtraining class N EW YORK — Cine-tal Systems (www.cine-, a developer of image monitoring and color management solutions, partnered with Oceana to host a two-day Color Management Training class in late September at Art Jail in Manhattan. The class was offered to those who already had a working knowledge in color management for film, video, DI, visual effects and digital cinema. The class was led by Cine-tal’s Michael Chenery, who is an expert in color science for the digital cinema and video industry. It was open to VFX production su- pervisors,VFX artists, DI post production engineers, CGI/VFX software developers, digital imaging techni- cians (DITs) and colorists. Participants received an introductory background into color science, color theory and color models.They also learned about gamma, logarithmic and linear en- coding, including Rec709, RedLog, Panalog, ArriLog, FilmStream and sLog. The two-day course featured hands-on practice of transforming data between color models, profiling dis- play technology, including digital projection, building look up tables (LUTs) and implementing color man- agement practices. Mac TechTraining comes to NYC N finally provide the Five Boroughs with an opportunity to train for certified Mac repair positions. “We know there's an interest,” says Weiner.“So we saw an opportunity to offer the training to people that may not have access to transportation out of the city.” The five-day class uses a combination of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on exercises to cover topic ranging from using Apple's technician support products to effective hardware repair techniques. Business Rules will provide take-apart equipment and study materials. The class concludes with the Apple-Certified Macintosh Technician certification exam, which when combined with a passing score on the Mac OS certification, qualifies the trainee as an Apple-autho- rized technician.“It's not just the stuff in the Apple Manual, it's real-world experience,”Weiner says of the training.The instructors each have years of real-world experience on top of the classes they teach.“Our goal is to get them up and running as an Apple-Certified Macintosh Technician by the end of the training.” EW YORK — After five years of training across the US and Canada,New York-based Apple-autho- rized hardware service training provider Business Rules, Inc., is coming to Midtown Manhattan. Business Rules (, who's Rhinecliff-based training crew offers courses for the Apple-Certified Macintosh Technician exam in the Hudson Valley, is hosting its first class in New York City on November 1 with another course planned for November 29. Shelley Weiner, president of Business Rules, says that after years of inquisitive phone calls she's ready to October 2010 • Post 13

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