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August/September 2011 • Vol. 34 • Number 6 Innovations in visual computing for D C C professionals 10 Features 16 COVER STORY Chimp Change 10Weta devises new technology that enabled its crew to do extensive on-set motion capture for the CG apes in the live-action , including Caesar, the digital chimpanzee star of the film. A Final Fantasy brand new—in 23 Departments Editor's Note Just the Beginning 2After a decade of providing cutting-edge digital magic in the Spotlight 4 Products NewTek's LightWave 10.1. Maxon's Cinema 4D R13. Back Products 28Software and hardware releases. x x xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx x Animation Master Evolution CG advances give rise to smarter characters $6.00 USA $8.25 Canada V120:Trio. DAZ's Studio 4. Autodesk's Simulation CFD. Perceptive Pixel's multi-touch screen. News Graphics, PC shipments on the rise. The Foundry's Storm. NaturalPoint's OptiTrack The Foundry's Nuke 6.3. February 2012 August/September 2011 Rage Against the Machine created at Weta using new performance-capture technology. A new interactive fur grooming tool was used for the dynamic hair. See pg. 10. August/September 2011 1 ON THE COVER Caesar, a CG simian in film series, visual effects studios have closed this chapter of their work. But rest assured, these facilities will continue building on those innovations, promising more CG tricks and treats to come. 20 War Game game trailer for 20 Digital Domain blends the virtual and the real while creating a cinematic . 23 Recent graduates put their newly learned skills to the test as they SEE IT IN • Up-and-Coming Superstars contribute to the summer's superhero-themed features. • streets of New York. production, and post shoots digitally on the director talks vampires, • Attention-grabbing sounds for spots. 16Visual effects supervisor Tim Burke discusses the VFX—some familiar, some the series. , the final film in was White Collar . Fright Night Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Rise of the Planet of the Apes Harr y P otter and the Deathly Hallow s: P ar t 2 T om Clancy's Ghost Recon: F uture Soldier Harr y P otter By Barbara Rober tson By Barbara Rober tson

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