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48 cgw j a n u a r y . f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 5 CUDA processors to accelerate rendering, either within the workstation or across a net- work. In integrated applications, such as 3ds Max, rendering becomes part of the viewport – it can be that fast. Popular applications, such as 3ds Max and CATIA, support the ren- derer directly; others, such as Maya and Cinema 4D, can use it via plug-ins. And rendering is only the start: Many high-end studios are using Nvidia GPUs to accelerate all sorts of pro- duction tasks, from character deformation to physics. This will eventually fi lter down into commercial applications. Overall, this is a great card. It off ers a lot of power and perfor- mance in a very power-effi cient package. As there is for most high-end cards, there is a bit of a price premium, but the additional productivity should off set that for the professionals who use this card. For those of you who have a serious need for graphics power, this is a quality card that will serve you well. ¢ JANUARY.FEBRUARY 2015, Volume 38, Issue 1: COMPUTER GRAPHICS WORLD (USPS 665-250) (ISSN-0271-4159) is published bi-monthly with special additional issues in Jan- uary and July resulting in 8 issues per year by COP Communications, Inc. Corporate offi ces: 620 West Elk Avenue, Glendale, CA 91204, Tel: 818-291-1100; FAX: 818-291-1190; Web Address: Periodicals Postage Paid at Glendale, CA, 91205 & additional mailing offi ces. COMPUTER GRAPHICS WORLD is distributed worldwide. Annual sub- scription prices are $72, USA; $98, Canada & Mexico; $150 International airfreight. To order subscriptions, call 847-559-7310. © 2015 CGW by COP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. No material may be reprinted without permission. 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He also teaches Maya for He can be reached at SOFTWARE M O D E L I N G & A N I M A T I O N New Wave in DCC NewTek's latest release of LightWave 2015, off ers workfl ow enhancements and features designed to streamline a variety of pipelines. It also comes with new pricing: $995 for a full license and $495 to upgrade from LightWave 11.X or earlier. LightWave 2015 introduces new tools for char- acter animation, visualization, dynamic simulations, and more. It also extends the functionality of popular features like the Genoma character rigging sys- tem, Bullet Dynamics, dynamic parenting, rendering enhance- ments, and more. D A T A M A N A G E M E N T On Deadline Thinkbox So ware's Deadline 7 is now available across plat- forms. The latest version of the scalable, high-volume compute management solution boasts built-in VMX (Virtual Machine Extension) capabilities, which allow artists, architects, and engineers to harness resourc- es in both public and private clouds. In addition to enhanced cloud support, Deadline 7 ex- pands support for the "Jigsaw" multi-region rendering feature, which can now be accessed in Autodesk's 3ds Max and Maya, The Foundry's Modo, and McNeel's Rhino. Deadline 7 also introduces Dra 1.2, an update to Thinkbox's lightweight com- positing and video processing plug-in for automating typical post-render tasks, such as image format conversion, as well as the creation of animated videos and QuickTimes, con- tact sheets, and watermark elements on exported images. HARDWARE M O N I T O R S Seeing is Believing HP has expanded its portfolio of computer monitors with an interactive virtual-reality display, 4 k and 5k ultra-high-defi nition displays, and curved displays for consumers and profession- als. The HP Zvr Virtual Reality Display, available this spring, lets users rotate, manipulate, and navigate virtual-holographic 3D images from the 23.6-inch diagonal interactive display. The HP Z27s (available now for $749) and HP Z24s (available in April for $549) 4k displays, and the HP Z27q 5k display (available in March for $1,299), are ultra-high-defi nition solu- tions that expand the visual workspace and connect to more devices. The HP Z34c and HP Envy 34c (both available in April for $999), as well as HP EliteDisplay S270c and HP Pavilion 27c (both available now for $399) curved displays enhance visual perception and audio experiences. V I D E O E D I T I N G Replay That! Safe Harbor Computers has introduced RPM-24, a 24-key USB controller unit for NewTek TriCaster that pro- vides one channel of instant replay video for live sports productions. RPM-24 brings advanced instant replay con- trol within reach of practically any sports video producer and off ers features such as bi-di- rectional slow-motion and frame-by-frame playback, with digital zoom, allowing the operator to expand the on-screen action. RPM-24 is available exclusively from Safe Harbor for $995. 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