ThinkingParticles™ 2.0 Ensures Vampires’ Demise in Blade: Trinity
New Discreet® Certified 3ds Max® Plug-in, Used Extensively by Digital Dimension to Create “Ashing” Effects, Ships Today
(New Orleans – December 13, 2004) - Turbo Squid, home of the world’s largest collection of royalty-free 3D assets and worldwide publisher for the Discreet® Certified 3ds max® Plug-in Program, today announced a new Discreet Certified 3ds max® Plug-in, ThinkingParticles™ 2, from cebas Computer GmbH.
ThinkingParticles 2.0 has now been certified as a DCP and begins shipping to customers around the world today.
Since 1996 Digital Dimension, the Burbank, California based visual effects studio, has made its mark within the visual effects world and delivered memorable shots for over four dozen motion pictures including “Elf”, “The Last Samurai”, and “Scooby Doo 2” just to name a few. Their client list reads like a who’s who of major studios and includes Warner Brothers, New line Cinema, and Sony. With a reputation built upon delivering amazing visuals, Ben Girard’s team was given the nod on effects for “Blade: Trinity” starring Wesley Snipes.
While excited by the project, CG Supervisor Jason Crosby described it as “massive”. “The majority of the 153 shots we got centered on the ‘ashing’ shots where the vampires are destroyed”, noted Crosby. “We tried other solutions, but discovered that as soon as we needed true rigid body dynamics for the particles and precise map-based controls, everything failed.”
Their search led them to cebas’ rule-based ThinkingParticles 2.0. “The biggest benefit was how the plug-in allowed us to create new tools within it. It’s rare that a tool does exactly what we need out of the box for any given shot so its usefulness ends up being based on how customizable it is,” explained Crosby. “Since TP2 uses small building blocks instead of large canned effects, it made it possible to design custom tests for our specific production needs.”
ThinkingParticles 2.0 is the next generation of rule-based particle systems for Discreet’s 3ds max® professional 3D modeling, rendering and animation software. When compared to an event-based particle system, which works on triggers and time dependent events, a rule-based system is free from constraints and instead applies simple behaviors. These behaviors govern all aspects of a particle’s motion, life, death, and collisions in a true non-linear fashion.
ThinkingParticles 2.0 offers its particle system functionality through a “programmatic” approach. This approach lets artists use ThinkingParticles 2.0’s powerful visual Wire Setup Interface to procedurally build the rules and conditions that control the particle behavior. Because of this technology, artists become the ultimate master of particle mayhem.
ThinkingParicles 2.0 offers artists these benefits:
Pricing and availability
ThinkingParticles 2.0 has a suggested retail price of US$1295. Existing users of ThinkingParticles may upgrade to ThinkingParticles 2.0 for $495.
ThinkingParticles 2.0 may be purchased from Turbo Squid at http://www.turbosquid.com/dcpstore , from Discreet at http://www4.discreet.com/3dsmax/3dsmax.php?id=967, or from authorized Resellers around the world. For a Reseller near you, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discreet Certified 3ds Max Plug-in Program
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Founded in 2000, Turbo Squid is dedicated to the management and distribution of digital products and other relevant content for 3D and 2D designers and creative professionals. Turbo Squid provides a global market for digital products by enabling individual and corporate users to list, promote and sell their content to users around the world. In 2003 Turbo Squid was named as the exclusive publisher and worldwide distributor for the Discreet Certified 3ds Max Plug-in Program. Turbo Squid is a privately held and venture-backed company. More information can be found at the company's web site: www.turbosquid.com.
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About cebas Computer GmbH
cebas Computer GmbH is a German developer of advanced 3D software for 3ds Max and other 3D applications, based near Heidelberg. With 14 years of experience in software development for the 3D market, cebas has become renowned for its quality and unique software products serving graphics and animation studios around the world. More info is available at http://www.cebas.com.
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