Cinema 4D’s Role in UEFA’s Euro 2012

Powerful Soccer Symbolism

When UEFA initiated the Euro 2012, a powerful symbol had to be created for the tournament and CINEMA 4D played a key role in its creation.

 Major events cast long shadows, and so it was that in the latter part of 2009 the Portuguese effects studio Bikini was contacted by the agency Brandia Central and given the job of creating the animated version of the logo for the upcoming (2012) European soccer championship.

Helder Pombinho, creative director at Bikini, and his team created dynamic animations based on Brandia’s designs. Avoiding a photo-realistic look, these animations had to capture the expression, style and feeling of the graphics they depicted.

The scenes were full of SubSurface Scattering”, remembers Helder. “It was one of the CINEMA 4D features we used the most – whereby many of the scene elements were 2D or 2.5D.

In the course of four months, the trio at Bikini developed video vignettes, clips, transitions and stills for the Euro 2012. CINEMA 4D’s MoGraph and Dynamics features were used to create great-looking animations for the wide variety of elements involved.

Bikini used CINEMA 4D’s renderer and its Sketch & Toon feature to create the desired look. The hard work paid off and the team was awarded the prize for Best Motion Graphics 2010 from the Creative Club Portugal – a prize you don’t win everyday! This is a project upon which Helder reflects with joy, because thanks to CINEMA 4D, its realization went quickly and smoothly. “CINEMA 4D is a tool for artists who want to create fantastic looking projects professionally and easily!

Next Limit UEFA EURO 2012 Promotion!!

Next Limit is joining in the football fever and holding a UEFA EURO 2012 promotion! Don’t miss this opportunity to buy RealFlow/RealFlow RenderKits/RealFlow Nodes and/or Maxwell Render/Maxwell Render Nodes at a discount which will range from 10% to 50% depending on how Spain performs in each game!

The rules are simple:

8th June 2012 – UEFA EURO 2012 kicks off:  10% discount begins

For every goal that Spain scores within a match, an additional 10% is added to the discount (so if Spain scores 2 goals, the discount will go up to 30% until the end of the following match).

*Maximum discount is 50% (4 goals in a match). 

*If a game is tied, goes to penalty kicks and Spain wins, only 10% additional discount will be added on top of the goals scored during game time (not 10% for each penalty kick).

The total discount will be recalculated at the end of each match and will reflect the number of goals in that match ONLY (goals and promotions will not accumulate over more than one game).

If Spain is knocked out of the tournament, the discount based on their last game´s goals will continue until the start of the next round.  When the next round begins, the discount will be 10% until the end of the tournament on 1st July 2012.

If Spain WINS, the new discount based on the number of Spain´s goals in the Final continues until 8th July.

KeyShot 3D Rendering Contest Winners!

Through the month of May KeyShot 3D put up the challenge to the KeyShot community to create the most stunning 3D rendering or animation of a watch. The challenge was definitely meet and after nearly 250 amazing entries of KeyShot rendering and animation bliss, we have the winners!

The entries were judged by the KeyShot staff on creativity, realism and composition. They have a winner for Best Rendering, Best Animation, Best Student Entry and five Honorable mentions. There are just so many incredible renderings and we would like to congratulate everyone for an amazing job!
Here are the winners of the KeyShot 3D Rendering contest!

Best Rendering

Germain Baillot

Best Animation

Abed Sabeh

Best Student Rendering

Antoine Dayer

Honorable Mentions

Tomek Jarosz

Voya

Richard Feldman

Peter Kolus

Cyprian Chorociej

See all the entries on the KeyShot 2012 Rendering Contest Pinterest board.

To purchase KeyShot or to view more information go to CAD Software Direct.

AIA National Convention and Exposition “BEST of SHOW awards”

Architosh, the leading online publication devoted to Mac and iOS CAD and 3D software applications, has announced its first AIA National Convention and Exposition “BEST of SHOW awards” in two categories for desktop and mobile software for architects and related AEC professionals.

“The American Institute of Architects’ national convention is the premier event for practicing architects in the US,” said Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, LEED AP, architosh’s editor-in-chief, “and thousands of architects attend to see what digital tools are shaping their profession. It makes perfect sense to not only report on the show but to select what we feel are the best products at show time.” “We hope this honor will help sharpen the perspectives of our readers on what are significant developments in computer software for architecture.”

Winners of BEST of SHOW Awards

Products that are eligible for the architosh BEST of SHOW award must have been introduced within the past 10 months and be available in the market within the first 9 months of the awarded year.

Eligible products in the desktop software category must run on both Mac and Windows platforms within the release awarded. And eligible mobile products must run on Apple’s innovative and market leading iOS platform. Without further ado, the honors go to:

Desktop Winner

The 2012 architosh BEST of SHOW AIA National award in the desktop category is given to Graphisoft’s latest ArchiCAD 16. “ArchiCAD 16 introduces powerful new direct-modeling technology,” says Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, LEED AP, editor-in-chief, “and explicit modeling has been clearly identified as in need in BIM market research, including Architosh’s large 2010 BIM report. In addition, the integration of Graphisoft’s EcoDesigner into ArchiCAD 16 encourages architects to design buildings with the environment in mind.”

Readers can learn more about Graphisoft’s award-winning BIM solution that runs on both Mac and Windows platforms here: www.graphisoft.com

There tends to be many excellent solutions at the AIA and we wanted to call some attention to those others with special notes below. Runners-Up are:

Runner-Up: Shaderlight

Shaderlight deserves recognition as the first cloud-based rendering solution for Google’s popular SketchUp rendering program. With this unique solution SketchUp users can produce photo-realistic renders of their models at up to 5x speeds faster than on the desktop and up to 128x faster at animations. You can learn more here.

Runner-Up: Vectorworks Architect 2012

Vectorworks Architect 2012 deserves recognition for its extremely well-balanced feature set, including integrated CINEMA 4D renderer inside its Renderworks add-on option as well as its improving interoperability and excellent modeling capabilities. We also think the 2D X-ray mode is ingenious! Learn more here.

iOS Mobile Winner

The 2012 architosh BEST of SHOW AIA National award in the iOS mobile category is given to CADFaster for its innovative utilization of Apple’s iOS-based iPad and the mobility of BIM in the field.

“CADFaster is now available for a native Mac CAD/BIM application with its latest CADFaster for Vectorworks,” says Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, LEED AP, “but the company deserves kudos for its overall implementation with bringing real-time collaboration to the mobile iOS space and its utilization of cloud computing.”

CADFaster’s unique innovation partly lies in its proprietary file compression technology which enables the application to export an entire 3D model (BIM) file into a tiny executable which contains its own application. With CADFaster on the iPad a collaborator can see and navigate a model and participate in mark-up discussions in real-time. You can even host a collaborative session via the iPad. “What was really impressive to me while watching Tuomas Holma of CADFaster show me the product was not just its amazing fluidity and speed but the way in which commentary threads work,” says Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, LEED AP.

Runner-Up: HP ePrint & Share for iPad

HP ePrint and Share app for iPad allows AEC professionals like architects to send mark-ups to remote HP DesignJets back at the office with ease. If you are using Autodesk AutoCAD WS on your iPad the new integration with is an extra convenience. With HP’s new tech your file are saved to the cloud for either sharing, storing and printing.

V-Ray for Rhino Upgrade Available for Limited Time Only!

The V-Ray 1.5 for Rhino Upgrade will only be available for a limited time!

Customer’s who purchased V-Ray for Rhino between September 1, 2011 and March 28, 2012 are eligible for a free upgrade. Free upgrade requires the purchase of a hardware key (licensing dongle).

The V-Ray 1.5 for Rhino Upgrade will no longer be available after June 30th. After June 30th, all V-Ray 1.0 for Rhino customers (excluding academic license holders) will have to purchase a full 1.5 license.

To upgrade your V-Ray for Rhino product or to buy click here.

Dyson Design Winner Uses Rhino to Design IWA

Design student Oscar Fernandez has used Rhino 3D for his entry into the Dyson Design Competition to create something that solves a problem.

Fernandez’s product is a motorized add-on called the IWA (Independent Wheelchair Assist) that attaches to a wheel chair, turning it into a small automobile.

People can use their manual chairs while at home, then rev up the IWA, instead of a separate motor scooter, if they need to get out of the house. Fernandez’s design may look futuristic and slick but it was inspired by a very common problem, and one that’s deeply personal for to him.


The IWA isn’t just a concept car for the geriatric set. It is the product of an intense design effort that started with a four-month-long research phase where Fernandez learned from people who lived with wheelchairs. He actually spent a week confined to one himself and says the experience was actually harder psychologically than physically and adds, “After a week or so I was pretty good at using the wheelchair, but I hated always having my neck popped back and having to talk up to people in social situations.”

He then proceeded to sketch up solutions to the problems he experienced, created rough mockups to test ergonomics, and made working prototypes to prove the functional concept. Once Fernandez settled on the basic design, he used a laser cutter and 3-D printer to create the structural elements of the model and assembled the final product with old-fashioned hand tools. The IWA has been thoughtfully considered as a medical device, but lookscool enough that even the able-bodied would take a second look.

The James Dyson Award is an international student design award running in 18 countries. It’s run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to encourage the next generation of design engineers to be creative, challenge and invent.

 

 

 

The brief is to “Design something that solves a problem” and there will be a number of prizes,

International Winner:
– £10,000 the student or student team (of up to four members)
– £10,000 for their university department
– James Dyson Award trophy and Certificate

Two International Runners-up:
– £2,000 each
– James Dyson Award Certificate

Fifteen International Finalists:
– James Dyson Award Certificate

National Winners:
– £1,000 each
– James Dyson Award Certificate

Up to nine National Finalists from each country:
– James Dyson Award Certificate

The James Dyson Award is open to product design, industrial design and engineering university level students (or graduates within 4 years of graduation) who have studied in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UK and USA. See the Terms and Conditions for full entry criteria.

The competition is judged in 3 stages,

Stage 1: A panel of leading designers, engineers and design critics in each of the 18 participating countries shortlist the top ten entries and name the national winners.
Stage 2: A panel of Dyson design engineers scrutinise all national projects selecting the top 50.
Stage 3: An international judging panel of high-profile designers, engineers, academics and journalists pick 15 international finalists. Informed by the international judges, James Dyson will name the winner and two runners-up.
To see more information on the competition click here, or to see more information on Rhino 3D go to CAD Software Direct.


The KeyShot 3D Rendering Competition!

 

The KeyShot 3D Rendering and Animation Contest is on!  It’s two weeks into the competition with over 60 submissions already and with only another two weeks to go. KeyShot are giving away two seats of KeyShot Pro with Animation – one for Best Rendering and one for Best Animation.

The KeyShot rendering competition is a chance for KeyShot users, and those interested in using KeyShot, to compete among each other, displaying their ability to create the most stunning composition using KeyShot. The theme of this year’s competition is style and class with the challenge to render and/or animate a watch design. The goal? Use all the creative juice you can muster to render a captivating scene with the materials and environments of your choice. Free watch .bip provided or use your own!

Many renderings have been submitted and the first animation by Abed Sabeh is a must see! More entries can be viewed on the 3D rendering contest forum or seen all together on the  KeyShot Pinterest board.

Visit the forum to see more details about this competition!

V-Ray Anniversary Challenge!

We are very excited to announce the first initiative from the V-Ray Anniversary campaign – the V-Ray Anniversary Challenge!  


Chaos Group and CGSociety are inviting artists to create an image which tells the story of a Decisive Moment – a moment that changed a person’s life or the course of human history. Perhaps a knockout punch in a heavy weight championship. The first human to step on the moon. The last block placed on the Pyramids. A wrong step, a gunshot or a glance, the decisive moment that changed the big picture or had an impact on someone’s life.

Chaos Group is offering a great prize pool for the winners. Thanks to their partners the winners will get a package of prizes worth more than $25,000.

V-Ray users from all industries are welcome to participate! Visit the Challenge page to learn all about it.

New KeyShot 3.2

Luxion have announced the release of new Key Shot  3.2 with all new feature completion, UI clean up and stability.

Here just some of the important improvements that Luxion have brought you in KeyShot 3.2 :

  •  Improved material templates – support for parts and materials as template items, plus wild card support (*.*)
  •  Instant loading of library – no longer do you have to sit and wait, even if you have thousands of materials in your library (same goes for environments, backplates,textures, renderings
  • Completely re-worked UNDO stack – UNDO pretty much everything.
  • Support for scale and transformations (remembered on all levels in the model)
  • Support for “unlimited” decimal places
  • Cylindrical texture mapping improvements
  • Use the arrow keys to move around in the scene tree, through the camera list etc.
  • Sync of realtime and advanced render settings in render dialog (raybounces, shadow quality)
  • New camera “unsaved” state
  • Increase of maximum raybounces in realtime settings to 64.
  • UI cleanup and performance improvements throughout the system
  • Improvements to SolidWorks importer (faster, more robust)
  • Improvements to ALIAS importer (Import by layer AND shader)
  • Support for Autodesk ALIAS 2013
  • Support for Autodesk Maya 2013
  • Bug fixes
  • Added Spanish language support (UI only)
  • New materials
For more on this latest update you can go to their Forum.