Issue: Volume 37 Issue 3: (May/Jun 2014)


CGW Names Silver Edge Winners

This year, the staff of Computer Graphics World literally logged miles daily on the NAB trade-show floor to check out the latest and greatest offerings. Once again, there were some products that stood out from the rest, with the potential of having a major impact on the industry. These are the winners of CGW’s 2014 Silver Edge Awards, determined to be the best of show at NAB 2014.

■    HP’s Z27x and Z24x DreamColor displays
■    Autodesk’s Flame 2015
■    AJA CION production camera
■    Blackmagic Design’s Cintel film scanner
■    The Devil & Demon Strategy’s Devil and Demon supercomputers
■    AMD’s FirePro W9100 graphics card
■    Autodesk’s Flame Assist
■    Blackmagic Design’s URSA 4k camera
■    The Foundry’s Nuke Studio
■    Nvidia’s Iray Visual Computing Appliance

A comprehensive overview of these products as well as other NAB news can be found at in the News-NAB section.

HP Unveils New  DreamColor Displays

HP announced two new HP DreamColor Displays for the color-critical display market. The HP Z27x and Z24x displays for PCs and Macs feature HP’s second-generation DreamColor Engine and provide up to 1.07 billion on-screen colors, achieving color error so small that it is not discernable to the human eye. The HP DreamColor Z27x and Z24x are available for $1,499 and $599, respectively.

The Foundry Releases Modo 801

The Foundry has forged a brand-new version of Modo, its 3D content creation application. Version 801 provides even more out-of-the-box functionality, with the introduction of new features, such as Nodal Shading for complex shader building and a completely rewritten Referencing workflow for large-scene management. There are also huge updates to core content creation workflows, including animation and particles.

Blackmagic Conjures Up Camera

Blackmagic Design has unveiled Blackmagic URSA, a new high-end digital film camera designed to revolutionize workflow on set. Built to handle the ergonomics of large film crews as well as single-person use, URSA has multiple accessories built in, including a massive, 10-inch, fold-out, on-set monitor; large, user-upgradable Super 35 global shutter 4k image sensor; and internal, dual RAW and Apple ProRes recorders. The Blackmagic URSA EF model will retail for $5,995.

Devil & Demon Supercomputers Tempt Users

The Devil & Demon Strategy is making a devilish offer: supercomputers for everyone. The new product line of Devil supercomputers and fast, stand-alone, desk-side Demon workstations are custom-tuned, preconfigured systems powered with Micron components and AMD processors.