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What you Brain looks like in the Uncanny Valley

The uncanny valley is a hypothesis in the field of robotics and 3D computer animation, which holds that when human replicas look and act almost, but not perfectly, like actual human beings, it causes them to appear creepy. Researchers at University of California, San Diego have scanned the brains of individuals visiting the “valley” to try to understand why they freak us out. Read More

Blender Tutorial: Camera Mapping

Camera mapping is a clever technique that allows you to take a still image and convert it into 3d geometry for use in an animation. This powerful technique is used extensively by visual effects studios for feature films, commercials and television shows. It’s especially useful for faking helicopters flyovers because it costs just a fraction of the cost of hiring a real helicopter.Read More

33 3ds Max Tutorials of Mass Destruction

Some people just want to watch the world burn…. at least on film. And who can deny the awesomeness of nuclear detonation wiping out rush hour traffic on the Hollywood Freeway? To help you feed that inner instinct to kill people and break stuff at 24fps we’ve gathered together 33 3D Studio Max tutorials. At least these tuts won’t result in U.N. sanctions…. unless of course you’re Michael Bay.Read More

Zaxwerks 3d Invigorator Pro v5 – REVIEW

Fans of the of the plugin Zaxwerks Invigorator Pro for After Effects have been waiting patiently for a 64bit compatible version of the plugin that will work with the latest iteration of After Effects: CS5. Roughly 8 months after Adobe CS5’s launch, Zaxwerks released 3D Invigorator Pro 5 and now motion graphics artists from around the world can finally our 3d freak on in AfterEffects. And the best part: they’ve made it a lot better.Read More

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