Toon Boom Animation Inc. announced the release of Storyboard Pro 5. This new release streamlines the pre-production and storyboarding process with new creative tools for artists, adds improvements to the 3D workflow, and provides better integration with editorial. Storyboard Pro 5 has also been improved in order to enable pre-production pipelines for CG, live action and games cinematics. Some of the new features include better integration between 2D and 3D with the ability to snap 3D models to surfaces, create layers on models, import COLLADA and Alembic files and work with a more responsive 3D camera.
Limitless Computing announced SightSpace Pro, a cloud-based and mobile solution that makes it possible to view 3D digital models and designs in the form of real-life buildings using Augmented Reality technology. The new SightSpace Pro works seamlessly with the most popular modeling and design file formats including Autodesk .DWG and .DXF, Trimble SketchUp (.SKP), Collada (.DAE), .DGN, .KMZ, and .KML.
COLLADA already supports exchanging shaders between 3D tools, however some applications and game engines are not capable of exporting and importing shaders to and from the COLLADA .dae format. This COLLADA tutorial will walk you through the steps supported Cinema 4D.
glTF is an up and coming format for transmitting 3D models, tailored for WebGL and OpenGL they like to think of it as a 3D model codec. There's three.js and Node.js support, as well as a COLLADA and separate FBX converter. There's more explanation of glTF in the presentation at the WebGL BOF. Compression progress here, discussion here. Special thanks to Patrick Cozzi and the folks over at Real-Time Rendering Blog.
Cesium uses the web-friendly glTF format for 3D models. Cesium provides an online COLLADA-to-glTF converter that allows us to drag and drop a COLLADA model and its textures to produce a glTF model for use in Cesium. This blog post is a series of tips for authoring 3D models and then exporting them to COLLADA to get the best performance and robustness.
The Khronos Group will be at SIGGRAPH Asia this coming weekend. Neil Trevett, Khronos Group President and VP of Mobile Content at NVIDIA will be speaking. There will be a panel session "Next Frontiers For Interactive Applications" on Saturday followed by a tech-talk "What's Next In Graphics APIs?" on Saturday December 6th which will cover the rapidly changing landscape of acceleration APIs for mobile devices and the Next Generation OpenGL Initiative first revealed at SIGGRAPH 2014.
Seekscale recently interviewed the COLLADA workgroup chair Fabrice Robinet about the COLLADA file format standard.
Organized by The Immersive Technology Alliance, the Immersed conference features two days of sessions by worldwide virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and 3D experts. Some of the international speakers include John Gaeta (The Matrix Trilogy Academy Award winner, Lucasfilm), Mary Spio (Next Galaxy), Neil Trevett (The Khronos Group, Nvidia), Scott Broock (Jaunt), Shannon Blake Gans (New Deal Studios), Karl Krantz (Silicon Valley Virtual Reality), and more. Canada’s Habib Zargarpour (Creative Director, Microsoft Studios), Gord Harris (Christie Digital), David Nalasco (AMD), James Milward (Secret Location), Ana Serrano (Canadian Film Centre Media Lab), Ray Sharma (XMG Studio), James Stewart (Geneva Film Company), and more will also be speaking. Temporary code “ImmerseMe” reduces registration by $75. Deeply discounted exhibition options available for qualified early start-ups requiring media and investment group attention. Free exhibition opens to the general public on the Sunday afternoon. Limited space! Register for free online and in advance.
Luxion KeyShot v5.1 is a conceptual design software that enables designers to import and enhance exisitng 3D models, creating variations for manufacturing, marketing or customer approval. KeyShots designers are able to import COLLADA files, as well as BIP, Alias WIRE, PTC Creo, Rhinoceros, SketchUp, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Pro/ENGINEER, IGES, STEP, OBJ, 3ds, and FBX data. Users can paint, modify lighting, adjust the camera angle, edit and select background to create an image in real time using these imported models.