Austin 3D Users Group Meeting
Wed. Feb. 27, 2008 at 6:30 pm at ACC Highland Business Center,
5930 Middle Fiskville Rd., Austin, TX 78752(see Map).
We will be in The Boardroom, Room 201.0

This month's topic is Rendering, and specifically Big Rendering Projects. We will look at both Big Resolution projects and Big Animation projects. Luke Gustafson of DataHouse Studios will show some his ongoing Big Projects. Luke has learned a great deal about how to set the parameters in Mental Ray. He will discuss which parameters make a difference in quality, and which ones only add time. He is doing some very impressive work. Most projects do only high resolution rendering or animation. Luke is doing HD resolution animations. This really puts multiples on the time required. One of his projects had a 5000 hr. projected completion time. This is why he dug into this problem and why it may be important to you. Whether you render on your own system, your own render farm, or on a commercial render farm, you need to know how to estimate render times and how to budget for them.

We will welcome anyone else who is gaining experience in Big Rendering. Come and tell us what you have discovered.

Also, the following Autodesk announcements may be of interest:

Press Announcement about New Release of Autodesk 3ds Max 2009
New Release Protection Promotion – Autodesk 3ds Max 2008
Purchase Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2008 with Autodesk Subscription between February 12, 2008 and March 31, 2008, and save instantly. With this purchase customers will also receive an upgrade to either 3ds Max 2009 or 3ds Max Design 2009 at no additional cost when they become available.
Plus, customers will also receive exclusive access to product extensions, e-learning tools, and they will be eligible for all software updates for the duration of their Autodesk Subscription. There’s never been a better time to buy!

News about Maya Muscle tools set
Announcing Autodesk Maya 2008 Extension 2
The Maya 2008 Extension 2 software gives artists enhanced creative control over polygon modeling and UV texturing, so that they can achieve superior results faster. Additionally, the recently released Maya Muscle toolset has undergone enhancements that make it easier for animators and technical directors to achieve life-like skin motion.

This second extension to Maya 2008 is expected to be available for download starting on February 18, 2008 and will be available exclusively to Maya Subscription customers via the Autodesk Subscription Center. Customers simply log-in using their Subscription Center username and password.

New Subscription Pricing on Maya Complete - $595 per year.
New Autodesk Subscription Offering for Maya Complete – Available March 25
Autodesk is pleased to introduce a new entry-level Autodesk Subscription offering for Maya Complete customers that will enable them to maximize the value of their software investment and make it easy to stay current on the latest versions.

Priced at US$595* SRP, Subscription is the easiest way for customers to keep their software current. One annual fee covers all software upgrades and a host of online training and knowledge resources, including access to a searchable online knowledgebase.

For customers with more robust support requirements, the popular Autodesk Subscription with Gold Support offering for Maya is of course still available. With this program, customers receive all of the benefits of Subscription PLUS access to world class support technicians (phone or web), issue reporting and tracking, and access to the Ask Autodesk online forums.

New Pricing on Maya Unlimited
New, Reduced Pricing for Autodesk Maya Unlimited Software Delivers Superior Value
The award-winning Autodesk Maya Unlimited software has just become more affordable. Reduced product pricing will make this package more accessible to new users and will deliver superior value to existing users as they expand their pipelines with additional licenses.


Bill Bottorff

Press Announcement about New Release of Autodesk 3ds Max 2009


Map to meeting:

5930 Middle Fiskville Rd., Austin, TX 78752