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Link: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/howtos/how_build_your_own_3d_camera_rig

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To take stereographs of dynamic subjects, we will need to take two photos at exactly the same time. Japanese camera manufacturer Fuji recently released the first digital camera equipped with two lenses for 3D. Of course, for the technologically savvy, you can make your own 3D camera rig using common building materials and two digital cameras.

For this project, we’ll use a pair of matching Canon PowerShot cameras and specialized synchronization software called StereoData Maker, or SDM, which is a nonvolatile firmware upgrade based on CHDK, the Canon Hack Development Kit. SDM adds a set of features to certain Canon cameras, specifically for the taking of 3D pictures.

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Great!
I'll post the video on Geeks3D  ;)

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / (PR) Stonetrip ShiVa Editor 1.8 Available
« on: November 14, 2009, 03:18:26 PM »
Sophia-Antipolis, France, November 13, 2009- Stonetrip, the designer of cross-platform 3D game development tools for Web, PC, Mac and iPhone, is pleased to announce that version 1.8 of its ShiVa Editor is now available. This release comes with a “Binary promotion” introductory price offer: ShiVa Unlimited, the edition for indie developers is priced at €128 instead of €169, and ShiVa Advanced, the full-featured edition is priced at €1,024 instead of €1,499 per license and for a limited time.

Since 2007, Stonetrip has been providing of the most powerful, full-featured and low-cost game development solution for mobile and desktop platforms. ShiVa Editor allows developers to publish games and applications with no limitations and no compulsory content (e.g. splash screens). This even applies to the Unlimited edition.
The ShiVa editor is used by more than 15,000 developers worldwide and comes with a free engine SDK for Windows, Mac, Linux and iPhone plus an integrated server included within the player to create multi-player games without the need for an expensive, external server.

This year, the ShiVa engine has been used in a range of popular applications and games including Olympique Lyonnais Virtual Stadium (http://grandstadeol.com/) for desktop devices and Pocket Fish, Coldplay Strawberry Swing and Crosak for iPhone devices.

With this latest release of the ShiVa platform, Stonetrip offers its customers even more, including the stunning new visual effects expected in next-generation games such as depth of field, velocity blur, cascaded shadow maps algorithm, infinite ocean simulation with advanced shading system, dynamic textures, video streaming, Voice-Over-IP, DWF import, etc. Stonetrip has also made a number of performance improvements. “The ShiVa engine is 50% faster than the previous version,” explains Nicolas Peri, Stonetrip CTO. “As we focus our future development on iPhone OpenGL ES 2.0 and Linux-powered mobile systems such as Android, we have to provide the highest-quality engine,” says Philip Belhassen, Stonetrip CEO.

Visit http://www.stonetrip.com to see the full list of new features and improvements!

About Stonetrip

Stonetrip is an innovative company founded 6 years ago, with its head office in Sophia Antipolis, France. The company designs ShiVa, the development tool for creating amazing 3D real-time applications and games with ease on Windows, MacOS, Linux and iPhone, with much more to come…
For more information about Stonetrip, visit Stonetrip.com.

Contact:
Philip Belhassen
contact@stonetrip.com
+33 492 029 922

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Link: http://books.slashdot.org/story/09/11/13/1712253/OpenGL-Shading-Language-3rd-Edition

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The “OpenGL Shading Language” (also called the Orange Book because of its orange cover) is back in its meanwhile third edition with updated discussions of the OpenGL shading language up to version 1.40 introduced with OpenGL 3.1. Like the previous edition, the third edition of the book is one of the best introductions to GLSL — the OpenGL Shading Language — that not only teaches the ins and outs of GLSL itself but also explains in-depth how to develop shaders in GLSL for lighting, shadows, animation, and other topics relevant to real-time computer graphics.

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General Discussion / Re: Object shadows
« on: November 14, 2009, 01:40:23 PM »
By default, shadow_caster="TRUE" allows to use stencil shadow volumes. No shader is required with shadow volumes.
The only requirement is that your models and meshes must have closed surfaces else you will have visual artifacts
(see at the end of this artticle for details).

Shadow volumes work fine with omni lights but can be CPU intensive if you have dense meshes.

The second technique is the shadow mapping. You have to enable it in the scene node (see the shadow mapping demo).
Shadow mapping works with any mesh or object that modifies the depth buffer. But it suffers from aliasing and then requires the use of shaders to have soft shadows.

Currently GeeXLab supports the basic shadow mapping algorithm so it works fine with spot lights. And depending on your scene, it
can also work with omni light (see HERE).

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Link: http://hardocp.com/article/2009/11/06/unigine_heaven_benchmark_dx11_tessellation

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We don’t typically cover 3D benchmark programs, primarily since they generally have nothing to do with real-world gaming experiences. This new application from Unigine  is a bit different than others though. Unigine is a 3D framework middleware engine that has been used in published games, and will also be used in some upcoming games currently under NDA. The Heaven Benchmark is the first 3D application that is available to us that utilizes DX11 and Tessellation, which will give us a glimpse of what Tessellation could do for us in games.

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / AMD plans Redwood GPU to replace 4770
« on: November 10, 2009, 11:25:01 AM »
Link: http://www.fudzilla.com/content/view/16357/34/

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Redwood XT is a 40nm DirectX 11 part that should replace Radeon 4770 and 4670 cards in the upper part of mainstream market. Redwood pro will be the slower version and it should replace Radeon 4650 cards in the lower part of mainstream market.

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Link: http://www.ninjalane.com/articles/general_information/physx_test

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In this article we are going to explore what PhysX really is and how it applies to different games and more importantly how this technology affects performance in those games.

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Link: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10371840-56.html

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t's what's inside those trailers, though, that is the key to Microsoft's cloud-computing efforts. Each of the shipping containers in the Chicago data center houses anywhere from 1,800 to 2,500 servers, each of which can be serving up e-mail, managing instant messages, or running applications for Microsoft's soon-to-be-launched cloud-based operating system--Windows Azure.

"I think, I'm not 100 percent sure, but I think this could be the largest data center in the world," said Arne Josefsberg, general manager of infrastructure services for Microsoft's data center operations.


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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Thermaltake DuOrb Extreme VGA Cooler Review
« on: November 03, 2009, 04:40:56 PM »
Link: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/thermaltake-duorb-extreme.html

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Today we are going to check out a stylish and beautiful cooling solution for a wide range of graphics cards on ATI and Nvidia GPUs. Read our review for details about this new Thermaltake cooler.

GPU Burners used in this review: FurMark  ;D and 3DMark 2006

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Link: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1120/1/

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From the second we saw the Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 Vapor-X graphics card we fell in love with it. The card stands out from the crowd and has a bad boy appearance to it that the reference card just doesn't have. The best part about the Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 Vapor-X is that the cooler actually works. We witnessed an 8dBA decrease in fan noise and an insane 18C drop in temperatures while gaming.  The small 2-4% factory overclock gave a slight boost in performance and in every single benchmark we ran the Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 Vapor-X was faster than a stock Radeon HD 5870 video card, albeit by only 1-6FPS depending on the benchmark in question...

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Link: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=395&Itemid=72

AMD has retaken the crown for superior graphical power with their ATI Radeon HD 5870 video card, and consumers have confirmed that this is the hottest graphics accelerator of the moment. Armed with 1600 shader cores, the 40nm Cypress GPU claims to push video game frame rates well-beyond what NVIDIA offers from their GeForce GTX 285 counterpart. While the list of DirectX 11 video games has just started to grow, with one of the first being a free Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) named BattleForge. Perhaps ATI has created the perfect storm for their Radeon HD 5800-series by offering a price-competitive graphics card with several free games included or available. While NVIDIA toils away with CUDA and PhysX, ATI is busy delivering the next generation of hardware for the gaming community to enjoy. Sapphire factory overclocks the Cypress GPU and adds their own custom cooling solution, named Vapor-X. In this article Benchmark Review! s tests the Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 Vapor-X video card 21161-03 against a cross-section of modern graphics accelerators.

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / GeForce GT 240 details
« on: November 03, 2009, 07:31:53 AM »
Link: http://www.tcmagazine.com/comments.php?id=30630&catid=2

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According info leaked by online stores (which can be taken with a bit of salt), the GT 240 features 96 Processing Cores, a 128-bit memory interface and 512MB or 1GB of GDDR3 memory, PhysX and CUDA support, a single-slot cooling system, and D-Sub, DVI and HDMI outputs. In terms of clocks, the upcoming card has its GPU, shaders and memory set to 550, 1340 and 1700/1800 MHz (512/1020 MB VRAM).

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Link: http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/GPA-version2dot1/

Intel is pleased to announce Intel Graphics Performance Analyzers 2.2, which now includes support for Microsoft DirectX 10 and Microsoft Windows 7 OS.

Intel Graphics Performance Analyzers (Intel GPA) are a suite of software tools that provide in-depth application analysis and the flexibility for customization to help you pinpoint bottlenecks and optimize your game for Intel Integrated Graphics–based PCs.

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / (PR) Shattered Horizon: New Gameplay Trailer
« on: November 02, 2009, 05:18:33 PM »
HELSINKI, FINLAND – NOVEMBER 2, 2009 – Futuremark® Games Studio today
released a new gameplay trailer for Shattered Horizon™, their PC
exclusive multiplayer first-person shooter. The trailer showcases the
game’s complete freedom of movement and intense zero gravity combat.
http://www.shatteredhorizon.com/media/trailers/

In Shattered Horizon, a catastrophic explosion on the Moon has filled
near-Earth space with billions of tons of rocky debris. Survivors on
the Moon are forced into conflict with those trapped on the battered
International Space Station. Teams of players fight in zero gravity to
control the limited supplies that mean the difference between survival
and death in the cold of space.

With simple and intuitive controls, players have complete freedom of
movement making full use of the distinctive zero gravity environments
to control the battle. Shattered Horizon rewards players with gameplay
and tactics impossible in games constrained by gravity.

"Escalation" trailer
This new trailer shows real players experiencing Shattered Horizon's
zero gravity combat. The ISS, Flipside and Arc levels are shown in a
trailer for the first time and the player's HUD, the three grenade
types, scoped shots and melee attacks are also revealed.

"Shattered Horizon is this year's most original first-person shooter,"
said Jukka Mäkinen, Head of Futuremark Games Studio. "In a sea of
sequels, Shattered Horizon offers PC gamers a fresh and innovative
shooter with intense zero gravity combat that cannot be found in other
games."

New "Escalation" trailer featuring in-game footage (available in HD)
Official website: http://www.shatteredhorizon.com/media/trailers/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd-2dZMDAGw

New Screenshots
New #1 http://bit.ly/SH_Screenshot13
New #2 http://bit.ly/SH_Screenshot14
New #3 http://bit.ly/SH_Screenshot15
New #4 http://bit.ly/SH_Screenshot16
More http://www.shatteredhorizon.com/media/screenshots/

About Shattered Horizon
Shattered Horizon is the highly anticipated first game from Futuremark
Games Studio that immerses you in the cold reality of combat in space.
•       Multiplayer first-person shooter set in near-Earth space 40 years
from now.
•       Experience intense zero gravity combat and complete freedom of
movement. Use your rocket pack to fly freely through space then land on
any surface.
•       Engage enemies in furious firefights, or ambush them from unexpected
angles. Use tactical grenades to disable electronics, block line of
sight or push enemies out from cover.
•       Join your friends in action-packed 32 player battles fighting to
control hollowed-out asteroids, huge fragments of Moon rock and the
ruined remains of the International Space Station.
•       Dedicated servers hosted by Futuremark Games Studio at launch with
server code being made available for the community shortly afterwards.

Release date: November 4, 2009
Suggested retail price: €19.95 / $19.95 / £14.95
Free downloadable expansion packs featuring new levels after launch.

Shattered Horizon requires DirectX 10 on Windows Vista or Windows 7.
There is no support for Windows XP or DirectX 9.

Pre-order now and save 10 percent. Players who pre-order will also be
invited to help test new levels before they are made public:
http://www.shatteredhorizon.com/buynow

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Link: http://news.softpedia.com/news/NVIDIA-s-GeForce-Fermi-GF100-GPU-to-Launch-in-Early-December-125645.shtml

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NVIDIA's consumer-ready, Fermi-based GeForce graphics cards are most likely among the most anticipated products this year, as they are said to provide users with an increased level of performance, as well as new features. Although previous rumors indicated that the said cards would be available on November 28, it now appears that they will most likely be launched by early December.

Designed on the 40nm manufacturing process, the new NVIDIA GF100 graphics processing unit is expected to end-up significantly faster than AMD's Radeon HD 5870 flagship card, although we still have no specific numbers on benchmark results, clock speeds or any other specification.

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EMotion FX: http://www.mysticgd.com/site2007/
EMotion FX v3.8 features: http://www.mysticgd.com/site2007/products/products.php?product=5&component=22

EMotion FX v3.8 released, now including a completely new EMotion Studio and state of the art motion compression

Rotterdam, Netherlands - October 27th, 2009 - MysticGD, a leader in real-time character animation middleware, today announced the release of its latest version of EMotion FX, the real-time character animation and model export system.

"This release is a major step in the development and future of EMotion FX. A lot of work has been put into the new EMotion Studio. We believe good tools are the future of successful game middleware. Therefore we spent a lot of time writing a completely new EMotion Studio until we knew for sure that it was better than any existing on the market." said John van der Burg, Development Director.

The most important improvements and additions in v3.8 compared to the previous release are:


    * New EMotion Studio: a completely new EMotion Studio. It is fully command based, supports undo/redo, multiple viewports, multiple characters, has very modern interfaces, is fully customizable, is scriptable and extensible through custom plugins.

    * State-of-the-art Motion Compression: this new compression algorithm makes your motions 8 to 25 times smaller in memory.

    * Smaller Motion Files: motion files, even when not compressed using the new algorithm, are now about 30% to 50% smaller in size.

    * Improved Deformable Attachment System: it is now possible to add deformable attachments that add new nodes/bones, where these new bones are partially animated separately and partially by the main skeleton . This can simplify very advanced character customization extremely for artists.

    * Improved Rendering: the new EMotion Studio now supports more advanced rendering, supporting HDR, blooming, depth of field, normal mapping, specular mapping and rim lighting.

    * Improved examples: the examples have been improved to take advantage of the new render engine. There are 50 API examples! The new sample browser allows you to easily browse through them.

    * Support for latest 3ds Max and Maya: the latest versions of Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya are fully supported.


To see more about EMotion FX, please visit the product website. Movies demonstrating some of the most important features are available online. You can find EMotion FX at http://www.emotionfx.com.


About MysticGD
Founded in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in 1999, MysticGD is a leader in realtime character animation products used by leading game developers such as EA, Ubisoft, Sony Online, Webzen, SimBin, Nexon Corporation, IMC Games and many others. For more information visit http://www.mysticgd.com.

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Link: http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,698319/Borderlands-Amazing-screenshots-plus-details-about-Unreal-Engine-3/Practice/

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The Shooter-RPG Borderlands where Unreal Engine 3 meets a special graphics style will be released this week. PC Games Hardware presents first screenshots and reveals details about the technology.

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