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Urena C.,University of Granada | Fajardo M.,Solid Angle | King A.,Solid Angle
Computer Graphics Forum | Year: 2013

We present an area-preserving parametrization for spherical rectangles which is an analytical function with domain in the unit rectangle [0, 1] 2 and range in a region included in the unit-radius sphere. The parametrization preserves areas up to a constant factor and is thus very useful in the context of rendering as it allows to map random sample point sets in [0, 1]2 onto the spherical rectangle. This allows for easily incorporating stratified, quasi-Monte Carlo or other sampling strategies in algorithms that compute scattering from planar rectangular emitters. © 2013 The Author(s) Computer Graphics Forum © 2013 The Eurographics Association and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Animation Software - Global Strategic Business Report" report to their offering. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2015 through 2022. Also, a six-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Animation Software in US$ Thousand. The Global market is also analyzed by the following Segments: The report profiles 46 companies including many key and niche players such as 1. INDUSTRY OVERVIEW A Peek into the World of Animation Animation A Revolutionary Digital Technology Abundant Commercial Prospects for Animation Animation Software A Lucrative Market with Plenty of Growth Opportunities Animation Software Key Enabler of Animation & Animated Content Media & Entertainment The Mainstream Market for Animation Software Video Gaming Animation Software Major Revenue Contributor Animation for Next-Generation Games Expanding Application Possibilities Spurs Market Growth Market Outlook 2. NOTEWORTHY TRENDS, GROWTH DRIVERS, & CHALLENGES Developed Markets Continue to Dominate, While Developing Countries to Drive Future Growth Rise in Demand for 3D Animation to Drive Increased Adoption of 3D Animation Software 3D Animation Software Makes a Mark in Media & Entertainment Industry Gaming Industry: The Prolific End-Use Market for 3D Animation Software Automotive Designing Firms Bank on Animation Software to Improve Quality of their Vehicles Opportunity Indicator Architectural, Engineering & Construction too Embrace 3D Animation Software Favorable Demographic Trends Increase Consumption of Animated Content Augurs Well for Animation Software Market Outsourcing A Strategy to Lower Production Costs Outsourcing in Gaming Sector Gains Traction A Case in Point Collaborations Across Geographical Boundaries Technology Advancements & Infrastructure Improvements to Spearhead Market Growth Mosketch Software Enables 3D Animation Production with No Advanced Training Pixar Develops New Animation Technology and Software Adobe Develops Update for After Effects Advanced Off-The-Shelf Software Packages Boost Creativity Animation Software for Windows Laptops and PCs Aurora 3D Animation Maker Blender Anime Studio Cinema 4D Studio Autodesk Maya Autodesk Softimage Modo Autodesk 3ds Max Autodesk MotionBuilder Houdini Whiteboard Animation Software Videoscribe Easy Sketch Pro 3.0 GoAnimate PowToon Moovly Open Source/Free Animation Software Free and Open Source 3D Animation Software Blender Bryce Clara Free and Open Source 2D Animation Software Pencil Synfig Stykz CreaToon Ajax Advanced 2D Animation Software Synfig Studio CrazyTalk Animator Spine Animation Paper DigiCel FlipBook Spriter CelAction 2D PowToon Animata Toom Boom Animation Anime Studio Debut Antic 2-D Animation Express Animator Autodesk Animator Key Animation Software for Professionals Poser Pro 2014 GoAnimate SketchBook Pro Mudbox Blender 2.68a FlipBook Easy Paint Tool SAI FL Studio Flash Painter ZBrush Cinema 4D Prime Autodesk Maya Toon Boom Studio Illustrator Premiere Pro Unity Pro Mari 3ds Max Photoshop CS6 Market Challenges Future Development Challenges for Computer Animation 3. ANIMATION SOFTWARE - AN INTRODUCTION Animation Software A Definition Application Areas for Animation Software Motion Picture/Broadcasting Market Web Page Development Corporate Communication & Training Software for 2D Animation Flash Animation PowerPoint Animation 3D Animation Software Features to Look for in 3D Animation Software Modeling Features Animation Features Intuitive User Interface Extensibility Leading 3D Animation Software Cost of Animation Software A Conceptual Overview of the Animation Industry Animation A Definition The History of Animation Production Stages in Animation General Animation Production Process in Television & Feature Film Productions Stage 1: Conceptualization Stage 2: Pre-Production Stage 3: Production Stage 4: Post-Production Governance of Production Process & Outsourcing Applications of Animation Animation Techniques Traditional Animation Cel Animation Key Frames Rotoscoping Full Animation & Limited Animation Stop Motion Types of Stop Motion Animation Computer Animation Steps in Computer Animation Process Process for Generation of Computer Animation Computer Animation Techniques Keyframing Motion Capture Simulation Hardware Equipment for Computer Animation Common Hardware Systems List of Hardware Used in the Creation of Animation Content Types of Computer Animation 2D Animation Evolution of 2D Animation Films Industry Major Developments in the 2D Animation Film Market Stages of Traditional 2D Animation Workflow 3D Animation Background to 3D Animation 3D Animation Methods/Techniques Cel-Shaded Animation or Toon Shading Morph Target Animation Skeletal Animation Motion Capture Crowd Simulation Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) 5. RECENT INDUSTRY ACTIVITY Comcast Acquires DreamWorks Animation Hasbro Takes Over Boulder Media Animation Studio Autodesk Acquires Solid Angle Toon Boom Animation Partners with Guru Studio Apple Takes Over Faceshift AG Adobe Takes Over Mixamo Autodesk Takes Over Tweak Software For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/4sm7kd/animation


Kulla C.,Sony | Fajardo M.,Solid Angle
ACM SIGGRAPH 2011 Talks, SIGGRAPH'11 | Year: 2011

We focus on the problem of single scattering in homogeneous volumes and develop a new importance sampling technique that avoids the singularity near point light sources. We then generalize our method to area lights of arbitrary shapes. © 2011 ACM.


Reinert B.,MPI Informatik | Ritschel T.,MPI Informatik | Ritschel T.,Saarland University | Seidel H.-P.,MPI Informatik | Georgiev I.,Solid Angle
Computer Graphics Forum | Year: 2016

We propose projective blue-noise patterns that retain their blue-noise characteristics when undergoing one or multiple projections onto lower dimensional subspaces. These patterns are produced by extending existing methods, such as dart throwing and Lloyd relaxation, and have a range of applications. For numerical integration, our patterns often outperform state-of-the-art stochastic and low-discrepancy patterns, which have been specifically designed only for this purpose. For image reconstruction, our method outperforms traditional blue-noise sampling when the variation in the signal is concentrated along one dimension. Finally, we use our patterns to distribute primitives uniformly in 3D space such that their 2D projections retain a blue-noise distribution. We propose projective blue-noise patterns that retain their blue-noise characteristics when undergoing one or multiple projections onto lower dimensional subspaces. These patterns are produced by extending existing methods, such as dart throwing and Lloyd relaxation, and have a range of applications. For numerical integration, our patterns often outperform state-of-the-art stochastic and low-discrepancy patterns, which have been specifically designed only for this purpose. For image reconstruction, our method outperforms traditional blue-noise sampling when the variation in the signal is concentrated along one dimension. Finally, we use our patterns to distribute primitives uniformly in 3D space such that their 2D projections retain a blue-noise distribution. © 2015 The Eurographics Association and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


Kulla C.,Sony | Fajardo M.,Solid Angle
Computer Graphics Forum | Year: 2012

We introduce a set of robust importance sampling techniques which allow efficient calculation of direct and indirect Lighting from arbitrary light sources in both homogeneous and heterogeneous media. We show how to distribute Samples along a ray proportionally to the incoming radiance for point and area lights. In heterogeneous media, we Decouple ray marching from light calculations by computing a representation of the transmittance function that can Be quickly evaluated during sampling, at the cost of a small amount of bias. This representation also allows the Calculation of another probability density function which can direct samples to regions most likely to scatter light. These techniques are orthogonal and can be combined via multiple importance sampling to further reduce variance. Our method has very modest per-ray memory requirements and does not require any preprocessing, making it Simple to integrate into production ray tracing based renderers. © 2012 Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Burley B.,Walt Disney Animation Studios | Fajardo M.,Solid Angle | Keller A.,Nvidia | Leprince P.,Pixar Animation Studios | And 3 more authors.
ACM SIGGRAPH 2016 Panels, SIGGRAPH 2016 | Year: 2016

Even a casual search turns up many renderers that call themselves "production renderer" - some of them relatively unknown, others known to be of very high standard. In addition to these sources, many of the large studios have their own renderers, investing significantly into the resources required to develop this technology. This panel explores the reasons that this is the case, and what it means to call a product "production-ready".


News Article | November 29, 2016
Site: www.businesswire.com

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#earnings--Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2017. Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 New model subscriptions increased 168,000 from the second quarter of fiscal 2017 to 861,000. Total subscriptions increased 134,000 from the second quarter of fiscal 2017 to 2.95 million at the end of the third quarter and include approximately 13,000 maintenance subscriptions related to the recent acquisition of Solid Angle. New mode

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