Oct and Nov 2014 Events – Can’t Get Enough

Oct Event Blog ImageDear BUNKSPEEDers,

This isn’t just any old Monday. This is the last Monday of Sept 2014, and it’s the last time the world will get a chance to catch its breath before the BUNKSPEED event machine kicks into high gear!

Let’s dive right in:

Oct 21 (TUESDAY): Cars of Character at Warner Brothers Studios. 3DXCITE and BUNKSPEED are acting as Presenting Sponsor for AutoDesignO’s “Cars of Character” event. To give a bit of history, AutoDesignO (http://autodesigno.com/) puts on Automotive-focused Design Panel Forms for the Motor Press Guild (the largest automotive media association in North America – http://www.motorpressguild.org/about). These events have been previously held at the Petersen Automotive Museum (http://www.petersen.org/), over the last few years, but this year, they’re doing things a little differently. They’re upping the stakes by not only having this year’s Design Panel at Warner Brothers, but also by hosting some of the hottest automotive designers walking the face of this green (and blue-ish) earth: Chris Chapman, Chief Designer of Hyundai’s Design Center in Irvine, Frank Saucedo, Director of Advanced Design at GM Design, and Derek Jenkins, Director of Design at Mazda, North America.

3DXCITE and BUNKSPEED will be hosting the event, giving media attendees an indepth look at how our products and services benefit the automotive industry’s engineering, design and marketing efforts. We’ll share pics, impressions and tall tales from the event here and on social media (Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1oyTzOL). Keep your eyes peeled, friends! But seriously. Take a nap if you need to. We don’t want a bunch of you catching narcolepsy at inconvenient times (narcolepsy is contagious, right?).

Oct 26 (SUNDAY): 3DXCITE and BUNKSPEED invade Art Center’s campus in Pasadena for Car Classic 2014 (http://www2.artcenter.edu/carclassic/)! The likes of Daniel Simon (http://danielsimon.com/) and Syd Mead (http://www.sydmead.com/v/12/) will be speaking on a panel entitled “Street to Screen”, which dissects, in a likable way, the ongoing love affair between film and car culture.

3DXCITE and BUNKSPEED are sponsoring this event, and will be giving cutting-edge demos of our Automotive and Lifestyle software solutions and services. We’ll be packing realtime demos aplenty, folks! If you will be in the Pasadena, CA area on the 26th, come see how your products (cars or otherwise) could be displayed in a virtual showroom via Augmented Reality (AR), or how our crash simulation co-production with Honda (entitled REAL IMPACT – http://lat.ms/1BxdOBS) can lead to safer and more refined cars.

Check us OUT so we can check you IN to our bright and sunny world of 3D Visualization!

Nov 5 (WEDNESDAY): BUNKSPEED presents a Car Design News webinar, hosted alongside heavyweights within NVIDIA and Daniel Simon himself! We will be presenting the Holy Grail of Rendering: the NVIDIA Visual Computing Appliance (VCA) + BUNKSPEED. We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves, so be sure to stay tuned to our social media – Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1oyTzOL, Twitter: http://bit.ly/1stdnr5 and blog http://bit.ly/1zOmsx2 – for more!

Until next time – stay well-dressed and saavy.

-The BUNKSPEED Team

The Bunkspeed Brain Trust, Vol. 1.1

 

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BUNKSPEEDERS UNITE! All 2014.5 Versions are here!
(or there…depending on your whereabouts in Time and Space)

The wait is over, Friends! SHOT™, PRO™ and ZOOM™ have all been updated with a plethora (yes, we are using that word) of new features and improvements, making our 2014.5 versions our hottest releases yet. Think all-out Presentation Mode in ZOOM™. Think rasterization that allows objects to reflect in other objects. Think…ok, don’t think. Upgrade now to get in on all the action!

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3…2…1…ZOOM™ Launch
Zoom_icon_RGBZOOM™ has launched, and is toting a bag of tricks like you’ve never seen before. Present your designs to key decision makers, clients or your besties easily and beautifully, using ZOOM™’s full-featured Presentation Mode. Compare multiple product configurations simultaneously, while opening up to 4 gorgeous viewports, for more productive design reviews. Simply put: ZOOM™ doesn’t quit until the job is done, and minds are blown. Click Purchase Information below to request information about how you can start using ZOOM™ today!

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Siggraph – With More “Sig” and “Graph” Than Ever Before!

Siggraph 2014, held in Vancouver B.C., was the best Siggraph yet. It showcased some of the most advanced displays of new computer graphics technology, and we were right in the middle of it!

David Randle, BUNKSPEED’s General Manager, presented Bunkspeed ZOOM™ on the lightning-quick NVIDIA® Visual Computing Appliance (VCA) at the NVIDIA booth (booth #1201). Click below to view the full presentation!

Watch the Presentation

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The Chosen Ones: Winners of the 2014 Still Image Contest

(Above: The Grand Prize Winning Image by John Geoghegan)
Your response to our 2014 Still Image Contest call for submissions has been nothing short of heroic! BUNKSPEEDERS have rallied to send many wonderful images our way, and we are pleased to announce the following winners:

Grand prize: John Geoghegan for his Buick Riviera rendering (shown above). He walks away with a permanent license of SHOT™. Great work, John!
1st prize: Peter Hildebrandt for his Perfume Flacon rendering. He wins 1 year of BUNKSPEED SHOT™. Absolutely superb, Peter!
Honorable Mention: Once again, John Geoghegan wowed us with a beautiful rendering of some Knappogue Castle whiskey on the rocks!

All winning images are proudly displayed on our social media, blog (links below) and any other digital space we can get our hands on.

Huge thanks to everyone who submitted imagery. Ya’ll are heroes to us!

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Announcing: The Winners of the 2014 Still Image Contest!

Dear Bunkspeeders,

Every now and again an event, social interaction, or a straight-up situation crosses your path and changes your life FOREVER.

Such an occasion has come about, thanks to your submissions to our 2014 Still Image Contest! Many incredible, non-edible images were submitted, and the Bunkspeed judges have emerged from their sequestered state, to declare the following winners:

Grand Prize: John Geoghegan for his Buick Top View Image. He walks away with a sweet, permanent license of SHOT™. Model Credit: Turbosquid
1st Prize: Peter Hildebrandt for his Perfume Flacon Image. He makes off like a bandit with a 1 year license of SHOT™.
Honorable Mention: John Geoghegan is at it again, with his  Knappogue Castle Whiskey Image. Send extra applause his way! Model Credit: John Geoghegan

Thanks to everyone who submitted imagery for our contest! You gave us a reason to gasp, cheer and even tear up a little bit with your incredible work!

Stay über creative, friends! And keep in touch by sharing your latest Visualization Victories right here in our blog, forum, or via our Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter pages!

Bunkspeeders don’t shake hands. Bunkspeeders gotta HUG.

-The BunkspeedTeam

 

2014.5 Version Release Notes

The 2014.5 Versions for SHOT™, PRO™ and ZOOM™ are here! Please see below for all the techie-talk you can handle (and maybe just a bit more).

NOTE:

2014.5 is an optional but recommended update and is included for all 2014 products.

2014.5

New Features:

  • Presentation mode (Ctrl + M) – Launches a true fullscreen mode and stretches the camera aspect ration and viewport size to fit the primary monitor (ZOOM™).
  • Presentation Toolbar – A new and fully customizable toolbar which appears in Presentation mode, and allows users to tailor the utilities present for crafting amazing realtime presentations (ZOOM™).
  • New realtime setting for Preview Mode (rasterization) that allows objects to reflect in other objects (replaces the need for Props as exposed in HyperDrive). (ZOOM™).
  • Expanded maximum supported texture size to leverage all available memory on modern GPUs. This results in uncompressed textures and HDRI environments, providing you have appropriate hardware resources.
  • Raised the maximum supported texture size for rasterization to 16k x 16k.
  • Ability to disable the preview during material drag/drop in Tools > Options.
  • Rebuilt the 3DConnexion integration to be much more robust and provide expected behavior.
  • Added the option to switch between Camera and World modes for 3DConnexion navigation modes.
  • Adds support for Bunkspeed-specific 3DConnexion spacemouse driver settings.
  • New render mode icons help distinguish between modes more clearly, and create uniformly among the Toolbar options.

IMPROVEMENTS:

  • Improvements and updates to the main Toolbar to improve usability and consistency.
  • Status indicators (Camera Locked, Animation Playback, Supersampling Enabled and Physics Enabled) are now displayed in the HUD for consistency and the ability to minimize.
  • Improved usability and stability of multiple viewports.
  • Improved FBX import (stability, memory consumption, UV mapping).
  • Improved 3DXML import, specifically for files organized by material.
  • Fixed a bug where material assignments and configurations were not being stored and saved properly.
  • Introduced a modified versioning scheme.
  • Many additional bugs and stability concerns were addressed in this update.
Thanks for being a part of the Bunkspeed Community!
-The Bunkspeed Team

The Bunkspeed 2014 Still Image Contest Has Arrived!

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CALLING ALL DESIGNERS AND VISUALIZATION FUTURISTS!

The Bunkspeed Team has been rolling out advanced 3D visualization tools to all corners of the globe, and would love to get a taste of what incredible imagery you are cooking up with it! Hence, the Bunkspeed 2014 Still Image Contest is here!

This is your chance to show us what your creative minds are made of. A few lucky winners will receive licenses of SHOT™, and be featured on our website and social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Mom’s Refrigerator, etc.)!

Images with that certain “je ne sais quoi” will also be featured in our 2014 Bunkspeed Reel, which will be seen by great and powerful people (clients and other influential designers such as yourselves) around the world.

In addition, during the weeks leading up to the contest deadline, one outstanding submission will be showcased per week, via Bunkspeed’s social media outlets, to give our community a taste of the great work that is being sent in. Please note that the weekly submission showcase does not guarantee a prize once the contest closes – doesn’t hurt your chances, either – but it does mean we will high-five you if we see you in public.

In case that isn’t enough to whet your photorealistic appetite, here are a few more juicy details:

CONTEST GUIDELINES:
1) Submit your raddest and baddest original still images and completed release forms (click here for a downloadable PDF release form) to contest@bunkspeed.com for consideration from now until 11:59 pm PST on August 1, 2014. Multiple submissions per person are allowed.
2) All images must be rendered at standardized 4k (3840 x 2160). Images not at this resolution cannot be considered.
3) If your images require model credit, please specify this in your submission email (i.e. model credit: insert artist name here). Bunkspeed is not liable for images that are entered into this contest without obtaining proper permission.

PRIZES:
Grand Prize: 1 Permanent License of Bunkspeed SHOT™.
1st Prize: 1 year of Bunkspeed SHOT™.
2nd Prize: 1 year of Bunkspeed SHOT™.
Honorable Mention: 2 lucky designers will receive honorable mention on our website and social media.

IN SUMMARY:
All images and completed release forms must be received by contest@bunkspeed.com by 11:59 pm PST on August 1, 2014 in order to be considered for this contest. Contest winners will be announced on August 8, 2014 via website, social media, and very loud talking in public.

Enough with the rules and regulations! We know you are artists at heart, so let’s see you flex your creative biceps (creative tricep flexing will also be accepted).

Render on, Friends!

–The Bunkspeed Team

 

The Tao of Bunkspeed

Dear Bunkspeeders,

A lot of things happen every day: We get up. We feed ourselves. We maybe exercise. We work. We sleep. Repeat.

It’s easy to drop into a monotonous routine and become so focused on what’s right in front of us, that we forget to have the ever mysterious and elusive…FUN.

Let’s try something new, shall we? Let’s break the mold and see what we can accomplish if we think and work differently. Let’s try the Tao of Bunkspeed.

FAST. EASY. FUN. That’s the Tao of Bunkspeed. It’s the battle cry of creativity, waiting to be unleashed upon the world. It’s not scared, it’s not playing it safe, it’s not listening to the status quo. It’s taking chances and opening up new horizons. It’s focused on giving you the 3D Visualization Tools you need, and letting you take full control of them in minutes.

With Bunkspeed’s SHOT™, PRO™, DRIVE™ and ZOOM™ (coming soon!), you can afford to take chances. You can mix colors and materials in ways you never thought possible. You can set your product in one of Bunkspeed’s dynamic and photoreal HDR backgrounds, and watch the light sources play coquettishly with your product’s curves. Why not try setting up a camera to capture an angle you’ve never tried before? Innovation doesn’t follow the norm, so why should you?

In the end, it’s about the work you do and how you do it. When there is a choice between following the well-worn path that’s been taken by millions, or the unique and exciting path that you discover for yourself, then the choice is clear. Dare to be bold. Dare to create. Dare to live the Tao of Bunkspeed.

– The Bunkspeed Team

Join Bunkspeed on an international GPU Rendering Roadshow at a city near you!

APRIL 22ND UNTIL APRIL 30TH 2014

Featuring applications from two leaders in GPU rendering, Chaos Group and Bunkspeed, this roadshow explores breakthroughs in entertainment and product design made possible with NVIDIA GPUs and HP workstations. Sponsored by Autodesk, Chaos Group, HP, PNY, Bunkspeed and NVIDIA, this seminar series goes behind the scenes to explore the team’s breakthrough approach.

After the tour concludes in London, one lucky attendee will be selected at random to win the Grand Prize…a FREE permanent license of Bunkspeed PRO!
Grand Prize: permanent license of Bunkspeed PRO
Second Prize: one-year license of Bunkspeed PRO
Third Prize: permanent license of Bunkspeed SHOT

Register now for one of the following seminars and win one of the 6 NVIDIA Quadro K5000, by attending one of those sessions live!:

April 22-23: Stuttgart at FMX
April 24: Warsaw at the Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel
April 25: Paris at Radisson Blu Hotel Paris Boulogne
April 28: Munich at Hilton Munich Park hotel
April 29: Berlin at Radisson Blu hotel
April 30: London at The Courthouse Hotel

Hope to see you on one of our European stops!

Dassault Systèmes to Acquire Realtime Technology AG (RTT)

Dear Bunkspeeders –

Have we got news for you! Yesterday, Dassault Systèmes announced intent to acquire RTT, including Bunkspeed. Dassault Systèmes has a track record of selecting acquisitions for the complementarity they offer to their existing technology. We are no exception: RTT brings best-of-breed realtime 3D visualization technology that seamlessly complements Dassault Systèmes, while we, at Bunkspeed, add value through our line of powerful and intuitive rendering tools for designers and marketers.

We also bring another vital ingredient to this recipe for success: our team of talented people, building awesome 3D digital content. You got it: it’s not only about the software, but also services and content.

So what makes this new, joint adventure so exciting? Watch the RTT co-founder Ludwig Fuchs and Monica Menghini from 3DS explain it in more detail:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHdkaB7YR4Y&list=UUuGuUfkig262xUIsl6rTJNQ

We’re thrilled to be part of this journey! What we are talking about here is a new step in delivering 3D experiences to the final consumers by closing the loop between engineering and marketing. Marketing in the Age of Experience.

Sincerely,

David Randle – General Manager

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The Bunkspeed Team