Lightworks has just announced their nice Artisan product is now available for the Mac Platform, bring it to a whole new realm of users and applications.
Dave Forrester, Managing Director at Lightworks commented; “We realized that there are many companies operating on the Mac platform who would like to take advantage of our Lightworks Artisan technology within their own applications and so we responded to this. The availability of a Mac version means that products utilizing Lightworks Artisan will now be much more readily accessible to end users, irrespective of their chosen operating system.
Available already via IMSI/Design’s Renditioner product, it’s no doubt being integrated into other tools as you read this.
via Oct 20 – Lightworks Artisan Released for Mac.
Another big win for Lightworks, their Artisan rendering product will now power the Russian KOMPAS-3D modeling software. Currently in use by over 40,000 customers worldwide, this makes Lightworks’s first big win in Russia once it goes live in September.
Oleg Zykov, Innovation Project Manager at ASCON, added: “More and more our customers are demanding a high-performance solution for rendering, integrated with KOMPAS-3D. The Artisan plug-in from Lightworks is exactly what they need. It allows them to create high quality images, whilst the solution is easy to learn and to work with. I’m sure that our partnership with Lightworks will be long and successful”.
Full announcement after the break.
Next week at SIGGRAPH, Lightworks will be on hand showing off the latest version of Artisan and talking about their new partnership with Imagination Technologies for use of Brazil for Developers.
Lightworks will be focusing on their Lightworks Artisan product at Siggraph, the company’s next generation product which is built on the culmination of over 20 years experience within the CAD industry. Lightworks Artisan offers a completely new approach and tools for the creation of high quality images of a virtual product or building whilst is it still being designed. Visitors to the Lightworks booth will be able to see SnapShots in action as well as previewing future Lightworks Artisan product features.
In addition, they’ll be showing off the work of 2 valued customers: IMSI/Design showing Renditioner, and Corel showing CorelCAD.
via Lightworks participates in first Canadian Siggraph Exhibition.
At the upcoming Congress on the Future of Engineering Software (COFES), LightWorks will be on-hand demonstrating the capabilities of their new Lightworks Artisan product and their partnership with Caustic Graphics.
Dave Forrester, CEO at Lightworks, commented, “We’re delighted to be taking part in this year’s Cofes. It’s a key event in the industry’s calendar and we’re looking forward to showing attendees some of the latest advancements from Lightworks. I think people will be particularly interested in seeing our new versions of Lightworks Artisan which incorporates the latest multi-core technology from Caustic Graphics and we’re delighted to be working with them at this event.”
via Lightworks demonstrates latest multi-core technology at COFES.
ARC+ and Lightworks have come together to integrate the great rendering technology from Lightworks into the popular ARC+ CAD software package in use by over 30,000 users worldwide.
Salvo Barbera, Development Director at ARC+, added; “We chose to work with Lightworks because we wanted to give our users the best possible product. We’re delighted with the results from our partnership which have exceeded all our initial expectations and those of our customers too. The Lightworks technical team have been a great help with the integration of Lightworks within ARC+ and we look forward to working with them in the years to come.”
via Powerful real-time visualisation from Arc Technology with Lightworks.
Lifehacker has a short glowing review of the Open-Source video editing program “Lightworks” for Windows.
If you’re looking for capable video editing software on a budget (or not), Lightworks is definitely worth checking out. I tried it out on a Windows 7 nettop, which is about as slow of a computer as you can buy these days, and it performed phenomenally well. Lightworks handles most of what you’d expect from a professional editing application, such as video capture and import, GPU-accelerated real time effects (that you can layer on top of one another), color correction that doesn’t suck (which is more than I can say for Final Cut’s plug-ins), broad format support, and an autosave that just happens instantly without bothering you.
If you want to try it out, you can head on over to their site (currently down, probably overwhelmed).
via Lightworks Is a Speedy, Professional-Level (and Free) Open-Source Video Editor.
Lightworks has just selecting the winner in their latest Image Competition, and it’s Andrew Parks with the amazing picture above.
Andrew is a designer at Archimania in Memphis, Tennessee, where he utilises 3D visualisations as a design tool. He uses FormZ software for his modelling and rendering throughout all phases of the design process, continuously manipulating and refining the designs to create a unique atmosphere for each project. His winning image of a house in rural Arkansas uses very simple materials and forms but conveys a richness in character. Its simplicity adds a depth of realism to the image which particularly impressed the judging panel.
via Designer wins iPad in Lightworks image competition.
Nonlinear Editor Lightworks has been around since 1990, but never gets the publicity of the other more well-known products like Avid, Final Cut, or AfterEffects. A tool used by some of the biggest names in the field like Martin Scorcese and Thelma Schoonmaker, it’s maintained the mantra of an editing system for editors, by editors. However, now it has another fantastic feature to bring it to even more people: It’s going Open Source.
The big news here, though, is that Lightworks, a tool that many people have found to be the best editor in the category, is going open source. That means Windows, Linux and Mac versions will be available for free — a little bit of trivia that some editors might be ecstatic about.
via Lightworks : COWmunications feedback.
Perceptual Tone Mapping
Lightworks has just released a new version of their Author suite, Lightworks Author 2011, which includes the usual bugfixes and little improvements. But this one has 2 big new features: Perceptual Tone Mapping and Image Based Lighting.
Perceptual Tone Mapping is a new tone map shader from Lightworks that closely mimics the action of the human eye in converting the real-world luminance levels calculated by Lightworks Global Illumination to those which can be displayed and viewed on a computer display or printer. The Perceptual Tone Mapper has a complex Lightworks developed auto setup algorithm, designed to produce an image with a balanced luminance range. If the image requires minor adjustment, the Perceptual Tone Mapper allows simple control of the ‘exposure’ and ‘contrast’ of the image, as well as other refining controls.
The Image Based Lighting feature is another welcome addition, bringing a new degree of realism and subtle lighting effects to their photorealistic rendering suite.
Available for both PC & Mac at their site.
via Latest Release – Lightworks 2011.
A nice win for Lightworks today comes from the announcement that new versions of Graebert’s ARES CAD software will be integrated with the Lightworks Artisan SnapShot Studio, a product similar to Keyshot in that is allows quick and easy generation of photorealistic images from models, 3D CAD data in this case. The integration works throughout the entire design process, enabling rapid generation of photorealistic images to test materials and design quickly.
Commenting on the partnership, Wilfied Graebert, CEO and founder of Graebert GmbH said, “Integrating the photorealistic technology offered by Lightworks brings a whole new level of 3D excellence to ARES and we are particularly excited to be amongst the first to integrate with Artisan software.”
ARES supports DWG2010 and DXF support already, making it a nice “polish” tool if you use AutoCAD or Solidworks instead, but is a completely standalong CAD package as well.
Full announcement after the break.