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Autodesk: toxik in my brain

Ken LaRue shows off the new software By Ko Maruyama
Make no mistake.  Ken LaRue is a demo artist deity.

I'm sure it helps that he has some rad software to show off, but his lightning fast presentation doesn't leave us in the dust, nor does it cover things we already know should be obvious features of the software.

While I was in San Diego, I wanted to see toxik2008.  Who better to show it than Ken LaRue?  You may have seen Ken demo'ing Combustion at other trade shows, or you might even have one of his training DVDs.

While there are some features that I didn't see in toxik during the short presentation, I'm sure there are too many to feature in a quick overview.  However, that didn't stop Ken from trying.  He had SIGGRAPH attendees rapt, waiting to see what he'd  show next... and features kept coming.

As he continued the presentation, the small group that gathered at the start of the presentation turned into a large crowd, spilling over into the Maya2008 demo and stretching into neighboring booths.

What's great about Ken's delivery and instruction is that he uses the software.  He knows what artists need and how things work in a production environment.  He doesn't linger on features that are "101", he gets to the stuff that pros need to know, and let's us know how we can get it.

He did remind us several times that Toxik without the database is now only about $3K (without the database)

He didn't tell us when the TSP DVDs for Toxik were going to be released.

From Autodesk:  Toxik features award-winning keying and color correction tools, as well as GMask, motion blur, DOF, and Bicubic warping, enabling artists to manipulate image distortion and perspective and create flawless imagery. Toxik also supports multiple channel OpenEXR files and 64-bit architecture.

Toxik software is currently available in two versions: Toxik 2007 offers the industrys first integrated relational database for advanced multi-user collaboration, which is fully customizable through Python« scripting. Toxik 2008 is a standalone version and ideal compositing companion to CG applications such as Autodesk« Maya« software, increasing realism and improving efficiency.

Look for Toxik2008 this fall.  For all compositors - especially those of us who are working in 1080i - take a VERY SERIOUS LOOK.  If you're also using Maya in your shop already, just get the P.O.'s ready - toxik is a perfect compliment.  (There is also a solution available for MAX, although not as elegant as Maya2008's integration).

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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