Anyone see the mac g5 Keynote? re:luxology


#1

A quote from the keynote coverage…luxology is mentioned. Didn’t get to see it though…anyone get a glance?

Phil Schiller shows bakeoff, showing that G5 is 2.1x faster. It takes 15 minutes to transition code to G5 (just recompiling). The G5 wins in 3D rendering, Mathematica 5 (both matrix and integer calculations–over twice as fast). Mathematica: “The competition isn’t PCs anymore. It’s high-end Unix workstations, and the G5 is faster than them too.” Schiller demos Emagic audio software where 1000 simultaneous voices can be played with 24-bit (high) quality stereo. Then shows 100 EQs, 8 bands each (with stereo) == 1600 bands. The G5 handles it with only 25% usage. Summary: Photoshop is 2.1x faster, Luxology is 2.3x faster, Mathematica is 2.3x faster, and Emagic (no calculation :wink:


#2

Hehee… I caught that too, and was gonna post it. You beat me to it.

That is quite odd to me. To be mentioned as a program for speed comparison purposes at such a high profile thing as Apple unveiling the G5. Wha?

:shrug:


#3

hi,

check out
http://www.apple.com/powermac/video/
you’ll see brad peebler saying how great the new macs are, and you get to see some ‘luxology’ interface screenshots too :slight_smile:


#4

The G5s look pretty sweet. Im waiting to see if the software catches up. As for te Luxology thing. Not sure that looked like a full blown 3D app. Who knows what it is. :shrug:


#5

Well, that interface isn’t anything I’ve seen before. Which means…


#6

i didnt get a good look at the interface but it reminded me of lightwave’s.

peebler’s voice sounds… different than it did in the Get In To Seven DVD. :shrug:


#7

Originally posted by tOd
… As for te Luxology thing. Not sure that looked like a full blown 3D app. Who knows what it is. :shrug:

Yeah - very strange looking.:curious:


#8

Luxologys site is updated too!

Now you can register for a newsletter… As far as I can tell from the Q&A, what luxology been up to is something that resembles Messiah. Import lw objects, use bhv mocap, yada yada… Yet another plug-in power house for lw? :stuck_out_tongue:


#9

Kaydara anybody?

If that is the case, Kaydara has set up the bar quite high.

-R


#10

Here’s an interesting tidbit from the faq-

Is Luxology going to compete with my current 3D program?

At Luxology our motto is “Play well with others.” The product that we will announce at SIGGRAPH is intended to augment your current animation pipeline. We do not consider ourselves a competitor to complete 3D pipeline products.
That’s good to hear.:slight_smile:
Kaydara anybody?

If that is the case, Kaydara has set up the bar quite high.
Very true, now what if it took all the cool stuff from Messiah and mixed in the goodness from Motion Builder. hmmm.


#11

saw the live broadcast at the apple store in soho, NY.

there was a palpable sweaty geeky excitement in the packed auditorium(hundreds of people).

what Brad was demo-ing looked to be centered around character animation. he was showing mocap data and the realtime playback on the mac and windows/dell(i think the mocap was from Kadara–?). The mac was ultra swoove compared to the pc box. One wouldn’t expect otherwise in a demo like this.

I’ve ordered my machine and can tell you first-hand performance when it ships in August. I’m reall looking forward to luxology’s product.

Now if I can only wash off this desperate geeky vibe. reminds me of why i don’t frequent comic book stores anymore. i have issues, i know.


#12

I’m feeling a deep sense of “unimpressed”… sorry for this completely pointless response.

I really don’t fancy shelling out another small fortune for what should already be appart of the package I’ve already invested in (and I mean Maya aswell as LW here). Especially since Kaydara have well and trully nabbed the market they seem to be aiming for.

But I guess this is how it’s gonna be now. They lower the price of the “main” package - but you have to pay crap loads more to get the decent functionality. Might aswell buy XSI and get it out of the way with all in one, credit card busting, swoop.

Errr… once again, apologies, been a bad week. This is not a particular whine against Luxology, just generally about how the industry is going. It’s getting really hard to keep up with all these plugins that are foisting themselves off as necessary tools :frowning:

It used to be so much easier to be a jack-of-all-trades. It used to be - I’m a Soft guy, I’m a PowerAnimator guy… now it’s - I’m a Maya guy with Motion Builder for animation and a bit of Lightwave for the modelling… sigh


#13

Amen Mattoo!

-R


#14

I wouldn’t jump the gun just yet about where this product will fit…I also don’t want another “plug in”…maybe this is a LW layout replacement of sorts…Im just thinking of the lux team resume…

LW modeller rocks, Layout needs love. cue lux.


#15

Well, mocap ran realtime playback on the G5 but NOT on a decent Dell? - that sounds more like software issues to me…


#16

An add on for character animation.
Thats it??
Why all the BS?
Why all the grief?

Sweet lord, do we need an Exorcist to get rid of this crap.

It sounds like the core programmer of LW keep the character animation tools subpar ON PURPOUSE to make some money outside Newtek.

Let me get this straight, functionality that should have been there from day one, is being sold to us by a third party that represents them?

Please, this is really lame.

-R


#17

Glad to see you spreading the sunshine on the new and improved LW forum there Roberto.

I’m sure they kept the character tools subpar. I’m also pretty sure that 7.5b and 7.5c are crap because someone, now at another company , is still making them that way. Maybe the guys at abobe stuck in a few bugs in the latest LW patch too.


#18

Originally posted by lwbob
[B]Glad to see you spreading the sunshine on the new and improved LW forum there Roberto.

I’m sure they kept the character tools subpar. I’m also pretty sure that 7.5b and 7.5c are crap because someone, now at another company , is still making them that way. Maybe the guys at abobe stuck in a few bugs in the latest LW patch too. [/B]

Yeah, that is the sorta thing those Adobe types would do… man I hate those guys. One day when I meet up with one of those people I’ll show him where to stick his new multi-threaded guassian blur filter for screwing up my lightwave patch!

You can’t trust 'em I tells ya!

:stuck_out_tongue:


#19

I think it makes perfect sence for Luxology to go this way.
If Newtek wont give tallented programers full time contracts, what are these programers meant to do ? Sit on their butts and wait for the next time Newtek may or may not call ?

I’d much rather Newtek had a larger full time core of programers to keep consistancy between releases. Steamer was dropped because that programmer got hired in then let go, Motion Designer is going the same way, what will the Particle FX engine be like now that the temporary licence that Newtek purchased from an indipendant programer has expired ?

In the same way that Newtek probably can’t do this financially, these independant programers that were once hired by Newtek (for varying lengths of time), can’t afford to stop producing software.

Heck, perhaps Newtek can buy a temporary “lite” licence of this program for the next release.

I think the worst hit will be the Project Messiah guys. They still aren’t close to shipping the full version two years after it’s release date. Because of serious compatability problems with other software the majority of it’s users (beta testers) are Lightwave users. And now they’ll be going up against some of todays biggest names in Lightwave programming.


#20

Shows how much they tell you. It was the ocean displacement too.