10 of the Best Moments From the Early Days of CGI

CGI is everywhere now. In many cases, it's almost completely indistinguishable from things that were actually filmed. You can only tell by the impossible camera angles. It wasn't always that way though—you remember The Last Starfighter, don't you? Still, 20th century CGI had its high points, and these are 10 of them. » 5/13/14 11:20am 5/13/14 11:20am

I can't believe this frighteningly realistic eyeball is not real

Wait for it. Wait for it. Wait for it. Boom. Holy hell. This is not a real eyeball. It's a completely computer generated eyeball that looks realer than my own eyeball. A CG eyeball. It's frightening, like they chopped half a human face for the eyeball. Actually, I'm not 100% sure they didn't do that. » 2/10/14 8:32pm 2/10/14 8:32pm

Motion Capture Without Skintight Suits Will Make Blu-ray Extras Way…

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken have developed a new type of motion capture system that doesn't require the live action performers to wear those skintight body suits covered in cumbersome tracking markers. And the typical 360 degree array of infrared sensors capturing their… » 3/28/13 9:42am 3/28/13 9:42am

This Could Be the World's First Computer Generated Animation

It's almost impossible to pin down when and where the first computer animation was created, given several companies and research facilities were dabbling in the new medium at the same time. But AT&T—formerly Bell Labs—and others believe this simple clip dating back to 1963 could indeed be the world's first CG… » 7/19/12 10:40am 7/19/12 10:40am

A Look at All Those Over-the-Top Interfaces in The Avengers

Besides all of the obvious visual effects like flying aircraft carriers and giant green rage monsters, there's a lot of post-production work in a blockbuster movie like The Avengers that you might not notice. Even though it's splashed across computer screens and heads-up displays throughout the film. » 5/30/12 6:20pm 5/30/12 6:20pm

CG Tattoo Program Allows You to Try It Before You Buy It

For those of us who have gone into a tattoo parlor sober, the decision to be permanently inked can be a difficult one. Fortunately, computer graphics artist Loic Zimmermann has developed a program that will allow users to get a look at what a complex design might look like on a 3D figure. If this technology catches… » 11/14/07 8:52pm 11/14/07 8:52pm