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In driver 334.89 NVIDIA introduced a new proprietary rendering mode for 3D Vision that enables us to improve the 3D experience for many key DirectX 10 and 11 games. This mode is now called “3D Compatibility Mode”. We have continued to iterate on this feature in driver 344.11, increasing game support and adding some new interface elements. You can get the new driver at or via the update option in Geforce Experience. With the release of 344.11, new 3D...
We’re fortunate enough to have another fine 3D video from New Media Film Festival to share with you here on 3DVisionLive—a pop music video from Italy called “The Way,” which you can view here. Even better, New Media Film Festival has provided an interview with one of the co-directors of the video, Edoardo Ballanti, which provides insights on how the video was created and the vision behind it. Enjoy! (Alice Corsi also co-directed the video.) What was the Inspiration behind “...
The Fall Photo Contest received nearly 100 images – thanks to all that entered! The contest called for your best “nature” shots with the only other requirement being that they had to be true stereo images. Submissions ranged from shots of spiders in gardens to artistic approaches to tasteful nudes. As before, members were invited to vote for the winner by tagging images in the contest gallery as favorites. Without further ado, the winner is: Autumn Goodbye to Summer This...
In driver 334.89 NVIDIA introduced a new proprietary rendering mode for 3D Vision that enables us to improve the 3D experience for many key DirectX 10 and 11 games. This mode is now called “3D Compatibility Mode”. We have continued to iterate on this feature in beta driver 337, increasing game support and adding a toggle key to enable/disable the mode. Games with 3D Compatibility Mode will launch in this mode by default. To change the render mode back to standard 3D Vision...
3DVisionLive’s first-ever short-form 3D video contest received 14 entries that showed a great deal of diversity, ranging from video game captures to commercial-style clips to raw captures of pets or people doing cool things (such as bashing each other with swords). During judging we laughed, we cried (okay, maybe not), and we simply scratched our heads…. But seriously: thank-you to all that participated and we hope to see more of your content uploaded to the site for all to...

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Design visualization and virtualization are two of the key topics at next week’s Autodesk University, in Las Vegas – and NVIDIA experts will be there to help.

We’ll be showcasing, with our partners, the latest NVIDIA Iray physically based rendering technology. It lets designers, artists and architects accurately predict their final creations  by maximizing the effectiveness of GPUs – be they local, on the network or in the cloud.

At the show, you can see demos of Iray plug-in –  which enable you to predictably visualize and iterate on designs with unprecedented photorealism and speed – running on HP Z840, Dell T7910 and Lenovo P900 workstations.

There’ll also be:

  • New NVIDIA Quadro mobile GPUs powering the latest mobile workstations from BOXX, Dell, HP, Lenovo and MSI.
  • NVIDIA Iray for 3ds Max on BOXX workstations showing how physically based rendering technology can help architects and designers avoid costly design flaws, like London’s Death Ray.
  • NVIDIA GRID technology running Autodesk AutoCAD , Revit and other software applications, via Citrix and VMware hypervisors, on Dell Precision Rack servers.

And in the Open Lab, attendees can test drive favorite Autodesk apps running remotely from the cloud on NVIDIA, Dell and VMware virtualization technology.

We’re also helping to lead some informative classes, including:

Finally, we’re kicking off phase two of Project Soane with HP, a rendering contest to bring to life the historic Bank of England building based on a recently crowd-sourced Revit model of Sir John Soane’s neo-classical design.

Visit the BOXX, Citrix, Dell, GPL, HP, Lenovo, MSI and VMware booths to see how NVIDIA graphics technologies deliver the best performance and visual experience for Autodesk customers.

Keep up with NVIDIA at the event by following us on Twitter @NVIDIA_MFG.

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Among classic buildings destroyed over the centuries by war, disasters and developers, few are as mourned as the Bank of England circa the 18th century.

The neo-classical masterpiece designed and built over the course of four decades under the direction of Sir John Soane stood in the heart of the City of London until the late 1920s, when a redesign altered it irrevocably. Soane’s work is still missed to this day for its remarkable use of natural lighting and impressive effects of scale.

To fill the void, NVIDIA and HP joined forces this summer in an effort dubbed Project Soane, which brought together some 400 architects from around the world to create a digital model of the original design using building information modeling technology.

We’re now announcing the second part of this initiative — a rendering contest that kicks off at Autodesk University in Las Vegas on Dec. 1.

The result of the competition will be visual recreations of several sections of the architectural masterpiece for the world to enjoy.

Soane’s Bank of England: View of the Tivoli Corner (1807). Image courtesy of the Trustees of Sir John Soane’s Museum. Lost Treasure

Soane, a professor at the Royal Academy, was appointed architect and surveyor to the Bank of England in 1788 and set about redesigning the bank in the neoclassical style.

But starting in 1925, the bank made renovations to expand and modernize the structure, demolishing nearly all of Soane’s contribution in the process. Some scholars consider it to be among the most significant architectural losses of modern times in England.

Soane’s Bank of England: View of the Consols Transfer Office as built, drawn by Joseph Michael Gandy with figures added by Antonio van Assen (1799). Image courtesy of the Trustees of Sir John Soane’s Museum.

Rallying to our call, enthusiasts collaborated over the past months to digitally reconstruct key sections of this neoclassical treasure. With Autodesk A360 serving as a collaboration platform, the crowd-sourced team used Autodesk Revit software to create digital models based on original drawings provided by Sir John Soane’s Museum.

Virtual Restoration

Now we’re inviting architects and visualization specialists to create renderings of the crowd-sourced Revit models from the first phase. It’s an opportunity for them to showcase their design visualization expertise. We’re especially excited to see high-quality photorealistic renderings created with GPU-accelerated rendering engines like NVIDIA Iray.

Participants can try out easy to use rendering tools like NVIDIA Iray for Revit and NVIDIA Iray for 3ds Max plug-ins. These apps simplify and speed up physically based rendering workflows. And Iray can be further accelerated when run on the NVIDIA Quadro VCA, a network-attached visual computing appliance that harnesses the speed of GPUs for massively scalable rendering power.

NVIDIA and HP will award the rendering contest winners some enticing prizes. So if you’re passionate about architectural design visualization, join the mission.

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