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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 www.geforce.com/drivers 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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Behind the walls of data centers around the world, a migration’s taking place. Virtual delivery of 3D graphics is moving from the CPU to the GPU.

This was clear last week at Citrix Synergy, a conference for virtualization, mobility, networking and cloud solutions.

In separate talks, virtualization experts Rachel Berry, Thomas Poppelgaard and Dane Young each featured NVIDIA GRID vGPU graphics acceleration. It was also in sessions and demos throughout the show, including those from our partners Cisco, Dell, HP and NetApp.

Traditional virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) offerings relied solely on the support of server CPUs. But limits imposed by the CPU made it nearly impossible to get a satisfactory user experience from virtualized, interactive, media-rich applications.

As a result, virtualization had worked well only for some—primarily task workers and certain knowledge workers. Left out were those with more graphically intense workloads—graphic designers, developers, and video producers and editors.

That’s now changing. GRID technology is opening new pathways for these users by offloading graphics processing from the CPU to the GPU.

Dell, Citrix and NVIDIA technologies offer a powerful combination to get this done. With Dell PowerEdge R730 servers running Citrix XenDesktop 7 and NVIDIA GRID vGPUs, IT staff can deliver rich, PC-graphics experiences and applications to more users. Meanwhile, applications and critical data remain protected and secure in the data center.

Easy as VDI: Teams from Dell, NVIDIA and Citrix raced to set up 60 virtual desktops in 60 minutes.

At Citrix Synergy, Dell, Citrix and NVIDIA showed just how easy it is to set up VDI with NVIDIA GRID with the “#60in60 Challenge.” Four small teams—from Dell, NVIDIA and two groups of Citrix Technology Professionals—raced to set up 60 Citrix XenDesktop with NVIDIA GRID vGPU virtual desktops.

Each team had just 60 minutes using off-the-shelf hardware and software. After three rounds over the course of three days, all the teams finished within minutes of each other. NVIDIA’s Team Green achieved the fastest time with 60 desktops in 53 minutes.

Want to setup your own GPU-enabled server? Download the GRID vGPU deployment guide to learn how.

GRID delivers on the promise of instant access to, and collaboration on, powerful applications while users are on the go. Plus, GRID allows many virtual machines to share the power of a single GPU, with no compromises in performance.

Learn how customers like Bell Helicopter, City of Waukesha, Drake University and PSA Peugeot are using VDI with NVIDIA GRID graphics acceleration to improve mobility, scalability and employee productivity.

With access to such high-quality virtualized graphics, whether delivered via desktop or to devices far afield, the great data center migration looks to continue.

The post The Great Data Center Migration: Why Virtualized 3D Graphics Are Moving to GPUs appeared first on The Official NVIDIA Blog.

From streaming PC games at home to playing Android games on the road, the SHIELD tablet delivers a completely immersive experience.

But the device — powered by our Tegra K1 mobile superchip with 192 cores— also delivers an immersive experience of a different sort: creating amazing digital art.

Artists the world over are pushing visual boundaries with SHIELD tablet’s DirectStylus 2 technology. And they’re showcasing their work online using time-lapse video, giving viewers an insider’s look at the creative process.

Sachiko Tomidokoro’s time-lapse sunset

The DirectStylus 2 features GPU-accelerated painting effects that allow you to draw the full spectrum of lines found on the graphite scale.

As hard, thin and light as a 9H pencil. As soft, dense and dark as a 9B.  And everything in between. And that’s just for drawing.

Digital Advantage

Artists can switch their tools in an instant, making writing, drawing and painting accessible in one place. For example, the stylus can also be used as a painter’s brush, simply by changing the pressure applied on the screen. And there’s no pencil sharpening, turpentine-soaked brush cleaning or blotting ink spills.

As the time-lapse videos show, SHIELD tablet offers the digital advantage of starting from scratch or repeatedly reworking art without consuming paper or canvas.

Sachiko Tomidokoro, a digital content producer based in Japan, likes the freedom the tablet provides “to think ideas out on the screen” — and the ease of changing these as needed. Images and artwork can easily be stored and shared among the creative teams she works with.

The chisel tip of the DirectStylus is angled to mimic the feel of a painter’s brush. This makes it popular with artists, as they can design detailed characters and add color and atmosphere to their digital entertainment projects.

SHIELD’s Dabbler app comes with a variety of mediums, ranging from dense oil paints to slick watercolors. Artists can have immediate control with each brush stroke — techniques that usually require years to master.

“The watercolor is excellent, because you can control how the ink goes down and how it mixes” on digital paper, Tomidokoro said. Best of all “you can delete mistakes, lines and colors.”

Sachiko’s completed time-lapse sunset

The shift from carrying bulky sketchbooks and art supplies to tucking away a pocket-sized tablet not only makes transportation easier. You can also share work online, and “there’s no worry about cleaning brushes and palettes,” she said.

Layering Images

We’ve recently unveiled updates to the SHIELD tablet, with enhancements for the Dabbler app on Google Play. This allows us to provide new features to users at a faster cadence, as well as optimizations and fixes when needed.

Updated features to the Dabbler app include more realistic oil and watercolor painting effects, which allow artists to move between watercolor and oil painting seamlessly on the same canvas. Others include merged color and brush functionality, along with ways to layer images more easily so those images, when digitally stacked, can be moved and scaled independently.

This is highlighted in work by an artist in Russia, who goes by the handle MiatriSs.  She creates animated content, writes her own songs, does voiceovers and makes “Let’s Play”-style gaming videos for YouTube.

Miatri’s time-lapse artwork

With SHIELD tablet, you can also create your own time-lapse sessions on Dabbler. Find out how in the “ShadowPlay Twitch Streaming & Recording” section of the tips and tricks page on our website.

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