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Some cool finds this week, but let's jump straight to the big one...

Blender 2.82 is here!
This is a lot bigger than I expected. It gives us UDIMs (woo!), preview passes, improved cloth simulations, USD support, new sculpting tools and mantaflow - a completely new fluid and smoke simulation system which I'm currently experimenting with. Download 2.82 here.

Another entertaining tutorial from Ian Hubert
I'm always impressed at the efficiency behind Ian's solutions. When you spend less time on the trivial stuff, you get to spend more time on the things that matter.

How many people use 3D software?
Blender just released their new numbers, so I spent a few hours comparing it against available financial reports of the competition to create this market share graph and total user numbers. Read my full breakdown on reddit.

The future of live performances?
This video gives an early glimpse at what could become the future of concerts. There are obvious hurdles to overcome, but plenty of companies want to be the first to fix them. I know I'd watch more live shows if I didn't need to pay for expensive tickets and parking, only to end up at the back of a theater next to screaming fans. The potential upside here is huge.

The future of VFX?
Shooting against a green screen might be convenient for artists, but it's inconvenient for both the director and the actors as they don't know where to point the camera or act. That's why Jon Favreau is a huge proponent of this new panoramic LED screen method. There are known limitations but it's early days. Who knows, this might one day replace green screens all together.

That's all folks. Follow me on twitter for more interesting stuff that doesn't make it here.

Andrew Price

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