Entries tagged as: Just Plain Cool

80’s style Retrowave video produced using AMD FirePro on Mac Pro

Posted by Tony DeYoung on February 05, 2015

This video produced by Florian Renner, is a cool example of what you can do on the Mac Pro using dual AMD FirePro GPUs.

Retrowave from Florian Renner on Vimeo.

Airbus projection mapping presentation at symposium driven by AMD FirePro

Posted by Tony DeYoung on January 22, 2015

For their 2014 internal commercial symposium, Airbus worked with Avant-Garde Imaging and Master Films to create an advanced projection mapping display. Four HD projectors driven by an AMD FirePro cards projection mapped the irregularly shaped main display screen, while additional FirePro cards powered the surrounding satellite screens and an embedded live camera feed. The presentation was designed and coordinated using Ventuz software.


The video is a “Making of” explanation which is visually completely worth watching.

Projection Mapping for Samsung 44th Anniversary using AMD FirePro

Posted by Tony DeYoung on January 20, 2015

To celebrate the company’s 44th anniversary Samsung used Eric C&C to create a multimedia pavillion dedicated to their employees using advance projection mapping powered by AMD FirePro graphics, controlled by Ventuz software. Employees took photos of themselves then added in personal messaging. The photo and message were were then projection mapped onto 52 cubes as well as the background wall.

OpenCL-based Bullet physics engine creator to receive technical Oscar at the Academy Awards

Posted by Tony DeYoung on January 16, 2015

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the creator of the OpenCL-based Bullet physics engine, Erwin Coumans, will be honored with an Academy Technical Achievement Award.

The Oscar for Technical Achievement award goes to Erwin Coumans for the development of the Bullet physics library, and to Nafees Bin Zafar and Stephen Marshall for the separate development of two large-scale destruction simulation systems based on Bullet. These pioneering systems demonstrated that large numbers of constrained rigid bodies could be used to animate visually complex, believable destruction effects with minimal simulation time.

Unlike other Academy Awards to be presented this year, achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards need not have been developed and introduced during 2014. Rather, the achievements must demonstrate a proven record of contributing significant value to the process of making motion pictures.

Congrats to Erwin!, former Principal Physics Engineer at AMD where he lead the Bullet physics engine development, created an OpenCL rigid body pipeline running entirely on GPU and helped incorporate Bullet into a Siemens simulation software package and into Autodesk Maya.Effects.

Video: AMD FirePro 2014 year in review

Posted by Tony DeYoung on January 06, 2015

We’ve edited together highlights from some of the videos and pics posted on FireUser.com in 2014.  The chronological video covers events, announcements and third party support from around the globe.

It’s not a corporate, pro-quality production, but it is a fun way to see a lot of what has gone on during the past year.  Now just imagine what is to come in 2015!

2014 Festival of Lights projection mapping in Lyon France driven by AMD FirePro

Posted by Tony DeYoung on December 09, 2014

Every year at this time, the Festival of Lights (Fête des Lumières) is on display in the city of Lyon, France. For the 2014 season, the ante has been upped!  5 HD videos are projected on the facade of the Lyon City Hall building and the Museum of Fine Arts art that enclose the Place des Terreaux. The system uses 26000 lumens Barco projectors, each covering about 35 m² of building. The projectors are driven by Modulo Pi media servers each equipped with an AMD FirePro W7000.

It worth sitting through the ad to watch the first video to see the projections and how they are mapped (you don’t need to understand the French narrative).


Lyon Subway Tunnel

Lyon also has a permanent lighting exhibit driven by FirePro graphics in the la Croix Rousse subway tunnel.  72 projectors driven by driven by 26 AMD FirePro W7000 drive an ever changing display as you can seein the pics below.





Size Matters: Times Square digital billboard powered by 3 AMD FirePro GPUs spans a city block

Posted by Tony DeYoung on November 17, 2014

The new Times Square digital billboard stands 8 stories tall and spans a full city block (100 meters),  wrapping around the front of the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Broadway between 45th and 46th streets. The seamless digital canvas is visible from virtually every vantage point in the Square’s ‘bowtie’ where more than 300,000 pedestrians pass by daily.  Imagine it on New Years Eve!

Great quote : “People go to the Grand Canyon to see the most visually stunning natural canyon in the world. They come to Times Square to see the most digitally striking canyon in the world” said Tim Topkins, president of the Times Square Alliance.

The 24 million pixel display is driven by 3 AMD FIrePro W9000 GPUs and will light up on Tuesday night (Nov 18).


Moscow’s 40 screen video wall and video floor at Open Innovations powered by AMD FirePro and Ventuz

Posted by Tony DeYoung on November 11, 2014

For the Open Innovations Forum 2014, the Moscow city government create a unique presentation to present the products of twelve Russian companies. The interactive presentation integrated a video wall and video floor across a total of 40 displays, all controlled via a touch screen. The video wall and floor was controlled via 2 PCs equipped with Ventuz software and AMD FirePro cards.  Video below.  More pics on Ventuz.com.

Siemens PLM accelerated by AMD FirePro on U-Touch collaborative table top touch screens

Posted by Tony DeYoung on November 03, 2014

Very cool demo explaining Siemens PLM Software collaboration using U-Touch large format tabletop touch screens accelerated by AMD FirePro and Dell workstations. Using these technologies, more stakeholders can be involved and interact with the PLM information to be able to move the design forward - greater productivity with enhanced user experience. Rendering the digital mockups of massive assemblies combined with massive displays and real-time manipulation gives confidence in the design solution before putting it to the shop floor to manufacture a prototype.

Bollywood director describes collaboration w/ AMD FirePro to create Indian epic film Baahubali

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 20, 2014

Bollywood film director SS Rajamouli describes the making of the Indian epic Telugu film Baahubali (coming in 2015) and how collaboration with AMD using FirePro technology enables him to translate influential comic book stories into a hi-fidelity film.  Machete VFX and ArkaMedia also chime in. The technology enables real-time rendering and real-time simulation to create the grandeur required for this VFX-oriented film. 

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