Media Technology News

Tiling Texture : Coins

Blender 3D News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 07:20
Learn how to create a tiling texture in Blender with this new CG Masters tutorial. Aidy Burrows writes: Need to create the illusion of millions of polygons? For games or film production that’d be pretty handy. Sounds like we need some tiling textures. No problem! Here I’ve outlined one way to do it in Blender. [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Mastering Blender on Kiribati with Ignacio Corrales

Blender 3D News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 04:43
3DTotal interviews Ignacio Corrales about his work with Blender on Kiribati. A team of 40 artists in Argentina led by Ideas Fijas came together for a fun and challenging project – the animated feature Kiribati. Using Blender and V-Ray they created an efficient workflow to tell viewers a story well known in a clever and elaborate way. [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Introduction to the fracture modifier

Blender 3D News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 02:47
Dennis Fassbaender shows us all the ins and outs of the new fracture modifier. This is Dennis and im writing you because i have finished the introduction to the fracture modifier.It took many, many hours to finish that "small" video-project (more than 15 hours in total). The introduction has 4 chapters: 1- welcome, basic things [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Musicrow releases FM Radio - Free Ensemble for NI Reaktor

Audio Freeware - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 01:35
Musicrow has released FM Radio, an authentic radio effect for Native Instruments Reaktor. FM Radio is a Reaktor Ensemble that is designed to make audio tracks and music sound as if they are [Read More]

Blender Developer Notes: December 7, 2014

Blender 3D News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 00:17
Thomas Dinges shares the notes the developers meeting in, #blendercoders. Here are the notes from today's 1500 UTC meeting in #blendercoders.1) Blender 2.73 Release The initial "Input Method Editor (IME)" support for text buttons, has been merged to master. Some libraries need to be updated, platform maintainers will take care of it. We [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Sonus Dept. releases free "Meditation Essence" and "Northern Drums" for Kontakt & Battery

Audio Freeware - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 23:31
Sonus Dept. has announced the availability of two new free soundware products, Meditation Essence and Northern Drums: Meditation Essence is a sound library for Kontakt that features the sounds [Read More]

Kajiya Music releases "Tech Tom Free" for Android

Audio Freeware - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 23:28
Kajiya Music has released Tech Tom Free, a free "analogue synth drum" for Android, similar to Ult-Sound DS-4. Tech Tom Free has 9 sliders, 5 buttons, and 2 pads. You can get Tech Tom Free on [Read More]

Output releases Free Rises made with REV (Reverse Instrument Suite) in WAV format

Audio Freeware - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 23:02
Output has announced the release of a collection of free electronic and cinematic Rises in WAV format. Rises, also often referred to as build-ups and transitions, are effective musical elements [Read More]

Voxengo releases Boogex 2.0 - Free Guitar Amplifier AU & VST Plug-in for Mac & Win

Audio Freeware - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:51
Voxengo has announced the release of the next major version of its Boogex plugin - a free guitar amplifier and cabinet simulation AU and VST plugin for Mac OS X and Windows. Boogex now supports [Read More]

MeldaProduction releases MCompare and updates all effects and MPowerSynth to 8.09

Audio Freeware - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:51
MeldaProduction has updated all effect plugins and MPowerSynth to 8.09, providing several optimizations, improvements and fixes. Check this link for more information about the update. Note that [Read More]

Alan ViSTa releases Hand Crash - Free Orchestral Cymbals Plug-in for Mac and Windows

Audio Freeware - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:24
Alan ViSTa has released Hand Crash, a free Audio Unit / VST plug-in featuring a sampled Orchestral Cymbals set for Windows and Mac OS X. It contains 10 stereo samples from the University of Iowa [Read More]

MuTools releases MuLab and MUX Modular 6.1

Audio Freeware - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:20
MuTools has released MuLab and MUX Modular 6.1 and launched some holiday season promo deals at What's New MUX Modular: New synth module: "Multiform Oscillator". Supports [Read More]

Follow up on Drupal SA-2014-005, SQL Injection

Drupal - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 14:50

On October 29, the Drupal Security Team issued a Public Service Announcement (PSA) as a follow-up to Security Advisory SA-CORE-2014-005, which disclosed a serious SQL Injection vulnerability in Drupal 7. Our goals with the PSA were to:

  1. Provide an update on the time window between disclosure and first-known exploits
  2. Provide guidance for users who patched or upgraded outside that window
  3. Reiterate the severity of the vulnerability and the importance of upgrading or patching

(Speaking of which, if you have not remediated yet, please stop reading and do so.)

While we feel those goals were accomplished, the PSA also resulted in a large volume of press coverage – in fact much more coverage than the original disclosure of the vulnerability on October 15th. Not surprisingly, the general tone of the press coverage was quite negative. Unfortunately, some of the coverage was also inaccurate which we’d like to address here as well as provide additional context regarding our security processes.

While we don’t know the total number of Drupal sites affected, the number is not near 12 million as stated in several publications. Unless disabled, individual Drupal sites report their existence back to and this system reports around 1 million total Drupal sites. While this is not an exact measure of live Drupal sites we can infer that the affected number of specifically vulnerable Drupal 7 sites is more likely to be under 1 million.

SA-CORE-2014-005 was certainly a severe issue, if not the most severe issue in Drupal’s history; but it’s important to recognize all software has bugs and security issues that require a remediation process. Finding, fixing and announcing security patches is evidence of a healthy security process and Drupal is one of the few content management systems with a dedicated security team that covers both Drupal core and contributed code.

The above said, there are lessons from both the original disclosure and the follow-up PSA that might result in some changes to the Drupal Security Team policy and process, however we want to reinforce that we are deeply committed to keeping Drupal secure. We encourage you to read this whitepaper that explains our processes, policies and contains a good overview of Drupal security.

If you ever have questions, please use the public discussion area for general topics at or contact us ( Or better yet, get involved. You can find more information on the Drupal Security Team page.

-Drupal Security Team

MinnBUG Meetup December 14th- Animation

Blender 3D News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 14:20
Blenderheads in Minnesota are meeting up next week. John Fino writes: Door prizes at the upcoming December 14th meetup: two copies of Olivar Villar's brand new book: "Learning Blender: A Hands-On Guide to Creating 3D Animated Characters" Courtesy of the nice people at InformIT Publishing we have two copies Olivar Villar's new book about Blender and [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Call for Volunteers: Licensing Working Group

Drupal - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:30

There are a growing number of licensing-related issues on that are unresolved. Additionally, volunteers who have been tackling licensing issues believe that the policies are often applied inconsistently. The result is that contributors are often left in a difficult situation, unsure if they should contribute their code or not, and the Drupal project is left at risk when non-compliant code is uploaded to

To solve this problem, several of the key volunteers met in July and determined that a Licesning Working Group, modeled after other Drupal and governance bodies and supported by training from the Drupal Association law firm, could provide more consistent oversight. At the 21 November meeting, the Drupal Association Board of Directors approved the draft charter written by those volunteers.

Now it's your turn! We're looking for 4-5 individuals to serve on the Working Group. You'll receive lots of support from the Drupal Association when you need it, and you'll be making a direct impact on the happiness of our contributors and the safety of the Drupal project. Just fill out the form below and we'll get back to you. We expect to approve a slate of candidates during the 21 January board meeting. Questions? Email the Drupal Association Executive Director, Holly Ross, at

Nominate Yourself!

Front page news: Drupal News

Blender User Group Paris: Blender/Natron

Blender 3D News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 05:50
Blenderheads in Paris are meeting this Saturday! e5dy writes: This Saturday, December 6, at the "cité des sciences" François Grassard (aka Coyhot) will come show us a demo the pipeline Blender/Natron. Natron is a new compositing free software developed by INRIA based on OpenFX. Meetup details.
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

KResearch updates KR-Delay FS to v1.2 - Adds 64-bit and AAX Support

Audio Freeware - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 05:22
KResearch has updated KR-Delay FS, the free Delay plug-in for Windows and Mac OS X, to v1.2. New in v1.2: 64-bit VST & AU. ProTools AAX 32-/64-bit. Support for the latest Operating Systems. [Read More]

Dolphin's "Cult" Music Video

Blender 3D News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 01:10
Trippy with a dash of violence. warning: Comical blood and gore'The more questionable rituals you endure, the more power the cult receives'. Cult is a new music video by Dileep (me), a 3d artist and musician from Trivandrum, India for a project called Dolphin. The video was made all by myself over a couple of [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Add-on for finding free shortcuts

Blender 3D News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:30
This add-on by Antonio Vazquez scans for free keyboard shortcuts. Antonio Vazquez writes: Recently I heard of Blender Market contest, so I decided participate and create a small add-on that I have needed several times, to find a free shortcut for adding a new one. The add-on is very simple as it's useful, not only for [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

ZenSound releases "Timbral Explorations" - Free Soundset for Zebralette

Audio Freeware - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:59
ZenSound has released Timbral Explorations, a free soundset for u-he's Zebralette. This soundset is formed by relaxing and wide atmospheres, warm basses, lush calmly pads, original keys and bells, [Read More]