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nVidia Helps Boost Pixomondo’s Pipeline for Star Trek: Into Darkness

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Award-winning VFX House Pixomondo has recently been tapped to provide the stunning visual effects for J.J. Abrams’ epic Star Trek Into Darkness, with the studio working with unprecedented scene scale, utilizing around 300 shots, making up one third of the film’s visual effects.

Pixomondo is responsible for one of the most action-packed sequences of the film, which is the 15 minute scene of an alient planet slowly coming into view as seen from the aircraft, followed by the craft descending through the clouds and being forced to land. The sequence is almost entirely CG, using 80 VFX shots, with the only practical footage being the one taken of the crewmembers in the cockpit. In order to provide the sheer hardware crunching power that the quick cuts, over all cuts, and massive scale required, Pixomondo’s CG team tapped NVIDIA’s Quadro K4000 GPU to accelerate their Autodesk 3ds Max workflow.

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