Image Advanced Learning System Launch Meet
Image Infotainment Launches first-of-its kind Advanced Learning System to offer Mobile Learning Courses Using Apple's iPAD.
The Chennai-based Image Infotainment Limited, a pioneering multimedia and digital media training company, has become world's first training institute to offer its courses and training programs through image advanced learning system(IALS),a proprietary app developed by the firm using Apple's i Pad tablet. This brings the convenience and interactivity of mobile learning to its students who enroll for its diploma in digital visual media, Diploma in Advertisements Design, and MSc in Animation and Graphics, and Msc in IT and mobile gaming programs. the institute provides free IPAD, which would come pre-loaded with IALS, to all students who join the courses.
Talking to media, Mr. k. Kumar,CEO and Managing Director, said that with ever increasing usage of tablet devices among the students community ,the institute developed a proprietary Learning System.
"Our R&D team worked for more than two years for developing IALS, which is the first-of-its-kind application developed on apple ipad in the world, IALS is designed to enable our students experience learning beyond the walls of the classroom. The application comes loaded with all required image learning material and videos, user-friendly navigation system, video-based tutor learning series and other feature like gallery, etc" he added.
The deliverable s of iPad courses (IALS) include the advantages of live streaming of lectures every week, students can view and play archived lecture sessions; and students can learn and prepare for next day classes at home or on the move.
Mr Kumar pointed out that the iPad learning will not replace regular classroom programs totally,it is blended learning system, "Instead of attending regular classroom sessions six days a week, students enrolled for the i Pad programs can make it up with just three days a week," he said.
The intake of Image Infotainment, which has 30 centers in south india and three colleges in the cities of Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, is around 4000 students per annum. The institute expects that about 1000 students would enroll for iPad courses in 2012 and 2000 students in 2013.
Making a turnover of 20 cores, the firm has invested about Rs.2 cores for developing the proprietary app. Depending upon the response, it plans to make available its newly developed application tool in retail too.
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UG & PG Convocation 2012
Donning a black gown and a gold-laced cap and being honored with medals on a convocation day was a memorable moment for ICAT student on 18th Feb 2012.
The function proceeded with welcome address by Ms. Suchithra (Head of Student Services). The occasion was graced by Mr. V. Srinivas Murali Mohan, Three times National Award Winner in Special Effects, CEO of the Indian Artists Studio, Chennai, and VFX Supervisor of Endiran-Robot & Shivaji – The Boss. Also present in the event were Mr.Jithesh, Lead Game designer in UBISOFT-, Mr. Kumar –Founder & CEO of Image Infotainment Limited and Mr.V.Anand-Technical Director of Image Infotainment Limited.
Mr. Kumar CEO of Image Infotainment Limited, in his felicitation address during the convocation stated that ICAT is the only digital media college in India with 84 undergraduate students graduating this year in the specific fields like Animation, Visual effects, game design and game development and & 65 post-graduate diploma students who have completed their 3D Animation/Visual Effects/Game Design/Game Development/Advertising Design programmes.
A lot of hard work and dedication at all levels has gone into bringing this day to completion. Among the Graduates are those who have taken pride of place and will be conferred Awards in recognition of their efforts. This marks another milestone in the annals of ICAT.
Delivering the speech, Mr. V. Srinivas Murali appreciated the graduating students for their contribution towards enriching the academic and the community environment of the campus. He said "Fifteen years ago, when I entered in to this field the opportunities before me were not even a fraction of what each of you have before you. A new brave world lies ahead of you. For that we have to be fearless and take on the world."
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Seminar on Visual Effects in Enthiran
Mr. Srinivas Mohan, VFX supervisor of Endhiran explained the numerous difficulties he and his team had faced to produce the effects. Endhiran had used most of the visual effects technologies in a single movie. Unlike other Indian films it adopted a completely different pipeline to create the extraordinary effects.
He further explained about the new technologies used, namely Laser body scanning which scans a live human character and reproduces a complete digital 3d version of him/her which can be later manipulated by a 3d artist in post-production. The same technology has been used to extract accurate texture information from the target object. He also spoke about dome lighting, an interesting technology which allows you to extract lighting information for the target object, by taking over a thousand photographs from different lighting scenarios, under a single dome light.
Mr. Mohan gave thorough insight on various other new technologies which were used in production, such as, motion control rig which has the ability to record and reproduce the exact same camera motion, so that the artist can create various layers for later compositing. He also gave a brief about the history of visual effects (optical effects) and how it was done in the past where there were no computers. He emphasized on the importance of pre production and suggested that the students should form a sound base of understanding the pre production techniques because it will help them to develop their work better in the production level. The most important advice he gave the students was that they should aim to be a "creator rather than a computer operator".
It was very useful for the students that he shared his wisdom that to make a sustainable career in Visual FX , a budding artist needs to know the concepts before he learns the tools. He further explained how this learning methodology proved useful to him for creating his own plugin during the production of Endhiran.
Game Grind 2012
ICAT, Chennai presented a grand Gaming Event "Game Grind 2012".It is the first game fest which opened doors for the public, to view and analyse the skills of students who have chosen Gaming for a career. This is an initiative taken by the students to bring their game designs and prototypes to enlighten and educate current generation, by sharing insights on the development of games.
This event also posed challenge to the gaming clans and was a proving ground for all age groups from all over Tamil Nadu. The game enthusiasts got an opportunity to meet professionals from leading game companies as well.
Game grind 2012 was a game event which was organized by the Game Department of ICAT, Chennai, on 18th, 19th and 20th February 2012 for school students. More than 150 student and 40 Professional gamers participated in this event.