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Posted 21 days ago by Simon Day - Posted in Software
Zaxwerks have released a bunch of more details about the upcoming ProAnimator 8 and the new features it will bring.
Check out our previous post to see what else is new
Just as as very quick recap on what we already know:
-Real-time 3D rendering
-Real-time camera focus with depth of field
What else is new?
A massive feature that looks to be regularly used is what Zaxwerks are calling "instancing". Instancing is essentially a duplicate object tool that works extremely fast and can be used to create hundreds (or thousands) of replicated objects. See the video to get an idea of what it can do.
Another noteworthy addition is Object Distribution. This feature compliments instancing very nicely, to allow users to create 3D objects/shapes out of all the duplicated smaller objects. The feature also allows for some pretty cool animation capabilities, such as morphing a model made up of thousands of small spheres, into the shape of a completely different model.
Watch the video below to see these two new features demonstrated.
Image-Based Lighting allows you to light a scene equipped with nothing but a single picture. Sounds intriguing right? It adds shading and reflections automatically, coming with a number of presets that can also be customized to allow you to get the look you are after.
Put in simple terms, the Interactive Ambient Occlusion feature boosts the realism of 3D objects without the need to do it manually and avoids the long rendering times. It works by adding darkened areas to objects/models to add a level of depth (which can also be adjusted).
Watch the video to see how impressive these two features are (notice there's practically zero rendering time)
The release date is very soon and should come around the same time as the last set of preview features. Make sure to check back here for more news.
You can buy ProAnimator 7 now and be eligible to upgrade to version 8 when it arrives, so if you can't wait to get your hands on this, order it now!
Posted by Simon Day
Posted 27 days ago by Simon Day - Posted in Plug-ins
mocha Plus 4 & mocha Pro 4 Coming Soon
In just a few days (July 8th), mocha 4 will be released and there are some significant changes occuring.
Those that know and use the current mocha AE v.3 will be interested to know that this is being updated and named as 'mocha Plus'.
For mocha Plus there will be several new features. Added functionality with Premiere Pro that allows you to copy and paste masks is a great addition, and improvements to the UI and customizable keyboard shortcuts will be a welcomed advancement.
mocha Pro, their tool aimed more at a professional demographic, is also recieving some great looking updates.
In version 4 of Pro, along with the changes in the Plus version, they have added python scripting integration and better support in Nuke for roto and tracking nodes. Most notable though is the added stereoscopic 3D workflow for rotoscaping, tracking, camera solves and other tasks.
Check out this fantastic new feature below.
So don't forget to come check it out on July 8th.
We will keep you updated about all new developments with mocha and all your other favourite manufacturers, right here on our news section.
Posted by Simon Day
Posted 28 days ago by Simon Day - Posted in Software
Zaxwerks are close to releasing a new version of Pro Animator, and they're teasing us with a couple of its new features.
The first big advancement is the Real-Time 3D Rendering. They claim this is truly fast thanks to their new hybrid technology, that combines the power of the CPU and graphics card when rendering. They add that it's possible to slow it down, but for shadows and ray traced reflections, their claim still stands.
The second is the Real-Time Camera Focus with Depth of Field. You can easily set what you want to be in focus and adjust the value of the focus distance. This does sound impressive when Zaxwerks also state that doing this will require little to no extra rendering time.
Check out the first video from their two part preview of Pro Animator 8.
More new features to come soon!
Posted by Simon Day