NVidia is to EOL Mental Ray. In a newsletter announcing the decision they say that from November 20th 2017 “NVIDIA will no longer offer new subscriptions to the Mental Ray plugins for Maya and 3ds Max, as well as Mental Ray standalone. Current customers who have purchased licenses from NVIDIA will continue to receive support through our Advanced Rendering Forum for the remainder of their subscription terms.” You can read the announcement in full on NVidia’s website.
OptiTrack has announced the release of Motive 2.0, its unified software platform designed to eliminate the complexities historically associated with motion capture workflows. New features include: (more...)
Last month Justice Muir in the High Court of New Zealand ruled in favour of Otoy in the copyright infringement case Otoy vs Andrey Kozlov. Andrey Kozlov, a former employee at Otoy and the developer of FStormRender, was accused of using IP from Octane to develop his software. The court has ordered that Otoy be awarded $50,000 in exemplary damages and granted permanent injunctions preventing the sale, download or supply of infringing versions of FStormRender. You can find the full ruling documents on the Ministry of Justice website and read a reaction, including a presentation of Otoy's evidence, from the founder of Otoy Jules Urbach on Medium.
Autodesk has released a new version of MeshMixer, its modeling tool for combining parts from different 3D models and outputting them to 3D printers. The headline features is a redesign of the print workflow. Users are now able to add custom printers by creating a path to any printer software to do the actual print, alternatively the model can be exported as an STL file and sent to 3rd party printing services. More on Meshmixer's website.
Quixel has released a making-of tutorial created by Toronto-based Tendril showing how Megascans was used in conjunction with Maya to create the Nunyunnini introduction sequence in episode 5 of American Gods. Watch it on YouTube and read more on the Megascans blog (expect content aimed at promoting Quixel products).