Solid Angle has announced that Arnold is now free for educational institutions who can apply for licenses by visiting the Autodesk Education Portal. Students have access to Arnold in their free educational licenses of Max and Maya, but can also apply for licenses via their institution for Arnold versions that support Cinema 4D, Houdini and Katana. Also announced are Arnold packs which bundle 5 annual subscriptions for half the price. Read the announcement on Solid Angle's website.
The Story of Inc - a SciFi narrative artbook that revolves around a man and his robot trying to survive on a barren desert planet - has relaunched on Kickstarter. The original release unfortunately was cut short by a claim that the main robot infringed an IP. Rather than fight a lawsuit, the books creators Neil Blevins, Bill Zahn and Stephan Bugaj have redesigned the droid and restarted the campaign. Nine additional artists from companies like Blur Studio, ILM, Pixar, Tippett, 343, Industries, Id Software, Blizzard, and many others collaborated to create a 168 page book with over 200 paintings, sketches, and 3D renders, plus a section of tutorials. For more information, you can visit the Kickstarter campaign.
Autodesk has announced that from August 30, 2017, 3DS Max and Maya rental customers will receive cloud rights that grant them the ability to execute remote batch functionality via multiple computers over the internet. For single licenses, users are able to launch 1 non-UI instance of the software. For each multi-user licence users can launch up to 10 non-UI instances. Note that these benefits are exclusively for rental customers only. Read more in the FAQ on Autodesk's website.
Unity Technologies has released a 97 page ebook explaining a workflow for capturing assets using photogrammetry to work efficiently in their real-time engine. Topics include equipment, image acquisition, processing and reconstruction using Reality Capture, creating a low resolution mesh using 3DS Max, texture baking, de-lighting and more. Download the book for free from Unity Technologies website.
Vladislav Bodyul has released Camera Resolution Mod, a scripted modifier for 3DS Max that enables artists to set a different render resolution for each camera in the scene. The resolution is updated when the camera is selected or if the viewport is changed to the camera's view. The tools costs $5 and a free lite version is available that does not allow the user to create custom size presets. Find out more on Vladislav's website.
Author behind several popular Maxscripts, Miauu, has released a new commercial script for €6 that allows you to replace several objects with other objects. Features include the ability to match original objects' transformation, material, dimensions, name, layer, parent and more. Read more on Miauu's website.
Autodesk today published a video of Arnold Development Manager Fred Servant speaking about what's new in Arnold 5 and how it paves the way for exciting new features in the future. Johan Friedman and Andy Jones from Psyop joins Fred Servant later in the video and discuss the Cryptomatte integration into Arnold. Watch it on Youtube.