New features in Epic Games' game engine and development tools include a 3D Motion Graphics UI that allows to attach UI widgets to components and be displayed in the 3D scene, lighting and material improvements, capture and playback of network demos, updates to animation workflows, etc. Find out more on Unreal Engine's website.
Zero VFX has released a new plugin for After Effects called, Compression Preview. It allows users to preview sequences in After Effects prior to rendering to check for artifacts, banding, and shifts in color. The plugin is available for $49 and can be purchased from the Compression Preview website.
Video Copilot has released the much anticipated update to their 3d After Effects plugin, Element 3d. V2 sees many enhancements such as a redesigned interface, bevel and extrude tools, transfer modes and wireframe materials, 3d noise and deform, and much more. Pricing starts at $199.95, or $99.95 for upgrades. For the full details you can head over to the Video Copilot website.
We talked to Artur Leao from "You can do it! VFX" who gave us detailed information on the Nyx Framework (previously known as Nexus) that he is co-developing with Daniel Santana and Jonathan de Blok. Artur also announced the upcoming Nyx Iris plugin. Read it all on the Nyx Framework interview.
Next Limit have announced some of the features that will be available in the next release of their renderer, which is expected soon. New features include an improved workflow when using lights, OpenVDB support and a new network system. Also of note, the developers have mentioned that they're focusing on skin rendering and on delivering a system that will allow to render efficient and quality multi-layered skin. More on the Maxwell Render blog.
With Element 3D v2 set to release later today, Video Copilot has made available another preview video showing off some of the new features and improvements in the 3d plugin for Adobe After Effects. You can check out the video on the Video Copilot Youtube channel.
CG-Source, the site that offers quality textures and HDRI maps, has started to sell models scanned in high quality, ready to drop right into your scenes. Check out the first categories: food and home decoration models. (more...)
Another impressive project from Spanish artist Eloi Andaluz, TP AirMaster is a ThinkingParticles 6 tool that recreates air flow in a scene. The wind interacts with the geometry around it and 3D objects also affect the air around them. Moving objects in the scene affect particles even if there is no direct contact, because they move air. A sample video shows
realistic simulation of leaves being blown by a wind force. More on And_VFX.