IPi Soft has updated its markerless motion capture system with support for up to 16 Sony PS3 Eye cameras or up to 4 Kinect sensors recorded onto multiple PCs during the same motion capture session. It also adds the
ability to track three actors simultaneously. The company has also increased the number of cameras supported in the Basic Edition of Motion Capture from 4 to 6, allowing accurate capture of more complex motions. In order to entice customers, IPi Soft is offering a number of discounts on its software, which is licensed through a rental-only system. More on IPi Soft's website.
"Art always thrives." Barcelona-based filmmaker and designer Laura Sans has made an interesting documentary interviewing various artists on a number of issues they face in their careers. Style, clients, commercial vs. personal work, beliefs, satisfaction with one's work and more. It provides a snapshot that combines highly contemporary issues with longer term ones. Watch the video on Vimeo.
Allegorithmic have announced a new upcoming development from the company, called Substance Live, which will be presented on March 2. The teaser image includes a criticism to the subscription/rental model, something which has resulted in an interesting (positive) reaction from artists commenting the announcement. Also of note, Allegorithmic have disclosed the features of the upcoming release of Substance Painter, which will include Smart Materials (choose from a wide library or create your own), fast bakers (Normal, AO, Curvature, etc.), tri-planar projection and shadows and transparency in the 3D view. More on Allegorithmic's Facebook page.
NVidia ARC has released a new version of the Alembic import shader for Mental Ray, adding hair import capabilities, Faceset material support, user data support, subdivision control for hair, NURBS and subdivision surfaces, and fixes to motion blur that allow to use topology-changing Alembic files. More information on the ABCimport shader can be found on the Mental Ray developers' blog.