Deep FX has released a new detailed tutorial about fluids and foam in Deep FX Studio, the recently released procedural animation program. The two-part tutorial goes through the creation of a detailed fluid simulation (The final render is completed in Blender). Part 1 | Part 2
3DS Max Scripts
Starbreeze 3D Modeller Maxi Vazquez has released several free contextual modelling tools for 3DS Max. They include several primitives with the ability to control attributes using keyboard shortcuts in addition to modelling tools and modifiers enhanced with keyboard shortcuts. To see demos, visit Polycount and to download the files, visit Gumroad.
MC Worldkit has released IvyTaming, a new digital asset for Houdini that allows the user to grow, style, and animate ivy from point seeds on any closed polygonal object. In addition to the procedural growth features you'd expect, the tool also allows the user to control growth by customising the curves and painting masks. Several other advanced features include the ability to distribute non-intersecting leaves, the ability to use any geometry for leaves and many more customisable attributes. IvyTaming costs $49 from Gumroad and you can watch a teaser video on Vimeo.
AXYZ Design has announced that its range of Metropoly 3D people is now compatible with Blender including materials for Cycles and EEVEE in 5 colour variations. Over 1000 characters are available, and purchasing a character in one platform gives the user access to all formats including 3DS Max, Cinema 4D, Lightwave, Unreal Engine, Rhino, and Sketchup. See the AXYZ Design website for more information.
Google and Sony Pictures Imageworks has announced the release of OpenCue, an open source render manager specifically built for the needs of the visual effects and animation industry. (more...)