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V-Ray for NUKE

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V-Ray for NUKE - now available!

V-Ray for NUKE is a new approach to lighting and compositing that integrates production-quality ray traced rendering into NUKE and NUKEX. Compositors can now take advantage of V-Ray's lighting, shading and rendering tools inside NUKE's node-based workflow.

V-Ray for NUKE brings the same technology used on Game of Thrones, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and hundreds of other film, commercial and television projects to professional compositors. Built on the same adaptive rendering core as V-Ray’s industry-standard plugins for Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya, V-Ray for NUKE is ready for all production pipelines.

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V-Ray 3.1 for Maya now available

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V-Ray 3.1 for Maya now available! 

DOWNLOAD THE UPDATE FOR FREE HERE

V-Ray 3.1 for Maya contains over 100 new and modified features, including Maya 2016 compatibility, numerous V-Ray RT GPU enhancements and two VR cameras. The free update also offers more efficient handling of proxy objects, an improved global illumination algorithm, and faster rendering performance.

V-Ray RT GPU now supports:

  • Hair & fur
  • Subsurface scattering
  • Displacement & subdivision surfaces
  • Light Cache GI
  • Anisotropic highlights
  • UDIM textures
  • Texture baking
  • QMC sampling on NVIDIA CUDA devices

Proxy Object improvements:

  • Identical proxy objects are now automatically instanced
  • Improved viewport previews with mesh simplification options
  • Import multiple proxy objects at once
  • Support for hair and particle instances
  • Support for instancing Ogawa Alembic files
  • Mesh viewer utility – to view proxy objects and Alembic files, including subdivision surfaces, particles, and hair


Additional New Features in V-Ray 3.1:

Maya 2016 support

  • Full support for new Hypershade Node Editor, Material Viewer, and Lookdev view
  • Enhanced Bifrost support – including rendering liquids as isosurfaces without meshing

Workflow & User Interface

  • Quick settings
  • Light Lister
  • Tooltips
  • Updated default render settings

Geometry

  • Faster rendering of dynamic meshes, proxy objects, and instances
  • Faster rendering of hair and fur
  • Intel Embree acceleration for hair and fur
  • VRayClipper – for cutaways and sections

Lights

  • Light meter – new helper object for lighting analysis

Global Illumination

  • Updated Light Cache algorithm removes light leaks and improves animation

 Volume rendering

  • Probabilistic shading for faster volume rendering

Availability

V-Ray 3.1 for Maya is a free update for all V-Ray 3.0 for Maya customers.

DOWNLOAD THE UPDATE FOR FREE HERE


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Our latest free update to V-Ray for 3ds Max is now available

Our latest free update to V-Ray for 3ds Max is now available. V-Ray 3.2 is fully compatible with 3ds Max 2016 and is VR-ready.

VR Cameras – The two new VR camera types will render stereo cube maps and spherical stereo images. This allows artists and designers to output V-Ray scenes to popular VR formats like Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR.

V-Ray RT GPU improvements – Among the new features and speed improvements is QMC sampling. Licensed from NVIDIA, QMC sampling provides overall speed improvements and resolves noise quicker when using CUDA.  

Additionally, V-Ray RT GPU now supports:

  • Displacement
  • Anisotropic highlights  
  • Composite map  
  • Output curves
  • Texture baking
  • UDIM support (MARI)

Volume rendering

  • New V-Ray Volume Grid adds support for OpenVDB, Field3D, and Phoenix FD volume grid formats. This allows users to import and render data from popular effects applications like Houdini and FumeFX.

Distributed rendering

  • Add or remove distributed rendering nodes on the fly


Global Illumination

  • Refined Light Cache algorithm removes light leaks and improves animation


Geometry

  • New preview types for proxy objects – includes mesh simplification for optimized proxy display
  • Faster rendering of hair and fur
  • Intel Embree support for 3ds Max Hair & Fur and V-Ray Fur

3ds Max 2016

  • Full support for new Physical Camera – co-developed with 3ds Max team
  • Support for new Physical Camera Exposure Control
  • V-Ray Lens Analysis Utility adds support for the 3ds Max Physical Camera

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Creative Cloud keeps getting better.

Join now and qualify for significant savings.

Creative Cloud is your exclusive source for the latest versions of Adobe’s creative apps and services for faculty, staff, and students. Current customers can join now and save up to 40%.

Institutions like yours are moving to Creative Cloud for:

  • Access to the latest creative apps along with step-by-step tutorials
  • A web-based Admin Console that makes it easy to centrally manage and deploy apps
  • The flexibility to easily add and reassign licenses
  • A wealth of resources, call center support, and optional Adobe Expert Services to ensure successful deployment
  • Budget predictability and cost savings with one annual contract

SPECIAL OFFER: NEW CREATIVE CLOUD MEMBERS

Adobe Cumulative Licensing Program (CLP) level 1, 2 and 3 customers qualify for savings over a two-year period when purchasing Creative Cloud through the Value Incentive Plan (VIP).

  • Adobe CLP-1 customers receive VIP Level 2—limited-time offer ends May 29, 2015.
  • Adobe CLP-2 customers receive VIP Level 3.
  • Adobe CLP-3 customers receive VIP Level 4.
  • All other customers receive VIP Level 1 through 4 pricing based on individual purchase volume.

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Australia Visual Days 2015

 

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We have some exciting news to share! We're hosting a special Australia 2015 tour. You'll have a chance to meet the teams from Chaos Group, Autodesk, and The Foundry.  

Check out the event details:


Sydney Visual Day 2015 

What: The latest from V-Ray, Autodesk and The Foundry  
When: May 18, 2015 

REGISTER HERE


V-Ray Arch-Viz Workshop in Sydney 

What: Learn how to deal with the challenges of the architectural visualization with V-Ray 
When: May 19, 2015

REGISTER HERE


Melbourne Visual Day 2015 

What: The latest from V-Ray, Autodesk and Mazur Visuals
When: May 20, 2015 

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PipelineFX now offers users the option to license Qube! on a subscription basis.

 

PipelineFX makers of Qube!, the leading render farm management solution for VFX, Design, Broadcast and Education media is excited to announce that they now offers users the option to license Qube! on a subscription basis.

 

What's New

Qube! 6.7 beta online demo

PipelineFX engineers now invite you to a "sneak peek" of upcoming Qube!
releases in an Online Demo twice a month.  We just ran the first beta demo March 27th for our upcoming release of v6.7, scheduled for May.  The feedback is tremendous and we hope to have more customers join!  

 

New v6.7 features include:

  • A Vray DBR job can start up immediately on one node and automatically add more workers as they become available
  • Modify the environment of your job after the job is already submitted
  • Option to require that a job or jobs only start on empty workers
  • Improved stability when submitting a large amount of jobs
  • New submission interface offering tabbed navigation

 

Qube! Subscription Licensing
Effective May 1, 2015 - You can purchase Qube! Unlimited licenses on a month-to-month basis

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Unity 5 Professional Edition is here!

The latest and most advanced version of the best development platform for creating games is now available to purchase.

With our awe-inspiring Physically-based Standard Shader and Real-time Global Illumination Unity 5 Pro is a graphics powerhouse.

It comes with so many additions to the feature-rich and highly flexible Unity Editor, including the top-tuned Audio Mixer, animation upgrades and the 64-bit editor.

Reach a broader audience with industry-leading multiplatform support! Our 21 deployment options now include WebGL at near native speeds, fully-integrated Oculus Rift build options in development and improved support for iOS Metal rendering.

What’s more, Unity 5 Pro delivers unmatched efficiency boosted in the Cloud with new services, including Unity Cloud Build Pro to automate the creation and distribution of builds, and Game Performance Reporting to monitor your game, starting with a preview of Exception Logging.

 

 

In addition to all the revolutionary engine features in Unity 5 Pro, you also get free access to essential new services and benefits:

  • One year’s access to time-saving Unity Cloud Build Pro
  • Asset Store Level 11 discounts and benefits
  • Unity’s Team License including the Cache Server and version control tools
  • Deep dive insights into your players’ behaviour with Unity Analytics Pro
  • Plus more unique Unity 5 Pro benefits including privileged access to upcoming Unity 5 betas

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Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya Offer

GET CURRENT WITH DESKTOP SUBSCRIPTION

This promotion provides you with the opportunity to “get current” with the latest Autodesk 3ds Max or Autodesk Maya products. Intended for customers on R2009-2014 versions of Autodesk® 3ds Max® or Autodesk® Maya® software.

You can purchase an Annual Desktop Subscription for a 32% discount* off the Autodesk suggested retail price (SRP).

This promotion is valid for any customers on R2009-2014 versions of the software who want to get "current" with Desktop Subscription instead of upgrading perpetual Licence.

This promotion will run from November 7, 2014 through to January 23, 2015.

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BUY 5 SEATS AND SAVE 40% on Adobe Creative Cloud for teams

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Creative Cloud for teams gives you the latest tools for creating on your desktop and mobile devices; expert training; and better ways to work together.
Get all these benefits—plus easy purchasing and deployment—when your business makes the move from Creative Suite to Creative Cloud for teams.

  • Existing commercial and government customers upgrading from CS (version 3 andlater) who purchase 5 seats or more of Creative Cloud for teams COMPLETE in the same order are eligible to receive a price of $39.99 per month per seat ($480 per year) from their channel partner, for up to two years. THAT’S A SAVINGS OF UP
  • TO 40% FOR UP TO TWO YEARS! Existing commercial and government customers upgrading from CS (version 3 andlater) who purchase between 1 and 4 licenses of Creative Cloud for teams COMPLETE are eligible to receive a price of $49.99 per seat per user ($600 per year) from their channel partner, for up to two years. THAT’S A SAVINGS OF UP TO 25% FOR UP TO TWO YEARS!

Act before November 28, 2014 to take advantage of the special promotional and migration pricing from your authorized channel partner.

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What’s new in Adobe Creative Cloud for teams

The next wave of innovation is here

Adobe Creative Cloud for teams continues to deliver on its promise of constant innovation. The latest updates to the 2014 release bring cutting-edge new ways to capture inspiration and share creative assets seamlessly between desktop and mobile apps. Creative Cloud for teams offers hundreds of features that are not available in Creative Suite, including countless improvements that make everyday
tasks easier and faster. And best of all, these upgrades are automatically included in your ongoing membership at no additional cost.

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