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Carbon 3D Fusion CI Studios

When Carbon 3D announced its groundbreaking 3D printing process, CLIP, at a Vancouver TED talk, Fusion CIS partnered with Cinco Design to create an artistic depiction of how the printer works using RealFlow and other software.

About the company

Fusion CI Studios is committed to excelling at complex dynamic fx challenges. Realistic physical simulation is the core of their work - complex fluid and particle fx like smoke, fire, explosions and rigid/soft body dynamics at uncompromising, photo-real, feature-film quality.

The Challenge

Fusion’s fluid & particle effects had to artfully represent the 3D printer’s unique chemical reaction of laser-lights and liquid resin that, as if by magic, creates a 3D object. With only three weeks to sim & render 1) a complex, original particle fx “nebula”, 2) a photo-real droplet traveling through space and 3) a viscous fluid elegantly interacting with intricately detailed ‘buckyball’ geometry, the challenge was intense.

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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


  • 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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Blur Studio co-creates time-lapse rocket ride to Trade Center’s top

Step into one of the shiny new World Trade Center One’s elevators and you’ll be treated to a simulation of Manhattan’s growth over the past 500 years - and it’s rendered by V-Ray.  Learn how this 3D documentary takes visitors through an amazing and touching history of New York while delivering them to the observation deck.

FMX 2015 Creative Spotlight: Independent Filmmakers

Independent artists are redefining the film industry as we know it.

They are telling amazing stories in short films which are entrancing the major film studios. We presented our latest collaborations with independent artists at FMX. Read about them in the V-Ray Mag, and watch our video interview with David Levy and Miguel Ortega.

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


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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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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The RealFlow Deliciously Viscous Challenge!

The RealFlow Deliciously Viscous Challenge!

Choose your favourite food and give it a tasty thick twist with a RealFlow simulation.


1st prize worth over $3000!

DEADLINE: Wednesday 3rd July
FORMAT: Video - Maximum length 30 seconds 1080p, Quicktime (H.264) or MP4

Entrants choose their favourite food and give it a tasty thick twist with a RealFlow simulation. Be it caramel, chocolate or honey, show off your love of food with RealFlow, and make everyone’s mouth water!

Enter here:

Adobe Document Cloud

What is Adobe Document Cloud?

Adobe Document Cloud combines a completely reimagined Acrobat with the power of e-signatures. Now you can edit, sign, send, and track documents wherever you are — across desktops, mobile, and web. All from Adobe, the company that invented PDF.

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Batman: Arkham Knight Blur Studio Case Study

Brandon Young talks to us about working with the Caped Crusader's awesome vehicle using RealFlow.

About the company
Blur Studio is an award-winning production company based in Culver City, California. They work on such jobs ranging from commercials, games, cinematics and VFX for film.

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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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