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Real-Time Photorealistic Ray Trace Rendering

Category : News · No Comments · by Dec 11th, 2009

This is cool, you got to see this! The pain of endless render times will soon be history. Companies around the world is working hard to develop the future of rendering. And that is GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) accelerated real-time rendering of ray traced photorealistic renderings! So instead of waiting two hours, you just have to wait two seconds, for a rendered result on your screen. As I mentioned there are quite a few companies working on this kind of technology out there, and here are some of them.

Shaderlight (ArtVPS)

V-Ray RT (Chaos Group)
V-Ray has one solution that is already available I think. Check out this presentation from SIGGRAPH 2009; V-Ray RT GPU Rendering Demo

iray (mental images)
mental images and nVidia joins forces to create a real-time renderer using the mental ray and CUDA (wiki) technology. It will be available in mental ray 3.8 and the current version (3ds max 2010) is 3.7 so perhaps the next release of 3ds max (sometime mid-2010, perhaps) will include the iray renderer, wouldn’t that be awesome! :D

RealityServer (mental images & nVidia)
This is cool, nVidia is developing a server-side real-time rendering solution for web 3d. It utilizes the iray technology from mental images and renders the scene on a server and the image is then sent to all the client computers, all within just seconds! Check out a video presentation here:

Now wasn’t this really good news! :)

Cheers mates!

3ds Max used in the production of Roland Emmerich’s 2012

Category : News · No Comments · by Nov 28th, 2009

During the production of Roland Emmerich’s apocalyptic disaster film 2012 Autodesk’s 3ds Max was used extensively to create very impressive visual effects. Here are some screenshots I grabbed from a “Making of” video, were you can see 3ds Max on the artists’ monitors.


3ds Max with a dark UI colour, showing the ruins of Las Vegas in wireframe.


3ds Max on the left monitor.


3ds Max on the left monitor, with some fluid simulation it looks like(?)


3ds Max on the left monitor with black viewport colours.

Check out the video and read the article here: Special Review: 2012 Film. The Making of. HD Video

The company behind the VFX is Uncharted Territory, LLC.

A new plug-in for 3ds Max called volumeBreaker was used to smash buildings and roads to pieces.

volumeBreaker is a volumetric geometry fracturing tool that will instantly create sub-geometry within any mesh – geometry that perfectly fits together and fills any given volume. With volumeBreaker Cebas brings a Hollywood quality destruction tool to 3ds MAX. volumeBreaker was developed in consultation with, and to meet the very exacting demands of, VFX artists working on multi-million dollar movies – because of this, volumeBreaker truly is a production proven tool.

The tool is being developed by cebas VISUAL TECHNOLOGY Inc. and you can read more about it here:

Now, ain’t that cool? ;)
Cheers mates!

Self-unwrapping polygons; Ptex from Walt Disney Animation Studios

Category : News · No Comments · by Aug 25th, 2009

Walt Disney Animation Studios are working on a new method for unwrapping polygon meshes, and the idea is to not unwrap them at all! They call it Ptex (Per-Face Texture Mapping) and it automatically unwraps all the quad faces of a subdivided mesh. This saves artist a lot of time when they don’t need to spend time with unwrapping, eliminating texture stretching and texture seams; it is all done automatically.

This technique has already been used Walt Disney Animation Studios in their production of Bolt (2008) and is supported in Pixar’s RenderMan renderer.

Here is a short abstract regarding this technique and you can read the entire paper here (.pdf). And here are some slides (.pdf) from EGSR. And here is a video demonstration form YouTube:

Cebas VolumeBreaker

Category : News · No Comments · by Aug 5th, 2009

Cebas has developed a new fracture plug-in for 3ds max, called VolumeBreaker. It looks impressive.

Check it out here!