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Stay on top of what happening in your field. We’ve created a single point for regularly updated articles, resources, industry news and other stuff we find interesting. If there is a topic you would like to see an article on or a general question you would like answered, please let us know and we’ll see what we can do. Otherwise, enjoy!

V-Ray 3.3 for Maya is here!

The first thing users we’ll notice is speed. Most scenes render 20-50% faster with V-Ray 3.3 for Maya, and it’s a free update for V-Ray 3.X for Maya artists. Also, this release introduces final frame production rendering on the GPU with a major update to V-Ray RT. Like V-Ray for 3ds Max, 3.3 for Maya adds Variance-based Adaptive Sampling with better noise detection for cleaner images. It also brings faster set-up with less adjustments since lights and materials can now be evaluated automatically. And these are just a few of the many new features.

Users who have V-Ray 3.0 or 3.1 for Maya, just need to login at chaosgroup.com and go to the download page to get this free update.

For more information on what else is new, check out the below video or visit V-Ray.com.
 

 

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Transforming Enterprise Productivity with Hybrid IT

A look into the mixed environment of mobile, cloud and data center

Hybrid IT is here. The flexible environment allows enterprises employees to use mobile devices to connect to cloud apps and on premise data centers in a seamless manner that boosts productivity and efficiency. Pulse Secure, in collaboration with cloud and security expert Jim Romeo, teamed up to co-author this piece which explores what is needed to effectively implement hybrid IT within the enterprise setting, along with specific case examples that examine the challenges and benefits of deployment.

The paper provides specifics on:

  • Managing security risks in a hybrid IT environment
  • Effectively leveraging the cloud and the data center
  • Mobility and the notion of securing data, not devices
  • Looking at the Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) model
  • Case examples ensuring seamless enterprise management and productivity in a hybrid IT environment

Hybrid IT is a game changer and its benefits far outweigh the risks– however, if the right steps aren’t taken, you could find yourself on the outside looking in.

Download the white paper on Hybrid IT now. 

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V-Ray for Revit beta 2 now available


As a result of testing and feedback, our friends at ChaosGroup have released Public Beta 2 of V-Ray for Revit.

This new release includes multiple refinements and new features including:

  • Distributed rendering lets you render images faster with the power of multiple computers.
  • Better RT GPU support for your CUDA-enabled device with support for OpenCL coming soon.
  • Better performance across the board with numerous memory optimisations and bug fixes.

V-Ray for Revit public beta is available as a free download. After creating an account on chaosgroup.com, users can follow the link at the V-Ray for Revit product page to register.

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Toon Boom Animation Releases Storyboard Pro 5

Toon Boom Animation announced today the release of Storyboard Pro 5. This new release streamlines the pre-production and storyboarding process with new creative tools for artists, adds improvements to the 3D workflow, and provides better integration with editorial, allowing artists to develop impressive storyboards faster than ever before. Storyboard Pro 5 has also been improved in order to enable pre-production pipelines for CG, live action and games cinematics. 

New Features

  • 3D Workflow Enhancements

Provide better integration between 2D and 3D with the ability to snap 3D models to surfaces, create layers on models, import Collada and Alembic files and work with a more responsive 3D camera.

  • Customisable Brush Tips

Allow artists to change the roundness, hardness, and angle of tips as well as add randomness.

  • Layer Grouping

Storyboard Pro 5 features the ability group layers of drawings - making it easier to organise and share content for an even more fluid creative development process and exchange between artists.

  • Qt Application Scripting

Lets you create tools and scripts to automate manual tasks. Several example scripts are available to get you started.

  • Support for 23.976 NDF Timecode

Enables the seamless transfer of animatics from Storyboard Pro to the editing suite.

  • Shared Drawings

Faster revisions are now possible with shared drawings - you can use a single drawing across multiple panels. When you make a change, the artwork updates everywhere so you can move on more quickly to the next creative process.

Storyboard Pro 5 - Storyboarding Software

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V-Ray 3.3 for 3ds Max – FREE update

Our friends at ChaosGroup have just released a big update to V-Ray for 3ds Max - that will render most scenes up to 20-50% faster!

V-Ray 3.3 for 3ds Max introduces a new variance-based adaptive sampler – a new algorithm that makes renders quicker to setup and removes the need to set subdivisions for lights and materials. This will make it much easier for you to get high-quality, predictable renders.

New Features

  • Ray Traced Rounded Corners – for perfectly smooth edges at render time
  • New Sky Model and Aerial Perspective – for realistic natural-looking environments
  • Triplanar Mapping – for simple, UV-less textures
  • Improved V-Ray Clipper with Render-time Booleans – for cutaways using any arbitrary mesh
  • Stochastic Flakes – for more realistic materials like snow, sand, and car paints

Current features have also been updated, including better global illumination and GPU rendering with V-Ray RT.

This FREE update is available to all V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max users. 

Download this free update now from your account at www.chaosgroup.com

V-Ray 3.3 for 3ds Max – Overview

 
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Introducing V-Ray for Revit Public Beta

BIG NEWS for BIM Managers and Revit users.
Chaos Group have launched V-Ray for Revit public beta!

Now integrated into Autodesk Revit, V-Ray’s core rendering technology has been tailored to meet the needs of architects at all stages of the design process.

V-Ray for Revit has been designed to fit seamlessly into production, providing powerful rendering with streamlined controls. New users will be able to take advantage of V-Ray's proven capabilities with its familiar interface and easy-to-use presets. While its advanced post-processing and a stereoscopic VR camera will set you up for creative success down the line.

V-Ray for Revit supports interchange of all V-Ray design tools (to SketchUp, Rhino and 3ds Max), which will make your projects more efficient and designs more reliable as they move between platforms. Revit cameras, lighting and materials are all supported as well, ensuring a simple adoption process.

V-Ray for Revit public beta is available as a free download. After creating an account on chaosgroup.com, users can follow the link at the V-Ray for Revit product page to register.

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Storm FX are the sole ANZ resellers of Toon Boom Software!

Toon Boom are the leaders in animation and Storyboarding software, and Storm FX are very excited to announce we are now the sole distributors of this amazing software in Australia and New Zealand.

There are two products that transform the animation world. 

HARMONY

Draw, animate and add special effects. Go further than ever before, and do it in the style of your choice. More details

STORYBOARD PRO

The all-in-one Storyboarding Tool. Storyboard your episodic, advertising, film, or other creative projects. More details

Contact us now for information on these products


 

Autodesk Perpetual License Changes

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Autodesk is gradually transitioning new software purchases for their products to subscription options only.

By January 31, 2016 Autodesk will stop selling new perpetual licenses of individual products, and after July 31, 2016 Autodesk will no longer sell new perpetual licenses (both standalone and network licenses) of Autodesk Design & Creation Suites.

To ensure a smooth transition, Storm FX Account Managers will work with you to make the shift as seamless as possible, and can help with any questions you may have around these changes. 


Here are some frequently asked questions to get you started.


Can I continue to use my existing perpetual licenses?

Yes. You will be able to continue using your existing software licenses indefinitely, including any new perpetual licenses purchased before January 31 2016 (for individual products) and July 31 2016 (for suites).

Can I continue to use and renew my Maintenance Subscription for my existing perpetual license?

Yes. This transition does not affect your current maintenance subscription in any way. For perpetual licenses with active Maintenance, you will continue to receive updates to your existing software version along with other benefits for as long as you continue to renew your Maintenance Subscription on time.

How will I be able to purchase products after the end of sale of perpetual licenses?

You will purchase Autodesk Products via a subscription.

Why is Autodesk making these changes?

Subscription offers a simplified and more flexible customer experience, lower upfront cost, and the ability to pay for Autodesk products and cloud services for the amount of time that is right for you.

Where can I get more information?

If you would like more information on these changes, you can visit the Autodesk website. Or give us a call and we will be more than happy to help you through this transition. Contact Us 


 

Exciting New Products for BIM Managers

Storm FX are very excited to announce they are the very FIRST Australian and New Zealand resellers of two revolutionary solutions,  Enscape 3D and Fuzor 2016. Both are vital solutions that will bridge the communication and collaboration gap between BIM and visualisation teams.

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Using Revit? Wishing for instant visualisation to showcase your design? Fuzor is a premium visualisation tool that synchronises with Revit in real time.

  • Supercharge your workflow with Revit and Sketchup.
  • Streamline department collaboration.
  • Save time with features such as Fuzor’s clash reports, lighting reports, GIS data support.
  • iOS, Android mobile device playback and Oculus support.

Find out more

 

ENSCAPE 3D

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Need to turnaround a quick walk-through for stakeholders, direct from your Revit workstation? With Enscape 3D, a high quality visualisation is available in real time

  • No need for cloud uploads, Enscape does its work securely on your machine.
  • Changes in Revit directly visible in Enscape!
  • Prepare visualisations for every client meeting without additional effort.

Find out more

 

 


 

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.

Click here for more key features on V-Ray for NUKE

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