e-on software of Beaverton, Oregon, has announced that its Vue 2014 product including Vue xStream 2014 and Vue Infinite 2014–its newest solutions for CG professionals is now shipping. Other products in the Vue 2014 product line will be released later in Novermber 2013.
New Features in Vue 2014
A global leader in 3D digital nature technologies, e-on software’s Vue 2014 professional products build upon a solid foundation and increase workflow productivity and flexibility. In this latest 2014 release Vue focuses on core features–such as light, atmospheres and EcoSystems. Thanks to dedicated exchange filters, it also pushes integration into existing pipelines.
“With physically accurate sunlight and photometric lighting, FBX import, Multi-layer 32-bit OpenEXR 2.0 support, World Point Position passes, FBX, CHAN camera exchange as well as many workflow and interface improvements, Vue is more than ever the go-to solution for digital nature environments,” said Nicholas Phelps, president of e-on software.
Here is a shortlist of the top new features in Vue 2014 pro products:
- Import FBX Scenes with Textures — Vue xStream 2014 will import textured geometries and cameras in both ASCII or binary FBX formats. Camera motion can be imported and exported as FBX as well as Nuke CHAN files. Vue xStream 2014 outputs all render layers in a single multi-layer 32-bit OpenEXR 2.0 file. All passes are available in either 32-bit or 16-bit half format.
- World Point Position — Vue 2014 adds a WPP pass to the extensive list of rendering components, masks and information passes that can be generated for added compositing flexibility.
- Physically Accurate Sunlight Model and Photometric Lights — The new scientifically accurate photometric sunlight model uses a real-world, physical simulation of sun and atmospheric light intensities. Users can assign physically accurate values to all light properties, such as color temperature, light intensity (Lumens or Candelas) and IES Profiles.
- Tone Mapping –Vue 2014 lets users select different tone mapping filters to control how raw HDR colors are transformed into the final picture. These filters typically simulate the response of the human eye or chemical photographic film.
- Natural Grain — This new mode produces natural color variations particularly well suited for terrains, ground, or any natural element. Ideal for quick results, the Natural Grain option provides high level access to settings such as contrast, balance and roughness, directly in the Material Editor.
- EcoSystem Improvements — EcoSystem Clumping replicates the natural phenomenon whereby plants tend to grow in close patches rather than evenly distributed. Vue 2014 features highly optimized algorithms to accelerate the rendering of EcoSystems containing many small items, such as gravel or grass blades.
- Improved Plant Factory Compatibility — Health, Seasonality or any other published plant parameter can be animated directly inside the Vue timeline. When using Plant Factory plants in EcoSystems, a new Quality setting is available in the Population list to define the amount of detail of the plant instances, thus saving memory and reducing render times.
- Interface Improvements — The Vue 2014 Function Editor was redesigned for improved performance on modern computer displays. A new option is available that protects the render camera from any unwanted modifications and automatically switches to perspective view whenever the viewport is modified. Vue 2014 can position the sun exactly as it would be in real-life, based on time of day, date and location on Earth.
- Many other improvements such as Foldable EcoPainter, highly optimized flat Area Lights, naming in Render Stack, improved material manipulation, integration into the latest releases of Autodesk 2014 products, Cinema4D R15** and LightWave 11.6, and more…
Pricing and Availability
Vue xStream 2014 retails for 1,995.USD. Vue Infinite 2014 retails for 1,495.USD. Upgrades are available.