Foundry has released Katana 3.0, a major update to its look dev and lighting tool, bundling in a new plugin version of the 3Delight renderer, and introducing a new viewport based on Pixar's USD Hydra technology. Performance has also been significantly improved: as well as the speed boost resulting from the new viewport architecture, Foundry claims that Katana 3.0 "loads files 1.5x faster" than previous versions
- New, faster viewport based on Pixar's Hydra architecture The headline feature in the update is the new viewport, which is based on Pixar's Hydra technology. Hydra, Pixar's OpenSubdiv-based real-time rendering architecture, is used in Pixar's own in-house tools, and forms part of its open-source Universal Scene Description technology. The major benefit of the change is raw performance, particularly when working with large scenes: Foundry claims that the new viewport is "7x to 10x faster" than its predecessor. However, there are also a few other design changes, including "a set of artist-friendly transform handles [and] a rich API for creating custom object drawing and manipulators". - Comes bundles with the new 3Delight for Katana plugin Katana 3.0 also now comes bundled with a new plugin version of the 3Delight renderer, previously used in production on a range of big visual effects movies and animated features. We discussed the integration when Foundry previewed it at NAB, so check our original story for details. Foundry also now has a dedicated webpage summarising 3Delight for Katana's major features, including its new Nodal Scene Interface (NSI). As well as a powerful real-time preview and live light mixing system, the renderer offers "robust" OSL support, and support for key pipeline technologies, including Cryptomatte, XGen and Yeti. - Workflow and performance improvements Other improvements include a revamped UI, intended to let artists "get more information ... at a glance". The changes are quite specific, but there's a list here, and before-and-after image on Foundry's website. General performance has also been improved, over and above the new Hydra viewport, with files now opening "1.5x faster than previous versions", and the rest of the program improved by "similar amounts"
Katana 3.0v3 Release Notes - Release Date 24 July 2018:
These release notes describe changes from Katana 3.0v2 to 3.0v3. For an overview of all changes in the Katana 3.0 line, please see the accompanying What's New in Katana 3.0 document.
About The Foundry Katana. Katana is a 3D application specifically designed for the needs of look development and lighting in an asset-based pipeline. Originally developed at Sony Pictures Imageworks, Katana has been their core tool for look development and lighting for all their productions since Spider-Man 3, Beowulf, and Surf's Up!. Katana provides a very general framework for efficient look development and lighting, with the goals of scalability, flexibility, and supporting an asset-based pipeline.
Katana is used in VFX, broadcast, and animation as a post-processing tool for final lighting. It uses a recipe approach to establishing lighting, making it easier for users to establish a lighting profile that can be reused in other scenes or projects.
About The Foundry. The Foundry is a leading global developer of creative software used to deliver high-end visual effects and 3D content for the design, visualization and entertainment industries. The portfolio empowers artists to create inspiring and technical images and visual experiences in media production (film, commercials, episodic television, gaming, and virtual and augmented reality), and product and industrial design.
The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in London, with offices in Silicon Valley, Manchester, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Dublin and Austin. In November 2015 Alex Mahon was appointed as CEO while Bill Collis became president.
Product: The Foundry Katana Version: 3.0v3 Supported Architectures: x64 Website Home Page :www.foundry.com Language: english System Requirements: PC Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7even or newer Size: 292.8 mb