Caustic Visualizer 1.1 for Autodesk Maya gets batch rendering and modelling modes

Caustic has always had a close collaboration with its users, continuously listening to their feedback whether it is on our unique Series2 ray tracing hardware offerings or our ground-breaking Visualizer software packages. Keeping with this tradition, we have just posted a final version of Caustic Visualizer 1.1 for Autodesk Maya on our downloads page and are very excited to reveal some of the key new features in this release.

Furthermore, to celebrate this release, we are offering a discount of 30% on all our products so you can start building your own ray tracing supercomputers right away. For a limited time, the Caustic R2100 and R2500 ray tracing accelerator cards will be just $495, and $995 respectively while the Visualizer for Maya 1.1 is going to be priced at $99.

Exciting new features in Caustic Visualizer 1.1 for Autodesk Maya

Caustic Visualizer for Maya 1.1 now supports batch rendering – as well as immediate rendering within your current Maya session, you can launch additional processes for rendering sequences of images.

Caustic Visualizer’s renderer works with Autodesk Maya 2012, 2013, 2013 Extension 2 and 2014 on Windows 7 and Windows 8 and supports queue-management packages like Backburner and Deadline, so it’s possible to launch Visualizer across multiple machines in a render farm, too.  You can equip your farm machines with Caustic Series2 ray tracing accelerator cards to reduce render times by as much as 500% with each card present on the network. It will not be uncommon for a typical animation scene final sequence render time to drop from “let’s look at it tomorrow morning” to “let’s look at it after lunch” or even sooner.

Interior Pool Caustic Visualizer 1.1 Autodesk MayaRyan Montrucchio and Will Anielewicz used Caustic Visualizer for Autodesk Maya to design this interior pool

In addition to the information contained in our user guide, we have published two video tutorials on batch rendering on our web site which can be seen below.

Caustic Visualizer™ for Maya Batch Render Settings — Part 1 from Caustic on Vimeo.
Caustic Visualizer™ for Maya Batch Render Settings — Part 2 from Caustic on Vimeo.
Another new feature we’ve introduced with Caustic Visualizer 1.1 for Maya consists of special ‘modeling modes’ that present useful information about your models. This info is updated in real-time, just like the usual Visualizer rendering.

These modes can be accessed via hotkeys when the mouse has the viewport selected. In addition to information contained in our user guide, we have provided a video tutorial on our web site which can be also viewed below:

Using Modeling Modes in Caustic Visualizer for Maya from Caustic on Vimeo

Caustic Visualizer 1.0 Beta 1 for Autodesk 3ds Max gets added functionality

Another major release that was uploaded to our downloads page last week was the Caustic Visualizer 1.0 Beta 1 for Autodesk 3ds Max.

Gavin Greenwalt Caustic Visualizer for Autodesk 3ds Max - spaceshipGavin Greenwalt used Caustic Visualizer for Autodesk 3ds Max to design this spaceship

Like Caustic Visualizer for Maya, Caustic Visualizer for Autodesk 3ds Max enables 3D artists to accelerate their workflows by greatly reducing time spent on “iterative” scene refinement. Unlike other accelerated viewports, Visualizer’s beautifully ray traced ActiveShade environment allows scenes to be viewed and modified in real-time using 3ds Max’s standard modeling, animation and lighting toolsets – including mental ray.  This Beta 1 version supports both 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design 2012 and 2013, with support for 2014 coming in a later beta release.

Mads Drøschler Visualizer Autodesk 3ds Max - boatMads Drøschler used Caustic Visualizer for Autodesk 3ds Max to design this boat

If you’re keen to see Caustic’s ray tracing hardware and software solutions in action, we will be attending SIGGRAPH 2013 in July. We plan to keep updating our products to incorporate more functionality and extend support for operating systems and workstations in the future so keep interacting with us on our forum.

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