Clarisse iFX in action. Version 2.0 of the hybrid 2D/3D rendering tool will add support for volume rendering and deep image workflows via OpenEXR 2.0. Its first public showing is at Siggraph 2014 later this month.
Originally posted on 3 August. Scroll down for updates.
Isotropix has announced Clarisse iFX 2.0, a sizeable update to its next-gen 2D/3D rendering tool, describing the update as a “true milestone for production pipelines”.
Combining features of conventional renderers, compositors and animation tools, Clarisse iFX is designed to enable artists to develop heavy production scenes while interacting continually with the final image.
Due for release at the end of the year, Clarisse iFX 2.0 will go on show at Siggraph 2014, alongside presentations from early Clarisse adopter Double Negative.
Support for volume rendering, deep image compositing, OpenColorIO
So far, the Clarisse iFX 2.0 online product tour is tantalisingly blank, but to judge from the press material, pipeline integration and support for open-source technologies have both been a focus for the update.
There’s also a new AOV engine, for more control over how output is used within other apps; and “powerful file referencing supporting local overrides and incremental updates designed for team work”.
Pricing and availability
Clarisse iFX 2.0 is due for release “early in Q4 2014″. The software is currently available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, priced from $999 per licence following a big price cut at the end of last year.
Updated 12 August: Isotropix has posted a video of the new features in Clarisse iFX 2.0 and filled in the online feature list – and while the broad strokes are those set out above, it really fills in the details.
The new look development features come out well: there’s a striking proof of the claim that ambient occlusion can be used to drive any geometric property with an AO pass being used to control a crowd animation.
The updated scattering and file referencing functionality also looks good, and there are a bunch of neat smaller features, like a 3D Clone Stamp tool and a render history widget.
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