The Blender Foundation has posted the 2016 Cycles demo reel: a 100-second showcase of the best new work created using Blender’s GPU-accelerated production renderer.
Although some of the most recognisable work is that of the Blender Institute itself, in the shape of open-source shorts Caminandes 3 and Cosmos Laundromat, there are also plenty of commercial projects.
The contributing studios range from motion graphics specialist Istudios Visuals and design studio/animation house Ulkutay Creative to VFX facility BlackBoard Studios, and even California Academy of Sciences.
Unlike the 2015 reel, there are no still images this year, which reduces the range of photorealistic work.
But all in all, it’s still a testament to the range of projects Blender is used on these days, both personal and professional – and a reminder that you don’t need commercial software to create great work.
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