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Luxion unveils KeyShot 9.0

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 | Posted by Jim Thacker

Luxion has posted a teaser for KeyShot 9.0, the next major update to its rendering and technical animation software, showing off support for GPU rendering, a new ‘RealCloth’ feature, and render denoising.

The release is now in closed beta, and is available to pre-order.

Support for GPU rendering on Nvidia’s RTX graphics cards
Luxion announced the major change in KeyShot 9.0 earler this year: that the formerly CPU-only render engine will support GPU rendering, at least on Nvidia GPUs.

The system is based on RTX, Nvidia’s hardware implementation of DirectX Raytracing.

If KeyShot 9.0 detects a compatible Nvidia GPU – a GeForce RTX, Titan RTX or Quadro RTX card – a new button will appear in the KeyShot Ribbon, enabling a user to switch to GPU rendering.

Otherwise, rendering will default to the CPU, as usual.

Render denoising, RealCloth and a 3D model library
Other new features shown in the KeyShot 9.0 teaser include render denoising.

Luxion’s blog post announcing GPU rendering namechecks the AI-driven denoising available via Nvidia’s OptiX ray tracing API, but it isn’t clear if KeyShot 9.0 will also include a CPU-based denoising system.

The teaser also lists RealCloth – again, we aren’t sure if it’s a new cloth material type or a full-blown cloth simulation system – and support for rendering surface fuzz.

The video also shows a new 3D model library – judging by the interface, it will be a new category on KeyShot Cloud – with readymade models ranging from furniture and domestic appliances to food.

KeyVR, Luxion’s virtual reality add-on for the renderer, has already been updated to support KeyShot 9.0.

Pricing and availability
KeyShot 9.0 is currently available to pre-order. Luxion hasn’t announced a commercial release date yet.

The current release, KeyShot 8.2, is available for 64-bit Windows 7+ and Mac OS X 10.10+. It comes with integration plugins for a range of DCC and CAD tools, including 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, Maya and ZBrush.

A new licence of the base HD edition costs $995; the Pro edition costs $1,995. An Enterprise licence, which includes the KeyShotXR and network rendering add-ons, costs $3,995. See a comparison table here.

Read the announcement for KeyShot 9.0 on Luxion’s blog
(Includes details of the pre-order offer)

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