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RandomControl ships Maverick Studio and Indie 2021.1

Thursday, January 28th, 2021 | Posted by Jim Thacker

RandomControl has updated Maverick Studio and Maverick Indie, its new physically based GPU renderers for industrial designers and entertainment artists.

Build 486 of Maverick Studio – the 2021.1 release – adds the Ambience Composer, a new dedicated interface panel for authoring lighting set-ups, plus the option to save and reuse ambiences.

Both editions get updates to the built-in denoiser, which now supports image resolutions of up to 8K.

Physically based render engines balancing ease of use and modern GPU rendering features
Developed by Arion renderer creator RandomControl and launched in 2019, Maverick Studio is a streamlined new renderer aimed at product and automotive visualisation.

It provides a drag-and-drop workflow for assigning PBR materials and setting up lighting and a render camera, plus a physically accurate full-spectral render engine with built-in denoising.

The software is CUDA-based, and supports modern GPU rendering features like out-of-core rendering.

It was later joined by Maverick Indie, a lower-priced edition aimed at entertainment work, which lacks support for CAD file formats, plus features like NURBS and cross-section rendering.

New in Maverick Studio 2020.1: new Ambience Composer panel for designing lighting set-ups
The main new feature in Maverick Studio 2021.1 is the Ambience Composer, a new interface panel intended to make it possible to author lighting set-ups more intuitively.

It displays a panoramic view of a lighting set-up seen from the object being lit, onto which users can drag and drop light sources: the software has presets mimicking real-world studio lights.

The workflow is reminiscent of dedicated lighting tools like HDR Light Studio, although all of the lights are geometry-based: Ambience Composer doesn’t also edit the scene’s environment map.

You can read a more detailed description of how the Ambience Composer works in this blog post.

Users can also now save and reuse ambiences – which include surrounding geometry and scale information, as well as the lighting set-up itself – as native Maverick Studio .mkamb files.

The changes common to both editions of the software are mainly improvements to existing features: in particular, the AI denoiser now supports resolutions “up to 8K or so”.

Pricing and system requirements
Maverick Indie and Maverick Studio are available for 64-bit Windows Vista and above. Both are CUDA-based, so most Nvidia cards less than five years old should be compatible.

Perpetual licences of Maverick Indie cost €249.99 (around $300); rental starts at €19.99/month ($24/month). Perpetual licences of Maverick Studio cost €499.99 ($600); rental starts at €39.99/month ($48/month).

Read an overview of the new features in Maverick Studio and Maverick Indie on the RandomControl blog

Read a full list of new features in the online changelog

See a feature comparison table for the two applications

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