Sign up for the newsletter

Signup for the Newsletter

RandomControl ships Maverick Studio and Indie 2021.2

Saturday, March 6th, 2021 | Posted by Jim Thacker

 
Originally posted on 28 January 2021. Scroll down for news of the 2021.2 updates.

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”.

 

 
Updated 6 March 2021: RandomControl has released Maverick Indie 2021.2 and Maverick Studio 2021.2, adding support for hardware-accelerated ray tracing on Nvidia’s RTX GPUs.

RTX acceleration, which is also supported on older cards from the GeForce GTX 10 Series, results in render speed gains of “10% to 100% depending on the scene and the hardware architecture”.

You can see a graphic comparing Maverick Benchmark scores for every compatible Nvidia GPU with RTX acceleration turned on and turned off in this blog post.

Users of Maverick Studio also get a new system of Trace Sets, shown in the image above, making it possible to control exactly which scene objects and lights interact with one another in renders.

Users can choose to include or exclude lights or objects from the reflections and refractions on the surface of other objects on a per-object basis.

Other new features in Maverick Studio 2021.2 include a new Lightbox node intended for authoring parametric softbox-style lighting environments for image-based lighting.

Pricing and system requirements
Maverick Indie and Maverick Studio are available for 64-bit Windows Vista+. Both are CUDA-based, although as of the 2021.2 update, only Nvidia GPUs from the GeForce GTX 10 Series and newer are supported.

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

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Comments

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.


© CG Channel Inc. All Rights. Privacy Policy.