Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 Posted by Jim Thacker

Sneak peek: Colimo 1.5

Motiva has released a teaser video for the new depth of field and autostereoscopy tools in Colimo 1.5, the forthcoming update to its GPU-accelerated software for manipulating pre-rendered images.

Colimo enables viewers to adjust the lights, materials or surface colours in an image without needing the original 3D data, using an additional render pass generated either in modo or mental ray.

New depth-based options
The new toolsets in Colimo 1.5 also require an additional depth map generated from the original 3D scene, and enable viewers to adjust depth of field in the render on the fly, or to create stereoscopic views.

The DoF system looks intuitive, with users simply dragging sliders for FStop or ‘Focal Lenght’ (a typo we hope Motiva will fix before release) to adjust the sharp zone in the image. Bokeh effects are generated automatically.

The effect is described as “real time on mid-end hardware”, or there is a fast mode for generating previews.

Stereo workflow looks equally straightforward, with a standard range of viewing formats, and basic eye separation, convergence and offset controls.

Colimo is Windows-only. As yet, no release date for version 1.5 has been announced, but version 1.4 is available now, price €139 (around $175), excluding VAT.

Read more about Colimo on the Motiva website