Friday, November 13th, 2015 Posted by Jim Thacker

Andersson Technologies releases SynthEyes 1511

SynthEyes Geometric Hierarchy tracking system, introduced in SynthEyes 1508. SynthEyes 1511 adds a new Airbrush tool for painting GeoH weights, along with a new Smudge tool for mesh editing.

Andersson Technologies has released SynthEyes 1511, the latest update to its 3D tracking software, adding new mesh editing and weight painting tools, and a new driver for decoding RED camera footage.

Updates to Geometric Hierarchy tracking and mesh editing
Rather than adding any major new features, the 1511 update consolidates SynthEyes’ existing functionality, including the Geometric Hierarchy tracking system introduced in the 1508 release.

A new Airbrush tool enables users to paint weights to control the parts of the 3D geometry to which the deformations tracked by the GeoH system should be applied, rather than having to lasso-select vertices.

Other additions include a new Smudge tool for mesh editing, and the option to show the tracker-count-based background from the graph editor on the timebar.

Faster decoding of RED files, new mesh de-duplication option
There are also a couple of features designed to improve overall performance, including a new GPU-enabled driver for RED library 6.0.4.

According to the release notes: “With a suitable CUDA/OpenCL-capable video card and plenty of GPU and main memory, we’ve seen speedups of 10x decoding RED files.”

Users of the Pro version of the software also get a mesh de-duplication option for moving large meshes out of files saved in SynthEyes’ native SNI file format to reduce disk space used.

Pricing and availability
SynthEyes 1508 is available now for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. New licences cost from $299 to $699, depending on whether you buy the Intro or Pro edition of the software, and for which platforms.

Read a full list of new features in SynthEyes 1511 on Andersson Technologies’ website