Tuesday, October 4th, 2022 Posted by Jim Thacker

Glassbox Technologies releases BeeHive 2.0

Glassbox Technologies has released BeeHive 2.0, the latest version of its collaborative real-time virtual scene editing and review system for Unreal Engine and Maya.

New features in version 2.0 include per-asset version control, support for Unreal Engine sublevels, and support for new Unreal Engine asset types, including landscapes and foliage.

A cross-site, cross-software real-time collaboration system for virtual production and VR
First released in 2020, BeeHive is a collaboration, sync and review solution for virtual production.

It enables teams ranging from YouTube creators to large VFX facilities to collaborate remotely, and across host applications, seeing changes made to a scene by other users inside their own software in real time.

Glassbox Technologies pitches the software as a more powerful, streamlined alternative to Unreal Engine’s native multi-user editing system.

BeeHive 2.0: per-asset version control and support for more Unreal Engine features
Key changes in BeeHive 2.0 include a new Asset History tab, enabling artists to use BeeHive’s version history system to roll back to previous changes on a per-asset basis.

The software now supports multiple levels and sublevels in Unreal Engine, with studios also now able to hot-switch scenes and sub-scenes without having to shut down nDisplay clusters.

In addition, BeeHive now supports the full range of Unreal Engine asset types, including landscapes, foliage and lighting, the latter including support for Lumen, Unreal Engine 5.0‘s real-time global illumination system.

Other changes include automatic detection and use of Windows file sharing, and a new Maya install wizard.

Since we last wrote about the software, Glassbox has discontinued the Unity edition of BeeHive.

Pricing and system requirements
BeeHive is compatible with Maya 2019+ and Unreal Engine 4.27 and 5.0.

Annual subscriptions cost $3,990/year for three floating licences, or $6,042/year for five floating licences, up slightly since BeeHive 1.0. Perpetual licences are available on request.

Read more about BeeHive on Glassbox Technologies’ website