OTOY Inc. has released an updated Octane Render 3, the fastest GPU-based, unbiased renderer. Create works in a fraction of the time of traditional methods.
new features of 3.07:
- Object controls for the OctaneRender viewport
We added the possibility to modify placement and scatter nodes using handles for rotation, scaling and translation in the viewport. Since OctaneRender is not a 3D modeling software, this will not modify any mesh geometry, but we may add an additional transformation pin to mesh and volume nodes in the future. This way you wouldn't have to explicitly create placement or scatter nodes to be able to move meshes around.
- New emitter options "Visible on diffuse", "Visible on specular", "Cast shadows"
We re-labelled the emitter option "Cast illumination" to "Visible on diffuse", because that's what it does. We also added the option "Visible on specular" to emitter nodes which is kind of complementary controls the visibility of emitters on specular surfaces. And last but not least we added an option "Cast shadows" to the emission nodes. If the option is disabled no shadow rays are traced during the direct light calculation causing objects to lose their shadows.
- Double-sided emitters
We also added an option to make emitters double-sided. The emitter on the left of the example below has the option "Double-sided" enabled.
- Transparent emission
We added a new option "Transparent emission" to the emission nodes to allow the user to choose whether the emission power should be scaled with opacity or not. Until now, transparent emitters were always taken fully into account even if they were transparent, i.e. they behaved as if "Transparent emission" is enabled. This is useful if you want to control the light in your scene without your emitters being directly visible. But there are cases when transparent emitters should not emit light, for example if you would like to modulate an emitter surface using opacity.
- Improved rendering of non-uniformly scaled emitters
Until now, non-uniformly scaled emitters were rendered incorrectly. The problem was that in that case the direct light sampling was done non-uniformly, too, resulting in artifacts in some corner.
- Importance sampled texture environment for all textures
Until now, only image textures could be used for importance sampled environments, but now you can mix and match different textures while still using importance sampling. Since importance sampling of the environment makes only sense if it's not constant, Octane tries to figure out if the input texture actually is constant or not and implicitly disables importance sampling if it is, but it's probably best to manually disable "importance sampling" if you don't want to use importance sampling.
- User defined instance IDs
We added the possiblity for plugins (or Lua scripts) to explicitly define instance IDs in all geometry nodes except the volume node. This alone isn't terribly useful, but combined with two new textures plugins can now explicitly define colours for instances. In this simple example, a Lua script graph creates a grid of instances of some input geometry (a cube) and assigns them an instance ID that matches the image used in the instance colour texture.
- Baking texture
We added a texture that allows you to bake an arbitrary texture into an image. We implemented this mainly to allow the use of procedural textures in displacement mapping, but it may have some other uses, too. The baking uses the texture preview system and then appears like an image texture to the rest of the system. The baking is done whenever an input is changed and is calculated on-the-fly. The internal image will not be stored in the project and thus needs to be recalculated whenever the project is loaded. With this texture node, you can utilize the full power of procedural textures and combine them with displacement, which for example makes it super easy to create alien landscapes.
- UVW transform texture
On request by the Unity plugin developers we also added an UVW transform texture node. It allows you to specify a UVW transform that is applied additionally to the UVW transform of its input texture (tree). One use case is to combine different scales/orientations/translations of the same image texture to create a larger detail range without creating patterns that are too obvious.
- Baking UV transform
The object layer node supports now a new transform that affects the way the UVs from that object layer are projected into the UV space when rendered using the baking camera. What this allows is simply to be able to bake entire scene light-maps, including all render passes in one single render without any additional compositing.
- Direct configuration of net render daemons
In the net render settings you can now specify the host names or IP addresses of net render daemons directly, which is helpful if they are located outside of the subnet the net render master is connected with.
- Support for FBX and glTF
We added support for loading FBX and glTF files. Both file formats load - similar to Alembic - as a geometry archive i.e. a node graph with "lots of stuff" inside and providing material and object layer input linkers as well as camera and geometry output linkers.
- Bone deformations
To support FBX and glTF we needed to add support for bone deformations. This way character animations can be stored a lot more lightweight than if the deformed geometry would need to be baked, like in Alembic. It will also allow some potential optimizations in the geometry compilation in the future. Since you can't set up or edit bone deformations in the Octane node graph editor, you can ignore the two geometry nodes you can find under "Geometry|Bone deformation" and "Geometry|Joint".
About OctaneRender. OctaneRender is the world’s first and fastest GPU-accelerated, unbiased, physically correct renderer. What does that mean? It means that Octane uses the graphics card in your computer to render photo-realistic images super fast. With Octane’s parallel compute capabilities, you can create stunning works in a fraction of the time.
The release of the new OctaneRender 3, brings new state-of-the-art tools never seen before in any production renderer. Features include volumetric light field primitives and deep motion buffers for high frame rate VR rendering. The release also incorporates important industry standards for GPU rendering, including Open Shader Language (OpenSL) and OpenVDB for particle simulation.
Use OctaneRender to create images of the highest possible quality at speeds up to 50x faster than CPU-based, unbiased renderers. Attached to your editing tools? No problem! Octane supports more than 21 plugins and has a fully interactive, real-time 3D editing viewport. And with Octane 3.0 we provide integration to a beta version of the new Octane Render Cloud to scale for all of your on-demand GPU compute needs.
About OTOY Inc. OTOY Inc. is the definitive cloud graphics company, pioneering technology that is redefining content creation and delivery for media and entertainment organizations around the world. OTOY’s Academy Award-winning technology is used by leading visual effects studios, artists, animators, designers, architects, and engineers, providing unprecedented creative freedom, new levels of realism, and new economics in content creation and distribution powered by the cloud.
OTOY was founded in 2008 by Jules Urbach (Founder & CEO), Alissa Grainger (Co-Founder & President) and Malcolm Taylor (Co-Founder & CTO). Since then, the company has grown to over 60 employees across four offices with headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles, CA.
Product: Octane Render
Version: 3.07 with Cinema 4D 3.07 R2 Plugin and Sample Scenes, demo suite
Supported Architectures: x64
System Requirements: PC
Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP or newer
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