WHAT'S NEW IN VERSION 8.1 FOR THE STANDALONE?
WHAT'S NEW IN VERSION 8.1 FOR THE PLUG-IN?
THE FASTEST RAYTRACE RENDERER IN MOTION GRAPHICS
3D ProAnimator is the fastest way possible for you to add top-quality 3D Motion Graphics animation to your tool set. Follow our start up videos and you will be creating billable work right away.
3D programs these days are amazing. You can feel like a god making spaceships whiz and dinosaurs dance! But do you really need all of that power? And do you need the complications and headaches that go along with it? 3D ProAnimator is optimized for motion graphics to give you the most impressive animations possible for a minimalamount of training and work.
To get you up and running quickly, 3D ProAnimator comes with tons of presets and templates. Create an entire animation with One Click. Drag and drop colors, bevels and materials. No pre-planning, no training, just get-er-done production speed.
CUSTOMIZE YOURSELF SILLY
ProAnimator is not just a pile of templates and presets. You will always need to customize what you are doing and 3D ProAnimator makes customization fast and easy. Have you ever opened up a preset in another animation program and been boggled by the jungle of keyframes? Wont happen with ProAnimator. No keygrames means its easier to customize and easier to use. Easier means its faster. Faster means you can finish work earlier and get home in time for dinner.
CHANGES ARE NO SWEAT
Clients. You gotta love em, but they just dont know the trouble they cause when they start asking for changes. The simplest requests can cause a domino effect of rework and late nights. But not with 3D ProAnimator. 3D ProAnimator is made to change anything at any time with no rework. Even if you change the number of letters in a cascading text animation, 3D ProAnimator recalculates the timing automatically. Like we said, no rework.
PAYS FOR ITSELF
When a software is easy to learn you can start using it in your work sooner. When it has tools for making dozens and dozens of graphics at a sitting it keeps the costs down and the money in-house. When its also affordable to buy its a no-brainer. Thats why so many magazines, blogs and graphics sites call 3D ProAnimator Must Have' software.
3D TITLES ON STEROIDS
Users tell us over and over they don't know why they waited so long to buy the software. If you need 3D motion graphics, 3D ProAnimator is your dream program.
REAL-TIME 3D RENDERING
Boy isn't that an over-used buzzword these days! So let's put some quotes around 'real-time' and tell you what this really means. Zaxwerks has developed a new rendering engine called the Reactor Rendering System. It is a hybrid GPU/CPU system that will do GL rendering and Ray Tracing. It uses the latest advances in rendering technology to give you high quality final rendering pretty darned fast. Actually, 'pretty fast' doesn't do it justice. Our users say 'incredi-freakin-ly fast' is closer to the truth.
We've done comparisons between Maya, C4D and Reactor and what takes a couple of minutes per frame in the other programs is taking a few seconds per frame in Reactor. Tests were with millions of polygons, with textures, on real-world hardware like laptops and moderate desktops.
Can you slow it down? Sure you can. Depends on what you throw at it. But to get real shadows and ray traced reflections this fast is shocking and very very liberating.
REAL-TIME CAMERA FOCUS WITH DEPTH OF FIELD
If the beauty of an image is your thing then being able to control the focus of the camera is huge. 3D ProAnimator 8 lets you set what's in focus and then move the focus distance as an animated value. This gives you the ability to highlight a subject, focusing attention on the part that matters, then change the focus to highlight another subject. It's a truly cinematic look reserved for special occasions.
The best part is that it takes little additional rendering time. So when we say real-time we really mean it.
INSTANCING (AUTOMATIC OBJECT DUPLICATION)
The third big new feature in 3D ProAnimator 8 is called 'instancing'. Instancing, in simplest terms, is object duplication. However it duplicates objects in a way that's incredibly fast, and makes it easy to populate a scene with hundreds or even thousands of objects and still keep the rendering speed nice and fast. You can instance objects made of one piece, like hearts or stars. You can instance objects made of multiple pieces, like houses or cars. You can instance words or logos and you can even mix all of these kinds of objects together!
The fourth big new feature in 3D ProAnimator 8 creates big things out of small ones. Object distribution has always been a part of 3D ProAnimator but in version 8 we've made it much more flexible and powerful. We've added many new distribution styles which make it easy to create environments, backgrounds and objects made up of other objects.
Simple distributions are like arranging objects into rows, rings or grids.
There are lots of uses for simple distributions like this. But the cool part comes when you can distribute objects into the shape of other objects, such as logos or other 3D models. That's when things get fun. The flexibility of 3D ProAnimator lets you try simple or fancy in a way that's so easy and fast that you don't limit your designs based on the amount of time it takes to see if something is going to work. You can just try, try, try and get where you want faster, with fewer steps.
The merging of flexibility with increased workflow speed can't be understated. With most 3D programs your budget gets wasted when clients make changes. Each change causes a domino effect of rework. But changes in 3D ProAnimator are quick and easy and can be made at any time in the production process.
For example, say you start off with a circle of stars, then you turn it into a sphere of stars, and then you turn that into a sphere of words. You end up in a completely different place than where you started because the design evolved as you created.
Now as if that's not enough, all of these distributions can be animated in the timeline. So you can turn one massive distribution into another with the objects swarming and flying from one to the next! Fantastic!
Image-Based Lighting, or IBL for short, is a way of lighting your entire scene by using nothing but a picture! You read that right. All you need to do to get completely realistic lighting is to choose a picture of the environment and 3D ProAnimator 8 takes care of the rest for you! There's no need to be a lighting expert.
Change the lighting from an exterior beach to an interior studio to a nightclub with a single click. The image sets the mood and the software creates the lighting, shading and reflections.
It's an easy way of getting an epic look. And it's really really fast.
REAL-TIME AMBIENT OCCLUSION
The sixth big new feature in 3D ProAnimator 8 could be called the reality feature. The formal name is Ambient Occlusion but you can think of it as corner darkening. This feature darkens the corners and crevices of 3D objects in a way that gives the effect of bounce lighting but without the enormous rendering hit. It makes your objects look much more realistic, and thankfully we figured out how to add Ambient Occlusion in production at real-time speeds. There is no more excuse for your work to not look realistic.
Nothing in the real world is totally perfect. Unfortunately most things in the computer world are perfect. So you have to take extra time to make things un-perfect. That's where our new randomization features come in.
Randomization works hand in hand with the instancing and distribution features. Instancing creates hundreds of objects and distribution arranges them into shapes and patterns but what happens when the patterns are a little too regular? You randomize them!
These three features together are fantastic at populating your scene with lots of 'stuff'. Sometimes you just want to fill the frame up with stuff and you aren't too particular about the fine points of where that stuff is. Want an extra 100 objects? No problem. Randomize their rotation? Done. Randomize it a little more? Done.
And what if you are particular? What if you do want that third object from the left to be rotated an extra four degrees? Well 3D ProAnimator has you covered there too. Even though your objects are being distributed and randomized you can always come in and tweak an individual object so it's in just the right place.
That's where you get 'powerful' and 'easy' combined. You get projects done quicker and easier, but still have the ability to fine tune individual elements to make your project perfect. Overall it saves you time and reduces your headaches.
3D ProAnimator has always supported bump maps to give your textures realistic bumps and dents. However, it's now time to take Bump maps to the next level.
Say hello to Normal Maps. Have you seen those blue and pink pictures that look kind of funny? Well those are Normal Maps and they will make your textures look ultra realistic!
We have upgraded all of our materials to use normal maps. This means that when you buy 3D ProAnimator 8, you are also receiving 200+ realistic materials with normal maps, reflection maps, specular maps, transparency maps and diffuse maps. This is a huge value in itself, and we're including it for free with the program. Dang, we're really nice.
We'll still support bump maps so all of your old textures are safe, but if you know how to build, buy or download materials with normal maps, you'll, you'll be able to add luscious-looking textures to your everyday work.
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