Carrara 8 launched
All-in-one 3D solution Carrara has been updated by DAZ 3D-Gizmoz to Carrara 8 and Carrara 8 Pro, providing improved animation tools, enhanced lighting, new vegetation tools and optimised rendering.
Professional artists utilising the Carrara 8 Pro toolset will gain access to 64-bit compatibility for Mac and Windows, as well as the Bullet Physics Library. This open-source, advanced physics toolkit allows artists to use cutting edge rigid and soft body dynamics. Combined with the speed improvements achieved from the new support for multi-threading and 64-bit hardware, the company claims Carrara 8 Pro drastically improves productivity.
Additionally, updated export capabilities allow game developers to transfer custom figures, environments and/or animations directly into the Unity game engine via the FBX file format.
In addition to the above improvements, the company claims Carrara 8 will offer:
Improved Plants & Vegetation: Users may add custom models and textures for unique leaves, flowers, fruit and more. Artists may also use a variety of different leaf objects per plant for increased natural variation.
Editing of Posed Meshes: Users can complete important clean-up and detail work on conforming objects while the model is posed or conformed. This allows the user to see immediate results as they work.
Enhanced Lighting Tools: Not only will Carrara 8 users experience an improved user interface, they will enjoy negative lights, God rays, barn doors on spotlights, and the much-requested capability of photometric (IES) lighting.
Improved Animation Tools: DAZ Studio’s Puppeteer has been added to the Carrara 8 toolset, enhancing animators’ ability to quickly create realistic animated figures that may be recorded and used as animation clips. This once tedious process has now been simplified by blending between saved poses, shapes and expressions.
Optimised Network Rendering: Users will enjoy greater control over their render farm as they easily add and remove nodes via their master machine, render frames or buckets as desired for greater safeguarding against lost render data.
”It is no secret that artists are continually seeking new avenues to build their skill set, and this is exactly what we keep in mind throughout our software development processes,” said DAZ 3D-Gizmoz CEO, Dan Farr. “Whether you are a professional illustrator, game developer, special effects creator, web designer, or student, Carrara 8 offers the perfect tools to do so.”
The full version of Carrara 8 Pro is available in both Macintosh and Windows formats via the DAZ 3D-Gizmoz website, and is regularly priced at USD $549. Licenses for the standard version Carrara 8 are available for USD $249.95. Special discount pricing is available for a limited time in the www.DAZ3D.com online store.
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