Cloud graphics solution provider OTOY released the newest update to its OctaneRender software, introducing new features and flexibility for artists and animators, and a new interchange file format called .ORBX. The .ORBX file format houses a comprehensive array of computer-generated scene data, enabling the renderings across 15 of the top 3D modeling applications. Version 1.5 of OctaneRender is now available as a stand-alone client and via Octane Cloud Workstation with updated plug-ins for 3D applications rolling out shortly.
According to the company, the new .ORBX file format includes all aspects of a 3D scene, such as materials, properties, textures, lighting, transform hierarchies and cameras, all in a self-contained file format. It was designed in close collaboration with Autodesk and Mozilla to be a flexible container for a wide range of uses beyond computer graphics, including video, 3D printing, holography, design and engineering. The format allows for improved granularity, supporting the modeling of physical properties of a scene or object down to two hundredths of a nanometer, or a quarter of the size of a hydrogen atom.
OctaneRender 1.5 and related plug-ins allow artists and animators to import and export complex 3D scenes in .ORBX format across 15 modeling programs, appearing in the same final render quality as the program they were originally created in.
The node system has been rebuilt to allow simpler management and navigation of all elements in a scene, particularly as more intricate elements such as Alembic or .ORBX files are used with greater frequency. Users can now seamlessly group and ungroup nodes, edit nodes, and nest and copy nodes, while benefiting from a cleaner, more compact user interface.
The solution also supports the importing of .ABC Alembic files. Users can now set visibility properties for objects, and the software now supports viewing animated geometry and camera data with camera motion blur.
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