Tuesday, September 2, 2014

New Release of Raylectron version 4

SoftByte Labs, Inc has released a new version of Raylectron alias version 4.xx, much faster and easier to use.

Raylectron already contain just about all the settings to fine tune the output, therefore, no further processing by other software is required.

New Release of Raylectron version 4

The material editor is simple, yet powerful. Any materials can produce different effects, such as reflection (like mirror), refraction (like glass), transparency, glossiness, shininess, bump maps, normal maps and background images. Create your own grass & fur. Shadows are not fake or simulated like "Soft shadows". Caustics are also real, not fake or simulated.

Create your own animation which gives you a hands-free tour of a model.
Raylectron utilize all the CPU cores and threads (user selectable) to render as fast as possible and new GPU version available.

Some of the unique features:
  • Render OBJ files.
  • Ability to create Grass & Fur, such as landscape, hay, carpet, hair, fabric such as sofa, chairs, and so on, any texture with a fur/thread like material.
  • Create your own animation.
  • Fix Reversed Face Material tool.
  • Start/Stop lets you fine-tune your lights/materials and camera position.
  • Ability to stop the render, save it, reopen it later and resume the render.
  • Rotate model while rendering.
  • Rotate, pan, zoom, modify the materials and lights right from Raylectron.
  • There are also four types of light source. The sun, the sky, environment maps and any materials set as a light source (emitter) with settings for the power and coverage angle.
  • Save as transparent background so you can use the images on any background you like, including on web sites.
  • Support HDR maps and can save the rendered image as an HDR, it can also save in jpg, png and many other formats.
  • Instancing of components and groups allow you to duplicate any component or group without increasing the poly count and memory usage.
  • It works entirely inside Sketchup, and the rendering process free Sketchup so you can continue working on your model.
  • GPU Acceleration
  • Plus many more features...
Raylectron v4 is available for free evaluation.
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Rajib Dey

Sunday, August 31, 2014

SketchUp has become an invincible tool of film making and set designing

SketchUp, the exciting 3D modeling programme has ushered a new era of film making. The creative heads behind the screen prefer SketchUp as their best tool to produce the on-screen magic. The Film and Stage plug-in option is a great way for film makers and directors to pre-visualize shots and scenes in SketchUp.

Let us draw some quick examples. Remember that Steven Spielberg’s science fiction film E.T., the Extra Terrestrial released in 1982? A lonely boy who met an E.T. and befriended with the creature? That magical movie could still touch our soul. Jim Bissell was one among those people with Spielberg, who later in his career has brought to the silver screen some of the most powerful, moving, and magical film imagery of the past 30 years. Bissell began using Google SketchUp for his work in 2004, and it has since become an integral part of the design process for each of his films.

SketchUp has become an invincible tool of film making and set designing

According to Bissell, SketchUp is easy to use and its make this product invaluable. Bissell's first major success with SketchUp was in his role as Art Production Designer for George Clooney's Good Night and Good Luck (2005). The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including a nomination recognizing Bissell for Best Achievement in Art Direction. Bissell's next project was 300 (2006), which garnered him an Art Director's Guild nomination for Excellence in Production Design. “I applied many of the lessons from Good Night and Good Luck to 300, including the way I used SketchUp,” he said in an interview.

According to Bissell, SketchUp has become even more useful over the years with the addition of features like LayOut, which lets you insert scaled views of your SketchUp models in documents you can use for both online and print presentations.

The Film & Stage plugin in SketchUp is used to discover the use of different camera lenses and aspect ratios on location or on a production set. The Film & Stage plugin includes a superior camera tool and several pre-viz components that leads to rapid development of studio sets.

SketchUp has already been vastly used in Hollywood and the programme has an immense presence in 2006 Golden Globe Awards. SketchUp 3D modeling software for designers, was involved with the making of ‘Good Night & Good Luck', a 2005 Warner Independent Film. The film has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, including ‘Best Motion Picture' and ‘Best Director'. Using the ‘Good Night and Good Luck' script, production designer Bissell modeled the entire studio set in SketchUp. All sets and camera angles were pre-visualized with this dynamic 3D modeling tool. The final movie maintains the integrity of the virtual sets designed in SketchUp. “I've used SketchUp to design movie sets for almost two years and I love the ease with which I can add to an existing design,” said Bissel. “Making quick edits is crucial to the movie production process and this software delivers on its promise of ease and accessibility,” he added.

SketchUp can work with an array of cameras, lights, dollies, cranes, grips, characters and more. It uses the enhanced camera feature to plan quickly and easily shots, calculate camera angles, and obtain a 3D visual of the scene before filming. The use of sketchUp software is to create animations and visuals, constructing sets (from design to working drawings to finished set in), importing digital photos, establishing special effects and plan shots etc. SketchUp will allow a director to create a virtual 3D set and use it to create both story boards and floor plans. Make drawings of every piece of stage scenery of film location and pass them along to set designers.

There are many 3D models of accessories to create a filming atmosphere in you sketches. The "3D Warehouse" feature allows users to import models and use them for their own sets. A director can make scenes in his/her SketchUp model, and then play back those scenes into an animation. SketchUp also helps with location drawings.

SketchUp is now using to build popular TV programme’s Set designs too. Using SketchUp, the set designers quickly created wall structures, blocked out the back dining room and placed the foreground counter where the product needed to be featured for filming. Resizing walls and moving components was a snap. The designers then can add in details such as props, appliances and finally shadowing.

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Rajib Dey