For Immediate Release
DNA Research Announces"3Delight for XSI"
TheRenderMan-compliant 3Delight renderer is now fully integrated to SOFTIMAGE|XSI software
Singapore – February 14, 2008 – DNA Research announces the release of 3Delight forXSI, a fully integrated version of its production renderer for SOFTIMAGE®|XSI® 3Dmodeling, rendering, animation and character creation software. The plug-inbrings the quality and speed of the 3Delight render engine and tools, as well as the powerand flexibility of the RenderMan®standard and practices, to the XSI user base. Using the new functionalities ofthe rendering SDK introduced in SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5, theplug-in appears as an integral part of XSI and artists will benefit from aseamless workflow in the user friendly interface of their favoriteanimation software.
This makes 3Delight the first third-party renderer to fully integrateinto SOFTIMAGE|XSI and DNA Research is proud to positively respond to thegrowing popularity of Softimage products and the steady demand for an alternaterendering technology in SOFTIMAGE|XSI.
“The workflow between 3Delight and SOFTIMAGE|XSI is nearly identical to theworkflow I had already become accustomed to," said ToddAkita, technical director and 3D animator at PSYOP. "This meantthat I could immediately gain access to all of the benefits of using the 3Delight renderer with a minimal learning curve. 3Delight's support for the shading nodes that XSI artistshave become familiar with is also quite impressive. It's amazing to beable to mix and match mental ray and 3Delight render passes literally with the flip of aswitch" added Todd.
“Taking advantage of our new open render API inSOFTIMAGE|XSI, the team at DNA Research havedelivered a deeply integrated renderer with 3Delight for XSI,” said BillRoberts, director of product management at Softimage, Co. “3D artists cannow extend their SOFTIMAGE|XSI rendering options with this RenderMan compliant,production proven technology—all without any compromises in workflow” added Roberts.
Highlights of 3Delight for XSI
Š Complete Render Tree support - Complete integration means the ability towork with XSI shaders, without additional setup. Shading networks areautomatically converted to RenderMan shaders that are suitable for 3Delight. Third party RenderMan shaders can also be assigned to geometry ifnecessary
Š Complete Geometry support - All XSI geometric primitives are supported.Including hair, subdivision surfaces, polygons, NURBS, particles and curves. 3Delight renders all surfaces smoothly, no tessellationsettings are required
Š Fast 3D Motion Blur and Depth of Field - The speed of 3Delight's motion blur is as fast as post-process 2D motionblur while being more accurate. Depth of field is equally fast
Š Fast Displacements - 3Delight will render displacements at almost no additional rendering time.Displacement maps imported from 3D paint packages such as ZBrush and Mudboxwill render efficiently and accurately
Š Subsurface Scattering - Easy to setup subsurface scattering enables artiststo render the subtleties of light scattering inside translucent objects
Š RIB export and import - Many RIB writing and reading functionsare available for advanced pipelines. This includes binary andcompressed RIB export, delayed RIB archives, scene caching and RIB boxing
Š High-end quality, speed and robustness - Built on top of a production provenand pioneering render engine, 3Delight for XSI will bring years of filmrendering experience to VFX studios
A technical overview with a complete feature list of3Delight for XSI is available at www.3delight.com/3dfx-tech-specs.pdf.
Pricing and Availability
3Delight for XSI is available in thefollowing two configurations:
Š 3Delight for XSI | Studio: USD $1,450
The featurecomplete package. Each license running a maximum of four threads.
Š 3Delight for XSI | Artist: USD $495
Includes allthe important features from Studio but lacks RIB export, third Party RenderManshaders support and advanced pipelinefeatures. Each license running a maximum of four threads.
3Delight for XSI for theWindows 32-bit platform is available now. A 30-day trial version can bedownloaded from www.3delight.com.3Delight for XSI for the Windows 64-bit platform and Linux 32 & 64-bitplatforms are expected in the following two weeks.
Contact: Pierre Lachapelle, DNA Research, email@example.com
About DNA Research
DNA Research is a research group of TAARNA StudiosInternational. DnA develops rendering solutions for the demanding environmentof the CG film production pipeline. Its product line includes 3Delight,3Delight for XSI and 3Delight for Maya. For more information about DNAResearch, please visit www.3delight.com. For more information about TAARNAStudios International and its latest IMAX® production, please visit www.AdventuresInAnimation.com.
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