Creators of fast and friendly 3D applications, Zaxwerks Software, this week released the latest and greatest addition to their ProAnimator series of programs, Zaxwerks 3D ProAnimator 8. Zaxwerks 3D ProAnimator 8 is a tool for creating 3D titles, models and other motion graphics, in either a standalone application or as an application running within Adobe After Effects. Loaded with features and performance improvements, ProAnimator looks ready to take on the big players in the 3D application world.
Titled “The Speed and Beauty” release, performance and realism have gone through the roof, thanks in no small part to the Reactor Rendering System. The Reactor Rendering System is a CPU/GPU hybrid that pushes the limits of render capabilities on a given machine. This system brings about groundbreaking performance improvements, to the point where broadcast and feature 3D motion graphics work can be done on an a laptop. Real-time 3D GPU rendering, much faster ray tracing, and increased image realism combine for a massive upgrade over previous iterations of the software.
To support the claim of real-time or near real-time ray traced image rendering Zaxwerks has produced a 3D scene including over one million polygons and run a frame render race against Maya and Cinema4D. When the results came in Maya rendered the scene in 259 seconds, Cinema 4D in 50 seconds, and ProAnimator 8 crushed it out in just three seconds.
Beyond performance, ProAnimator has kicked up the feature set to include realtime camera focus with depth of field, and image based lighting, where an object is used as a lighting model. Also included is Instancing, which can generate hundreds or thousands of instances of any object, title or word, making for near infinite motion graphic possibilities.
Adding to the realism factor is the inclusion of real-time ambient occlusion, which removes light from areas of an object that would normally not receive a lot of light. Surface textures using Zaxwerks’ new Normal Mapping technology also add to the realistic look of surfaces in ProAnimator 8. All of this coolness isn't worth much if it adds time to the workflow, so Zaxwerks was kind enough to throw in 200 realistic textures to get started with.
Object randomization and distribution features also allow for nicely placed and natural looking objects within a scene.
Zaxwerks 3D ProAnimator 8 is now available through the Zaxwerks website or by phone, along with training materials, and videos of the new features.