Isotropix, a privately held software company developing high-end innovative graphics software, announced today the launch of Clarisse iFX 4.0, the latest update of its flagship product. For this new release, the software company furthers Clarisse iFX development into set dressing, look development, lighting, rendering and scene assembly - introducing many new features and improvements, adding countless of workflow enhancements to the most innovative 3D and VFX creation tool of the market.
Isotropix also announced a complete overhaul of its pricing and offers, including large price drops on CNode, the headless version of Clarisse aimed at render farms. With 4.0 comes the introduction of the Clarisse iFX Welcome Pack, a limited time offer targeted to new studios adopting Clarisse iFX into their pipeline and a complete change of its educational policy.
Clarisse iFX 4.0 new features
This major update highlights Isotropix commitment to continuously deliver innovative updates and offer CG artists streamlined, creative, and powerful tools for layout, scene assembly, look development, lighting and rendering. Clarisse iFX 4.0 brings its interactive approach to the next level enabling fast, efficient and fully collaborative VFX creation for artists and studios of all sizes.
Clarisse iFX 4.0 introduces a whole host of new tools and workflows to make set dressing a breeze for Clarisse artists. The addition of a transform manipulator streamlines workflow, a new volume display density modifier offers fast and accurate feedback on volumes, a new surface constraint makes attaching items on animated deformed geometry quick and easy, while new playblast functionality gives artists quick photorealistic animated previews with a single click.
Look development gets even more powerful in Clarisse iFX 4.0. With multiple scattering, rendering results on rough materials get way more photorealistic without a hit on performance. In addition, new mipmapping controls, volume sampling, and material improvements make lookdev in Clarisse iFX even more accurate, efficient and fast.
Lighting improvements in Clarisse iFX 4.0 ensure artists are never in the dark. The lighting and rendering pipeline has been rewritten from the ground up to: improve quality, make lights visible to primary rays and optimize render times. There’s also native support for industry standard IES light profiles to ensure photoreal results when matching real lights, and the addition of portal lights and improved spotlights to reduce noise and increase quality.
Rendering in Clarisse iFX 4.0 has never been faster or more powerful! All-new adaptive anti-aliasing and new render diagnostic tools deliver high quality renders quicker than ever before. The improved OCIO integration lets artists work one step closer to final grading. The supercharged AOV and holdout workflow streamlines day-to-day work even further, and the new render recovery feature gives the freedom of interrupting and resuming renders over the farm without wasting any precious rendering resources!
Clarisse iFX 4.0 delivers increased power and control to the artist thanks to native integration of Pixar’s USD, that lets artists load assets up to 50 times faster than with Alembic, and a game-changing new expressions engine, based on the powerful language SeExpr from Walt Disney Animation Studios. In addition, major enhancements to scene management improve user experience and streamline workflows, while the new support for Alembic layering ensures artists maximum flexibility.
Key Clarisse iFX 4.0 Features
- Transform manipulator
- Surface constraint
- Volume rendering improvements
- Multiple scattering support
- Advanced mipmapping controls
- Light visibility in primary rays
- IES lights
- Portal lights
- Adaptive anti-aliasing
- Render diagnostic tools
- CNode render recovery and render resume
- Expression engine
- Pixar’s USD native support
- Alembic layering
More in-depth information about Clarisse 4.0 and its key features are available at: 4dot0.isotropix.com
New pricing and offers
Alongside Clarisse iFX 4.0 release, Isotropix introduces new pricing and special offers for its flagship products making them more accessible and more affordable for indie artists, studios, students, teachers and educational institutions alike. This complete overhaul has been designed to boost Clarisse adoption, bring more flexibility and help new studios transition more easily to Isotropix products when deploying our solutions into their pipelines, while at the same time meeting budgetary constraints inherent to today’s competitive market.
Isotropix introduces a new limited time offer: Clarisse iFX Welcome Pack. Starting today and available until April 30th, 2019 only, Isotropix offers 10 (ten) free permanent CNode floating licenses for each permanent Clarisse iFX floating license purchased by a new customer on its first order at the competitive price of $2,999/2 729€ per pack.
In addition, CNode permanent licenses and rental pricing have been drastically dropped down. A CNode permanent license is now being offered at $549/499€, one-week short term rental now starts at $29/26€ and unit prices of 1-year CNode licenses at $349/319€. Isotropix also introduced 1-year CNode render packs of 5 (five), 25 (twenty-five) and 100 (hundred), 1-year licenses offering additional volume discounts.
New educational pricing and policy
Isotropix also entirely revamped its educational policy to boost the adoption of its software on the educational market.
Students studying in educational institutions teaching Clarisse iFX can now benefit from a free 1-year fully-featured home license of Clarisse iFX, while others eligible students can still purchase the 1-year student educational license at $59/49€.
Teachers working for an eligible educational institution are now entitled to a free 1-year fully-featured node-locked home license of Clarisse iFX to prepare their class material.
Eligible education institutions can now purchase a special educational pack at $199/179€ which includes 10 (ten) 1-year CNode floating licenses with each 1-year Clarisse iFX license purchased. Additional 1-year CNode floating licenses are also available to purchase by eligible educational institutions at $39/35€.
For more information about educational pricing and policy please refer to https://www.isotropix.com/shop/education
As always, Isotropix includes maintenance on all its short term rentals, 1-year licenses and educational licenses during the validity of the licenses and includes 1-year of maintenance on its permanent licenses. For more information about Isotropix maintenance program benefits please refer to https://www.isotropix.com/shop/maintenance
Clarisse iFX 4.0, new offers and pricing detailed above are immediately available on store.isotropix.comand throughout its authorized resellers. Existing customers with active maintenance are eligible for a free 4.0 upgrade.
For further details on pricing and licensing please refer to store.isotropix.com
Personal Learning Edition
Isotropix provides an up to date Personal Learning Edition (PLE) of its software. The PLE gives the great opportunity to learn and explore, for free, all aspects of Clarisse’s latest version and features.
Clarisse iFX 4.0 PLE can be downloaded for free at ple.isotropix.com
Free Learning Resources
Free video tutorials covering new 4.0 features come along with this new release. These tutorials are free and immediately available to watch on http://learn.isotropix.com