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« on: June 02, 2010, 01:32:46 AM »

So... we can paint on top of the model layers like in photoshop but in real time... right ?
What about the UVs?

I've seen people doing things like that in Mudbox and ZBrush... any interesting difference ?

Mari was originally developed at Weta Digital. The technology was driven by the texture department's need to handle complex, high resolution textures on 3D models in King Kong and Avatar. Born out of genuine production experience, Mari was designed as a full 3D paint tool with a responsiveness and feature set that puts even the best dedicated 2D paint systems to shame. Mari is extremely scalable, coping easily with an obsessive level of detail – literally tens of thousands of textures – quickly and elegantly.

The biggest asset I saw being painted was the shuttle which came in at 30Gb per channel for the fine displacement detail (500, 4K textures). Assets of over 20M polys can be painted.” Jack Greasley commented.

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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2010, 02:31:33 AM »

Good questions Franco and thanks for the links.

It looks like they plan to give Mudbox and ZBrush a run for their money.  Seems like it's focus is on handling extremely high resolution/polygon models for insane VFX extravaganzas.

Not sure of it's UV tools...  Technically UV's aren't as big of a deal to have perfectly layed out if you plan to keep the entire pipeline within a 3D Paint/Sculpting environment.  Perhaps an Automatic unwrap would do the trick just fine?

Anyone else hear anything?

I think they are going to have to offer something unique now that Mudbox is so tightly integrated with the Autodesk tools.

What's interesting is that the Foundry (NUKE) is behind them.  Maybe in the future Nuke could have some of that technology merged into it?  Realtime (or fast) rendering of extremely high resolution 3D within Nuke?  Could be amazing!



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