Maya 5 with Quadro FX Smashes Rendering Barrier
Graphics Industry Leaders Alias|Wavefront and NVIDIA Introduce Hardware Rendering Breakthrough
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Las Vegas, NV - NAB – April 7, 2003 - Alias|Wavefront™, an SGI (NYSE: SGI) company, revealed today an innovative new Hardware rendering capability in its recently announced Maya® 5 software. With Maya 5, customers can produce broadcast quality images up to 20 times faster than ever before possible. Now artists can benefit from advances in programmable shading technology to render a range of resolutions and quality, which stand up to even high definition scrutiny.
Maya 5, in combination with the new NVIDIA® Quadro® FX graphics engine, provides customers with unprecedented rendering power. Maya 5 is the first 3D application to fully take advantage of the Quadro FX’s power and precision to render high quality images with specular highlights, bump and reflection mapping and shadows, that in many cases are indistinguishable from software rendering. The combination of Maya 5 and advanced graphics card technology raises the bar in quality for pre-visualization and boosts speed for broadcast quality output.
Alias|Wavefront received one of the first Quadro FX boards and worked closely with NVIDIA engineers to bring Hardware rendering to Maya 5. Shai Hinitz, Product Manager at Alias|Wavefront, commented, “the stability of the Quadro FX card and driver allowed us to be extremely productive. Maya 5’s Hardware Renderer is going to change the nature of rendering for many artists – in the not-so-distant future, the quality and range of effects available with Hardware rendering will change the nature of 3D production forever.”
Hardware rendering allows customers to meet deadlines faster and render multiple iterations in production refinement. It also allows them to undertake last minute creative changes that would previously be impossible to accommodate given tight production schedules. Maya 5 continues to push the graphics envelope with its unified rendering workflow, allowing customers to easily render sophisticated imagery faster than they ever imagined possible. Final rendered images, previews and render pass elements can all be created with the use of the new Maya 5 Hardware Renderer.
Accelerated Visual Quality
Maya 5 Hardware rendering is available for the Windows®, Linux® and Mac® OS X operating systems and works with most programmable graphics hardware. For supported Hardware and more details, please visit www.aliaswavefront.com.
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