We have just released qckPck 2018, a navigation system for Lightwave 3D Layout. Its aim is to speed up navigation and common tasks drastically by providing access to often used functionality quickly.
qckPck 2018 includes a panel optimized for shortcuts coupled with menus optimized for specific tasks, such as opening the surface editor for selected surfaces, picking items or adding and removing plugins.
You will be surprised by how much quicker you will perform your day-to-day tasks in Layout.
exrTrader Pro 2018 adds Cryptomatte support to exrTrader.
exrTrader Pro 2018.1
exrTrader Pro adds Cryptomattes to exrTrader.
Cryptomattes - originally devised by Jonah Friedman and Andy Jones from psyop - allow you to store automatically generated mattes for all items or surfaces in a single OpenEXR image. These can then be extracted in a compositing application using freely available plugins.
Cryptomatte in exrTrader Pro allows you so save all Cryptomattes in a single or in separate files. The levels determine how many different mattes may be stored per single pixel. 6 is usually a sufficient number. You can also decide if the manifest - the file containing the names of the mattes - is stored embedded in the EXR image or as a separate file. exrTrader also allows you to select any of the OpenEXR compression types that are compatible with Cryptomatte.
Mattes can be extracted in compositing applications using freely available plugins, available both for Nuke or Fusion - a free plugin for After Effects is currently in beta as well. Cryptomattes combine the mattes with the names of the surfaces or items they store. This allows you to re-use selections across scenes if those names don't change.
exrTrader Pro uses the same plugin file as exrTrader, but requires a new license to unlock the exclusive functionality.
The focus on this release has been the general workflow of using nodeMeister, including presets, working with multiple scenes as well as compatibility with überPass.
One major change is the ability for the nodeMeister node to host a local graph. This makes it behave like a compound - but still allows you to add controls for the inputs of the underlying graph.
You can copy from a local to a global graph or vice versa. This allows you, for example, to create locally use the copy of a global graph if you need it tweaked in one specific case.
The node settings can now be stored in a preset and recalled again. We've also added a button to open the master plugin from the node for convenience.
Presets in the master plugin now allow you to either load a preset as a new graph or replace an existing graph. To make this possible, the nodeMeister node handles changes in the graphs it references much more robustly.
We have worked closely with Oliver Hotz from Origami Digital to make sure that überPäss and nodeMeister work together seamlessly.