Charisse from Isotropix the 3D scene, layout and environment software is now at Version 2. The great thing about this is that Isotropix does seem to be actively listening to its user base (and we do not mean just Double Negative. The price has come down dramatically from launch to $999, there is now a free version for non-commercial work and learning purposes thanks to the PLE, there are more training videos and yes there are still the insane intro videos, such as the one at the top of the post which we have come to know and 'love'.
The key features for version 2 are:
- Rendering: Volume Rendering and OpenVDB support, Deep Output support, Double sided and vector displacement, Displacement stitching, Improved sampling quality, High sample value clamping controls, New per-item render flags.
- Look Development: Ray Switch, Dirt/Occlusion, Support Color, Rescale, Extract Geometry Properties Normal input/output, Implicit point cloud in combiners.
- Color Management: OpenColorIO Support, Real-time 2D/3D LUT display correction, Real-time display exposure control, 2D/3D LUT texture map correction, New LUT Manager.
- Layout: Groups support in Combiners and Scatterers, Scatterer Improvements, New 3D Manipulators, New 3D Clone Stamp, 1:1 Maya compatible kinematics.
- Scene Assembly: Attribute Editor improvements, New filter driven groups, New context, object and attribute locks, Per item user-comments, Alembic property support, Speed optimizations.
- File Referencing: Multi-level file referencing and attribute overriding, Reference to local conversion, Local to reference conversion, Super fast reference relinking, Light and Fast incremental value saving, Environment Variables Support, ASCII based serialization.
- User Interface: Tabbed Viewports and custom layout management, Rectangle marquee selection, New wireframe and micropolygon wireframe display, New limited region controls, Path Manager improvements, New Render History widget.
- Scripting: Improved Script Editor, Command Port, Custom Python Startup Script, Embedding Clarisse.
Clarisse is definitely an application you understand after you use it rather than before, so to see if it can add benefit to your workflow there has never been a better time to check it out.
If you are a Clarisse user, let us know how you find it and what training resources you have used by leaving a comment below