The Foundry had a big morning, announcing that they will be releasing a whole new NUKE range, including NUKE STUDIO, NUKEX and NUKE 9 all set for fall release as well as a new collaboration with Chaos Group that meant that V-Ray will soon come to The Foundry’s MODO, NUKE and KATANA.
We then spoke to PipelineFX, who announced the release of Qube 6.6! at the show and were busy hosting the panel on Building a Next-Generation Render Farm Pipeline. New features were very impressive here, such as Flight Checks, which essentially check the render to make sure that everything in it is set to be correct before even starting the job. For instance, ensuring assets that are essential to the job exist, so that there are no annoying surprises when that render finishes in the morning.
Fabric Software is also coming to the show with big news, announcing an industry first with Fabric 50, which will allow a company, school, or anyone else to use 50 permanent licenses of Fabric for free, no strings attached.
Xsens showed off their impressively durable motion capture system, and Lenovo let us take a look inside their brand new P series of workstations: the ThinkStation P500, P700 and P900 systems. With internal architectures that are both all about keeping the machine as cool as possible as well as being ridiculously easy to modify and add on to (once opened up, you can change out pretty much anything in the machine without using any tools whatsoever), the systems ranged from the single-processor and dual-GPU of the P500 up to the P900, a dual-processor machine capable of handling up to three NVIDIA Quadro K6000s and a terabyte of RAM – it truly looked like the hardware version of a Ferrari.