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30/04/2007

RTT Shader Packages Offer Photorealistic Rendering For Vizrt

Vizrt has announced significant enhancements to its Viz|Artist 3.0 design software.
Among them: RTT Advanced Materials plug-ins for photo-realistic rendering of 3D objects and materials, a database within Viz|Artist for the storage of the complex materials associated with the RTT shaders, the entire Vizrt product line is now fully Viz|Artist compliant, new Visual Data Tools (VDT) plug-ins for increased financial and statistic database functionality, and enhanced interactivity with touch screen devices.
At the recent NAB convention in Las Vegas, Vizrt demonstrated new “RTT Advanced Materials” plug-ins for Viz|Artist for the first time. RTT AG is a Munich-based provider of real-time visualization technologies and services. This exclusive package of RTT shaders allows Vizrt users to visualize 3D objects and surfaces in cutting-edge photorealistic quality. With the new shaders, graphic artists now have a wide selection of new background materials, computer-generated objects, and animation to create photo-realistic graphics.
“The integration of RTT's leading-edge visualization know-how with Vizrt's 3D real-time design application represents an important step forward for broadcast-oriented photorealistic real-time rendering,” said Christian Huber, Director of Operations, Vizrt. “This plug-in package offers broadcasters more choice in visual quality and photorealism than has ever been possible before. RTT plug-ins will be the tool kit of choice to achieve the ultimate in realism, particularly when working in HD resolution.”
The plug-in package provides Vizrt users with an extensive selection of materials including carbon, lacquered wood, metal, glass, bump maps and many more effects. The RTT shaders react to light sources, basis textures, settings and materials specific to Viz|Artist 3.0, such as color, shininess and opacity. In addition, the user can draw on a wide selection of presets, such as ready-made wood alternatives.
To better manage the RTT Advanced Material shaders, there is a new object type in Viz|Artist that enables the user to store complex material consisting of the basic colour settings, textures and shaders into the Viz|Artist database.
Vizrt plans to expand upon the "RTT Advanced Materials" package systematically in the future. The entire Vizrt product line is fully Viz|Artist 3.0 compliant.
Another new plug-in called “Action Model,” created in collaboration between Vizrt and Media Seasons, was shown for the first time at NAB. This plug-in is designed to animate complex 3D models and characters, such as animated football players and horses in motion.
Vizrt offers a new vision for content creation and delivery with an end-to-end solution from ingest to visualization. The solution combines Vizrt’s true 2D/3D graphics tools with Curious Software’s World Maps and Ardendo’s asset management. Running on non-proprietary hardware, the combination of these unique cutting-edge products ensures a seamless workflow from conception to multi-format distribution. The latest addition to the Vizrt product suite is Viz|MPS for handheld devices.
Vizrt’s product suite is used by the world’s leading broadcasters including: BBC, Sky, ITN, CNN, CBS, Fox, ZDF, Star TV, TV Today, CCTV and NHK. Also, many world class production houses and corporate institutions, including both the London and the New For further information visit www.vizrt.com.
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