SpeedTree updates

Fri 15th Nov 2013 | News

SpeedTree Cinema and SpeedTree Studio 7.0 have both been released, with a bunch of new features.



Subdivision Surfaces: Create procedurally generated subdivision surface models suitable for hero shot pipelines.

Animated Growth: Animate simulated growth of trees and plants with a new artist-friendly tool (available in v7 Cinema only).

Alembic Export: Easily export cached SpeedTree models into the open Alembic framework (.abc) for exchanging animated scene data with popular DCC platforms like Maya, Houdini and CINEMA 4D.

GUI Improvements: Slash modeling time with user interface and workflow enhancements, including a new ‘Focus’ tool that presents only those portions of the tree being actively modeled and reduces certain processes from hours to minutes.

Season Changes:  Transition models through a full range of seasonal colors and foliage changes by using a new slider control, including an unlimited number of structure-based variations—even mid-leaf transition states for more variance in the final render (available in v7 Cinema only).

Tree Library Enhancements:  Match nature more closely than ever with the largest library yet of high-detail models. Individual leaves and needles move realistically in new, fine-tuned wind settings.



Beta users have already reported early success with these new version 7 tools. “The reverse-growing tree provided a unique opportunity to deploy some cool new features in SpeedTree,” noted Digital Domain Visual Effects Supervisor James Atkinson. “The developers at IDV provided us with a beta version for animated growth. The resulting animated asset was one of our most complex, with a 55GB Alembic file generated on each version.”


SpeedTree 7 provides an improved user interface, more tools and better functionality at the same price, for both our budget-friendly Studio and VFX-ready Cinema versions. In particular, Sub-D surface modeling, animated growth and Alembic support have gotten a very positive response from the visual effects studios and animation users who have previewed version 7.

SpeedTree Cinema/Studio, featured in a growing list of high-end feature films such as Iron Man 3, Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Lone Ranger and World War Z, delivers amazingly natural real-time trees and plants for movies, animations and architectural renderings. SpeedTree includes SpeedTree Modeler, which offers a unique hybrid of hand and procedural modeling options. SpeedTree was created by Interactive Data Visualization, Inc. (IDV),


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