[Animation] Phoenix FD 3.0 for 3ds Max announced

Chaos Group has announced the Phoenix 3D plugin for 3ds Max has received an upgrade so animators can create even more realistic fire, liquids, smoke, and more without needing a PhD in Fluid Dynamics.

Phoenix FD 3.0 for 3ds Max has been given a full makeover, with new intuitive controls, presets and GPU-accelerated previews, making it a fast and easy way to tackle tight deadlines. The new Phoenix FD integrates seamlessly into Autodesk 3ds Max and renders with V-Ray, Chaos Group’s industry-standard lighting and rendering solution.

“Phoenix FD is like a Swiss Army knife for effects. It can handle everything from flaming arrows and drops of water to erupting volcanoes or an armada of ships,” said Svetlin Nikolov, Phoenix FD Team Lead at Chaos Group in a prepared release. “It’s a handy tool that is fast and easy to use without being overly technical.”

“Phoenix FD is our go-to tool for fluid simulations,” said Joern Grosshans, VFX Supervisor at Mackevision in a statement to the press. “When working on the new season of ‘Game of Thrones’, we needed the wakes coming off the CG ships to look as realistic as possible. Phoenix FD proved to be reliable, fast, and seamlessly integrated into 3ds Max. It was exactly what we needed.”

So what are the cool new features? I think the Ocean simulation is my favorite…

Ocean simulations

  • Infinite ocean – Create infinite ocean waves that never repeat.
  • Ocean & beach waves – Seamlessly transition from procedural ocean waves to simulated beach waves.

Advanced simulations and controls

  • FLIP solver – Enables faster, more realistic liquid simulations for splashes, sprays, foam, mist and waves.
  • Improved fire and smoke solver – Realistic smoke and fire with natural rolling motion and fine details can be created without increasing resolution.
  • Cascade simulations – Create a series of simulations that trigger and interact with each other.
  • Refine existing simulations – Add detail and increase resolution without changing simulation shape or behavior.
  • Simulation retiming – Speed up or slow down simulation playback, perfect for slow motion effects.
  • Custom emission sources – Use a wide range of emission sources including animated meshes, texture maps, particles and more.
  • New forces – Influence simulations with forces like wind, spline follow, and mesh attraction.

Pipeline and compatibility

Compatibility – Compatible with top industry tools such as Alembic, Krakatoa, Stoke MX and OpenVDB.

Phoenix FD 3.0 is available now for 3ds Max and is a free upgrade for all 2.x customers.  if you are new to this plugin, the Workstation license is $830 and includes one floating user license and one floating simulation license.

via Chaos Group

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher is one of those guys that has always loved comics but never got into them until really late in life - like high school in the 80s. He just missed the Crisis on Infinite Earths, but has been around for every major crossover since. Stephen knows his way around video and film production having been a director, producer, editor, and motion graphics artist for projects ranging from small promotional pieces for Wachovia all the way up to regional videos for the Division of Emergency Management. As a prolific writer, Stephen began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen also freelances for the Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog. When not writing, Stephen shares his knowledge as a tenured faculty member at Fort Hays State University. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. Favorite Writers: Mark Waid, Geoff Johns, Paul Dini, Adam Beechen, Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges Favorite Artists: Dan Jurgens, Alex Ross, Adam Hughes, Freddie Williams III

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