- mental images® the developer of for well knowen rendering engine Mental Ray has announced the upcoming availability of mental mill Artist Edition at the Games Developer Conference in San Francisco. mental images is known for providing artists and visual effects professionals with leading edge software tools to render their imagination visible such as mental ray® and now mental mill, which is a breakthrough technology for the creation of hardware shaders in all popular formats.
The mental mill Artist Edition software enables artists and other professionals to develop, test and maintain shaders through an intuitive graphical user interface with real-time visual feedback - without the need for programming skills. Complex cooperating shader networks for generating photorealistic effects can also be encapsulated together into Phenomena by artists without any programming knowledge. Providing creative control to non-technical artists greatly reduces "look" turnaround time during high-pressure game development cycles and challenging visual effects and design visualization projects. It introduces a new level of photorealistic visualization for many users by eliminating the need for the hand-coding of shaders. The only way to previously achieve this level of photorealism was to employ dedicated shader programming experts. In addition to the need for this technology in the entertainment space, the mental mill Artist Edition will allow new users, including those in the engineering, product design or marketing space, to access the full power of NVIDIA hardware.
Because of the close cooperation between NVIDIA and mental images, this groundbreaking tool will be made available for free along with FX Composer 2.
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