FumeFX for Maya

FumeFX for Maya v5.0.4

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FumeFX for Maya is a powerful fluid dynamics plugin for Autodesk Maya and 3ds Max, designed for simulation and rendering of realistic explosions, fire, smoke and other gaseous phenomena. Unrivaled in its ability to capture the subtlety and complexity of fluid gas behavior it is favored among visual effects artists, game developers, visualization professionals and everyone else who demand the utmost in realism.

FumeFX’s speed, usability and quality made it our tool of choice while working on “Thor”. Its cross platform API allowed us to create a suite of tools to visualize and render our simulations within Maya. This flexibility allowed us to utilize our existing lighting pipeline while integrating FumeFX into our studio. We continue to collaborate with Sitni Sati to expand on our initial FumeFX in Maya success and look forward to using it on future shows.

FumeFX 5.0 new features

The latest incarnation of FumeFX offers the artist with unique set of tools that will free the creative mind and minimize tedious tasks even further than before. As a result of the FumeFX core rewrite, a wide range of irregular objects can be used for simulation without the fear of solver instabilities. The newly implemented conservative advection, GPU accelerated Maya viewport, faster simulations, .fxd multithreaded lossy compression are just some of the new features found inside FumeFX 5.0. Visit our Blog to read the complete list of new features.

Workflow
The FumeFX user interface is tightly integrated within Maya attribute editor and combines all the major fluid simulation components making the simulation setup easy and efficient. It allows user to change parameters during the simulation with instant feedback within the GPU accelerated Maya Viewport 2.0.

Interface

The FumeFX interface integrates simulation, rendering, viewport and GPU viewport parameters in one place. It provides quick and easy navigation through simulation caches and offers intuitive control of simulation parameters.

GPU Viewport

The GPU accelerated viewport produces render-comparable images to give instant feedback on appearance and behavior of the simulation. Among many advantages, it supports viewport .png export during the simulation.

* supported on Maya 2015ext1 and newer

Network

In order to boost productivity, FumeFX can utilize BackBurner, Deadline, or remote desktop applications to run simulation tasks on another computer with FumeFX or FumeFX SL installed.

Simulation
The FumeFX simulation core has been constantly improved and refined to deliver high level of realism with minimal simulation times. With over 12 years of successful usage in film production, video games, the advertisement industry and other areas that require realistic fire and smoke have helped in shaping the fluid simulation package that users can rely on. Whether making a candle dancing on the wind or destroying a whole city block in 2012 movie style, FumeFX can help you deliver the shot on time and within budget.

The Solver

The QCG solver in FumeFX is optimized for speed and robustness. It will deliver even the most demanding simulation tasks with the aid of highly parallelized code.

Combustion with Oxygen

The Fire model within FumeFX adds Oxygen to the equation. This new component brings forth various new ways to creatively control the burn process.

Vorticity

With the addition of various vorticity models, you can now choose from visually different curl types, giving your FumeFX simulations a more unique look and feel.

N-Sim

It is a great time saving solution. This allows the user to simulate multiple overlapping grids simultaneously while all fields propagate between the overlapping grid boundaries automatically.

Wavelet Turbulence

It’s never been easier to add more detail to an existing FumeFX simulation. It is a fast, memory efficient and predictable way to increase grid resolution and refine explosions, fire or smoke.

Particles

Different FumeFX-based operators provide ultimate particle control.

Flexibility
When it comes to flexibility FumeFX has no rivals. Its tools offer user control over almost every simulation parameter where changes are based on the grid data. It is even possible use of deformers to fine tune the shape of the volumetric effect – making a tornado has never been easier.

Render Warps

Whether you want to create a special effect or need to tweak a final animation, with Render Warps there are many more possibilities. With just a few mouse clicks users can warp their cached simulation and watch the resulting deformation directly inside the Maya Viewport or in rendered images.

Effectors

Gain creative control over almost every simulation parameter and field. With Effectors it is simple to control vorticity by velocity or to generate smoke based on any other channel value. Effectors take channel data to the next step.

Post Processing

The Post Processing lets you retime caches, bake Render Warps, convert between various formats, or improve cache fetch and save disk space by excluding channels that are no longer needed in your workflow.

Rendering
FumeFX for Maya has its own shading support for Arnold, mental ray and VRay. Other renderers like Redshift, Octane, Corona can render FumeFX caches by using the OpenVDB file format.

Render

FumeFX has its own built in illumination map and multiple scattering models for faster rendering. It also supports the rendering of the motion blur.

Shading

The FumeFX shader incorporates the Black-body fire shader with artistic-friendly controls, render sharpening for crisp details and smoke color based on the simulated color.

Arnold

Native FumeFX-Arnold shader integration allows user to render fire and smoke with utmost realism and render the .fxd caches directly. Standard Shader AOV support for normal, depth and velocity pass

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