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E On Softwares Vue 6 xStream

Create extremely rich and incredibly realistic natural environments By David Basulto

E-On Softwares Vue 6.5 xStream is not only an extremely powerful addition to any 3D workflow; it allows you to be creative to your hearts content. To create the environments in any other program would take an immense amount of time. In Vue 6.5 xStream its a snap.

What is Vue 6 xStream?
E-On Softwares Vue 6.5 xStream gives 3D artists the capability to create extremely rich and incredibly realistic natural environments. When done you can render them in industry favorite apps such as 3ds max, Maya, LightWave, Cinema 4D and XSI. Being a Cinema 4D user, I found this a definite plus and helped in my decision to pick Vue 6.5 xStream up.

At the setup Vue 6.5 xStream enables you to emulate your 3D app of choices layout. I love this feature as I really didnt want to learn a whole new layout. You can, of course, tailor it however you like. You can open Vue 6.5 xStream as a stand alone app or open it within your 3D app of choice. You can also switch between the two.


Building an environment
With Vue 6.5, building an environment is easy. With the click of a mouse you can add grounds, hills, mountains, clouds, plants, rocks, and other elements. All of them are extremely customizable. Change colors, textures, displacement maps, and reflection to name a few. The environments are so rich with detail it is amazing.

New to Vue 6.5 xStream is the EcoSystem Painter tool. Now you can open the painter and create the landscape of your choice. The app of course supports Wacom tablets for precise painting.

Also new is the capability to create skies with overlapping spectral cloud layers. Vue 6.5 xStreams new cloud lighting technology lets lights affect the atmospheres. Want a shot of your fighter plane going through some dense clouds? How about an extremely real thunder storm? All is attainable in Vue 6.5 xStream.

Animation is easy
In Vue 6.5 xStream animating your environment is easy. One feature I love is the auto key framing ability. Also available is a strong graph editor for precise animations. It is also easy to add wind to your scenes with the applications local wind generators.

Rendering
Vue 6.5 xStreams render control panel offers precise control over all the render parameters. Choose between distributed ray traced and hybrid 2.5D motion blur, fine tune the level of traced reflections, super-sampling, soft shadows, blurred reflections, depth of field, caustics, etc.

Stock content
Ok so you made an amazing landscape but now you want to add a castle. If you can model you could of course model one in your 3D application or you can simple surf the net to http://www.cornucopia3d.com/ where you can find a large amount of high end stock models, themes, atmospheres and more for inexpensive prices. As a new owner of the application you get a $15 dollar gift certificate when you register. I pick up a nifty medieval castle. You never know when you need a castle right?

System Requirements for Vue 6.5 xStream
Macintosh

  • Mac OS X v10.4+
  • 2GHz PowerPC or Intel processor or faster
  • 1GB of free RAM (2GB recommended)
  • 200 MB of free Hard Disk space
  • 1024x768 in 65K colors/16 bits (24+ bits recommended).

Windows

  • Windows 2000/XP/XP64/Vista
  • 2GHz Pentium III or better processor
  • 1GB of free RAM (2GB recommended)
  • 200 MB of free Hard Disk space
  • 1024x768 in 65K colors/16 bits (24+ bits recommended)

An OpenGL accelerated graphics card is not required, but is a big plus. Multi-processor rendering is only available on all multi-processor OS X, 2000, XP Pro and Vista systems. I ran the program on both my MacPro and my Dell. Make sure you have some horsepower under the hood before tackling a highly dense job.

Supported Applications
Windows

  • 3ds max
  • Cinema 4D
  • LightWave 3D
  • Maya
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI

 Macintosh

  • Cinema 4D
  • LightWave 3D
  • Maya

Final thoughts
E-On Softwares Vue 6.5 xStream is a tremendous asset to anyone who wants to add photo realistic environments to their workflow. It is fairly easy to use, although the learning curve may be a bit steep for those not using a 3D application now. Vue6.5 runs about $1,000 for a floating license. There is a learning edition here: http://e-onsoftware.com/try/vue_6_ple/

I truly have been having a blast learning the software and look forward to putting it to good use in the near future. Lynda.coms Larry Mitchell has a great training course here http://movielibrary.lynda.com/html/modPage.asp?ID=309


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David Basulto is an independent filmmaker in Los Angeles. After 17 plus years, David is well versed in all aspects of filmmaking from development to distribution. He produces, directs, edits, and now is addicted to motion graphics and 3d. His last film, Death Clique is in Blockbusters nationwide. David is also the host of the www.filmmakingcentral.com. In his spare time David is an avid gamer and can be found slaying monsters in the world of Vanguard. For more info visit www.davidbasulto.com
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