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HDRI CD Library Now Available From ART VPS

CD contains 18 high-resolution, full spherical location shots with 26 exposures (April 15, 2005)

ART VPS releases HDRI CD Library

ART VPS releases HDRI CD Library

ART VPS Ltd. has released a CD library of high-dynamic range imaging (HDRI) environments for use in 3D rendering. The CD contains 18 high-resolution, full spherical location shots with 26 exposures. The images are mostly of outdoor scenes, some of which have architectural elements. They depict different times of day and show natural and synthetic lighting.

Each HDRI file contains special contrast information used by ART VPS's PURE and RenderDrive hardware to light a scene. Models used in combination with the HDRI images and rendered with the PURE card or RenderDrive system automatically adopt the lighting, shading and reflections of the environment. Users can simply drop a computer model into a scene and it will be fully integrated into the environment.

"Users no longer have to worry about manually tweaking the settings to get the look just right," says Peter Taylor, ART VPS's sales manager. "When coupled with PURE or RenderDrive, these environments enable faster and more life-like animations and still images that stand out from the crowd."

PURE and RenderDrive are hardware ray-tracing systems that simulate the complex physics of the real world. The renderings they produce are identical to a high-quality photograph, but with the added value of realistic 3D effects and animation not possible with photos. ART VPS's ray-tracing technology enables images to be generated up to 35 times faster than with conventional software rendering.

ART VPS hardware is integrated with popular 3D applications including 3ds max, Maya, Autodesk VIZ and CATIA through the company's RenderPipe plug-in software, which works with any computing platform that supports the applications.

ART VPS's HDRI CD library is available immediately for ₤70, 100 or US$130. Throughout the rest of April, the CD will come free with all PURE cards purchased from ART VPS.

About ART VPS Ltd.
ART VPS Ltd. offers hardware-accelerated 3D ray tracing that improves design and marketing communication and helps reduce the time and cost required to bring a new project to market. ART VPS systems are used by some of the world's leading design and manufacturing companies, including Learjet, Nikon and Procter & Gamble; architectural firms such as Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Chapman Taylor Partners; entertainment companies such as IBM Interactive and Walt Disney Imagineering; and digital post-production studios such as Saddington & Baynes.

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