At SIGGRAPH, Autodesk announced a new visual programming environment in Maya called Bifrost, which makes it possible for 3D artists and technical directors to create serious effects quickly and easily.
Bifrost is available for download now and works with any version of Maya 2018 or later. It will also be included in the installer for Maya 2019.2 and later versions. Updates to Bifrost between Maya releases will be available for download from Autodesk AREA.
In addition to the release of Bifrost, Autodesk highlighted the latest versions of Shotgun, Arnold, Flame and 3ds Max. The company gave a tech preview of a new secure enterprise Shotgun that supports network segregation and customer-managed media isolation on AWS, making it possible for the largest studios to collaborate in a closed-network pipeline in the cloud. Shotgun Create, now out of beta, delivers a cloud-connected desktop experience, making it easier for artists and reviewers to see which tasks demand attention while providing a collaborative environment to review media and exchange feedback accurately and efficiently. Arnold 5.4 adds important updates to the GPU renderer, including OSL and OpenVDB support, while Flame 2020.1 introduces more uses of AI with new Sky Extraction tools and specialized image segmentation features. Also on display, the 3ds Max 2020.1 update features modernized procedural tools for 3D modeling.
At the 2016 NAB Show, AMD has introduced the AMD FirePro W9100 32GB, a workstation graphics card with 32GB memory support for large asset workflows with creative applications. The company also introduced the AMD FireRender plug-in for Autodesk 3ds Max (shown), which enables VR storytellers to use enhanced 4K workflows and photorealistic rendering functionality. 2b1af7f3a8