The release of MARI 1.4 was announced earlier today, which offers some exciting new features we just had to share with you. This new version introduces Adobe Photoshop layered PSD import and export functionality, OpenColorIO, triplanar projection and masked filters. These new features make it even easier to concentrate on painting detailed, multi-layered textures directly onto 3D models in a fluid and natural way. MARI was originally conceived at Weta Digital and has gone on to prove itself on ambitious production environments like District 9, Avatar and Tintin.
One of the great advantages MARI can offer is to simplify your pipeline. Easily integrated with any standard VFX pipeline MARI runs on Linux, supports industry standard Python scripting and CAPI allowing for an open interface making it easier to integrate, automate and customise, while also offering Open ColorIO to standardise colour management.
MARI was designed to meet the needs of the most demanding VFX texture and matte painting jobs. With the ‘paint and bake’ approach that MARI offers, artist can gain immediate feedback while working with multiple interacting models from any angle and animated. This responsive creative toolset allows artists to complete painting in a single application, reducing the need to export, paint in 2D and re-import.
If you would like to test MARI in your studio or arrange a full onsite demo then contact Tim Flett in our Technology team who will arrange this for you.