Joe Alter has released an updated Shave and a Haircut 9.5. This latest version of the hair grooming tool for Maya brings support for V-Ray 3.0+, new grooming tools, VP 2.0 integration from Maya 2015 and up, and adding multithreaded dynamics.
What's new in version 9.5:
- Maya 2016.5 and Maya 2017 support.
- New viewport Shading - We've added interactive glsl lighting on display hairs, you can see highlights move around as you do stuff in the viewport.
- Transparency in the viewport .
- Viewport 2.0 support (for 2014 and 15).
- New Display feature with preview mode for better handling of heavy scene in viewport .
- Live texture update, you can apply and fiddle with your textures for all channels and see results immediately (no 'texture update' necessary).
- Multi-threaded all guide handling, interactive and dynamics/collision are hugely faster.
- Better instance handling.
- Brush Intensity
- Vray 3.xsupport .
- RMS 19.0 support.
About JoeAlter Shave and a Haircut. Joe Alter Shave and a Haircut is a plugin for Maya, that creates extra realistic hair and fur surfaces. With this, you can create furry animals, grasses, haircuts, mustaches and so on. And this is not only about extra rendering-realistic, but also extra dynamic-realistic hair/fur. Combining advantages from both Maya Fur and Maya Hair modules inside itself, JA S&H is a perfect decision for your production. It makes creating of haircuts much easier with much finer level of control and much less rendering time. S&H also MentalRay- and RenderMan-compatible, so you can create super-photorealistic renderings using with no additional compositing.
Most all of Shave's parameters respond to texture maps, (including dynamics properties). This can be very useful for increasing realism. They also respond to solid textures. There are no shader networks to create or attach, just dial the params and assign texture like any other Maya surface.
In addition to texturing, Shave and a Haircut controls hair with several types of guides. From the moment you grow hair, you're ready to start working. There is no setup to do before you can start getting visual results. Included in the plugin is an interactive combing suite of tools inside the Maya viewports and AE's
You can also save off Maya presets (we render a preview for you), and even hairstyles and apply them to new objects, regardless of topology or UVs.
In addition to supporting various renders like Vray, Renderman, Mentalray and Arnold, which all have hair primitives, we also support the Maya render, which has no hair primitives. To do this we've written our own advanced multi-threaded render which we integrate with your maya scene's own buffers automatically.
We also do some pretty cool stuff with voxels for the other renders which lets you render millions and millions of hairs with far less memory.
Our shader, the same shader for all of the renders, is a simplified version of Marschner paper with primary and secondary highlights, but easier to set up (no refraction index). For GI renders, all light modes are supported.
There is very little to rig with Shave. Surface grown hairs just follow the surface dynamically, you can even preview the dynamics by turning on live mode and shaking it around while you adjust parameters.
Maya's dynamic forces affect shave guides directly, just re-run the cache.
We also have several different kinds of animation constraints that you can apply to any vertex on the chains.
Shave's interface is so simple and intuitive, you'll spend more time setting up your license than you will setting up your first scene.
About Joseph Alter, inc. Alter, Founder and CEO of Joseph Alter, Inc, patented his invention in 2000 under the title, “Hair generation and other natural phenomena with surface derived control volumes in computer graphics and animation.” It’s the only patent Alter holds. The technology, which Alter dubs “Shave and a Haircut,” can also be used to generate lifelike grass, feathers and trees for films, commercials and games, and is employed in visual effects studios around the world. His customers include Pixar, Lucas Digital Ltd, Dreamworks SKG, Electronic Arts and Microsoft Games.
Product: JoeAlter Shave and a Haircut
Supported Architectures: x64
Supported Operating Systems: The same OS for the version of software that you are using.
Software Prerequisites: Maya 2016, Maya 2016.5, Maya 2017
Download File Size:21.9 MB