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Features

They'll rock your world!
VUE features an interface design that's optimized for ease-of-use and productivity and is packed full of amazing rendering features including volumetric effects, glowing materials, lens flares, stars and planets, rocks, and more!
 
VUE is so productive and easy to use that you'll be designing and animating 3D scenery within seconds.
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Terrains

VUE integrates flexible and powerful terrain modeling technologies. From creating full planets to infinitely detailed terrainscapes, VUE's got you covered!
 
Create hydrological and thermal simulations, manually sculpt them in real time, and even animate the parameters.  Procedural terrains provide an unlimited level of detail; move your camera closer, and more detail is seamlessly added.
 
Like procedural terrains, Heightfield Terrains are based on a function graph, but baked on a fixed-resolution grid. Allowing more flexibility and  realism to your terrains. Heightfield Terrains are also significantly faster to render!

Vegetation

VUE ships with a hefty plant library, comprised of over 170 plant species, from HD vegetation to low resolution. More species are added on a regular basis1.
 
The VUE vegetation technology ensures that no two plants you add to your scene will be identical, freeing you from hardcore vegetation modeling tasks, and adding more subtlety to your scenes.
 
The Plant Editor lets you easily customize any of the plants included and allows you to create your own, unique plant species. VUE will also automatically animate plants for you so that they gently sway in the breeze, or twist and bend in strong winds!
 
VUE is natively compatible with the fully procedural PlantFactory file format, to produce high-quality hero trees as well as distant vegetation. VUE can animate all of the exposed plant properties (such as Health, Seasonality or any other published plant parameter).

1 Enterprise Solutions only

Ecosystems

With e-on's patented Ecosystem technology, you can easily populate your scenes with millions of plants, trees, stones and other objects, to achieve an unprecedented level of natural complexity and detail while keeping VUE’s performance and display running smoothly.
 
Ecosystems do not merely scatter objects randomly across the surface. Instead, our technology decides where to place them according to the natural rules you define.
 
Additionally, the Ecosystem painter lets you interactively paint Ecosystems over any surface.

Clouds & Atmospheres

Simply said, VUE has the most advanced, complete and fully procedural atmospheric engine on the market. Convert any mesh to clouds, create complex atmospheres from scratch, or use any of the predefined atmospheres, create planetary cloud layers, and export standalone clouds or full cloud layers as openVDB *.
 
You can easily control the overall shape of the clouds, from feathery to clumpy and create skies with as many overlapping spectral cloud layers as you like for complex and unbelievably realistic cloudscapes!

Professional and Enterprise Solutions only

Lighting

VUE offers a multitude of lighting options to create stunning outdoor and indoor scenery including a scientifically accurate photometric atmosphere/light model, cutting edge global illumination and indirect lighting engines, HDR image-based lighting, a complete set of light types with raytraced and mapped soft shadows and a full-featured lens flare editor.

Materials

The creation of natural 3D environments requires highly complex shaders that respond to altitude or slope, seamlessly cover any terrain, and exhibit enough detail whether seen from distance or from close-up.
 
VUE features a shader system that is fully optimized for the challenges of Digital Nature. By using three types of material editors, you can effectively create anything from simple bitmapped textures to elaborate multi-layered procedural materials that dynamically respond to the environment.
 
VUE is fully compliant with the PBR Metalness workflow and includes a Specular to Metalness converter.

Rendering

VUE offers 2 render engines: a fully customizable CPU Ray-tracer, and a hybrid GPU/CPU Path tracer. Both render engines incorporate all of today’s high-end features yet stands out in their ability to handle huge polygon counts quickly and efficiently.
 
Render your scenes in stereo, 360° VR Panoramas, VR180, to play them on any Stereo-compliant platform (such as Youtube for instance) or devices such as Occulus Rift, HTC Vive, Nvidia 3DVision, Sony PSVR, Google DayDream, Google Carboard etc.
 
For more artistic freedom, VUE also includes a fully featured Non-Photorealistic Rendering shader that analyzes your renders to create stylized artwork.

Integration

Because we understand that our tools will find their place with bigger arsenal in your pipeline, we made sure that what you do in VUE does not merely stay in VUE, and what you do outside of VUE can be imported seamlessly.
 
VUE can be installed both as a standalone package, and as a plugin for 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema4D or LightWave. With the included conversion tool, VUE scenes can be rendered with any renderer such as RenderMan, Arnold, Octane, VRay Next, Corona, etc.
 
VUE features an extensible architecture that can be programmed using the Python cross-platform standard for application scripting.
 
Easily exchange geometry with ZBrush using GoZ (terrains as quads, other meshes as triangles).
 
Camera motion can be imported and exported as .FBX as well as Nuke .CHAN files. - And that’s just scratching the surface of how well VUE can fit into your workflow!

*Professional and Enterprise Solutions only

Export

VUE lets you export every single asset of your scenes: Plants, Rocks, Terrains, Ecosystem populations, procedural materials, Camera paths, lights, Cloud Layers, Standalone Clouds and even full scenes, in a wide variety of file formats, such as FBX, Alembic, OpenVDB, 3ds, Collada, Ptex and more. You can control every single Level of Detail, per instance, or globally. On top of this, skies can be exported as HDR skydomes or skycubes.

Professional and Enterprise Solutions only

Compositing

VUE provides extensive multi-pass rendering options. Virtually every rendering element, every layer, every material and every single object can be assigned a separate pass. VUE generates all multi-pass renders in High Dynamic Range, including all objects, cloud and layer masks, rendering components, ambient occlusion, shadows, reflections, atmospheric contributions, etc. Multi-pass renders can be exported as EXR 32 bit files with each pass stored in high dynamic range format.

*Professional and Enterprise Solutions only

System Requirements

 
VUE is a 64 bit application, designed for 64 bit versions of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 and Intel Mac OS X 10.10+ platforms.
 
Like all 3D packages, it is highly demanding in terms of computer power.
 
Although the application is totally multi-threaded to ensure the smoothest possible response, you must realize that there is a lot going on when you work in VUE.

 

Recommended System Specs
  • Windows 64 bit (Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10), Mac OS X v10.13+
  • Multi-core CPU (Intel QuadCore, Core I7, or Mac Pro), AVX compliant
  • 8GB+ of RAM,
  • 4GB+ of free Hard Disk space (on the drive hosting the OS),
  • We recommend a graphics card containing at least 4 GB of VRAM with a 3D Mark score of 10,000 or better (https://benchmarks.ul.com/compare/best-gpus)
Compatible hosts:
  • Autodesk Maya 2015-2018
  • Autodesk 3ds Max 2015-2019
  • Maxon Cinema 4D R15-R19
  • Newtek LightWave 11.6-2018

Creator

 
Comprises VUE Creator and PlantFactory Creator - an attractive solution for artists to continue creating at a reasonable price.
 
 
 

$19.95/mo

Professional

 
Includes VUE and PlantFactory - a solution for professionals and freelancers to enhance their artwork at any point within their workflow.
 
 

$75/mo

Enterprise

 
Bundles VUE, PlantFactory, 25 rendernodes, network rendering licenses, and an ever-growing library of new vegetation species.
 
 
 

$99/mo