e-on Creator Solution is The Right Solution for Passionate Creators - comprises VUE Creator and PlantFactory Creator, a very economical yet powerful solution for artists to create natural 3D environments.
e-on Creator Solution includes:
Be Creative Are you passionate about creating stunning, natural 3D environments?
This solution lets you recreate your wildest digital ideas - from photorealistic natural landscapes, terrains, sci-fi or fantasy scenes, to abstract art, and more! If you dream it, you can create it!
The Creator Solution balances both your budget and creativity by combining both VUE and PlantFactory - Creator Editions to fit all of your artistic needs!
Diversity Easy to learn, easy to use!
Create vast expanses of everything from terrains to full planets, add new vegetation or create your own, select the best point of view and render hyper realistic images, animations, VR panoramas or stereoscopics of your landscapes in moody atmospheres. The best part? This can all be done in just a few clicks.
Benefit from a fantastic, hyperactive community of users where you can share, inspire, and learn from one another and grow with our endless supply of Tips & Tricks, Tutorials, and Webinars!
Unrivaled Natural 3D Creation
E-on's fully procedural technology for terrains, materials, vegetation, cloud layers, and more is the perfect asset to your creative pipeline!
Profit from the ability to interactively paint entire forests, generate advanced ecosystem population rules, and create your own vegetation species – start from a preset, or from scratch!
You can also import your content in all popular 3D formats, load, re-pose and render Poser and DAZ content, convert any mesh to cloud volumes, and for ultra-realistic effects, texture everything with PBR materials – and this is just scratching the surface of what you can achieve!
Animation Lights, camera, action!
Brace yourself for the 4th dimension with our Creator Solution that lets you animate anything from skies, cloud layers, objects, vegetation, materials, terrains, cameras, you name it!
Need more horsepower? Convert up to 5 additional computers to create your personal render farm.
Preset Content Filled to the brim!
E-on's solution is packed with the content you need to focus on your creativity!
Take advantage of our countless vegetation species and components, atmospheres, terrains, clouds, brush tools & presets, PBR materials, and more!
The 2021 release introduces compatibility for MacOS BigSur and for the following host application versions and render engines (bold items are new):
3D Studio Max 2016 to 2021
Maya 2015 to 2020
Cinema4D R20 to R23
Lightwave 11.6 to 2019
V-Ray 5 and Arnold
VUE is the only environment package on the market that includes everything you need for creating beautiful CG environments. From skies and volumetric clouds to terrains, large-scale EcoSystems, wind-swept vegetation, open water bodies, roads and rocks: everything is right there for you to use out of the box.
Setup and render your project in VUE or use the powerful integration plugins in the Professional & Enterprise versions for creating, exporting and converting entire scenes for rendering in other applications and render engines.
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!
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 basis.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
PlantFactory is packed with amazing features that deliver unsurpassed realism and performance. An essential tool for any VFX pipeline, PlantFactory will have you creating stunning digital art in a flash!
Plants created with PlantFactory can be exported to any 3D application using export formats such as Alembic, FBX, 3DS, OBJ, C4D, LWO, etc.
Plants are exported fully rigged, fully textured, with UV maps and displacement, and with all their LODs. Breeze or wind animated plants can be exported as a fully rigged mesh or as a cloud of animated vertices (MDD style).
You can fine-tune the animation of rigged mesh plants directly inside your target 3D application.
PlantFactory also offers a variety of export presets, custom tailored for specific host applications. Such presets include export for 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema4D, LightWave, Modo, ZBrush, Unity, Unreal, Blender, and more...
PlantFactory also ships with import plugins for 3ds Max and Maya. These plugins allow for loading, editing health, maturity and season as well as published parameters and converting native PlantFactory content within the host application, without going through any baking or exporting processed. In 3ds Max, the plugin can generate materials for the following renderers: Arnold, V-Ray Next, Scanline, ART Renderer. In Maya, the plugin can generate materials for the following renderers: Arnold, V-Ray Next and Maya Software. Rendering with other renderers is still possible as the plugin will generate native standard materials (provided such render engine supports native standard materials or after some manual material adjustments).
PlantFactory + VUE
When used in conjunction with VUE, PlantFactory will fully integrate and expand the software, so that you can access the plant editing power of PlantFactory directly from VUE and use the VUE tools to affect the PlantFactory vegetation. Furthermore, when used inside of VUE, PlantFactory creates unique vegetation - i.e. no two plants of the same species will ever look exactly alike. PlantFactory plants also sway in the breeze, or twist and bend in strong winds. PlantFactory plants will automatically adapt their resolution with distance, through a dynamic LOD system, making them perfect for Hero plants, foreground, mid-ground and background placements in your compositions. PlantFactory vegetation can be edited directly within the VUE Plant Editor. Specific parameters from the plant graph can be extracted to the Plant Editor to create simplified, high-level controls and facilitate your plant editing process. Last but not least, like any VUE component, PlantFactory plants will work seamlessly with the EcoSystem™ technology to create landscapes containing millions of unique plants!
One of the key features of PlantFactory is its ability to dynamically set global plant characteristics such as plant age, health, and seasonality.
These characteristics can drive any node or set of nodes in the TPF graph to add more complete plant definition and realism.
Total control & endless possibilities
Plants created in PlantFactory are built in three different ways-
Like a painter! - By manually drawing the shape of the plant you want: In Manual mode, you just paint branches using your mouse (or tablet).
Like a builder! - by assembling ready-made components: The Components method is the fastest and easiest way to model vegetation. PlantFactory ships with a library of pre-made components for trunks, branches, leaves, fruits, etc. Components are fully textured, UV mapped, displaced, and pre-animated.
Like a boss! - by constructing everything from scratch, using a procedural graph of nodes: Using the graph of nodes, you build your plants from simple geometry nodes. Each geometry node features multiple parameters that you adjust and combine to achieve the desired look.