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SpeedTree® 8 for Lumberyard was released today under a free license provided by Amazon to all Lumberyard developers.

Used in hundreds of games and blockbuster films, SpeedTree is the award-winning procedural 3D modeling tool that makes it faster and easier for developers to model complex vegetation.

This launch marks the debut of SpeedTree 8, which has been in development for more than two years and represents a new standard in vegetation modeling. Significant advances include new tools, powerful optimization techniques, refined geometry, and a fully PBR workflow.

“SpeedTree 8 for Lumberyard is designed to be an intuitive and powerful toolset for both new and experienced game devs who want AAA quality vegetation in their Lumberyard projects,” said Michael Sechrest, co-founder at SpeedTree developer IDV. “Taking advantage of Lumberyard’s advanced rendering and lighting systems, teams can create large-scale environmental art faster and with greater fidelity.”

SpeedTree 8 for Lumberyard also marks the debut of a new model library featuring surface-scanned leaf and bark textures. Each new SpeedTree 8 model offers infinite seasonal variations with the new season slider and multiple resolutions

“With Lumberyard, we’re giving developers everything they need to bring their most ambitious visions to life,” said Eric Schenk, General Manager, Amazon Lumberyard. “By seamlessly integrating with Lumberyard, SpeedTree 8 makes it easier to model, import, and customize visually-stunning vegetation in your games.”

In addition to seamless integration, SpeedTree 8 for Lumberyard offers:

  • A free perpetual license for Lumberyard developers
  • Full PBR material workflow and rendering
  • All new 3D surface-scanned PBR texture library
  • New techniques for low-poly branch structure modeling and mesh editing
  • Automatic vertex color painting for Lumberyard wind with in-modeler preview
  • One-draw-call models with tiling textures, wind, and LOD
  • Unlimited seasonal variation
  • New art director tools and more intuitive workflow

This version of SpeedTree is free for Lumberyard developers, and includes updates over the next 12 months. To see the new SpeedTree 8 Modeler in action, and for more information on how to download and activate SpeedTree 8 for Lumberyard, follow the link below:

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We’ve got a new set of models for all active subscribers to our Unity 5 and Unreal Engine 4 SpeedTree Modeler. Each model comes in either a Hero, Desktop, or Mobile resolution. If applicable, these assets will include seasonal variations (Fall, Winter, Summer) as well as any leaf map makers associated with that model.  Once you’ve downloaded these assets they will be yours to use whether you maintain the subscription or not. Each month will include a hero model, a desktop model, and a mobile model.

 


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AVAILABLE May 1st 

What’s Included?

  • Sunflower, hero resolution (3 Models)
  • Vinca Major, desktop resolution (4 Models)
  • Marigold, mobile resolution (2 Models)

New content available April 3rd, 2017
Unity 5 Subscription
  and Bonus Content

UE4 Subscription and Bonus Content

15% Off Our SpeedTree Store

Our store is constantly growing and offers a variety of packages and individual trees. Now with an active subscription to our modeler you can get 15% off our models to use as a starting point for new species or simply to fill your world with unlimited variations of the foliage of your choice. Our models come with artist-tuned wind and LOD effects as well as multiple seasons and variations for any project. (Learn more about what makes our SpeedTree’s special for UE4 or Unity 5)

If you are already a subscriber, you can take advantage of this discount simply by logging into our store.

If you aren’t already a subscriber, head over to our store to get your subscription for just $19 a month.  Stop or start your subscription at any time and keep all the assets that you’ve created!

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We’ve got a new set of models for all active subscribers to our Unity 5 and Unreal Engine 4 SpeedTree Modeler. Each model comes in either a Hero, Desktop, or Mobile resolution. If applicable, these assets will include seasonal variations (Fall, Winter, Summer) as well as any leaf map makers associated with that model.  Once you’ve downloaded these assets they will be yours to use whether you maintain the subscription or not. Each month will include a hero model, a desktop model, and a mobile model.

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AVAILABLE April 3rd 2017

What’s Included?

  • Monterey Cypress, hero resolution (3 Models & 2 Leaf Map Makers)
  • Boston Fern, desktop resolution (4 Models)
  • Shamrock, hero, desktop, and mobile resolutions (3 Models & 3 Leaf Map Makers)

New content available April 3rd, 2017
Unity 5 Subscription
  and Bonus Content

UE4 Subscription and Bonus Content

15% Off Our SpeedTree Store

Our store is constantly growing and offers a variety of packages and individual trees. Now with an active subscription to our modeler you can get 15% off our models to use as a starting point for new species or simply to fill your world with unlimited variations of the foliage of your choice. Our models come with artist-tuned wind and LOD effects as well as multiple seasons and variations for any project. (Learn more about what makes our SpeedTree’s special for UE4 or Unity 5)

If you are already a subscriber, you can take advantage of this discount simply by logging into our store.

If you aren’t already a subscriber, head over to our store to get your subscription for just $19 a month.  Stop or start your subscription at any time and keep all the assets that you’ve created!

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We’ve got a new set of models for all active subscribers to our Unity 5 and Unreal Engine 4 SpeedTree Modeler. Each model comes in either a Hero, Desktop, or Mobile resolution. If applicable, these assets will include seasonal variations (Fall, Winter, Summer) as well as any leaf map makers associated with that model.  Once you’ve downloaded these assets they will be yours to use whether you maintain the subscription or not. Each month will include a hero model, a desktop model, and a mobile model.

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AVAILABLE Mar 1st. 2017

What’s Included?

  • Norway Spruce, hero resolution (3 Models & 4 Leaf Map Makers)
  • European White Birch, desktop resolution (3 Models & 3 Leaf Map Makers)
  • Shamrock, hero, desktop, and mobile resolutions (6 Models)

New content available Mar 1st, 2017
Unity 5 Subscription
  and Bonus Content

UE4 Subscription and Bonus Content

15% Off Our SpeedTree Store

Our store is constantly growing and offers a variety of packages and individual trees. Now with an active subscription to our modeler you can get 15% off our models to use as a starting point for new species or simply to fill your world with unlimited variations of the foliage of your choice. Our models come with artist-tuned wind and LOD effects as well as multiple seasons and variations for any project. (Learn more about what makes our SpeedTree’s special for UE4 or Unity 5)

If you are already a subscriber, you can take advantage of this discount simply by logging into our store.

If you aren’t already a subscriber, head over to our store to get your subscription for just $19 a month.  Stop or start your subscription at any time and keep all the assets that you’ve created!

After two years of development, we are excited to announce our first SpeedTree® 8 product, SpeedTree for Lumberyard, available first to Lumberyard users in the second quarter of 2017.

SpeedTree 8 will bring a revamped workflow featuring more intuitive controls, more precision, and more flexibility in artists modeling work-flow as well as full PBR rendering in the modeler. Game developers will be able to iterate, faster than ever before, on their concepts and ideas to bring those visions to life with unprecedented precision and realism.

“Amazon Lumberyard is an outstanding showcase for the new surface-scanned materials and modeling features that SpeedTree 8 brings to the table,” said Michael Sechrest, co-founder of SpeedTree developer Interactive Data Visualization.

“Our new physically based rendering material workflow, wind algorithms and overall modeling enhancements all shine in the engine,” Sechrest added,  “Lumberyard will be the first to experience the most powerful version of SpeedTree yet.”

SpeedTree for Lumberyard will be demonstrated March 1-3 at the Game Developers Conference 2017 Expo, in San Francisco, at both the SpeedTree booth (#529) and Amazon’s Lumberyard booth (#1602). The release of SpeedTree for Lumberyard will be followed by the launch of other SpeedTree 8 products for the animation and games industries.

“With Amazon Lumberyard, we created a free AAA game engine that’s deeply integrated with AWS and Twitch, so developers can build their boldest visions and engage their fans,” said Eric Schenk, General Manager of Amazon Lumberyard.

“The release of SpeedTree 8 for Lumberyard makes it easier than ever for ambitious developers to build vast and visually stunning worlds. I can’t wait to see what they’ll create.”

New SpeedTree 8 features:

Which will be part of SpeedTree for Lumberyard on the day of launch, include:

Seamless integration with Amazon Lumberyard

Full PBR material workflow and rendering

All new 3D surface-scanned 8K PBR texture library

New techniques for low-poly branch structure modeling and mesh editing

Automatic vertex color painting for Lumberyard wind with in-modeler preview

One-draw-call models with tiling textures, wind, and LOD

New art director tools and more intuitive workflow

SpeedTree 8 for Lumberyard Newsletter Signup

After two years of development, we are excited to announce our first SpeedTree® 8 product, SpeedTree for Lumberyard, available first to Lumberyard users in the second quarter of 2017.

SpeedTree 8 will bring a revamped workflow featuring more intuitive controls, more precision, and more flexibility in artists modeling work-flow as well as full PBR rendering in the modeler. Game developers will be able to iterate, faster than ever before, on their concepts and ideas to bring those visions to life with unprecedented precision and realism.

“Amazon Lumberyard is an outstanding showcase for the new surface-scanned materials and modeling features that SpeedTree 8 brings to the table,” said Michael Sechrest, co-founder of SpeedTree developer Interactive Data Visualization.

“Our new physically based rendering material workflow, wind algorithms and overall modeling enhancements all shine in the engine,” Sechrest added,  “Lumberyard will be the first to experience the most powerful version of SpeedTree yet.”

SpeedTree for Lumberyard will be demonstrated March 1-3 at the Game Developers Conference 2017 Expo, in San Francisco, at both the SpeedTree booth (#529) and Amazon’s Lumberyard booth (#1602). The release of SpeedTree for Lumberyard will be followed by the launch of other SpeedTree 8 products for the animation and games industries.

“With Amazon Lumberyard, we created a free AAA game engine that’s deeply integrated with AWS and Twitch, so developers can build their boldest visions and engage their fans,” said Eric Schenk, General Manager of Amazon Lumberyard.

“The release of SpeedTree 8 for Lumberyard makes it easier than ever for ambitious developers to build vast and visually stunning worlds. I can’t wait to see what they’ll create.”

New SpeedTree 8 features:

Which will be part of SpeedTree for Lumberyard on the day of launch, include:

Seamless integration with Amazon Lumberyard

Full PBR material workflow and rendering

All new 3D surface-scanned 8K PBR texture library

New techniques for low-poly branch structure modeling and mesh editing

Automatic vertex color painting for Lumberyard wind with in-modeler preview

One-draw-call models with tiling textures, wind, and LOD

New art director tools and more intuitive workflow

SpeedTree 8 for Lumberyard Newsletter Signup

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As Unity and UE4 are being used for more diverse applications we’ve seen an increase in the demand for our hero model trees for arch/viz renderings as well as just highly detailed scenes.  We’ve taken nine of our most popular trees and put together a package of Hero models that include multiple seasons and age ranges.  More than just a static mesh, these trees come with all the features you’ve come to expect from SpeedTrees including Tuned wind, LOD transitions, ambient occlusion, and collision objects. To celebrate their release they are hitting the stores on sale for only $89 for one week (regular $119).

Hero Tree Package available from our store

Trees Included

  • Alaska Cedar (3 models – Full, Bare, and Juvenile)
  • American Elm (3 models – Summer, Autumn, and Winter)
  • Colorado Blue Spruce (3 models – Full, Bare, and Winter)
  • Douglas Fir (3 models – Full, Bare, and Juvenile)
  • European White Birch (3 models – Summer, Autumn, and Winter)
  • London Plane (3 models – Summer, Autumn, and Winter)
  • Red Maple (6 models – Summer, Autumn, Winter, Juvenile Summer, Juvenile Autumn, and Juvenile Winter)
  • Scots Pine (3 models – Full, Bare, and Winter)
  • White Oak (3 models – Summer, Autumn, and Winter)

1. Alaska Cedar (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis)

This slow-growing, false cypress is native to the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. It is known by many names including Yellow-Cedar, Alaska Cypress, and Nootka Cypress. It has long, drooping branches with long flat sprays.

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2. American Elm (Ulmus americana)

Also known as the ‘White Elm’, this deciduous tree forms a spreading canopy. It is a hardy tree and can thrive in cold or harsh winter climates. For that reason they are often planted and thrive in the upper northeastern US.

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3. Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens)

A large evergreen native to the Rocky Mountains and other parts of western North America, this spruce varies in color from gray-green to nearly bright blue, giving it its name.

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4. Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)

This tree that required the creation of its own genus (Pseudotsuga) is not a true fir. Douglas Firs are large, stately trees that can reach impressive heights of over 100 meters. They are endemic to the western US.

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5. European White Birch (Betula pendula)

This common European tree (also called Silver Birch) is characterized by its white bark that is spotted with black diamond-shaped marks. The bark color along with its slender and gracefully drooping branches make it a popular ornamental world-wide. The European white birch is a medium-sized deciduous tree, typically reaching heights of 49 to 82 ft (15 to 25 m) with a slender trunk usually under 16 in (40 cm) diameter.

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6. London Plane (Platanus acerifolia)

The London Plane is the European version and close relative of the American Sycamore. This large tree is stately and attractive, most notably because of its scaly jigsaw bark.

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7. Red Maple (Acer rubrum)

Red Maple is one of the most wide-spreading trees in the eastern US, stemming from its ability to survive under a variety of conditions. Its leaves, as its name implies, turn a brilliant red in the fall.

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8. Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)

The Scotch or Scots Pine is native to Scotland and can grow up to 25m in height. Scots Pine is used heavily in timber products and is planted commercially for this purpose.

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9. White Oak (Quercus alba)

A large oak that often grows to have an irregular, wide spreading crown and a stocky base. White oaks are native to all regions of the eastern US.

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What Files Are Included?

  • 30 individual tree models
  • 229 unique high-resolution diffuse, normal, and specular maps
  • 31 leaf map maker SPM files (utilities for easily creating and adjusting leaf-group textures, Modeler subscription needed)

Extras

What makes SpeedTree models so special? How many features are packed into each model? Details here.

  • Seasonal variations
  • Collision objects
  • Tuned LOD transitions
  • Tuned wind effects
  • Preset ambient occlusion
  • Leaf map maker SPM files
  • Branch seam blending used

Want to create limitless variations of these trees or tweak them in any way? A Modeler subscription will get the job done.

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Often times the best use of SpeedTree in VFX is the one where you aren’t quite sure if it was used at all.  Sure there are dramatic cases like “Noah“, but you may have seen several tv shows and movies already this year and not even noticed the SpeedTrees.  That being said, when you go see “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” this weekend (which you should) keep an eye peeled.  We received word from Industrial Light and Magic that SpeedTree was used extensively in a certain scene taking place in a dense forest.

As movie fans, we’ve been fortunate to be a part of some of the biggest movies of the past few years as well as being honored with an Academy Award.  So far, this year is shaping up to be even busier for SpeedTree in theatres. As the summer blockbuster season kicks off, expect to see a lot more movies coming out that take advantage of SpeedTree to create the spectacular scenes that capture audiences imagination.

Learn more about SpeedTree for Cinema

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We’re always adding new Unreal Engine 4 tree models to the SpeedTree Library, allowing UE4.3 or higher users to create even more varied environments.  See our three new models on sale at 33% off – for a limited time.

Sunflower package for Unreal Engine 4.3 or higher users added to our store.

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Corn Stalk package for Unreal Engine 4.3 or higher users added to our store.

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Bamboo package for Unreal Engine 4.3 or higher users added to our store.

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Red Delicious Apple package for Unreal Engine 4.3 or higher users added to our store.

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Orange Tree package for Unreal Engine 4.3 or higher users added to our store.

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