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SpeedTree 8 For Lumberyard Available Free

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:

Activate now

Develop Awards 2016

 

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108 companies and 36 games were considered for this year’s awards and for the second year in a row, SpeedTree was nominated for design and creativity tool.

the Develop Awards are a peer-voted award for the UK and European games developers which focus purely on creativity, teamwork, and inspiring innovation. These prestigious awards were launched to raise standards across the industry by showcasing top class performance and innovation.

Today, with 21 categories recognizing the best in the games development business, The Develop Awards are one of the most anticipated game award ceremonies of the year!

Design & Creativity Tool

  • Dehumaniser – Krotos
  • Enlighten – Geomerics
  • Fabric – Tazman Audio
  • Granite – Graphine Software
  • SpeedTree For Games – SpeedTree
  • Substance Painter 2 – Allegorithmic
  • Wwise – Audiokinetic
  • Yebis 3 – Silicon Studio

Red Fern and Bunchberry (Update: Lily Of The Valley)

We’ve got a second set of trees now live on our SpeedTree store, on sale for a limited time. We’ll be releasing a whole crop of new trees over the next few weeks so keep a close eye on our Twitter, Facebook and blog!

All models include tuned wind, LODs, multiple variations and all the leaf map makers to allow you to make variations in our SpeedTree Modeler.  Don’t forget, you get an additional 15% off our entire store with an active subscription (As well as free trees)!

Red Fern- $24.00 $16.00 (Unity, UE4)

(Dryopteris erythrosora) Our dramatically-red take on the autumn fern. Native to east Asia, it grows in the shade in lightly wooded areas of hills and low mountains. In nature, the red will gradually fade to a dark green as the fern matures.

  • Two single and one cluster version in hero resolution
  • Two single and one cluster version in desktop resolution
  • Two single and one cluster version in mobile resolution
  • 12 high-resolution diffuse, normal, and specular maps

Bunch Berry $24.00 $16.00 (Unity, UE4)

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 (Cornus canadensis) This small, herbaceous, and slow-growing shrub generally grows from 4″ to 8″ (10-20 cm) tall. It typically forms a carpet-like mat along the ground.

  • Four berried and four flowered versions in hero resolution
  • Four berried and four flowered versions in desktop resolution
  • Four berried and four flowered versions in mobile resolution
  • 22 high-resolution diffuse, normal, and specular maps

Lily of The Valley $24.00 $16.00 (Unity, UE4)

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 (Convallaria majalis) This small herbaceous perennial can form extensive colonies and grows to a height of 6″ to 12″ (15-30 cm).

  • One single and one cluster version in hero resolution
  • One single and one cluster version in desktop resolution
  • One single and one cluster version in mobile resolution
  • 11 high-resolution diffuse, normal, and specular maps

 

SpeedTree Featured in The Jungle Book

THE JUNGLE BOOK

The Jungle book is many things at once.  A remake of the 1967 Disney family classic, it manages to be both original in its expression of an oft-retold tale, an engrossing film on its own, and a technological marvel.  With the environment and almost the entire cast created digitally, The Jungle Book is a huge achievement for VFX and features extensive use of SpeedTree Cinema to bring the jungle to life.

Filmed entirely on blue screen sets, Neel Sethi plays young Mowgli as the only non-digital character in a cast of heavy hitters. Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Ben Kingsley and more make up the phenomenal cast of animal voices. Directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Chef)  The Jungle Book is an astounding feat of technology and cinema. We’re proud that SpeedTree was involved in crafting this vision. Stay tuned for more news on SpeedTree and The Jungle Book!

Congrats to all the amazing VFX work done by the studios involved:

MPC (VFX Supervisor : Adam Valdez)
Weta Digital (VFX Supervisor : Dan Lemmon)

The Production VFX Supervisor is Robert Legato.

Learn more about our Academy and Emmy Award-Winning Software SpeedTree Cinema or try it today.

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THE JUNGLE BOOK

THE JUNGLE BOOK

 

New Trees on the SpeedTree Store

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We’ve added three new species to our SpeedTree store, all on sale for a limited time. We’ll be releasing a whole crop of new trees over the next few weeks so keep a close eye on our Twitter, Facebook and blog!

All models include tuned wind, LODs, multiple variations and all the leaf map makers to allow you to make variations in our SpeedTree Modeler.  Don’t forget, you get an additional 15% off our entire store with an active subscription (As well as free trees)!

Frailejon- $24.00 $16.00 (Unity, UE4)

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(Espeletia schultzii) This curious plant occurs only at very high elevations in the Andes mountains of South America. It is in the same family as sunflowers and daisies (evident in its flowers), but has undergone heavy evolutionary radiation resulting in a very diverse genus, ranging from small shrubs to large trees.

  • One single and one cluster version in hero resolution
  • One single and one cluster version in desktop resolution
  • One single and one cluster version in mobile resolution
  • 14 high-resolution diffuse, normal, and specular maps

Weeping Willow $39.00 $26.00 (Unity, UE4)

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(Salix babylonica) Weeping Willow is a hybrid cultivar between the Chinese Peking Willow and the European White Willow. Its long weeping leaflets are attractive and distinct, making it a widely popular ornamental, often along waterways and river banks.

  • One full, one autumn, and one bare version in hero resolution
  • One full, one autumn, and one bare version in desktop resolution
  • One full, one autumn, and one bare version in mobile resolution
  • 53 high-resolution diffuse, normal, and specular maps
  • 9 leaf map maker SPM files (utilities for easily creating and adjusting leaf-group textures,Modeler subscription needed)

Giant Redwood $39.00 $26.00 (Unity, UE4)

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(Sequoia sempervirens) The Giant or ‘Coastal’ Redwood is the largest living thing on earth. Old growth trees can be over 2,000 years old and over 300 feet tall.

  • Two full, one bare, and one winter version in hero resolution
  • Two full, one bare, and one winter version in desktop resolution
  • Two full, one bare, and one winter version in mobile resolution
  • 48 high-resolution diffuse, normal, and specular maps
  • 10 leaf map maker SPM files (utilities for easily creating and adjusting leaf-group textures,Modeler subscription needed)

 

Batman v Superman features SpeedTree tech

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The long anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has battled it’s way to a massive international box office opening. Directed by Zach Snyder and featuring a heavyweight cast, including Ben Affleck taking on the mantle of the Dark Knight (to much acclaim). The epic showdown features a massive amount of special effects to painstakingly recreate the intensity and feel of some of DC’s classic graphic novels. With multiple SpeedTree customers working on the VFX, it is perhaps inevitable that  our Academy Award-winning technology found its way onto the streets of Gotham and Metropolis.

Although much of the trailers have showcased dark gritty battles on uninhabited islands (or post-workday downtown centers), the film tactfully counters the concrete and metal urban centers with the more pastoral settings of both Bruce Wayne’s and Clark Kent’s family homes.  Scanline VFX informed us that they had used SpeedTree Cinema while working on the film last year, and it’s great to finally see it hit the big screen.

Despite a less than positive reception from critics, Dawn of Justice is a hit among fans and is on track to break box office records.  Personally, we loved it and highly recommend seeing it on the biggest screen possible (I’m headed to an Imax for a second viewing).

Learn more about SpeedTree Cinema

Gaia on the SpeedTree Store

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We first featured a screenshot and video from Adam Goodrich over a year ago after some screenshots featuring SpeedTree ended up winning some contests on a few forums. These ended up being early prototypes of Gaia, a tool that would become one of the top sellers on the Unity Asset Store. The latest release features powerful SpeedTree integration for procedural foliage placement. It’s such a good tool that we have added it to our SpeedTree store to ensure that Unity 5 SpeedTree users have access to the best tools for learning and developing .

Gaia acts as a nexus for some of the most popular tools in the Unity community, including Tenkoku Dynamic Sky, Aquas, Distingo terrain shader, and more.  This allows gaia to act as a learning tool for new users to quickly implement their assets using friendly presets.  For the advanced users, the spawners allow you to create a system adapted exactly to your needs.   For SpeedTree, this means that our different packages will have extensions that feature recipes for procedural placement that make sense according to the species.

Gaia is going to be at GDC this year featured both in the Unity booth on the exhibition floor and we’ll be using it to demo SpeedTree in Unity 5, so be sure to stop by and say hi to Adam!

Gaia can be found on our store here, or if you’d prefer, on the Unity Asset Store.

Need more Trees? Use the code GDC2016 for 35% off our SpeedTree store and follow our twitter for Unity Flash sales!

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March Bonus Content

March Bonus Content

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. These assets will include all the 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.

AVAILABLE March 1, 2016

Hero Resolution: Bald Cypress (3 Models)

Desktop Resolution: River Birch  (3 Models & 3 Leaf Map Makers)

Desktop Resolution: Tobacco (6 Models)


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 dollars a month  stop or start at any time and keep all the assets that you’ve created.

New content available Feb 1, 2016
Unity 5 Subscription
  and Bonus Content

UE4 Subscription and Bonus Content

 

 

January Subscription Modeler Bonus Content

January Bonus Content

2016 is almost here and we’ve got a new set of models for all active subscribers to our Unity 5 and Unreal Engine 4 Modeler. Each model comes in either a Hero, Desktop, or Mobile resolution. These assets will include all the 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.

AVAILABLE 1/1/16
Hero Resolution:
 American Sycamore (3 Models & 5 Needle Map Maker)

Desktop Resolution: Hollywood Juniper,  (4 Models)

Mobile Resolution: Cherry Tree, mobile resolution (4 Models & 4 Needle Map Makers)

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 dollars a month  stop or start at any time and keep all the assets that you’ve created.

New content available 1/1/16
Unity 5 Subscription
  and Bonus Content

UE4 Subscription and Bonus Content

 

 

Happy Holidays! Free SpeedTrees!

Holidays3We’ve had a great year thanks to all of our amazing SpeedTree Users. As a thank-you, we’re offering a coupon for 25% off a purchase from our store as well as the return of the free Christmas Speedtree! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Coupon Code:  Holidays2015

Coupon valid for single use until 2/1/2016
Free Christmas Tree!

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What’s Included?

  • Christmas tree in hero, desktop, and mobile resolutions
  • 42 high-resolution diffuse, normal, and specular maps
  • 5 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.

  • Hero, desktop, and mobile resolutions
  • Tuned lightmap UVs for UE4, all LODs
  • Tuned LOD transitions
  • Tuned wind effects
  • Preset ambient occlusion
  • Leaf map maker SPM files
  • Branch seam blending used

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Bonus Content

Don’t forget about our December Bonus Content as well, free for active subscribers!

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