Get physical, with DAZ Studio…
The iRay devs reported a few weeks ago that iRay “2020.0 final has just been released”. Strand fibers do “especially well” with the new iRay 2020 + an RTX graphics card, even fibres with dense intersections.
iRay 2020… “introduces native fiber intersection support! This delivers perfectly smooth hair, fur, carpet, and similar curve-based primitives out-of-the-box, without paying for extra memory and/or additional pre-computation time for tessellation to triangle-data!”
Good news for fur render speed and for Look At My Hair users. Though not quite yet, as the latest iRay in DAZ Studio is currently 2019.1.4. But it can’t be long until 2020.1 gets plugged in.
Several other major bits of software are also doing short hair, KeyShot 9 has its new “fuzz”, and Lightwave 2020 will also have two similar short hair shaders.
Free cute cats, delivered to your home! Nope, not an April Fools’ Day prank. HiveWire are giving away their high-quality Housecat for free until 31st May 2020, along with other goodies.
For fur also get their free LAMH Presets for the HiveWire House Cat, which are not on the new freebies page, but are free on the general store.
Those new to DAZ Studio may be especially puzzled by one aspects of the lights. For instance, it is possible to light a scene with some light preset or other, found and loaded from a Lights folder…
“Hmmm.., nice, but too dark. Let’s find its controls and tweak them up…” you might think.
Yet… no light will then be found listed in the Scene item-list. Nor will one find any light when one switches into the Lighting/Cameras tab. And yet there is obviously a light in the scene.
Where is this mysterious light, and how can it be controlled?
This type of light’s controls are actually hidden away at the bottom of the Render settings, under “Environment”, a place whose name might lead a newbie to expect anti-aliasing settings for the edges of the leaves of trees and the bumps on rocks. Nope, it’s the controls for the missing light.
As you can see, there are all sorts of tweakable sliders here, including time-of-day and intensity. There are even more when you scroll down the panel.
One of the big problems I’ve always had with DAZ Studio is the inability to load my saved Render presets. It’s easy enough to save them: File | Save as… | Render Settings. They are placed in the ..\content\Presets\Render folder as .DUF files.
But then they never ever show up in the Presets tab. This problem has always been there, across multiple different versions of DAZ Studio and even across different PCs. To try to solve the problem, one can copy the render preset files into every possible runtime and content folder that DAZ has access to, but still… nothing will ever show up in the panel. I assume it’s a bug.
The workaround solution is to manually find your presets in Windows Explorer and then drag-and-drop the required .DUF preset file directly onto/into the scene in DAZ Studio. With the Editor open in the Render Panel, you can see the settings change ‘live’ as you drop the .DUF onto the scene. But it would be so much easier just to have them show up in a list where they’re supposed to be.
Using the latest DAZ Studio gives you a substantial iRay speed boost, thanks to the integration of the latest iRay version. 2x faster on CPUs, for instance. Though, as NVIDIA want to sell $500 graphics cards, you’ll only read about that in a quiet blog post from the iRay dev team.
But now I read on the forums about another way to add a further 2x boost to DAZ Studio. So long as you don’t have transparency in the scene, choosing the “Interactive” rather than “Photoreal” version of iRay in DAZ Studio should apparently give you another 2x speed-boost with minimal loss of quality. Some shadows are skipped and transparency is handled differently. But otherwise it’s a good WYSIWYG representation of what your render will look like. The advice is from someone on a fast dual-Xeon PC, but it’s something to consider re: working toward a real-time iRay viewport rather than just a Preview window. It’s easily tested on your system.
It’s the end of January 2020 and time for another survey of new content and scripts for DAZ Studio and Poser. What goodies have slipped out in this quiet time of the year? Read on and find out…
10 Drones Orchid Pack, organic alien spaceships in .OBJ format.
Where do the inn’s deep cellars lead to? Why, to the PW Underworld of course…
Mrs Evil HD for Victoria 8 and Genesis 8 Female.
Modular 3D Kits: Fantasy Library from ShaaraMuse3D. HD books, bookcases, tables and scrolls.
Ancient Greco-Roman Crowd Generator, as billboards.
RP Salty Scarlett for Genesis 8 Female.
Poser Hair ‘Em2 – Just Four Men. Dynamic Hair Room hair for M4 and Poser.
Wild West Horse And Rider Poses for G8M and Horse 2, including wielding six-guns while riding.
Characters and poses:
Matilde for La Femme for Poser.
A usefully generic free ‘surfing’ pose for Genesis 8.
Toon and storybook:
Fairy hut for Poser by 1971s.
Noor Toolbox for Nursoda’s Noor baby (part of the Fehn bundle).
Free Fehn Eyes, for Fehn, ten of them, the default ones being very dark.
Klia for G8F, a free semi-toon character suited to storybooks.
Some nice Retro brushes for Photoshop.
A classic French Citroen for Poser, likely to interest those with French style toons such as Muggie and Nos by Nursoda.
Multi-species WolfPack for Poser, with animations. They appear to be suitable for large pack scenes, once you reduce the textures a bit.
Old Town Alley for DAZ Studio.
A wind-scoured canyon system for Vue, for $2.
18Gb of vegetation and waterfall and related assets for Vue, including localised mists.
Photo Props: Electric Poles from ShaaraMuse3D, with HD textures so presumably suitable for closeups of a linesman working on the wires. Also likely to interest Vue artists.
Painting Over 3D Renders with Wootha.
Utilities and scripts:
Last month I said I wouldn’t cover any more of the burgeoning range of Genesis converter packs, but Cross Figure 0002 Character Morph and Cross Figure 0001 Character Morph look very useful and long-term. What the difference is between the two packs I just can’t figure out, though. Which is a huge barrier to a potential purchase.
Perspective Control for DAZ Studio. I’m fairly sure Poser already does this as standard, if this add-on is the same as Poser’s Perspective dial.
Reveal Node Type for Poser.
Finally, be aware that your CG Trader ‘Wish List’ appears to be public. I can access mine while logged out, and its not coming from the browser’s cache.
That’s it for this month. More picks next month!
The $100 HeadShop 12 plugin is “coming soon” for Poser 11. With its ‘Lovechild’ feature which seamlessly morphs between two photos, under the control of simple sliders, before producing the 3D head.
The blurb on the announcement page says the Poser version will work with “Poser LaBelle”. But I suspect that must be a translation error, and he actually means La Femme — which is Poser 11’s flagship female base figure.
HeadShop 12 is already available for DAZ Studio, at $100, and works with Genesis 2, 3 and 8.
Time for a pick from the many items newly released for DAZ Studio and Poser in December 2019. As usual, freebies are only featured here if they have “commercial use” or are obvious fan-art.
Greetings and Gestures for Genesis 8. Usefully generic, and especially useful for military / diplomatic type sci-fi tales.
Detail Lighting for DAZ, which appears to be ‘stick and render’. Used scaled-up, it looks useful for enhancing many types of dark sci-fi scenes.
A free David Tennant for G8M including the Hair of Awesomeness, albeit with a large number of dependencies even before you go in search of suitable Tennant-era Doctor Who clothes.
A free Robin Starfighter. It’s a bit ‘Jar Jar Binks-era Star Wars‘, but I don’t think it’s fan-art.
Also a generic but detailed Sci-Fi Landing Platform for your Starfighter craft, if textured to match.
The free U.S.S. Enterprise 1701-D for Poser Pro. Vanishing Point has being doing some saucer-sep and di-lithium crystal buffing on this, and it was updated December 2019 for Poser 11. Non-commercial use, as it’s obvious Star Trek fan-art.
Moonbeam34, a fun retro sci-fi car.
Sci-Fi Scorpion Mecha. They look like toys in the previews, but scale them up to 50ft high and they’d look more impressive.
Orchid Bio-Spaceship in .OBJ format. Original design, and not game-art, it seems.
Carrier for Poser, a sci-fi creature. Spotted last month on another site, and now on Renderosity. From a number of years ago and so you’d probably want to cover up most of the unconvincing legs via some work in the Poser Hair Room. Or you could have them as the sort of creatures that live in a semi-aquatic lakeside environment, and thus have their lower legs below the water.
Red chair, free in .3DS format.
Time Princess Outfit for G8F. Doesn’t appear to be dForce.
Free Touchable Furry Tail Hair Colors for the Furry Tail, although the latter now seems to have been withdrawn from sale?
A free dForce Wish-List scroll.
Nursoda’s Fehn, made with his usual quality and value-for-money.
Nursoda’s free Folomb wormy character. Commercial use, unlike some of his earlier freebies, so you could use it in a webcomic.
Bell island for Poser by 1971s. Suitable for enhancing his various floating sky-islands.
Guardian Angel Shape and Poses for Genesis 8 Female. Called a “shape” because it has multiple dependencies including Morning Star Wings, so you’d have to do a bit of shopping and work to build the full character.
A free Swing.
The free Ice Palace set for DAZ Studio.
Hovel for Daz and Poser, an Iron Age hut, basically. Appears to be low-poly, so you could presumably build a village or use it add variety to an existing Iron Age scene.
Marmara Boat, a jaunty little 16th century coastal trading ship.
Archaeology materials for Keyshot, and the same seller also has Ancient Stone.
Landscapes, landscape structures and plants:
MS19 Thorncrown Chapel, an unusual 21st century rural chapel.
The free Plant Collection 1 for Poser.
ShaaraMuse3D’s Modular Photo Props: Old Pier.
Easy Environments: Frozen Lake for DAZ Studio.
Flinks Snowflakes. Cold crystal fluff for your snowy scenes.
Pine Bark material, in a format that looks suitable for DAZ/Poser, with a little tweaking.
ShaaraMuse3D’s Tangle World. A spooky post-fire landscape on sandy heathland, with washed out roots.
CWRW Calicos for the HiveWire House Cat. Nice textures, but it would be useful for the seller to say exactly how the hair was done for the main preview render. Turns out it’s the CWRW HW House Cat LAMH Preset 1, new over at the HiveWire store. So I guess they’re not allowed to say “HiveWire” on Renderosity. The HiveWire LAMH preset is free. Which is very nice of them, and that means hair on Catula too. Though of course you’d need the Look At My Hair plugin (currently 50% off, as DAZ seems to have another large sale on now).
CWRW Exotics 1 for the HiveWire House Cat. Desert / Ancient Egyptian type cats.
DA Dragonling HD for DAZ Dragon 3. Shown here without textures so you can see what you’re getting in the model.
Multiple Cattle Breeds – a figure set for Poser. 12 distinctive cattle breeds, with animations and poses. They appear to be low-poly, so you can presumably have an animated herd in the scene.
Multiple species of Fox, with what appears to be the guide-hairs for Poser Hair Room hair.
Combined Horse And Rider Poses for G8M.
L’Homme Male Base figure for Poser Pro 11. The new official flagship male base for Poser.
SJ Hair for Genesis 8 Female, with an interesting floaty sci-fi look and also looks like it should be fast to render.
Fantasy Attic’s 2019 Annual Community Christmas Gifts are still online. Includes a K4 elf outfit…
And lastly Elizabeth 2 Banana Costume for Poser. Who or what was Elizabeth 2? Turns out she’s yet another new free base figure, unofficial and launched a few weeks ago. Do we really need another female base figure? Why not just tweak the perfectly good La Femme instead?
There are too many converter systems for Genesis variants now, to keep up with. Check the DAZ Store if you’re interested in converting from/to all the different Genesis types, props and poses. The next edition of DAZ Studio might usefully bypass them all, by including its own auto mega-verter plugin. Wasn’t that the original point of the Genesis system, that everything was supposed to work seamlessly with everything?
The P.A.S.S. Watercolour Shaders for Poser have turned up on the ArtStation store. For free. Suitable for Poser 10 / 2014 onward, and likely to suit advanced Poser users only. Formerly sold at RuntimeDNA.
Poser – Rule of Thirds. A simple free geometry (.OBZ) that replaces the standard Poser Depth-of-Field guide with a new version that also shows the rule-of-thirds.
FLUIDOS II for DAZ Studio. Fluids simulation plugin, faster than the first version. Windows and Mac.
That’s it, more picks next month!
The new P3DO Pro 2.7 was released a few days ago. One of several third-party indexers and content-managers for for Poser, P3DO Pro now has a DUF parser, for a partial indexing of the newer type of DAZ Studio files. P3DO Pro costs $25 for a two-year licence.
Update: The licence is a little confusing, but the maker clarifies it in a comment to this blog…
“P3DO keys don’t expire. Once you have acquired a key you will be able to use that version without duration limit. It is the ability to upgrade to a newer version which is not possible after a given time. Those two years you are referring to is the minimal time with free upgrades [to the user].”
P3DO Pro’s main rival PzDB 1.3 had partial DAZ indexing some years ago, along with iClone and Vue items. The PzDB licence never expires and 1.3 is currently on a discount at $56. However, if you only need a vast Poser runtime indexing then I’d suggest 1.2 is the better and perfectly good option, and it’s also significantly cheaper at $32.
If you can’t afford either, take a look at the free Everything.
A new free David Tennant for G8M, slightly stylised but in a nice semi-toon way and with The Hair reasonably well done. Released a week ago, but the maker has just today fixed something possibly a bit vital and the .zip file… “now has the character .duf file.”
In this regeneration the Doctor does however have a large amount of dependencies. The underlying base is a… “morph with a Character Preset that uses a Skin Material found in Edward 8”. Then there’s The Hair. So the full list of dependencies are…
Super Natural Brows Merchant Resource for Genesis 8 and 3 Male, “with the Shape Preset of Super Natural Brows | Style 33”.
CC Beard Boss for Genesis 8 Male, “with the Brown Material and ‘Shaping -> Sides’ preset of CC Beard Boss ‘Short Burns’ with Materials 02 Brunettes -> CC Beard Boss – 02 Brunettes – 02”.
Tousled Hair for Genesis 3 and 8, “with the Brown Materials set.”
Phew. Quite a haul, but worth it for the Hair of Awesomeness, and the Sideburns of Sublimity. Or the best you can get for those in DAZ, without actually having David Tennant land inside the software with the TARDIS. Now there’s a plot idea, for one of the continuing Tennant audiobooks (10th Doctor Adventures from Big Finish)…
You’ll be wanting suitable Daleks and other Doctor Who items too, for which see my Doctor Who: DAZ and Poser content survey.
The Current DAZ Freebies page has updated with new items.
DM’s scene/lights combos are always worth having, especially the lights. And free here is his garden-nook DM Retreat (inc. Poser version), plus a matching storybook Genesis 2 outfit with matching hair — the hair includes both a Poser .CR2 and Poser CFs.
Also, the Anime Starter Bundle gives you the Aiko 4 Base and Hiro 4 Base figures for free, these being for V4.2 and M4 respectively. Plus some interesting-looking stylised anime Xell hair that I hadn’t noticed before.
Also the Freak 5 Action Poses. Which, being Genesis 1, will presumably also be taken more-or-less by other G1-G3 ‘big lad’ characters and robots. Includes Poser CF .zip.
M4, V4, Hiro 4 and Aiko 4 base figures, currently on the DAZ Store for $6 in the Black Friday sale. They’re in the “Anime Manga Starter Bundle”. Also, the ++ morphs packs are over in the Victoria 4.2 Starter Bundle and Michael 4 Starter Bundle, both $5 each. Also down at $5 is the M4/V4 Creature Creator Bundle.