Thea Presto2 Edition v1.3

After a series of technological achievements, we are happy to announce that our edition 1.3 is now available! The new edition (codename: Presto Square) is coming with some exciting new features along with substantial improvements for our Presto engine.


Thea Presto2 Edition 1.3 :: Trailer

 
 







Presto GPU+CPU

Presto is now running on both GPU and CPU simultaneously, harvesting all your computer raw power. For coding Presto on the CPU, we didn't want just a "port" of the code from Nvidia CUDA architecture to x86/CPU architecture. We wanted to squeeze the CPUs to the max and see a real performance comparison between GPUs and CPUs. For this, we decided to adapt Intel's Embree library. What does this mean? with every GPU and CPU core running Presto, it means fast, very fast, rendering. And this fast rendering is coupled with Thea's material/light system. All in all, pure quality in the shortest render times! Download Presto Benchmark

Presto GPU+CPU :: Pure Quality in the Shortest Render Times

New Physical Sky :: Accurate and Realistic

New Physical Sky

The new Improved Physical Sky is much more accurate for spectral rendering and yields much better results in higher values of turbidity (which are usually wanted to give special mood to a render). The parameters for the new physical sky model are basically the same with similar influence on the image but more accurate response and are available for all render engines.


Instancing Support for Presto

Presto has now full instancing support. After various small and big memory improvements, millions of instanced polygons can now be rendered without a problem. Presto can now handle all the geometric complexity you want.


Instancing for Presto :: Millions of Instanced Polygons

Micro Roughness :: Reflections Varying from Blurred to Sharp

Micro Roughness

In nature, a usual observation for very smooth objects is that their reflections vary from blurred to sharp gradually, as the viewing angle goes from normal to shallow. We are very proud to introduce the idea of Micro Roughness, as a means to control this phenomenon. With Micro Roughness we have control over two parameters corresponding to the micro structure of the surface, the average width and height of the micro anomalies on the surface (measured in micro meters).


Sampling Improvements for Presto

Presto is now quite more sophisticated in terms of algorithmic design. With the addition of various sampling improvements, such as for scenes with area lights, image-based lighting, subsurface scattering, scenes in the presence of many light sources and antialiasing filtering, Presto converges much faster and this takes place without losing its interactivity.

Sampling Improvements for Presto :: Subsurface Scattering, Image-based Lighting and Many Light Sources

Camera Z-Clipping :: Looking Inside with Near Z-Clipping

Camera Z-Clipping

You can now cut and render the geometry beyond a near and far distance and have a look inside objects and constructions!




SSS and Volumetrics for Presto

Not only subsurface scattering and volumetrics are supported by Presto but they are also delivered fast, truly realistic, without any approximations.



SSS and Volumetrics for Presto :: Truly Realistic, No Approximations, Fast Convergence

Automatic Updates :: Stay Always Up-to-Date

Automatic Updates

This version comes with a handy feature that will make all updates easily accessible. You can now check and install new versions and resources right from inside Thea Studio and stay always up-to-date.










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