real-time rev­o­lu­tion

3D World ex­plores the real-time graph­ics soft­ware rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing the pro­duc­tion of video con­tent, vis­ual ef­fects, VR and in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ences

3D World - - CONTENTS - A full list of Notch Builder 0.9.21 de­vel­op­ments and fur­ther up­dates from Notch can be found at medium.com/ notch­blog

Dis­cover Notch, the real-time graph­ics soft­ware

Trusted by the world’s big­gest artists, brands and events, Notch is the first tool to en­able the cre­ation of both in­ter­ac­tive and video con­tent in one uni­fied real-time en­vi­ron­ment. “Real-time graph­ics were con­sid­ered hard and came with the as­sump­tion that you had to know how to code. Notch was born from an idea that puts cre­atives back in con­trol,” says a spokesper­son for the de­vel­oper.

After leav­ing uni­ver­sity, founder Matt Swo­boda ven­tured into the gam­ing in­dus­try, and along­side games he also worked on other cre­ative projects such as mu­sic videos, art in­stal­la­tions and de­moscene pro­duc­tions. All of these projects en­abled him to work with real-time tech­nol­ogy and after leav­ing the gam­ing in­dus­try be­hind, Matt sought to change the bad rep­u­ta­tion of real-time graph­ics.

thus Notch was born, de­liv­er­ing a re­al­time en­gine, it­er­a­tive process, and speed of ren­der­ing that en­sured a bet­ter work­flow for cre­ators. By al­low­ing for live changes and real-time pre­views, it made projects more fun and ex­per­i­men­tal than ever be­fore. there are two prod­ucts avail­able: Notch Builder, a real-time vis­ual cre­ation tool and Notch Play­back, which dis­plays con­tent made in Builder.

the tool fea­tures a unique it­er­a­tive process com­bined with a real-time ren­der­ing en­gine, of­fer­ing con­tent pro­duc­ers and mo­tion graphic artists a whole new way of work­ing. the toolset, ui and the rest of the ex­pe­ri­ence should feel fa­mil­iar, but with one key dif­fer­ence: it’s in real time. Cre­ators can an­i­mate a scene, light, ren­der, com­pos­ite and edit it all in one pack­age, as well as be­ing able to look at the full and fi­nal re­sult in real time.

Nowa­days Notch’s users in­clude live events, in­ter­ac­tive in­stal­la­tions, artists, broad­cast­ers, the vis­ual ef­fects and mo­tion graph­ics in­dus­try, ad­ver­tis­ing agen­cies, film and tele­vi­sion. in 2018 alone the soft­ware has pow­ered vi­su­als for Swedish elec­tronic house duo Axwell /\ in­grosso’s world tour, Dis­ney’s Frozen:

The Broad­way Mu­si­cal, and ibm’s an­nual Am­plify con­fer­ence in las Ve­gas.

When asked about the se­cret of its suc­cess, the Notch team puts it all down to a com­bi­na­tion of be­ing flex­i­ble, easy, scal­able and re­li­able, ev­ery­thing that a real-time soft­ware needs to be. the de­vel­op­ers also go the ex­tra mile to en­able cre­ators, of­fer­ing over four and a half hours of struc­tured train­ing videos as part of the Notch Academy. else­where they have a va­ri­ety of tu­to­ri­als, work­flow time lapses and an ev­er­grow­ing Notch ref­er­ence man­ual avail­able to a thriv­ing com­mu­nity of users.

Re­cently Notch has re­leased a new up­date that fur­ther im­proves us­abil­ity with over 450 new fea­tures and 200 fixes. Notch Builder 0.9.21 is the first up­date to fully em­brace 64-bit ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Pre­vi­ously only avail­able with a 32-bit run­time, the new ver­sion al­lows for sig­nif­i­cantly larger datasets, in­clud­ing 3D mod­els and an­i­ma­tion, tex­tures, im­ages and au­dio.

After high de­mand from their com­mu­nity of users, Notch has also added a rigid body physics fea­ture. it al­lows solid geo­met­ric ob­jects to move around us­ing physics. A new video codec en­ti­tled Notchlc has also de­buted in the up­date. De­signed for mo­tion graph­ics, it’s the fastest codec to ren­der out of Notch.

With a host of new key­board short­cuts, Art­net ren­der­ing, straight al­pha ren­der­ing, semi-au­to­matic scene op­ti­mi­sa­tion, Javascript im­prove­ments, and CSV file load­ing, Notch con­tin­ues to ad­vance the pos­si­bil­i­ties of real-time pro­duc­tion.

As 2018 draws to a close the de­vel­op­ers are look­ing towards their up­com­ing event, Notch­con. two packed days of Notch con­tent will take place at Plexal in lon­don, uk on 17 and 18 Jan­uary 2019. Ad­vanced tech­niques and in­spi­ra­tion will be shared across more than 30 ses­sions by in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed Notch users. there’ll also be two tracks of tech talks, com­mu­nity ses­sions, pro­ject break­downs and so­cial events. it presents cre­ators with the ideal op­por­tu­nity to meet the team be­hind Notch as well its vi­brant com­mu­nity of users.

notch Builder presents users with a node-based in­ter­face that’s both fa­mil­iar and in­tu­itive to ex­plore

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