Goodbye Poly Counts: Why you should use Forest Pack and Railclone
The beautiful, sun-bathed city of Cadiz on the southern coast of Spain is redolent with history, and home to one of the best known carnivals in the world. It’s not somewhere you’d expect to find the headquarters of a company on the cutting edge of instancing and scene assembly tools in 3ds Max, but that’s where itoo Software began and where they’ve grown for almost 20 years.
Itoo Software have one stated goal – to make life easier for artists. Their procedural tools are designed to remove limitations. Too many polygons? No problem, Forest Pack and Railclone allow you to use a nearly limitless number of objects. Complex procedural model to create? No sweat, Railclone removes the technical barriers associated with parametric workflows and opens up their potential to a new generation of artists.
Forest Pack and Railclone play an essential part in the pipelines of major architectural visualisation, gaming and VFX studios including ILM, LUXX, Scanlinevfx, Blur and more. These studios come for the instancing power but quickly realise the benefits of an advanced feature set that’s perfect for fast and easy scene assembly.
According to Sergej Eichmann, CG supervisor at Blur Studio, “Forest Pack is the ultimate set-dressing solution. Whether you need quick generic setups or complex show specific creations – Forest Pack has reliable, easy-to-use tools that can handle anything.”
Don’t be fooled by the name either, Forest Pack has many more uses than scattering trees and plants. Christian Haas from Stuttgart-based LUXX Studios describes Forest Pack and Railclone as their “secret weapon”.
For example, on Independence Day 2, LUXX used Forest Pack to scatter and animate Kinect motion-captured people to generate the huge crowds of up to 500,000 people seen during the president’s speech. “Forest Pack enabled us to handle a crazy amount of characters, including endless variations in geometry, animation and colours, but also easily control the crowd for special actions like standing up in time or starting to clap.”
LUXX’S latest full-length animated feature film, Manou the Swift, required them to create a detailed 10km x 10km model of the French city of Nice for aerial renders.
This huge area required only 60gb of RAM to render in about 30 minutes per frame.
According to Christian, “This is possible due to Forest Pack, this great tool handles trillions of polygons in a scene and we could fly along the cityscape and up to the hills without needing to rework the scene.”
But don’t take their word for it, try it yourself by taking the free Lite version for a spin, or read more on itoo Software’s website: itoosoft.com.