The release adds some really big improvements, including motion tracking using a planar tracker, easier green screen keying, a new mask editor, a new tile based compositing system and more advanced color management.
In this demonstration, Andy Davies goes over the creation of barbed wire within Blender.
He shows the techniques needed to efficiently create realistic barbed wire and how to control its total length and shape by using a curve, which allows it to be changed on the fly while still retaining a large amount of control.
Guru Blender developer and the brain behind Cycles: Brecht van Lommel, has made an interesting post that details his current development plans for the new GPU accelerated rendering engine!
Now that Cycles is in a Blender release, the next step is to extend it further and improve performance. Remember that Cycles is intended to be a render engine for individuals / small studios, aimed primarily at rendering animations, and this goal is what we evaluate priorities of features by.
Fancy winning a copy of awesome commercial Blender addon Bsurfaces?
Check out the Bsurfaces New Year’s Contest to be in with a chance of winning 1 of 12 copies, along with a chance of picking up the Christmas bonus prize, which allows up to 12 copies for the same company / institution , one for the Sculptor and one for the Referrer!