For the first release of 2022, The Omniverse Create Team is pleased to announce dramatic improvements in Rendering, User Experience, General Workflow and Animation.
Let’s begin with Rendering improvements. Aside from generalized performance, Omniverse Rendering has seen a leap in both function and form. Omniverse now supports the rendering and editing of Curves for hair, wire and more. Texture streaming has also seen dramatic improvement in both quality and speed. Excitingly, Omniverse Create now supports 3rd party renderers through the Hydra Render Delegate Support and even comes default with the Pixar Storm renderer enabled as an example.
All throughout the Interface, care has been taken to make the UI more approachable and with a new manipulator, the viewport becomes easier to work with. A new layout extension has also been introduced. Now you can arrange your UI how you like and save it. Alternatively, a list of preconfigured task specific layouts are available along with the default layout to return you normal should you like to start over.
For workflows, aside from interface improvements, we have introduced a variety of new features. In the interactivity department, Visual Scripting makes an appearance with Action Graph while Python users get the benefit of Warp translating their work into efficient graphics code. Also benefiting workflows is a new Asset Store. Now you can create libraries of your own content or browse from a selection of partner content. With this new feature, scene assembly is as easy as drag and drop.
Lastly, Omniverse Animation has been dramatically improved. With an all new timeline, curve editor, sequencer and more, Omniverse Animation tools are coming online in a serious way. Dramatically improving on the workflow and offering a pile of new features, animators should be pleased with the direction Omniverse Create is heading.
Ok, that sums up the Omniverse Create 2022.1 Release. See below for more details on this exciting Create release.
AOV’s Now Supported!¶
Arbitrary Output Variables are now supported in Omniverse Create! Users can break down a scene by the layers that compose the final image or use geometric/scene data to do even more.
USD Curves Support Added!¶
Omniverse Create now supports the rendering of curves in USD.
New Asset Store Extension¶
Taking control of your content is now made easier than ever before through the new Asset Store. Delivering quick and robust searches of paid, free and even your own content, the asset store will quickly become the place to find, view, and use your finished content. Drag and drop your scenes into reality with the new asset store.
The new and improved sky browser has also been renamed to the Environment Browser. Now, in addition to Dynamic and HDRI based skies, Sun Study, Orientation, Date and Time Controls the Environment Browser can simulate environments more realistically than ever before. Additionally, 1-Click ground planes with shadow catchers have been introduced. Lastly, users can select from a number of pre-described Scene Templates or can create their own. Showcasing your work with life like lighting is easy with the new environment browser.
Key Framing is made intuitively easy with the new Animation Timeline. Create your Animations with automatic or manual keys, edit key timing on the timeline, control scrubbing, playback and more.
Finessing and dialing in your animations with Curves is now supported in Omniverse Create through the Curve Editor. This extension makes possible smooth controlled transitions with explicit control over the curve and does so in a clean easy to approach graph interface.
Using a traditional non-linear editor styled time track, the Omniverse Sequencer allows users to quickly and easily sequence pre-created skeletal animations. Add animation tracks then sequence, trim, loop, and scale them into complete animated productions all with the new and improved Sequencer.
Runtime remapping of skeletal animations from one biped to another has never been easier. Presets for popular character systems like Reallusion Character Creator 3 are included, as well as automated features to simplify the setup process.
Bring your characters to life with our new node-based graph editor for runtime animation blending and playback. AnimGraph features various ways to blend and control skeletal animations, and supports instancing for scalability.
Action Graph brings Visual Scripting to Omniverse. Create complex behaviors and interactivity with the Omniverse Action Graph. Developing custom character controllers, camera rigs, product configurators and more are all possible through this new Omniverse node based visual editor.
Use GPU performance for deformable objects with PhysX 5.0 softbody support.
Taking the ease of use that Python provides and super-charging it for GPU execution, Warp efficiently translates Python functions in Omniverse to native CUDA code.
Ground your objects quickly and easily with Matte Objects. Used commonly with a Backplate or Dome Light, a Matte Object is invisible but does react to reflections and shadow. Useful for grounding objects to an environment, Matte objects play an important role in making convincing renders using only your display object and a background.
Primvars are additional data attached to a geometric object. The data is defined as a USD token and value pair and can be accessed using an MDL data_lookup node in the Material Editor. The data can then be used to drive shading parameters for rendering.
Texture Streaming and Texture Compression¶
Improvements made in both streaming and compression.
Automatic Render side memory compaction optimizes performance in Create. Now, if two objects in the USD stage are identical, one of them will be represented by the memory buffer of the other one. Regardless if the objects are instantiated in the USD stage or not, GPU memory is saved.
New and improved Sub Surface Scattering support for RTX Real-Time, with additional parameters now available in Render Settings’ “Subsurface Scattering (Experimental)” section.
RTX support added for USD Geom Points. A new task-specific geometric primitive has been added to support rendering tiny particles such as rain, dust, and sparks.
Animation Drag and Drop¶
Skeletal animation clips can now be dragged directly on to compatible meshes from the Stage with our new Drag & Drop feature.
The new layouts extension allow users to configure load and save their custom UI arrangements. Additionally, several new pre-configured templates quickly organize your workspace to maximize your efficiency in Animation, Painting, Visual Scripting, and More.
Adobe Substance 3D Material Extension¶
Get creative with procedural materials in Create. Adobe Substance 3D Materials (SBSARs) can now be rendered in Create. Tweak parameters or change presets and the textures are procedurally regenerated on the fly. There’s also an option to bake down the procedural results to texture files.
New additions to vMaterials 2.0¶
Enjoy a massive library of over 900 physical materials in vMaterials 2.0.