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Current Public Betas: V-Ray 5 for Maya, Acid Pro 10 Beta Patch

current public betas

How to be a valuable beta tester

Instabug has some great advice on how to give the best feedback and maximize your time while being a beta tester.

Obviously, you should know the product and what bugs have already been reported, but the article also touches on how to submit a quality bug report and suggesting usability changes. If you’re a private beta tester, you should always keep your beta testing confidential too.

Read the article

Today, we added a beta for information for V-Ray 5 for Maya and Acid Pro 10. Also, there’s an updated PFTrack beta. There are also some ongoing betas that you may be interested in checking out.

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Beta software not only lets you try some software for free but it also helps developers find problems. In addition, feedback from users helps developers steer the direction of their products.

To be clear, some of the betas here are public while others require that you have a current license.

Of course, we’ll keep this page updated with current public beta information. If you hear about something and we don’t have it listed, or if you know if a beta has ended, please drop us an email and let us know.

Featured image credit: Martin Bulla


What’s new this post?

  • Chaos Group V-Ray 5 for Maya
  • Magix Acid Pro 10 beta patch

Ongoing betas

  • Digital Anarchy Flicker Free 2.0
  • U-Render 2020.5.5
  • NewBlue Live
  • Pomfort ShotHub
  • The Pixel Farm PFTrack 20.06.10 (updated)
  • Armada Pipeline
  • INSYDIUM X-Particles
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Betas
  • Pilgway Studio 3Dcoat
  • IK Multimedia SampleTank Editor
  • ProRes Raw for Windows
  • Native Instruments Traktor Pro
  • Rhino.Inside.Revit
  • Cavalry
  • Dutch Painters
  • KeenTools FaceBuilder for Blender
  • Sound Radix Auto-Align Post
  • Pomfort Silverstack Cloud
  • FilmConvert Nitrate for Final Cut Pro X
  • Cebas finalrender for Maya
  • Chaos Group V-Ray Project Lavina
  • Boomer Labs SuperBlob Beta

Current Betas

chaos groupChaos Group V-Ray for Maya

Release date: 10 June 2020
Beta version: 5

Chaos Group has unleashed the latest version of V-Ray for Maya for beta testing and they need your feedback. Oh, there’s a lot of great new features, including LightMix, Layered Compositing, and Extra Compositing Control, and faster V-Ray proxy workflow.

More Info V-Ray Next for Maya


Magix Acid Pro 10 Beta Patch

This beta contains new features like sidechaining, more options for morph pads, multithreaded VST scan, Waves Plugin support, and more.

Status: Beta for Acid Pro 10 users
Date: 18 May 2020
Version: 10.0.2.20

Learn more  Magix ACID Pro


Digital Anarchy Flicker Free 2.0

Jim Tierney from Digital Anarchy explains:

Lots of cool improvements, but the main one is GPU support. Which means it’s faster! On average about 300%+ faster vs. 1.0 with the same settings. Although, it varies a bit depending on your CPU, graphic card, and what you’re trying to render.

The other big improvement is better motion detection, that uses optical flow algorithms. For shots with a moving camera or a lot of movement in the video, this makes a big difference. The downside is that this is relatively slow. However, if you’re trying to salvage a shot you can’t go and reshoot (e.g. a wedding), it will fix footage that was previously unfixable.

If you don’t have a good GPU, you should probably skip this beta. We’re still working on the CPU code, so if it has to fall back to the CPU, it’s currently slower than 1.0. That’ll be implemented in the next week, so if render times seem slower that may be why. However, older GPUs with limited memory, like the one in my 2015 Macbook Pro, do not perform well.

Please Contact cs@digitalanarchy.com to sign up.

 


U-Render

Release date: 29 May 2020
Version: 2020.5.5

What’s New: Subsurface Scattering & Translucency Materials

With the newly introduced subsurface scattering and translucency properties for U-Render’s physically-based materials, you can now create believable materials like skin, marble, milk, and many more organic materials.

Please be aware that preview versions come with limitations, known issues, and are generally not ready for production use. The main goal with preview versions is to give you early access to new features that are in development and to gather your feedback.

So features might still change a bit and they are not always in their final state. There are limitations and known issues that we are still working on.

Generally, there is no support available for preview versions but we appreciate any feedback you give us. Documentation might still be missing or will be light at best. Language support other than for English is most likely not ready yet.

When you use a preview version, it will only check for updates of newer preview versions. It will not check for a newer stable version. So, please keep that in mind when using a preview.

Learn More | Download


NewBlue Live

Release date: 28 May 2020

NewBlue Stream is a simple and fantastic streaming solution that lets you reach audiences with just a few clicks. It’s currently available as an open beta and it’s free for your exploration and feedback. The full product release is coming soon.

Learn More | Download NewBlue Products


Pomfort ShotHub

Release date: 27 May 2020

Pomfort ShotHub brings Silverstack and Livegrade to the Cloud. Pomfort ShotHub is a cloud system for data integration and information exchange in film productions. ShotHub is specifically designed to collect, connect, and share clip information and look metadata from both on-set applications Silverstack and Livegrade. This way all your rich shooting data is remotely accessible for you and your colleagues out of a single shared resource. Please note: All registered users of previous Pomfort Cloud beta versions can simply sign in with their Pomfort Account credentials for immediate access to the ShotHub beta.

Learn more


PFTrackThe Pixel Farm PFTrack 20.06.10

From the Pixel Farm:

This new version of PFTrack started out as a mission to upgrade our entire build environment, including compilers, servers, and Qt making us more efficient as developers. It took a bit longer than we anticipated and resulted in significant code rewrites which presented an opportunity to update parts of the app that were long overdue.

The net result of this huge update is a better platform to develop features that move us forward and allow us to better support customer requested changes.

Beta Version: v20.06.10 (Release Candidate)
Beta Release Date: 10 June 2020
BetaType: This beta is available for customers with an active PFTrack maintenance subscription only.

Learn more PFTrack


Armada Pipeline

Armada Pipeline is a free and open-source pipeline suite made by an artist for all artists. It has two packages in Alpha: Armada Launcher and Marina Docker. A third package, Atlantis Asset Manager, is still in development. The live stream video below is in Portuguese but go under settings on YouTube and choose Auto-Translate. It does a decent job of translating. Otherwise, below the video is a link for more information on the Armada Pipeline.

Currently supports:

  • Maya 2020
  • Blender 2.80 (Donation supported)
  • Any cloud file streaming service
  • PC and macOS
  • Python 3

Planned Support:

  • Houdini (Donation supported)
  • Cinema 4D
  • Unity (asset round-tripping)
  • Unreal (asset round-tripping)
  • Photoshop (Need help)
  • Substance Painter (Need help)
  • Substance Designer (Need help)
  • Nuke (Need help)
  • Linux (Need help)
  • USD (Need help?)

Learn more | Register for Beta


InsydiumINSYDIUM X-Particles

Release date: 30 April 2020

Due to having to work remotely because of Covid-19, and knowing must of us are too, INSYDIUM is releasing the next update to X-Particles as Beta Access first. It will “provide a regular stream of new features, accessible to everyone with an X-Particles license in its Maintenance Period and compatible with Cinema 4D S22.”

More Info   INSYDIUM X-Particles


Pilgway Studio 3Dcoat

3d-Coat has an ongoing beta for license holders.

Download: Latest BETA tab More info


Adobe Creative Cloud Betas

If you’re a Creative Cloud subscriber and want to check out the ongoing betas, just open the Creative Cloud app. On the left column menu, at the bottom of Categories, you’ll see Beta apps. Currently, you’ll see Premiere Pro, Premiere Rush, After Effects, Character Animator, Audition, and Media Encoder.

Beta type: Open for Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers

How Beta is Helping Us Build Better Products

 


IK Multimedia SampleTank Editor

Last but not least, a new power is brought to SampleTank as you can now bring in your own sounds with the new SampleTank Editor. This is a free sample import/programming tool that can be used to create your own new SampleTank 4 Instruments and Libraries. The SampleTank Editor is available to registered users of any paid version of SampleTank 4 and can be downloaded from the IK Multimedia website.

Beta Type: Public
Release Date: Ongoing for owners

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ProRes Raw for Windows

Requires Windows 10 64-bit to use the beta, no hardware requirements listed.

Learn more


Native Instruments Traktor Pro

“Flagship four-deck DJ software built for the club. Customizable interface, and powerful creative tools for DJing freedom.”

Beta Version: 3.0.4.121
Release Date:16 April 2020
Beta Type: Public Beta

Learn more


Rhino.Inside.Revit

“The Rhino.Inside.Revit brings the power of Rhino WIP and Grasshopper to the Autodesk Revit® environment.” They have tutorial videos at the link below, too.

Beta Version: 7
Release Date: October 2019
Beta Type: Public Beta

Learn More


Cavalry

Cavalry is a 2D animation program for “Motion Design, Generative Art, Character Animation, Data Visualisation, FUI, Visual Effects and much more.” In fact, Cavalry has had a lot of buzz about it and how it could “disrupt the Adobe empire”. The beta is free, however, Cavalry will be a paid application once it is released.

Release Date: January 2020
Beta Type: Public Beta

Learn more


Mut1ny Dutch Painters

The website explains, “DutchPainters is the first end-user product of Mut1ny’s #CreativitySingularity initiative. It is a by-product that arose out of one of our other undergoing projects. DutchPainters is an OpenFX plug-in that allows automatic style transfer of images and video sequences towards a number of Dutch famous master painters from different centuries. You wanted your work to just look like a masterpiece of Dutch fine art then this is your opportunity.”

Hosts:

  • Nuke 12
  • Natron 2.3
  • Da Vinci Resolve 16
  • VEGAS 16
  • Assimilate Scratch V9.1.1032
  • SGO Mistika Boutique (confirmed not working yet)

Learn more


FaceBuilderKeenTools FaceBuilder for Blender

KeenTools open beta for FaceBuilder for Blender came out before Christmas. They said in their message about it, “In essence, FaceBuilder is an easy-to-use and handy tool for face likeness sculpting based on several photos. It doesn’t need any additional hardware, produces clean topology and it’s already battle proved in Nuke.”

Beta Version: v2.0.1
Beta Release Date: Latest version 24 March 2020
BetaType: Open Beta
Tutorial: FaceBuilder for Blender Guide

Learn more  FaceBuilder for Nuke


Sound Radix Auto Align Post

Sound Radix Auto-Align Post

This is a beta for VST3 plugins that are for ARA2 compatible hosts (Cubase, Nuendo, Reaper, Studio One, Cakewalk), for both Mac and Windows.

Beta Version: 1.2 beta VST3-ARA2
Release Date: 30 October 2019
Beta Type: Public, must have a license for the current version

Learn more Auto Align Post Current Release


Pomfort Silverstack Cloud

Start with the free Beta of Silverstack Cloud. As a user of Silverstack, Silverstack XT, or Silverstack Lab you can sign in with your Pomfort Account.

The Beta of Silverstack Cloud includes full functionality to invite up to 10 team members to monitor up to 5 current project libraries in the cloud. Archived projects are limited to the max of 20. With the end of the Beta period, the free cloud plan further limits the number of projects and invitations.

Beta Version: Silverstack Cloud
Release Date: 24 October 2019
Beta Type: Public

Register here

Pomfort SilverstackPomfort Silverstack

Clever Media Management for Film Productions

Silverstack is your tool for media acquisition and professional data management. To summarize, it imports and handles any kind of camera and media format. Also, Silverstack offers a flexible way of data handling by supporting any kind of file format – including sound files, photos, any camera media, and all other production documents.

Learn More

To download a trial version, click on the product page.

 


FilmConvert Nitrate for Final Cut Pro X

In effect, FilmConvert is a color grading tool that includes Cineon Log film emulations, Full custom curve control, and Advanced film grain controls. FilmConvert Nitrate is coming to FCPX in May 2020. It’s currently available for After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Resolve.

Beta Version: Nitrate
Release Date: September 2019
Beta Type: Public

Sign up to beta test (link is halfway down the page)

FilmConvert Nitrate for After Effects and Premiere ProFilmConvert Nitrate for After Effects and Premiere Pro

Give Digital camera footage the color and grain of your favorite film stocks

Create the romance of film on your next digital video using FilmConvert plugin for Premiere Pro & After Effects. Our software seamlessly fits into your current Adobe workflow, helping you to achieve professional results quickly and easily. We’ve optimized our plugin to work cross-platform, as well as being completely up-to-date with Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 or later.

Learn More

To download a trial version, click on the product page.


Cebas finalrender for Maya

finalRender for Maya is one of the best-integrated rendering systems for Maya with full support for Maya’s Hypershade Editor and many of the native Maya shader nodes. It also offers one of the easiest and most efficient integrated rendering pipeline systems for Maya.

Beta Version: finalRender for Maya 2018
Release Date: May 2018 (apparently, this one is still going on.)
Beta Type: Open

Register here

cebas finalRender for 3ds Maxcebas finalRender for 3ds Max

finalRender is a photographer’s dream come true

trueHybrid™ technology – bringing the power of CPU and GPU together! finalRender for 3ds Max is the perfect choice for 3d artists and studios alike wanting the maximum in image quality and photo-realism, without experiencing a brain melt when setting up complex scenes for rendering! And no compromises.

Learn More


Kengo Ito GraFixer for Cinema 4D

This beta lets Cinema 4D users create graphs using profiles with one click. Kengo says, “Remember to read captions before you download and use it.”

Beta version: v0.1
Release date: 19 August 2019
Beta Type: Open

Download Grafixer Beta


Project LavinaChaos Group V-Ray Project Lavina

At SIGGRAPH 2019, Chaos Group presented Project Lavina, a groundbreaking application for 100% ray tracing in real-time. Chiefly, it’s a simple drag and drop for artists, without the need for setting up a game engine.

Beta Version: Not yet available
Release Date: Starting soon, register for updates
Beta Type: Available to V-Ray Next Render Licensees

Register for updates Read more about Project Lavina at Toolfarm


Boomer Labs SuperBlob Beta

A super-fast blob mesh replacement with lots of cool features. Furthermore, the latest build is for 3ds MAX 2018, 2019, 2020.

Beta Version: 0.45A
Release Date: 29 June 2019
Beta type: Initial Public Release

Learn more

 


Posted by Michele Yamazaki