Current Public Betas: New Chaos Group Phoenix FD, Updated 17 Sept 2019

Current Beta

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

Chaos Group has announced an open beta for Phoenix FD 4 for 3ds Max and Maya. Details are below for this beta, as well as a dozen other betas that you can try, as well as test before their release.

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.

Some of the betas here are public while others require that you have a current license.

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.

What’s new this post?

    • Chaos Group Phoenix FD 4 for 3ds Max and Maya

Last 90 Days:

    • DaVinci Resolve 16.1 Beta 3
    • Fusion 16.1 Public Beta 3
    • FilmConvert Nitrate for Final Cut Pro X and DaVinci Resolve
    • Pomfort Silverstack Cloud
    • U-Render 2019.9.1
    • Cebas finalrender for Maya
    • Glassbox BeeHive
    • Reason 11 Beta
    • GraFixer Plugin for C4D
    • Chaos Group V-Ray Project Lavina
    • Substance Alchemist 0.8
    • Arnold Render GPU 5.4
    • Boomer Labs SuperBlob Beta
    • FumeFX 5.0 for Cinema 4

Current Betas

Phoenix FD

Chaos Group Phoenix FD 4.0 for 3ds Max, Maya

Beta Version: 4
Release Date: 17 September 2019
Beta Type: Open

Chaos Group has launched the open beta for Phoenix FD 4.0 – the lastest version of it versatile fluid dynamics simulator. They’re asking you to join the beta and be among the first to experience its groundbreaking new features and productivity-boosting optimizations.

There is a lot more to learn, so be sure you read all about it at the link below.

Learn more Phoenix FD Current Release

Blackmagic Design Resolve Studio

Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Studio

Beta Version: 16.1 Public Beta 3
Release Date: 12 September 2019
Beta Type: Public

This software update improves editing and snapping behavior on the cut page, features redesigned timeline rulers, more accurate waveform drawing and introduces interface refinements that make it easier to see small cuts on the upper timeline. In addition, this update dramatically improves render speed for unchanged DNxUncompressed clips, includes additive compositing options to the light rays and glow Resolve FX plugins, improves sound library searches, addresses playback issues for clips with different sample rates, and more. New support for encoding AVC Intra 50, 100 and 200 has also been added to DaVinci Resolve Studio. Please submit beta feedback on the Blackmagic Design forum. This version requires a DaVinci Resolve Studio license dongle or software activation code.

There is a lot more to learn, so be sure you read all about it at the link below.

Resolve Studio Beta   Resolve Studio Current Release

Blackmagic Design Fusion Studio

Blackmagic Design Fusion Studio 16

Beta Version: 16.1 Public Beta 3
Release Date: 12 September 2019
Beta Type: Public

This software update improves automatic tool arrangement in the node editor, makes saving 3D viewer preferences more reliable, and improves stability when opening projects with missing file paths on Windows. Please submit beta feedback on the Blackmagic Design forum. This version requires a Fusion Studio license dongle.

Again, there’s a lot not covered in that paragraph so be sure to click below to learn more.

Fusion Studio Beta Fusion Studio Current Release

FilmConvert Nitrate for Final Cut Pro X and DaVinci Resolve

FilmConvert is a color grading tool that includes Cineon Log film emulations, Full custom curve control, and Advanced film grain controls. It’s currently available for After Effects and Premiere Pro.

Beta Version: Nitrate
Beta 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

Nitrate Sale – Limited Time Offer

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.

Pomfort Silverstack Cloud

The new Silverstack Cloud extends the existing Silverstack library and makes it accessible to users any time and from any location. Register now for the upcoming beta and be the first to get access to the brand new Silverstack Cloud!

Beta Version: Silverstack Cloud
Beta Release Date: upcoming
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. Silverstack imports and handles any kind of camera and media format. 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.



Beta Version: 2019.09
Release Date: September 2019
Beta type: Public. This is a paid beta. Click on the orange button below to get U-RENDER.

The latest update brings U-RENDER into Phase 2 of the process. Read about the new features in this release, which includes performance and stability improvements and introduces support for Cinema 4D R21.


High-Quality Real-time Rendering for Design, Animation, and Visualization

Based on the latest advancements in real-time rendering, U-RENDER integrates into traditional rendering pipelines and is designed to support and even replace offline CPU and GPU rendering solutions.


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
Beta Release Date: May 2018 (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

"beehive</aGlassbox BeeHive

Collaborative, virtual scene syncing, editing and review solution, built to streamline the real-time exchange of data between cameras, DCC applications and your game engine of choice.

A complete virtual production toolkit, BeeHive lets you review and modify assets, troubleshoot lighting and FX, check your actors face and body performance in real-time, do scene modifications, even build entire worlds from scratch for VR experiences and collaborate with your team whether on-site or remotely.

Visualize and collaborate across your entire virtual production shoot with a toolkit built to meet the needs of today’s virtual directors, cinematographers, and artists. Coming soon for Unreal EngineUnity 3D and Autodesk Maya.

Beta Version: unknown
Release Date: August 2019
Beta Type: Public

Learn more Request Beta Access

Propellerhead ReasonPropellerhead Reason

Propellerhead announced today that Reason 11 Intro and Reason 11 Suite are coming September 25th. Both come with a new Reason Rack. According to a post on the Reason forum, Reason Rack Plugin is “a plugin version of Reason’s rack with all the devices included for use in any DAW. Fully compatible with your Rack Extensions and patch compatible with all devices and Combinators.”

It’s currently VST3 but they’re working on an AU version, and perhaps an AAX version in the future.

Beta Version: Reason 11 Beta
Release Date: 26 August 2019
Beta Type: Open

Learn more Sign up for Beta

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. 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

Substance AlchemistAdobe Substance Alchemist

This is the first Substance product released under the Adobe name. Below, there is a video about Project Alchemist.

Beta Version: 0.8 (Release notes)
Release Date: 10 August 2019
Beta type: Available to anyone with a Substance subscription or a Project Substance Alchemist license.

Substance Alchemist beta Subscribe to Substance


Arnold RenderAutodesk Arnold GPU Beta

Beta Version: 5.4
Release Date: July 31, 2019
Who can use this beta: License holders of Arnold 5.3

First unveiled in March, the Arnold GPU public beta introduced the first taste of GPU rendering with support for NVIDIA RTX and most shading networks, hair, SSS, atmospherics, instancing, and procedurals. [Source: Introducing Arnold 5.4]

Learn more   Get Arnold Render (Release Version)

Boomer Labs SuperBlob Beta

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

Beta Version: o.45A
Release Date: 29 June 2019
Beta type: Initial Public Release

Learn more

FumeFX logoFumeFX 5.0 for Cinema 4D

Beta Version: 5.0
Release Date: June 14, 2019
Beta Type: Public
Supported C4D versions: 18,19 and 20 running the Windows OS

If you wish to participate in the beta testing program, please email us at support@afterworks.com with “FumeFX 5.0 C4D beta” in the Subject field.



SiNi Software All AccessSiNi Software Scatter

Beta Version: v1.09.3 and above
Release Date: February 2018
Beta type: Open beta

This one has been in beta for a while but I just checked and it’s still in beta.

Requirements & Supported Software

  • Static MacID
  • Autodesk 3ds Max 2015 – 2020
  • Optimized for VRay ONLY (recommend build 3.60.04). Does not support V-Ray RT. (other renderers supported soon)

Learn more    Get SiNi Software All Access

CoremeltCoremelt Scribeomatic

Beta Version: v1.09.3 and above
Release Date: February 2018
Beta type: Public beta

Scribeomatic is cloud transcription for FCP X and has been in beta for a while. Coremelt says, “Try it out for free with $10 credit on us.  No upfront purchase is required, the application is free to download and you can obtain 100 points to test the service just by entering your email.  Purchase additional points needed on a pay as you go basis.  Volume discounts and monthly plans will be available at a later date.  Pricing starts as low as 16 cents per minute.”

Requirements & Supported Software

  • FCP X

Learn more 

Posted by Michele Yamazaki