The Change Log: Autodesk Maya, Blackmagic, V-Ray Updates

While last week’s Change Log was packed with new updates, this week, after a holiday weekend, was a bit slower.

Although these are small point updates, they’re often important updates. They can add support for hosts and remove support for older hosts. Sometimes bugs that have been driving you mad can get fixed, and other times it’s a crucial security fix. And, sometimes they’re just giving you some great new features! Scroll down to see what’s new!

Autodesk Maya and Maya LT 2019.1

Autodesk has brought enhancements to both the Render Setup and the Light Editor improvements.

Render Setup and Light Editor improvements

You can now easily add or disable lights, as well as override light attributes in a render layer with the following features:

  • Add lights to a layer by entering an expression or by selecting and clicking Add in the Lights collection
  • Enable or disable a light in the layer by overriding its Enable attribute
  • Override both light transform and shape nodes via the Lights collection
  • Click View All to examine the members of the Lights collection

Adjusting multiple lights in your scene is now easier, and you can simultaneously set the same value for an attribute for all selected lights.

Working with the Light Editor is now faster, as the Property Editor has a dynamic just-in-time scrolling system that loads only 20 items at a time, and then loads more as needed.

An alternative way of overriding members of a set is now available, and you can simply add the set to the collection while leaving the Collection Filters at its default setting of Transforms.

There’s quite a bit more, so please go to the Maya product page and click on the Updates tab for a full list of changes, improvements, and bug fixes.

Product nameAutodesk Maya

Make it with Maya Computer Animation Software

Maya® 3D animation, modeling, simulation, and rendering software provides an integrated, powerful toolset. Use it for animation, environments, motion graphics, virtual reality, and character creation.

Maya is also included in the Autodesk Media and Entertainment Collection, which also includes 3ds Max, Motionbuilder, Mudbox, Character Generator, and more.

Autodesk Maya   M&E Collection

Autodesk Maya LTAutodesk Maya LT

Cost-effective video game development software
Maya LT™ 3D modeling and animation software are built for professional indie game makers. Bring creations to life with powerful game development tools.

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Chaos Group V-Ray Next for Unreal, update 1

Chaos Group has added support for Unreal Engine 4.22, support for native materials, Viewport rendering, memory and speed optimizations, and added other enhancements and fixes.

To see all of the changes, click on the V-Ray Next for Unreal product page and click on the Updates tab.

Chaos Group V-Ray for UnrealChaos Group V-Ray for Unreal

The fastest, simplest way to bring V-Ray scenes into real-time and render them.
V-Ray for Unreal introduces the fastest, simplest way for architects, product designers and pre-vis specialists to bring V-Ray scenes into real-time and render ray-traced images directly from Unreal Editor, supporting both V-Ray scenes and native Unreal Engine scenes.

Chaos Group V-Ray for Unreal

Blackmagic Design Desktop Video 11.2

Desktop Video 11.2 adds support for keying output with Adobe Character Animator software for DeckLink and UltraStudio models that support fill and key. This update also features general performance and stability improvements for all DeckLink and UltraStudio models.


Blackmagic Design DeckLink Capture CardsBlackmagic Design DeckLink Capture Cards

The world’s highest performance capture cards for Mac, Windows, and Linux
DeckLink capture and playback cards are used every day in the production of television commercials, music videos, episodic television programs, and Hollywood feature films. With cutting edge technologies built in, you get the highest quality video and maximum reliability. No other capture cards support more applications and more platforms than DeckLink. In other words, you can always work with your favorite software. Every DeckLink PCIe card can be installed in Mac, Windows and Linux based workstations and media servers. You get ultimate flexibility!

Decklink Capture Cards


Blackmagic Camera 6.4 update

This software update adds a new status display with audio meters and menus to Blackmagic Studio Fiber Converter. This allows for adjustments to Camera Fiber Converter XLR input levels as well as levels for headset and microphone gain. It also adds support for PTZ de-embedding from ATEM switchers through the SDI Camera Control Protocol, the ability to use program audio feed as the source from the DB25 connector and additional configuration options for talkback production and engineering channels. In addition, Blackmagic Camera 6.4 update improves jam sync timecode accuracy after playback for Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2. It also has the ability to hold jam synced timecode after power cycles and improvements to HDR SDI metadata support, pixel recalibration, LED behavior, and clip playback. This update also improves support for Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 LUTs and overlays in Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder and URSA Studio Viewfinder.

Blackmagic Design URSA Mini ProBlackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro

The world’s first digital film camera with professional broadcast camera features and controls!

Introducing URSA Mini Pro, a professional digital film camera. It combines the incredible image quality of URSA Mini 4.6K with the features and controls of a traditional broadcast camera! Take a look at the massive number of ergonomically designed controls on the side of the camera. With them, you can adjust most settings by feel, and without ever having to take your eyes off the action.

URSA Mini Pro also features built-in ND filters. It also has a status display and a revolutionary new interchangeable lens mount that lets you change between EF photographic lenses or PL and B4 lenses. In fact, the URSA Mini Pro records up to 60fps and features dual C-Fast 2.0 recorders as well as dual UHS-II SD Card recorders. URSA Mini Pro is lightweight and comfortable enough to use all day. The controls are extremely fast to use. Finally, the image quality that’s far superior to broadcast cameras costing ten times more!

Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro

Posted by Michele Yamazaki