While Jack Greasley was at Weta Digital, he was the lead developer of a 3D texture painting technology, called Mari, that the facility used to handle the complex, high-res textures in King Kong, and of course, Avatar. The Foundry acquired the technology, and Greasley, now Mari product manager, has been developing it with the London-based company for commercial release. He sat down with us during NAB to demo some of the toolâ€™s top-level features, which include the ability to import an animation sequence and interactively add textures in real time. The Foundryâ€™s Web site includes a registration page where artists can sign up for alerts about Mari (price and ship date havenâ€™t yet been set). In the meantime, watch how fast you can work without waiting for renders.
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