Upscaling Methods Showdown by Saul Espinosa

Testing out some different Upscaling methods, in this test I upscaled some 720p footage to 1080p. This is a cropped in close up of the test results.

A custom Nuke TVI method is by far the best but I will say the Red Giant Plug-in Instant 4k did pretty good and got 2nd best. After Effects, built-in Detail-Preserving Upscale was mediocre and finally just a Nuke Reformat node which provided the baseline generic upscale.

The results speak for themselves, Nuke TVI methods are on another level but for Non-Nuke users, the Instant 4k plug-in works surprisingly well. Recommend one of the two above options if your up-scaling CG renders.

New Houdini 17 Master Class - Terrains part 2 by Saul Espinosa

Part 2 of the new terrains tutorial by SideFX covering some of the new features for environments in Houdini 17. This new tutorial focuses on the new terrain height field scatter improvements.

The new H17 height field scatter is very powerful with a lot of built in features to control your scatters. It is very similar to the Maya MASH Ecosystem node. In the future when we build more environments I will be using this new system moving forward.

I still recommend you learn the standard method of scattering and creating your own attributes though for further control but having this new feature does make things easier. Enjoy!

Redshift for Houdini 17 is now available! by Saul Espinosa

Hey guys, as many of you now know Houdini 17 released yesterday. Juanjo the Houdini dev for Redshift decided to share an early preview build for people to use inside of Houdini 17 until the proper plug-in releases. For now it is a plug-in patch file you download and add to the already available 2.6.23 build. Here is a link to the forum post with the Houdini 17 plug-in download link. Follow the instructions and update your environment file like usual. Lots of really cool new features in Houdini 17, enjoy guys!

https://www.redshift3d.com/forums/viewthread/21490

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