Elementacular 1.5 supports rendering in Arnold and RenderMan through OpenVDB

The interactive cloud sculpting and rendering plugin for Autodesk Maya has been released in version 1.5 with support for volumetric clouds directly into modern renders such as Arnold and RenderMan through OpenDVB. Elementacular allows you to design cloud shapes through Maya mesh operations while continuously visualizing beautiful volumetric clouds directly in the viewport – interactively and in high-quality. The export to OpenVDB allows the cloud to integrate seamlessly with the rendering of the entire scene – no more postproduction and composition needed to integrate the Elementacular clouds in your final image.

Version 1.5 is available for download: https://elementacular.com/

Major changes in 1.5:

  • OpenVDB export.
  • Support for all Maya versions 2014 all the way up to 2017 update 2.
  • Support for newest NVidia Graphics cards.
  • Support for AMD Graphics cards. More info here: https://elementacular.com/faq-page#n21.
  • A new licensing system.
  • Fixed several flickering issues seen when moving a cloud out of a cameras view space.
  • Several performance tweaks and bug fixes.


An Elementacular generated cloud exported to VDB and rendered with the Arnold Renderer


Working with elementacular - Mudbox to Maya and Viewport 2.0 HW Render


Pricing and Availability

Elementacular for Maya is available at a license cost of $175 incl. VAT. per user.


Additional information

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