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Discover the power of Unity tools for artists at GDC 2022

March 18, 2022 in Technology | 12 min. read
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Unity is on a mission to help each artist realize their creative vision. We’re building tools that will advance the future of interactive 3D content while opening up AAA-quality possibilities.

GDC 2022 is just around the corner. And we could not be more excited to meet game artists and developers in person once again to renew our shared passion for creative expression and innovation.

Unity is committed to supporting all creators in achieving their artistic vision quickly and efficiently, without limitation. Over the past two years, we’ve been developing and refining our tools to bring content authoring technologies together – all with the aim of increased accessibility for artists everywhere, regardless of studio size.

We want to meet artists where they are. This means making our engine-agnostic technology compatible with the tools and devices that they use every day.

At GDC 2022, we want everyone to experience these tools and discover how to unlock new artistic capabilities with Unity. Whether you’re looking to create rich and vivid biomes, or highly detailed humans and animals, Unity’s tools for artists can help bring your stories to life in real-time.

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A scene from the Cursed Ruins demo, featuring materials created with ArtEngine

Unity at GDC 2022

GDC 2022 takes place both in person at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, and virtually, between March 21–25, 2022.

The Unity booth is located on the main show floor in Moscone South (#S527 and S549), where our team of experts and artists will showcase art tools such as SpeedTree, Ziva, ArtEngine and SyncSketch, among others. We’ll be there to give you a glimpse of our latest technology and developments, as well as future releases like the Weta toolset. These are the solutions that we’re building to define new creative possibilities in visual content and real-time workflows, saving you time and money at each stage of production.

Beyond experiencing these tools in person at GDC, we will also be highlighting a number of inspirational creator success stories at our streaming booth, like how Insomniac Games and Sony Bend are using Unity’s professional artistry tools to accelerate their own art production pipelines.

See inside Unity’s new flagship demo

Take a deep dive into the technology used in the latest real-time cinematic work from the award-winning team behind The Heretic, and learn how photorealistic protagonists come alive.

You can also meet the team and artists this year, and experience the incredible capabilities that Unity offers for realistic digital humans and cinematic creation.

Unity Art Tools: A new era, fueled by Weta

Join our panel of technical pioneers working with Unity’s art tool technologies. Our session centers on a new era of creativity at Unity, tied to Weta Digital’s stellar toolchain.

CTO of Weta Digital Joe Marks, Head of Technology Incubation James Jacobs, Distinguished Technical Fellow and Chief Architect of Professional Artistry and Graphics Innovation, Natalya Tatarchuk, and Head of SpeedTree Chris King will cover topics ranging from product roadmaps to Unity’s vision for empowering artists and data pipelines, plus upcoming plans for building a rich content library.

Find out how Unity’s lineup of industry-leading artist software will advance the creative landscape and bring AAA game tools to creators everywhere.

ArtEngine

See how you can harness the power of assisted creation with ArtEngine, Unity’s engine-agnostic, physically based rendering (PBR) and material authoring tool for morphing and working with scanned materials.

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Evoking real worlds: Material authoring using ArtEngine

ArtEngine allows artists to produce photorealistic content that can be used across multiple projects, and automates the tedious aspects of 3D content creation for a stronger focus on creative elements.

It automates and accelerates photoconversion to PBR materials, and features robust capabilities such as up-resing, deblur, seam removal, unwarping, color matching, and so much more.

The ArtEngine technical team will be at GDC to showcase three interactive demos surrounding our new AI-powered features, and even illustrate how Sony Bend is using ArtEngine in their AAA titles for increased productivity and material realism.

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Experience ArtEngine’s latest features through three self-guided interactive scenes.

SpeedTree

SpeedTree is Unity’s 3D vegetation modeling toolkit, trusted by game and VFX artists around the world to bring their environments to life.

It features the capacity for procedural modeling, flexible art tools, a living asset library, and photogrammetry workflows – geared toward creating high-performance models with all the beauty and realism of photogrammetry scans.

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See inside SpeedTree 9’s latest features for dynamic vegetation creation.

Meet the SpeedTree team at GDC as they share SpeedTree 9’s new features, and demonstrate how to quickly add natural, organic-looking vegetation to various environments.

Ziva

Creating high-fidelity, photorealistic humans, creatures, and animals has tested even the greatest of artists. Yet with Ziva’s extraordinary technology, they’re paving the way to produce lifelike, real-time characters in scalable and accessible workflows.

Meet the Ziva team and learn from their deep expertise and understanding of complex anatomical simulation and real-time artistry tools. This is your chance to discover how Ziva can power anything that deforms in real-time and any size on consumer hardware.

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Meet ‘Emma’ – Ziva Dynamics’ photorealistic human.

Ziva and Unity are developing a roadmap to make real-time 3D face technology affordable and scalable, without the requirement of expensive HMC or volumetric capture to drive performance. At GDC 2022, explore Ziva and Unity’s technology ZivaRT, which serves to perfect 3D face models with preset or user-controlled animations, alongside a direct feed from your iPhone.

SyncSketch

For game development and art outsourcing, the ability to view and critique any model, environment, or other 3D assets in a complete 360-degree review session is a total game changer. SyncSketch is a web-based collaboration platform that delivers a real-time creative review environment without compromise.

Six out of eight of the largest AAA game studios communicate visually with SyncSketch, in real-time and from anywhere, meaning creative collaboration is just a URL away.

With the 3D Model Viewer, teams can review static or animated 3D assets directly in SyncSketch – from shading and textures to UV maps. Easily rotate 3D assets, change the lighting, mark up with notes, and share feedback on the spot.

At GDC 2022 you can meet SyncSketch’s co-founder Bernhard Haux and catch a demo of key features and tools, such as the new 3D Model Viewer. Discover firsthand how SyncSketch is enabling AAA game studios to propel their creative projects forward.

Virtual production tools for animation and capturing performance for games

Unity’s suite of virtual production technologies are equally applicable to video games as they are to cinematic and broadcast-ready linear digital content creation (DCC).

Advanced tools available in Unity such as Sequences, Cinemachine, Live Capture, Unity Face Capture, and Unity Virtual Capture are integral to game development, especially when designing, animating, and assembling cinematic cutscenes and trailers.

Learn more about these tools and their practical applications for producing cinematic content in Unity from Senior Technical Product Manager, Marc Tanenbaum.

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Discover how Unity’s virtual production tools can up your game.

Can’t make it to GDC?

Don’t worry! Unity will be livestreaming sessions and behind-the-scenes coverage throughout GDC on our UnityTech Twitch channel, to highlight creators, technical talks, and the latest Unity updates.

Whether in-person or online, we can’t wait for you to join us at GDC 2022 and level up your skill set with sessions on the latest tech, demos, and more.

March 18, 2022 in Technology | 12 min. read