An Academy Award now lives at Peregrine!

Dundas, ON – Colin Doncaster, co-owner of Peregrine Labs wins an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement for the development, prototyping and promotion of technologies and workflows for deep compositing. The award was presented on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

Colin Doncaster – who shares the award with 4 others – was honoured for the contributions to early advancements in key deep compositing features such as layer and holdout-order independence, spatial and intra-element colour correction, post-render depth of field, and precise blending of complex layer edges.

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Wild Hunting with Platige Image

Late last year Platige Image executed the new trailer for the third game in The Witcher series – “THE WITCHER 3: Wild Hunt“. We had the pleasure of speaking with the team about Yeti’s involvement in the production.

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Peregrine Labs: Why did you make the decision to use Yeti over other fur/hair tools?

Staszek Marek: Yeti worked perfectly for the Tiger series of commercials we previously used it on, so after additional testing we decided to use it on The Witcher 3. Looking back at the production I must say that the cache system in Yeti was extremely useful.

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The Nut Job is coming!

Toonbox Entertainment’s The Nut Job will be in theatres in less than two weeks and we had the pleasure of working closely with the team to make sure their furry needs were met from the initial days of development.

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Congratulations to the studio on the release of their first animated feature – we can’t wait to see it on the big screen.

View the trailer here.

Yeti 1.3 Takes Flight

Peregrine Labs’ release of Yeti 1.3 empowers users to create feathers with unprecedented ease, speed and accuracy, making one of the long-standing issues in the VFX industry a thing of the past.

Since its inception, Yeti has been touted for its exceptional versatility as a fur, hair and instancing tool, and for its superior caching system. Its also an industry favourite due to an easy-to-learn node-based system which frees up precious time and money previously sapped by burdensome topology or UV-based approaches. Yeti 1.3 introduces Peregrine’s new feather geometry which makes creating detailed plumage for characters a worry of the past.

“The improvements that come with Yeti 1.3 — especially the new feather geometry — will benefit many members of a production team,” says Colin Doncaster, R&D Supervisor of Peregrine Labs. “Artists and art directors will have a much easier time achieving their desired effects, we’ve created a solution for an issue that has generally plagued productions with feathery characters. With Yeti 1.3, teams will save immensely with respect to R&D time and investment, all while creating better visual results. The brilliance of Yeti especially shines during those 9-1-1 moments where something needs changing or fixing right at the end of production. Yeti provides the hooks and means to make those changes without having to redo the work nor rely on any other methods.”

In addition to the standard bug fixes and workflow enhancements, other features that come with Yeti 1.3 are new brushes for painting, clumping and twisting strands during grooming, support for subdivision surfaces based on Pixar’s OpenSubDiv, tools for creating parts and crowns and an updated UI. The scripting and documentation has also been enhanced, making it even easier for users to become proficient in the application of Yeti.

“We’re focused on continually improving speed and efficiency while never limiting the user as to what style of hair they can create. We’ve had very cartoony characters created with our hair tools, and very realistic characters generated with Yeti,” says Kirsten Bodenstedt, Chief of Sales & Marketing.

With this release the VFX industry will enjoy a new level of efficiency and creative control with the adoption of Yeti 1.3, fully backed by the exceptional support Peregrine Labs is lauded for.

The How-To Just Got Better

Because we love sharing the fun and brilliance of technical solutions for creative challenges, and we believe you deserve more ease in creating amazing visuals, Peregrine Labs invites you to discover how we’ve simplified your process.

Click here to see how the new storefront makes purchasing a breeze! You’ve also got new rental options for Yeti which make it instantly more accessible, relieving you and your team of time and financial pressures.

As always, your Yeti license comes with unlimited rendering and excellent support, including exclusive access to Yeti Central, our users-only forum that is a community of talent and innovation.

We look forward to contributing to and celebrating your success!