3D content creation using VR.
If there’s a Holy Grail for content creation, and in fact there are dozens, at least one of them would be the development of an authoring tool for non-3D adepts. Masterpiece Studio Pro claims they have just the thing.
Masterpiece Studio Pro is a suite of tools for 3D content creation. The company says it’s designed for people who want to use their artistic talent to create 3D even if their background is in 2D.
The company was originally founded as MasterpieceVR in 2016 by Jonathan Gagne who introduced a product of the same name in 2017. MasterpieceVR allowed up to four people to work together on content. The company said their software was compatible with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Hololens headsets. It was able to output files in OBJ, STL, and FBX so its models could be further worked on within traditional 3D tools or output by 3D printers.
The company is now Masterpiece Studio and this latest evolution of the product has been pushed further into the 3D pipeline with tools that enable artists to perform mesh optimizations, Auto UV, retopology, and texture painting.
The company is selling Masterpiece Studio Pro as a subscription in four tiers: Individual ($19.95/month, $179.95/year); Group ($39.95/month, $359.95/year). Customers are eligible for the Individual license option if they’ve made less than $200K in the last 12 months and they’re eligible for the team subscription if their revenues are less than $20 million.
There have been a few products that promise 3D modeling in VR but most have been dead ends. The content they produce is not usable in typical 3D applications such as game development, VFX, visualization, etc.
The company’s press release follows:
Masterpiece Studio Pro’s New Immersive Creative Suite Takes the Complexity Out of 3D Creation Software Empowering All 2D Creatives to Take Their Skills to 3D
First creative suite in VR to let users easily do all steps of the 3D pipeline and make professional production-ready assets.
Masterpiece Studio (formerly MasterpieceVR) has announced the release of Masterpiece Studio Pro, a complete VR 3D creative suite that lets creative professionals without 3D modeling experience now easily create usable 3D content for animation, gaming, and more. CG no longer means Computer Graphics, but Creator Graphics, putting the power of creation back into the artist’s hands.
The missing link in creating 3D content using virtual reality creative tools was that you could make content in VR but not use it in the real world without spending additional time cleaning it up in multiple desktop programs.
“One thing that Masterpiece Studio Pro has done for me as an independent artist and creative is opened up the potential to create things that I could not have ever made or had the resources or time to create,” said Dylan Sisson, Digital Artist, Pixar Animation Studios. “Just by being able to take my 2D skillset, directly apply it in 3D, and then take those 3D assets to do something like 3D print is such a fluid and immediate process.”
VR has shown promise in revolutionizing 3D content creation by making it fast, easy, and enjoyable, but this was never fully realized because there were always missing gaps in the pipeline,” says Jonathan Gagne, CEO. “Masterpiece Studio Pro is an industry milestone that uses VR and machine learning to remove the missing gaps to create production-ready 3D assets.”
Following the innovation of rigging and skinning for VR with Masterpiece Motion, Masterpiece Studio Pro now streamlines 3D for all creatives by simplifying mesh optimization, Auto UV, retopology, and texture painting—all in one immersive suite.
Creative professionals and teams can now speed up 3D creation, enhance existing workflows, and be infinitely more creative in realizing their vision.
“VR content creation is a whole new way of creating CG animation to keep up with audience demand and not sacrifice quality,” says Tom Box, Co-founder, Blue Zoo Animation. “Discovering tools like Masterpiece Studio Pro and seeing how they can be combined to create powerful new workflows has shown us that breaking free of the traditional 2D input and output devices … can vastly speed up the creative process both in the speed of team communication and speed of which ideas can be explored and developed.”
Masterpiece Studio Pro’s creative suite includes all the features and creation tools of the original, award-winning MasterpieceVR and Motion apps, with the addition of layers, industry-leading retopology tools that make models production-ready, auto UV, and texture painting, as well as blend shapes for creating facial animations. Masterpiece Studio Pro can export in formats that are compatible with most 3D programs, including 3DS Max, Maya,
ZBrush, Substance Painter, Marmoset, Blender, Medium by Adobe, Tvori, Gravity Sketch with more programs to be announced in the future.
Masterpiece Studio Pro is available for HTC, Oculus, Valve, and Window Mix Reality headsets. To find out more or download at www.masterpiecestudio.com.
About Masterpiece Studio
Masterpiece Studio is a technology company that is developing the most intuitive and powerful 3D content creation platform and software using virtual reality and machine learning.
Masterpiece removes complex software barriers, to empower creatives to envision and build our digital world.