The Blender Foundation has released the first Release Candidate of Blender 2.61 with lot of new features and improvements. Please download, test, and report any bugs that you may (or rather, will!) find. If everything goes according to plan, the final release should be next week.
Blender 2.61 RC1 new Features include:
- Motion Tracking:
Motion tracking support has been added, to reconstruct camera and object animation from real footage, and composite 3d rendered object into movie clips.
- Cycles Render Engine:
Cycles is a raytracing based render engine with support for interactive rendering, a new shading node system, new texture workflow and GPU acceleration.
- Dynamic Paint:
Dynamic paint is a new modifier and physics system that can turn objects into paint canvases and brushes, creating each vertex colors, image sequences or displacement.
- Ocean Simulation:
Ocean simulation tools take the form of a modifier, to simulate and generate a deforming ocean surface, and associated texture, used to render the simulation data.
- Adobe After Effects Add-on:
A new add-on was added to export animation data to After Effects. The camera and placeholders for all of the objects you select can be exported and used to link AE filters or layers basing on your scene.