VFB+ v2.8 Released – Now Completely Free!

Hi guys and gals,

A new version of VFB+, and with it a change of licensing model. VFB+ is now 100% freeware!

The main reason for this change is that I feel the previous model has served its purpose. I initially decided to make it a commercial plugin in the hopes that it would motivate me to continue working on it, and it did! I now feel that the software is at a place which is more feature complete and polished and I want to make it accessible to as many people as possible.

This does not mean end of life for VFB+, but I will focus more on bugs and maintenance, and less on major new features.

Thanks again to all the great many users who continue to send detailed feedback and make VFB+ a permanent part of their workflow.

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VFB+ v2.7 Now Available

A new version of VFB+ has been released!

In addition to supporting 3dsmax 2017, this release improves on the already comprehensive arsenal of color correction effects, among several things adding a new glare filter which can use either a preset or a user supplied image for the glare shape.

Additionally, gamma handling has been revised and should now be more intuitive for linear space and otherwise EXR based workflows. PSD support has been improved, and now offers additional options for export.

vfb+ v2.7 UI

As usual, a big thanks to all the users which contributed feedback and helped with beta testing!

Download is available on the VFB+ page.
See the change log for complete details.

Teamviewer Compatibility Issue

Update: this has been fixed in VFB+ v2.7.

Based on reports from several users, it seems there is a compatibility issue between new versions of Teamviewer and VFB+ on at least some releases of 3dsmax/Windows.

The symptom of this issue is that the VFB+ overlay will suddenly disappear after VFB window being minimized, resized or closed until 3dsmax is restarted. This is caused by a collision with Teamviewer’s ‘QuickConnect’ button. This is a button with a double-edged arrow that is automatically installed on the title bar of every window in the OS.

Workaround: Either disable the QuickConnect button, or exlude 3dsmax.exe from the list of applications for which it is installed. The following image shows exactly how to do this from the Teamviewer options dialog:
How to disable the QuickConnect button for 3dsmax

I will work towards fixing the issue permanently in the next release of VFB+.

Update: this has been fixed in VFB+ v2.7.

VFB+ v2.61

This new point release fixes a couple of embarrassingly broken buttons in v2.6 (Save all Elements & Save all History), and as compensation also adds the single most requested feature for the past 3 years – the infamous ‘Track Mouse while Rendering’ feature (as in VRay VFB).

Track Mouse

Naturally, this button is only available if you are actually rendering with VRay (v2 or v3). I’ll be more than happy to add support for any other renderer which has this feature and reasonably exposes it.

A big thanks goes out to Chaos Group for exposing this feature so beautifully in their APIs.

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VFB+ v2.6 (finally!) Released

It’s time for another update to the advanced universal frame buffer for 3dsmax. This release is the most powerful, feature packed and stable release yet.
The biggest new feature I would say is a depth of field post-effect, which utilizes the Z-depth element to produce a very plausible depth of field.
Regardless, a lot of attention was given to the color correction panel. In addition to depth of field, also new is a filmic tonemapping operator, a white balance picker which you can select directly on your image, and support for ICC profiles.

VFB_v2.6_DOF

Check out all the new features demonstated in this video, and read the exhaustive change log here.

A lot of awesome users helped me beta test this release, and I’d especially like to thank Marcin Gruszczyk, who tested countless build iterations and gave me great feedback, which helped facilitate many of the new features in this release.

Using a Background Image in VFB+

Recently, I received the following request from a user:

I noticed you have the option of a custom background color. Is it possible to have a custom background image?

To which I instinctively replied:

That sounds like a great idea, I’ll add it to my to-do list.

Only when starting to implement this feature, did I realize that it already existed. All you have to do in order to use a custom background image in VFB+ is:

  1. Load your custom background as a regular image.
  2. Set A/B mode to composite A over B
  3. Use your foreground as A and background as B.

background_image

VFB+ 2.6 Preview: Depth of Field

A small teaser video for the upcoming version of VFB+. The biggest new feature in this release is interactive 2D depth of field, right in the frame buffer!

If you don’t mind me saying, this is a rather high quality implementation of DOF, which greatly minimizes the intensity leakage or depth discontinuity artifacts typical to more naive algorithms.

I don’t yet have a date for availability, but I estimate it will be a few weeks.

VFB+ v2.51

VFB+ v2.51 is now available for download.
This latest update fixes a few bugs reported by our users.

Specifically:

  • Deleting all images and then rendering would cause an exception.
  • Fixed batch CC UI quirks.
  • VFB+ could fail to initialize when trying to load a corrupted .VFB cache file.
  • [3dsmax 2013 & above] 3dsmax would crash when using render element names with more than 32 characters.
  • [3dsmax 2013 & above] Images loaded from a previous session of 3dsmax had garbled render element names.
  • [3dsmax 2013 & above] The batch CC feature was broken.
  • [3dsmax 2013 & above] Loading an image into VFB+ using MAXScript was broken.

Thanks again to all those who take the time to send me bug reports and feature requests!

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