Phoenix FD 4 for Maya

$830.00

Phoenix FD 4 for Maya is now available. Phoenix FD for Maya has been given a full makeover, with new intuitive controls, presets and GPU-accelerated previews. The new FLIP liquid solver and improved smoke and fire solver makes Phoenix FD more powerful and able to bring more realism to visual effects projects.

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Phoenix FD 4 for 3ds Maya Perpetual Workstation License

Products included: 
А Workstation license includes 1 Graphic User Interface (GUI) and 1 Simulation License

*Additional Phoenix FD 4 Perpetual Simulation Node - Priced Separately 
 

Phoenix FD 4 for Maya is an all-in-one, top of the line, solution for fluid dynamics.

Simulate fire, smoke, liquids, ocean waves, splashes, spray, mist, and more. Your workflow with Phoenix FD for Maya will be faster and easier with the new built-in presets interactive simulations, and GPU-powered viewport preview.

 

POWERFUL

Phoenix FD is the all-in-one fluid dynamics plugin for Maya. Simulate realistic fire, smoke, liquids, ocean waves, splashes, spray, mist and more. 

ARTIST-FRIENDLY

Built for 3D artists who want to create fluid dynamic effects that are fast to set up and easy to control.

INTERACTIVE

Preview and render interactively in the viewport. Fine-tune simulations on the fly.

CREATIVE CONTROL

Create all types of physically-based fluid effects with smart controls for refining, retiming and rendering simulations.

SMART INTEGRATION

Phoenix FD is integrated seamlessly with Autodesk Maya and optimized to render with V-Ray.

COMPATIBILITY

Supports industry-standard tools and formats like Alembic and OpenVDB.


Feature Updates

NEW VOXEL AND PARTICLE TUNERS

Change each voxel and particle's properties during simulation, and use customizable conditions to delete particles. 

ACTIVE BODIES

Float your objects over pools or wash them away in floods with basic rigid body simulation for Phoenix liquids. Interaction between Active Bodies is coming soon. 

TEX UVW

Transport texture coordinates along fluids during simulation and use them for advanced render-time effects. 

STANDALONE CACHE PREVIEW TOOL

Load AUR, VDB and F3D cache files, preview them and save image sequences. 

FOAM TEXTURE

Create procedural foam coloring of ocean waves without simulation. 

PHFD4FM

Specific References

Windows

Processor Intel® Pentium ® IV or compatible processor with SSE4.2 support.
RAM 8 GB RAM and 8 GB swap minimum – recommended 32 GB or more RAM, 32 GB or more swap file
USB port Required for dongle licensing, USB 2.0 or newer
TCP/IP Only IPv4 is supported. IPv6 is currently not supported.
Chaos License Server 4.5.1 or later
V-Ray All V-Ray Next versions are supported, and the oldest supported V-Ray 3 is 3.60.05

 

The following table shows the versions of Autodesk Maya and operating systems on which Phoenix FD is supported. Note that Phoenix FD is only supported for 64 bit operating systems and 64 bit versions of Maya.

Version of Maya Supported Operating System
Maya 2017 Windows ® 7 SP1, Windows ® 8.1 and Windows ® 10 Professional
Maya 2018 Windows ® 7 SP1, Windows ® 8.1 and Windows ® 10 Professional
Maya 2019 Windows ® 7 SP1, Windows ® 8.1 and Windows ® 10 Professional
Maya 2020 Windows ® 7 SP1, Windows ® 8.1 and Windows ® 10 Professional

Linux

Processor Intel ® Pentium ® IV or compatible processor with SSE4.2 support.
RAM 8 GB RAM and 8 GB swap minimum – recommended 32 GB or more RAM, 32 GB or more swap file
USB port Required for dongle licensing, USB 2.0 or newer
TCP/IP Only IPv4 is supported. IPv6 is currently not supported.
V-Ray Oldest supported V-Ray Next is Update 1, and the oldest supported V-Ray 3 is 3.60.05

 

The following table shows the versions of Autodesk Maya and operating systems on which Phoenix FD is supported. Note that Phoenix FD is only supported for 64 bit operating systems and 64 bit versions of Maya.

Version of Maya Supported Operating System
Maya 2017 Red Hat ® Enterprise Linux® 6.5 and 7.2 WS, or CentOS 6.5 and 7.2
Maya 2018 Red Hat ® Enterprise Linux® 6.5 and 7.2 WS, or CentOS 6.5 and 7.2
Maya 2019 Red Hat ®  Enterprise Linux® 6.5 and 7.2 WS, or CentOS 7.2
Maya 2020 Red Hat ®  Enterprise Linux® 6.5 and 7.2 WS, or CentOS 7.2

 

 

Hardware Advice for Faster Simulating


Here's some tips to help make sure your Phoenix sims calculate as fast as possible.

Hardware
Recommendation
Hardware
Recommendation
Bus speed Phoenix transfers huge amounts of data between memory and the CPU. The entire simulation grid gets processed tens to hundred times per simulation step, so the bus speed is the bottleneck in most simulations.
CPU speed Processor speed is more important than core count. Also, NUMA and multiprocessor architectures do not perform well with Phoenix. Simulating on one NUMA node is often faster than waiting for multiple nodes to synchronize.
Fast Storage Both large and small simulations take significant time just to write the cache files from the simulation and to read them back for the preview, so good storage speed can help decrease simulation times up to 30%. Turning off the preview for all grid and particle channels during large simulations could also help speed up the simulation.
GPU GPUs are currently only used for the GPU preview of fire/smoke simulations.

Installation of Phoenix FD


 If you plan to render your Phoenix FD simulations with V-Ray, and V-Ray is currently not installed on your machine, please make sure to first run the V-Ray installer before running the Phoenix FD installer.

The Phoenix FD installer will automatically remove any previous installations. This will allow you to seamlessly upgrade from older versions of Phoenix FD. If you experience problems, you can manually uninstall the previous versions to perform a clean install. For more information, please refer to the Uninstalling Phoenix FD page.

Before running the installation, make sure your Windows account has administrative privileges and the dongle is not plugged in.

Windows

Run the installer.

1. Upon the start of the installation, Windows may ask you for permission to run the installer with administrator privileges. Please confirm.

2. You will be presented with the Phoenix FD licensing agreements. Please take a moment to review the agreements. Click the I Agree button to proceed:

3. During the next step, you can choose the installation type. The available installation types are:

Workstation (full) – This is a full installation and includes all components necessary to use Phoenix FD. It includes Phoenix FD for Maya, V-Ray Standalone render plugin, and an update to the Chaos License Server.
V-Ray Standalone Render Slave 
– This will install the V-Ray Standalone render plugin.


 

 

4. After you choose the installation type, you can click the Customize button and adjust the corresponding installation settings. If you have selected the Workstation installation, you will see the full list of customizable settings:

Uninstall previous installations – Leave this checked to automatically uninstall any previous versions.

How are you going to connect to the Chaos License Server? – Specifies whether the Chaos License Server will run locally or on another machine.

If you select the Remote Chaos License Server on the network option, you will have to fill in the IP address of your Chaos License Server in the field labeled Primary License Server. Please leave the port 30304 unchanged.

Specify installation paths – Please check if the default folders are correct. Common settings for Workstation installation for Maya 2020 with default paths should look like the screenshot below.

Note that if you have V-Ray installed, the V-Ray install directory field must point to where you have already installed V-Ray. If you install V-Ray after Phoenix and you use custom install directories, you will not be able to render with Phoenix:

 

 

 

5. When ready, click the Install Now button.

 

Linux

1. Unpack the contents of the installation archive to a temporary folder (called phoenix_install_dir below);

2. Open a console and navigate to that folder;

3. Make sure you have root permissions or use the su or the sudo command and run the installation file in the directory for the respective OS and Maya version:

Maya Version
Installer Name
Maya 2017 phoenixFD_adv_40000_maya2017_vray_30_centos6
Maya 2018 phoenixFD_adv_40000_maya2018_vray_30_centos6
Maya 2019 phoenixFD_adv_40000_maya2019_vray_30_centos6
Maya 2020 phoenixFD_adv_40000_maya2020_vray_30_centos6

4. Follow the instructions of the installer.

5. You will be presented with the License Agreement. Please take a few minutes to review it and then continue

6. In the next step, you can choose what to install. The available options are

Workstation (full) – Includes the Phoenix FD for Maya and sample scenes.
Render slave
 – Includes the Phoenix FD plugin for V-Ray Standalone. Pick this option if this machine is going to be used as a render slave only.

7. Pick an option and finish the installation

For example:

$ cd phoenix_install_dir
$ sudo ./phoenixFD_adv_30400_maya2018_vray_30_linux_x64
follow installer instructions
$ exit

Completing the installation


Please skip the steps that are not relevant for your installation type.

 

1. After you click the Install Now button, the installer will proceed to uninstall any previous versions and install Phoenix FD on your machine.

 

2. If the installation was successful, you will get this screen.

Visit our online documentation site will open a new browser window/tab to the Phoenix FD for Maya Docs.
Open the changelog file after the installation will open the text file with changes broken down by releases (also available through the Version Change Logs).

Click the Finish button:
 

 

3. If you don't already have a ChaosGroup License Server installed on your machine or if you have an older version, you should install the one included with the zip package of Phoenix for Maya (vrlservice_installer.exe or vrlservice_installer.bin for Linux), or download the latest License Sever from chaosgroup.com. To make sure that your license server is up and running and you have the necessary licenses, please proceed to the Set Up Your Phoenix FD License page.

 

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