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Katana

With its highly efficient, collaborative approach to look development and lighting, Katana® gives you the creative scope and scalability to meet the needs of today’s most demanding CG-rendering projects. Don't believe us, hear it from Spin VFX

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Reduce artist downtime

A studio’s most valuable resource is its people. Katana’s deferred loading and processing lets you get to work immediately, so you can spend more time being creative and less time twiddling your thumbs.

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Share the workload

Katana’s flexible node-graph and rule-based workflows lets you naturally build up templates as you work, which you can then easily share with other team members or reuse on other shots.

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Keep your assets accessible

Katana’s streamlined, artist-friendly approach removes the need to bake assets out into render-ready formats, keeping them easily accessible for last-minute changes.

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Work in parallel to finish faster

With Katana’s Look Files, material instructions and texture map assignments are packaged as separate assets, so you can separately update look-development and animation data.

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Choose your renderer

Use your renderer of choice, with a unified workflow for Renderman, V-Ray, Arnold and 3Delight, or add your own renderer. You can even work with multiple renderers while keeping a consistent artist workflow.

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The perfect fit for your pipeline

Integrate, automate or customize Katana to fit your pipeline and processes with extensive C and Python APIs, and support for open standards like Alembic and OpenColorIO.

What's new In Katana 3.0

Katana 3.0 brings some of the most hotly anticipated features to-date, including the new USD Hydra powered viewport, integrated 3Delight rendering, and start-up speeds 1.5x faster than Katana 2.6.

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Introducing 3Delight

Katana 3.0 ships with a cutting-edge rendering engine, 3Delight. It’s super-easy to get up and running with it, and interactive renders are free.

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Katana 3.0 ships with 3Delight powerful rendering engine

Who's using Katana

See how studios large and small are using Katana to achieve the holy grail of 'better, faster, cheaper' look development and lighting.

Aleksandar Horak Lookdev TD Lead, MPC

FILM.

Aleksandar Horak — Lookdev TD Lead, MPC

After 20 years of experience, I can't imagine another application like Katana for lookdev. We can do first passes of lookdev on hundreds of assets in a matter of minutes.

Mahsa Ghorbankarimi, Senior Lighter Spin VFX

FILM & TV.

Mahsa Ghorbankarimi — Senior Lighter, Spin VFX

I really believe that Katana is a very good tool, particularly for smaller studios. The way we work in Katana and the number of shots we are producing would not be possible with any other tool

Jason Gagnon Lookdev Supervisor, MPC

FILM.

Jason Gagnon — Lookdev Supervisor, MPC

Katana makes life easier for artists. It is great for creating custom tools, macros and standard templates to ease production.

KATANA INTERACTIVE

  • Powerful look development and lighting
  • Permanent, interactive artist session license, with one-year Maintenance Plan
  • Separate license required for interactive renders using other renderer plugins

 

£6,598 / €7,148 / $8,568
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KATANA RENDER

  • Render license

  • Permanent, command-line session license, with one-year Maintenance Plan
  • Allows the use of Katana in batch, shell, and script mode
  • Required for command-line rendering with any renderer plugin

£368 / €398 / $497
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KATANA & 3DELIGHT RENDER BUNDLE

  • Render license bundle

  • Permanent license with one-year maintenance plan
  • Katana render license that works with 3Delight and all other renderer plugins
  • Plus a 3Delight render license that allows for batch renders via 3Delight from Katana
£800 / €880 / $1,000
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User guides & release notes

Katana user guides Access help & release notes