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Katana 2.5 Download Release notes

Katana 2.5 is easier to install

A fit for more pipelines

Katana® 2.5 brings the latest chapter of our look development and lighting tool to Windows. In addition, Katana 2.5 is easier to install, and offers an expanded range of supporting plug-ins, including RenderMan, V-Ray, Arnold and 3Delight.

Color and float ramp widgets

Color and float ramp widgets

Easily select a range of colors or floating-point grayscale values to use as an input to a shader or light with an intuitive, visual UI that offers a more artist-friendly look development experience than in previous versions.

Gaffer Three light filter support

Gaffer Three light filter support

It’s now possible to add light filters—such as barn doors, blockers or gobos that stop or reduce the effect of a light for certain parts of the scene—directly to lights in Gaffer Three nodes, Katana’s default lighting tool, streamling workflow and reducing node complexity.

Katana 2.0 Download Release notes

Katana re-engineered Geolib engine

Re-engineered Geolib engine

Katana's scene graph processing engine has been re-engineered to deliver substantial gains in performance and interactivity. With intelligent data reuse, and the processing of scene graph data moved to a separate thread from the UI, Katana 2.0 offers a more responsive and satisfying look-dev and lighting experience.

Katana Graph State Variables

Graph State Variables

With new Graph State Variables, you can control which nodes contribute to scene graph processing at a particular time. This can greatly simplify workflows where you might want to reuse node setups with different inputs or outputs. In this way, you can even set up a single Katana project to control the lighting for a whole sequence.

Gaffer Three in Katana

Gaffer Three

Gaffer Three is the latest incarnation of Katana's lighting control panel. With the new system, you can use additional Gaffer Three nodes to nondestructively edit upstream lighting, fine-tuning parameters for a particular shot while continuing to reflect overall changes made at a higher level.