SplutterFish, LLC, a 3D software solutions provider, announced at SIGGRAPH 2002 the launch of its Brazil Rendering System v1.0, a fully-integrated rendering suite for Discreet's 3ds max and Autodesk VIZ. Brazil r/s' feature set includes: camera and film effects; motion blur; depth of field/bokeh lens simulation; sophisticated filtering, anti-aliasing; highly-evolved illumination and shading models including super-fast raytracing; over-the-top photon mapping/caustics; task-specific accelerators and shaders; global illumination; non-photoreal capabilities; and support for all the standard artistic "fakes." Brazil r/s also handles 3ds max scene files natively and is compatible with out-of-the-box and third-party 3ds max plugins. As a late-stage beta product, Brazil r/s has been used by scores of production professionals around the world for a wide range of film, commercial broadcast, architectural and product visualization projects. One early adopter is Illume, a Seattle-based multimedia development company that provides pre-viz support/animation for civil engineering, architectural and medical firms. "The three main features that first attracted us to Brazil are its stunning image quality, comprehensive feature list and its ultra-fast raytrace engine," said Matt Fleming, owner of Illume. "Illume does lots of match moving work and Brazil offers us the tools to create photo-realistic imagery that blends seamlessly into photos and digital video. Also, the Toon shader is extremely flexible and has many unique features perfectly suited to our engineering visualizations. However, it was Brazil's overall jaw-dropping image quality that was the ultimate clincher for us. Brazil's performance in the production environment has been nothing less than stellar." Brazil r/s fully integrates with Discreet's 3ds max 3, 3ds max 4, 3ds max 5 animation software, and Autodesk's visualization software, VIZ. Brazil r/s v1.0 is scheduled for release in August 2002 and will be available for purchase online at the SplutterFish Website at www.splutterfish.com.