What’s New in Harmony 16: When working on a production, efficiency is key and Harmony is all about helping you stay focused. Through a set of new powerful tools, Harmony 16 supports pipeline integration and helps you be more efficient, increase your productivity, and solidify your workflow process.
A new Shift and Trace tool is now available in Camera view. Having this tool available right where artists need it helps streamline work and save time when creating frame-by-frame paperless animation.
New Onion Skin View: Harmony 16 helps you stay focused on the task at hand by neatly consolidating your go-to onion skinning tools and newly added features into one window.
Flexible Onion Skin Opacity Levels: Manage your reference drawings with new built-in sliders in the Onion Skin view. Control their individual opacity levels manually or link the sliders together for a quick adjustment.
Advanced Onion Skin: For finer control over your animation and to stay on model, activate Advanced Onion Skin, and then select which drawings you wish to see before and after. You have the freedom to choose which drawings or frames you see, skipping over the ones that aren’t essential.
Effortless Drawing Substitutions: Cut-out rigs can contain many drawing substitutions, enabling animators to quickly swap one drawing for another during the animation phase. With the new Drawing Substitutions view in Harmony 16.
Instantly Modify Multiple Frames: The need to adjust the position of a prop or character over multiple frames is often required. To speed up these changes, two innovative tools have been added to Harmony.
Animate Onion Skin Range: Expedite the task of manually editing a prop, character or pose over multiple frames with this new tool. Select your element, define the frames via the Onion Skin and make your modifications. It’s as simple as that!
Apply to Onion Skin Range: Swiftly make changes with this new flexible feature. Use the Onion Skin to select your drawing or simply a portion of what you want to change. Apply your changes with the Paint and Select tools which will quickly modify your selection across multiple frames.
Easily Modify Deformers: In a single move, you can effortlessly select multiple points on a Curve or Envelope deformer to modify its shape then nudge your points for precise positioning.
Node View Improvements: It’s now easier than ever to build node graphs that are organized, simple to navigate and will help streamline workflow.
Master Controller Enhancements: For improved usability, enhancements have been made to Master Controllers making it easier for riggers and artists to adopt this powerful tool. Harmony 16 now comes with pre-packaged Master Controller Setup Wizards, giving you the control to create Master Controllers — no scripting required.
Performance Enhancements: To keep you on track and help you stay productive, Harmony 16 is equipped with key performance enhancers.
Local Caching: Harmony 16 significantly reduces latency by allowing you to work from a local cache. When opening a file in database mode in Harmony, simply select the option to locally cache your scene. Drawings will then be copied from the server to your workstation, shortening the time it takes to load and save files.
Improved Interactivity: Interactive software rendering speeds have been improved. If a prop is modified or an effect is added to a character or a scene, Harmony 16 will merely render the item changed and not the entire scene, significantly cutting down render times. Harmony 16 also has faster rendering speeds for 4K scenes.
New features to inspire creativity: With Harmony 16, new features have been added that inspire creativity and facilitate compositing tasks.
Shake Node: Simulate a natural looking camera shake with the new Shake Node in Harmony 16. Obtain smoother movements between shake positions, conveying a continuous realistic effect.
Transform Loop and Tile Option for Backgrounds: Transform your background into an infinite looping pan with the new Transform Loop node.
Importing and Rendering 3D Models in Harmony: You can now import, rotate and scale a 3D model and then convert to a 2D image directly in Harmony 16. Reposition your 3D model and convert to 2D as many times as you want, for better workflow and better 2D-3D integration.
Export to GIF: Instantly transform your scene into an animated GIF with Harmony 16’s new export feature. Don’t forget to share your GIF for a chance to go viral!
Highlights: Eliminate the need to depend on third-party 3D software to render 3D models into 2D for use in Harmony. Convert 3D sets or props to 2D to use in the scene or as a drawing reference.
Render 3D models to 2D for faster interactive and playback performance.