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High-efficiency lighting and look development

KATANA offers a highly efficient, collaborative approach to lighting and look development that gives you the creative scope and scalability to meet the needs of today’s most demanding CG-rendering projects. 

Equally suited to both short and long-form animation and VFX projects, KATANA’s unique design lets you work with massive scenes and high volumes of shots; easily reuse looks; and make revisions without repeating scene setup work, so you can spend more time achieving higher quality results.


  • Collaborate with other team members to share art direction and technical setups
  • Reuse work between assigned tasks, with flexible node-graph and rule-based workflows
  • Load even super-large scenes at lightning speeds, thanks to deferred loading and processing
  • Work in parallel to finish faster with the ability to separately update look-development and animation data
  • Use your renderer of choice, with a unified workflow for Renderman, V-Ray and Arnold and the ability to add your own renderer
  • Integrate, automate or customize KATANA to fit your pipeline and processes with extensive C and Python APIs
"We have been using the KATANA 2 beta in production for a while and have really noticed the speed up in the UI from multi-threading courtesy of the architecture change. As always, The Foundry's product support has been great and we look forward to what they have coming next."
Colin Davies, Visual Effects Supervisor, Spin VFX
“KATANA has helped our team to get ever closer to realizing a 100% cloud-based rendering workflow. The efficiency of its dependency handling helped to turn tasks that were previously untenable into a relative breeze." “KATANA enabled us to unleash a small team of rockstars on to an insane amount of work, and did so in a way that would have been next to impossible using any other tool.”
Kevin Baillie,Co-Founder, Atomic Fiction
“We worked closely with The Foundry over the past year on specific features and functionality we wanted to see in KATANA and after implementing it in production, we believe the package shows great promise and we look forward to our continuing relationship with The Foundry as we integrate technologies such as KATANA into our production pipeline.”
John Knoll, VFX Supervisor, Industrial Light and Magic
KATANA and NUKE cast a spell in Oz the Great and Powerful
© 2013 Disney Enterprises, Inc.
KATANA helps Buick blend the present with the prehistoric
Images courtesy of Buick Division General Motors.
KATANA's power helps deliver The Amazing Spider-Man
© 2012 Columbia Pictures.
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