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High-efficiency lighting and look development

KATANA®'s highly efficient, collaborative approach to lighting and look development 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, Arnold and 3Delight, or add your own renderer
  • Integrate, automate or customize KATANA to fit your pipeline and processes with extensive C and Python APIs
“KATANA has become the bedrock of our pipeline. Big scenes, experimental lighting setups, we can throw anything at it and it’ll give us production-ready results that we can share up and down the chain. With timelines getting shorter and shorter, you need tools like KATANA around; there’s no other way to get the work done.”
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.
KATANA helps Kubo wow the critics