Nightshade NG Features

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Physically Based Rendering

Physical laws are used wherever possible to render objects for the most authentic simulation. Our starfield's realism is second to none.

3D Models for NG Professional Only
Realistic Atmosphere

Physical modeling of the atmosphere in 3D provides views from any perspective. See beautiful sunsets, sunrises, and other effects. Adjust light pollution to your precise needs.

Terrain Engine

Explore extremely detailed topography and surface imagery on major bodies. Load your own geographic layers from images or network sources, or simply purchase our add-on drives for fast local use—ideal even for portables!

View add-on datasets.

Sky Engine

Zoom in anywhere on the sky to see telescopic imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey. Show different wavelengths and surveys.

Break Out of the Solar System

Now you can fly to nearby stars or even outside our galaxy. Illustrate spatially how our constellations are Earth-centric. Travel to any of more than two million 3D stars, all exhibiting proper motion.

NG Professional Only
Volumetric Milky Way Galaxy

Flying around or through this exclusive volumetric simulation of our own galaxy is awe inspiring. Developed collaboratively by Digitalis and an international team of astrophysicists.

NG Professional Only
Volumetric Nebulae

Fly to, around, and through a few of the most interesting nebulae visible from Earth.

NG Professional Only

Take a time-lapse exposure to visualize celestial motions and phasing over time. Even better, grids and labels do not accumulate and ruin your exposure.

Shadow Visualizations

In addition to realistic ray-traced shadows of moons and rings, a volumetric shadow visualization feature is also included.

StratoScript™ 21

Automate any part of your shows with this simple, yet powerful scripting language. Now enhanced with features like text placement, keyframe recording, and completely updated documentation. Almost 100% backward compatible with your existing scripts for ease of migration.

# Fly to Saturn
# over 10 seconds
# in one line:

flyto object Saturn duration 10

Automated Image Calibration

Multi-projector Æthos systems come with automated camera-based image calibration, which takes only minutes. All alignment warping is done directly in Nightshade for the highest quality.

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