Notch Builder [Beta*]

The Real-Time Authoring Tool


An Artist’s Tool

We’ve built an authoring tool that not only brings the incredible freedom of real-time, but is also astonishingly flexible. It’s useful whether you scratch the surface or explore its outer limits.

Intuitive UX

The UI is designed to be familiar and intuitive to use, based on our decades of experience with 3D and compositing software. Notch takes industry standard paradigms and finely tunes them for a real-­time workflow.

*We’re In Beta

While the Notch engine is mature and in full release, Notch Builder (the authoring tool) is currently in beta. This means regular updates and the close involvement of our user community as we finish polishing. 


Fully featured

Powerful Nodes

Our interface is based on nodes: small, simple building blocks, connected together logically and intuitively to make spectacular creations. The only limitation is your imagination.

Set Your Timeline

From the Keyframe-Based Curve Editor to the NLE layout, Notch provides the tools to realise your visual narrative. And if you need to use the sequencer of a 3rd party tool (media server / lighting desk / sensing software), simply expose the desired node parameters.

Dynamic Lighting & Materials

Notch’s physically based material system gives you all the tools you would expect; normal, displacement, specular and roughness maps. Standard light types, shadows and image based lighting.

But Notch takes you beyond the expected, to voxel cone tracing for ambient occlusion and global illumination, mix in reflection & refraction support and you’ve got something special.

Particles, Cloners, Grading, The Works

A powerful and sophisticated real-time visual effects engine in your hands

Particles from video and geometry

Notch has been crafted to fully integrate between particles, fields, geometry and textures. Seed your particles from a live video source or textured geometry. Then use the particles to generate elements like geometry, light sources and more.

Millions of particles in real-time

Sophisticated particle effects require huge numbers of particles. Notch’s real-time GPU based solver is immensely powerful, processing millions of particles every frame through a great range of affectors.

Cloners – for simple complexity

Clone 3D objects in grids, radially, or with iterative transform functions. Clone to mesh vertex or polygon positions or image pixels or particles or voxels and more. Then animate it all with an array of affectors.

Fields & Fluids

Incredible fluidity, in 2D and in 3D. Notch provides a phenomenal array of processing tools; SPH & FLIP fluid simulations, optical flow, feature tracking and mesh generation.

Volumetrics & Voxels

Voxels and volumetrics have been made a mainstay of the engine, being created from meshes, particles, fields or even Kinect data. Notch delivers stunning shaded real-time volumetric renders and simulations.

All features work together seamlessly in an integrated 3D workspace


A Complete Tool

Whether you are using Notch for part of your workflow or all of it, we’ve provided an extensive tool, including compositing, grading and strong inter-operability with other packages.

Audio Reactive

Control visuals with audio. Drive any attribute with spectrum analysis data from audio files or live feeds to make effects audio reactive instantly.

Compositing & Grading

Notch Builder has a full suite of compositing and grading tools. LUTs, levels, thresholds, HSV colour keying, blend modes, it’s all there.

Import / Export

Import / export from many other industry-standard packages, e.g. Cinema4D, 3DS Max, Maya, Lightwave, Blender, RealFlow. Notch works with you.

Network Editing

With Notch Builder Pro you can remotely edit scenes over a network while they are running live on media server. This ability to tweak and author your work on final canvas gives unparalleled levels of creative freedom.


Three flavours of Notch Builder, whether you are learning or executing.



Allows you to experience the power of a real-time workflow and renderer.

  • View, author & edit
  • No Save
  • Check compatibility
  • Check performance

Personal Learning Edition

£99 perpetual

For the artist getting to grips with Notch. Learn, experiment and pitch.

  • Full access to all nodes & rendering features
  • View, author & edit
  • Save Projects for use with PLE
  • Export to video up to 1280 x 720 (*)
  • Export to media servers (*)
  • Export to standalone EXE (*)
  • VR Headset Support (*)
  • Floating license via USB Dongle
  • Basic Support

(* Watermarked)



£2,100 1st year
£1,750 per year renewal
The ultimate tool, able to deliver to media servers, standalone executables and video.

  • Full access to all nodes & rendering features
  • View, author & edit
  • Save Projects
  • Export to video
  • Export to media servers
  • Export to standalone EXE
  • VR headset support
  • Remote network editing
  • Floating license via USB Dongle
  • Premium Support

Prices exclude any applicable VAT


The Real-time Authoring Tool