Notch Builder

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.


Notch Builder works in real-time, which means you get to make changes and see them take effect as you work. You can also render to video using our powerful ray-tracing and path tracing features.


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.


Bringing extraordinary interactivity without months of coding


Notch Playback supports both depth and RGB feeds from Kinect v1 and v2, whether embedded in a media server or standalone.

OSC / Midi / ArtNet

Notch Playback supports input from OSC, ArtNet and Midi for making dynamic and responsive scenes.

Scripting Engine

Need the extra layer of logic, Notch comes with a Javascript engine for manipulating scenes in real-time.

Tracking Effects

With Notch’s visual effects engine you can track moving performers on stage, including wispy smoke, rivers of water or fire. A great partner to Blacktrax™.

Image: ‘Sky Full Of Stars’ Music video – Pretty Bird, Artisan

Audio Reactive

Equipped with FFT analysis, Notch can make your scenes respond to the live audio feeds.


One tool – multiple canvases

Notch is being used globally to deliver real-time content in every possible setting, from the bespoke fixed install, to the summer festival tour. With the optional Notch Playback license, you can take your content created in Notch Builder to industry-standard media servers and stand-alone applications.

Live Music

Image: ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ – Sarah Rushton-Read / TPR Magazine


Image: ‘The Beatles Sessions’, Luke Halls Studio


Image: ‘DEX, Stockholm’, BAJT, Mediatec


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.


Flexible monthly subscriptions or annual pricing? It’s up to you.


Anyone who wants get a taster of what Notch and a real-time workflow can bring.




Artists who want to learn Notch, but are not working in production environments.

£59 perpetual



Artists and VR creators who need the full real-time design workflow.

You can switch between Base and Pro during your monthly subscription at any time.

£99 per month
Minimum 6 months



Artists and AV professionals who need to design and deliver to media servers and standalone installations.

£2,100 1st year
£1,750 per year renewal

Got a super short project? Take a look at the 30 day Pro license.

£189 per month
Minimum 6 months


Project files are fully compatible between Base and Pro. If you are migrating from Learning to Base/Pro we can convert your Learning projects at the time of upgrade. Prices exclude any applicable VAT. Notch Builder (all editions) works on Windows 8.1 or above (64-bit only) and requires a modern, discrete GPU.


30 day Builder Pro : £369

You’re about to purchase a one-time Notch Builder Pro 30-day license suitable for short-term projects. For ongoing projects, the regular subscription is recommended.

This license requires a Notch dongle.

If you wish to use projects created in Builder Learning (PLE), you can purchase a conversion (for up to 5x files).

NB: Your license clock starts on the first run of Notch Builder (not the time of purchase).

Flexible Subscriptions

Upgrade and downgrade as your needs demand.

You can now pay monthly for Notch Builder, and switch effortlessly between Pro and Base from month to month, giving you the power of Pro when you need it. Studio and purchasing managers can also manage multiple subscriptions under one account to make the process that bit easier.


Compare Features

  Trial Learning Base Professional
Support Forum Only Basic Enhanced Premium
Access to all nodes
Ability to save -
Transcode imported video to NotchLC -
Share projects between Base & Pro - -
Full-screen and 2nd Head Preview in Builder - Watermarked
VR Headset Preview in Builder Watermarked Watermarked
Network Editing - - -
Export to
Video - Watermarked Max 1280x720
VR / 360 Video - Watermarked Max 1280x720
Media Server Blocks - Watermarked Watermarked
Standalone EXE - Watermarked Watermarked
VR Standalone - Watermarked Light watermark
Input / Output
NDI / Spout In & Out of Builder - Watermarked
Streaming RTMP & DirectShow - Watermarked
OSC / Artnet / Midi -
RealSense / Kinect
Tracking Systems (Blacktrax, Motive/Optitrack, Stype, NCAM, Hokuyo)
Additional Licensing Included
Act as Media Server Playback License - Watermarked Watermarked

up to 4096x2160

Act as Standalone EXE Playback License - Watermarked Watermarked

up to 4096x2160

Act as VR Playback License - Watermarked Watermarked


The Real-time Authoring Tool