First of all, Arnold itself is not a beta product and is being actively developed and used as the internal renderer of choice at Sony. (e.g. Cloudy with a chance of meatballs)
A lot of post production and film related companies are already actively testing or using Arnold for their productions. (e.g. Glassworks, WhiskeyTree, CafeFX)
So if you're really interested, email the chaps at Solidangle to see if you can:
- get into the program of testing and optimizing the Softimage bridge to Arnold.
- buy some licenses and start using it now for your productions.
But for now it's targeted to the 'bigger' companies, or people who can/want to purchase a certain amount of licenses.
So email the chaps at Solidangle for more information if you're really interested in purchasing.
The current Arnold 'community' is very much pushing this thing forward, and Arnold itself is developed at a very quick pace. Support is great and response is quick to questions and issues, not just by the people at Solidangle but also by the users them selfs.
Other than, all else is under NDA.........
great examples, the ME3 trailer by the very talented people of Digic Pictures:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNLjwYaXHLE
or some of the Asgard shots (0:45) in the new Thor trailer done by WhiskeyTree:http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1810026342/video/23447610