Autodesk Inc. introduced Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suites Premium, offering a set of tools for 3D modeling, digital sculpting, texture painting, animation, effects, rendering, and compositing. The Premium Suites provide integration across applications for enhanced interoperability and efficiency, enabling artists to explore creative ideas with advanced modeling and animation technology. With the new Suites, studios can create modern, flexible pipelines to help support today’s projects and scale for tomorrow’s opportunities.
The Premium Suite includes:
A choice of either Autodesk Maya or Autodesk 3ds Max software, award-winning 3D modeling, animation, rendering, and compositing tools; plus
Autodesk Softimage software, featuring the Interactive Creative Environment (ICE) to help in the creation of more sophisticated effects that can be integrated into Maya and 3ds Max through new ICE interoperability technology, as well as Autodesk Face Robot technology to help in the creation of higher-quality facial animation
Autodesk Mudbox 3D digital sculpting and texture painting software to help in the creation of more detailed digital models
Autodesk MotionBuilder software, offering a real-time, interactive 3D engine and advanced character animation tools for increased animation output
Turtle, a sophisticated global illumination rendering and baking plug-in for Maya, designed for higher-quality, next-generation game development*
Lagoa Multiphysics – A new multi-physics simulation framework for Softimage ICE developed by Thiago Costa for creating effects such as plastics, liquids, gases, soft bodies, cloth, and foam.
Featuring sophisticated cross-product integration, the Premium Suites Premium also allows users to transfer Softimage ICE effects to Maya or 3ds Max with a simple menu click. Users can also quickly transfer 3D assets between certain applications using Autodesk FBX data exchange technology. FBX enables exchange of Maya full-body inverse kinematics (FBIK) character rigs and 3ds Max Biped character rigs with MotionBuilder, import/export of Mudbox data to Maya and 3ds Max scenes, as well as the exchange of 3D data with other Autodesk and certain other third-party applications.
Autodesk Maya Entertainment Creation Suite Premium is expected to ship on or after September 29, 2010, while Autodesk 3ds Max Entertainment Creation Suite Premium is expected to be available at a later date. Autodesk suggested retail pricing (SRP) for either of the Entertainment Creation Suites Premium is US$6495 — more than 40 percent savings over purchasing the applications separately. Premium Suites will be available through Autodesk Authorized Resellers.
Autodesk Subscription can be purchased for the Entertainment Creation Suites Premium at the Autodesk SRP of US$1095. Autodesk Subscription with Gold Support can be purchased for the Entertainment Creation Suites Premium at the Autodesk SRP of US$1620.
Maya and 3ds Max Entertainment Creation Suites are currently available, without Softimage, for the Autodesk suggested retail price of US$4995.
Savings based upon USD SRP.
*Maya Entertainment Creation Suite Premium only.
International pricing may vary.