Gothenburg, Sweden - Craft Animations and Autodesk Inc. announced the integration of certain Craft Director Studio plug-ins within the 2011 versions of Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk 3ds Max Design, and Autodesk Softimage software. Craft Director Studio provides interactive control and simulation of cameras and vehicles, helping to reduce animation production times.
“Craft Director Studio provides artists with advanced, in-the-box, rigging and physics simulation capabilities, which helps them to animate cameras and vehicles more quickly and realistically,” says Stig Gruman, Autodesk vice president of digital entertainment. “It also allows artists to use a variety of input devices to create on-the-fly animation, helping make 3D animation as easy as playing a game.”
Craft Director Studio is designed to help simplify the production challenges of 3D artists, industrial designers, and architects working in the following areas:
· Video Game Development – Artists can enhance in-game cinematics through a modular, configurable system that replicates a specific rig’s animation within the game itself. Artists can then “drive” a vehicle within the creative environment, helping achieve a more realistic effect in less time.
· Film and Broadcast Production - Animators can leverage more realistic and accurate vehicle behavior and traffic animation to more quickly complete visual effects shots.
· Architectural Visualization – Architects can more easily create walkthroughs of architectural designs using unique camera angles and views.
Craft Animations CEO Deborah Lygonis says: “By eliminating multiple step animation and design processes, artists utilizing Craft Director Studio will be able to create a more efficient production pipeline. Industry leaders Namco Bandai, Electronic Arts, and Lockheed Martin have all experienced faster results using our tools. The integration of certain tools into 3ds Max and Softimage can provide a great boost to productivity, offering Autodesk customers a greater return on investment.”
The Craft Director Studio plug-in bundle will be included, free of charge, on the Samples DVDs that will be shipped with 3ds Max 2011, 3ds Max Design 2011 and Softimage 2011 software. The bundle includes:
· Craft SoftMotionCam
· Craft ObserverCam
· Craft MultiStateCam
· Craft HumanizerCam
· Four Craft Pre-rigged Models
The 2011 versions of 3ds Max, 3ds Max Design and Softimage software are expected to be available for purchase on, or after, April 7, 2010. Artists who install the bundle as part of 3ds Max, 3ds Max Design or Softimage 2011 releases will also be eligible for limited-time, special promotional pricing for a Craft Bundle Upgrade, offered by Craft Animations.