Reprinted from a Kaydara press release:
Kaydara Inc., a leader in 3D character animation and motion capture solutions, today announced the availability of the MOTIONBUILDER Personal Edition (PE) for artists, 3D enthusiasts, students and freelancers. MOTIONBUILDER PE is a full one-year production license of MOTIONBUILDER, Kaydara’s leading character animation software, which includes printed documentation, upgrades and customer support. Priced at USD $100 until July 31, 2003, MOTIONBUILDER PE is available now through Kaydara’s Web site, www.kaydara.com, and Kaydara’s educational partner 3D Buzz, www.3dbuzz.com.
Used by leading production and animation companies such as Sony SOHO, Acclaim Entertainment, Capcom, Attitude Studios and Weta, MOTIONBUILDER is a professional 3D character animation solution that is substantially more powerful, faster and easier to use than any other product on the market. MOTIONBUILDER seamlessly integrates with all the major 3D packages and provides a powerful, easy-to-use animation solution for game, film, TV or broadcast animation productions.
“We realize it can be very expensive for individual artists and freelancers to stay up to speed on the latest professional production software,” said Michel Besner, president of Kaydara. “With MOTIONBUILDER PE, individuals will now have the opportunity to learn the same character animation software used by professionals without paying the price.”
“We are thrilled that Kaydara is introducing MOTIONBUILDER PE as this will greatly increase the talent pool of MOTIONBUILDER artists,” said Gavin Moore for Sony Team Soho. “MOTIONBUILDER is an indispensable tool for our animators, allowing us to create with 10 animators what would normally take us 100 animators to produce.”
Specifically designed for professional 3D character animation, MOTIONBUILDER features an ease of use never before achieved by any other professional 3D software. Feature highlights in MOTIONBUILDER include:
Automatic Character Rigging saves animators a significant amount of time when compared to manual rigging. Motion retargeting also allows animators to use diverse motion data in one, unified animation environment.
Lip-Sync / Facial Animation provides a powerful lip-synchronization tool that uses Kaydara’s Voice Reality phoneme-extraction technology to create compelling lip-sync in real-time. Voice Reality has the most comprehensive phoneme coverage of any real-time lip-sync tool on the market and is as easy to use as loading an audio file.
Real-time Display provides instant feedback and eliminates the production delays associated with the rendering process. With Real-time Display there are no limited resolution or limited frame-rate previews.
Drag-and-Drop Contextual Interface is an intuitive, drag-and-drop contextual approach to content creation that simplifies the animation process and significantly lowers the learning curve. When objects or elements are selected, the tools and properties for that object or element become instantly available in the interface. Also, the tools that an animator would need to modify elements are automatically displayed for easy access.
MOTIONBUILDER PE also natively supports Kaydara’s FBX file interchange format, a powerful format for 3D data that allows MOTIONBUILDER users to quickly and easily acquire and exchange 3D assets and media from a wide variety of sources. FBX is widely supported by 3D content and streaming media vendors such as 2D3, Alias|Wavefront, Autodesk/Discreet, DI-O-Matic, Face2Face, Maxon, ElectricImage, InSpeck, Motek, NewTek, QEDsoft, Reflex3D, Softimage, Turbosquid, Vicon, and Viewpoint.
Pricing and Availability
Kaydara’s MOTIONBUILDER PE is a one year production license priced at USD $100 (MSRP) and is currently available through Kaydara’s Web site, www.kaydara.com and 3D Buzz, www.3dbuzz.com. This special promotion will be valid until July 31, 2003. MOTIONBUILDER runs on Microsoft Windows NT/2000 and Apple OS X.
This offer is only available through Kaydara’s Web site and authorized Kaydara partners. The MOTIONBUILDER Personal Edition is licensed for personal use and cannot be installed and used in productions by corporations or/and studios. Users, on an individual basis, can use the software without any limitations for personal projects, productions, or as freelancers (work for hire) but cannot acquire and use the MOTIONBUILDER Personal Edition for any corporate productions, or corporate funded projects.