Autodesk Integrates Face Robot into Softimage 2010
August 18, 2009 1:56 am
Also Features Optimized Core Architecture and Enhanced ICE System
At SIGGRAPH 2009, Autodesk, Inc. has launched Autodesk Softimage 2010 3D modeling, animation rendering and compositing software for games, film and television visual effects. Softimage 2010 features an optimized core architecture, integration of the Softimage Face Robot facial rigging and animation toolset, and an expanded and customizable Interactive Creative Environment (ICE) system.
"Over the past year, we've made Softimage faster, easier to use and more powerful," said Stig Gruman, vice president, Autodesk Digital Entertainment Group. "This version provides integrated solutions for digital entertainment creation with the inclusion of Face Robot, scene complexity management tools and improved interoperability with Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk MotionBuilder software."
A professional solution for rigging and animating large numbers of 3D faces quickly and easily. Face Robot enables games and visual effects studios to create life-like facial animation at incredible speeds. Using Face Robot, animators are free to concentrate on emotion, expression and delivering unforgettable performances. An Autodesk Maya software exporter allows you to bring a fully solved Face Robot head into Maya for more integrated computer graphics (CG) character workflows.
Artists have used Softimage to help create stunning movies, commercials and video games, including commercials for BMW, Coca Cola, Kellogg's and Monster.com. Janimation, an award-winning animation and motion graphics studio, relied on Softimage to help create Activision's latest James Bondbased hit video game, "Quantum of Solace." Greg Punchatz, senior creative director at Janimation, remarked, "If you only looked at the huge performance increases and workflow enhancements, Softimage 2010 would be a very solid release, but add Face Robot to the mix and you have a home run."
GigaCore III, helps deliver superior data handling and significant speed improvements where today’s projects require it most. Loading and saving of large scenes and importing of complex character models is now significantly faster. In addition, many of the operations most commonly performed on enveloped characters or large numbers of objects execute much more rapidly.
Key New Features in Autodesk Softimage 2010
A new, easy-to-use scene search toolset - accessible via a new search box in the main user interface (UI) - helps artists and Technical Directors (TDs) quickly locate specific scene elements by typing in a full or partial name (letters/numbers) and activating a drop-down window showing the results. Filters can also be added to the search (e.g. search only for objects of the type “bones”).
The FCurve Editor now performs significantly faster with large numbers of curves or large numbers of keys, enabling animators to edit the animation of a larger number of complex characters at one time. Performance improvements span multiple areas: selection, drawing of tangents (even when zoomed in on a region), curve processing (smooth, fit and resample), and open/close.
Softimage 2010 also features improved modeling tools, additional animation and camera functionality, and an updated Autodesk Crosswalk toolset for content transfer. For more information about Autodesk Softimage 2010, visit http://www.autodesk.com/softimage.
Visual Performance Monitor
A performance monitor has been added to the Interactive Creative Environment (ICE) graph that enables artists and Technical Directors (TDs) to quickly track down which nodes are creating bottlenecks. These nodes can then be edited or removed to accelerate processing.
Pricing and Availability
Autodesk anticipates that Softimage 2010 will be available in September 2009. The Autodesk suggested retail price (SRP) for Softimage 2010 (Windows) is US$2,995*, Softimage 2010 (Linux) is US$3,295*, and US$4,695* for Softimage Advanced 2010 (Linux and Windows)*.
Autodesk Subscription is available for purchase with the product license purchase or upgrade. The Autodesk suggested retail price for Autodesk Subscription is US$795* per year for Softimage and US$1,235* per year for Softimage Advanced*.
* International pricing may vary. Linux and Softimage Advanced versions are available in network licensing only. Face Robot toolset is not supported on Linux platform
Autodesk, AutoCAD, Face Robot, Maya, MotionBuilder, Softimage and 3ds Max are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.
© 2009 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.
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