Autodesk Softimage 2012: Interactive Creative Environment (ICE) Gets Even Better
March 27, 2011 5:52 pm
Integrated Lagoa Multiphysics, Syflex Cloth and Single-Step Interoperability with Autodesk Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max, Improved Procedural Modeling and New Stereoscopic Toolset
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., March 1, 2011 -- Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced the release of Autodesk Softimage 2012, the latest version of the company's powerful node-based 3D character animation and visual effects software. The new release features major upgrades: new procedural ICE modeling, integrated Syflex cloth simulation, increased stereoscopic capabilities and multiple improvements to the viewport display. Softimage 2012 also offers improved interoperability with other Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Premium 2012 products, enabling easier integration into production pipelines for demanding television, games and movie projects.
Incorporating features that draw upon the heritage of the Academy Award-winning Autodesk Flame visual effects system, the high-performance, high dynamic range (HDR) Softimage Composite toolset offers keying, tracking, color correction, raster and vector paint, rotoscoping, warping, advanced filters, a full 3D compositing environment, and tools that help support stereoscopic productions.
"The loyal and growing Softimage user base will be thrilled with Softimage 2012. In addition to established recent favorite features such as Face Robot and Lagoa Multiphysics, the new version reflects the continued expansion of ICE, as well as the next-generation GigaCore 3D engine. This release will definitely be cause for some major excitement," said Marc Petit, senior vice president, Autodesk Media & Entertainment.
Enhanced Everyday Workflows
Overall productivity and ease of use are boosted in Softimage 2012, thanks to a wide range of small-scale enhancements to day-to-day workflows throughout the product. Adding up to a noticeably improved user experience, updates and improvements have been implemented across the board: the Explorer, Schematic View, Scene Layer Manager, Render Tree, Bone Primitive, Reference Models, and the Weight Editor have all received attention.
"Softimage ICE gave us the bandwidth to include a lot of effects and magic, allowing us to deliver a level of quality that exceeded initial expectations. After building our ICE trees and toolsets we were able to easily customize and add effects to shots in an extremely labor-efficient ways," said Scott Stewart, executive director of SpeakeasyFX 3D animation studio.
Softimage 2012 introduces a whole new way to model. Leveraging the power and flexibility of ICE, artists can create geometry based on a set of rules, conditions, and parameters. ICE procedural modeling facilitates topology operation creation, particle meshing, custom primitives, and geometry fracturing; its nondestructive nature means that UV attributes and certain other data are preserved during edits, helping eliminate the need for retexturing as changes are made. A single ICE graph can handle interactive edits to huge data sets such as forests and cities—so artists can more easily create and manage the extremely high levels of detail required by today's productions.
Key New Features in Autodesk Softimage 2012 Software
Single-Step Suites Interoperability
More easily take advantage of the focused toolsets in the Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suites Premium, with new single-step interoperability between Softimage and Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max software, and Autodesk Mudbox. Export Softimage scene elements to Mudbox to intuitively add organic sculpted and painted details, and then update the scene in Softimage in one simple step. And use the power of the Softimage ICE particle system in your Maya or 3ds Max scene.
For more information, including new feature videos, visit
www.autodesk.com/softimage and read Mark
Schoennagel's Planet Softimage AREA blog.
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