Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc., today announced the worldwide shipment of character studio 4, winner of Computer Graphics World’s 2002 Innovation Award. Enhancements to the popular software package include dynamics-based mixing, constraint-based mixdowns and intuitive quaternion function curves.
Discreet is hyping dynamics-based mixing as the first animation system to provide propagation of dynamic balancing from the upper body to the lower body, critical for making body part mixes look natural and coherent.
The addition of constraint-based mixdowns allows animators to mix down non-linear sequences into a single clip while satisfying feet IK and knee joint motion constraints. This provides for the smooth blending of multiple files as well as the blending of motion capture with key-framed data.
Animators will also be able to take advantage of character studio 4 software’s intuitive quaternion function curves, designed to give them a more exact method of fluidly controlling character joint rotation.
Used as a companion software extension to Discreet’s 3ds max version 4 and version 5, character studio 4 carries a suggested retail price of $995. It is available from local Discreet resellers and on the Discreet e-store: http://www.discreet.com/purchase.
Visit Discreet at www.discreet.com or call 800-869-3504 or 514-393-1616 for more information.