MotionBuilder 6 Available on Maintenance

Alias today announced that its Alias MotionBuilder 6 3D character performance and animation system is now available to customers on maintenance. The company will notify MotionBuilder Pro and Standard customers eligible to receive MotionBuilder 6 with instructions on how to acquire the latest release, which will be available to the general public later this month.

Alias MotionBuilder 6 offers real-time character animation technology including an advanced story timeline, enhanced keyframing, intelligent character technology such as auto-rigging with Human IK and precision-animation tools.

According to Alias, MotionBuilder is now even better equipped to work in conjunction with most 3D animation packages. Version 6 boasts a more intuitive environment with a high-level animation editor, a redesigned properties viewer and the ability to emulate the hot-keys of other 3D packages.

Simplified camera controls have been designed to make repetitive camera navigation tasks more clear and direct, and the enhanced viewer with new navigation hot buttons makes editing animation faster and easier. MotionBuilder 6 also features a redesigned transform manipulator and Handles, a new tool that gives artists complete control over selecting and manipulating objects.

MotionBuilder 6 natively supports FBX, an award-winning, platform-independent 3D authoring and interchange format that allows customers to acquire and exchange 3D assets and media from a wide variety of sources. FBX is widely supported by most film and game studios, as well as 3D software packages and hardware manufacturers such as A&G Soluzioni, Avid, Discreet, Natural Motion, NewTek, Noitaminanimation, Okino, Qedsoft, Softimage, Strata, TurboSquid Virsys and Wings3D.

Alias MotionBuilder Standard will be available at for $995. MotionBuilder Pro 6 will list for $4195 and includes one year of maintenance. Alias will also offer a 30-day trial version 6 beginning Nov. 29. 2004. The trial software is a fully functional, non-commercial version of MotionBuilder 6, available for Windows XP Professional and Mac OS X.