NaturalMotion High on endorphin 2.7

U.K.-based software developer NaturalMotion has announced the release of new versions of endorphin 2.7 and related Learning Edition (eLE). The new versions of the award-winning software features new fluid effects support, a Maya control panel plug-in, extended forces and torques, additional file format support and improved user resources. endorphin 2.7′s comprehensive suite of tools are designed to enhance workflow for animators creating realistic, fully interactive 3D character animation for games, films and broadcast production.

endorphin is used by many leading game and visual effects companies, such as FreeStyle Games, which recently employed endorphin’s character animation toolset for B-Boy, a renowned hip-hop and break-dancing title for Sony Playstation 2 and PSP. ‘The B-Boy title required the development of many challenging movements that were too time-consuming to hand animate, and virtually impossible to recreate in a motion capture studio,’ says Jamie Jackson, art director at FreeStyle regarding the usage of endorphin for B-Boy. ‘With endorphin in our pipeline we could create a wide array of unique crashes for all of the B-Boys and B-Girls, ranging from simple handstand fall outs (landing mostly onto their faces), to full-on neck breakers out of a no-handed air flare. When you see the results in-game, you realize how dangerous it would have been for the B-Boys to recreate these movements for real. endorphin allowed us to deliver incredibly realistic movements and stunts without any broken bones.’

Among the product’s new and improve features are fluid effects, endorphin Control Panel plug-in for Maya, extended forces and torques, improved hold effect and format support, as well as improved library of standard simulation characters and prop characters and additional tutorials for fluid, push and twist physical effects.

The endorphin 2.7 Learning Edition (eLE) is available for immediate download from www.naturalmotion.com. The eLE contains the same features found in endorphin 2.7, relevant product documentation and a comprehensive support network via the company’s active endorphin forum, which includes more than 30,000 registered users. The software has no time restrictions; however, it is motion file export disabled and is not to be used for commercial production.

Endorphin 2.7 is now available for USD $9,495. The upgrade is free of charge to existing NaturalMotion customers with a valid maintenance contract. NaturalMotion also gives customers an opportunity to rent endorphin on a monthly basis for USD $1,195. Visit www.naturalmotion.com for additional info.