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Kaydara Inc. is now shipping MOTIONBUILDER 5, the latest version of the company’s real-time 3D character animation software. The package includes a new, innovative story timeline, which, according to the company, allows animation to be created almost instantaneously.

MOTIONBUILDER 5’s story timeline combines an array of different tracks for independent shots, standard animation, characters, camera, digital video, digital audio, constraints and commands with a powerful suite of editing controls and real-time performance. The independent shot track provides enhanced flexibility with discontinuities and repeats.

Other features include enhanced character animation functionality with added support for quadruped characters, hand floor constraints, finger and toe controls, squash and stretch and additional neck bone controls; photorealistic, real-time rendering; natural usability and workflow improvements including enhanced F-curve and property editors, comprehensive undo and customizable shortcuts; a built-in Clipart library; and file format support for OBJ, DXF, 3DS, mp3, AAC and new FBX partners including Wings3D and RealViz.

Kaydara also provides a Professional Edition of MOTIONBUILDER 5, which will include support for advanced motion capture editing tools, a software development kit, integration with asset management systems, and personalized customer support and product development.

Kaydara MOTIONBUILDER 5 is available to customers on Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Mac OS X 10.2 and higher. The standard package retails for $995 and MOTIONBUILDER and the Professional Edition is priced at $4,195 (including 12 months of support). For more information on, visit Kaydara’s Web site at

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