Saturday, April 25, 2009

92 years or 3 days? MachStudio Pro

Toy Story took 800,000 render hours to complete what is still a fantastic example of 3d animation. This week
I'm very excited about Studio GPU and MachStudio Pro.
"StudioGPU's MachStudio Pro reinvents the visualization workflow by putting the power of real-time graphics processing at your fingertips and real-time rendering on your desktop.
This isn't just an incremental shift, but a bold change in the way 3D CGI is created!
MachStudio Pro lets you truly Work at the Speed of Thought!"
Judging by the look of the finished renders, a film like Toy Story could be rendered in less time than it took to render the original credits!
Running on Microsoft Windows with off-the-shelf computers and high-end graphics cards, the software features a nonlinear animation timeline providing for multiple layers of animation channels, unlimited camera setups which can be animated via splines or key frames, intuitive lighting set-up for designing both simple and complex light rigs, an interactive materials editor, and particle generator. All these features and more are available through an intuitive GUI, which allows for real-time manipulation of scenes. Check out the site.
This is great news for our Antics community. Although this product is aimed at a studio market, it shows that the future of realtime animation is alive and well.

antics v4 download

Here's thanks to Robotguy4 for this link, looks like a legal way to get hold of v4. This page asks you to submit an email address and then allows you to download the 157Mb file.
"You have successfully registered. We have sent you a reference email with your username and password." I guess once you have that info you could then get v5 via the Antics website. I suspect it's a leftover from the old site so I wouldn't expect it to exist for very long.

Here's my disclaimer. I haven't tried it out as I wouldn't want to upset my existing licences/registrations. Use your own judgement.