AXYZ-design’s Diego Gadler has disclosed some of the new features that will be available in the upcoming version of the company’s character animation and crowd simulation software. Anima 2 will offer a new locomotion system that is able to drive characters in any direction using 1 unique motion clip, deriving parametric data in order to reproduce realistic motion, and it will allow you to use your own motions and characters. Anima 2 is expected to be released after Q2 2014. More on Diego Gadler’s comment on the Populate v2 video news item.
Rune Spaans has released a new version of his free rigging system designed to make it easier to work on animated projects. The updated version brings some great improvements: new FK/IK arm and legs (stretchable and have bendy controls, with soft IK), stretchy head and spine, angle sliders on all rotations, ability to resize the rig locator height interactively, a simple function to cut up your mesh into a proxy object, etc. Also of note, the author has been working on a pro version of the rig, which will offer some extra features, including comprehensive face rigging tools. More information and download link for v1.2 of the script can be found on MUForums.
(Updated) The videos are now available on YouTube. Find the links on bonbondirac’s comment below.
The video recordings of the recent events held by Autodesk are now available online: Autodesk Expert Challenge, 3DS Max Tips & Tricks session.
New features in The Foundry’s 3D texture painting software include: [more...]
Dr. Michael Girard, developer of Biped and Populate, has posted a video showing some crowd tests created with the new version of Populate. Watch it on Vimeo.
Some interesting information on how 3DS Max is being used in small studios is being shared by seasoned Max artists on MUForums.
A great short about an epic fish catch by students from French school ESMA. Watch it on Filmnosis.
Archviz artist Peter Guthrie has created some wonderful full screen panoramas based on some of his renders. Head over to Peter Guthrie’s blog to see them. (Note: they need to be watched in full screen to be really appreciated)
Check out the latest cinematic created by Platige Image, this time for Creative Mobile’s racing game Nitro Nation. Directed by Damian Nenow (Paths of Hate). Watch it on Vimeo.
Otoy have released a new video demonstrating Octane 2.0′s new motion blur features. The render was created using 3DS Max with the integrated plugin at a resolution of 1280 x 720, the render time varied between 4-5 mins per frame running on 4 Titans. See the video on YouTube.