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Must See Videos! Autodesk 2012 New Features

The new 2012 Autodesk releases feature many new creative toolsets that help enhance creativity, workflows, speed and quality.

To view videos on the new features, click on the links below:

Maya 2012 - Animation Part 1

Maya 2012 - Animation Part 2

Maya 2012 - Node Based Render Passes

Maya 2012 - Dynamics Simulation

Maya 2012 - Substance

Maya 2012 - Sequencer Enhancements

Maya 2012 - ViewPort 2.0

MotionBuilder 2012 - Human IK and Stereo Camera

MotionBuilder 2012 - Retargeting & One Click

Motion Builder 2012 - Virtual Production

Mudbox 2012 -New Features

3ds Max - Nitrous

As the only Autodesk Media & Entertainment Gold Partner in Australia, the Storm FX team would be delighted to assist with any upgrade or product information inquiries.

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Di-O-Matic releases Next-Generation 3D Facial Animation

Montréal, Canada, February 22nd, 2011 – Di-O-Matic Inc, a leading developer of 3D character animation software and plug-in for the entertainment industry today released Maskarad, a new ground-breaking automatic markerless facial performance motion capture software.

With Maskarad, 3D artists now only need a video file featuring an actor's performance to get started creating lifelike facial animations. Using advanced computer recognition, Maskarad automatically locates and tracks facial expressions all the while using phonetic recognition to create accurate lip motion.

Maskarad is a markerless motion capture technology that literally puts motion capture on the animator's desktop. You can shoot a video right at your workplace using a webcam or inexpensive digital camera and have it converted to 3D facial animation data in minutes.

"I've tested and used a lot of 3rd party software in my years of production on some of the best games of all-time like Bungie's Halo3, Ubisoft's Spinter Cell and Prince of Persia to name a few" revealed Jonathan Abenhaim, senior freelance character animator. He continues: "Maskarad is insanely simple, it outputs results in a fraction of the time it used to take me to produce facial animations and I can easily tweak its animation curves."

No messy or cumbersome face marker setups and no expensive dedicated hardware is required. Maskarad quickly outputs facial animation data ready to be used in your favorite 3D applications.

Before Maskarad, realistic 3D facial animation was limited to only a few high-end projects. This was due to the expensive motion capture hardware and laborious post-processing involved either directly or through outsourcing. Maskarad will provide an amazing first pass of animation done in minutes without any complicated setups. This is what Di-O-Matic solutions are about...giving you awesome results quicker than anyone else.

"Maskarad provides a remarkable solution for doing facial motion capture." share Lee Dickholtz from Meta Motion. "Maskarad is the easiest powerful 3D animation tool that I have ever encountered during 25 years of working with 3D animation and motion capture. Di-O-Matic has done an excellent job creating character animation plugins and standalone programs that greatly simplify the life of character animators. Maskarad is another example of their splendid work!"

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