Orleans, July 25, 2000 -- Cambridge Animation Systems announces the
release of Animo Inkworks, a plug-in that allows Alias|Wavefront's Maya
and 3D Studio MAX users to assign cartoon materials to 3D scenes and
models, creating the effect of hand-drawn animation.
Inkworks furthers Cambridge Animation Systems’ pioneering work to eliminate
barriers between 2D and 3D animation. "Inkworks makes it very easy
to achieve a traditional cartoon cel animation look within popular 3D
software packages," says Phil Barrett, Cambridge’s head of
product development. "While other vendors are still wrestling with
2D/3D integration issues, we have released three solid products – Animo
3.1 and now Scene III and Inkworks – that are already in full production
Animo Inkworks gives users the flexibility to do the following:
-select the color and extent of base,
-shade and highlight areas control the blending between colored areas
control the inklines on edges,
-silhouettes and folds animate paint color, as well as line color and
-independently treat ink lines and paint regions separately
Inkworks allows 3D data to be output directly from Maya or 3D Studio
MAX as pre-painted, regionalized Animo levels, complete with color models.
Regions can be defined by material or object, and levels can be output
as basic gray-scale unpainted drawings. Inkworks provides the ability
to export 3D data from Maya and 3D Studio MAX into Animo through Scene
III. This allows integration between 2D and 3D. Users can also import
motion data from Animo back into Maya or 3D Studio MAX.
Enabling New Types of Productions Like Animo itself, Inkworks is already
being embraced by a wide range of studios for diverse types of projects.
Klasky Csupo is using Animo Inkworks for the upcoming feature
film Rugrats in Paris. Independent animator Derek Cummings
is using the software for a 7-minute animated film short for the National
Film Board of Canada. Cummings says that Animo Inkworks allows him to
do things that would be very difficult or impossible to do otherwise
given his budget constraints: "Animo Inkworks provides the perfect
interface because it allows me to build and animate complex architectural
and birds-eye scenes within which my 2D, hand-drawn characters can move
freely," says Cummings. "In essence, Inkworks allows me to create
complex, computer-animated scenes, while preserving the traditional
look I want and delivering on schedule."
The Animo line of products was developed and is marketed exclusively
by Cambridge Animation Systems, with headquarters in Cambridge, U.K.
Animo, now with 3D integration, is the world's leading 2D professional
animation software, with an installed base of nearly 2,000 seats in
more than 50 countries. It is used for feature films, animated television
series, commercials, games and multimedia development by leading studios
worldwide, including Warner Brothers, DreamWorks SKG, Nelvana Limited,
Pentafour Software, Tape House, Shine Digital, Praxinos, and Colorland.
Source: Cambridge Animation Systems
Web Site: http://www.cam-ani.co.uk