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Alias MotionBuilder 6 Now Shipping

Character animation is faster and easier with new time-saving tools (November 29, 2004)

Alias today announced that Alias MotionBuilder 6, the foremost 3D character performance and animation software, is now shipping to customers worldwide. Alias MotionBuilder 6 delivers unmatched real-time character animation technology including an advanced Story Timeline and enhanced world-class keyframing, intelligent character technology (such as auto-rigging with Human IK) and precision-animation tools. With an extensive suite of sophisticated motion editing, motion layering and story-telling tools, MotionBuilder 6 is the fastest, most artist-friendly software solution for any production involving character performance and animation.

Alias MotionBuilder 6 beta testers have found the software's advanced technology greatly improves productivity and makes complicated, highly realistic animation attainable for a wide array of projects ranging from desktop videos and television commercials, to games and high-end feature films, regardless of budget or facility size.

"MotionBuilder 6 includes a multitude of innovations that greatly increase productivity during the animation production phase," said Frédéric Merlos, freelance animator. "One of my favorite improvements is that MotionBuilder 6 allows me to save a rig configuration with all the parameters and reuse it or export it to another project." Frédéric Merlos is a freelance animator for feature films, TV and games based in France.

"We completely rely on MotionBuilder and Alias MotionBuilder 6 will be at the heart of our dynamic production environment," said Philip Weiss, managing director at metricminds in Germany. "Version 6's more intuitive user interface and versatility gives us the freedom to export incredible looking animations into virtually any 3D package." metricminds operates Germany's largest motion capture studio and is a high-end 3D animation service provider for games, TV, multimedia and feature films.

MotionBuilder 6 natively supports FBX, an award-winning, platform-independent 3D authoring and interchange format that allows MotionBuilder customers to quickly and easily acquire and exchange 3D assets and media from a wide variety of sources. FBX is widely supported by most 3D software packages and hardware manufacturers, as well as film and game studios, including A&G Soluzioni, Alias, Avid, Discreet, Natural Motion, NewTek, Noitaminanimation, Okino, Qedsoft, Softimage, Strata, TurboSquid, Virsys and Wings3D.

Pricing and Availability
Alias MotionBuilder Pro 6 software and Alias MotionBuilder Standard 6 software are available from the Alias network of authorized resellers and at MotionBuilder Standard 6 is priced at $995*; and MotionBuilder Pro 6 is priced at $4195* which includes one year of maintenance, offering technical support and upgrades for the duration of the maintenance term. MotionBuilder 6 is available for Windows XP Professional and Mac OS X.

Alias is also offering a fully functional, non-commercial trial version of MotionBuilder 6 beginning November 29, 2004. The 30-day trial version allows artists to experience all of the power of MotionBuilder's award-winning character animation technology.

* Prices are list prices for node-locked licenses; floating licenses for MotionBuilder Pro are available at an additional fee. All prices quoted are in U.S. dollars. International pricing may vary.

About Alias
As the world's leading innovator of 3D graphics technology, Alias develops award-winning software, custom development and training solutions for the film and video, games, web, interactive media, automotive, industrial design, education and visualization markets. On March 1, 2003, for the awards year 2002, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Alias|Wavefront(tm) an Oscar(r) for scientific and technical achievement for the development of Maya(r) software, the professional 3D animation and effects package. Alias also offers a powerful range of services for new to advanced users in the most demanding environments. Learning Tools and training, support, and professional services help meet rigorous production deadlines.

Entertainment customers include: Acclaim Entertainment, Inc., CNN, Digital Domain, Disney, Electronic Arts, Industrial Light & Magic, Factor 5 LLC, Midway Games, Nintendo, Pacific Data Images (PDI), Pixar, Sega, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Square Enix Co., Ltd., Warner Feature Animation and Weta Ltd. Design customers include AT&T, BMW, Boeing, Fiat, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Italdesign, Kodak, Kwikset, Mattel, Price Pfister, Renault, Rollerblade, Sharp, Trek Bicycle, Teague and Timex.

Alias is headquartered in Toronto with a Custom Development Center in Santa Barbara and offices worldwide. Please visit the Alias website at or call 1-800-447-2542 in North America. International contact numbers include: Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa, +44 (0) 1494 441273; Germany, East & Southeast Europe, 0049 89 31 70 20; France, Spain and Portugal, +33 1 44 92 81 60; Italy, 39 039 6340011; Japan and other parts of Asia Pacific, 81 3 5797 3500 and Latin America, 770 393 1881.


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