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Craft Animations Releases Craft HeliCam For Maya OSX

Allows animators to control and record camera movements directly in the viewport (December 15, 2004)

Craft Animations, the inventors of the innovative HYPE engine, releases the first tool of the commercial plug-in suite CCTs [Craft Camera Tools] for Maya Mac OSX, Craft HeliCam v1.31. CCTs, earlier released for 3ds max, is used by animators to control and record camera movements directly in the viewport, in Real-Time, with a joystick. CCTs offers animators freedom from the unnatural robotic perfection of spline curves. CCTs move cameras with a natural human imperfection, offering HYPE Freedom and time savings.

Craft HeliCam
The algorithms are based on state of the art and beyond research in modeling of helicopter physics. The finishing touch of the research required well over a year to be integrated into real-time environments, and the end result was the beginning of HYPE [Hyper-realistic Physics Engine]. When HYPE finally worked it worked with both superb realism and speed. The algorithms are incredibly fast and still manage to perform ultra-realistic helicopter behavior. This can be seen if a helicopter mesh is connected to the camera. When this is done steer the helicopter mesh from a perspective view.

The camera movements are controlled with HYPE [our Hyper-realistic Physics Engine] and recorded with Razorback MoCap [a sophisticated Real-Time based viewport motion capture technology]. These technologies save a lot of time for the animator, since the movements are automatically smooth and natural. They also introduce a new paradigm in animation technique. With CCTs Craft Animations has introduced this new paradigm to camera movement keyframing.

A full featured EVALUATION version of Craft HeliCam is downloadable at: or directly at,

Craft HeliCam can be purchased from any of our resellers (UK-Graphics Domain) or directly from our homepage. There is an introductory price for Craft HeliCam of $299 until the 23rd of December 2004. (RRP $499)

To be released soon
Craft SpaceCam for Maya is planned for release in a few weeks. After this both Craft SpyCam and Craft AeroCam will be released. Many other products foremost relating to cameras are also under development.

About Craft Animations
Craft Animations & ENTERTAINMENT is a Discreet approved SPARKS plug-in developer. The company is located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Currently Craft Animations is developing real-time based plug-ins for Maya, 3ds max and Cinema 4D, mainly. Other plug-ins and 3D related applications are also developed on demand for customers from any part of the 3D industry.

For more information contact Luigi Tramontana (CEO/Sales Manager) Craft Animations & ENTERTAINMENT Phone: +46 733 49 79 90 or visit


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