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Daz To Release Mimic 2.0 Pro in May

Daz|Studio slated for summer release By Dave Nagel
Daz Productions says it's gearing up to release Mimic 2.0 in May. Mimic is a lip synchronization application for 3D animators. The company also tells us that its 3D application, Daz|Studio, is targeted for a summer 2003 release.

Details on both applications are a bit sparse at the moment. Daz says that after purchasing Mimic from LIPSinc, the company spent seven months beefing up the software and getting it ready for a second-generation release, which will come in two forms: Mimic 2.0 and Mimic 2.0 Pro. The 1.0 version was designed specifically for working with Curious Labs' Poser and could synchronize lip movement based solely on sound files (no motion capture data needed). It generates position data and automatically links timing and mouth position. "The original was quite basic, and this new version has quite a bit more punch to it," said a company spokesman.

Daz|Studio, meanwhile, is still in alpha, though Daz expects a formal release sometime this summer. A company spokesman said it will initially be released as a free public beta. The first iteration of the Daz|Studio will be designed to render scenes from Poser and modify scenes once the files are imported into Studio. Posing, animation, model import and other features will follow "soon after the first beta release," according to Daz. Advanced options--animation tools, cloth dynamics and translation tools--will be sold separately.

Both Mimic 2.0 and Daz|Studio will support Mac OS X and Windows. Mimic 2.0 will sell for $79.95, while Mimic 2.0 Pro will go for $199.95. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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