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Discreet 3ds max Highlighted at USC Medical Talk

Dr. Snoswell discusses realistic human musculo-skeleton animation. (May 21, 2004)

Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc. announced that one of the most complete and accurate toolsets for animating the human musculo-skeleton?the Absolute Character Tools (ACT muscle and skin simulation software created exclusively as a plug-in for Discreets 3ds max professional 3D modeling and animation environment, will be showcased May 20, 2004, at the University of Southern Californias Institute for Genetic Medicine (IGM).

Hosted by IGM and the USC HSC Cultural Events Guild, the event features a presentation and demonstration by Dr. Mark Snoswell, CEO of cgCharacter and creator of ACT and The Ultimate Human 3D model set. Absolute Character Tools is a Discreet Certified Plug-in exclusive to Discreet 3ds max (distributed by Turbo Squid and benefits artists by allowing them to create realistic animations for surgical simulation, informed patient consent, biomechanics, orthopedics, patient rehabilitation, sports training, computer-generated film and game characters and more. No other 3D animation package on the market offers extensibility with the unique, market-defining functionality of ACT.

The talk takes place Thursday, May 20, at 7:00 p.m., with a reception and art tour beginning at 6:00 p.m. Location is the USC IGM Art Gallery and Harkness Lecture Hall, 2250 Alcazar Street, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA on the USC Health Sciences Campus.

ACT encompasses Absolute Character Tools, a complete suite of technology for modeling and animating muscle and skin with parametric muscle primitives, parametric texturing, programmable deformation engines, sub-surface skin interaction, gravity and dynamics. These features, available only in 3ds max, offers animators exceptional capabilities for creating biomechanically correct muscle, tendon and joint motion. The Ultimate Human represents a multi-year effort to study, construct and verify a library of 3D models using the most advanced current knowledge of the human musculo-skeletal form.

?Dr. Snoswell has made a tremendous contribution to the digital animation field with these incredibly detailed and scientifically accurate advancements, said Chris Ford, Director of 3D Product Management, Discreet. ?From within the familiar toolset of 3ds max, animators can enhance the realism with which they treat muscle, skin and bone action?whether through a study of orthopedics or the development of muscled characters in film effects.

Further exemplifying Discreets commitment to the widespread demand for 3ds max training and education, USC recently began offering 3ds max courses as part of its USC Viterbi School of Engineering with a 3D Animation Minor ?a core curriculum designed to prepare 3ds max animation artists of tomorrow.

The USC HSC Cultural Events Guild and their partners, Plaza de la Raza and GET Academy, are now demonstrating the 3ds max and combustion software donated by Discreet to their DnA Digital and Art curriculum development project planned to launch in June. Busloads of middle school and high school students receive hands-on demonstrations of the software during tours of the USC IGM Art Gallery. Offered at competitive educational pricing, Discreet 3ds max software helps students hone skills that are highly marketable when entering a job field that relates to 3D animation, visual effects and games development.

For further details on ACT or The Ultimate Human, visit

About 3ds max
Discreet 3ds max software has the largest installed base in the 3D industry and is the preferred 3D software in the core production environment for Ubisoft, Rockstar Games, Electronic Arts, HOK, Ellerbe Becket, Blur Studios, Frantic Films, Digital Dimensions?3ds max continues its widespread popularity and leadership as the preferred 3D production solution for top artists and designers worldwide.

About Discreet
Discreet empowers media professionals to realise the visual experience and transform their most evocative and ambitious visions into reality. Discreet's solutions are designed for digital media creation, management and delivery?across all disciplines from film and television visual effects, colour grading and editing to animation, game development, web/interactive, and design visualization. Discreet is based in Montréal, Canada and is a division of Autodesk, Inc, the world's leading design and digital media creation, management, and distribution company. Product and corporate information:


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