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Kaydara Ships FiLMBOX 3.0

Integrated workflow for animation, graphics, audio and video (July 30, 2001)
Kaydara Inc. today announced the availability of FiLMBOX 3.0, the latest release of the company's real-time 3D content authoring and delivery tool. FiLMBOX 3.0 is a key part of Kaydara's strategy to deliver the mixedmedia pipeline, where animation, graphics, audio, and video elements are united in one integrated production workflow, enabling studios to become more productive and cost-effective.

Kaydara FiLMBOX 3.0 brings real-time mixedmedia authoring capabilities to Apple computers, with support for Mac OS X. This addition to the list of supported operating systems including Windows 2000, Irix, and Red Hat Linux makes FiLMBOX a truly platform-independent hub, and allows high-quality content to be created on any platform of choice, faster, and in greater volume than ever before.

Enhancements made to FiLMBOX 3.0 include improvements to the Control Sets feature, enabling 3D artists to animate CG characters without having to program complex IK rigs and constraints as is usually required by this type of advanced feature. These character tool enhancements also provide animators with the ability to interactively work with both inverse and forward kinematics, to generate keyframe animation, and easily modify existing motion-capture data.

"FiLMBOX 3.0's enhanced character animation pipeline is the result of Kaydara's commitment to providing a real-time authoring solution for today's animators," said Sammy Nelson, product manager for FiLMBOX. "FiLMBOX 3.0 can be used as a perfect complementary 3D character animation module for game development, layout design, pre-visualization, and advanced character animation, and works in conjunction with software such as Maya, 3ds max, LightWave and Softimage|3D."

FiLMBOX 3.0 also natively supports Kaydara's FBX, a powerful interchange format for 3D data that allows FiLMBOX users to quickly and easily acquire and exchange 3D assets and media from a wide variety of sources. FBX has received industry support from 3D content vendors such as MOTEK, Zygote, Turbo Squid and NewTek, and streaming 3D content vendors such as QEDSoft.

Pricing and Availability Kaydara FiLMBOX 3.0 is available now at a base price of $US 5,000. FiLMBOX 3.0 supports Microsoft Windows 2000, SGI IRIX, Red Hat Linux, and Apple OS X.

About Kaydara Inc.
Founded in 1993, Kaydara Inc. is a leading provider of solutions for the acquisition, authoring, and delivery of digital media content for film, television, broadcast, game development applications and Web. Its award-winning FiLMBOX and broadcast systems product lines enable content developers to acquire, manage, and deliver secure 3D mixed-media content in real-time, and have been used worldwide by award-winning clients, including Manex Visual Effects, ExMachina, Foundation Imaging, MainFrame Entertainment, Midway Games, Astral Communications and TSN. Kaydara is a privately held company headquartered in Montréal, Québec.

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