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RealViz To Bring Product Line to Mac OS X

ImageModeler, SceneWe@ver targeted for June By Dave Nagel
RealViz says it will bring its entire product line to Mac OS X in stages by the end of the year. The company makes several applications in the areas of 3D, including Stitcher, which is already available for OS X, as well as MatchMover, ReTimer, ImageModeler and SceneWeaver. I had a chance to meet today with two representatives from RealViz, who outlined plans for their Mac rollout.

Some of you are probably familiar with RealViz Stitcher 3.1, an application that combines images into 3D panoramas for export to the QuickTime VR and Shockwave formats, among others. It's the only RealViz product currently available for the Macintosh. Company representatives told me that they have received a number of new feature requests for the program specifically from Mac users and plan to update the software to version 3.5, which incorporates a number of these feature requests, in May. Details about the new version will follow within the next couple of weeks. Pricing and upgrade information will also be forthcoming.


The company had previously announced plans to release its ImageModeler program for Mac OS X this summer. We now know that this release will come in June. ImageModeler is an application that allows users to convert 2D images into 3D models through a system of points and 3D geometry. A user would take four to six shots of an object, and then match points in each shot to create correlations between the points from various angles. The software automatically determines the type of lens used in the images based on the relationships between the points. Simple geometry is then added to the scene to provide depth detail. It sells for about $1,499.

Concurrent with the release of ImageModeler for OS X will come SceneWe@ver, a brand new application. SceneWea@ver allows users to integrate 3D objects into pictures or panoramic images. It imports 3D objects and allows users to position the objects within an image. The software then creates object hierarchies for export to Macromedia Director 8.5. (It can also export to VRML.) The software supports 3D objects from ImageModeler and Alias|Wavefront .OBJ formats. It can also import most common 2D image file formats, as well as Cineon, SGI, Maya image files and Portable Pixelmap. It will require Mac OS 9.1 or OS X (as well as various versions of Windows) and sell for $499.

RealViz also says it will bring MatchMover and MatchMover Pro to Mac OS X around September. MatchMover is a stand-alone application for tracking 3D camera data and motion from videos and film sequences. The professional version includes automatic tracking, calibration, track cleanup and support for matte sequences for tracking specific objects. It can then export to Maya, Softimage, 3ds max, LightWave, Cinema 4D XL and Combustion. The professional version sells for $4,999.

Finally, the company says it will release an OS X version of its ReTimer software around the end of the year. ReTimer is a stand-alone application for (as its name implies) retiming video.

RealViz software is also available in various bundles, which knock down the price of the individual software packages. Bundles will be available for Mac OS X as the appropriate pieces of software are released. For more information, visit http://www.realviz.com.


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, 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 dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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