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3D DIRECT • October 24, 2000

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by Abby Albrecht

Moving with Motek

Motek announced a new optical motion capture system. Working with Delft Motion Analysis, Motek's new optical system will provide a motion capture area of over 900 square feet and will utilize a high intensity blue/green visible light.

Motek is also offering two Web-based motion capture solutions: StockMoves and UNICA. UNICA lets game developers, animators, and other post-production professionals download and customize samples from Motek's library of two terabytes of motion capture data, using UNICA's proprietary blending technology. StockMoves is a Web-based library of stock motions. The initial release consists of over 1,000 moves. Additional moves will be added daily, with more than 10,000 expected by the fourth quarter of 2000.

Dosch Does 3D

Dosch Design has just released Dosch 3D Natural Objects ($89), 100 textured 3D models of natural objects. Contained are plants, grasses, ground surfaces, trees, and 3D surfaces for the design of natural sceneries and backgrounds. By November Signs, Background Stages, Light-Scenes, Business-Graphics, and Logo-Animation will be joining Natural Objects. Dosch 3D products are compatible with Discreet 3D Studio MAX/VIZ, Maxon Cinema4D, NewTek LightWave 3D, DXF, and VRML.

Train with Houdini

Side Effects Software has launched a pilot project that will allow animators to obtain a non-commercial license of Houdini v4.0 and training for $300. Those living in California with more than one year of animation experience can test the software using a six-month trial license that comes with free enrollment in an introductory Houdini workshop (in either Santa Monica or San Francisco). The limited time offer features a CD of Houdini 4.0 base license along with online documentation and tutorials that walk users through some of the program's main capabilities. Access to a peer support mailing list, and limited Side Effects technical support via email are also available. This offer ends November 30, 2000.

New at Gnomon

Gnomon School of Visual Effects has designed, and will offer, 15 one-day courses on specific tools and techniques in 3D computer graphics and animation. Thirteen of the workshops cover capabilities in Alias|Wavefront Maya, with the remaining two addressing 3D paint programs, Alias|Wavefront StudioPaint3D and Right Hemisphere Deep Paint 3D. All of the courses will be held at Gnomon between November 27th and December 15th of this year from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.. Each class will cost $295.

Abby Albrecht is the Web editor at 3Dgate. She planned to have this out sooner, but PG&E took 14 hours to patch up the downed power line behind her home. You can reach her at [email protected].