MONTRÉAL – March 4, 2003 - Kaydara Inc., a leader in 3D character animation and motion capture technologies, today announced the availability of the Kaydara FBX-XSI plug-in, which provides XSI users with a seamless pathway for the acquisition and exchange of 3D data between SOFTIMAGE |XSI , Kaydara MOTIONBUILDER™, and other Kaydara FBX™ partners. This free FBX-XSI plug-in enables visual effects and animation artists to access a wealth of content through Kaydara's extensive network of FBX partners.
Kaydara's FBX is the most widely-used 3D file interchange format for content creators wishing to acquire, author, and re-purpose 3D and mixed-media data. FBX is widely supported by 3D content and streaming media vendors.
"The FBX architecture will ensure a high standard of interchange of 3D content for SOFTIMAGE|XSI users," said Jean-Jacques Hermans, vice-president of marketing and business development for Kaydara. "The benefits of FBX as an interchange format will provide XSI users with a valuable pipeline for sharing data and quickly re-targeting legacy content, saving them valuable time and streamlining their production."
Kaydara FBX is a powerful platform-independent 3D authoring and interchange format that provides access to 3D content from a wide variety of applications and source material providers. FBX is a binary file format that supports all the major 3D data elements, as well as 2D, audio, and video media elements and allows users to maximize their content creation pipeline by letting them create cutting edge content without having to worry about inter-package compatibility. Used for over five years in production studios worldwide, FBX has proven itself a versatile, accurate, and dependable authoring and data transfer format. For more information about Kaydara FBX, visit www.kaydara.com/fbx.
"Kaydara's FBX-XSI plug-in gives digital artists the ability to easily add next-generation SOFTIMAGE|XSI technology to their existing production pipelines and quickly realize the industry-leading creative and financial benefits it offers," says Alan Waxenberg third party business manager for Softimage. "The FBX-XSI plug-in offers users an invaluable asset for managing their migration from older technology 3D products to the SOFTIMAGE|XSI nonlinear 3D production environment."
Pricing and Availability
Kaydara FBX-XSI plug-in is free and available today through Kaydara's Web site, www.kaydara.com/fbx, and Softimage's Web site, www.softimage.com.
About Kaydara Inc.
Over the course of the past decade, Kaydara has become a leader in the development of real-time 3D animation software solutions for the entertainment industry. Kaydara's product portfolio serves a vast and varied range of clients in the television, film, game development, and Web content industries, including Sony Computer Entertainment of America, Midway Games, Acclaim, Mainframe Entertainment, Capcom, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Kaydara is headquartered in Montréal, Canada, and has an international presence with sales offices throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For more information about Kaydara or its products, visit www.kaydara.com.
About Softimage Co.
Softimage Co., a subsidiary of Avid Technology, Inc., is an industry leader in 3-D animation, 2-D cel animation, compositing and special effects software, designed to address the demands of the film and commercial/broadcast and games/interactive industries. The SOFTIMAGE|XSI software, an integral player in Avid's Make, Manage and Move Media™ strategy, is the flagship product offering from Softimage. It is the industry's first 3-D nonlinear production environment providing animators and digital artists the freedom to make professional animation, visual effects and games - from major motion pictures, to cartoons and commercials, to animated content for video games and Web sites. Softimage is proud to count amongst its customers: ILM, R!OT, Valve, Capcom, Electronic Arts, Pandemic Studios, The Mill, Pixel Liberation Front, Blue Sky Studios, Hybride, Mainframe, Janimation, Quiet Man, PSYOP, Cinepix and Framestore CFC. The Softimage product family is designed to help users innovate, create and collaborate throughout the production process. For more information about Softimage visit www.softimage.com. For more information about Avid visit www.avid.com.
MOTIONBUILDER and FBX are registered trademarks of Kaydara Inc.
XSI is a registered trademark of Softimage Inc.
Other product and company names herein are trademarks of their respective owners.