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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Craft Animations Introduces - Craft AutoZoomCam and SoftMotionCam


- Craft Animations has introduced two new products Craft AutoZoomCam and Craft SoftMotionCam plug-ins for direct animation in 3ds Max, Maya and VIZ. Craft AutoZoomCam, a camera plug-in that automatically zooms in on a specified point. For Example: Use this tool in conjunction with an aimed camera in Maya or 3ds Max. Place the Aim on a moving object, and place Craft AutoZoomCam on top of this camera. Parent Craft AutoZoomCam to this camera. Then parent Craft AutoZoomCam’s target mesh to the moving object you want to film. Craft AutoZoomCam will hold the target object in focus, approximately the same size during the whole shot.
Craft SoftMotionCam will follow after any object with a slight delay. You can adjust the amount of delay, and determine whether the delay affects translations, rotations or both. This tool is perfect for filming animated objects. All you have to do is parent/link Craft SoftMotionsCam’s "AttachedCam" to whatever object you want to follow. The resulting film from the "FollowCam" perspective will be a non-mechanical view of the animated object from a given distance.
Also Craft Director Tools no longer have to be installed on each individual unit in a render farm in order for the animations to be rendered.The dummies for Craft Director Tools can now be ‘Unplugged’ – meaning that they remain in the scene with the key-frames intact, but are no longer plugged into the
Craft Director Tools interface. As far as Maya or 3Ds Max are concerned, they are just animated objects. Once you press ‘Unplug’ you will no longer be able to control the dummies with Craft Director Tools, so be sure to wait until you are finished with your scene before you do this.
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