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Old 22-06-2005, 04:32 PM   #1
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Howdy Folks

Well, I went to MediaTech Expo today, and I was so blown out of my socks it was not even funny..hehe, no really.....

We walked in and there was a whole bunch of exhibitions all over the place, and it was just eye candy to have a look at all of these exhibitors. The one's that stood out the most for me were the 3d stands, there was an Autodesk(3ds Max), Newtek(Lightwave) and ofcourse last but not least, an Alias stand.

The Autodesk and Newtek stands were not that flashy and pro looking in my opinion, but the Alias stand, well, they definately put alot of effort into that for sure. They had a huge Oscar in their stand, and a big screen TV showing all the things that Maya can do and 2-3 computers running Maya itself, and the stand was really eye catching with the Maya Logo all over the place, really pro! Hehe, anyways...

The lady at the stand asked me if I had heard of Alias MotionBuilder, and I said no, so she sends me to go see a demo about MotionBuilder, and so off I went. I was so impressed with MotionBuilder, it is an animators dream come true! The piece that did it for me was the realtime interaction and the speed of MotionBuilder, so fast. Another really cool feature, was the facial animation part, the guy that did the demo shows everyone a normal PC microphone, plugs it into the PC, loads a character in MotionBuilder, plays around with a few settings, 4-5 clicks at the most, and then starts speaking, and would you beleive it, the character says exactly what he was saying! I could not beleive my eyes! the detail aswell, it was awesome! The way the mouth moved, the eyebrows etc....fantastic, simply great!

So anyways, MotionBuilder Looks like an awesome app to have to compliment Maya, really, it looks fantastic, so I would certainly say give it a go, there is a PLE version available with samples and everything. Just thought I would share that bit of info with all you guys.

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Old 22-06-2005, 09:21 PM   #2
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MB [formerly kaydara motion builder b4 alias bought them, has been out for some time now. ] and there is no real intergration to maya, its still a plug in.

maybe in maya 7, there may be a hybrid MB and Maya.
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I will have to check it out now. Don't think I'm ready for it yet though. Thanks for the post MainlineX.

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Originally posted by vladimirjp
MB [formerly kaydara motion builder b4 alias bought them, has been out for some time now. ] and there is no real intergration to maya, its still a plug in.

maybe in maya 7, there may be a hybrid MB and Maya.
Yeah true, cause when he took a character from Maya to MB, he had to export it as a FBX file, but the integration did not seem all that bad, cause he took it back and forth between the 2 and he did not have any problems, but yeah it would be cool if it was integrated into a future maya version for sure.

BMS....Heya, sure no prob

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