on Monday announced Motionbuilder 5, the latest version of the company’s 3D character animation software. Coming this summer, Motionbuilder 5 supports Mac OS X 10.2 or higher and various flavors of Windows.
Motionbuilder 5 features new capabilities like a new story timeline that allows users to edit 3D animation tracks in combination with audio, video and constraints. A new independent camera track is available, as well. Other new features include support for quadruped characters, hand floor constraints, finger and toe controls, squash and stretch and additional neckbone controls; real-time rendering through OpenGL and Nvidia graphics hardware; enhanced F-curve and property editors; comprehensive undo and customizable shortcuts; built-in clip art library; and support for new import/export formats including OBJ, DXF, 3DS, MP3, AAC, Wingz3D and RealViz.
A Pro version will also be made available that features advanced motion capture editing tools, a software development kit (SDK), asset management software integration, and personalized customer support and product development.
Motionbuilder 5 is coming in August for US$995. Motionbuilder 5 Professional will cost $3,495. More details are available from the company’s Web site.