If you have a Lazy Susan and a dream, you too can create 3D rotational object movies with
Kaidan Inc.’s PiXiMation, which the company introduced at
Macworld Conference & Expo on Tuesday. The application employs advanced techniques to generate properly spaced and indexed image frames even if you’re spinning an object by hand. In the past, special motorized turntables were required to achieve the same effect.
PiXiMation accepts video from a variety of sources — including Apple’s iSight, Orange Micro’s iBot, and many other Mac web cams and FireWire-equipped DV cameras — and creates and saves QuickTime VR object movies as well as individual stills, which you can use to make animated GIFs or import to other software.
Explained Kaidan president Jim Anders: “We’ve been offering object movie solutions for many years and one of the challenges has always been the requirement of expensive hardware. We believe that this burden placed QuickTime VR and interactive object movies out of reach for those who simply wanted a simple and quick way to capture their collectibles, eBay auction items, products, or other items of interest.”
PiXiMation will be available next month. You will be able to download a trial copy from Kaidan’s Web site and purchase the full version for US$99.95.