Innoventive Software LLC on Tuesday announced the release of
FrameForge 3D Studio, a hybrid Windows-Mac 3D previsualization product aimed at directors, filmmakers and other creative professionals. The software enables users to plan 3D visual design ideas for presentation or shooting live on set.
FrameForge 3D Studio is a “3D virtual film set” equipped with actors, outdoor and indoor scenery, furniture, and other elements that directors and others can use to depict scenes. The software was developed to help provide a more effective representation of the director’s visual intentions, complete with pictographic and technical information.
Features include pre-set frames for standard film sizes from 16 to 70mm; camera controls like pan/tilt, dolly, zoom and crane; real-world camera information like height, angle of view and focal length; pre-made sets available for download; importing of scripts from script processing software and more.
The scenes created by the FrameForge 3D Studio can be associated with imported scripts, played as a slideshow or even exported to graphics files, HTML or Macromedia Flash animations.
Mac system requirements for FrameForge 3D Studio call for Mac OS X or Mac OS 9.1 or later; G3/500MHz or faster; 256MB RAM; 65MB hard disk space.
Through April 16, 2004 FrameForge 3D Studio is available for US$249, a $100 savings off the regular price. Users who have registered the Windows-only version can upgrade to the Mac/Windows version for $17; visit the Web site for details.
What’s more, the company is offering an optional “Crime & Justice Expansion Pack” that adds new 3D storyboard objects designed for scenes involving police or SWAT team action. The objects include actors outfitted with a variety of headgear and accouterments, police car, motorcycle and swat van. Props and scenery for courtroom scenes are included as well. The expansion pack costs $79 and is available as either a download or on CD-ROM.