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Softimage CAT 3.0

 

Softimage CAT or Character Animation Tools  is a powerful new plugin for 3Ds Maxdeveloped to make a 3D character animators life a little easier. Bystreamlining different tools such as character rigging, non-linear animation,animation layering, motion capture import and muscle simulation the timeconsuming technicalities of building a 3D character have gone from a longprocess to a short one, for animating both single characters and large groups.It offers support for more complex rigs that 3Ds Max cannot support on its own. The article compared the time difference of animating a spider saying that he had 3 days to animate it and if he did it by hand he would still be working on it but with CAT he had it finished in time for his deadline.

The movements that are pre programmed into the software andauto adjust to the changes the animator makes such as the proportions of thecharacter or the terrain they are placed on. It also provides the CATMuscle systemthat allows animators to avoid skin deformations by simulating realistic musclemovement under the skin. It also allows for you to develop rigs and save themwith out them being attached to an animation so they can be used again in otheranimations. CATMotion also recivied a new tweek in 3.0 so that if the feet yourinitial rig are not touching the ground it automaticly places them there without the use of large offsets.



 


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Animation Article Review
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Original Article found on Animation Magazines website here http://www.animationmagazine.net/article/8734 Extra Info found at softimage's webite
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