updated 09:20 am EDT, Wed April 19, 2006
Maxon debuts MoGraph
Maxon has introduced MoGraph, a new module for its flagship 3D animation tool Cinema 4D. Offering endless possibilities for creating spectacular effects using simple primitives, logos and text, MoGraph is described by the company as "the ideal solution for motion graphics artists ready to step into the third dimension." MoGraph adds another dimension to Cinema 4D's creative palette, by offering combinations and variations for creating broadcast graphics, bumpers, movie titles and trailers, or logo animations. Multipass layers and 3D elements can then be rendered and imported directly into Adobe After Effects, Autodesk Combustion, Apple Motion, Final Cut Pro, Shake and eyeon Fusion.
MoGraph can easily clone objects and arrange them linearly, radially, in a grid or onto existing geometry, while effectors are used to set these clones in motion randomly or by applying audio, textures, formulas, or many other elements for unlimited effects.
"CINEMA 4D is already widely regarded as the easiest to use professional 3D modeling, rendering and animation application," said Paul Babb, CEO of MAXON. "MoGraph's toolset makes it even easier for motion graphics artists to take advantage of CINEMA 4D's powerful animation tools and incorporate 3D into their workflow."
Coupled with the release of MoGraph is a free incremental update for Cinema 4D. Release 9.6 includes additional enhancements for motion graphics artists. One of the most noteworthy improvements was made to OpenGL on the Macintosh platform resulting in display speed increases of up to 150 percent. Several new compositing functions and connectivity to eyeon Fusion have been added, as well as support for H264 and MPEG1, MPEG2 and MPEG4 codecs for QuickTime.