AAPL Stock: 104.72 ( + 1.73 )

Printed from

Craft Director Tools released for Autodesk Maya

updated 08:05 pm EDT, Tue October 21, 2008

Craft Director Tools

Craft Animations has released its Craft Director Tools animation plug-in suite for users of Autodesk Maya on the Mac platform. Three primary sets of plug-ins are offered, including Craft Camera Tools, Craft Vehicles, and Craft Accessories. A variety of camera functions are available, including controls for automatic zoom, camera movements, simulated human interaction, and real time camera perspective and angle adjustments. Other tools include a stabilizer for cameras attached to animated objects, spherical path utility, spline speed controller, and a zero gravity environment replicator.

The vehicle animation packages offer a range of animated objects that can be controlled by the user with a joystick or steering wheel. Options include motorcycles, racing bikes, mopeds, bicycles, cars, trucks, airplanes, multi-wheeled crawlers, and helicopters. The company claims that the acceleration, braking, wheel-ground interaction, and suspension are all replicated correctly on the four wheel vehicles, with appropriate subtleties simulated for the other vehicles as well.

The accessories set of tools includes several plug-ins that don't quite fit into the other categories, including a crawler track generator and direct input rigging utility. A firepower tool animates any size or shape of bullet, various rates of fire, and adds recoil to guns and cannons. A missile simulator creates a variety of projectiles including fireworks, space shuttles, or military weapons.

Craft Director Tools requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and Autodesk Maya. Each tool is priced independently, with a range from $130 to $1200.

by MacNN Staff





Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines


Most Popular

MacNN Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Kenu Airframe Plus

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Airframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this ...

Plantronics Rig Surround 7.1 headset

Trying to capture the true soundscape of video games can be a daunting task. Looking to surround-sound home theater options, users hav ...

Adesso Compagno X Bluetooth keyboard

The shift from typing on physical keyboards to digital versions on smartphones and tablets hasn't been an easy for many consumers. Fr ...


Most Commented