updated 09:20 pm EDT, Wed September 23, 2009
Software creates 3D models from video and stills
Strata has released an update to Foto 3D, its software for creating 3D models from images. CX 2 adds the ability to take image sets from video, along with other sources such as aerial photographs or extremely large files. Primary features can now be marked with 'pins,' while smaller objects can be placed on a printable template for improved automation.
The software is designed for creating 3D models with a standard digital camera. Using stills, the utility can model a variety of difficult objects such as packaging, games, illustrations, organic shapes, soft forms, hand made objects, and more. Second Life users can take real objects and bring them into the virtual world, without taking the time to learn traditional 3D modeling software.
Users can choose from a variety of export formats for the company's Design 3D CX software or third-party utilities. Content can be sent as a 3D layer to be further edited in Photoshop Extended. Models can also be imported into Strata Live 3D for display within a website, Flash file, or PDF document.
Foto 3D CX 2 is available for both Mac and Windows platforms and can be purchased directly from Strata for $695. Customers can also upgrade from CX 1 for $150.