Alias and Kaydara has announced details of the forthcoming Motionbuilder 6 3D character animation software for Windows and Macs. The software will be released in September and is priced at $995 (around £550) in the US.

Alias recently announced plans to acquire Kaydara; it hopes to close the deal within 60 days. At that point, Motionbuilder will be re-branded Alias Motionbuilder. Motionbuilder is used in television, film pre-visualization and layout and game development.

The software sports a simplified user interface with a new customizable picking mode and toolbar. The company claims that it also includes enhanced keyframe animation capabilities with improved IK/FK sync, autokey, animation path and trajectories.

A new motion curve dynamics manager called MotionInspector is included along with new character animation functionality such as multi-referential animation for characters and props, the ability to define character set-ups with built in support for props, and more.

Finally Alias and Kaydara claim the latest release includes improved story-timeline functionality including the ability to edit 3D animation tracks in combination with audio, video and constraints.

Motionbuilder 6 Pro is also coming in September. Costing $4,195 (£2,310), the Pro version adds motion capture data editing, actor mapping and data retargeting toolsets, and a real-time animation trigger system, along with 12 months of support and upgrades.