German-based DSM Computer has launched Neomotion at Siggraph in Los Angeles - a tool it says accelerates productivity for computer animators by giving them real-time control of the parameters in the 3D scene. It combines a user-control panel with software plug-ins for Discreet 3DS Max and Alias|Wavefront Maya. The hardware is then used to control the animation as it plays, allowing for easy motion-capture, says the company.
The Nemotion base unit is central to the system, says DSM Computer, and is connected via serial interface to any computer running 3DS Max or Maya. An LCD panel on the unit shows the status information and timecode. The timeline itself is controlled by the middle jog controller, with a left jog wheel free to be user defined. The company says there are a further eight wheels that can be assigned to any animatable channel.
However, expect to pay for the control. Hardward and software for 3DS Max costs $1,490 and $1,990 for Maya. UK pricing is yet to be set.