Discreet revealed some details of its web studio set released as a limited promotional inclusion within 3DS Max 4, Discreet's 3D modeling, animation and rendering program. The web studio set is a collection of integrated plug-ins and tools from Cycore, Ideaworks3D, Pulse, RichFX and Viewpoint on individual CDs with unique solutions that streamline the process of bringing 3DS Max models and animations to the Web.
The Vecta3D-MAX plugin from Ideaworks3D is used for rendering 3D scenes to the popular Macromedia Flash format. This integrated solution for 3DS Max 4 delivers fast and accurate cartoon-shaded vector images and animations with control over line color, line style and image detail with compression.
Cycore's contributes its Cult3D software suite, which integrates seamlessly with 3DS Max software to create low-bandwidth, highly interactive 3D objects for viewing and manipulating on the Web, in Microsoft Office presentations and in Adobe Acrobat documents.
Pulse technology enables the creation of talking characters, interactive objects, and photo-realistic 3D content. As part of the new 3DS Max 4, the combined workflow successfully enables game developers for PC, Sony Playstation2 and forthcoming Microsoft Xbox titles to create game previews on the web.
RichFX provides front-end, e-commerce infrastructure solutions that create efficient, three-dimensional environments with Max and the RichFX Encoder. The RichFX Encoder compresses files from 1/20 to 1/100 the size of an MPEG, and allows animation rendering at speeds at up to 10 times faster than a regular rendering process.
Viewpoint gives 3DS Max 4 users a viable solution for translating content into the Viewpoint file format with a direct path to bring work to the Web. Through Viewpoint, 3DS Max 4 artists are able to create and migrate interactive, visual content to the Internet.
The web studio set is a limited promotional offering included with all copies of 3DS Max 4, available now in North America for a suggested retail price of $3,495 with an upgrade price from 3DS Max 3 of $795.