SAN FRANCISCO– May 24 2011. Mixamo Inc. today announced the launch of its innovative new service–‘Mixamo Auto-Rigger’ for mobile, console and PC game developers. Mixamo is proud to be the first company in the world to offer this online service.
The Mixamo Auto-Rigger allows game developers, designers and animators to automatically create, from a static mesh, a rigged character ready to be animated in less than a minute. The service will save developers both time and money– characters from humans to fantasy creatures can be animated in minutes instead of days, while being more than 10X cheaper than the cost of professional manual rigging.
Once automatically rigged developers can also choose to apply, in real-time, any animation from Mixamo’s large online collection, for example, running, dancing, sports and flying suitable for all game genres including MMO’s, sports, adventures, shooters and platformers.
"Over my career as a 3D artist,” said Wes McDermott,“I've used several auto-rigging solutions and Mixamo's Auto-Rigger is by far the best in terms of quality and ease of use. Using Mixamo, gives me the freedom to focus more on the art aspects of my projects while cutting my development time in half."
The service works with single or multiple overlapping or non-overlapping meshes, it has several patents pending and is going live today.
"As the development of games continues to democratize, automating the tasks that don't require artistic or design decisions is extremely valuable,” said Mark DeLoura, VP of Technology at THQ.“By simplifying the development of character animations through automatic rigging, Mixamo enables game designers and developers to iterate much more quickly."
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Mixamo automatic rigging technology leverages the work done at Stanford University by co-founder Stefano Corazza as a researcher, Stanford invested $500k in Mixamo Series A led by Granite Ventures and Keynote Ventures.
Developers can preview automatic rigging of their 3D characters online for free by accessing the Mixamo Auto-Rigger: http://www.mixamo.com/c/auto-rigger before downloading their animated characters. The service will be offered at an introductory rate of $89 for the first month.
Mixamo Inc. is a Silicon Valley, VC-funded company founded by 3D pioneers Stefano Corazza, CEO, and Nazim Kareemi. Based on research from Stanford University’s BioMotion lab and Computer Science Department, Mixamo offers the first online 3D character animation service that provides 3D game developers the power to customize and create professional-quality character animations at unprecedented speeds. Mixamo currently employs a team of outstanding animation and machine learning experts, 3D animators, software engineers and serial entrepreneurs from around the world. For more information, please visit www.mixamo.com, or follow @Mixamo on Twitter.