Creating character animations for your architecture productions has never been so easy!
Human characters in 3D scenes become ever more important in visualizations, animations and illustrations. Character animation is a specialized area of the animation process and because of its
complexity, most of the animation work has catered to very advanced users and programmers, leaving virtually no access to all other users.
AN(I)MA CHANGES IT ALL!
an(i)ma® is the fastest stand-alone character animation application developed especially for architects and designers, ideal for quickly and easily creating stunning 3D animations in less time.
Our motion-editing tools and content make 3D character animation easy and affordable, and enables creative and technical artists to take on demanding animation-intensive projects.
To start your animation project you need to prepare your 3D architectural models for import into an(i)ma®. The imported 3D model will only be used as a reference for the design of the animation paths.
From you 3D modeling package export a simplified version of your architectural model using the standard supported formats: .3ds, .obj. From an(i)ma® import the geometry selecting one of the importing presets. Once the geometry is displayed in the 3D Viewport, you can hide, unhide or even change geometry colors at any time.
WHAT SHOULD I IMPORT?
The Walking Surfaces
They are all the formal surfaces supporting walking, such as floors, stairs and ramps that will allow you to design the animation paths.
Vertical Surfaces and Objects
They are not really useful for the design of the animation paths but they can help you understand the spatial limits of your animation project.
With an(i)ma® you will be able to create amazing character animations without any programming. You just need to define the motion paths and drag and drop Actors to create 3D character-based crowds.
To define the course or direction in which the Actors in our architectural project will move, an(i)ma® offers a wide range of tools to define paths, stairs, escalators, ramps and multiple actor's behaviors. With just a few clicks, you will have thousands of realistic Metropoly 3D Human characters interacting in your scene. Each Actor is unique and has their own characteristics such as speed, posture, clothing and ethnicity.
Crowd simulation is easy with an(i)ma®! You can simulate the movement of a large number of characters and replicate a complex collective behavior within seconds!
With an(i)ma® Crowd Avoidance Engine, character motions will be choreographed automatically for perfect interaction and a realistic result. You will be able to create believable animated characters with a minimum of effort! Adding life to your architectural visualization project is as easy as this.
Importing the animation project done in an(i)ma® into your favourite 3D package for the final render is very easy using the available plugins!
an(i)ma® offers a set of plugins specially designed to import and render a large number of 3D human characters by optimizing memory usage and giving you the flexibility to use external renderers such as VRay and Mental Ray.
Our production team is working constantly to improve usability, to add new features, and to continuously integrate an(i)ma® with the best 3D modeling software available in the market.
FOR 3DS MAX®, Maya® & CINEMA 4D®
Add connectivity with Autodesk 3DS Max®, Maya® and Maxon Cinema 4D®! Add life to your Architecture visualization projects rendering outstanding quality and unsurpassed realistic character animations now!
■ Efficient geometry handling.
■ On-demand dynamic vertex deformation data loading.
■ Standard, Vray and Mental Ray ready materials.
■ Automatic gamma corrected materials.
■ Exposure control.
Ready-To-Run Agent Libraries
an(i)ma® uses the award winning line of Metropoly 3D Humans. These digital Actors are controlled by real motion capture data and automatic procedural motions combined with a motion blending system to achieve super-realistic animations.
You can simulate the behavior of a large number of characters with some simple parameters.
an(i)ma® uses a simple and intuitive interface that allows for a fast and easy drag and drop editing.
The interface, using collision dynamics simulation, gives the user a straightforward way to create realistic animations which be computed on the fly while the user is editing - involving multiple characters. A short learning curve allows you to focus on design and visualization without being distracted by the software.
an(i)ma® combines a sophisticated AI brain engine to predict collisions between agents.
The animated characters in the scene will behave realistically.
THE CREATION TOOLS
Spline, Fixed, Stairs and Escalator Path Tools gives you the possibility to drive the Actors in an animation over formal surfaces such as floors, ramps, stairs, animated escalators or moving walkways.