Autodesk releases MotionBuilder 2025 | CG Channel

Autodesk has launched MotionBuilder 2025, the most recent model of its character animation tool, generally used for viewing and modifying motion-capture information.

The replace introduces USD for MotionBuilder, a brand new plugin that permits animators to load a USD stage into the viewport and animate in context.

Preliminary assist for USD-based workflows
MotionBuilder 2025 is the biggest replace to the software program for some years, if solely as a result of it makes MotionBuilder the most recent software to assist Pixar’s Universal Scene Description.

The brand new USD for MotionBuilder plugin makes it potential to load a USD stage, together with textures and lights, and show it within the viewport together with MotionBuilder information.

The workflow ought to make it potential for artists engaged on VFX or animation productions with USD-based pipelines to animate in context.

Technical artists can work together with the USD stage by way of Python scripting.

There are nonetheless some key limitations, the largest being that it isn’t really potential to transform USD information to MotionBuilder information, or vice versa: the USD stage is solely there for reference.

As well as, loading giant or complicated levels “could trigger crashes”, so customers are suggested to restrict visibility of pointless objects earlier than importing into MotionBuilder.

Workflow and efficiency enhancements
The opposite modifications in MotionBuilder 2025 are smaller workflow and efficiency enhancements.

They embrace the choice to stretch a number of chosen clips in Loop mode within the Story Device, and to lock International/Take time marks on the timeline, stopping them from being moved.

There are additionally new shorcut keys for frequent duties, updates to Python scripting, and updates to the way in which that MotionBuilder shows warning messages.

Pricing and system necessities
MotionBuilder 2025 is accessible for Home windows 10+ and RHEL and Rocky Linux 8.7/9.3. The software program is rental-only, with subscriptions costing $2,145/yr.

Read a full list of new features in MotionBuilder 2025 in the online documentation

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