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Kaydara Adds NXN's Asset Management to MOTIONBUILDER 5

Kaydara has included NXN alienbrain asset management functionality to MOTIONBUILDER 5 Professional Edition, the latest version of its powerful realtime 3D character animation software that is currently shipping. The integrated support of NXN alienbrain allows MOTIONBUILDER 5 users to operate in a secure, version-controlled environment without having to leave their application.

"By offering support for NXN alienbrain Studio directly in MOTIONBUILDER 5, Kaydara provides animators with an intuitive tool set that minimizes the administrative overhead necessary for professional file management," said Jochen Pielage, vp of development for NXN Software.

"The tight integration with NXN's asset management system will help MOTIONBUILDER 5 users deliver high-quality projects on time and within budget."

MOTIONBUILDER 5's direct support for NXN's asset management systems provides Windows-based MOTIONBUILDER 5 customers who have NXN alienbrain Studio installed with seamless access to version-control functionality. With an integrated NXN alienbrain menu at their fingertips, MOTIONBUILDER 5 users can easily access their project data on NXN alienbrain servers and revert to any earlier version if required.

"NXN's alienbrain Studio is a proven and powerful asset management system," said Jean-Jacques Hermans, vp of marketing and business development for Kaydara. "As competition increases and production budgets grow tighter, facilities need a highly efficient and low risk production pipeline. MOTIONBUILDER 5, combined with NXN alienbrain, creates a streamlined production environment ideal for developing games, feature films and TV productions."

MOTIONBUILDER 5 boasts a distinctive realtime photorealistic rendering engine and Kaydara's "smart" character technology (HumanIK), which allows complex character set-ups and animation to be created in minutes instead of the days and weeks required by other systems. MOTIONBUILDER 5's advanced technology makes sophisticated, highly realistic animation attainable without the large teams and budgets traditionally associated with high-end projects such as blockbuster feature films.

NXN alienbrain Studio is a leading asset management system for creative teams. It versions, tracks and stores all files throughout a project, freeing up the time needed to deliver the highest quality results. Unlike traditional asset management systems that focus primarily on archiving completed assets, NXN alienbrain Studio manages all project files from concept to completion.

Over the course of the past decade, Kaydara Inc. (www.kaydara.com), headquartered in Montréal, Canada, has become a leader in the development of realtime 3D animation software solutions for the entertainment industry. Kaydara's product portfolio serves a vast and varied range of clients in the TV, film, game development and Web content industries, including Sony Computer Entertainment of America, Midway Games, Acclaim, Mainframe Entertainment, CAPCOM and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

Venice, California-based NXN Software (www.nxn-software.com), is a leading supplier of asset management systems for the digital entertainment and computer graphics industries. NXN products provide designers, programmers and project managers with a powerful framework to manage all assets throughout the development process. Companies using NXN Software include Sony, Electronic Arts, LucasArts and Atari.

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