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Kaydara Announces Alias' Support for FBX

Kaydara Inc., a leader in 3D character animation and motion capture technologies, has announced the support of Alias for the Kaydara FBX authoring file format. A free Kaydara FBX-Maya plug-in, which provides Maya software users with a seamless pathway for the acquisition and exchange of 3D data, will be bundled on the Maya CD and posted free on the Kaydara (www.kaydara.com/fbx) and Alias (www.alias.com) Websites. This FBX-Maya plug-in enables visual effects and animation artists to access a wealth of content through Kaydara's extensive network of FBX applications.

"The FBX architecture ensures the highest standard for 3D content interchange," says Rob Hoffmann, senior Maya manager. "The availability of the FBX-Maya plug-in will significantly benefit Maya users by giving them access to the wealth of content available online and ensures a clear pipeline for exchanging content."

FBX is the highly popular 3D file interchange format for content creators wishing to acquire, author and re-purpose 3D and mixed-media data. FBX is widely supported by 3D content and streaming media vendors.

"Maya is one of the industry's most widely used animation packages and an essential addition to the FBX community," adds Jean-Jacques Hermans, vp of marketing and business development for Kaydara. "The FBX-Maya plug-in will provide Maya users with an important pipeline for sharing data and quickly re-targeting legacy content saving valuable time and streamlining the production process."

FBX is a binary file format that supports all the major 3D data, as well as 2D, audio and video media elements, and allows users to maximize their content creation pipeline without having to worry about inter-package compatibility. Used for more than five years in production studios worldwide, FBX has proven itself a versatile, accurate and dependable authoring and data transfer format.

Over the course of the past decade, Montreal-based Kaydara 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 television, film, game development and web content industries. For more information about Kaydara or its products, visit www.kaydara.com.

As a leading innovator of 3D graphics technology, Alias (formerly Alias|Wavefront) develops software for the film and video, games, Web, interactive media, industrial design and visualization markets. Alias is a wholly owned, independent company of SGI with headquarters in Toronto and a custom development center in Santa Barbara. In 2003, the company was awarded an Oscar for Technical Achievement for its development of Maya software, its professional 3D animation and effects package.