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Golaem launches Golaem Crowd at FMX

by on April 28, 2011
 

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Competing with tools like ‘MASSIVE’, a company called Golaem will be launching Golaem Crowd for Maya next week at FMX, letting you create massive scenes of thousands of actors within Autodesk’s Maya.

Issued from years of academic researches on virtual humans, Golaem Crowd enables to streamline digital content creation, allowing to:

  • Reuse existing motion choreographies on any ground and any character;
  • Replace cumbersome fluid fields with pathfinding and collision avoidance algorithms;
  • Easily add variety to crowds taking full advantage of individual character behaviors.

In Maya, “people” are represented as Particles so that they can maintain interactive framerates during your design steps.

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Get the full details after the break.

 

Golaem launches Golaem Crowd for Maya at FMX May 3-6, 2011, Stuttgart (Germany).

Rennes, France.

For the first time, Golaem will showcase Golaem Crowd, its brand new product for easily creating crowds within Autodesk® Maya® at FMX, Stuttgart.

Tired of losing money by refusing projects involving crowd shots? Tired of devoting too many artists to create animations and behaviors for daunting shots? Tired of needing experts to deal with complicated software or homemade tools?

Developed and tested under real production conditions with the award-winning VFX company Mikros Image (http://www.mikrosimage.eu), Golaem Crowd allows to easily simulate complex and controllable characters in Autodesk® Maya®.

Golaem Crowd is strongly integrated with one of the most powerful 3d animation software, Autodesk Maya. It offers an intuitive interface based on Maya workaday objects (particles, fields…).

Golaem Crowd enables to save production time eliminating switching and tweaking between software applications, as well as being usable by an artist trained within one day.

Issued from years of academic researches on virtual humans, Golaem Crowd enables to streamline digital content creation, allowing to:

Reuse existing motion choreographies on any ground and any character; Replace cumbersome fluid fields with pathfinding and collision avoidance algorithms; Easily add variety to crowds taking full advantage of individual character behaviors.

Last but not least, Golaem Crowd respects the standard animation workflow and allows to incrementally build a scene. Artists proceed step by step, getting director’s validation at each stage:

Per production:

1. Asset definition a. Asset Import: scene, characters, accessories, motions b. Population Description: Associate a character class with geometry, motions and  behaviors (e.g. Gauls and Romans)

Per shot:

2. Placement: a powerful tool to quickly generate characters in reachable areas of the scene (e.g. it is possible to place an army in a field avoiding trees and rocks)

3. Navigation: characters are represented by particles in Maya, it is then possible to use Maya tools to move them, but we also propose navigation algorithms (including automatic obstacles and characters avoidance).4. Animation: the animation engine included within Golaem Crowd enables to replay previously created motion, even on characters of different morphologies. Golaem Crowd can adapt motions to the ground and automatically compute transitions between motions, for biped or quadrupeds.

5. Behaviors: Animations can be triggered and blended by defining associated behaviors with start/stop trigger conditions.

6. Export & Rendering a. Golaem Crowd proposes a plugin for REYES render engines (Pixar, Renderman, 3dlight, AIR, Guerilla Render…) b. Other formats are available: Autodesk FBX, Renderman RIB, and Google Protobuf

About Golaem

Golaem is a software company that focuses on populating 3D worlds with autonomous virtual humans. Golaem helps creators and engineers to bring life to their digital worlds by providing virtual humans integrated in their favorite platforms.

Based on state-of-the-art researches, Golaem technologies include real-time animation, navigation, and human behaviors, from single characters to functional crowds.