3D Printing and War Games To Stimulate Animation

clock December 26, 2014 11:58 by author christpaul

The phenomenon of 3-D printing has had a significant impact on the types of animation that can be carried out successfully, but one realm that few people will have considered in which 3-D printing is having a genuine impact is that of tabletop war games. Of course, 3-D animation has had a huge influence over the video games industry, and modern games such as Call of Duty greatly benefit from complex and absorbing 3-D animations.

However, tabletop war games remain extremely popular for a variety of reasons, not least that strategy is central to what takes place. Essentially, the most popular board game in human history, chess, is a war game, and the enduring popularity of this ancient game is indicative of the degree to which traditional tabletop games can still attract players.

Although tabletop war games can to some extent to be viewed as a dated, or at least traditional, hobby, hundreds of thousands of the players are still involved in the pastime. And the notion that this is a dated way to spend time is being challenged by one company, which goes by the name of  Printable Scenery. The  Printable Scenery company is combining the modern-day technology of 3D printing with that of those traditional games.

It is here that 3-D printing has come in useful, as the Printable Scenery company is able to combine this very contemporary technology with the traditional tabletop game. The creation of miniature fantasies scenery has really enhanced the tabletop gaming community's experience.

Representatives of the Printable Scenery company suggest that the process for modelling for animation and the process for modelling 3-D prints can be quite different, with keeping everything to scale being a serious challenge in the latter. Nonetheless, the Printable Scenery company is also intending to work in animation in the near future, with 3-D printing seen as a viable option for absorbing animated movies.

In the process involved in this innovative gaming device, creating brick patterns that don’t tile or repeat can take a while to model. This differs with animations, where applying a tile-able texture is much easier.

Several 3-D animations based on 3-D printing technology have already been produced, perhaps most notably the short film which went viral on the Internet, Bear on the Stairs. Although the technology is still in its infancy, as it develops it seems more likely that 3-D printing could become a staple of the 3-D animation industry.

Natural Front Intuitive Pro - Latest Version is a Game Changer

clock December 15, 2014 14:25 by author christpaul

We have recently released the latest version of Natural Front, which we are dubbing Natural Front Intuitive Pro 3.0. This is the latest and greatest version of the 3D animation software that we have poured our heart and soul into, and we are extremely proud of the results. 

Natural Front Intuitive Pro 3.0 has all of the qualities that you have come to associate with our 3D animation packages, and delivers the user-friendly software that you’ve come to expect. No more 3D rigging, or other expensive and time consuming 3D animation techniques; Natural Front Intuitive Pro delivers a truly intuitive animation package that makes facial animation in particular extremely easy and fluid to produce.

But we’ve also crammed in our fair share of new features as well. In our last blog we examined the new facial modelling, rendering features and animation improvements. In this post we will be looking at a few more improvements that we have also added into the software.

One particularly visionary user informed us that our software could be a serious game changer if the range of motion and the deformation could be significantly extended. We are very grateful to Loring Robbins, the Animation Director at Bouncyfruit.com because we have taken on board these suggestions and we believe greatly improved the Natural Front package as a result.

With the improvements we have made to the smoothness of 3D modelling in this latest version of Natural Front Intuitive Pro, allied with other aspects of 3D modelling and animation, we believe that we are approaching this goal rapidly. This is reflected in the new version of the software which features some brand new effects and functions. Users can find in the new version a significant extension of deformation, which is reflected in new features such as more extreme facial expressions.

Additionally, we have added several other tweaks to the Natural Front software with Natural Front Intuitive Pro 3.0. Both the internal animation and user interface have been made even more intuitive for users, ensuring that this is the easiest Natural Front package to use that we have ever created. We definitely believe that ‘intuitive’ is the word that sets us apart from other providers! We never stand still with Natural Front, though. We are already looking at improving the software, and users can expect to be see more significant improvements in our future releases. And we very much value the feedback that we get more our users. We rely on you to outline for us what you require in the Natural Front package so that we can deliver the software that will continue to attract the praise that we’ve received for our existing version of this 3D animation package.

New NaturalFront Intuitive Pro 3.0 Version Released!

clock December 10, 2014 16:35 by author christpaul

We have just released our latest version of NaturalFront Intuitive Pro, and we’re very excited about the new improvements in this version of our heralded 3D animation software. As always, we have listened to our customers in developing this animation package, and as such have been several key improvements into our latest package. 

For this new version of NaturalFront Intuitive Pro (which we are dubbing NFIP 3.0), there are significant improvements in the following areas: 

- much better rendering of details;

- much smoother animation;

- significant extension of the range of movement achievable, e.g. more expressive facial features;

- a variety of other tweaks, upgrades and improvements.

Two of the key aspects of the NaturalFront Intuitive Pro package are the improved rendering functions and smoother animation. These two factors are key to everything we’re doing with the NaturalFront package, so this blog post will take a little time to discuss these animation upgrades.

One of the most frequently requested improvements to the NaturalFront package has been a desire for better rendering. This can be a time consuming process with other animation packages, and we have put user friendly rendering at the heart of the NaturalFront experience. But we’re always looking to improve things so we have make significant breakthroughs with NaturalFront 3.0.

For our new version of the software, as long as a photograph of a face has sufficient detail, the 3D facial model will enhance the details after the photo is converted into the model. This can pick up incredibly fine details, whether you are dealing with he beard on a man’s face or the smoothness of a woman’s face. Even tiny droplets of sweat can be picked up during the rendering process, which gives some idea of the minute level of detail possible.

NaturalFront Intuitive Pro 3.0 also features a greatly improved animation engine. We have again listened to the feedback of our users, who have indicated that he movement in some areas of the 3D model is not as smooth as desired.

We have therefore worked hard to upgrade the program code for NaturalFront to achieve this. Considering all movements related to the software are achieved by program code - i.e. without any manual building of bones and morph targets - this limitation might be understandable to some degree. 

However, we have strived to improve this, while still sticking to our treasured software-only approach, and we are very happy with the results. 

This is the most powerful NaturalFront package yet, and if you want to check it out for yourself, sign up to the 30 day free trial today.

New Report Predicts Evolution and Growth for 3D Animation

clock December 4, 2014 18:29 by author christpaul

A recent marketing report indicates that the 3-D animation industry is to experience significant growth in the coming years. The report has been authored by Grand View Research, a U.S. based market research and consulting company, registered in the State of California and headquartered in San Francisco.

Grand View Research came to the conclusion that major industries will increasingly utilise 3-D animation in the coming years. These will include education, defence, and of course media and entertainment.

Additionally, 3-D animation is expected to particularly thrive in the newly industrialising economies of India, China and Japan. These three important Eastern nations are expected to drive 3-D animation market growth in the next few years.

While the story is one of growth, it is also one of evolution in the approach to 3-D animation. The coming years will see co-production strategies adopted by cable channel operators, TV broadcast companies, and multinational studios in order to increase market opportunities. As 3-D animations become more complex to produce as the industry develops further, collaborations between studios across international borders will become commonplace.

In such a context, the increasing use of 3-D animation software throughout the entertainment industry is almost inevitable. According to the report this will be a key animation market driver. There is also expected to be significant market growth in so-called hybrid animation; combinations of 2-D and 3-D animation techniques. This is expected to be a major trend over the next few years.

The San Francisco-based report focused on the world of animation up to 2020. And while there may be a great deal of growth in this period, it is also predicted that some truly revolutionary techniques and technologies will emerge. Among these will be the development of 4D animation technology, and propagating awareness of its potential is expected to spur adoption in the animation industry.

Meanwhile, 3-D applications will be utilised across a variety of industries, as stereoscopic 3D gaming and 3D character merchandise are among the factors expected to boost the 3-D animation market.

The report overall paints a picture of a very healthy landscape for 3-D animation, and one in which the industry both develops and becomes more diverse in nature. This will happen both at the level of technology, but also with regard to the geographical location of animation studios that are prominently involved in the industry. 

As 3-D animation grows, small and medium-inside animation studios will find it increasingly feasible to produce world-class animation using such software as Natural Front.

Indian Cricketer Virat Kohli Launches 3D Animated Avatar

clock November 22, 2014 10:20 by author christpaul

The Indian cricketer Virat Kohli is already a famous name and figure within the subcontinental Asian nation. But a recent innovation on his website is aiming to improve his image and reputation still further.

Kohli recently unveiled a 3-D animated character which will form a major part of his website going forward. This new animation will be used in conjunction with a newly unveiled logo on this new website which aims to further advance the batsman’s image.

Image rights of sportsmen are incredibly important in the modern era. Many sports personalities make far more money through their off-field activities that they do actually playing the sport from which they made their name. For example, the tennis player Roger Federer makes tens of millions of dollars every year from products he endorses, such as the Gillette razor range and Rolex watches.

Kohli  is already a hugely popular figure in cricket-mad India. Since the retirement of the legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar, the Indian public have been looking for a new hero in what is regarded as its national sport (officially the national sport is field hockey). The dashing and exciting play of Kohli has fitted the bill in this regard, and the middle-order batter is already well on his way to being one of the best one-day international batsmen of all-time.

The decision of Kohli to launch a website specifically based around animation shows the growing significance of the 3-D animation genre in developing economies such as India. The Indian animation industry is in fact extremely established, with the production of feature-Lancs animated movies in the world is the second most populous nation dating back to 1956. 

At this time animator Clair Weeks, who have worked on the imaginary Disney film Bambi, was invited to Films Division of India in Mumbai to establish and train the country's first animation studio as part of the American Technical Co-Operation mission. The first Indian 3D animated film was Roadside Romeo, which was a joint venture between Yash Raj Films and the Indian division of the Walt Disney Company.


These historic events set in motion the wheels of Indian animation, and today feature length animations particularly in the 3-D genre are commonplace within the nation. India is symptomatic of a growing popularity of 3-D animation, and it is significant that a hugely popular public figure such as Kohli has chosen this medium to extend his already burgeoning popularity.

Queen's Brian May Involved in New 3D Animation

clock November 6, 2014 06:35 by author christpaul

Brian May has had a varied career, most obviously being associated with his role as the lead guitarist in Queen. But unlike many rock musicians, May also turns his hand to a wide variety of other ventures. He is a very well qualified astrophysicist, vice-president of animal welfare charity the RSPCA and a keen stereoscopic enthusiast. The rock icon has certainly earned his award of being a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).

But his latest venture is a departure even for May. The former Queen axeman has been involved in making the music for a new 3-D animated film. One Night in Hell, filmed in Dolby 3D and Dolby Atmos, is a devilish and spectacular animation short that tells the story of one skeleton's journey into a stereoscopic Hell. And the music for this ghoulish animation has been provided by May, with the trailer featuring one of the Queen’s greatest hits, We Will Rock You. 

Although Queen were a stadium rock band, May has for many years sought the opportunity to work with classical musicians. This has been exemplified by this latest animation project, as the former Queen nurdler has worked closely with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra to produce pieces for the film that are truly dramatic and atmospheric.

May's brief synopsis of the film is that a man is condemned to hell, and then plays music while confined to eternal damnation. The film actually builds on a French tradition which dates back to Victorian times, and May has stated that the movie is very historically accurate in this regard, and shows great authenticity and respect to this cultural element.

This is another example of the pull of 3-D animation in 2014. Increasingly artists from all manner of different walks of life want to work in this vibrant and exciting creative field, and the possibilities for collaborations in the future are clearly extremely high. One Night in Hell has already been premiered to the press, and media has reported that the animation involved in the film is both very technically impressive and visually appealing. 

One Night in Hell, will premiere on Sky 3D & Sky Arts on October 31st at 7:40 PM, and will be available from iTunes early November, £1.99 The film's soundtrack, composed by Brian May is now available on iTunes, £79p, and a related App, Diableries, is now available from the App Store, £1.99.

Curve Controlled Modelling and Natural Front Intuitive Pro

clock October 30, 2014 05:39 by author christpaul

Natural Front Intuitive Pro delivers a world-class 3D animation package at an extremely affordable price. But the software is particularly special due to its outstanding feature set.

At the head of this list is the outstanding curved-controlled modelling facility. This revolutionary element of Natural Front Intuitive Pro makes character animation ten times easier for professional animators and animation studios.

All professional animators know that facial animation is the hardest part of character modelling. Rendering facial expressions so that they are accurate and truly immersive is extremely time consuming. Yet it is also the most important part of animation. The ability to absorb an audience in a story can be completely predicated on producing absorbing characters. So although facial animation is a very labour intensive and time consuming process, and consequently quite often the most expensive part of an animation, it is not something to cut corners with.

Natural Front addresses this by introducing a completely new form of 3D character animation software. ‘Curve-controlled modelling’ makes the whole process of making world-class facial animations considerably easier by negating a lot of established 3D modelling techniques that are both time consuming and  laborious.

Curve-controlled modelling is intended to render a variety of customary animation techniques obsolete. For example, this new advanced procedure makes the well-known technique of 3D rigging largely redundant, at least for facial animation. This can be a real boon for a professional production, as 3D rigging is known to be one of the most labour intensive procedures involved in animation.

Our recent professional release enhance this process still further, making it slicker and even more powerful. Whereas once upon a time it was a necessity to graft a series of complex joints onto a ‘rigged’ skeleton in order to achieve a 3D facial animation of any real quality, Natural Front Intuitive Pro renders this process obsolete.

Aside from our new animation techniques and the quality of our software, we also provide ourselves on having a constant two-way dialogue with customers. We seek continual feedback from professional animators on Natural Front Intuitive Pro, and are constantly looking to upgrade and improve the software. Many of the qualities that the program processes today have resulted from this feedback loop, and it’s something that we will always engage in with customers.

We’re also so confident about the quality of Natural Front Intuitive Pro that we offer a 30 day free trial. So feel free to download it and try it out for the first time today!

Major Report Indicates Healthy Financial Future for 3D Animation

clock October 29, 2014 10:18 by author christpaul

3-D animation has already established itself has not merely an important part of the film industry, but a valuable industrial niche in its own right. However, a recent report entitled ”3D Technology Market by 3D Product Type”, conducted by the market research organisation Markets and Markets, has indicated that growth in the 3-D animation marketplace is set to be far more buoyant than even its most optimistic proponents predicted.

According to Markets and Markets, the 3-D animation marketplace will grow at unexpected rate of nearly 27 percent between 2014 and 2020, on an annual basis. This would mean that the overall value of the 3-D animation market would be in the region of half of $1 trillion by 2020.

This incredible figure indicates the degree to which 3-D animation continues to grow all over the world. Although in many ways 3-D animation industry is still inherently associated with United States, animation studios are from all four corners of the globe are producing 3-D feature films as well as a variety of 3-D animated shorts. It is in this context that one should view the half $1 trillion figure, as it is only through developing a global marketplace that such growth and success can be achieved and sustained. 


While 3-D animation technology continues to be driven by the entertainment industry, effectively providing a new viewing experience for cinema goers, other developments in 3-D technology have also indicated that 3-D animation may have a more sober basis in future. Already 3-D animation technologies are being used in the medical field, and it is possible that the technology will branch out even further in the remainder of this decade.

Although the United States continues to contribute the major economic production to the 3-D animation marketplace, other geographic areas are also making a contribution. Both Europe and the Asia-Pacific region now post a large amount of animation studios dedicated to the 3-D art, and these are expected to expand in number in the coming years.

The major players that will continue to dominate the 3-D animation industry in the coming years, according to Markets and Markets, include 3D Systems (U.S.), Autodesk, Inc. (U.S.), Barco (Belgium), Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (U.S.), DreamWorks Animation Skg, Inc. (U.S.), LG Electronics (South Korea), Panasonic Corporation (Japan), Samsung (South Korea), Sony Corporation (Japan), and Stratasys (U.S.). 

Overall, the prognostications of the report indicate a very rosy future for this animated medium.

Researchers Create 3-D Model of the Universe

clock October 22, 2014 04:17 by author christpaul

3-D animation has achieved many notable things, but a recent animation produced by researchers led by the Max Planck Institute of Astronomy in Germany has truly documented an epoch changing event. The 3-D animation produced by a raft of scientists reveals the entire evolution of galaxies within our solar system over 10.8 billion years.

This is the first time that the cosmic web has been mapped at such a vast distance, and 3-D animation has been absolutely instrumental in this process. The researchers involved in the project insist that carrying out such research helps us to better understand how our known universe took shape. In addition, this animation is also helping scientists predict when galaxies will appear in the future.

The research was led by Dr Khee-Gan Lee from the Max Planck Institute of Astronomy in Germany, which has been involved in researching our universe throughout its existence. In addition to the unique 3-D animated approach that the researchers took, they also used techniques similar to X-ray computer-tomographic, often used for medicinal purposes, in order to craft this unique production.

The lead researcher on the project, Dr. Lee, stated that this was the first time in human history that light had been used to map the universe in such a unique 3-D fashion. Previously models of the universe have focused on one or two dimensional cosmic webs, but by producing this unique 3-D animation researchers are able to better understand relativity between elements of the universe.

Scientists involved in the project claim that a better understanding of the past will help researchers understand the future of the universe in more depth. This 3-D animation provides a fascinating glimpse into the way that giant structures which extend across millions of light-years are formed. Dr. Lee insisted that the 3-D animation involved will enable scientists to understand the physics that govern galaxy formation, which could eventually lead to us truly understanding the future direction of the universe.

With this unique 3-D project having already been a significant success, researchers from the institution have already stated that they intend to repeat the experiment later this year, possibly in December. This new project will map an even larger segment of the known universe, according to those involved.

As 3-D animation continues to develop, such applications in science, medicine and other important human disciplines are certain to grow.

The Importance of Simplicity for 3D Animation

clock October 18, 2014 09:31 by author christpaul

The infamous scientist Albert Einstein once stated that the best solution to any problem is always a simple one. This ethos is very much at the centre of the Natural Front approach to animation. We strive to make the most challenging and time-consuming tasks in 3-D animation as simple as possible; perhaps simpler than you can even imagine.

The Natural Front Intuitive Pro software is based on our own revolutionary 3-D technology. It has taken a huge amount of loving care and effort to turn our ideas into a constructive software package that can produce world-class 3-D animations. The principle which drives the Natural Front software has never been commercially explored previously, and it is the unique nature of the software which has perhaps above all else contributed to its success.

The Natural Front Intuitive Pro software enables animators to work in the core of 3D modeling and animation in a way that is both unprecedented and hugely effective. The approach that we take to 3-D animation makes us stand apart from other animation companies and software, particularly in the respect that the Natural Front Intuitive Pro software does not rely heavily on traditional modelling and animation techniques as is common in the industry.

Not only is our curve-controlled modelling a unique element of the Natural Front software package, but we have also acquired the exclusive rights world-wide to commercially explore this revolutionary 3D technology. This means that only Natural Front Intuitive Pro will be able to offer you our fantastic 3-D animation package which makes creating the most absorbing animations imaginable easy and painless.

This means that we can offer unique benefits through our software, particularly to SMEs. Natural Front has worked with animators and animation studios all over the world, and as an SME ourselves, we fully understand the pressures that modern businesses have to cope with. The Natural Front Intuitive Pro software was precisely designed to meet the needs of animation studios on a budget, and we pride ourselves on offering incredible value for money with our system.

By using Natural Front’s unique technology, you not only get your 3D animation business a giant step ahead of competition, but also start a revolutionary journey. In no time at all, you can be creating animations better than you could have ever hoped. So don't delay, sign up for our 30 day free trial today.

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