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!



The Ethos Behind Natural Front

clock October 5, 2014 08:21 by author christpaul

The driving force behind Natural Front was to create a computer software package that could deliver outstanding 3-D character animation. However, it wasn't good enough for us to produce a package that merely did the job well, we wanted to make Natural Front Intuitive Pro the best 3-D character animation software package on the market.

So with this ethos in mind, from day one of developing the software we deeply considered what elements we wanted the Natural Front package to comprise. Firstly, and arguably most important, was the ability to create absorbing facial animations easily. Not only did we want animators using Natural Front to be able to create world-class animations, but we also intended for them to be able to do it in a relatively hassle-free way.

At present, the most widely used techniques in 3-D character animation and 3-D facial animation are 3-D rigging and morphing, also know as blending key shapes. Most animators consider these to be a necessary evil, even though the laborious nature of the process makes it quite a headache.

The reality is that these techniques are extremely inefficient when utilised for 3-D facial animation. The reason behind this is that an effective approach in the core of 3-D modelling and animation has been lacking. Rigging and morphing have been the industry solution to the problem, but experienced animators will tell you that they are and insufficient solution. Other 3-D animation software has a focus on motion capture and tracking, but with Natural Front Intuitive Pro we intended to create a completely new system which blows such notions away.

Natural Front is not opposed to motion capture, tracking, or any of the rigging process. However, we do believe that it is currently utilised inefficiently. That is why we developed our system for capturing 3-D animations which is as simple as possible to utilise. Our curve-controlled modelling system makes the process of 3-D animation considerably easier, and also by delivering efficiency savings we can pass economic savings onto you the consumer. 

To paraphrase Albert Einstein, the simplest solution is usually the best solution, and this was very much the ethos and mentality that underpinned the development of Natural Front Intuitive Pro. Since we released the first version of the software, it has become a key animation package for small-to-medium animation studios in particular, and continues to go from strength to strength.



Natural Front Intuitive Pro 2.0 Animation Package Released to Expectant Public!

clock April 25, 2014 14:13 by author christpaul

After a lot of hard work and anticipation, we are delighted at NaturalFront that we have been able to release the next version of our NaturalFront software. NaturalFront IntuitivePro 2.0 is now live on our website, offering animators a powerful new package with which to create world-class, absorbing animations.

NaturalFront offers a great deal of animation flexibility, but the Natural Front Intuitive Pro 2.0 software is particularly adept at dealing with facial animation. This bugbear of many animators is made much easier and more intuitive with NaturalFront’s unique features and package, and there will be many a professional animator who is relieved to hear this news.

We believe that the unique technology offered by Natural Front Intuitive Pro 2.0 offers a vast and welcome departure from any other 3D facial modelling package. This is the fastest, slickest, smartest and easiest to use animation package on the market, and offered at a price which is affordable for the more moderate budget.

The new release is mainly aimed at professional animation studios, and has been designed with this market in mind. Consequently, it is possible to achieve world-class results with NaturalFront Intuitive Pro 2.0, with realistic character and facial animations a particular speciality of the software. We have built on our experience in creating facial animation software to make the process of producing 3D facial animations with our latest package even more simple and straightforward than in previous NaturalFront releases.

To encourage new users to try out this fantastic piece of software, we are offering a free thirty day trial of the new NaturalFront Intuitive Pro 2.0 edition. And as if this wasn’t enough of an incentive to find out about what Natural Front has to offer, you can even win a year’s free access to the full version if you offer us feedback and are subsequently selected as the lucky winner of our free prize draw.

NaturalFront’s curve controlled modelling offers you the opportunity to create fabulous results in an incredibly short period of time. Curve contolled modelling, a fundamental part of the Natural Front Intuitive Pro 2.0 release, makes numerous time consuming elements of 3D animation obsolete, saving you time, money and greatly assisting your animation productions.

To read more about our this latest NaturalFront Intuitive Pro 2.0 software, browse our updated website. You can download this fantastic animation package today and start taking advantage immediately of the 30 day trial offered. So what are you waiting for?



Natural Front Intuitive Pro Release Imminent

clock March 25, 2014 14:41 by author christpaul

We are very excited at the moment, as the release of the latest version of our NaturalFront software is imminent. We believe that this breakthrough technology will achieve a literal revolution in 3D facial modelling, and provide the slickest 3D animation package available, at the usual affordable price.

The world-class professional results that can be achieved with NaturalFront offers incredibly speedy animation solutions which are also intuitive and user-friendly. In this latest NaturalFront release we have built on our experience in creating facial animation software to make the process of producing 3D facial animations even more simple and straightforward than in previous NaturalFront releases.

We strongly believe that all professional animators at all levels of the ainmation industry can benefit greatly from the NaturalFront software. We are offering a free thirty day trial of the new NaturalFront Intuitive Pro edition as usual, and you can even win a year’s free access to the full version if you offer us feedback and are selected as the lucky winner of our free prize draw.

NaturalFront ensures that realistic 3D facial animation can be achieved at a fraction of the expense and time that must be invested in other approaches. With NaturalFront’s curved controlled modelling, you can produce double the work in half the time, and get incredible and absorbing results.

We have long since prided ourselves on ensuring that the NaturalFront package renders some of the most laborious animation techniques obsolete, but the new Intuitive Pro version achieves this even more profoundly. With NaturalFront Intuitive Pro there is no need for rigging, no need for morphing, no Need for key-framing and no need for motion capture. We’re sure that professional animators will be rubbing their hands with glee at that prospect!

Another unique element of NaturalFront is that we adapt and evolve the software on a lightning fast and ongoing basis based on your direct feedback. We value our customers extremely highly, and a continual feedback loop is at the heart of NaturalFront’s ethos.

We pride ourselves on this interactive approach – if you see something you'd like added to, or changed within, NaturalFront let us know - because we can usually get your idea created and updated quickly. And if we can’t, we will work tirelessly to do so in the medium-term. We greatly value our users and their feedback and consider our users as more than customers, rather we view all NaturalFront users as a genuine community helping build the software together.

To read more about our NaturalFront Intuitive Pro software, browse our website, or you can download a beta version if you want to check out the 30 day trial.

 



Chairman Mao is unlikely subject of new 3D animation

clock October 29, 2013 14:02 by author christpaul

With the 3D animation market becoming increasingly popular, we have seen all manner of characters, settings and storylines hitting the silver screen as animators attempt to take advantage of the popularity of the genre. But a new movie from China is introducing an animated character that few outside of the world’s second largest economy would ever have expected to see in the cinema.

China has recently announced a new animated film which is intended to bring to life and celebrate the life of the infamous Communist leader Mao Zedung (often known Mao Tse-tung in the West). The South China Morning Post reports that the animated film will depict the former Chinese leader in his teenage years, with early footage from the film showing an adolescent Mao wearing his hair in a traditional braid.

The animated film has been made with the intention of enhancing Mao’s reputation and image with China’s young people, with the former leader of the nation having had a profound influence on the nation’s culture, having been in power in China for several decades.

The animated film will cost an estimated 30 million yuan, which equates to approximately $4.5 million, and will be a 3D animation once it is finished. The 3D version of the movie is expected to be released some time in 2014.

 

Given the fact that the Mao film will require a particularly distinctive 3D modelling and animation solution, in order to satisfactorily create a young Mao that audiences could recognise, the animators would be well advised to opt for Natural Front’s curved controlled modelling, especially as our unique animation system is particularly designed to produce high-quality 3D facial animations.

Natural Front would be a real boon to the production of the Mao movie, as not only can it deliver the highest quality of 3D facial animation, but also does so in a way which is convenient and intuitive for professional animators and that save the production money.

While 3D animators are used to utilising laborious and time consuming methods of animation, such as 3D rigging, Natural Front renders such painstaking procedures redundant, at least with regard to 3D facial modelling. Instead of a professional animation modeller being forced to create a 3D animated character by binding to a system of joints, Natural Front enables the professional animator to shelve the rigging process completely. Natural Front ensures that animators will no longer have to slave over complex and intricate systems of joints in order to create world-class 3D facial animations.

With Natural Front as part of their portfolio, the Mao animators could produce the best 3D facial animation available, and probably trim their $4.5 million animation budget. So if you’re a professional animator, get in touch with Natural Front today, and begin to learn how our unique, state-of-the-art technology can assist with your animation projects.



3D Tarzan movie shows the importance of high-class animation

clock October 29, 2013 13:55 by author christpaul

All professional animators, and even many accomplished animators, know that 3D animation can be an expensive and demanding process. In every respect, it remains a labour-intensive and laborious process, even with the advent of massive computing power, which has made the technical aspect of 3D animation to be a little more manageable. But there is one thing potentially more costly that the 3D animation process itself for professional animators, and that’s having a lousy product once you’ve finished the animation process.

As if to prove the point, a recently released trailer of a forthcoming 3D film fully underlines just how even the most expensive productions can fail to deliver if the 3D animation process is insufficient for the needs of the animator.

The film in question is the motion-captured animated adaptation of Tarzan 3D, which is being made by Constantin Fims. This is a serious commercial movie, which has enlisted Twilight star Kellan Lutz to play the eponymous hero of the movie, with Spencer Locke of Detention fame taking the part of Jane.

 

 

Initial reports from the animation process of this movie did not reflect favourably on the 3D animators efforts, but one year on, and with the trailer out, some of the reaction to it has been distinctly underwhelming. And this is for a movie that has already been released in Germany and Russia, and is essentially completed. 

This just shows that you can pour a stack of cash into producing an animated movie, and still get substandard results if you don’t use the right 3D animation system. There can surely be nothing worse for the professional animator than going through all of the rigmarole which 3D animation entails, and still finding that the end product is less than ideal.

Thankfully, with Natural Front’s intuitive and innovative new approach to 3D animation, dubbed ‘Curve Controlled Modelling’, there is no need to worry about your professional animations failing to impress audiences. The approach of Natural Front to 3D character animation enables animators to confine some traditional 3D modelling techniques to the dustbin, and makes the process as fluid as possible for professional animators.

With Natural Front, traditional 3D modelling techniques such as 3D rigging, morphing targets and blending shapes can be jettisoned, as Natural Front’s cheaper, faster, unique animation technology makes 3D modelling better, quicker and cheaper. Natural Front is particularly proficient at creating 3D facial animations; notoriously the hardest and most time consuming part of 3D animation.

In summary, Natural Front enables an animator to produce the highest quality work, at the lowest possible price point, and with the minimum amount of effort. This is a package that will attract the attention of all animators, particularly as its beta status means that you can contribute to the development of the program as you utilise it.

Don’t be like the makers of Tarzan; check out Natural Front and be at the cutting edge of 3D animation today!



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