Antics V4 – How do you use yours?

August 12, 2008

Antics users are already getting creative with the new shadows and lighting features. Even though V4 has only been available for a week or so, we have seen some interesting techniques which really bring a scene to life.

How about this police car?

To find our how that effect was achieved, there’s a step-by-step guide you can follow over in the Tips & Tricks section of our forum.

We would love to see how you’re using the new V4 features in your movies. Post a link to them in the Showcase section of our forum.

Don’t forget that the new shadows and lighting tools are backwards compatible – that is you can drop a new light into any scene you have created in previous versions of Antics and easily add V4 levels of depth and realism. So why not dust off that old favorite project, you’ll be amazed at the difference a couple of V4 lights will make!

Gary


Antics V4 in action – realtime shadows video!

July 23, 2008

Well, we’re a day closer to the release of Antics V4. To celebrate, I’ve decided to trump the sneak preview screen shot I blogged yesterday with a short video!

Antics comes out of the shadows:

You can find it directly on Youtube here:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=wGXN69YnXlM

I’m still constantly amazed by how much extra depth, realism and atmosphere you can get in a simple scene just by adding shadows! Just drop a light into any Antics scene, and hey presto – realtime shadows.
Credit to Amos in our QA team for putting that together!


Take a sneak peek at Antics V4!

July 22, 2008

Our Development and QA teams tell me we are now days away from the next major release of Antics – V4.

They have worked tirelessly to perfect the new features in V4, and from what I’ve seen the results reflect the hard work!

So here’s a screen grab I would like to share with you. I think it tells you all you need to know about one of the headline features in V4!

Antics comes out from the shadows

Antics comes out from the shadows

Shadows and lighting are perhaps the features we receive most requests about. The screen shot shows a simple set with two spot lights dropped in. The spotlight on the right shows the gizmo which allows you to point the light, as well as adjust the radius, falloff and hotspot.

The shadows are created in realtime, just wait till you see it moving for yourself! The amount of atmosphere these lights add to a simple scene is astounding.

Also included in V4 will be improved animation on pre-walks, character-to-character animations (so you can have your characters hug and kiss!) and several very useful improvements to the SketchUp importer that was introduced in V3.1.

We’re very excited about the release of V4, I’m sure you will be too! Not long to wait now… be sure to set aside some time in the coming days to try out all the new features!