Sign In
Sign in
English

   TopBanners17041002.jpg
        
April 12, 2017 1:00 PM

by B. N. Reporter


On April 4, 2017, AXYZ design has released ANIMA 2.5 (the famous crowd simulation software) with added support for Open Collada--a file format Blender & Lightwave can import. Previously, ANIMA had support for 3ds Max and Cinema 4D only. Now on its export option for Open Collada, you can see "Blender" as default. If you have not seen the software, how good is it? And how good is its support for Blender? And is it worth to buy its PRO version--beside its free "lite" version which has 4 second animation limits?

What is AXYZ design?
AXYZ design is Italy-based company well known for its photo-scanned human models and crowd simulation tool. The quality of its human model contents had been well demonstrated in a few Archviz renders featured here at BlendNews.org such as the followings:
AVIB161101.jpg

AVIB160606.jpg

How good is ANIMA 2.5's support for Blender?
Check out the following animation made using Open Collada export files from ANIMA 2.5 lite--a free version with 4 second animation limits. The shots were made from different angles and edited as one long video.

When imported, the file was imported as Blender Internal file, so a conversion had to be made from Blender Internal to Cycles. There's a python script that automatically converts BI shader to Cycles at: http://pasteall.org/52917/python. 
And note that only the human models are exported from ANIMA 2.5's scene. Please have in mind that the above demo has used addition assets to create the scene. And more tweaking in the Cycle shader nodes might be necessary, since all shaders are imported as defuse shaders.

How to export the scene for Blender
Check out the following gif:
ANIMAT25-to-Blender.gif

Is it worth to buy its PRO version?
If you can afford it, yes definitely. Even with the free lite version you can use it in your static Archviz shots or short animated sequences less than 4 seconds. It's a great news that Blender users now have at their disposal what was once at the realm of 3ds Max and Cinema 4D.

Related Links:
1. https://secure.axyz-design.com/anima-crowd-simulation-software-home
2. https://www.facebook.com/axyzdesign/
3. http://pasteall.org/52917/python (BI to Cycles sript)

List of Articles
Subject Date Views
Blender Retrospectives 2020 Blender Retrospective Feb 20, 2021 32671
Tutorials Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2019 Worthy of Your Note - for Animation & VFX file Jan 25, 2020 128664
Tutorials Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2019 Worthy of Your Note - for CG, Games & Viz file Jan 25, 2020 123067
Tutorials Top 12 Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2019 file Jan 25, 2020 127411
Tutorials Top 15 Highest-Rated Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2019 file Jan 25, 2020 121808
Tutorials Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2018 for Blender 2.8 file Jan 23, 2019 178159
Tutorials Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2018 Worthy of Your Note - for CG, Games & Viz file Jan 23, 2019 188452
Tutorials Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2018 Worthy of Your Note - for Animation & VFX file Jan 23, 2019 175759
Tutorials Top 12 Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2018 file Jan 23, 2019 173998
Render of the Year Render of the Year Awards 2018: Winners Annouced file Jan 02, 2019 184122
Blender Retrospectives 2018 Blender Retrospective file Jan 02, 2019 182454
Tutorials Top 12 Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2017 file Jan 09, 2018 376485
Blender Retrospectives 2017 Blender Retrospective file Jan 01, 2018 386083
Render of the Year Render of the Year Awards 2017: Winners Annouced file Dec 26, 2017 363646
Tutorials Top 12 Free Online Blender Tutorials (Videos) Released in 2016 file Jan 16, 2017 544019
Blender Retrospectives 2016 Blender Retrospective file Dec 29, 2016 606243
Render of the Year Render of the Year Awards 2015: Seven Winners Annouced file Jan 20, 2016 584643
Blender Retrospectives 2015 Blender Retrospective file Jan 12, 2016 566442
Tutorials Top 12 Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2015 file Jun 26, 2015 571334
Render of the Year Render of the Year Awards 2014: Five Winners Annouced file Jan 02, 2015 600546
Tutorials Top 12 Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2014 file Dec 11, 2014 634651
Product Visualization PRODUCT VISUALIZATION IN BLENDER for the week of June 26, 2017 file Jun 30, 2017 16212
Render of the Week 'the Harvester v1.0' by Cheggour Hamza - the Winner of the Week of June 26, 2017 file Jun 30, 2017 18771
Render of the Week 'TRIBESMEN logo' by Dennis Mabuka - the Winner of the Week of June 12, 2017 file Jun 16, 2017 17475
Architectural Visualization ARCHITECTURAL VISUALIZATION IN BLENDER for the week of June 19, 2017 file Jun 23, 2017 16426
Render of the Week 'Deep in the Forest' by Team Dee van Hoven / JLE Studios - the Winner of the Week of June 19, 2017 file Jun 23, 2017 18068
Render of the Week 'Nahil - the Builder Hero' by Daniele Viagi - the Winner of the Week of June 5, 2017 file Jun 09, 2017 17942
Product Visualization PRODUCT VISUALIZATION IN BLENDER for the week of June 5, 2017 file Jun 09, 2017 16593
Render of the Week 'Geely Emgrand EC7 RV' by Roman Volkov - the Winner of the Week of May 29, 2017 file Jun 02, 2017 19416
Architectural Visualization ARCHITECTURAL VISUALIZATION IN BLENDER for the week of May 29, 2017 file Jun 01, 2017 17028
Product Visualization PRODUCT VISUALIZATION IN BLENDER for the week of May 22, 2017 file May 25, 2017 17060
Render of the Week 'Through the Woods' by Sebastian Zapata - the Winner of the Week of May 22, 2017 file May 25, 2017 19046
Render of the Week 'EUHEMERISM - EATEN Character Concept' by Domenico D'Alisa - the Winner of the Week of May 15, 2017 file May 19, 2017 19182
Render of the Year Render of the Year Awards 2016: Winners Annouced file Jan 02, 2017 25619
Render of the Week 'Gamourosaurus' by Vassilis Kakoulantonakis - the Winner of the Week of May 8, 2017 file May 13, 2017 19254
Product Visualization PRODUCT VISUALIZATION IN BLENDER for the week of May 8, 2017 file May 13, 2017 19103
Render of the Week 'Tale Chronicles vol.1' by Mateusz Wielgus - the Winner of the Week of May 1, 2017 file May 04, 2017 18574
Render of the Week 'Holbein. The Hamster' by Ismael Fuentes - the Winner of the Week of April 24, 2017 file Apr 27, 2017 16332
Render of the Week 'Forgotten Temple Statue' by Jonathan Lampel - the Winner of the Week of April 17, 2017 file Apr 19, 2017 19278
Product Visualization PRODUCT VISUALIZATION IN BLENDER for the week of April 17, 2017 file Apr 19, 2017 17997
Industry News ARCHITECTURAL VISUALIZATION IN BLENDER for the week of April 10, 2017 file Apr 13, 2017 14385