Cascadeur Early Access V3 introduces Animation Cycles and Secondary Motion
Nov 24, 2021
New feature - Animation Cycles
Animation Cycles are a feature that may sound simple on paper, but proved to be a big challenge in practical implementation. The developers had to ensure smooth integration and continuity with the existing interpolation methods, but were also keen to provide the user with extensive customizability of the new function. As can be seen in the 2021.3EA-3 demo video, released on Youtube today, the tool is able to generate seamless and realistic animation loops. Nekki’s development team plans to expand the function scope and UX usability of these Animation Cycles even more with the next updates.
New feature - Secondary Motion
“Secondary motion” is a technical term used to describe movements that can occur in response to a character's primary movements - for example, body parts jiggling after a jump. Such secondary motions make animations more natural by adding visual complexity to character movements. In Cascadeur's newly introduced Secondary Motion Tool, the animator is now able control the extent of such secondary body movements through a variable called "muscle stiffness." Like any new features in Cascadeur, the tool is initially introduced in an alpha-stage version that will be expanded and improved through future updates. However, as today’s demo video demonstrates, the initial results are already promising:
Besides developing these new tools, the programmers were mainly busy with the extension and polishing of functions already available in the previous Early Access version, released in July 2021: Cascadeur’s Rigging tool, for example, has been thoroughly reworked so that users can now return to Rigging mode at any time during the animation process to make changes to the character model. Working with Quick Rigging has also been made more convenient by introducing a search function and improved recognition of the bending direction of joints. Other significant changes were made to Cascadeur’s AI-controlled AutoPosing, such as improved detection of feet touching the ground, as well as support for trajectories.
In addition to the changes already mentioned here, the official patch notes list 30 other improvements and bug fixes. Thus, 2021.3EA is one of the most comprehensive Cascadeur updates Nekki has released so far.
Are you curious to find out for yourself how Cascadeur's physics-based character animation can make your daily work as an animator more pleasant and effective?
Cascadeur 2021.3EA, with all new features and improvements mentioned above, is now available for download on cascadeur.com. In addition to the still valid 50% early access price discount for commercial customers, Nekki also offers a completely free version called "Cascadeur Basic" for private users, indies and students.
There has never been a better opportunity to enter the world of physics-based character animation!
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