Walt Disney Animation Studios has licensed its XGen visual effects and animation software, used for Rapunzel’s hair in “Tangled” as well as fur, feathers and foliage, to software giant Autodesk.
Under the exclusive five-year license, Autodesk will turn XGen into commercial software available to animation and vfx professionals and to students. Announcement came at the Siggraph computer graphics conference.
via Mouse’s XGen to Autodesk – Entertainment News, Siggraph, Media – Variety.
So will we see any of this Disney magic in Softimage?
Or will this find its way exclusively to Maya?
I really don’t know, but my guess is that it may show up in the games middleware stuff first.
So, go middleware!!! 😀
(I assumed it would end up in Maya because I read somewhere Maya was a popular tool at Disney…)