Red9 ProPack : Update April24

This year has been a particularly busy one with production of a major TV series for Paramount+ completed, due for release on the 27th April, and many new games clients coming to us for services, as well as supporting old friends. Out of this has come some serious development for our ProPack toolsets and we’re delighted to finally showcase just some of these updates. The latest build just went live on the servers so go grab yourself a copy.

New Trails tool

This first new tool is Motion Trails, designed initially to add speed trails behind characters for the series but expnded to be a much more generic anim trails tool for Maya.

Exposure of IKFK Seup

Our IKFK setup also just got exposed so you can all benefit from rock solid ikfk matching within your own rigs.

Wrapping of SoftMods

SoftMods is another VFX based tool which wraps Maya’s own internal softMod deformer in a way that makes sense, and exposes it to less experienced riggers and animators

Anim Layer merge support

Next is a simple wrap over our own animation format, using it’s sampling code to speed up the merging of animation layers by 5 fold

Treadmill updated for Root manipulation

Treadmil gets an update to allow it to be used to manipulate a rigs root controller in any world space whilst maintaining current animation.

On top of the above we’ve also expanded support within our exporter for a “selective” style of FBX output, initially tailored for SyncSketch integration. Our Animation Redirector has also had some updates and now properly tracks your initial reference node 1-1, no more moving the motion path root into place frame by frame, it’s all done for you. The Browser also gets updates with a much improved Maya reference replacement system to allow you to re-point references in files on mass.

Finally there’s a huge new tool which is still in beta, our Ripple animation tool designed to easily produce simple dynamics within chains of controls. Demos for this to follow after we’ve completed our testing and feedback process.

We’re approaching 10 years of business and things have never been so exciting, or busy so a huge thanks to all of our clients!