Hobby animators, freelancers, and small companies can use the toolkit for free.
Nekki has launched early access providing the full version of Cascadeur, their character animation software for games and movies. This physics-based character animation tool allows users to create realistic movements by applying the laws of physics. It takes into account several physical variables such as mass, inertia, and rotational forces, these providing believable action sequences with reduced effort. Among the tool's features is the AI-based AutoPosing and AutoPhysics tool to simplify character posing and animation, and many more.
The announcement also comes with the announcement of Cascadeur‘s license price structure: hobby animators, freelancers, and companies with an annual income of less than $100,000 can download and use Cascadeur (Basic Edition) for free.
They also offer Pro and Business subscriptions for $300 and $1,000 per year. As part of its Early Access special offer, Nekki decided to reduce these subscription prices by 50%, for a yet undetermined, but limited time.
The early access release follows a 2-year beta phase with over 70,000 participating users from the CG and VFX industry. The team's roadmap states that Nekki wants to add other features, including looped animation support, advanced custom rigging, and Python scripting.
"We are now presenting the result of almost ten years of development," says Cascadeur’s producer Alexander Grishanin. "Cascadeur was not only put through its paces by beta testers for two years but has also been used successfully for years by our partner Banzai Games in their Shadow Fight game series. The software can be used both by professionals in productive use and by students for learning purposes. It is beginner-friendly, but offers full control over the result and has all the functions required to create physically realistic animations. Cascadeur will prove that physics-based character animation is a useful addition to any professional animation workflow."