New: Autodesk Mudbox 2020 and Motionbuilder 2020 are Now Available

Autodesk has just released new versions of both Mudbox and Motionbuilder.  Mudbox 2020 adds the functionality of exchanging model information directly with Autodesk Flame.  And Motionbuilder 2020 has improved playback, new bookmarks, unlimited undos and more.


motionbuilder 2020

MotionBuilder® 3D character animation software for virtual production helps you to more efficiently manipulate and refine data with greater reliability. Capture, edit, and play back complex character animation in a highly responsive, interactive environment. Work with a display optimized for both animators and directors.

What’s new?

Improved playback
  • Toggle manipulator visibility: You can now turn on the new Display > Hide Manipulators during Playback option to remove all manipulator elements during scene playback, providing you with a cleaner viewing experience.
  • Render scenes using MP4: MP4 is now an Output Format in the Render window.

Bookmarks in the Schematic view

New bookmarks in the Schematic view let you quickly jump from one region of the schematic to another, eliminating the need to manually search for nodes. Bookmarks save the x and y position of the existing nodes, the expanded or collapsed state of the nodes, and the width, height, and zoom factor used by the Schematic view.

Lock story clips

You can now lock story clips using the new In/Out Locked property. Locking a clip prevents animators from accidentally moving or retiming a clip, and avoids subsequent issues that can arise later in the animation pipeline.

New custom Frame Rate support

The frame rate 119.88 is now supported. This is a standard used for UHDTV and many cameras.

Unlimited undo levels

A new Undo preference (Settings > Preferences > Undo) lets you set an infinite undo queue.

Support for arithmetic operations

Numeric and timecode fields now support basic arithmetic operations.

Modify a single axis using a delta numerical value

Simply double-click a translation arrow, rotation ring, or scaling handle, and enter a value to precisely transform the object.

Resize Add/Remove Namespace window

The Add/Remove Namespace window now easily accommodates long namespaces. The window’s default size is larger than in previous releases, and it can now be resized.

SDK Help improvements

When starting MotionBuilder from the command line the -3 flag is now supported, enabling Python 3000 compatibility warnings.

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mudbox 2020

Mudbox digital painting and sculpting software provides 3D artists with an intuitive and tactile toolset for creating and modifying 3D geometry and textures. Use Mudbox to create high-quality 3D geometry and textures for your next project. Take advantage of an intuitive work environment and professional tools for 3D sculpting and painting.

What’s new?

Send to Flame

Mudbox can now exchange model information directly with Autodesk Flame. Use File > Send to Flame to create a data link between Mudbox and Flame. Once created, this link supports an iterative, round-tripping workflow: start with a scene in Flame, export a geometry to Mudbox for added sculpting detail, and then merge it back to the original scene.

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Posted by Kim Sternisha