NewTek's LightWave to Support Kaydara FBX Format

Provides Access to a Wide Variety of New and Legacy Content; Significantly

Streamlines Production Pipeline



Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Kaydara, Inc/

    MONTREAL, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- NewTek and Kaydara Inc. today announced
 NewTek will support the FBX 3D format in the next major release of LightWave.
 Kaydara's FBX format provides a hub for the interchange of 3D data with a
 centralized working file type for content creators wishing to acquire, author,
 and re-purpose 3D and mixed-media data.  NewTek's adoption of FBX marks the
 first native support of FBX in a major 3D application, and will provide
 LightWave users with access to a wide variety of both new and legacy 3D
 content.
     "It has always been difficult for digital animators to re-purpose legacy
 material," said Michel Besner, president of Kaydara.  "The benefits of FBX as
 an interchange format will provide LightWave users with a valuable pipeline
 for sharing data and quickly re-targeting legacy content, saving them valuable
 time and streamlining their production."
     For the past few years, the FBX interchange format has been an integrated
 component of FiLMBOX(R) which includes support for Alias|Wavefront Maya,
 Discreet 3D Studio Max, NewTek's LightWave and Softimage 3|D.  The goal for
 Kaydara's FBX initiative is to have more companies, such as NewTek, also
 support the FBX format natively, which will give users a wider range of
 interchange capabilities.  FBX is natively supported by a variety of motion
 capture, 3D content and Web streaming vendors.
     "The FBX format provides a powerful interchange for 3D content creators,"
 said Brad Peebler, vice president of 3D graphics at NewTek.  "Providing native
 FBX support inside of LightWave will benefit our users significantly by giving
 them access to the wealth of content already available in proprietary formats,
 as well as a clear pipeline for Web delivery."
 
     Pricing and Availability
     FBX support will be available as an update for NewTek's LightWave v6.5.
 
     About Kaydara Inc.
     Founded in 1993, Kaydara Inc. is a leading provider of solutions for the
 acquisition, authoring, and delivery of digital media content for film,
 television, broadcast, Web, and game development applications.  Its
 award-winning FiLMBOX and broadcast systems product lines enable content
 developers to acquire, manage, and deliver secure 3D mixed-media content in
 real-time, and have been used worldwide by over 300 clients, including
 award-winning clients Manex Visual Effects, ExMachina, Foundation Imaging,
 MainFrame Entertainment, Midway Games, Astral Communications and TSN.  Kaydara
 is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Quebec.  To find out
 more about Kaydara, visit www.kaydara.com.
 
     About NewTek
     With headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, NewTek is a leading provider of
 full-featured video editing, animation and special effects tools.  The
 company's products are used worldwide on projects ranging from home video to
 feature film.  Recent film and television projects using NewTek software
 include Charlie's Angels, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, 6th Day, Red Planet,
 X-Men The Movie, Pitch Black, Shakespeare In Love, The latest James Bond film,
 Bond 19 "The World Is not Enough," Roughnecks: Starship Troopers, Star Trek:
 Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The X-Files, Ally McBeal and Family Law.
 Recent game titles include Daikatana, Deus EX, Planescape:Torment,
 Quake III: Arena and Kiss Psycho Circus.  For more information on NewTek,
 visit www.newtek.com or www.lightwave6.com.
 
     NOTE:  FiLMBOX is a registered trademark of Kaydara Inc.
 Other product and company names herein are trademarks of their respective
 owners.
 
 

SOURCE Kaydara, Inc/
    MONTREAL, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- NewTek and Kaydara Inc. today announced
 NewTek will support the FBX 3D format in the next major release of LightWave.
 Kaydara's FBX format provides a hub for the interchange of 3D data with a
 centralized working file type for content creators wishing to acquire, author,
 and re-purpose 3D and mixed-media data.  NewTek's adoption of FBX marks the
 first native support of FBX in a major 3D application, and will provide
 LightWave users with access to a wide variety of both new and legacy 3D
 content.
     "It has always been difficult for digital animators to re-purpose legacy
 material," said Michel Besner, president of Kaydara.  "The benefits of FBX as
 an interchange format will provide LightWave users with a valuable pipeline
 for sharing data and quickly re-targeting legacy content, saving them valuable
 time and streamlining their production."
     For the past few years, the FBX interchange format has been an integrated
 component of FiLMBOX(R) which includes support for Alias|Wavefront Maya,
 Discreet 3D Studio Max, NewTek's LightWave and Softimage 3|D.  The goal for
 Kaydara's FBX initiative is to have more companies, such as NewTek, also
 support the FBX format natively, which will give users a wider range of
 interchange capabilities.  FBX is natively supported by a variety of motion
 capture, 3D content and Web streaming vendors.
     "The FBX format provides a powerful interchange for 3D content creators,"
 said Brad Peebler, vice president of 3D graphics at NewTek.  "Providing native
 FBX support inside of LightWave will benefit our users significantly by giving
 them access to the wealth of content already available in proprietary formats,
 as well as a clear pipeline for Web delivery."
 
     Pricing and Availability
     FBX support will be available as an update for NewTek's LightWave v6.5.
 
     About Kaydara Inc.
     Founded in 1993, Kaydara Inc. is a leading provider of solutions for the
 acquisition, authoring, and delivery of digital media content for film,
 television, broadcast, Web, and game development applications.  Its
 award-winning FiLMBOX and broadcast systems product lines enable content
 developers to acquire, manage, and deliver secure 3D mixed-media content in
 real-time, and have been used worldwide by over 300 clients, including
 award-winning clients Manex Visual Effects, ExMachina, Foundation Imaging,
 MainFrame Entertainment, Midway Games, Astral Communications and TSN.  Kaydara
 is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Quebec.  To find out
 more about Kaydara, visit www.kaydara.com.
 
     About NewTek
     With headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, NewTek is a leading provider of
 full-featured video editing, animation and special effects tools.  The
 company's products are used worldwide on projects ranging from home video to
 feature film.  Recent film and television projects using NewTek software
 include Charlie's Angels, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, 6th Day, Red Planet,
 X-Men The Movie, Pitch Black, Shakespeare In Love, The latest James Bond film,
 Bond 19 "The World Is not Enough," Roughnecks: Starship Troopers, Star Trek:
 Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The X-Files, Ally McBeal and Family Law.
 Recent game titles include Daikatana, Deus EX, Planescape:Torment,
 Quake III: Arena and Kiss Psycho Circus.  For more information on NewTek,
 visit www.newtek.com or www.lightwave6.com.
 
     NOTE:  FiLMBOX is a registered trademark of Kaydara Inc.
 Other product and company names herein are trademarks of their respective
 owners.
 
 SOURCE  Kaydara, Inc/