SynaPix and NewTek Announce LightWave 6.5 Support for SynaMatch Matchmoving Software

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from NewTek, Inc.

    LOWELL, Mass., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- SynaPix, Inc. and NewTek, Inc.
 announced today that the LightWave 3D animation system supports direct import
 of 3D camera path and scene geometry from SynaPix's SynaMatch 1.7, matchmoving
 software. Compatibility between the two products offers post production and
 special effects facilities a powerful and cost-effective solution for
 recovering 3D camera paths and creating cutting edge 3D effects for film,
 broadcast, game development, and other applications.
     "SynaPix's SynaMatch falls right in line with our emphasis on providing
 customers with amazing software at the best possible price," said Rob Hoffman,
 NewTek's director of marketing for 3D. "We are very excited to be working with
 SynaPix in delivering a fast and reliable approach for importing 3D camera
 paths into our powerful 3D animation system."
     "Digital content creators are looking for ways to control expenses without
 compromising creativity," said Marc Cajolet, SynaPix's director of product
 management. "And while traditional matchmoving techniques are time-intensive
 and difficult to budget, the combination of SynaMatch and LightWave offers our
 common customer base dramatic cost and time savings."
 
      LightWave and SynaMatch Cut Production Costs at Computer Cafe
      Santa Monica-based Computer Cafe used SynaMatch and LightWave in the
 production of Dimension Films Dracula 2000 movie. Animators at Computer Cafe
 credit the combination of LightWave and SynaMatch with cutting weeks off the
 production schedule.
     "At ComputerCafe we believe that NewTek's LightWave is the perfect 3D
 modeling and animation package and that SynaPix's SynaMatch is the perfect 3D
 tracking solution," said David Ebner, President of Animation at ComputerCafe.
 "In one scene of Dracula 2000, we were asked if we could replace a close-up of
 the nose of a DC-3 airplane with a CG one. I tracked the shot and used the
 tracking points in LightWave's Modeler to build the window jams and as
 reference for other modeling features on the plane. The camera solve and the
 new 3D model were in perfect sync with the original shot. With SynaMatch 3D
 tracking software, we were able to track a shot perfectly within hours, import
 the camera path into LightWave for match moving, plus use the tracking points
 as a basis for creating a 3D model. A shot that normally takes weeks to
 complete is now possible in just a few days."
     LightWave 3D has consistently dominated the television and film markets,
 and the game development market is following fast. Designed for production
 use, LightWave boasts the industry's fastest most beautiful rendering engine,
 complete subdivision modeling, and an animation system built upon the worlds
 fastest, most accurate 3D Inverse Kinematics (IK) engine.
     SynaPix's SynaMatch significantly reduces the time and cost of matchmoving
 by recovering accurate 3D camera path and scene geometry quickly and reliably
 on virtually all kinds of shots including hand-held shots, long image
 sequences, archival footage, helicopter shots, and shots with objects entering
 and leaving the scene. SynaMatch's intuitive user interface guides users
 efficiently towards fast, sub-pixel accurate recovery of camera paths and
 eliminates the need for on-set scene measurements, tracking markers, and
 robotic camera equipment.
     Additional information on NewTek's LightWave 3D may be obtained at
 www.newtek.com.  Additional information on SynaPix's SynaMatch, including a
 description of Computer Cafe's Dracula 2000 project, is available at
 www.synapix.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 Dracula 2000, Charlie's Angels, How The Grinch Stole Christmas,
 6th Day, Red Planet, X-Men The Movie, Gladiator, Pitch Black, Roughnecks:
 Starship Troopers, Star Trek:  Voyager, Star Trek:  Deep Space Nine,
 The X-Files, Ally McBeal, Dune:  The Miniseries, Dawson's Creek and Family
 Law. Recent game titles include Deus Ex, Quake 3 Arena, Moto Racer World Tour,
 Giants for PS2, Baldur's Gate II, EverQuest, Planescape: Torment, Dead To
 Rights, Red Alert 2, Escape From Monkey Island and Kiss Psycho Circus. Contact
 NewTek at 5131 Beckwith Blvd, San Antonio, TX, 78249. Phone:  210-370-8000,
 fax:  210-37-8001, website: http://www.newtek.com or
 http://www.lightwave6.com .
 
     About SynaPix, Inc.
     Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, SynaPix is
 leading the industry in the development of visual scene reconstruction
 technology. The company is focused on changing the world of content creation
 by bringing together the worlds of 2D and 3D -- worlds which currently consist
 of separate, specialized products and processes. With SynaPix solutions
 content creators will have the ability to analyze and combine 2D imagery with
 computer generated 3D graphics and animation to achieve new levels of
 creativity for film, for television, for industrial design, and for electronic
 game design.
 
 

SOURCE NewTek, Inc.
    LOWELL, Mass., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- SynaPix, Inc. and NewTek, Inc.
 announced today that the LightWave 3D animation system supports direct import
 of 3D camera path and scene geometry from SynaPix's SynaMatch 1.7, matchmoving
 software. Compatibility between the two products offers post production and
 special effects facilities a powerful and cost-effective solution for
 recovering 3D camera paths and creating cutting edge 3D effects for film,
 broadcast, game development, and other applications.
     "SynaPix's SynaMatch falls right in line with our emphasis on providing
 customers with amazing software at the best possible price," said Rob Hoffman,
 NewTek's director of marketing for 3D. "We are very excited to be working with
 SynaPix in delivering a fast and reliable approach for importing 3D camera
 paths into our powerful 3D animation system."
     "Digital content creators are looking for ways to control expenses without
 compromising creativity," said Marc Cajolet, SynaPix's director of product
 management. "And while traditional matchmoving techniques are time-intensive
 and difficult to budget, the combination of SynaMatch and LightWave offers our
 common customer base dramatic cost and time savings."
 
      LightWave and SynaMatch Cut Production Costs at Computer Cafe
      Santa Monica-based Computer Cafe used SynaMatch and LightWave in the
 production of Dimension Films Dracula 2000 movie. Animators at Computer Cafe
 credit the combination of LightWave and SynaMatch with cutting weeks off the
 production schedule.
     "At ComputerCafe we believe that NewTek's LightWave is the perfect 3D
 modeling and animation package and that SynaPix's SynaMatch is the perfect 3D
 tracking solution," said David Ebner, President of Animation at ComputerCafe.
 "In one scene of Dracula 2000, we were asked if we could replace a close-up of
 the nose of a DC-3 airplane with a CG one. I tracked the shot and used the
 tracking points in LightWave's Modeler to build the window jams and as
 reference for other modeling features on the plane. The camera solve and the
 new 3D model were in perfect sync with the original shot. With SynaMatch 3D
 tracking software, we were able to track a shot perfectly within hours, import
 the camera path into LightWave for match moving, plus use the tracking points
 as a basis for creating a 3D model. A shot that normally takes weeks to
 complete is now possible in just a few days."
     LightWave 3D has consistently dominated the television and film markets,
 and the game development market is following fast. Designed for production
 use, LightWave boasts the industry's fastest most beautiful rendering engine,
 complete subdivision modeling, and an animation system built upon the worlds
 fastest, most accurate 3D Inverse Kinematics (IK) engine.
     SynaPix's SynaMatch significantly reduces the time and cost of matchmoving
 by recovering accurate 3D camera path and scene geometry quickly and reliably
 on virtually all kinds of shots including hand-held shots, long image
 sequences, archival footage, helicopter shots, and shots with objects entering
 and leaving the scene. SynaMatch's intuitive user interface guides users
 efficiently towards fast, sub-pixel accurate recovery of camera paths and
 eliminates the need for on-set scene measurements, tracking markers, and
 robotic camera equipment.
     Additional information on NewTek's LightWave 3D may be obtained at
 www.newtek.com.  Additional information on SynaPix's SynaMatch, including a
 description of Computer Cafe's Dracula 2000 project, is available at
 www.synapix.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 Dracula 2000, Charlie's Angels, How The Grinch Stole Christmas,
 6th Day, Red Planet, X-Men The Movie, Gladiator, Pitch Black, Roughnecks:
 Starship Troopers, Star Trek:  Voyager, Star Trek:  Deep Space Nine,
 The X-Files, Ally McBeal, Dune:  The Miniseries, Dawson's Creek and Family
 Law. Recent game titles include Deus Ex, Quake 3 Arena, Moto Racer World Tour,
 Giants for PS2, Baldur's Gate II, EverQuest, Planescape: Torment, Dead To
 Rights, Red Alert 2, Escape From Monkey Island and Kiss Psycho Circus. Contact
 NewTek at 5131 Beckwith Blvd, San Antonio, TX, 78249. Phone:  210-370-8000,
 fax:  210-37-8001, website: http://www.newtek.com or
 http://www.lightwave6.com .
 
     About SynaPix, Inc.
     Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, SynaPix is
 leading the industry in the development of visual scene reconstruction
 technology. The company is focused on changing the world of content creation
 by bringing together the worlds of 2D and 3D -- worlds which currently consist
 of separate, specialized products and processes. With SynaPix solutions
 content creators will have the ability to analyze and combine 2D imagery with
 computer generated 3D graphics and animation to achieve new levels of
 creativity for film, for television, for industrial design, and for electronic
 game design.
 
 SOURCE  NewTek, Inc.