Into The 3rd Dimension! Corel Launches new 3D animation package Corel MotionStudio 3D

Today Corel launched an exciting, fun and super-creative new additon to its video software lineup with the new Corel MotionStudio 3D™.


Designed to quickly and easily make animated 3D titles, graphics and particle effects, MotionStudio 3D gives video and 3D enthusiasts an amazing number of new creative options for very little cost. Today’s blog features a Q&A with Corel’s video product leader, Jan Piros, who talks all about MotionStudio 3D and how video editors can put it to work — and play.

Today the video team at Corel is really excited to have launched something new—Corel MotionStudio 3D. MotionStudio 3D is completely geared to the demands of today’s 3D-friendly video editors, providing fast and creative tools to make all sorts of amazing 3D titles, motion graphics and particle effects. Simply put, MotionStudio 3D does a lot—and it’s a blast to use, whether you’re making titles for video, animations for the web, or just trying to play around with 3D. It’s a uniquely powerful, creative and broadly featured package.

You can read all about it at the MotionStudio 3D web site and see the news release at www.corel.com/media. We think MotionStudio 3D is at its best when combined with VideoStudio Pro X4, but it also works very well with other video editors too. And because MotionStudio 3D shares the outstanding performance of VideoStudio Pro X4, all that 3D goodness is rendered in real time. If you’re used to waiting for complex objects to render, you’ll be really amazed to see 3D graphics unfold before your eyes in real time.

Interview with Product Manager Jan Piros
To get the straight dope on Corel MotionStudio 3D, I put some questions to the product leader behind Corel MotionStudio 3D and Corel VideoStudio Pro X4, Jan Piros.

Here’s our conversation:

Greg Wood: What is MotionStudio 3D?

Jan Piros: MotionStudio 3D is an easy-to-use 3D titling and animation program that comes with additional cool effects such as particle systems.

GW: Why did Corel develop MotionStudio 3D?

JP: We’ve had a lot of user requests for 3D effects, titles and animation. 3D is a really hot topic now and we’ve found that people want to add 3D graphics capabilities to their video editing. MotionStudio 3D offers all of these, both in that simulated 3D look that long time video editors are used to, and in the stereo 3D that is so hot right now. That user demand for 3D, combined with the creative impact that a great title sequence can have on your video production, plus the fact that Corel had the technological ability to make this product, made up our rationale to introduce MotionStudio 3D—very few other companies could offer a creative product like this.

GW: How did you come up with the idea for MotionStudio 3D?

JP: Corel is really fortunate to have a rich pedigree in 3D thanks to our acquisition of Ulead and Intervideo some years ago. Many people – or 3D and video enthusiasts at least — will remember Cool 3D, which is a direct antecedent of MotionStudio 3D. We’ve been able to take that 3D software experience from Cool3D and other Corel/Ulead/Intervideo products and combine them with the cutting-edge performance that we’ve been delivering with VideoStudio, to make a single, very compelling package at a time when multimedia enthusiasts are ready for it.

So there’s an aspect here that we built it because we could and because it is cool, but there’s also the very real sensation that with MotionStudio 3D, we’re offering something that can make a huge creative difference in peoples’ movies. Everybody knows the slow crawl of text that opens Star Wars and anyone who’s become lost on www.artofthetitle.com knows the impact that a great title sequence can have. Helping people explore that creative aspect to movie making is part of our rationale as well. [Greg’s note: visit www.artofthetitle.com at your productivity's peril—I guarantee that if you are a movie fan, you’ll get sucked in!]

GW: What sets MotionStudio 3D apart from other effects software?

JP: For 3D software, MotionStudio 3D is quite easy to use. It’s designed more around video applications than other 3D software, which is commonly designed for 3D modeling. Plus, at under $100, it is well within the reach of most video editors. MotionStudio 3D allows us to introduce 3D to anyone.

GW: Where is the best place to get Started with MotionStudio 3D?

JP: I would start with animated titles for sure. You can enter text and easily animate it on the timeline—it’s very simple to get started and you can learn a lot about what the software can do by applying different presets available within the EasyPalette. By the time you’ve made something you like and export it into VideoStudio, you’ll have a basic grasp of the software.

GW: What video software does this work with?

JP: Any video software. MotionStudio 3D can export in most popular video formats, and even can export video as uncompressed AVIs and SWF files, meaning you can work really easily with Alpha channels and create all kinds of amazing overlays. Because we support the native file format of MotionStudio 3D within VideoStudio Pro X4, there’s no render time to import MotionStudio 3D files into your video production. Going to other software might not be as quick, but MotionStudio 3D is still a great addition to any video editors’ toolset.

GW: Where can people go for more information?

JP: The MotionStudio 3D product site has a variety of information and videos, and our video channel on Vimeo has a variety of tutorial videos that will help get you started. Corel loves free trials—you can download and use MotionStudio 3D for free for 15 days.

GW: Thanks Jan!

JP: Thank you.

About Greg Wood

Greg Wood, a 10-year veteran of the consumer technology business, is responsible for the global product marketing of Corel's video-editing software, VideoStudio Pro. In his role, Greg's goal is to empower customers to express their creativity in video.
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5 Responses to Into The 3rd Dimension! Corel Launches new 3D animation package Corel MotionStudio 3D

  1. John Hall says:

    Hi guys, I am SO pleased that you have released Motion Studio 3D as I used to run a Workshop on Ulead Cool3D (see entry at bottom of page at http://groups.melbpc.org.au/~videopro/workshop.html ). Unfortunately, as this product didn’t appear to be going anywhere after the Corel acquisition I had to abandon the Workshop due to the lack of new features but even so we were able to make some nice little videos at our Workshops – see bottom 3 videos at http://www.vimeo.com/tag:MelbPC . As the workshop attendees have already made an investment in Cool3D already is there an upgrade path from that to Motion Studio that I could email them about?

    • Greg Wood says:

      I got a real kick out of your video. We’re really pleased to bring to market something that so heartily embraces the Cool 3D pedigree and adds so much in terms of performance, usability and creative potential. Thanks for the kind words. There is no upgrade path from Cool3D at this time but the software does a lot for $99, so we think its a pretty amazing value. That said, drop me a line at greg[dot]wood[at]corel[dot]com and we’ll see if we can work out some kind of giveaway for your 3D enthusiasts!

  2. solidworks says:

    I am starting college this year in September, and at my interview, my interviewer said you should download some 3D design software to start practising now, and for college also as a job I want to do game design, so making characters on a 3D design software. Does anyone know any good ones for me to get?

    • Greg Wood says:

      If you’re just starting out in 3D, or you’re a video editor looking for 3D tools, Motionstudio 3D is a really easy way to start. It will allow you to get in and quickly learn 3D behaviours and how to manipulate them in a way that will really enhance your video. It’s a great place to start. If you’re ready to get your hands dirty, check out Blender (http://www.blender.org/). Blender a free open source 3D content creation suite and while complicated—this is not beginner’s territory — it is extremely powerful and well supported by an active user community. It’s a great place to start building some advanced 3D, especially if you’re looking at getting into game design. Good luck!

      Greg

  3. Very nice write-up. I absolutely love this site. Continue the good work!

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