Playblast/Reference Viewer Redux

Keyframe MP and Maya

One of the most popular requests for Keyframe MP during the beta period was to allow the player to sync with Maya’s timeline (like it did in the original Playblast/Reference Viewer script).

As a feature that has been on the todo list since day one, I'm please to announce that it can finally be moved to the completed column.

To demonstrate, I’ve recreated the Playblast/Reference Viewer video using Keyframe MP:

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Keyframe MP Preview

Media Player for Animators

Today, I'm pleased to announce the upcoming release of Keyframe MP.

A spiritual successor to the Playblast/Reference Viewer script, Keyframe MP is based on ideas, suggestions and feedback from animators around the world.

Features include scrubbing and single frame stepping (with optional audio), an adjustable playback range, RAM caching, a customizable user interface and support for a wide range of video file formats.

With bookmarks, users can keep track of, and save, specific areas of interest in a video. Single frame bookmarks provide quick access to keys and poses, including stepping between frames, while range bookmarks manage and restore selected playback ranges.

A release date is set for early April.

Playblast/Reference Viewer

Sneak Peek

Take a sneak peak at one of the new Maya scripts currently in development.

The Playblast/Reference Viewer brings a compact, yet powerful, video player to the Maya toolset and includes a number of features specifically designed to assist with animating in Maya.

Visit the Scripts section for more details.

Blue Pencil 1.5 - Layer Manager Preview

This preview demonstrates a new layering system that allows users to create multiple layers and assign them to different cameras. The drawings/keyframes are unique to each layer allowing for separate animation of characters, props, notes and more. Create and delete layers as needed. Additionally, the Layer Manager allows for layer reordering, camera switching and toggling layer visibility.

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A Blue Pencil 1.5 beta release will be made available to current users in the near future.

Blue Pencil Beta

Blue Pencil has finally entered the closed beta testing phase. The beta testing group consists of a small, but diverse, group of individuals ranging from students to industry professionals.

Blue Pencil is tentatively scheduled for release in June. Additional details will be posted as they become available.