Smith Micro Software Releases Anime Studio Debut 6 – The Easiest Way to Create Animations

Jun 9th 2009

SMITH MICRO SOFTWARE RELEASES ANIME STUDIO DEBUT 6 – THE EASIEST WAY TO CREATE ANIMATIONS

Aspiring Animators Can Quickly Bring Their Cartoon Creations to Life and Share Them on Popular Social Networking Sites such as Facebook and YouTube

ALISO VIEJO, CA – June 09, 2009 – Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMSI) Productivity and Graphics Group, today announced the availability of Anime Studio™ Debut 6. Anime Studio Debut 6 offers a comprehensive set of easy-to-use animation tools that help hobbyists, artists, and students create animations and cartoons for home videos, school projects, or their websites, and even share them via popular social networking sites such as Facebook and YouTube.

Anime Studio Debut 6 offers a new, streamlined interface for creating animations and digital shorts in the style of South Park and JibJab for a fraction of the cost of other popular animation programs. Anime Studio artists can import photos, videos and scanned drawings and browse from an extensive library of content that includes ready-to-use characters, props, action words, stock video, images and sound effects. With newly added professional features such as built in lip-syncing and motion tracking, Anime Studio helps artists easily bring their imaginations to life.

"Anime Studio Debut 6 is ideal for anyone looking for a full-featured animation program that is fun, creative and affordable," said Steve Yatson, Sr. Director of Graphics Solutions at Smith Micro Software. "We offer everything the hobbyist or aspiring artist needs to create professional quality 2D animation, such as ready-to-use anime and cartoon style characters, with tutorials and sample files designed to help them master the latest animation techniques. With Anime Studio Debut 6 you will be animating quickly, even if you've never done it before."

Also announced today is Anime Studio Pro 6, designed for more experienced users in production environments. Anime Studio Pro 6 offers HD video support, professional quality output and features such as auto shading to help artists easily create anime and cutout animations, 2D movies, cartoons and full-length animation for film or video.

Anime Studio Debut 6 Features and Benefits:

NEW – Enhanced Drawing Tools – Easily create vector-based characters and objects with Anime Studio's new suite of drawing tools that include a vector-based paintbrush and intuitive pen and pencil-style creation tools
NEW – Content Library – Boasts a visual content library containing hundreds of content materials including ready-to-use characters, stock video, sound effects and imagery to enhance creations
NEW – Publish for Multiple Media – Lets users output finished creations directly to YouTube or save them as popular video, TV and web formats, including SWF Flash animation files, as well as AVI and MOV movie files
NEW – Integrated Lip-Syncing – Offers professional quality lip-syncing based on sound amplitude. Easily and accurately synchronizes characters' lip and mouth movement through a simple and intuitive process that yields extremely accurate results
NEW – Motion Tracking – Objects can now be attached to visual markers in any video clip, allowing users to easily match object and video motion for professional results
NEW – Sequencer – Easily adjust the timing and synchronization of audio and video tracks by utilizing the simple timeline. Mix and match audio, video, images and animated components to create digital shorts and animations

Pricing and Availability:

The MSRP for Anime Studio Debut 6 is $49.99, with upgrades from previous versions priced at $19.99. Anime Studio 6 is available direct from the Smith Micro online store at: http://www.smithmicro.com/anime, and from popular resellers, catalogs and distribution partners worldwide.

For a limited time, owners of Anime Studio Debut can upgrade to Anime Studio Pro 6 for $129.99.

For Site Licensing and Educational pricing, email [email protected], or contact Smith Micro at: 831-768-3612.

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SMSI ANIME STUDIO PRO 6 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -   

ANIME STUDIO PRO 6 LAUNCHES WITH NEW PRODUCTION TOOLS FOR PROFESSIONAL ANIMATORS AND ARTISTS

Animation Software Provides Lip-Syncing, Enhanced Drawing Tools and Motion Tracking to Simplify Workflow and Design

ALISO VIEJO, CA – June 10, 2009 – Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMSI) Productivity and Graphics Group, today announced the availability of Anime Studio™ Pro 6, the complete animation software for professional animators. Anime Studio Pro 6 lets artists bring their animations to life for HD movies, cartoon animation, cutouts and full-length film or video.

Anime Studio Pro 6 speeds up production time with powerful features such as motion tracking, built-in lip-syncing, vector-based drawing tools, bone-rigging and the ability to import scanned drawings and images. Anime Studio Pro 6 also contains an extensive library of ready-to-use content that includes fully rigged characters, props, action words, stock video, images and sound effects allowing users to focus on creating compelling animations and digital shorts.

"With new features such as video motion tracking and layer-based auto shading, Anime Studio Pro 6 delivers everything needed to create professional quality animation in a complete package that saves time and resources for artists," said Steve Yatson, Sr. Director of Graphics Solutions at Smith Micro Software. "Anime Studio Pro 6 is packed with powerful tools designed to enhance the creative process and enable animators to achieve their professional goals and express their true talents."

"Since Freakish Kid's transition to a totally digital pipeline four years ago, Anime Studio Pro has been our first and only choice for all 2D animation that we produce," said Stu Gamble, CEO and Director/Producer of Freakish Kid, an international digital film studio "We're very excited about the release of Anime Studio Pro 6 and can't wait to integrate it into our digital pipeline to ensure our productions make an indelible imprint on our global list of clients such as Nickelodeon, FX and Cartoon Network."

Anime Studio 6 Pro Features and Benefits:

NEW – Motion Tracking – Objects can now be attached to visual markers in any video clip allowing users to easily match object and video motion for professional results
NEW – Integrated Lip-Syncing – Built on the AST production sync library, users can easily synchronize characters' lips and mouths through a simple and intuitive process that yields extremely accurate results
NEW – Scatter Brush – Paint with vectors while controlling the size and spacing of each individual object. Easily create seemingly random fills such as grass, bubbles or stars in a night sky
NEW – Scripting with LUA 5.1 – Update to the versatile LUA engine with more exposure of Anime Studio's inner workings. Provides more power to create unique tools and plug-ins, create particle effects such as fire and explosions, and customize tool behaviors to support individual user's workflow
NEW – Auto Shading – Similar to Ambient Occlusion, creates realistic shading based on lines and object contrast within each layer creating stylistic 3D effects
NEW – Morph Targets – Create, save, and blend morph targets to combine character expressions and emotions. Save and reuse previous poses and character positions and even blend colors and fills with this time saving and versatile feature
NEW – Sequencer – Easily adjust the timing and synchronization of audio and video tracks by utilizing the simple timeline. Mix and match audio, video, images and animated components to create digital shorts and animations HD Video Support – Offers full support for importing and exporting high definition video files, then integrating them with toon characters, props, audio and special effects for stunning high-definition creations
Professional Output – Lets users output video and animation of unlimited length to formats including NTSC/PAL D1/DV standard and Widescreen, HDV and HDTV 780p and 1080p, as well as AVI, MOV and Flash

Pricing and Availability:

The MSRP for Anime Studio Pro 6 is $199.99, with upgrades from previous versions priced at $129.99. Anime Studio Pro 6 is available direct from the Smith Micro online store at: http://www.smithmicro.com/anime, and from popular resellers, catalogs and distribution partners worldwide.

For Site Licensing and Educational pricing, email [email protected], or contact Smith Micro at: 831-768-3612.


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