modo

An extremely powerful 3D animation tool

modo has long been the application of choice for animation studios like Pixar Studios and Industrial Light and Magic. The latest update to modo improves upon an already amazingly powerful 3D animation tool. View full description

PROS

  • Speedy rendering engine
  • Character animation
  • Bullet physics
  • Pixar subdivision modeling improves efficiency
  • Easy manipulation of volumetric ojects

CONS

  • Steep learning curve

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modo has long been the application of choice for animation studios like Pixar Studios and Industrial Light and Magic. The latest update to modo improves upon an already amazingly powerful 3D animation tool.

One of the biggest complaints about the previous version, modo 501, was that character animation was noticeably absent. Luxology has addressed this complaint and have included character animations in modo 601. You can make static 3D models and flatten them for images or you can give life to your creations with the new character animation feature.

The features that made modo great are still here. The rendering engine is faster than ever, physics controls and fluid dynamics make your animations realistic, and the amazing Pixar subdivision surface modeling is still here, making your models much more efficient by reducing polygon count. If you are modeling people or animals, there is a new skin and hair shading and texture tool to make your characters photo-realistic.

modo also has a great community behind it that continues to develop kits for modo to expand its functionality and ease of use. Luxology also has a section on their site that allows uses to preview and purchase new kits.

Overall, its easy to see why modo 601 is the de facto 3D modeling application for professionals. Its ease of use and powerful feature set make it one of the best tools for artist and animators.

modo supports the following formats

Luxology Scene LXO, SolidWorks 2012, 2011 and 2010 Model sldprt, sldasm*, LightWave Object LWO2 LWOB, Autodesk DXF, Autodesk FBX, Autodesk 3DS†, Videscape GEO, Adobe Illustrator EPS, AI, Adobe, Photoshop PSD, Wavefront OBJ, COLLADA DAE, MDD (animation format), Alembic, Luxology Scene LXO, SolidWorks 2012, 2011 and 2010 Model sldprt, sldasm*, LightWave Object LWO2, LWOB, Autodesk DXF, Autodesk FBX, Autodesk 3DS†, Videscape GEO, Adobe Illustrator EPS, AI, Adobe Photoshop PSD, Wavefront OBJ, COLLADA DAE, MDD (animation format), Alembic

modo 202 delivers the next evolution of 3D modeling, painting and rendering in a single integrated and accelerated platform. While modo provides important advantages across modeling, painting, and rendering, it is truly greater than the sum of its parts. Each part of modo was designed to improve the capabilities and workflow possibilities across the entire platform.

What does all this mean for you? Most everyone in 3D design will find their own reasons to love modo. The one thing we all have in common is the opportunity to use modo to create faster and work more elegantly than ever before.

Model

modo's modeler is the fastest, most advanced polygonal and subdivision surface 3D modeling environment available.

Paint

modo's paint tools provide one of the most natural painting experiences in 3D. And by incorporating procedurals into the layering process, your creative options are nearly limitless.

Render

Don't sacrifice quality for speed. With modo's integrated renderer, you get both. modo renders extremely high quality final images astonishingly fast.

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modo 601

— User reviews — about modo

  • "LoL, guys, this is really cool!"

    Cool, I touth that there wont be any designer programs for Mac, but I see that there is one SUPER 3d-designer for Macint... More.

    reviewed on April 11, 2009