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Miarmy Express: free crowd simulation for Maya?

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 | Posted by Jim Thacker

We just spotted this intriguing piece of software from Hong Kong-based developer Basefount Technology.

Miarmy is a Maya plug-in that seems to offer Massive-like AI-driven crowd simulations, with a fairly extensive range of fuzzy logic features.

The software also includes a PhysX-based physics system, which can be used to drive ragdoll animations or to enable actors to be affected by forces or by Maya Fluids systems.

Pipeline support
The system is compliant with MotionBuilder and HumanIK-based pipelines, while rendering is RenderMan-compliant, via a dedicated 3Delight plug-in or the option to export RIB files.

Best of all, the Express edition of the software – there are rendering limitations, apparently, although we couldn’t see what they are from the product website – is “free to download forever”.

Updated: According to the Basefount site, the Express edition does not support multiple render passes, only exporting the beauty pass; and cannot export RIB files.

The Chinese-to-English translation on the video above is a bit idiosyncratic (one caption reads, simply, ‘Dream is collapsing’) but the tech looks promising. Updated: okay, that’s an Inception reference. I’m an idiot.

If anyone tests out the plug-in and can let us know how it performs in practice, we’d love to hear from you.

Read a full list of features in Miarmy

Download the free beta

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4 responses to “Miarmy Express: free crowd simulation for Maya?”

  1. jin said:

    oh come on… didn’t you get it from the clip where the agents are walking vertically then horizontally onto the street? “the dream is collapsing” is not a bad english translation – it’s a reference to INCEPTION.

    2:27 pm on Tuesday, September 13, 2011

  2. Jim Thacker said:

    I stand corrected. And embarrassed. 😉

    4:02 pm on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

  3. arman - cura para el herpes said:

    I will try, as it is free.

    8:53 am on Friday, September 16, 2011

  4. Cyrus said:

    Only works with 3dlight? Can I use mental ray instead?

    10:01 am on Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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