Chris Zurbrigg, developer of Blue Pencil and other useful Maya tools, has announced a new Playblast/Reference Viewer for Maya. (We’re not sure if that’s going to be the official title, or if it’s just a general description.)
An animator-focused alternative to QuickTime
a more animation-focused alternative to external media players like QuickTime, the Viewer links with the Maya timeline, enabling users to scrub an animation and a reference shot in sync.
Playblasts can also be set to open directly in the viewer, and again, synched to the Maya timeline.
The Viewer also includes a number of other useful features, such as the option to use hotkeys to step forwards or backwards by a single frame, and to drag in the viewing window to scrub the animation.
So far, there’s no word on when the Playblast/Reference Viewer will be released, or if it will be a commercial tool.