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Autodesk releases Toxik and MatchMover for free

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 | Posted by Jim Thacker

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MatchMover in use in a video recorded by Autodesk’s Gary M. Davis. The company has just announced its intention to release MatchMover and compositing package Toxik for free via its Exchange Apps site.

Originally posted on 28 March. Scroll down for updates, including the download link.

Autodesk is to release Toxik and MatchMover, its legacy compositing and match-moving software, for free via the Autodesk Exchange Apps online store.

Both products – Toxik developed by Autodesk, MatchMover acquired with RealViz in 2008 – are no longer actively developed, but are bundled with 3ds Max and Maya, the former under the name Autodesk Composite.

The two will become available “in a week or two” without a EULA – and presumably, without support.

No plans to do the same for Softimage
The news was posted by Autodesk Director of Media and Entertainment Chris Vienneau on a thread on the Softimage mailing list reporting Autodesk CEO Carl Bass’s response to the recent open letter venting Softimage users’ anger at the discontinuation of the software.

Not surprisingly, the announcement led list members to call for Softimage to be made available in the same way once updates cease in April 2016.

That drew a detailed response from Vienneau, noting that Softimage, unlike Toxik or MatchMover, includes third-party libraries, including mental ray, Syflex, Shave and a Haircut, PhysX and Lagoa.

“If we wanted to do what we did with Toxik, [we] would have to remove all those features … and [since the Linux emulator is also a third-party library, there would be] no Linux [version],” he said.

As well as hobbling the software, the work required would be prohibitively expensive, said Vienneau.

“This is a massive code base requiring at least 4-5 developers plus support just to keep it running. Open source is not an option given how much code that is in Maya and 3ds Max is [also] in Softimage.

“We could not release enough of it to be worth putting a team around.”

The thread, which includes lengthy exchanges between Vienneau and Autodesk industry manager Maurice Patel and senior visual effects artists, is well worth reading in full: it starts here.

Updated 16 April: Both apps are now available to download on Autodesk Exchange, as is background rendering app Backburner. It’s officially Autodesk Composite that is available, not an earlier version of Toxik.

All three are available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

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  • jin choung

    how can we get in contact with them to persuade them to add IMAGEMODELER to the free releases?! that thing was awesome but is now basically gone.

  • Hirazi Blue

    Chris Vienneau’s claim they would release the products “without an EULA” still bewilders me. A very permissive freeware EULA, but still retaining some basic rights, maybe, but no EULA?

  • Francky

    They need to do this with Softimage or simply include it with Maya.
    It’s
    one of the best 3D package there is and it would be a huge loss for the
    industry to loose such a great tools and it’s unique features.

    What
    I find weird is that it’s obvious to everyone that the only other
    software comparable to Softimage, when it comes to it’s ICE module, is
    Houdini.

    Yet Autodesk simply plans to kill the tech… Leaving
    softimage users no choice but to take a good look at Houdini. SideFX
    must be really happy with Autodesk right now.

  • XssUs

    Correct me if im wrong. I can download this softwares for free? I was looking for some link at this Autodesk Exchange but I cant found it. Can someone give mi a guide from where i can get it ? Thanks for any answer :)

  • Pete

    When matchmover was bundled free with Softimage, my reseller couldn’t even get the license activated :)
    Save yourself the trouble and go for syntheyes.

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