Friday, June 7th, 2024 Posted by Jim Thacker

Cascadeur Mobile enters open beta

Originally posted on 18 January 2024, and updated for the open beta.

Nekki has unveiled Cascadeur Mobile, a new mobile edition of Cascadeur, its AI-assisted character animation software.

The new app is now available in open beta for iPhone and iPad users.

Create animations based on real-world physics, aided by AI-based tools
Launched in 2019, Cascadeur is intended as an artist-friendly alternative to conventional animation software for game development, motion graphics or visual effects work.

Although it has standard tools for rigging, posing and animating characters, its unique selling point is a set of AI-assisted, semi-automated toolsets.

Its AutoPosing system lets users quickly establish key poses for a character by positioning a small number of joints, with Cascadeur taking care of the rest of the body.

The software can then calculate a physically correct trajectory between the poses.

New mobile edition: pose and animate characters in augmented reality
Cascadeur Mobile adapts those workflows for use on mobile devices.

The original preview video, embedded at the top of this story, showed a user posing a character to match a reference photo, using gesture controls and a simplified version of the standard Cascadeur interface.

In addition, Cascadeur Mobile includes key animation features from the desktop version, including a “fully functional timeline, interpolation control [and] trajectories”.

The app also includes an AR Mode, making it possible to animate characters in augmented reality, as shown in this video.

Price, system requirements and release date
Cascadeur Mobile is currently available in open beta for iPhone and iPad users: according to Nekki, you need an iPhone 11 or better for an “optimal experience”.

The invite link to join the beta can be found on the Cascadeur Discord server. To download the beta app itself, you will need TestFlight installed.

Nekki hasn’t announced a final release date or pricing for Cascadeur Mobile yet.

See Cascadeur Mobile in action in Nekki’s video tutorials for the new app

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Editor’s note: in the light of Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine, readers may wish to know that Nekki’s development teams are located in Russia, although the company is headquartered in Cyprus.