[NPL] Fluid3D
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

[NPL] Fluid3D

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FLUID3D FROM OZ.COM DELIVERS BROADCAST-QUALITY
STREAMING 3D ANIMATION OVER THE INTERNET
WITH REALNETWORKS REALPLAYER G2

3D Web Animation Can Be Created in the Most Popular 3D Authoring Tools;
Fluid3D Player to be Distributed through RealSystem G2

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - December 8, 1998 - OZ.COM (formerly OZ Interactive), a
pioneering provider of visual and interactive real-time communication
products, today announced Fluid3D(TM) -- a visual communications system for
the development and deployment of broadcast-quality, streaming 3D animation
across the Internet. Fluid3D is integrated with RealNetworks (NASDAQ:RNWK)
RealPlayer(TM) G2 and is the first new media type that enables streaming
broadcast of 3D computer animation over the Web within RealPlayer.

Professional digital artists and publishers can now deliver real-time 3D
animation to millions of RealPlayer-enabled Websurfers at connection speeds
as low as 28.8 Kbps -- with the quality and performance typically
associated with high-end professional broadcasting. Installing Fluid3D
support into the standard (free) version of the G2 player requires only a
small, one-time download (350 Kb) that can be installed and used
immediately, without restarting the computer or browser.

Breaking the Bandwidth Barrier for Web 3D

To-date, the delivery of 3D animation over the Web has been severely
limited by the 'Watch and Wait' phenomenon associated with previous Web 3D
technologies, where viewers must first download a segment in its entirety
before playback can commence. Fluid3D eliminates this step entirely by
incorporating a revolutionary compression scheme for animation data that is
optimized for streaming delivery over low-bandwidth connections. Combined
with SMIL-based media type synchronization provided by RealSystem G2,
long-form 3D animation with perfectly synchronized RealAudio is now a
reality.

"With Fluid3D, OZ has created a broadcast animation system that brings the
creativity and technical wizardry of professional 3D animators to Web
audiences for the first time," said Skuli Mogensen, CEO of OZ.COM. "Digital
artists and publishers can now truly consider the Internet an effective
medium for computer animated content. Through our agreement with
RealNetworks, animators also have the best option for getting their content
seen by the 38 million registered users of RealPlayer."

3D Content Creation Using Existing Tools

Unlike other products that require digital artists to learn new tools for
the creation of Web content, Fluid3D enables professional animators to use
industry-standard 3D authoring tools. This effectively shortens the
production path and leverages existing digital content that can now be
easily re-purposed for the Internet. Fluid3D allows digital artists to
create content using Kinetix 3D Studio MAX(R), the popular authoring tool
for real-time games such as Tombraider, and Avid SOFTIMAGE|3D(TM), used to
create visual effects in recent Hollywood blockbusters such as Titanic,
Starship Troopers, and Jurassic Park. Support for other leading authoring
tools and formats will follow in the coming weeks. Fluid3D Content
Exporters enable 3D animation created in these applications to be saved
directly to Fluid3D's binary file format, which is optimized for streaming
delivery. Support for the conversion of VRML 2.0 models as well as NewTek
LightWave 3D(TM) and Alias/Wavefront Maya(TM) formats are currently in
development.

Fluid3D Extends RealSystem G2

The relationship between OZ.COM and RealNetworks has resulted in the
seamless integration of OZ' Fluid3D broadcast animation system with
RealSystem G2. Today, RealPlayer is used by an estimated 38 million people
and RealNetworks streaming media solutions deliver over 85% of all
streaming media content on the Internet. "Fluid 3D support is a wonderful
addition for RealPlayer G2 because it gives users an opportunity to
experience rich 3D animation online " said Len Jordan, senior vice
president, Media Systems, RealNetworks, Inc. "Once people witness the
caliber of content Fluid3D and RealPlayer G2 enable on the Internet, we
believe streaming 3D animation will be poised for tremendous success.
Fluid3D delivers high-quality 3D animation with ease of creation - this is
a real win for our customers and for 3D on the Net."

Unique Compression Technology Enables Protection of Intellectual Property
OZ' Anim-X(TM) CODEC, a unique and proprietary technology for the
compression and optimization of animation data for real-time delivery over
IP networks, is the key enabling technology in Fluid3D. It allows rich
animation to be streamed over low-bandwidth connections, requiring less
than 4 kilobits per second to deliver a complex animated digital scene over
the Internet. With 33.6 kbps connections or higher, multiple characters and
objects can be animated simultaneously due to the high compression ratio of
the Anim-X CODEC.

Fluid3D also utilizes a highly compressed binary format for storing the
geometry and textures needed to render 3D in real-time on a PC. This
proprietary file format incorporates unique compression technology that
delivers approximately seven times the compression of GZIP, the most common
compression method used for 3D data on the Internet today. Factoring both
the compressed geometry format and textures, typical Fluid3D content is
approximately 50-75% smaller than identical content delivered in existing
3D file formats.

This combination of a highly efficient animation CODEC with a closed binary
file format affords unique protection for content publishers. By keeping
animation data on the server, where it is streamed as needed, and by
storing the 3D content on the viewer's system in a binary format that
cannot be easily altered or manipulated - Fluid3D effectively protects
publishers' copyright-protected content and intellectual property from
inappropriate or illegal use.

Fluid3D Specifications & System Overview

The Fluid3D system consists of three distinct components for the playback,
delivery, and authoring of 3D Web animation:

Fluid3D for RealPlayer G2: Free client-side renderer that adds real-time
3D functionality to RealPlayer G2. The Fluid3D player also supports
Direct3D(R) and OpenGL(R) for accelerated performance on systems with 3D
graphics acceleration.

Fluid3D for RealServerG2: A server-side plug-in for RealServer G2 that
adds support for streaming 3D and is licensed on the basis of simultaneous
users supported.

Fluid3D Content Exporters: Free content exporter plug-in that allows
animators to use their preferred authoring environment for the creation of
Fluid3D segments. The exporter is currently available for use with 3D
Studio MAX and SOFTIMAGE|3D.

High-Performance Animation

A state-of-the-art engine developed by OZ, which operates as a real-time
animation layer on top of Direct3D Immediate Mode or OpenGL, offers support
for the following features:

Textures and Materials:

Constant, Lambert and Phong materials with full color

Faceted/Smooth

Textured Materials

Translucent Material

Lights:

Ambient, point lights, spotlights and directional light

Position color and intensity can be fully animated

F-curves:

Spline, linear and constant key frames

Unified broken key slopes

Support of extrapolated/looped curves

Geometry/Vertex animation:

Shape animation (weighted, linear, additive and average)

Cluster animation

Supported Platforms

Fluid3D for RealPlayer G2 will be initially available for the Windows
95/98/NT 4.0 operating systems, with support for the Mac(R) OS to follow in
Q1 99. Fluid3D for RealServer G2 is available for Windows NT 4.0, with
support for Solaris(R) and other flavors of UNIX(R) in development. Fluid
3D for 3D Studio MAX is available for Windows 95/98/NT4.0. Fluid3D for
SOFTIMAGE|3D is available for NT 4.0, and IRIX(TM).

Availability and Pricing

The beta version of Fluid3D for RealPlayer G2 will be available online from
RealNetworks at www.real.com by early January of 1999. Fluid3D for
RealServer G2, and Fluid3D Content Exporters for 3D Studio MAX and
SOFTIMAGE|3D will be available directly from OZ at www.oz.com. Beta
versions of content exporters are available at no charge to registered
members of the Fluid3D Developers Program. Pricing of Fluid3D for
RealServer G2 will be made available at final release.

About OZ.COM

OZ.COM, founded in 1990 as OZ Interactive, Inc., is recognized worldwide as
a pioneer in the advancement and development of visual and interactive
real-time communications products and solutions. Building on years of
technical expertise in the convergence of animation, 3D graphics, real-time
communications and the Internet, the OZ team has developed advanced
solutions that enable unique 3D and interactive real-time experiences for
markets such as telecommunications, distance learning and interactive
entertainment, using standard PCs connected to the Internet. Leading
companies worldwide utilizing OZ products and solutions include Intel
Corp., RealNetworks, Ericsson, and Helsinki Telephone Corp.
OZ.COM Contacts:

Kirsten Andersen
Horizon Communications
408-969-4888 ext. 107
ekirsten@horizonpr.com
www.horizonpr.com

Joanne Khoo
OZ.COM
415-536-0500 ext. 517
joanne@oz.com
www.oz.com

 
AAPL
$108.00
Apple Inc.
+1.02
MSFT
$46.95
Microsoft Corpora
+0.90
GOOG
$559.08
Google Inc.
+8.77

MacTech Search:
Community Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Vitamin-R 2.20b1 - Personal productivity...
Vitamin-R creates the optimal conditions for your brain to work at its best by structuring your work into short bursts of distraction-free, highly focused activity alternating with opportunities for... Read more
Dropbox 2.10.44 - Cloud synchronization...
Dropbox is an application that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keep them up-to-date between systems... Read more
Sandvox 2.9.2 - Easily build eye-catchin...
Sandvox is for Mac users who want to create a professional looking website quickly and easily. With Sandvox, you don't need to be a Web genius to build a stylish, feature-rich, standards-compliant... Read more
Cocktail 8.0.1 - General maintenance and...
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get... Read more
LibreOffice 4.3.3.2 - Free Open Source o...
LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and... Read more
VMware Fusion 7.0.1 - Run Windows apps a...
VMware Fusion allows you to create a Virtual Machine on your Mac and run Windows (including Windows 8.1) and Windows software on your Mac. Run your favorite Windows applications alongside Mac... Read more
OneNote 15.3.2 - Free digital notebook f...
OneNote is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that's too important to forget. Whether you're at... Read more
Audio Hijack Pro 2.11.4 - Record and enh...
Audio Hijack Pro drastically changes the way you use audio on your computer, giving you the freedom to listen to audio when you want and how you want. Record and enhance any audio with Audio Hijack... Read more
Iridient Developer 3.0.0 beta 3 - Powerf...
Iridient Developer (was RAW Developer) is a powerful image conversion application designed specifically for OS X. Iridient Developer gives advanced photographers total control over every aspect of... Read more
TextWrangler 4.5.11 - Free general purpo...
TextWrangler is the powerful general purpose text editor, and Unix and server administrator's tool. Oh, and also, like the best things in life, it's free. TextWrangler is the "little brother" to... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

Monster Flash Review
Monster Flash Review By Jordan Minor on October 31st, 2014 Our Rating: :: ALONE IN THE DARKUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Solid shooting and a surprising amount of spooky tension make Monster Flash a great portable... | Read more »
Retry Review
Retry Review By Rob Thomas on October 31st, 2014 Our Rating: :: SOARING HIGHUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Flappy who? Let Retry wash all those bad bird-related memories away on a cool retro-flavored flight… right... | Read more »
Dementia: Book of the Dead Review
Dementia: Book of the Dead Review By Lee Hamlet on October 31st, 2014 Our Rating: :: A TOUGH READUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad A witch hunter is sent after a demonic book in the spooky but short-lived Dementia: Book... | Read more »
Card Dungeon, the Semi-Board Game Roguel...
Card Dungeon, the Semi-Board Game Roguelike, Has Been Renovated Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 31st, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »
Logitech Protection + Power iPhone5/5S C...
Made by: Logitech Price: $99.99 Hardware/iOS Integration Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Usability Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars Reuse Value Rating: 0.75 out of 5 stars Build Quality Rating: 0.75 out of 5 stars Overall Rating: 1.25 out of 5 stars | Read more »
This Is Not a Test Goes Free, Permanentl...
This Is Not a Test Goes Free, Permanently Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 31st, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Swap Heroes Review
Swap Heroes Review By Campbell Bird on October 31st, 2014 Our Rating: :: STRATEGIC SWAPPINGUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Rotate a cast of heroes to fend of waves of monsters in this difficult, puzzle rpg.   | Read more »
Night Sky Pro™ (Reference)
Night Sky Pro™ 3.0.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Reference Price: $2.99, Version: 3.0.1 (iTunes) Description: Night Sky Pro™Wonder No More™ Night Sky Pro™ is the ultimate stargazing experience. From the creators of the original... | Read more »
Audio Defence : Zombie Arena (Games)
Audio Defence : Zombie Arena 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: A zombie shooter audio game. Made from gut-wrenching 3D binaural sound, for a new kind of weird immersion. You... | Read more »
RPG Asdivine Hearts (Games)
RPG Asdivine Hearts 1.1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.1.0 (iTunes) Description: SPECIAL PRICE50% OFF (USD 7.99 -> USD 3.99)!!! Travel alongside four companions and a cat in the adventure of a... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Apple now offering refurbished 2014 13-inch R...
The Apple Store is now offering Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 13″ Retina MacBook Pros for up to $270 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and... Read more
Apple Regains Momentum As Windows Stutters An...
The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, for the three months to March 2014, shows Apple performing strongly in the first quarter of the year, with sales bouncing back in... Read more
Worldwide Smartphone Shipments Increase 25.2%...
New smartphone releases and an increased emphasis on emerging markets drove global smartphone shipments above 300 million units for the second consecutive quarter, according to preliminary data from... Read more
Apple now offering refurbished 2014 15-inch M...
The Apple Store is now offering Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 15″ Retina MacBook Pros for up to $400 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and... Read more
Apple drops prices on refurbished 2013 Retina...
The Apple Store has dropped prices on 2013 Apple Certified Refurbished 13″ and 15″ Retina MacBook Pros, with Retina models now available starting at $999. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and... Read more
New 2.8GHz Mac mini on sale for $949, save $5...
Abt Electronics has the new 2.8GHz Mac mini in stock and on sale for $949.05 including free shipping. Their price is $50 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model from any reseller... Read more
Sale! 3.7GHz Quad Core Mac Pro available for...
 B&H Photo has the 3.7GHz Quad Core Mac Pro on sale for $2649 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $350 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price for this model from any... Read more
Mujjo Steps Up The Game With Refined Touchscr...
Netherlands based Mujjo have just launched their Refined Touchscreen Gloves, stepping up their game. The gloves feature a updated elegant design that takes these knitted gloves to the next level. A... Read more
Sale! Preorder the new 27-inch 5K iMac for $2...
 Abt Electronics has the new 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMac on sale and available for preorder for $2374.05 including free shipping. Their price is $125 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this... Read more
Simplex Solutions Inc. Brings Secure Web Surf...
New York based Simplex Solutions Inc. has announced the release and immediate availability of Private Browser 1.0, its revolutionary new secure web browser developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch... Read more

Jobs Board

Position Opening at *Apple* - Apple (United...
**Job Summary** Every day, business customers come to the Apple Store to discover what powerful, easy-to-use Apple products can do for them. As a Business Leader, Read more
Sr. Manager, *Apple* Deployment Programs fo...
**Job Summary** Apple is seeking candidates for a new position on the Education Content and Technology team. iPad and Mac is in the hands of millions of teachers and Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant (ASC) - Apple I...
…important role that the ASC serves is that of providing an excellent Apple Customer Experience. Responsibilities include: * Promoting Apple products and solutions Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant (ASC) - Apple I...
…important role that the ASC serves is that of providing an excellent Apple Customer Experience. Responsibilities include: * Promoting Apple products and solutions Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant (ASC) - Apple I...
…important role that the ASC serves is that of providing an excellent Apple Customer Experience. Responsibilities include: * Promoting Apple products and solutions Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.