Autodesk acquires software developer Realviz

15 May 2008 | News


The Farnborough-based UK company Autodesk has taken over image-based content creation software developer Realviz, a spin-out from the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control, INRIA. Terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.

Autodesk, a specialist in prototyping solution development, will sell and develop Realviz’s flagship Stitcher Unlimited, Stitcher Express, ImageModeler and Movimento software as standalone products, and will integrate other core technologies into its existing products. 

Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Autodesk Platform Solutions and Emerging Business, said: “Realviz’s technology bridges 2D and 3D, linking the virtual and real worlds. 3D models can be created from simple 2D images, and virtual environments can be built from conventional photographs.” 

Autodesk provides the tools to visualise, stimulate and analyse real-world performance early in the design process. Hanspal added: “Realviz’s technology is complementary to Autodesk’s modeling, visual effects and animation products. It will enable us to increase the use of 3D technology across many industries, including architecture, film, broadcast and game development.”

Realviz’s technology has been used to create visual effects in films. Its clients include Boeing, NASA, Daimler Chrysler, Cinesite, Framestore CFC, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Warner Brothers Animation, Electronic Arts and Activation.

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