Craft Director Studio®

Skip the grunt work, focus on the art.

With this animation plug-in, you simply hook up to a model and start “driving” vehicles and aircraft through 3D environments. Adjust variables like suspension and add camera effects to achieve the exact look and feel you’re after.

Available for Autodesk 3DS MAX® and MAYA® on Windows 64-bit or Linux 64-bit (beta, contact us to try)

Natural animations automatically

Craft Director Studio was built to solve an old problem in animation: that hours and hours needed to be spent simply to make a vehicle roll forward and turn. Never mind animating all the subtle impacts of real-life driving, like a slight body shake over a bump. 

Instead of endlessly keyframing and scripting, animation teams and professionals can spend that time fine-tuning the realism of their scenes. 

Striking camera effects

Give your scenes special impact with a wide array of camera effects to choose from and combine. “Humanize” cameras with subtle shakes, use SphereCam to simulate epic camera angles, get precise using Spline Speed Controller, and so on and so forth!

Key Benefits

A 3D animation tool sandbox that’s intuitive to use and eliminates weeks’ worth of rigging and keyframing. 

Amazing animations

Create natural, dynamic animations with that little extra.

Real-time feedback

Animations and keyframes are created in real-time which means you get instant results, providing better movement exactly as envisioned by a producer or director.

Quick productions

Animate cameras, cars, trucks and other vehicle types in a fraction of the time.

Endless possibilities

Combine the 41 tools in various ways to create the rig that fits your needs.

A go-to solution

Craft Director Studio® is used by a wide variety of businesses across a broad spectrum of projects.

Film & VFX

Animate like the best of them. Craft Director Studio® is used by some of the most famous animation and visual effects studios around the world to create natural, compelling motion in 3D movies. 

Product Visualization

Save time and money by visualizing your product without the need to build it in real life. Our plug-in is frequently used by car and truck manufacturers to demonstrate new products and bring concepts to life.

Forensics

Re-create incidents in 3D to prove a case. Rather than distracting with stiff, artificial-looking animations, more natural motion directs focus to the actual event.

Game Dev

Enhance in-game animations and cinematics with dynamic and life-like animations, creating that wow factor in your games at a minimal cost.

Architecture

Introduce real-life movement to architectural environments, enhancing the animation realism of buildings and landscapes.

Defense

Focus on making the key points in your demonstration / training and let Craft Director Studio® take care of making your animation true-to-life. 

Test it for free

Before you buy, we want you to feel confident that this is the plug-in for you.

When you download the Free version, you get a one-week trial of the (paid) professional tools. If you have issues or need additional time to test these out, contact us!

Customer Videos / Demos

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Advertising

Architectural

Demo Reel

Game

Military

Vehicle

VFX / CGI

Dig deeper

Learn more about our products through our tutorials, user cases and customer support.

Tutorials

Watch the Craft plug-ins at work and get going with your project. 

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Customer Stories

See how teams have used Craft tools achieve stunning finished products.

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Support

Get answers to common questions, and reach out to us if you need help. 

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System requirements

Windows 64-bit

Microsoft® Windows® 7 (SP1) or higher operating system Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2015 to 2020 Autodesk® Maya® 2015 to 2019

 

Linux 64-bit (beta)

Fedora, CentOS7 och Manjaro (can function on other versions as well) Autodesk® Maya® 2018 to 2019. Contact us to begin your free beta test period

Recommended hardware

64-bit system with 8Gb of RAM or better

 

Recommended input devices

Gamepad with dual analog sticks (i.e. Logitech Dual Action™) Optional: Logitech Extreme™ 3D Pro for Craft Helicopter™, Craft Airplane™ and Craft Airplane™ Extended

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Pricing Plans

Plans for professionals, teams and casual animators.

Pricing

Annual subscription

Whats included

Free tools

Professional Tools

Shared License

Free

Includes 1-week free trial of the professional tools.

Non-commercial use

Free

1-year Professional Node-locked

Commercial use

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$399 or 399€ / year

1-year Professional Floating

Commercial use

Buy

$499 or 499€ / year

Student/School

Non-commercial use

Free

Free

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1-year Professional Node-locked

1-year standard license linked to one workstation

  • Free tools
  • Professional Tools
  • Shared License

$399/year

(€399 for European)

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1-year Professional Floating

Share the license between multiple workstations. 1-year license.

  • Free tools
  • Professional Tools
  • Shared License

$499/year

(€499 for European)

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Student/School

1-year license linked to one or multiple workstations. Non-commercial use

  • Free tools
  • Professional Tools
  • Shared License

$0/year

(€0 for European)

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