Side Effects Software Ships Houdini Halo Stand-Alone Compositing and Image Effects Solution

Side Effects Software, developer of the award-winning HoudiniĀ® family of 3D software, today announced shipment of Houdini Halo, the company's new stand-alone compositing and image effects application. The most recent addition to the Houdini product family, which also includes Houdini Master, Houdini Select and Houdini Mantra, Houdini Halo is the most flexible and cost-effective compositing solution available to professional artists working within widely used Windows NT, Linux, IRIX and Solaris-based environments. The product is now in distribution at a list price of US$2999.

"We are very excited to see Side Effects Software come to market with a full-function compositing and effects editing solution," said Jim Mainard, Head of Software for DreamWorks Animation. "Houdini Halo fills an important industry need for a high-end film compositor for Linux."

Built around a fully nonlinear, node-based and procedural workflow, and over ten years of research and development experience, Houdini Halo delivers Windows, Linux, IRIX and Solaris users an extensive set of standard compositing functions, while also introducing breakthrough new levels of extensibility and openness through such innovations as deep raster support and the ability to incorporate custom-built composite operations and effects without writing code. These features, along with animatable visual handles, optimized 2D and smart tiling algorithms, a multi-threaded architecture and optimization to handle even the largest film, IMAX and other large-format image resolutions with ease, make Houdini Halo a superlative choice for effects compositors who require power, precision and productivity.

"With Houdini Halo, we are pleased to respond to industry demands, both in terms of the platform options and feature requirements, while enhancing flexibility and value," said Tony Cristiano, General Manager, Side Effects Software US. "The rich toolset within Houdini Halo provides the artist with leading capabilities, animation control and the necessary interoperability to integrate well into all existing pipelines."

Houdini Halo is designed to work either as a stand-alone program or in tandem with the rest of the Houdini family, which offers artists of all levels scalable solutions to address their specific animation and visual effects needs. As with all Houdini products, floating licenses work across all supported platforms including Windows (32 and 64-Bit Editions), Linux (32 and 64-Bit Editions), Solaris and IRIX.

About Houdini
The Houdini family of animation software offers digital artists an unprecedented level of power, flexibility and control based on award-winning technology. The comprehensive feature set includes modeling, animation, character tools, particle and channel operations, compositing, integrated rendering with Houdini Mantra, and much more. All Houdini applications work together seamlessly and are available for the NT, Linux, IRIX and Solaris operating systems. Houdini has been used to create stunning digital animation in blockbuster films, including "Spider-Man,""The Sum of All Fears,""The Time Machine,""Black Hawk Down,""Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone,""The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,""X-Men," and "The Matrix," among many others.

About Side Effects Software
Established in 1987, Side Effects Software is a world leader in the development of advanced 3D graphics and special effects software for use in film, broadcast and game development. Today, Side Effects Software leads the field of non-linear animation with its unique, award-winning Houdini technology. Houdini is used by numerous digital content creation leaders including Digital Domain, DreamWorks SKG, Electronic Arts, Namco, Nickelodeon, Rhythm & Hues, Sega, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Walt Disney Feature Animation and Weta Digital Ltd.

For more information about Side Effects Software and its products, please visit http://www.sidefx.com.