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Luxology Ships modo 501 Rigging Master Course

Interactive Training Course by Rich Hurrey Kicks off New Professional Training Series

Mountain View, Calif.

, Oct. 10, 2011, In the first installment of a new professional training series from Luxology®, instructor Rich Hurrey teaches users the skills necessary to create production-ready animation rigs in modo® 501. Going far beyond a simple "how-to" class, the modo 501 Rigging Master Course consists of 26 hours of video training housed in an interactive framework that goes into the most depth that Luxology has ever offered on a topic. A modeling and character technical director at Pixar Animation Studios, Rich Hurrey gives viewers a comprehensive foundation for getting the most from modo's deep animation toolset. The course starts with solid fundamentals and progresses to tutorials that explain how to rig models with increasingly complex behaviors. The course is ideal for anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of modo and learn valuable techniques for rigging and animation. “My goal was to pair a series of rigging exercises that build in complexity, with in-depth descriptions of all the tools and techniques required to create them,” says Hurrey. “As people discover the power of modo's rigging tools, I hope they take this knowledge Top Gun-style to the rest of the modo community.” The course's format sets a new benchmark for interactivity - as if users could tap Rich Hurrey's brain to learn more about any topic as they go - in as much depth as they need. Luxology’s documentation manager, James Darknell, worked closely with Rich Hurrey to develop extensively searchable documentation that embeds more than 26 hours of keyword-searchable videos. Using an intuitive, easy-to-navigate HTML interface, the supporting materials include video chapter markers, keyword searches, and cross-referenced links to related sections of both the training and modo's online documentation. The interactive framework also incorporates scene files, and an extensive glossary and FAQs, with links to specific topics throughout. Combining this depth of interactivity with Rich Hurrey's wealth of expertise, the Rigging Master Course sets a new standard for modo training materials. “Rich literally unlocks the unique power of modo's extensive animation capabilities and makes them as familiar as modo's modeling and rendering tools,” says Luxology president and co-founder Brad Peebler. “In fact, animation aside, taking this course would deepen anyone's knowledge of modo and of the production process itself.”

Pricing and Availability

The modo 501 Rigging Master Course is priced at $199, and Luxology is offering special introductory pricing of $149 for the first two weeks. To purchase, please contact any authorized Luxology reseller or visit

www.luxology.com/store/riggingmastercourse/

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About modo

modo is an innovative 3D modeling, painting and rendering software designed to accelerate the creation of world-class designs and ultra high-quality renderings. modo’s modern workflow and advanced toolset easily deliver enhanced productivity for professionals and schools working in design visualization, package design, film/broadcast and graphic arts. A favorite tool among many designers and artists, modo's innovative toolset offers one of the fastest paths to 3D content creation on the PC and Mac.

About Luxology

Based in Mountain View, Calif., Luxology® LLC is an independent technology company developing next-generation 3D content creation software that enhances productivity via artist-friendly tools powered by a modern underlying architecture called Nexus®. Founded in 2002 by Allen Hastings, Stuart Ferguson and Brad Peebler, Luxology is home to some of the top 3D engineering expertise in the industry. More information on the company, its licensable Nexus technology, its flagship product modo® and a gallery of artists' images from the active modo community is available online at

www.luxology.com

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