Creating Characters in the Cloud

Categories: Game Design Film and television Design Visualization

Autodesk Rolls Out Cloud-Based 3D Character Generator


Today Autodesk debuted its first cloud offering tailored specifically for media and entertainment firms. Autodesk Character Generator is a new cloud application that allows artists and hobbyists to create customized, rigged and ready-to-animate 3D characters. Users can design and export characters for numerous purposes – from populating game scenes with characters, to learning the ropes of animation and modeling, generating models for pre-visualization, design visualization, or even 3D printing.


Character Generator had its roots as a popular Autodesk Labs technology preview called “Project Pinocchio” that resulted in the creation of thousands of characters. As a result, Character Generator houses a robust library of pre-built male and female human and creature characters.

Using intuitive slider and selection functions, users can combine the physical attributes of the pre-built models – from body traits to facial features, skin color, hair styles, clothing and more – to create unique characters. Upon completion, users can export the 3D models to 3D animation software such as Autodesk Maya, Maya LT and 3ds Max for further customization and animation, or for use in game engines like Unity.


Available today free for students and with a limited version for Available via the Autodesk 360 cloud platform, each character download will require five cloud credits; students and educators will receive free access to the application and downloads.

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