Kinetix unveils compatibility with USD format

Kinetix is thrilled to announce that Kinetix's Emote Technologies can now generate USD output files.

Kinetix Devs
November 8, 2023

Kinetix is thrilled to announce that Kinetix's Emote Technologies can now generate USD output files.

Gaming and digital entertainment thrive on innovation, and at Kinetix, we're excited to unveil a development that signifies our dedication to embracing the latest trends. Kinetix Emotes are now seamlessly compatible with the Universal Scene Description (USD) format, a technology that holds the potential to reshape the way we experience emotes and gaming. Starting from today, Kinetix Emotes can now be generated in USD format to seamlessly be integrated into USD ecosystems, such as NVIDIA Omniverse.

In this article, we'll dive into the myriad possibilities that this integration brings to the world of gaming self-expression and why we believe USD could revolutionize the industry.

The power of usd: a universal standard

Universal Scene Description (USD) is a renowned, open-standard format for 3D graphics data interchange, and it's a game-changer for many compelling reasons. Born from the creative minds at Pixar Animation Studios, USD provides a robust and flexible foundation for the exchange of rich 3D content, making it an ideal choice for a wide range of applications, including gaming, animation, and film production.

Hierarchy of Data

USD's greatest strength lies in its ability to manage complex hierarchical data structures. Unlike other formats, such as FBX, which can be limited in their hierarchical representations, USD offers a more intuitive and robust way to describe the relationships between objects, materials, and animations. This hierarchy management simplifies the organization of complex 3D scenes, resulting in more efficient content creation and management.

Data Composition and Composition Arcs

USD introduces the concept of composition and composition arcs, which allow data to be organized and referenced in a highly flexible and non-destructive manner. This is a significant departure from some other formats, such as FBX, where data modification can be cumbersome and sometimes destructive. With USD, artists and developers can experiment, iterate, and refine their work without permanently altering the original data, ensuring a more fluid and non-linear creative process.

Collaborative Workflows

USD is designed with collaborative workflows in mind. In the gaming and entertainment industry, collaboration among artists, animators, and developers is crucial. USD's data referencing and layering capabilities enable multiple team members to work on the same project simultaneously without conflicts. This collaborative approach streamlines the creative process and minimizes data bottlenecks, ultimately speeding up the development cycle.

Cross-Platform Compatibility

USD is designed to be platform-agnostic, making it an excellent choice for content creation across various platforms and systems. This compatibility ensures that content created in USD can be seamlessly transferred between different software applications and gaming engines, promoting accessibility and reducing data loss.

Performance and Scalability

USD's architecture is optimized for high performance and scalability. It efficiently handles vast and complex scenes, making it suitable for large-scale gaming environments and animated sequences. The format's ability to work with large datasets without sacrificing performance is particularly beneficial for developers seeking to create expansive and immersive gaming experiences.

Open and Extensible

USD is an open standard, meaning that it is not tied to any specific software or company. This open nature fosters innovation and flexibility, allowing developers to extend and customize USD to meet their unique needs. The USD community actively contributes to its development, ensuring that it remains at the forefront of 3D graphics technology.

Usd: a game-changer

The potential ascension of Universal Scene Description (USD) to an industry standard is a transformation that has been in the making for quite some time. Kinetix acknowledges the significance of this change and is fully committed to being a part of this exciting journey. Our integration with USD signifies more than just compatibility; it's our way of contributing positively to an industry that we deeply respect. We see USD not just as a format, but as a catalyst for reshaping the gaming landscape. It's a step forward toward a future where emote expression knows no boundaries, and creativity thrives in a seamless, universal environment.

As the digital entertainment and gaming industry evolves, we recognize the paramount importance of staying ahead of the curve and welcoming new possibilities with open arms. At Kinetix, we envision a future where the USD format stands as the next industry standard, and we are wholeheartedly committed to this vision. With the USD compatibility of Kinetix Emotes, we foresee boundless opportunities, and we are enthusiastic about embarking on this journey that charts the future of emote expression and gaming together.

In summary, the adoption of USD compatibility for Kinetix Emotes is a significant stride forward in the pursuit of enriched gaming experiences. USD's exceptional features and advantages create a solid foundation for immersive and collaborative content creation, empowering game developers and players to unleash their creativity like never before.

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