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Autodesk Acquires Cloud-based 3D and VFX Provider Wonder Dynamics

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) has announced it has acquired Wonder Dynamics, makers of Wonder Studio, a cloud-based 3D animation and VFX solution that combines artificial intelligence (AI) with established tools.

Wonder Studio is compatible with other popular 3D tools including Autodesk Maya, helping artists more easily animate, light, and compose 3D characters within live-action scenes.

According to Autodesk, its acquisition of Wonder Dynamics will give more creators the ability to add 3D animated characters to their projects and stories while minimizing the learning curve and automating typically complex and time-consuming processes. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Bringing Wonder Dynamics into the Autodesk Media & Entertainment portfolio extends our history of empowering artists with innovative and accessible solutions that break down barriers to entry,” said Diana Colella, Executive Vice President of Media & Entertainment at Autodesk. “In the 1990s, we helped artists learn how to use computers to create 3D graphics leading to the industry we see today, and Wonder Dynamics is our next step on that journey. By embracing emerging technology, we want to help teams and creators of all sizes and skill levels create more content, more easily, so everyone has the power to bring their inspiring stories to life.”

Wonder Dynamics says it makes the visual effects process more accessible and affordable by developing AI and machine learning tools that allow filmmakers to produce VFX and CGI elements faster and at a significantly lower price point. Wonder Studio currently offers a plug-in that connects with professional 3D tools such as Autodesk Maya and Blender to deliver streamlined high-quality character workflows.

Autodesk says the acquisition of Wonder Dynamics is another strategic step toward supporting its mission to connect teams, data and processes with Flow, the Media & Entertainment industry cloud on Autodesk’s Design and Make platform.

For over a decade, Autodesk has incorporated the use of AI to enhance a variety of tools necessary to help creative professionals tackle challenges across industries, including Media & Entertainment. Autodesk acknowledges its responsibility and says it is committed to the ethical and responsible use of AI. Autodesk’s latest 2024 State of Design & Make report finds that 78% of business leaders believe AI technology will enhance their industry and 79% agree that it will lead to increased creativity.

“Describing the acquisition as “… a major moment in Wonder Dynamics’ journey”, Nikola Todorovic, Co-Founder and CEO of Wonder Dynamics said, “The current misconception is that AI is a one-click solution, and that’s why we are excited to join a company that, at its core, supports the iterative nature of 3D and storytelling. We put a lot of effort into building an AI tool that does not replace artists, but rather speeds up creative workflows, makes things more efficient, and helps productions save costs. We firmly believe that our alignment with Autodesk will only amplify that vision and further push the boundaries of ethical AI and emerging technology in Media & Entertainment.”

“As an artist myself, I’m extremely grateful to make movies for a living, and we’ve always wanted to help other artists realize the same dream – regardless of their location, social status, or budget,” said Tye Sheridan, Co-Founder and President of Wonder Dynamics. “With Autodesk’s support and commitment to innovation, we now have the perfect partnership to continue this mission and redefine the narrative of what’s achievable in the realm of storytelling.”

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