Altair’s software shapes Malaysia’s first mainstream 3D animated film

MUMBAI: Altair, a global provider of technology and services empowering client innovation and decision-making, said Les’ Copaque Production Sdn. Bhd, a leading animation studio based in Malaysia, has used e-Render in the production of that nation’s first 3D animation movie, Geng. A runaway success, Geng grossed RM 6 million in less than six weeks, playing to full houses in 55 theatres.

"Our goal with Geng was to create a quality production that would set the standard for future 3D animated Malaysian movies," said Les’ Copaque Production Sdn. Bhd event director Mohd Zarin. "The high quality we achieved with this film has much to do with the Altair software’s robustness, flexibility and interoperability. e- Render is the backbone of our animation pipeline, and it also proffered the team a license to be as creative as it desired."

Les’ Copaque, which is supported by the Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems (MIMOS Berhad), chose to rely on the cloud-computing infrastructure deployed by Altair Engineering at MIMOS. Through MIMOS, Les’ Copaque had access to Altair Engineering’s e-Render software solution, and its software license proved to be an essential link in the chain by helping enable unlimited creative flexibility. By providing Les’ Copaque staff a user-friendly, intuitive Web-based interface to manage the rendering taking place in the cloud, e-Render enabled animators to focus their efforts on the development of the movie instead of concerning themselves with lack of computing power or complex file management.

Altair South-Asia managing director Pavan Kumar said, "Malaysian industry holds great potential to set benchmarks in the global animation industry. This is verified by the fact that the country is increasingly becoming a favorable destination for animation, particularly in post- production and 3D-content development. Going forward, we aim to further intensify our engagement with the leading players in the industry, like Les’ Copaque Production Sdn. Bhd, by providing more advanced tools to animators across the country."

The versatile e-Render provides professionals in creative industries an easy-to-use, friendly and intuitive interface for rendering management while hiding the intricacies involved in high-end computing. It connects popular applications used in the animation industry, such as MAYA, 3DSMax, Shake, and Nuke, with Altair’s PBS ProfessionalT via a Web interface to simplify and accelerate the whole rendering process.