Software : Smith Micro : Poser

Smith Micro Poser

(as of 12/30/2015)

Software Overview

Main Features

  • Advanced animation capabilities
  • Imports motion capture files
  • Auto-conform drag and drop
  • Large 3D content library
  • WalkDesigner and TalkDesigner technology
  • Custom lighting and color control tools
  • Keyword and online content search
  • 64-bit rendering engine with support for network rendering

Poser is a three-dimensional character design program that allows designers to create realistic 3D characters and animations. Poser includes a large content library of predesigned human and animal figures, as well as accessories, such as props, hair, and clothing. The program also supports custom lighting and can import motion capture and sound files that can be applied to animations.

Poser can be used for rapid 3D character design. For example, users can drag and drop pre-rigged figures from the content library to add them to a scene. Users can automatically add movements with the WalkDesigner tool, which animates a character's walking cycles. The TalkDesigner tool syncs mouth, eye, and head motions with sound files. Character accessories, such as clothing, may be automatically scaled to the correct size.

Poser also provides advanced features for lighting and color control. It includes global illumination effects, as well as point lights and spotlights that attenuate naturally over distances. It includes tools for gamma control, tone mapping, and exposure to preserve colors and brightness for post-process rendering. The program's preview capability allows users to view light and color adjustments before fully rendering them for final production. Poser renders characters using a 64-bit engine and provides facilities to render large scenes over a network for increased speed.

Poser is a solid program for digital art, architecture, film, and video game production. Although it is mainly used by hobbyists, professionals may use Poser for pre-visualization mock-ups and storyboarding, as well as producing high-quality 3D art and animations. Overall, the program lacks an extensive set of advanced design tools for professionals, but is a good choice for amateur users.

▶ Primary file extension

.PZ3 – Poser Scene File

▶ Other file extensions used by Smith Micro Poser 11

Supported File Types
.BVHBiovision Hierarchy Animation File
.CM2Poser Camera Set File
.CMZCompressed Poser Camera Set File
.CR2Poser Character Rigging File
.CRZCompressed Poser Character Rigging File
.FC2Poser Face Pose File
.FCZCompressed Poser Face Pose File
.HD2Poser Hand Pose File
.HDZCompressed Poser Hand Pose File
.HR2Poser Hair File
.HRZCompressed Poser Hair File
.LT2Poser Light Set File
.LTZCompressed Poser Light Set File
.MC5Poser 5 Material File
.MC6Poser Material Collection File
.MCZCompressed Poser Material File
.OBJWavefront 3D Object File
.P2ZCompressed Poser Pose File
.PCTPicture File
.PMDPoser Binary Morph File
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.PP2Poser Prop File
.PPZCompressed Poser Prop File
.PZ2Poser Pose File
.PZ3Poser Scene File
.PZZCompressed Poser Scene File
.U3DUniversal 3D File
Additional Related File Formats
.3DS3D Studio Scene
.DXFDrawing Exchange Format File
.LWOLightWave 3D Object File
.PICTPicture File
.RSRPoser Model Preview File

Updated: December 30, 2015