Autodesk has purchased the image creation products and technology devised by software company Realviz.

Having paid an undisclosed fee, Autodesk will now market and develop RealViz's Stitcher Unlimited, Stitcher Express, ImageModeler and Movimento software as standalone products.

It will also fold the technology behind other Realviz products, Matchmover, Retimer and VTour, into its own product line.

The Stitcher Pro, Stitcher Unlimited DS and StoryViz products will be discontinued.

Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Autodesk Platform Solutions and Emerging Business said: “Realviz's technology is complementary to Autodesk's modelling, visual effects and animation products. It will enable us to increase the use of 3D technology across many industries, including architecture, film, broadcast and game development.”

Realviz technology provides ways to generate 3D content and visual effects from photo imaging and 2D environments.

Founded in 1998 it is a privately-owned company with its headquarters in Sophia Antipolis, France.

Realviz users include Cinesite and Framestore CFC in the UK as well as Sony Pictures Imageworks, Warner Brothers Animation, Electronic Arts and Activision.

Meanwhile, Autodesk has also completed the acquisition of Kynogon SA, the privately held maker of Kynapse artificial intelligence middleware. Autodesk announced its intent to acquire the Paris-based company on 19 February 2008.