Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mudbox 2018.2

  That's right! Mudbox is back , and with it's all new dynamic tesselation on it's tools it's looking pretty amazing.

Principal Product Designer Trevor Adams has just announced eveything that is new in MudBox on his page.  The biggest improvement is dynamic tessellation that allows tools to dynamically update the models tessellation on the fly, and only where the detail is needed without stretching out the polygons into a big shearing mess.

Rather than rehash Trevors page I'll just post some of the short videos. ( there are 10 minute example movies) and a link to the original article

Beast Concept time lapse using Dynamic Tessellation


Horse model study .. .starting from a sphere: 

Dynamic Tessellation Tutorial

link to full press release:

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

MtoA 513: using Cryptomatte with Arnold Maya & Nuke

In Arvid Shneider's latest youTube series he walks thru using Cryptomatte with Arnold and Nuke. 

Be sure to follow Arvid on Youtube,
 and support him on his Patreon Site:

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Oates Studio.. Unity and alembic

I just stumbled across these videos of the making of digital humans for the series ADAM from Oates Studio. 

 The series was picked up and expanded by Neil Blomkamp and his team at Oates Studio. Oates has taken a large interest in real time  rendering and developing everything to work and play in Unity.  ( all three of the ADAM shorts have been completely rendered in unity) 

 As you will see, part of the interesting thing is that they are taking full moving captures of the humans facial movements at 30 to 40 fps. Rather than face dots and mocap to transfer to a jointed/blendshapped facial rig, and then importing that data as alembic straight into unity.   That combined with body mocap and some animation blending creates the final performances. 

     It looks like the alembic importer for unity has been around for a couple years. but with the help of Oates Studio it has gotten a major upgrade with they combined efforts to create the ADAM series. 

  It makes me wonder how large these data sets can be, and still run real time in unity, as well as if they are working on ways to use the alembic cache to drive alternate characters. Something that is normally handled by facial rig transfer from mocap data .. ( like how weta creates the faces for "Apes"

 This is a nice in depth article on the technological challenges solved by the ADAM team.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Comprehensive intro to Arnold 5 in Maya from Mograph Plus

I know nothing about mograph + but this looks like a pretty impressive comprehensive lesson pack for Arnold in Maya.. they are boasting over 8.5 hours of tutorials for $65

Monday, December 4, 2017

Brent Forrest's 2D fx for maya

Animator Brent Forrest has released 2 rigged/animated toon type effects for Maya. Love the hand animation, and the control that he gives you in the rig.

  It looks like he first hand animated the animation and then imported as either SVG or image planes and cut out the parts he wanted. The animation is handled thru object visibility, so there is group per frame that you can step thru. 

  What's nice is he then gives you quick access to color HSV and for the toon smack a radial control for what you want to have visible. 

Both are available on for $12 each.

I wouldn't be surprised if he puts out some of his other 2D fx as rigs for Maya in the near future.

FIRE! from Brent Forrest on Vimeo.

Smoke em if you got em from Brent Forrest on Vimeo.

Sargeant Splatter from Brent Forrest on Vimeo.

Splash Effects from Brent Forrest on Vimeo.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Imagine Design Create October 5th 2017

Imagine Design Create 2017 - New York
Please join us for this free event for creative professionals, motion graphics artists, 3d generalists, and visualization specialists.

We are excited to present a wide range of exciting technology and industry workflows involving the Autodesk Entertainment portfolio. Topics will include Visual Effects, Virtual Reality, Motion Graphics, Visualization and more. We’ll be showcasing many of the powerful new procedural workflows in Autodesk Maya® and 3ds Max® including MASH, Bifrost, XGen and the Max Creation Graph.

Additional topics will include collaborative production management with Shotgun, as well as efficient, high quality rendering with Arnold 5.

Don't miss out...we will be raffling off an Intuos Pro Paper edition, a Bamboo Slate, and a Radeon Pro WX 5100 graphics card at the end of the night. Plus, additional door prizes will be given to the first customers to arrive!  Food and beverages will be provided.  

be sure to register !