Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The deck of Cards Mash setup with UDIM

There are a whole bunch of Mash tutorials on Mainframe's vimeo channel,
here Ian goes more in depth on the deck of cards UDIM  that Lee showed at the May 3rd user group

MASH - UDIMs from Mainframe (North) on Vimeo.

May 3rd 2016, 2016 Ext 2 Meetup re-cap

    Thanks to everyone for coming out and getting a little glimpse of what's new in Maya 2016 Ext 2. and I'm digging into whatever I can about 'if' this is 2017, or we should expect a 2017 release in the next quarter.,.. Realistically, there is so much in this release, it's like a full update.  I'm just happy that maybe the Maya release number will match the actual year I'm using it. 

      The render layer system alone is such a major overhaul. And with as much the Lee got thru, there are so many little improvements that I like that he didn't get a chance to go over.  

  Congratulations to Adam Momsen for winning the AMD / ATI W5100 graphics card.  You can look up the specs. but basically 4GB of GDDR5 memory, 768 Stream Processors, 128 Bit Memory interface.. (it's wicked fast and built for 3D)  Special thanks to Ben D'amprisi of M&E Business Development Manager at  AMD for supplying an awesome prize for the event.   ( He is local and available to help out if you are looking for a card, or cards for your studio!  contact him at ) 

4 people were able to sink the ping pong ball, but Adam pulled thru in our tie-breaker ( choosing the closest number)    Use it wisely Adam , and let us know how it works out.
Thanks to Renee Evans and Lee Fraser of Autodesk for hosting and sponsoring the event and the group. Without them none of this could happen.  ( by the way, the more we do. the more they can do for us.. so if you want to present. know of someone who wants to present, or  have suggestions of something you'd like to see, learn, whatever, let me know! ) 

Also thanks to Plural Sight for their sponsorship of the group, and giving out monthly passes to lucky winning members *(sorry, didn't catch all your names) 

(Keep an eye out, and I'll try and plan another event.. soon --- ish )

( Mash, motion graphics in maya) 
Mash Channel on Vimeo :

(new content browser, with icons, and animated gifs)

(new blendShape manager) 

(one click rigging.. ) 

and even though it was the third.. May the Fourth be with you.......



Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Bonus Tools for Maya 2016 EXT 2 !

( you should be able to download directly from your Maya session under the help | Maya resources and Tools Menu )

Steven Roselle does a great overview of the updates/ fixes/ and new features

  • curve to ribbon
  • curve to tube
  • cleanup ribbon/tube mesh