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Blog by M&E Senior Technical Specialist, Gary M. Davis. Primary focus is around the Autodesk 3ds Max Entertainment Suites and Autodesk Smoke.

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Mudbox Sculpt & Paint Layers to 3ds Max 2015 Morpher (non-destructive interop)
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Mudbox Sculpt & Paint Layers to 3ds Max 2015 Morpher (non-destructive interop)

Posted 31 March 2014 10:30 pm by visualz on Amalgamation

Software: Autodesk 3ds Max , Autodesk Mudbox ,

Industry: Games , Film, TV and VFX , Professional Video ,

In this short video, I take a look at how to use the one-click interop between 3ds Max 2015 and Mudbox 2015. Specific area of interst are two options for sending Mudbox sculpt layers to 3ds Max as Morpher modifier targets and secondly, sending Mudbox paint layers to 3ds Max as non-destructive, Composite maps for subsequent material editing.

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3ds Max 2015 and Mixamo Auto-Rigging for the CAT and Biped Character Animation Systems
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3ds Max 2015 and Mixamo Auto-Rigging for the CAT and Biped Character Animation Systems

Posted 20 March 2014 3:01 pm by visualz on Amalgamation

Software: Autodesk 3ds Max , Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite ,

Industry: Games , Film, TV and VFX , Professional Video , Design Visualization ,

In this short video, I show how users can shorten the tedious, laborious and time-consuming task of skinning and rigging a humanoid character.

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Retopo Workflow between Autodesk Catch123D, Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Mudbox
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Retopo Workflow between Autodesk Catch123D, Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Mudbox

Posted 24 June 2013 8:17 pm by visualz on Amalgamation

Software: Autodesk 3ds Max , Autodesk Mudbox ,

Industry: Games , Film, TV and VFX , Professional Video , Design Visualization ,

In this video, I show the basic concepts behind the workflow and interop of Autodesk Catch123D, 3ds Max and Mudbox.

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GPU ambient occlusion (AO) and IBL w/ mental ray in 3ds Max 2014
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GPU ambient occlusion (AO) and IBL w/ mental ray in 3ds Max 2014

Posted 20 June 2013 5:18 pm by visualz on Amalgamation

Software: Autodesk 3ds Max ,

Industry: Games , Film, TV and VFX , Professional Video , Design Visualization ,

This video highlights a few of the new features of mental ray found in Autodesk 3ds Max 2014. Some of these include rendering an AO pass on the hardware GPU as well as disabling Final Gather and using Image Based Lighting (IBL) to illuminate your scene. Also detailed is a new, more granular method of antialiasing, among other features.

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Autodesk MatchMover and Smoke 2013
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Autodesk MatchMover and Smoke 2013

Posted 14 January 2013 10:40 pm by visualz on Amalgamation

Software: Autodesk Smoke ,

Industry: Film, TV and VFX , Creative Finishing , Professional Video , Design Visualization ,

In this short video, I show the general workflow for creating a 3D camera solve from real world footage using Autodesk MatchMover 2013. The resulting data is then brought into Smokes Action module.

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Autodesk 3ds Max 2013 &  MediaSync Interop
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Autodesk 3ds Max 2013 & MediaSync Interop

Posted 17 December 2012 1:27 pm by visualz on Amalgamation

Software: Autodesk 3ds Max ,

Industry: Games , Film, TV and VFX , Professional Video , Design Visualization ,

This video highlights the MediaSync interop between Autodesk 3ds Max 2013, Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. Also featured is a brief look at the iRay GPU rendering engine for entertainment using the Boxx 4920XT workstation and the NVIDIA Quadro/Tesla (Maximus) board-set.

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Behind the Scenes SigGraph Prep - 3ds Max and Smoke 2013
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Behind the Scenes SigGraph Prep - 3ds Max and Smoke 2013

Posted 25 July 2012 3:42 pm by visualz on Amalgamation

Software: Autodesk 3ds Max , Autodesk Smoke ,

Industry: Film, TV and VFX , Creative Finishing , Professional Video , Design Visualization ,

Behind the Scenes SigGraph Prep - Autodesk 3ds Max and Smoke 2013. This is a quick video to show some of the prep work for my presentation at SigGraph 2012. The specific focus is in establishing the spatial relationship between 3ds Max's units and Smoke's 3D compositing environment, Action. I also show some tips on how to bring rendered assets that are numbered image sequences with alpha channels into Smoke using the MediaHub, as well as some options for Matte Container workflows. This is not the "sexy stuff" of a SigGraph demo, but its important for users looking to have a successful interop between 3ds Max and Smoke.

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Quick Fix - 3ds Max 2013, State Sets and Network Rendering
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Quick Fix - 3ds Max 2013, State Sets and Network Rendering

Posted 21 May 2012 8:06 pm by visualz on Amalgamation

Software: Autodesk 3ds Max ,

Industry: Film, TV and VFX , Professional Video , Design Visualization ,

There is a small issue with 3ds Max 2013 and its new feature called State Sets. As it shipped, 3ds Max 2013 state Sets cannot naively record a flag to enable or disable network rendering. This is due to the fact that this is no longer a check box "flag". This short video shows a quick, band-aid fix to enable users to work with State Sets in 3ds Max 2013 and opt to use network rendering or not with the click of a button. enjoy! //gD

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Autodesk Smoke 2012 for 3D Artists
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Autodesk Smoke 2012 for 3D Artists

Posted 21 March 2012 8:00 pm by visualz on Amalgamation

Software: Autodesk 3ds Max , Autodesk Smoke ,

Industry: Film, TV and VFX , Creative Finishing , Professional Video , Design Visualization ,

This is a rebroadcast of an M and E webinar where I demonstrated how Autodesk Smoke 2012 can work in tandem with a 3D CGI pipeline for creative finishing. UPDATE NOTE - this video was recorded with Autodesk Smoke 2012. Users can now download a trial version of the newer 2013 release here. http://usa.autodesk.com/smoke-for-mac/ This includes significant changes to the User Interface, but no features shown in this video above have been removed from the application. //garyD

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GPU Hardware Rendering with 3ds Max Quicksilver
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GPU Hardware Rendering with 3ds Max Quicksilver

Posted 19 December 2011 7:00 pm by visualz on Amalgamation

Software: Autodesk 3ds Max ,

Industry: Games , Film, TV and VFX , Professional Video , Design Visualization ,

My 90-minute lecture created for the Autodesk University Conference held at the end of November 2011. Also includes Autodesk Composite workflows.

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