Blog by M&E Senior Technical Specialist, Gary M. Davis. Primary focus is around the Autodesk 3ds Max Entertainment Suites and Autodesk Smoke.
Now that Autodesk Composite is FREE, I thought I would take a moment to show users the proper way to set up the disk-based caching for the best performance possible. In this example, I forego using a SSD or RAID0 in favor of a Fusion ioFX card for caching and playback.
In this short video, I step way out of my typical comfort zone to share an interesting tip and trick for the TD’s and scripting gang out there. Sublime Text is a popular text-editor that accommodates lots of favored workflows in the industry. This quick video shows how to add support to it for MaxScript. The result is the ability to open, edit and execute MaxScripts from Sublime, which also has support for Python (as does 3ds Max 2015).
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.
In this short video, I show how users can shorten the tedious, laborious and time-consuming task of skinning and rigging a humanoid character.
In this video, I show the basic concepts behind the workflow and interop of Autodesk Catch123D, 3ds Max and Mudbox.
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.
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.
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.
This is a revisit of a demo I created for SigGraph 2012 that highlights the new Autodesk Smoke 2013 software with emphasis to 3D production pipelines. Since there was so much content generated, this will be part one of a mult-part series on the subject.
This brief video was shot at SigGraph 2012. In addition to showing the new Autodesk Smoke 2013 at our own booth, I was also in LA demoing some Autodesk applications at the Boxx Technologies booth (including 3ds Max and Backburner). Both GPU and CPU based rendering was performed all week on several new offerings for artists and designers. In the coming weeks I will be expanding this discussions in more depth.