Posted by Mark Schoennagel, 2 August 2012 7:21 pm
Thought I’d write a quick little post as hopefully you all are getting as psyched about Siggraph as I am! Burning the midnight oil as usual around this time of year getting demos polished up and hardware situated. Hopefully all the Softimage users out there have upgraded to Softimage 2013 SP1 which fixes a good number of bugs and workflow issues that have been annoying us.
As for Siggraph, I’ll have a daily, 30 minute presentation in the main Autodesk theater showing off CrowdFX, and two more hours in the “Autodesk University” theater, also in the main Autodesk booth. The theater demo is going to focus as I mentioned on CrowdFX, but the AU Theater is much more free form so feel free to stop by and ask questions. I have some great material from my friends at Psyop and some other customers to show you as well as some other cool ICE tricks so make sure to stop by. If for some reason you miss me there, I’ll be spending the rest of the show in the Intel booth playing on some pretty wicked hardware over there. By the way, I’m pretty sure in my theater demo at the Autodesk booth I’ll have some Intel Solid State drives to give away so make sure you pay attention as a triva question is going to win the prize! I can tell you this, the Intel SSD’s are sick sick sick when it comes HD performance. Scrubbing a cache file with a bunch of CrowdFX characters is wayyyy faster than on a regular hard drive that’s for sure!
All also be at the Autodesk Studen Experience event at the JW Marriott on Monday showing a little Mudbox of all things. I had the opportunity to learn Mudbox a few weeks ago so I could man the Wacom booth at Comicon. First, Comicon is nuts, thats all I'll say about that! Second, Mudbox is awesome! I had no idea it was so easy! Jen Goldfinch heard I picked it up in a weeks time and asked if I would share my experience with the students which of course I was happy to do. I did meet the guys from Makerbot at Comicon who hooked me up with one of the their ammmaazzzzinggg 3D printers, wow! You take a highly detailed Mudbox model, convert it to .STL and print it! Its crazy cool!. I'll hopefully have the Makerbot in our booth printing away for you to check out too.
By the way... If anyone has some cool scenes they created with CrowdFX and want me to show it send me an email! I have some good examples but could always use a few more! Renderings are fine too, just point me in the right direction. Also, any other cool ICE scenes you have I’ll also put to good use too so let me know! Just drop me an email at Mark.Schoennagel @ Autodesk.com in the next couple days.
Other than that things are really good. The team in Singapore are already doing some amazing work on the next release. I think you’ll all be pleasantly surprised by what the team is going to deliver in 2014 so stay tuned and hope to see you at the show!!
Ok back to RedBull and Sofitmage. :)
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