Mr. Entertainment works in Autodesk Research exploring cool, new things. Prior to that he was the Product Manager for the Entertainment Creation Suites: Maya, 3ds Max, Softimage, MotionBuilder and Mudbox. Nowadays he blogs about Maya and interesting M&E things.Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:15:43 UTCJester&#039;s Quest - Getting in the Mood for GDCCory Mogk<p>I found this a while back and thought it might be a nice trip down memory lane (circa Maya v3) for some of you, particularly as GDC approaches - enjoy! Make sure to check out our <a href="/gdc2015">GDC 2015 page</a> to see what kind of fun we'll be getting into this year.</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p>Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:19:50 UTC Artist in Residence Program at Pier 9Cory Mogk<p>Pier 9 is Autodesk's makerspace in San Francisco. One of the things that happens at Pier 9 is that we host an <a href="">Artist in Residence Program</a>. This video provides a nice overview of the space and the program.</p> <p><iframe src="" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><a href="">2015 Pier 9 Artist in Residence Exhibition</a> from <a href="">Pier 9</a> on <a href="">Vimeo</a>.</p> <p>Here are a couple of interesting projects from the Artists.</p> <p><iframe src="" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><a href="">Blooms: Strobe-Animated Sculptures</a> from <a href="">Pier 9</a> on <a href="">Vimeo</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><a href="">Artist Profile: U-Ram Choe</a> from <a href="">Pier 9</a> on <a href="">Vimeo</a>.</p> <p>If you are interested in being an Artist in Residence, you may <a href="">apply</a> - the next deadline is February 22, 2015. Not sure if you want to apply, check out some of the <a href="">artists</a> and <a href="">projects</a> that are part of the program.</p>Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:40:49 UTC Topological Art in Maya with XGenCory Mogk<p>Have you ever wondered how <a href="">Lee Griggs</a> makes these awesome images?</p> <p><img src="/userdata/blogs/cory/xgenGriggs.jpg" width="977" height="728" /></p> <p>You can browse through these on <a href="/showcase/portfolios/660">Lee's Area portfolio</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">If you want to take it further, there's a new video on the Maya Learning Channnel that you can try to learn more.&nbsp;</span>This movie shows you how to use XGen to create a series of primitive cubes, then adjust their heights and color via ptex map to create interesting works of art.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p>Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:24:13 UTC Could Project Draco Do For Storyboarding and Animatics?Cory Mogk<p>We asked <a href="/blogs/hsm/will-the-story-collaborator-please-stand-up--wait-story-what">Matthew Chan</a> from the Hyperspace Madness team to try out Project Draco as a storyboarding tool. Here's a bit of what he came up with. We think it looks pretty cool and it helps to tell the story with fewer images which means less data to manage. What do you think? You can read more about Project Draco on the <a href="">Autodesk Research blog</a>.</p> <p><img src="" /></p>Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:16:36 UTC Dog Talks about Uncharted 4, Nathan Drake and the PS4Cory Mogk<p>This is a great talk from&nbsp;Frank Tzeng, Yibing Jiang, Colin Thomas, Ryan Trowbridge, and Ashley Swidowski on the Uncharted 4 Team at Naughty Dog. <a href="/masters">Ryan</a> is known for being a Maya Master as well as training he's provided in the past like <a href="/masterclasses/masterclass/class3_q1_2012">3D Math for Artists</a> and the <a href="">Maya Python for Film and Games</a> guide book.&nbsp;</p> <p>They talk about updating the design on Nathan Drake, his model, his rig, shading and dynamics. Beyond how great the art looks, they talk about dealing with the Uncannny Valley and getting a job in the games industry.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <script type="text/javascript">// <![CDATA[ (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','//','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-57785615-1', 'auto'); ga('send', 'pageview'); // ]]></script>Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:02:52 UTC Meshmixer Now has an API and ScriptingCory Mogk<p>Autodesk Meshmixer 2.7 has been released and you can read more about the new features that make it easier to <a href="">3D print multiple objects</a>.</p> <p><img src="" width="500" height="356" /></p> <p>Meshmixer 2.7 now offers a C++ API and Python Scripting. With this interface you can perform commands inside the running application.&nbsp;</p> <p>The docs and examples are available on <a href="">Github</a>. Things that you can do include:</p> <ul> <li>list objects in scene</li> <li>select specific objects</li> <li>get bounding box of selected object</li> <li>find ray/surface intersection</li> <li>find nearest point on surface to query point</li> <li>conversion between Scene and World coordinates</li> <li>run commands (eg the plane command to cut objects in half, generate supports, offset polygons)</li> <li>read/write files</li> </ul> <div></div> <div>As this is the first release of the API, it is possible that it may change. This also means it's a good time to provide feedback if you have ideas for improvement. More details can be found on the <a href="">Meshmixer forum</a>.</div>Mon, 08 Dec 2014 23:07:17 UTC Bifrost Tutorials for MayaCory Mogk<p>Here's a series of three new Bifrost tutorials - enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="640" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> <iframe width="640" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> <iframe width="640" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p>Thu, 13 Nov 2014 23:45:03 UTC Screencast of UV Unwrapping in Maya 2015 for BeginnersCory Mogk<p>Autodesk Screencast is pretty cool but I haven't seen a lot of public tutorials on Maya or 3ds Max.</p> <p>Here's a nice beginner tutorial from Henry Dryovage. If you want to see the full timeline and thumbnails, you'll need to watch on the <a href="">Autodesk Screencast site</a>. What do you think of Screencast? Anyone else tried it out but not made their tutorials public?</p> <p><iframe width="640" height="400" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" webkitallowfullscreen=""></iframe></p>Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:40:44 UTC the Cowboy at Ruby&#039;s Saloon - Maya V1 Demo MovieCory Mogk<p>A little trip down memory lane - h<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">ere's some UI and the demo movie it created&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">:)</span></p> <p><img src="/userdata/blogs/cory/mayaV1UI.jpg" width="480" height="360" /></p> <p><iframe width="640" height="480" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p>Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:33:51 UTC do you deal with mass amounts of video footage? Is the Video Lens a possible solution?Cory Mogk<p>I have a new post up on the Autodesk Research blog about a great new study called <a href="">Video Lens</a>. Video Lens is a tool for analysis and review of mass amounts of video footage.</p> <p>I know what you're thinking: This sounds really interesting for applications in film, tv and broadcast applications, right?</p> <p>In the research we use MLB baseball footage and metadata provided by the <a href="">PITCHf/x</a> system. What I would like to do here is throw out a couple M&amp;E style scenarios and get your feedback on the possibilities.</p> <p>A quick overview of the Video Lens system:</p> <ul> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">Select data in the UI that interests you (eg pitches that were thrown low)</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">Refine the data with more selections (eg pitches by a specific pitcher or team or style of hitter or .... So many possibilities)</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">Review the video clips in real time that match your criteria, learn and make decisions</span></li> </ul> <div>Here's a video showing how it works:</div> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">In M&amp;E workflows we capture lots of metadata:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">Time and date</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">Sound</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">Environmental conditions (lighting, weather, location, etc.)</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">Things (landmarks, actors, props)</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">Motion Capture</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">Camera data (lenses, placement, movement, HDR's)</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">What could we do with this metadata and video paired up with video lens?</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">Here's a top down view of a baseball field. What if this was your film set?</span></p> <p><img src="" width="503" height="308" alt="Video Lens Baseball Field User Interface" /></p> <p>Here's a view of baseball teams. What if this was actors in your movie?</p> <p><img src="" alt="Video Lens Team User Interface" width="486" height="302" /></p> <p>Here's a view of types of pitches. What if this was your story line by act, scene and/or shot? What if this was showing mood or color of your story?</p> <p><img src="/userdata/blogs/cory/VideoLensPitchTypes.png" alt="Video Lens Pitch Type User Interface" width="611" height="374" /></p> <p>Here's a view of a pitch zone. What if it was a view of your motion capture punching and kicking data?</p> <p><img src="" alt="Video Lens Strikezone" width="800" height="566" /></p> <p>What do you think? Let me know here or over on the <a href="">Video Lens research page</a> where you can also find more info.</p>Thu, 04 Sep 2014 20:19:49 UTC Hackathon for Autodesk ApplicationsCory Mogk<p>The Autodesk Developer Network Exchange Apps team is running an online hackathon September 20 and 21 with training and prizes!</p> <p>You are invited to join and write an app for any Autodesk product. An app is broadly defined and may include any of these possibilities:</p> <ul> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">Plug-in</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">Standalone applications</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">Cloud apps</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">Training tutorials</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">E-books</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">Content</span></li> </ul> <p><a href="">Learn more and register!&nbsp;</a></p>Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:04:25 UTC to return lost Maya windows to your desktopCory Mogk<p>I change my monitor configuration a lot when working on my laptop - sometimes solo, sometimes one monitor, sometimes two. Sometimes the monitors are stacked vertically and other times aligned horizontally. This means I lose windows from time to time because they're expecting to appear on another screen. Here's a quick way to fix it with a little MEL:</p> <p class="code" style="padding-left: 30px;">//list windows in the scene to get the proper name of the missing one</p> <p class="code" style="padding-left: 30px;">//you can also echo the commands to see the proper name - it's usually called or indicated from the script/command</p> <p class="code" style="padding-left: 30px;">//e.g. OptionBoxWindow is both the command and window title</p> <p class="code" style="padding-left: 30px;">lsUI -wnd;</p> <p class="code" style="padding-left: 30px;">//move the window somewhere you can see it - using OptionBoxWindow since it's a common one</p> <p class="code" style="padding-left: 30px;">//-tlc is the top left corner</p> <p class="code" style="padding-left: 30px;">window -edit - tlc 200 200 OptionBoxWindow;</p>Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:36:11 UTC the 1968 Earthrise with MayaCory Mogk<p>I managed to see Ernie Wright from NASA talk about how he recreated the famous 1968 Earthrise photo with Maya. The video below talks a little bit about the process and has excerpts from the created movie in the middle. It's pretty cool to hear the astronauts talking and looking for colour film to get a good photo of the Earth.</p> <p>Ernie is part of the <a href="">Scientific Visualization Studio</a> (SVS) at NASA which has created more than 5,500 visualizations. For this project he used data from the <a href="">Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter</a> (LRO) to recreate the path of the Apollo 8 and the position of the moon and the Earth. Ernie used <a href="">Visible Earth</a> data to texture the Earth and found the cloud coverage to match the photo - that cloud coverage also helped with the alignment of the Earth, moon and Apollo 8. With all of this, he was able to determine the time of day and which portal the picture was taken from.<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><a href="">Earthrise: The 45th Anniversary</a> has lots more information about the project.</p>Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:17:54 UTC Adventures in Autodesk ResearchCory Mogk<p>I moved over to <a href="">Autodesk Research</a> a few months ago and thought it was worth sharing with the Area community. As one of the old-time bloggers here on the Area - more than 350 posts (I don't know exactly how many as it seems a bunch of the early ones are MIA) - I'm going to keep this blog rolling, likely with more tutorial style posts. I'll&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">also share some interesting updates from the Autodesk Research team from time to time. If you want to know more about what's happening in Autodesk Research, I have started an <a href="">Autodesk Research blog</a> with all the details.</span></p> <h3><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">Innovation at Autodesk Research&nbsp;</span></h3> <p><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">Since starting at Alias|wavefront so many years ago, I've always been excited about the cool things that the Research team was doing. Things like Marking Menus and the Hotbox from the <a href="">User Interface Research Group</a> were very innovative ways to operate software.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">A few years ago I was fortunate enough to be involved in a research project that went beyond film, games and design/viz, the typical things one thinks about with 3D software, and spend a bunch of time looking at medical science. We used to joke that we were just having fun with our work and not doing anything serious like <a href="/blogs/cory/using_maya_to_cure_cancer">curing cancer with Maya</a>. Projects like&nbsp;<a href="">Molecular Maya</a> and <a href="">caDNAno</a> were taking the tools we had created for entertainment and helping people at a deeper level. From exploring that space, came the <a href="">Bio/Nano/Programmable Matter Group</a>&nbsp;within Autodesk Research.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">More recently, I had been exploring what the cloud and mobile computing means to 3D software with some of the work from the&nbsp;<a href="">Design Research Group</a>:</span></p> <ul> <li><a href="">Running Autodesk Software on Amazon with Otoy</a></li> <li><a href="">Running Autodesk Software in a Web Browser with Amazon and Otoy</a></li> <li><a href="">Autodesk Remote: Running Desktop Software on an iPad</a></li> </ul> <div>So, after all these things I jumped at the chance to get to work more closely with the team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">Who's Going to SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver?</span></h3> <p><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">M&amp;E has a bunch of things going on at <a href="/siggraph2014">SIGGRAPH with Maya and 3ds Max</a>. I'll be there with the Autodesk Research team who have <a href="">presentations on hair, cloth, airplanes and 3D printing</a>. As an extra special bonus, we'll be showing <a href="">Project Draco in the SIGGRAPH 2014 Studio</a> and you can get yours hands on it to try it out!</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>If you're at SIGGRAPH, please stop by and say hi!</p>Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:29:40 UTC Screencast is a New Tool for Creating and Sharing TutorialsCory Mogk<p>Autodesk Screencast is a cool new tool for recording and sharing video based tutorials. There is something unique about Screencast that I will get to after covering the basics. You can download the app from the <a href="">Autodesk Screencast</a> site and you will see an easy to use interface once you start it up.</p> <p><img src="/userdata/blogs/cory/screencast.png" width="446" height="429" /></p> <p>A number of people have already posted tutorials for some of the M&amp;E products. Here is a sample og projection painting in Mudbox:</p> <p><iframe width="640" height="400" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" webkitallowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Here is a sample of Revit and 3ds Max to do clay renderings:</p> <p><iframe width="640" height="400" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" webkitallowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Now that we've covered the basics, we can look at a couple of the more unique features of Screencast. If you're watching the tutorials on the Screencast site, you'll have access to a thumbnail viewer on the left hand side that helps you find parts of the video more easily.</p> <p><img src="/userdata/blogs/cory/screencastThumbnails.png" width="436" height="573" /></p> <p>With some Autodesk products, you will also get an enhanced timeline that shows what commands were executed, what dialog boxes were used, when files are saved and when someone switched between products. This image is from Inventor. A user can click on anyone of the events in the timeline to jump to that portion of the tutorial - very handy for repeating a certain part of the tutorial or finding advice on a specific tool.</p> <p><img src="/userdata/blogs/cory/screencastTimeline.png" width="970" height="633" /></p> <p>You can also see the hotkeys that were used along the bottom of the screen and a running list of recent commands on the left hand side of the screen.</p>Mon, 23 Jun 2014 18:39:01 UTC 3 of the Matte Painting Toolkit is now Available for MayaCory Mogk<p>Glyph has released version 3 of the <a href="">Mattepainting Toolkit for Maya</a> (MPTK). The MPTK is a plugin suite for Autodesk Maya that helps artists build photorealistic 3D environments with minimal rendering overhead. It offers an extensive toolset for working with digital paintings as well as datasets sourced from photographs.</p> <p>New features in MPTK include:</p> <ul> <li>Viewport 2.0 Support<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span></li> <li>Viewport Matte Painting<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span></li> <li>Spherical Map Support<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span></li> <li>UV Map Support<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span></li> <li>Bake shaders to UVs</li> </ul> <div>This shot shows the beginnings of the MPTK:</div> <div></div> <p><iframe src="" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><a href="">Benjamin Button 1950s Paris</a> from <a href="">Glyph</a> on <a href="">Vimeo</a>.</p>Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:25:15 UTC up an Amazon EC2 Render Farm for Maya and 3ds Max with BackburnerCory Mogk<p>I've been doing a lot of investigation of remote computing these days. If you haven't been following, I've shared info on<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5em;"><a href="/blogs/cory/running-autodesk-software-on-amazon-with-otoy">Running Autodesk Software on Amazon with Otoy</a>,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5em;"><a href="/blogs/cory/running-autodesk-software-in-a-web-browser-with-amazon-and-otoy">Running Autodesk Software in a Web Browser with Amazon and Otoy</a> and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5em;"><a href="/blogs/cory/autodesk-remote-running-desktop-software-on-an-ipad">Autodesk Remote: Running Desktop Software on an iPad</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">I found a very thorough set of videos from Jud Pratt talking about how to <a href="">set up an Amazon EC2 render farm for Maya and 3ds Max with Backburner</a>. Jud recorded these a couple years back so you may see some differences but it generally looks ok. Disclaimer: I have not tried the workflow Jud describes but it seems clear. Presumably, this would work for other products in conjunction with Backburner.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">Jud outlines the process as:</span></p> <ul> <li>Setting up your Amazon Instances</li> <li>Installing your software (this step could be simpler if you used the preconfigured Maya and 3ds Max instances that I previously described - you'll likely still want an FTP client though you could optionally use your <a href="">Autodesk 360 Storage</a>)</li> <li>Setting up a max price for your spot instances</li> <li>Launching renders from within 3ds Max and Maya</li> </ul> <div>Here is the grand finale of what Jud has put together :)</div> <div></div> <p><iframe src=";color=e4741f" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><a href="">EC2 Renderfarm: Launching Maya Backburner Render</a> from <a href="">Jud Pratt</a> on <a href="">Vimeo</a>.</p>Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:22:05 UTC 3D Geometry in your Web Browser with JavaScriptCory Mogk<p>Autodesk <a href="">TinkerCad</a> is a cute little web based modeller with the awesome power of JavaScript customizability.</p> <p><img src="/userdata/blogs/cory/tinkerScreen.jpg" height="305" width="535" /></p> <p>Here's a short video walk through of how and what you can create with it:</p> <p><iframe src="" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" width="480"></iframe></p>Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:58:21 UTC Remote: Running Desktop Software on an iPadCory Mogk<p>Autodesk Remote runs on your <a href="">desktop</a> and your <a href="">iPad</a> to connect the two systems together allowing you more flexibility and mobility in how you approach your work. It's a very easy to setup your desktop to be accessed from your iPad and there are some nice UI conventions to make it easier to work with.</p> <p>Here are the iPad gestures:</p> <p><img src="" height="384" width="512" /></p> <p>And here is a look at the keyboard customization. The buttons across the top (Space, Ctrl, Alt, etc.) are easily accessible from the bottom of the iPad screen for commonly used operations:</p> <p><img src="" height="441" width="827" /></p> <p>Here's a movie I put together to step you through the setup and workflow:</p> <p><iframe src="" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" width="480"></iframe></p>Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:04:06 UTC can you make with a UAV, a GoPro Camera and ReCap?Cory Mogk<p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p>Sat, 01 Mar 2014 20:26:50 UTC