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    Since this topic is still called Android, I thought I should post a good tutorial page I found. It's all about "sound" / music, but that's a great place to start, I think. It's the deprecated (oh no!) SoundPool class in android. I got it to work. https://examples.javacodegeeks.com/android/android-soundpool-example/
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    I put in some eyebrows and that makes a BIG difference for expressions emotions, I would say! Just a simple muscle motion had like 7 emotions I could come up with, but I'm showing 3. I just added a spline above the spline above the eyes and grouped it black. Still need to work out the mouth, nose, etc. and (how you say?) blemishes. But Wow with the simple eyebrows, what a difference! Here's Vera 1) Normal 2) Concerned and 3) Angry (but motivated). And muscle action really slapped together fast after modeling to say the least. Note: I messed up the naming on 2 of the file names.
  3. I'm not anywhere close to a gaming guru, but in my learning of OpenGL and trying to tie things together with A:M (or any other 3D generation software), I've found no uniform mutually accepted way of doing anything like that. I found one post on a website from a mutually motivated guy while trying to just get bones to work with DirectX, and it was just about finding a piece of code that apparently worked but was totally nonsensical to follow. I got a book on OpenGL graphics where I followed the lessons and made a sphere show up (points or shaded) but the model was not a mesh. It was an algorithm to draw a sphere. So my best guess is... you'd have to break the model down to individual "pieces" and go from there, which is not what you wanted to hear. Cloud, MDD, FBX ?!?!? It's not so hard to accept that what you are asking for hasn't so much not been done yet, except that whoever has figured it out already has a good job somewhere and doesn't have the legal permission to share what he or she devised. From what I've learned with OpenGL, breaking down to basic math to describe a model is where one needs to go, which should not be intimidating if you're interested in actually achieving what you're after. You could likely ask some in depth question on stackoverflow and find out it's well beyond the capacity of any programmer contributing to that site. *Some guy had a program that was called something like VB2DX for A:M and he would be the guy to ask when it comes to Microsoft related stuff, if not OpenGL. But I think Microsoft is on their way out except for PC and business stuff. I think he was from India, had a family, and sold me the most amazing text deciphering software I ever bought. If you look at the basic OpenGL library, you'll just be amazed as to how that stuff is so available yet so frustrating to work with, or even find which way you're trying to make it work with. So, I would wonder where you're trying to export it to in the first place, take a deep breath, sigh, and go from there. Maybe put your thumb and index finger on your forehead at the same time. I've resolved to focus on just outputting rendered files from A:M to an output that does not try to adapt to actual computer language that describes animation. Just sayin'.
  4. Visually, you'd be riding the spline on a 3D curve with a normal perpendicular to your "path" of travel. You would be on a "planned" path of travel by a simple curve or spiral trajectory... in 3D. But then, the path needs to change to meet the requirements of another path (which you know nothing about). That path has a current very simple and understandable vertex location and trajectory with an obvious normal. But has a different "path" predetermined" by "it's" original intent. So, the two have to come together. In 3D, it's, well, twice as hard. So, let's do the 2D example...before moving on to vertical curves. 'A' approaches at a slope of 2% (2' per 100') while 'B' is approaching at 1%. The objects are 200' apart. They will intersect at a distance of 66.67' from Point 'A' and 133.33' from Point 'B', right? Fortunately, they're traveling at the same speed! But, unfortunately, it's unfeasible to turn any angle without time... hence the need for "vertical curves". Vertical curves use the very basic quadratic equation and could be easily be looked up on the web, but you won't find a simple answer as to how to program your question. They're called "Vertical Curves" in everyday practices of civil engineering because that's the only place the math was necessary (ie. changing from a 0% slope to 8% on the way to the store is like a roller coaster ride stomach check that you don't want unexpectedly.) But once you figure that part out, the beauty is that the math along each plane of perspective works independently from each other (if that makes any sense). So, if I'm not mistaken...You could do the math to make a line "converge" with another line in "Top" view while someone else makes the same line "converge" in "Front (Back/Right/Left) View"...and it should all work out without any problems. But to look at the actual equation result... I don't know. And I don't know about working with others. Of course, A:M has 4 options (moderator check?) as to how to compute a line "convergence". When I use AutoCAD at work, it's just Fillet and specify a radius (In "Top" View).
  5. I would pattern the orbitron after the atomic model with six (6) sensors of any sort attached to the "electrons". A magnetic charge at the nucleus of course. Also at the nucleus would be a transmitter. Locate the specific nucleus from a "land" station, download the data from the sensors. Now, electrons "supposedly" spin as well as revolve around the nucleus. Now that's some fun math and likely very naturally dictated. My guess is a Helium atom's electron doesn't spin, why, well because the moon doesn't. So starting with a Hydrogen model... you have 12 sensors attached to 2 "electrons" taking pictures or sensing data. Then you have the central station interpolating the position of the "atom" and thus the actual direction of each sensor. While the electrons spin and take "photos", it could be interpolated the actual bearing and point of each image (shot, picture, snap, whatever). The math is head-spinning but at it's root just basic sine wave/rotations/vectors. But it would give a 3D "blow-up" of a remote location. Now if that could be used to sense a sudden change in temperature and release a suppression, it could be useful in certain situations. Anyway, I am thankful for the imaginary virtual exercise to visualize something. Do you see it? It's not in metric is it?
  6. I saw the movie Predator if that helps. Combining a heat sensor with OpenGL would sum it up. But then why stop at heat when you can click your smart watch and switch to infrared? Kthdthdthdth! And let me test it out so I can get that pesky soldier boy. Shwoowm! Friggin' booby trap he got me with. Finding a path to tinker with all OpenGL can do is the hard part. They even have code for detecting if your finger is hovering over the screen and not yet touching it. Just don't do the brainwave sensor cause then you have to listen to everyone complain. Otherwise, your imagination seems to be reaching out a bit too far. Have you seen the laser measuring tools? I mean, how does that work? "It bounces a laser beam and measures the time it takes to return" "Yeah! at the speed of light, and within a fraction of a millimeter?!" But it's just a little box. Can you take it apart and figure it out? I doubt it. Why does a laser need to be a beam? They have those cameras that take a virtual 3D image and realtors really picked up on it. I think it would take a lot of duct tape, etc. to build the prototype...somehow utilize a mini orbitron...At least there's wifi so it's not a mess of tangled cables. But the best scenario is getting "bought out" by the gov't, never to be heard from again. After an episode of The Running Man. Glad I'm just trying to figure out how to make music right now.
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  8. I noticed the models didn't move in that video, but obviously were 3D meshes with effects applied with a 'not so sure how done' background. Not that it didn't look better than A:M's Shaded View when modeling, but it seemed focused on creating a background with realistic lighting to match how the character (or gun) reflects light, with several other factors involved (understood) at the same time. Seems to me, an object (ie. model, character) is being rendered on a "layer" on top of the background with the same lighting effects applied, like green screen with lights in one location matching the other. The software looks very similar to 3DStudioMax as well, which I believe is Autodesk which would make sense as far as using layers (AutoCAD uses layers extensively to draw things on top of others for viewing clarity). 3DStudioMax was big on polygons and that's an issue when exporting objects from A:M. I think AMTex worked well for DirectX files, but there is the issue of how 5-point patches (and tying a spline into another without a control point...sorry my vocabulary has been in the attic for awhile) without showing up with gaps. Your software apparently uses a file to represent a 3D object and render it. What is the file format? Is it OpenGL which apparently doesn't have a similar format as Xfile, rather utilize a class (notso simple java file in Android) for the object? I'm not familiar with Mocap, but pre-rendered keyed frames would already have lighting applied, no? A real time engine that incorporates pre-rendered work as well as 3D models is my goal, but since things changed to Android (or Ios), the next best one would be written in Java with OpenGL ES, imho. But since we're on the A:M Forum, how does an A:M user put their models into such a program for benefit. My interpretation is that their best bet is to render a character's animations with a flat (black) background. and the surroundings would be filled in by others? Character animation, again in my humble opinion, is the hardest part of it all. It's the "content" that is so hard to find in abundance. Create a character, sure, make it dance and sing and appeal to an audience, hello? Bone rotations, Muscle motion, keyframes, timed to a soundtrack that exists in one's imagination. Although, music that is "good enough" is fairly simple, until you need to time it to the animation it's created for. I guess I'm just spinning my own wheels here, but I don't see what I want to animate until I'm hearing a good song. MTV was so influential before it became [crap]. Even though there were bad music videos, the concept adapts well to amateur animators, as in a conceivable time frame to put forth something. If there was help to throw in a background, and just "ship it out", oh and throw in the music, it would be a better approach, I think, that trying to create that masterpiece that never gets done. Sort of put what's existing to exercise. Just throw that crap you got out there... but... if it can be "fixed up" with a fantastic background? Until the best "real time engine" is at our disposal (one based on frame rate rather than max frames per second would be my approach), let's start sticking it on an app. Even if it's crap. Just to get started. You would be good at promoting such a thing, yes? Done with "Real Time Technology" by [your company name here]! Regardless. I need to make base models (without restraints) that can be adapted to share the same actions, but look different. And they need to be pretty, and worst case scenario, ready for the stripper show app. Or worse. That whole does art reflect life concept.
  9. Is motion capture at all related to this? I remember motion capture involved taping a bunch of "points" to yourself and animating in "real time". Then Kinect came out and basically said that can be done wirelessly. I don't see anything from that video that shows anything more than a pre-rendered animation. I can see what detbear is saying. Right now, you can play an action in shaded mode and tinker with the properties, bone movement, or whatever in real time, but it's usually a mess, and the need to go back and make adjustments is still there. When you say "Real Time", it implies to me that you want to have an animated character that you can display in a format over the internet and communicate in some fashion. Like Twitter with visual, or Skype with a mask. I suppose if you're in the movie business or something similar, you would probably laugh at my naïve take on this topic, but it reminds me of Civil3D being the most biggest [bad grammar on purpose] thing to hit the Civil Engineering industry, when it's just BS. It seems there would be too many things to have to adjust in real time to make it make sense. Are you thinking of making a 1.5 hour movie in 1.5 hours? That's feasible if the plot is to take a day in the life of John Doe and make a film of it, I suppose. I think you're going to reply with an explanation that it's an editor. But I can dance better in real time by a long shot than I can actually animate it. So I'm pretty interested on anything you got.
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    Finally getting settled into a new apartment in the same city as the job that pays the bills. It wasn't until I got my desk set up within view of the TV (last Friday) that I started working on A:M related things and re-orienting with the Android app. Came up with the basic idea for the app just this afternoon after work. A way to utilize what has already been developed and only need to make minor changes. So here it is: Remember The Gong Show? 'nuff said? Sure! ...Oh, how I wanted to swing that [what would you call it?... stick?] into the gong someday. Now! With the latest technology, one can "gong" a persons hard work on their phone, from anywhere! And tell them it stinks with a single touch! Then move on to the next act. Can't use "The Gong Show" though as that would be ripping off another name. Would have to come up with another name. Then get a website with the real McCoy dot.com, but with all of the cybersquatters (scumbags) or, I'm sorry, "Domain Investors" (scumbags), it's sometimes hard to find a decent domain name without looking at a $10,000+/- price tag just for the domain that is taken for the sole purpose of hanging a for sale sign on it. Go [explicative] yourself, or as Warren Sapp said, "I pay them no mind". So monoboom, starplayer, or stardancer are just crap names but still utilizable on Google Play. "Gonging" wouldn't ring a bell with a lot of people younger than myself today. But "bounce" is still a term that is recognized. So, hmmm? One wouldn't utter Gong Show without first saying The, so a basketballer's website shouldn't conflict. And the host could eventually bounce in. The host could be Bouncay! just thought of that. "Be a bouncer" ie. judge of work presented. Etc., etc., etc. So until I come up with a better name. But you haven't figured out the name just yet. Well it was the best available website name, and totally not important to the cause . Beavis giggling and saying "Boing!" is more appealing I'll admit. But, whatever. You touch the button and the sequence of images that tosses the act out runs and the next one plays, waiting for a rating, hopefully. An act [next big area to develop/figure out] would consist of a folder on the ftp site containing sprite sheets and a sound file to be played in the app. So, to be an "act" that's all you need. Google's suggestion to my previous submittal was to optimize it for tablets. Hence, higher resolution images directed to bigger screens. And figuring all that out. But it's still just the same old sound and video, with the ability to choose whether or not to watch or listen concept. There will need to be an act with a character with a paper bag on their head telling jokes. Just out of respect.
  12. I think she would be better off using A:M to enhance her interest in another career path. Like entymology, there is a big shortage of skeletal layouts for every insect known to mankind. Anything but thinking a college is going to teach her any more than can be learned at will with free tutorials, advice, etc. Game programming, etc. has taken a turn towards mobile devices or Xbox/PlayStation. You do not need to go to a college or university to learn how to develop for these "systems". If you do a little research, you'll find all the information you need on the world wide web. If she's going to pursue a college degree, use it in a way that gives her a career path that is in demand in the "real world". It will never take away from her interest in 'computer painting' (I just coined that...Boom!), but she could find herself very upset with life in the future trying to pursue a phantom industry, possibly getting lucking to land a job with a sign company utilizing Adobe Suite. I think my comments reflect what others were saying. It's also very hard to tell someone the reality behind their dream. I'm 43 and I still get excited about things that I think are going to make me [a way to be financially independent], but they are usually a dead-end from the start. And nobody can tell me I'm wrong. The concept of just finding a career in the game industry is worse in my opinion, because I don't believe it is actually there. Again, the tools to pursue her goals are basically free or available at low cost to pursue. A career would be better directed toward things you find in your everyday life (doctors, lawyers, accountants, engineers, etc.) and... wait... (cashiers, stockers, mechanics{should be in the upper category, sorry}, nurses...), and such. Best wishes to your daughter's future. I've noticed in my experience that having some artistic 'crap' and programming 'crap' work very well in interviews for jobs that are unrelated to the ""industry. Breaks the ice, and makes you look like someone that might be more interesting to work with. But it will end there... at the interview. Find that job, and pursue your artistic goal on your own time. If she likes football, she could model a football helmet, then use a variety of decals, then try to sell it (without the choke hold of working for a company, in which case the idea, design, and material would belong to them). etc.
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    Once I'm in a position to develop further, we'll put better animation on youtube and promote multiple apps. I just started a new engineering job, haven't had my own space, etc. for 6 years...so it's been crap to exchange, yet the best I could come up with. I think it's all stored and able to rejiuvinate [sic] later. Basically getting hit by the powers that (shouldn't!) be at this point, I think. Can't afford the website, can't focus on animation, blah, blah, blah! Can't find any interest out of 6 billion people! Can't get a download on a Java based app. Whatever! I'd say about 3-4 months and it'll be on. Hope that other stuff made sense.
  14. So a digital version of the ol' Operation "board" game...I get it. Why not a Hungry Hungry Hippos app? But then...it would work better with a big square pad...with holographic projection (glasses not included:). I like the "Top Secret" approach. Don't tell anyone anything! Seriously! Let them hack it. Then you're dealing with the real McCoy. Smart. I've got a JavaScript learning book, but not sure if I should waste time with it at this point...It's like 8 years old. Oh! Battleship app! I'm sticking with the simple (ha!, that's still just so funny!...simple) app to play animations. Sort of like something that folks could just veg out and watch...as they do with TV. So it can't be crappy the content, really...considering the competition. Still, the ultimate is riding in the Millenium Falcon shooting Tie-Fighters. I just want in on the sound effects.
  15. So lets see the model already. Really, I'm eager to see what you have come up with. Not just a big executive decision to use Unity.
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