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  1. Robert--you truly are a gentleman and a scholar! That was very impressive!
  2. In 8.5p it was easy to load different BVH files and swap them out. It would be asinine to have to re-rig a character to use a new motion--you should be able to have multiple constraint relationships you could set up in advance to use BVH files from different sources. But you should only have to rig it once for any source... https://zandoriastudios.com/tutorials/am-mocap-tutorial/ Step 3Once your skeleton is constrained to follow the motion capture, create a Pose from the Action. Be sure that the Key filters are set as shown below. Name your pose “BVH” and save your model. This pose will now
  3. very cool! I love 3D printing
  4. https://zandoriastudios.com/tutorials/uv-tutorial/ Here is a tutorial that I did several years ago that may still be helpful
  5. wow! nice job on the medals! That makes me want to enter the next contest
  6. I like that cell shaded look for Papa Bear! When I was working on the first TAR short, I really wrestled with the "look". The more you try and add all of the bells and whistles, the more that it starts to have that homogenized look like every other CG animation. I wrote a post about it here: https://zandoriastudios.com/2014/03/18/stylizing-the-look/
  7. Actually Ken Heslip modeled the hippogyraf. I only textured it
  8. It is good to hear from you! The pictures that you shared on Facebook of your travels are great--I imagine that the opportunity to travel the world gives you a new perspective. I appreciate all that you have done to help the A:m user community, and for inviting us to the Hash Bash, and sharing your dream with us. If you have ever felt that I was ungrateful for what you have done to help me personally, I apologize. I value your friendship.
  9. Sorry the audio quality was distracting... for elbows/knees, it is simpler because there is only one axis of rotation. for hips & shoulders, it is a good idea to have a fan-bone (or series of them) that orients like the main bone, but doesn't store the roll--that keeps the twist away from the joint when the bone rolls. First do the Weighting then in a test action, pose the joints and see where the problems are at the extremes. To get a smooth smartskin, you want to try and set keys at the extremes and let the default pose be your neutral in-between. eg.: raise the arm-- set a key, low
  10. Did they ever really stop? I wondered if they just started calling in "proprietary" or stopped talking about it altogether--I remember Martin was very pissed when they hired his programmers, and when they were bought by Disney....
  11. Rodney, How thick is your build plate? could you just have a new one cut out of acrylic or masonite and replace it?
  12. Rodney, what is the print bed made of? On the newer Pro model it is tempered glass..,. I'm wondering if you could just replace it, since it is removeable. My Printrbot Simple metal is just powdercoated sheet metal--I cover with blue painters tape. Getting a good first layer is important to keep from coming off of the build plate, but i usually have to pry my prints off with a putty knife.... My frustrations with clogs, calibration, etc left mine sitting dormant for months, but eventually I sat down and really dialed it in--You need to measure your filament with calipers, and adjust your s
  13. Is Bullet physics being beta/alpha tested in A:M now? Is there a thread about that? I would love to just select a group and have automatic dynamic options like for jiggle, or have something like a chain that is a part of a model automatically simulate in a choreography. Newton is hard to do something reusable, when it is so complicated to set up and build it in the choreography... It would just be awesome if you could select a group in the model and then set it's properties for dynamics, cloth,soft bodies, hard bodies, etc. and then have everything simulated later in the choreography, And
  14. I did a Siggraph video covering this issue. I cover the fan bones for shoulder and thigh, and also smartskin: https://youtu.be/gkBmYlRwP_8
  15. Honored to be included on the list of A:M heroes! Thank you! I haven't made much more progress on TAR, except for roughing out a script for a graphic novel...I've been staying busy doing freelance design work (if you see Little Debbie "back to school" little red schoolhouse display at your grocery store or Walmart this season, I did that), for POP displays and a lot of modeling as a designer for hire on Shapeways.com
  16. I loved it! The look, the animation, everything! Kudos!!!
  17. Mark--I'm suprised that story boarding is giving you a creative block! It's just like doing a comic layout, only the panels are always the same size, and you don't have to leave room for balloons!
  18. here is the link to my mocap tutorial: https://zandoria.wordpress.com/tutorials/am-mocap-tutorial/
  19. A workflow from ZBrush to A:M: https://zandoria.wordpress.com/2013/12/24/642/ This works with textures too--so if you UV map in ZBrush and create Displacements and normal maps, you can use them in the decals in A:M
  20. I understand what you were wanting to do with your sets. If it is only a NetRender issue, then maybe you could devise a plan for rendering with several instances of A:M instead? Whether you build sets using Action Objects or build them as Choreographies, you are only dealing with shortcuts to the different models (chairs, etc), so that is inline with your philosophy of only making it once. You can turn off whatever objects you don't want to render or work with at any time. What I think that you guys should do is to storyboard your actual short--Then use those storyboards to plan the ch
  21. Besides switching views, I also use + and - to step through frames
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