Thursday, December 18, 2014

FumeFX Interactive Lighting Tool


So I 'just' put up the second video now. I think this for a lot of FX TD's is going to be something really cool and useful - I know because I rely on this technique ALL THE TIME in production. It's pretty much the backbone of how I light my shots these days and it's extremely powerful!

Here's a link to the video here in case you're in a hurry

The concept will be all about setting up a tool to automatically light your scenes for you based on the fire in your shot. As we all know fire is a light source and now we can actually use it to literally light our shots. To avoid any weird 'hacked' lighting to try to match what the effects are doing, as well as avoid wasting hours lighting our shots to mimic the fire.

More importantly it will teach you a lot of really powerful concepts:
How to automatically optimize your scene for rendering
Set up Global Illumination tweaked specifically for FX
Turn all your FumeFX grids off from being visible to camera but still visible to light calculation
Create new shaders for your scene
Re-path your render output and build directories specifically for rendering your interactive lighting pass out
Create a new 'ready to render' scene file with all of these changes
Build an interface to make it all a one click process, as well as having additional controls to adjust sampling and lighting strength for the shot
So there's lots of really powerful techniques we're building here, and we're definitely covering a lot of great material.

What I want from you is to start to think "what else can I automate in my day to day workflow?" What else is there that you do a lot of that could benefit from a bit of scripting and automation?

There is so much power by developing tools, and yes at first it all seems very intimidating but I want to show you how to build scripts to make your effects not only easier, faster but also better!

Check out the video here

Download the files here

Thanks again

I have ONE more video coming and this one's a big one! So get ready for this, in the meantime enjoy this video, I included the download link so you don't need to wait! ;)

PS. The last video is coming, keep an eye out on your email in the coming days for the BIG ONE!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Video 1 is all about how to write your own FX tools

Allan McKay

OK guys - phew - this is out

This is a 3 part video series I've put together for x-mas

Video 1 is all about how to write your own FX tools to script rain and drips over objects, similar to what I developed for the game cinematic for Destiny.
There's also another video which uses Thinking Particles to literally just click an object and have it automatically fracture and explode apart, as well as generate FumeFX fire and smoke for it, again completely customizing it into a powerful way of writing your own tools.

The other is a surprise, but I'm also sending out the 3D files and scripts along with it!

More info to come, but this free mini course will only be available til xmas, so sign up for it now to check it out, because I have lots of stuff to come!

(I'll also send links to download the HD videos too so that you can keep them after xmas).

OK back to my podcast, xmas shopping and for those who sign up I'll send out the HD videos, files, and all the other good stuff as well as additional videos throughout this pre-xmas week!

Merry xmas everyone!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

How to animate the text field of a text object in 3ds Max

In this video Shawn Hendriks shows you how to animate the text field of a text object in 3ds Max so you can create animated dimensions. This tip was a part of shawns 90 minutes 3ds Max tips and Tricks class at Autodesk University 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Template Based Chart Graphs : How To Build Customizable Graphics with 3ds Max

In this blog post, see how to create customizable chart graphs. You'll see multiple examples and different techniques that you can pick and choose from in order to build template based graphics.

i tried to cover a wide range of techniques so that's why the post is a bit long. But if you try to build customizable templates, i think you'll find a lot of valuable information. It's almost a Master Class all for free!!!

I chose 4 examples for this post:

- Bars Graph

- Static Pie Graph

- Growing Pie Graph

- Line Chart


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Technical Director Training

I'm not a shill for Allan, nor do I have the money to do this course but I recommend it based on just how difficult it is to get any decent practical Maxscript training.

It took me ages to understand how to best learn maxscript and it took jumping around from site to site and asking questions until the penny dropped.

If you have the money and want to learn maxscript then you need to do this course.