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Hey everyone, it seems I got the photo uploads to work properly again. If you have issues uploading pictures you may need to delete your temporary... Show more

Hey everyone, it seems I got the photo uploads to work properly again. If you have issues uploading pictures you may need to delete your temporary internet file cache.

Hey everyone, my wife took off from work today. It's my son AJ's birthday and since she invited a lot of people we're not going to do our live show... Show more

HoserLu I like this idea. Actually, we could do both. Sometimes talk about work in progress, sometimes a challenge. 6 days ago
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HoserLu Oh and Happy Birthday AJ! 6 days ago
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Tamarame Nice idea! I was sad when i didnt see another live show, but it took me untill now to check what was up. Im glad it was a fun occation and not... Show more 3 days ago
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I've added the 2nd batch of MP3's that anyone can download for free. They are...odd to say the least, but also kind of funny:... Show more

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Reminder: Four more days left for our Thanksgiving 5 week challenge! Challenge entries must be turned in by the 7th before 8PM central for us to... Show more

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A new article about using virtual reality tools to speed up pre-production on stop motion films: animateclay.com/index.php/articles/10-behind-the-s…

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I've uploaded a smalll free music library for film makers to use thanks to Omar Lopez. You can find the library over here:... Show more

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animateclay replied to the topic 'New Forum Section - 3-D Printing, Digital and Virtual Reality' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Yes, I always loved puppets as a kid. Yoda is probably my all time favorite that Frank Oz brought to life. In fact if you compared traditional puppets to VR, I'd say each has its own good and bad points. This is a VRChat full body capture. To think that Hollywood level abilities are coming to consumers means this kind of thing will eventually be used to make films.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUhAMRzcBVI

From a stop motion perspective, they could be quick ways of making animatics and even to use for pre-animating scenes by literally acting them out in real time. Even if you have a stop motion puppet with odd proportions, you can digitally hop into that puppet in VR, act out your scene and use that as your guide in Dragonframe or Stop Motion Pro. I am pretty sure Aardman animated (roughly) all of Chicken Run in CG to pre-plan the entire film.

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animateclay replied to the topic 'New Forum Section - 3-D Printing, Digital and Virtual Reality' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Yes, I think that eventually costs will come down and someone will figure out a way to turn this into something anyone can use. Probably the best app I know for animating CG characters is Mindshow. Take a look:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DsM1SKJORg

It's more like puppeteering but has some advantages over SMODO currently in some ways. Especially since it's instant.

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animateclay replied to the topic 'New Forum Section - 3-D Printing, Digital and Virtual Reality' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Yes Dan, SMODO is an interesting project that we briefly talked about on the live show. It's a lot like the Dinosaur Input Devices from Phil Tippet but using a webcam to capture the movements. There's the one video out there explaining it (sort of) here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls_xsjUJUik

I think if you want to animate in CG, it's not a bad idea to use. If you have a flying rig everything would translate fairly nicely. Only I don't see a way for changing face expressions, so I don't know if that's something they plan to add. I also kinda wonder how they do head turns and things with twisting motions. Either way I do think the tech has some limits, maybe that's why they haven't done an update for a while?

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I've placed all our previous interviews in our Articles section here to make it easier to find them:... Show more

Metalmadcat Thanks for letting us know, Marc. 1 month ago
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