Today I received a 3D Christmas card from Mark Flayer created with the free Autodesk 123D Catch and Autodesk Showcase by a colleague of his Rusty Belcher. How awesome is that! Check out the video and prepare to have your mind blown when you think all it took was a common digital camera and the free 123D Catch software to capture the Christmas Village in 3D,
Autodesk Labs has been busy with updates and posting new technology previews this week. Autodesk Labs is where we can post emerging technologies in a pre-beta technology previews. If you have not visited the Autodesk Labs website recently and browsed what is available, take a few minutes and you might find something like the following preview technologies that may peak your interest. All Autodesk Labs technologies are free, all we ask is you provide feedback on them so they can either evolve and graduate as real Autodesk products and solutions or perhaps let us know they are not of interest and why. Each Autodesk Labs posted project has feedback links on them.
Project Geppetto is our free technology preview for easily adding realistic autonomous crowds to 3ds Max animation and scenes. Project Geppetto helps bring your designs to life. This is definitely one of the more funs things to come alive in the Autodesk Labs. They appeared like zombies to me in the last Project Geppetto Labs technology preview release as the characters were limited and a default gray scale with rough edges, Now there is a nice textured display mode for the characters - no melting flesh, and do not feed on brains, so technically they are not zombies.
I must be one of the few that did not run out to the movie theaters last weekend to see the new Avengers movie. The movie blew away box office records and at least 3 of my family has seen it but I was unfortunately buried under a long list of things to do before some upcoming overseas travel. After all the buzz about the movie from those that have seen it, I need to make it a priority to see the movie this week. Behind the scenes it was a who's who of visual effects companies, many are also using Autodesk software to use the power of visual effects to compliment the storytelling and dazzle moviegoers retinas and release the flood of endorphins in the brain.
A fun Friday project to share and something you can do as well. I captured my own head in a 3D model using the free Autodesk 123D Catch software which takes a series of photos from a regular camera and generates a 3D mesh. It is quite simple as long as you read the instructions on how to take your photos. Since glasses are thin featured and also have transparent glass they should be removed. The most difficult part is sitting completely still for about 2 minutes as someone takes photos of your head from different angles.
As of February 1st I have moved to the Autodesk Labs group within Autodesk as a Technology Evangelist. It is a full circle for me as I developed the first Autodesk Labs site and posted several projects back in 2006, now I finally get to work in the group. I will be working with the teams supporting and evangelizing the Labs hosted technologies to current and future customers.
It is always amazing to see what Autodesk customers do with our software and technology. In this case, it is definitely an entertaining experience learning about a great design team and company by watching the video (link below) rockin’ the storyline and some great backing music to make it just that much more of an experience.
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This one is related to students and educators which is something myself and Autodesk 110% believe in as they are the future. Autodesk Launches Animation Academy 2009 for Secondary Schools “The six-part curriculum introduces students to 3D animation and visual effects technology while immersing them in core academic subjects such as science, math, language and arts. For the first time, Animation Academy includes Autodesk Mudbox digital sculpting software and Autodesk MotionBuilder character animation software, along with the Autodesk 3ds Max...
Turn your DWG and DWF files into an impressive hand stylized rendering without having to break out those smelly ink markers, pencils, or talent. Unlike other methods you can update your rendered image when your DWG file changes instead of having to start all over again in the process. Images stylized in Impression provide another way to see the project instead of a exact 3D crisp rendering which communicates to some as a completed design, the 2D or 3D DWG...
Erhan Toker posted an 18 page detailed AutoCAD Rendering e-Book “Creating Render Materials in AutoCAD" from A to Z, for free on his Daily AutoCAD Blog. e-Book: Creating render materials in AutoCAD Kudos and many thanks to both Erhan and Orhan for their excellent team in Turkey and all the knowledge they spread! The Daily AutoCAD blog is definitely a must subscribe RSS feed.
The new smart image resizing, retargeting, and cropping technology for images and photos called seam carving is amazing and downright brilliant. This was an algorithm developed invented by Dr. Ariel Shamir and Dr. Shai Avidan. This is really cool and helpful to do instead of resizing an image with a focal area that gets distorted this method starts by letting you mark the important target to keep then in simple terms starts by removing parts of the photo or adding...
The Software That Will Take Digital F/X to the Next Level of Awesome By Michael Behar WIRED MAGAZINE: ISSUE 16.01 If you are into computer generated graphics and effects like those in major motion pictures then this article about one of the special effects rocket scientists might interest you. Jos Stam has been working on Maya render modules like Nucleus. Jos explains he could do 7D instead of just 3D. Technorati Tags: Maya, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk, Fx, Jos Stam, Toronto,...