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Rigging Blender Blog Norman Rig for Blender by Ivo Grigull Released under license: creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported Please use a Blender revision that is greater than or equal to 34624. The addons/scripts used by the rig do not work with the official 2.56 build from the blender website. Download the rig only, for Blender 2.57 To install, extract the directories to 2.57/scripts/addons inside the blender-folder. Windows users can download a Blender version bundled with the rig+addons (34624) : (Windows 32Bit)Download Blender bundled with the Rig (win32) Credits: The meshes and blendshapes are taken from the Maya version of the Norman rig: The Norman rig was also released under the same license. Original contributors: Leif Jeffers Morgan Loomis Peter Starostin Neal Thibodeaux

Blender tutorials and training with How To Pitch An Animated TV Series | Lineboil Long before I was an animation executive, I was just an animation dork with a ton of ideas and a vague idea of the types of shows I would like to create one day. Like most people who make their way out to the West Coast, I started putting the ideas together and planning my eventual takeover of the whole animation industry. Recently, I went back through some boxes and found some of my old pitches… and was truly horrified. No, I was horrified because I clearly had NO IDEA what I was doing or how to put together a solid pitch. After sitting on the other side of the desk for a few years and hearing A LOT of pitches, I’ve gotten pretty good at figuring out what makes a solid pitch and what makes a pitch… well, NOT so solid. So without further ado, here we go. This is probably the single BIGGEST thing that everyone claims to “get” but very rarely gets expressed when pitching. One of the questions I regularly field is “Do I need to have artwork?”

The LookUp CHOP I want to take a quick look at how you can use the LookUp CHOP to do many things such as set driven keys. Many of you may be familiar with set driven key solutions in other 3D applications and have been looking for a way of doing the same thing in Houdini. The LookUp CHOP represents a fantastic way to sample into any data with a simple reference curve. Understanding the LookUp CHOP The LookUp CHOP can be thought of as the chf() expression but on steroids. Index a path in to a walk cycle for crowd animation along particle pathsDeform geometry with noise and waves You can watch the video to learn how to set up a LookUp CHOP and how the index channel is used to reference the right input Look Up Table. Tip: You should always take a look at an operator's help as you learn what it can do. LookUp CHOP Guidelines Set Driven Key example: The first example file looks at a set driven key simple setup. Set driven key simple example (Download .hip file) Other Lookup CHOP examples:

Blender Overview For Maya Users and Beginners « Okay maybe not the snappiest of titles but I think it does convey the overall thrust of what will be covered here. This video and written series will aim to cover the basics of Blender aimed primarily but not exclusively at Maya users from a modelling/Texturing/UVing perspective. The material here is presented in an inclusive and wide enough way so as to allow beginners to get a grasp of blender too (and a sense of Maya while we’re at it.) I’ll be skipping over some of the rudiments like for example the very basics of explaining 3D space or what a vertex is, however, I think you’ll pick those sorts of things up intuitively as we progress. Otherwise just ask if you get stuck, i’ll certainly try to help. What is Blender? A quick breakdown on customising Blender to work a little more like Maya. Some answers to possible early questions when first opening Blender. A non-exhaustive look at the contents of Maya’s main menu – File, Edit and so on, and their closest Blender equivalents.

Justin Time - Brandon James Scott I am the creator and art director of Justin Time, the animated preschool television series. Your 3-6 year old will gain awesomeness of unparallelled quantities if they find themselves watching it, this I guarantee. The show follows Justin's imagination as it takes him and his imaginary friends Squidgy and Olive on the biggest adventures of all time, to every corner of the world. On Creating a Television Series To say making this show was a wild ride would be like saying chocolate is okay. You can also see more of my work related to the show. Justin Time © guru studio michael rice misc Super-material for Houdini 10 To install: note: the included otl file is a non-commercial asset. A commercial asset can be downloaded from the SideFx Exchange. You should be using at least houdini version 10.0.528 From binaries: Download the version for your OS below. Copy the the files from the “dso” folder to the “dso” folder in your houdini home directory. If you dont have a dso folder there already then create one. If you don’t already have a file named VEXdso in a “vex” folder in your houdini home directory, copy the VEXdso file over. If you want the otl file to load by default when you start houdini, move it to a folder named “otls” in your houdini home directory. hou_prototype_material_v0.44_linux_gcc4.1 hou_prototype_material_v0.44_osx hou_prototype_material_v0.44_win64 From source: Download the source files below and extract to a new directory. You might also want to change the permissions of the otl file so it doesn’t accidentally get overwritten – its an unlocked asset.

The adventures of LollypopMan 500 Storyboard Tutorials & Resources Once the script is written – how do you effective communicate the visual direction of your film? The answer is storyboards – essentially a scene-by-scene visual guide to the screenplay of the film. Storyboards are a vital part of the pre-visualization process, as well as being an important tool for preproduction and on the set. Developed in the 1930s by Walt Disney company for their animated cartoons, they grew in popularity during the early 40s. Storyboarding a film can be as simple as crudely drawn stick figures or advanced as elaborate 3D animatics with lens and motion simulators. Here are over 500 storyboarding tutorials, resources and tools to help you better communicate your vision. Celtx Celtx is the world’s first all-in-one media pre-production system. 110 Celtx Tutorials FrameForge 3D The software creates virtual cameras, actors and objects in photo-accurate 3D scaled sets for previsualization. Toon Boom: Storyboard Pro This software is used to create storyboards.

Martin Sawtell's website PRman and Houdini OK first off, lets link some resources:The odforce wiki page on this subject.DCT systems has a writeup.SCAD student Alex Lim has one too.As does Hubert Weldon. However there aren't any for PRman 14.3, OSX 10.5 and Houdini 10, which was the combination I had to deal with at the time. An odd one I know but the setup should be pretty similar to *nix, just with OSX's weirdness. Right, so go grab PRman from Pixar's website and install as per usual. You want to install Renderman Pro Server. In the houdini shell, add the path $RMANTREE to $PATH by typing this: export RMANTREE=/Applications/Pixar/ You MAY need to change your shell type to CSH to do this, the memory is hazy. echo 'Setting up prman' export RMANTREE="/Applications/Pixar/ export PATH="$PATH:$RMANTREE/bin" So... save that bunch of code as, chmod it to 777, and type 'source' in the shell to run it.

Discover the Secrets to Creating Realistic Nature in Blender Product Features • 13 In-depth Nature Tutorials • 636 Nature Textures • 2, 118 Reference Photos • 138 Nature Models • 13 Ready made nature scenes • 224 Professional Nature Photos • much, much more! Nature: The 'Holy Grail' of CGI Whether we're walking through the park, driving to work or looking out our window, nature is something we see every day. That's why I've create The Nature Academy. Why is Nature Important? If you haven't seen it already, take a moment to watch this short film: The Third and The Seventh. The artist's name is Alex Roman, and he did something that almost no one else dared to do: created a photorealistic short film with nature. Architecture has been done countless times before, but nature? By doing what others thought was impossible he propelled his name into an almost cult like status. Nature is an incredibly tough subject to approach, and one that most artists avoid. -Jonathan I used to be terrible at nature... Oh dear. Introducing...