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Rendering / Re: Batch rendering on Mac OS
« on: June 11, 2011, 09:36:16 AM »
I have tutorialized this process for mac users.

http://rowankarrer.net/tutorials/batchRenderTut.mov

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Course Enquiries / Re: Future Animators
« on: May 11, 2011, 09:55:27 AM »
It's probably face normals (display, polygons, face normals, then use normals in polygon menu set to correct), but this thread isn't really for this kind of discussion, probably hit CG society up or something like that for this kind of issue  :P. This is a course inquiries thread for prospective students not a tech assist thread.

Good luck,

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Television / Hungry Beast on the Uncanny Alley
« on: May 11, 2011, 09:51:59 AM »
http://hungrybeast.abc.net.au/episodes/episode-26

A great show, this particular episode addresses a very prominent issue in CG animation at the moment, the conundrum that characters lose appeal the more realistic they become. Includes an interview with Animal Logic Creative Director, Bruce Carter. Watch the first 5 minutes.

A reminder to us all that cameras are for realism, animation is for story telling and enhancement of stories that otherwise could not be told (in the form of visual effects or otherwise).

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That is very very cool, will definitely take some time to refine it towards your own needs but I had no idea you could do that, definite win, thanks pam. I'll even forgive you for pinching my sign off.

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Maya / Re: Maya 2011 File Navigation
« on: April 16, 2011, 06:12:03 PM »
It isn't just you, it seems a little bugged. Will not doubt improve with time but for now. Glad to see this helps someone.

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Maya / Maya 2011 File Navigation
« on: April 15, 2011, 09:36:20 AM »
When Autodesk released Maya 2011 they introduced a more sophisticated file / project navigation window, the pros being it neatly displayed all your project directories on the left, the contents in them middle, and any options / previews on the right (pinched from mac os x...). The cons of this as some may have noticed is you can't necessarily navigate to anywhere you want to go (especially on mac os x...) and at times it's just plain clunky. I recommend reverting to the native file dialogue box because as the saying goes, if it aint broke, don't fix it. I think this feature honestly causes more problems then it's worth.

Go to window > settings / preferences > preferences > choose the files / projects tab > right at the bottom under file dialog choose 'OS native'.

Obviously this is a matter of preference, but particularly on mac, I think this is significantly easier to use, especially with a magic mouse so you can gesture to navigate through your project, which of course doesn't work in maya's dialogue window.

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Mac / Re: iMac 2010 external display bug
« on: March 24, 2011, 10:04:52 PM »
Yeh as pat said, its only with the display port to (in my case DVI) adaptor... Though I don't think it's the adaptor, though it could potentially be worth trying a VGA monitor to compare, though I don't own a VGA adaptor.

The really weird thing is, the problem is exactly the same with a USB microsoft optical mouse. While I do primarily use the laser magic mouse, it's not the root of the problem, it's intermittent, once it starts, you can watch it like clock work though, you plug in the monitor, it goes crazy, you unplug it, no worries. Regardless of the mouse, while I haven't tested it extensively, I don't think it effects windows, it's a Mac OS thing. Very weird.

It happened again this morning, PRAM reset failed to fix it though. I'm actually speaking to the senior technical support for Apple in Sydney, I even got contacted by a customer relations manager. They're taking it pretty seriously so hopefully there's a solution coming. Their big concern I suppose is that when I updated to 10.6.7 it started occurring again after it was ostensibly fixed.

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Mac / iMac 2010 external display bug
« on: March 23, 2011, 11:55:27 AM »
Ok so there aren't a lot of us here that own macs but if you own a 27" iMac one you may notice that when you plug in an external display that the mouse behaves erratically. Resetting the PRAM fixes this (hold command+alt+p+r on startup, wait for chime, when it reboots and chimes again, release). Unfortunately I've noticed every time you patch Mac OS (10.6.5 to 10.6.6 to 10.6.7), it reoccurs, and you have to reset the PRAM yet again I'm in the process of harassing Apple about this.

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Movies / Re: CSU Library - DVD Collection
« on: March 23, 2011, 11:47:04 AM »
I hope they have something by Michael Bay...

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Movies / Re: Terrence Malick
« on: March 23, 2011, 11:46:18 AM »
I imagine they would Bernard, where do you find the time to watch these films...?

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CSU General / Re: need help with autodesk
« on: March 19, 2011, 11:12:17 PM »
Wouldn't matter if you put Perth, it's kind of irrelevant. They don't even check the validity of your student claim, so I wouldn't worry about it. As long as you're a student you're eligible for the free software.

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Rendering / Re: Batch rendering on Mac OS
« on: February 21, 2011, 03:04:21 PM »
No as you said Mac OS cannot run executables without running Windows in boot camp or Parallels. I would have actually requested it but I assumed it was a massive chore, and that you'd only want to do it if there was quite a few Mac OS users. If you can give us maybe a limited release .jar version that would be really awesome. Maybe password protect it and make it only available from this forum (the protected student-only part of it that is to say).

I imagine there could be a few teething issues but they're no doubt solvable, we can work through them if you're interested. I imagine it would be good for your website / resume to have both platforms supported.

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Rendering / Batch rendering on Mac OS
« on: February 20, 2011, 09:23:56 PM »
Hey guys,

I know mac users are still the minority in this degree, but if you've only recently migrated like me you'll probably quickly wonder what differences there are when it comes to batch rendering.

This official Autodesk article is probably the best source to answer that question;

Autodesk Article

I can vouch that that approach works, but it's a little clumsy compared to the windows .bat scripts, especially with Hayden's excellent Batch Script Generator. But this free application from creative clash is a very flexible and easy to use tool for batch rendering on Mac OS;

RenderBucket

Happy rendering.

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Animation / Re: Timeline navigation shortcuts?
« on: February 20, 2011, 09:16:39 PM »
Thanks Hages that helps heaps, these hotkeys are the same on Mac OS if anyone is interested.

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Movies / Re: Pixar Studios
« on: February 19, 2011, 09:25:37 AM »
That looks so cool ~~ I'm a little confused though, aren't 3D and stop motion two different things? It looks 3D to me judging by the screenshots, but the website says both, weird.

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