Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Playing with Pandemic Upgrades

 Between Pitches, and New business I've been eager to upgrade what has been MASCOT for a few years now.  It's gone through various upgrades, but always maintained the same basic hardware.

Now we're trying out some new DIY mocap solutions here at home to see if I can drive a fully animated character with more control and better performance than previous versions.

The initial testing is really encouraging!  I'll hook up the face with ARKit, and work out how the hands/fingers are controlled... most likely Manus Prime 1. ( since it's what I have handy, get it? )

I'll post more as soon as I get his face installed.  Enjoy

Friday, August 14, 2020

DIY body tracking


Well, hardly DIY.. but it always feels like that when you're hacking found off-the-shelf stuffs together.  Here I'm grabbing depth/tracking from a Kinect, and overlaying it ontop of the RBG image in real-time within Unreal itself.   

The goal now will be to clean this up,and use it to drive a Ctrl Rig, or some such...

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Getting into trouble with my new RTX


Playing around with some new hardware....  
The matrix is reloading...

Enjoy this ray-traced buttery goodness...

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Getting the talent ready

Just playing with a few things on the workflow for my virtual talent.  Hair dynamics, and some slight improvements overall.  She's being driven by Face Link Live.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Friday Night Lights

Devised a fun way to do real-time 'prismatic lights'.  They were created as a design element visualization for something or another..   Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

More Daz + Live Link Face

Just another nightly test I did with the Daz Girl.  Took some Miximo animation and gave her some movement.  A little work on her and I think I'll start casting her in some roles.  Enjoy.

Testing out Epic's Live Link Facial iPhone App

Hey ho..  last week Epic released the Live Link Facial app for iphone.  So I gave it a whirl.  My intial thoughts are how easy it is to use, and how effective it is even over WiFi!

So I grabbed a Daz model, and gave it a go.  Not too bad for a couple hours of work imo.
I'll keep playing with this.  This may offer a solution I was looking for of how to get Virtual Talent into some of my scenes.   Just imagine this character driving the car I've been playing with in earlier tests.

I'll keep you posted.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Midnight Drive

Working out a new car asset, and some of it's lighting...

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Lighting Test - Desert Road

Took my infinite road setup, applied some megascan highway textures, and started to block out lighting to help me see what I see.  

I'm operating live here, but just with the mouse and keyboard.  All my fancy input devices are locked up at the office.  

The next step is to source a high-quality muscle car model, and get it into Unreal, and spin the tires based on the speed of the road.  I need some taillights, and running lights.

Also debating about giving the road a wet down...  stay tuned.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Starting the Road Trip

Starting to block out the scene..  I'll be swapping out this placeholder car with a camera-ready asset soon.  Also the landscape is in progress...    Just wanted to see if I can start to get that night-drive road-trip feeling down..   Eh.. getting there.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Infinite Roads

Where we're going we defiantly need roads.  For an idea for a sequence I have.. I wanted to shoot it like I was in a studio.  Static car, control of all the lights..  make it theatrical.  But I still wanted the world to be speeding by.

So I present to you my Infinite Road.  Worked out a way that'll let me spawn large tiles, that speed past.  I can vary the tiles or whatever..  but the idea is they create one long highway road.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Working on Something - First Look

So I had some inspiration with all the Unreal news.. and thought i'd jump in with building assets.
Took some digging around, but I had this old beauty laying on an hard drive.. and I think I can fix her up and make her camera ready.

I'll post more, but I was excited about getting the asset in engine.


Sunday, April 26, 2020

Pixel Cam Sketch

Shot this on the property.  Reminds me of an 80's Amiga game background.

Exploring Pixel Cam.

Found a cool app that gives that 8bit look to images... These are just some quick tests from images I collected.   I think 3 of them are from Tim Burton's Batman.

More Digital Dollhouse

Another quarantine sketch...

Playing with Digital Minatures

Playing around with photogrammetry assets.