Star Trek: Dark Remnant VR Project

Delighted to be able to share our latest production work for Star Trek : Dark Remnant a VR experience for Dave & Busters. The VR experience will be rolling out across 122 Dave & Buster locations and from what we’ve seen looks like a hell of a ride!

This was a fast turn around project working alongside our client Strange Reptile to produce all the character rigging and facial setups, 11 characters in total.

The project also used our proprietary LipSyncing service “TalkBack” for all of the base facial in the project, ideal for projects like this with several hundred seconds of facial to produce in a limited time. TalkBack produces facial articulation purely from audio data, with differing levels of calibration and data is generally delivered in our r9Anim format, making it far faster and easier for clients to load up on the rigs than having to handle Maya files directly.

 

Read more about the project here:  Upload VR News

Red9 ProPack: Unreal ART Rig Integrations

Red9 ProPack: RigManager – Unreal ART Rig support

Delighted to be able to go through the new integrated hooks we’ve added to Red9 ProPack to natively support the Unreal ART Rig. This arose out of a conversation with Jeremy Ernst and Brad Clark wanting animation mirroring working on the Art Rig, but quickly turned into a new wiring setup for ProPack that we’ll be expanding to other Rig systems out there soon.

This massively expands on the abilities of the Unreal Animation Tool Kit (ART) Rig by exposing all of the ProPack goodness in a single click, wiring the rig fully to the MetaData subsystems. In this demo we quickly go through the integration to some of our core tools including :

  • Animation ReDirector, perfect for simple aimposes as well as cutscenes alike.
  • Animation format handling (r9anim) our integrated animation format, fast and very flexible, allowing loading of data in relative world space!
  • Custom RMB DAG menu exposure for fast access to core Red9 functions
  • ProPack Exporter, our own export handling and management system based on the MetaData backends, fully batchable and expandable.
  • P4 integrations, if running Perforce all of our core systems have integrated Perforce hooks.
  • Pose Handling, full pose library management
  • Animation Mirroring, yes, a simple click to mirror your poses or animations.

For more details please contact us directly for pricing or to arrange a demo of the ProPack.

Red9 ProPack – Butterworth Filter – Animation Re-Sampling on Steroids!

Now available in Red9 ProPack!

This is a huge new feature for any animators dealing with dense baked data…. the Red9 StudioPack already has an interactive curve filter to deal with re-sampling animation curves but soon the ProPack will be getting an all new Butterworth algorithm, one of the main filter methods from MotionBuilder for cleaning up noisy data.

The Butterworth filter is actually derived from an audio filter so is superb at taking noise out and re-sampling animation data, we’ve taken this method and wrapped it into a neat, interactive tool inside Maya.

This will save anybody dealing with MoCap or facial data a massive amount of production time!!

This second video is as a result of a request from a number of clients who are dealing with budget moCap setups and needing solutions to help clean-up up some of the low frequency noise inherent in the data …. a perfect case for the Butterworth algorithm. In this case it’s data from Perception Neuron system.

New HealthManager added to ProPack

ProPack just got more powerful with the addition of a crucial new system to check the status of assets before they hit production. We’ve been using this internally for a while now to check our rigs before we ship them out to clients and we thought we’d expand it to all ProPack users…. 😉

Read more here: ProPack Health Manager

Red9 StudioPack : New Exchange Site Release

Great news for everybody running our Red9 StudioPack from the Autodesk Exchange website, this morning a fresh build went live which is Win, MacOS and Linux compatible. This is a big update for the Exchange Site codebase as the last version was nearly a year old. Lots of bug fixes, a few new toys for you animators to play with and deeper integration for the ProPack, including full exposure in the API Docs so you can see just how far the ProPack codebase has grown.

There’s also a new CodebaseTarcker.xml which will go through all the majors changes over the last 6 months or so.

https://apps.autodesk.com/en/Publisher/PublisherHomepage?ID=N5T4L2XRMP76

As usual get in touch and let us know what you think!