Latest Project: Fast & Furious Crossroads

Delighted to announce Red9’s involvement in Fast & Furious – Crossroads, developed by SlightlyMad Studios. We were involved from the very early stages of the project supplying Body & Facial Rigging as well as LipSyncing services for the entire project.

This is the first title where all of the facial animation was generated for the project using our TalkBack LipSync service. The final game has some 2hrs of facial data in total, with minimal animation adjustments over the top of the raw solve to add further expression and eyeline fixes. This was a really key project for the development of TalkBack, with so much data to process we were continually pushing the results hard and catching logic issues. From raw audio files we supplied tracked r9Anim data, our lightweight animation format for Maya, which the client loaded directly over the body data.

We also provided Red9 PuppetRigs for all of the body animation, although didn’t get involved in the deformation side for the body. For the facial setups one of the biggest challenges with the project was the number of iterations required on the key cast characters as likenesses were nailed down. We ended up developing new tools in our systems to allow us to consume changes in the base client meshes without destroying all of the facial setup and sculpt work that had already been done.

All in all this was a challenging project but great to see if finally out there

Latest Project: Amazon’s Crucible

Delighted to finally be able to announce our involvement in Amazon’s new free-to-play action shooter “Crucible” released last month.

Red9’s been involved in the project from the very beginning, providing some of the key tools used for character development. Initially we were tasked to supply rigging solutions but that quickly grew into custom toolsets to support the animators. This project really help us push ProPack’s functionality and flexibility and we look forward to our continued relationship.

Really excited to see where this game goes.

Red9 ProPack: Animation Re-Targeter (Pro_to_BND)

The Animation Re-Targeter (Pro_to_BND ) is a huge part of the Red9 ProPack pipelines and workflows. Designed over the last 5 years to offer clients the ability to remap, on mass, any animation library to a fresh rig and bounce that data over to various formats.

Major update in the capability of the binder systems within Red9 ProPack!

If you’re working with us all our Red9 PuppetRigs come with the base BND binder file, if not you can still create these manually within the toolsets, although many of the complex options are only available directly to the Red9 PuppetRig.

We go through the various options within the remapper itself, both HIK based and pure skeleton based. These allow you to control how the fbx data is applied to the binder skeleton. If your FBXs don’t have a HIK definition don’t worry, there’s a tool for that also.

We also go through the various output formats, r9Anim, Maya File or custom Playblast. The Playblaster also exposes custom camera tracking, allowing mass drops of FBX animations to be quickly converted to movies, with tracked cameras for easy review, the camera focusing in on the renderMesh wires within the MetaRig..

We also showcase some of the new extreme mapping added to the systems, including the new Spine re-fit solver, giving far more consistent data, perfect if you’re moving data between MoBu and Maya consistently. This is the absolute backbone of a modern pipeline, giving you the ability to simply reuse animation data from any source in your project.

Please contact us for more details or for a demo build of ProPack

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!