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  1. Here's TV News Broadcast. Thank You Daniel, David Wu, Tomas, Igors. News  Coverage
  2. Hey Joseph, Forgive my zeal, I was so ecstatic about the project and animation being released that I wrote a dissertation and I don't believe I ever answered the question. No it was not rigged in EIAS. EIAS doesn't export geometry, caches or FBX for a cloth simulator. So there's no way that I know of off-hand to export a character to Marvelous Designer for the cloth simulation. EIAS has a quick, and fun, but intermediate level of rig tool. It can get most jobs done directly in Animator. This project however was very advanced deformation for a pudgy character. Moreover, even with all the techniques I had to apply to the piggy's shape I still had to be very mindful of the cloth sim. Cloth sims add a whole other layer of complexity. So much so that have to be very mindful of how I animate the characters. I was careful not to let the arm come too close to the body. In some cases it couldn't be help and it nicked and snagged the dress with her hoof. This was a nice effect as long as it wasn't too stretched. If the fatty arms brush too closely to the body it would and could destroy the whole simulation. Ultimately, I had to use Maya and even that was a stretch. The whole project would have failed if Maya hadn't promptly released their update to their Wrap Deformer . It was a hairy experience. (pun). Speaking of updates, if Tomas' development team hadn't fixed a "One Vert" bug in the import option, the whole project would have failed. I tell Tomas he should release it as is, because EIAS v10 is great. But if one bug like that could throw a project then he is wise to make it 100% perfect and not 99%.
  3. https://avtpro.gumroad.com/l/Deformer
  4. Here's the first DVD I did. https://avtpro.gumroad.com/l/Deformer This sold well at the time. One of the goals for this was to make sure all the tricks and tips never got lost or stayed in one persons head. Anything else I find I'll post. AVT
  5. https://avtpro.gumroad.com/l/SkinMan
  6. Here it is on GumRoad. it's been several years so I dropped the price significantly. I'll load the other one soon. https://avtpro.gumroad.com/l/SkinMan
  7. Thanks Joe. I’ve been a Maya/EIAS user for years so I use both. I work as a problem-solver on the front end of a production no matter with what or where the final product is finished. (https://avtpro.gumroad.com/). Normally I rig in Maya. I hate to admit it, but when I first started rigging this project I was rushing because I had so many other parts to do. So I rigged and skinned it in Mixamo hoping to get it done quickly. Tomas once told me Mixamo is good for basic work only. Now I know what he meant. Usually Mixamo is OK for mocap but for key-framing it was problematic because Mixamo gave me weird bone orientations. It may not have been Mixamo fault. I may have caused the problem re-adjusting joints to better fit the character's skeleton. I don’t quite recall now because I was also busy modeling and texturing. The Mixamo skinning was great but the joints were not correct so I may have moved them and didn't reorient them. That was a "No-No". So instead of animating one axis for an arm swing, unfortunately I had at least two axis to manipulate. This is something I would always avoid as a technical rigger had I started the rig from scratch in Maya. I thought I could get away with it and normally I could, but a shuffle dance is a more intricate animation. I keyed it anyway but transferred the rig to a Maya HumanIK (HIK), a Maya auto-rig system. It didn't fix the orientations like I hoped but HumanIK and other Maya tools made it workable. I would never rush a rig like that again. It’s best to slow down and do it right the first time. Clean orientation on a keyframe dance animation is paramount because dancing is so involved. Also, since it was HIK, I also used MotionBuilder to do most of the keying. Yes, I prefer MotionBuilder even over Maya for character animation. MotionBuilder is a great character animation tool not just MoCap editing. I do have access to a Vicon Mocap lab but I forgot the dance steps by the time I got to the animation phase of the project. I really can do that shuffle dance well. However Daniel took one look of me in a mocap suit dancing as a piggy and said "Key-frame". Lol :-) I was out of practice! The real challenge of this project is the skin deformations, not the skeleton rig. EIAS does really good skinning but I needed really hyper-advanced deformation controls not just for the pudgy character but the cloth. I wanted the cloth to be affected by underling jiggling fatty tissue. So I used a lot of Maya skin deformation tools that I have been wanting to try out anyway. For years I have been planning to go “Narnia” or “Lord of the Rings” level character creation. Actually, I threw everything and the whole kitchen sink in at the skin deformation including muscles, Pose Space Deformers (PSD) and other forms of corrective blend shapes. I even took it a step further with "Shot-Sculpting" (cache editing) in an legacy app called ChronoSculpt from NewTek. I went very mild on jiggle deformers but heavy on muscle bulge in the bicep area of the arms. Armpits are one of the most challenging areas of any skin rig. It webs when the arms extends and intersects when passing through. Cloth intersection makes it even more challenging and needs to be compensated for, so I sculpted the shape back when the armpit was too loose or concave and opened the armpits when it convex in on cloth. These two states were triggered depending on the orientation of the arm with set driven keys in Maya. Like I mentioned, I don’t need Maya for most rigs, or rig to this level, but since this was a show case, fine art museum piece for a renown artist Daniel Lee I pulled out all the stops. Daniel never disappoints in the way he exhibits the set design either and amazingly show cases the work along with his theme for the exhibition. David Wu handled the shading and look development. I provided a base texture map which I 3D painted in Zbrush. Daniel had went to a pig farm and brought back great textures to graph on the 3D model. Also, displacement and normal maps were generated in Zbrush. The fur, I groomed in ZBrush. The cloth was Marvelous Designer. I tend to rebuild cloth geo in Maya for quads and thickness as well. Without EIAS v10 I couldn't get this animation to David Wu to render in EIAS. There was only one very small bug fixed to get it done. It was just one vertex that kept popping up but Tomas got it fixed right away. Then the project worked perfectly but I don't know what else has to be done. The big thing is it all worked and EIAS v10 users are in for a real treat. The biggest takeaway is almost anything I can do in Maya can be imported into EIAS for rendering. I also work with Houdini and have been able to get fractured, crumbling effects into EIAS.
  8. Here's the latest project I worked on for Daniel Lee museum exhibition, Shuffle 2021. I modeled, textured, rigged and animated also cloth sims. I worked in Zbrush, Maya and Marvelous Designer. Then everything was passed to David Wu who polished the look with rendering and shaders in EIAS v.10 beta. He also did the music. Special Thanks to Tomas who supported the software with advanced technical features. Enjoy. Character Animation Render: https://youtu.be/dOc-nkHzxjU Snippet from Museum https://youtu.be/N4df6uVdQYg
  9. Yes, Marvelous Designer. Maya users also use MD.
  10. I'm working on a project and I needed to refresh myself on cloth sim. Here's a sample in EIAS. https://youtu.be/mja9IARxX5w Here's my original sample in Maya https://youtu.be/xWL_buygkYU
  11. Thanks for inquiring. Status: No Momentum. So I sent the videos out as is. It wasn't finished but with good value and "way more" than enough to learn facial morphs in EIAS. I haven't given up on the Face Rig Anim DVD. I will finish it and send out a final DVD but probably after the EIAS 10 is out. if you are interested I can look it over, send what I have, and try to rekindle momentum on a final. I still offer 1 hour or so support with the DVD. In my view, EIAS could always do realistic facial animation with BlendShape Editor. The girl in the video I did in an old version of EIAS. Here's a sample of Maya rig I am doing some facial animation on now, but it's all the same thing as my Deformer Rig DVD. Cartoon Rig
  12. Here's a sample of an animation that only started out as a test but snowballed into a final render. I'm helping with beta as I have with EIAS for decades. ;-) They gave me a model from Mixamo that had facial morphs. I was only testing the face so I used an audio snippet. I set up the voice recognition in MotionBuilder. Then I animated the expressions and eyes. I also added the body motion from Mixamo but edited the fingers and gesture to match the dialog. I used Maya for the hair and cloth dynamics. Tomas and I did some extra researching on caching and I picked up a few new tricks with FBX. Everything was sent to David who is a phenomenal render wrangler. He added lights and adjusted textures. He even did the camera move. I really like the images he saw. It amazed me that this started out as only a test. Thanks. Artistically Yours, Alonzo Von Threet Kami in Kitchen Render or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMK7OWYg9Ck
  13. Pre-orders have been slow and development has linger. However, I'm trying to tie this up by the end of next month. If you're interested order now before the final price. Here's another exert. Simple import overview. https://youtu.be/biMdmmxTEMc Here's a sample facial animation I did with dynamics in EIAS for David Wu's rendering of the kitchen and girl. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMK7OWYg9Ck
  14. Here's a sample of an animation I did in Maya and imported it into EIAS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBwdA7eag9A Here's the original I did in Maya. Just thought I would see how EI like it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3S-HL1u1TSw
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