Blog, News & Project Updates
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On Deck Sports, Georgia Octane Sportsplex facility design renderings:
On Deck Sports is creating a marketing video presentation and DAS was asked to create a flythrough of the recently completed Georgia Octane Sportsplex. Given a floor plan and several photos, DAS built out the finished facility with On Deck's design. The sweeping view would not have been possible to film, flying through netting from the 2nd floor. The final frame of the animation dissolves into one of the photos taken by on Deck to highlight their layout of the facility. DAS created a 2nd animation as part of the process showing the facility being assembled in true "HGTV" style. Check out the animations on the animation page and look for them soon at both DAS's and On Deck's YouTube Channels. Click on the thumbnails below to view larger versions.
Apartment Association of Metro Denver, Awards Show:
The AAMD award trophy statuette was going to be animated in a short video as part of the awards ceremony. DAS modeled a digital version from scratch using a few photos our client had of the actual trophy. Click on the thumbnails below to view larger versions.
New Maxscripts uploaded
2 new maxscripts have been uploaded. Useful for scene management, the first macroscript purges the Layer Explorer of empty layers, with the option of keeping nested layers (thanks to Jason Brummett for the suggestion) and the 2nd will delete all unused materials from the scene, both in the Compact Editor and the Slate Editor. Check out the maxscripts page for info and download links.
Chi Chi the Chinchilla, Book 2
DAS web site updates and notifications
A note that we have updated all the movies on the "animations" page to x264 codec. This offers improved quality and much smaller file sizes with maximum data rates not exceeding 1.7 mbps and most much lower. However, there still seem to be issues with how the lightbox plugin is handling playback. Apologies if you're getting choppy playback, even with a good, hi-speed connection. We're working on it. In addition, our web host recently (5/6/14) upgraded to version 5.4 of PHP and there now seems to be some incompatibilty issues with movie playback on Internet Explorer. Flash & IE updates may help but we're looking in to options as well, including downgrading DAS back to PHP 4.2 though this has been depricated for some time. We've also noticed that the movies seem to want to download in their entirety before playing in Firefox. Chrome and Android still seem to be functioning OK. Hopefully this will get worked out soon
DAS Maxscript updates!
Check out the scripts section for access to several new scripts. I hope to have these up on scriptspot soon. Thanks to Jason Brummett and Derek Townshend for suggestions on these Maxscripts!
Speaking of Vray 3.0, I've already seen requests for methods of retro-fitting Vray3.0 scenes for Vray 2 in order circumvent the new render policy. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
3ds Max 2015
With the official release of the 2015 product line behind us, there's already a service pack release. Service Packs, tutorials and sample files can all be found here: Autodesk Downloads. With the installation of the 2015 products you should have the Autodesk Application Manager running in your system tray, which will guide you through the Service Pack update itself.
Chaos Group has caused a bit of a stir over the last few months with the announcement that Vray users will now have to pay a fee for render nodes. The licensing policy can be found here: Vray 3.0 Licensing info. There is of course a lot of chatter on the forums with comparisons to the downfall of the Brazil render engine and an interesting note that this was similar to old Mental Ray before it was fully integrated into the Max core package. Hadn't really thought of that one. I don't think this policy will have a big impact on the larger production houses that already have a commitment to a Vray pipeline, but could affect some of the decisions made by smaller firms and enthusiasts. In addition, many users may stick with their Vray 2 licenses for a little (or a lot) longer to avoid the additional costs of rendering with 3.0. Vray 3.0 is still in beta, but that should be ending very soon.
On Deck Sports
A link to On Deck Sports' YouTube Channel .
I noted that several of our animations for On Deck have over 20,000 views. DAS has contributed many 3D graphics and animations for On Deck's web site, facility design and marketing departments.
Project Update-Middle Creek housing, Vail, Colorado:
Here is another series of renderings and photo comparisons showing the site before construction in winter, our 3D rendering, and a similar view after completion. Click on the thumbnails to view larger version.
A few updates to some of our MaxScripts at scriptspot.com . Of course you can find the DAS MaxScripts here from the menu above also. The "Scene Notes" script has been updated with some new features. Also, most of the scripts now have a "Help" file included in the zip download.
A new updated release of the "Autodesk Material Converter" Maxscript; from 3DStudio.nl
was issued to registered users in late November. This is a great script for converting the generic Autodesk Materials in 3ds Max to Arch & Design or V-Ray native Materials for more control.
There are several of these MaxScripts out there, but this is the best one in my opinion.
Joep van der Steen, the well-known Mental Ray guru and author, seems to have replaced Stefan Twigt as the contact about the script.
Project Update-Wildlife Bridge:
Here are a few other renderings from the wildlife bridge project that were never uploaded. Click an image to enlarge. These include 2 photomatches looking at the precise location along I-70 near West Vail Pass at mile-marker 187.4 as well as an early draft of the 3D model:
Project Update-River Terrace Inn, Napa, California:
Several comparison images showing our 3D rendering of the lobby before construction and actual photos of the completed lobby. Click an image to enlarge. Obviously a number of design elements were revised after the 3D renderings were complete: