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Bye Bye 2013

The ‘Bye Bye’ family souvenir video is the only excuse to keep myself from getting rusty in 3D and Video stuff (as my main work is taking a fair bit of my time).

This year, no particles, no wave spectrum. I decided to ramp up a bit with Modo, as I might just stick to Softimage 2014 from now on, and invest my hobby money in Modo instead (seems a more complete toolbox for the hobbyist, and the amount of changes I was getting for Softimage for the price of the subscription did not seem to make it really worth it).

2013 sketch

So here, it’s a simple parallax trick around 2013. I sketched the 2013 and got the various elevations (0-5) and whether a block top was flat, descending or raising. I wrote a little python script to convert those values into a grid data that I could feed directly into Softimage ICE using the String to Array node. That gave the tree a final destination as to where to grow the points making each cube. The grid in itself was done using ICE geometry, replicating a simple cube and tagging the proper material depending on whether it is a ‘black’ square or a ‘white’ one. Finally the whole thing was exported as MDD and loaded in Modo for the lighting, shading and camera work, and of course final rendering. I must say all in all it worked quite smoothly! If you are interested, here is the Softimage scene: byebye2013.scn.

So what to say about modo? I’ve tried to love it for so long, but it never clicked like Softimage did. I’m never quite sure what to expect really, where Softimage it mostly always make sense. I’m saddened that Softimage seems to be stalling. I’ll sure keep using it as much as possible as I have a deep investment in it, but for a hobbyist, I much rather fork $400 to modo every other year for substantial update, rather that $900 a year for minor update (and now it would cost me 3k I believe!). Hopefully modo 801 will bring me joy!

On this, happy new year!


Bye Bye 2012 Video

Finally done, the 2012 Bye Bye video. That is my main excuse to not get too rusty using Softimage, Premiere and After Effects… So this is a wrap up of our best family and friends pictures and videos mixed with a Trance Track (Dash Berlin feat. Emma Hewitt – Waiting).

Technically, since I do have a limited time (and resource, my PC was churning 1 frame every 6 minutes!) I wanted to go with a simple concept, both in term of modelling (limited skills!), animation and rendering. And even there I had to trim it a bit down.

So this is a simple model built and animated in Softimage. There is ICE in there! It is the spectrum bars that yes are supposed to follow up the music, I used my SpectrumToWave plugin described in prior posts. ICE is also used for the counter: it is actually 3 particles each one assigned a value between 0 and 9 depending on current time. This is then used to pick the Instance Shape for that particle (there are 10 objects, each one representing one digit). The also track their position and 3 nulls bound to the surface of the memory pod.

The fake somewhat depth-of-field effect is coming from Magic Bullet Looks filter that is applied in the Premiere sequence. I used different looks for all the videos. Magic Bullet rocks!

Any question, post here! Happy new year!