This was actually a proof of concept and thought exercise than anything else. I had a discussion with a fellow freelancer who got ripped off after sending Maya files and never receiving any payment. I started brainstorming about a possible solution for this problem and came up with this. The script allows you to secure a Maya file and set permissions on its usage. I don’t think it’s anything that should be used in the real world, but it was fun to make and think about. I actually did some research on how viruses and worms work to keep under the radar and how they deal with deletion attempts 🙂 It’s by no means a fool proof system, but it does kind of work and could be refined in the future.
Sorry about the vacation video-y music. Turn off your volume if you think it sucks 🙂
Some time ago I made a simple python script that allowed you to pack multiple images into the R, G, B and A channels of a texture. I used it when I was playing around with the default shader for Unity. I redid the script yesterday to allow for a bit more flexibility and just to make it more user friendly. Check out the video to see how it works. It uses Pillow to do all the image file operations, the script tries to download it using pip in case you don’t have it in your Python directories.
I’ve always liked this way of rigging faces. By constraining joints to the curves moving the curves around, you get some nice fall off that makes everything feel squishy and soft. Which works really well on cartoony characters. Not posting the entire code because it’s pretty messy, pretty long and spread across multiple files. Take a look at the YouTube video to see how it works and feel free to comment or ask if you want to.