Skin weight copy/export

Using Maya’s own deformerWeights command, I managed to write a neat little tool that works very fast and very reliable.

All skinning information can be saved in offline files or as a custom node in the actual scene itself, so it never gets lost.

The code needs some tinkering before I put it up, but take a look at the video to see how it works.

 

Liftoff teaser

For a while now we’ve been tinkering and playing around with a drone racing game at LuGus Studios. I made the early prototype that got the attention of Immersion RC and Fatshark, just about the biggest names in the FPV world. They loved what they saw and wanted to invest in making a proper drone racing game. So I got to working again and put built a game ready model of Immersion RC’s Vortex drone and put together a small teaser trailer.

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I think I made a better version of Unity 5’s standard shader.

Warning: big wall-o-text and I’m ranting and venting. But there are some pictures near the end, so there’s that.

We solely rely on Unity at the studio I work for at the moment. Mainly because before Unreal Engine 4 was released, options were limited and Unity’s pricing and flexibility was pretty awesome. The landscape in 2015 has changed quite a lot since Epic launched Unreal Engine 4. It changed even more when Epic gloriously decided to get rid of the monthly $19 price point. Everyone and their dog had the opportunity to try out Unreal and the differences were pretty obvious. For me, one of the best things shipping with UE4 is the material editor.

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Copying Channel Box information between objects

I’ve spent a lot of time in Unity and as anyone who’s spent a lot of time in Unity, you’re using the Transform component quite a lot. One thing that I’ve always like about Unity’s Inspector is the ability to copy a component and paste it either as a new component on another object, or just copy the component values. I’m in the middle of doing some hard surface modeling and things need to line up pretty accurately. The manual way of getting Channel Box information from one object to another is first selecting the object that needs to be adjust, shift select the other you want to adjust to and then tab-enter your way through the Channel Box. It works and it’s actually quite fast. But it’s not the one click solution I’m usually after.

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