Enhanced PipelineIO_Menu by Smoluck for Ariel Chai

Extended PipelineIO Menu for Modo 701/801

I’ve made a « tweaked form menu » for the PipelineIO (InOut) from Ariel Chai scipt suite. For more information about that script and that tweaked form you should go to the TF community forum.

Thanks Ariel

Thanks Ariel

 

Before installing this form, you should create a new directory « TEMP_OBJ » in order to export you resulting meshes to your C:\TEMP_OBJ\.

(if you’re on a mac, edit the cfg and define the output directory you want & save it)

This enhanced Menu is composed with many combination for exporting your meshes. You will export the mesh named with some suffix related to the way you’ve exported them. It export files as OBJ or FBX.

Final_OBJ_BVSTM.OBJ will got those settings:

  • B_UVBorder (Sets “HardEdges” selection set to selected UVmap borders. (used for vertex normals) Edges in “SoftEdges” selection set wion’t be effected.)
  • V_UseVertexNormal (Uses selection set « HardEdges » to split vertex normals, for custom .obj format.)
  • S_SplitHardEdge (Splits “HardEdges” selection set on the geometry.)
  • T_Triangulate (Triangulates mesh – since it randomizes vertex order, exporting cages should be used with the PP tag.)
  • M_MorphmapExplode (Apply Morphmap named “Explode”)

ExtendedPipelineIO_Menu

A UV Packer that you should take a look into ! God Bless IPackThat

If you’re actually working on UV layout, I ‘ll probably suggest you to take a look at the work of Snoelk from Germany – Technical Artist at
Piranha Bytes.

He have post an interesting thread (through Polycount forum) on is new Standalone UVpacker, still currently in dev and in Beta but still promising CG tools: IPackThat

Please tell her your support on Polycount or CGtalk for that upcoming « CG amazing must-have tool » !

I’ve take a look on it, and i could say that it’s really promising for the result you can got in few minutes. The next image will talk about that better than more words:

IPackThat_BasicTest_LD

26 % of wasted space in 6 mins > compared to my 21 % on my hand made layout in around 4 h of tweaking.

 

 And for the Fun after 8 Run to find the Best solution it goes down to 18 % of Wasted Area. So Good !

8Run_IPackThat_LD

Launching my CG Channel VideoStream via Twitch TV.

Working on common tools: ZBrush, Modo, PS, AI, Marmoset, Substance, dDo.

TwitchTV Channel

MaxScript Issue – Enable/Disable Command (Just Switchable)

MaxScript « Bad Day »

I’m so sad to see that in MAX you can just switch from one command to another and back and forth… Why do they didn’t had the possibility to Enable or Disable an option/command instead of just switch it (nobody cares about the position A or B….seriously).

 

Here is just a little script to clean a scene in order to focus (Zoom) onto the scene and go to a Maximized Perspective view – Shaded with Wireframe:

    actionMan.executeAction 0 « 40182 »  — Views: Perspective User View
max vpt persp user
actionMan.executeAction 0 « 50026 »  — Tools: Maximize Viewport Toggle
max tool maximize
actionMan.executeAction 0 « 550 »  — Views: Viewport Visual Style Shaded
actionMan.executeAction 0 « 40078 »  — Views: Show Home Grid
max showhomegrid
actionMan.executeAction 0 « 310 »  — Tools: Zoom Extents Selected
max zoomext sel
macros.run « DragAndDrop » « Macro8 »

 

But now as you can see i can’t go directly to Hide/Disable Homegrid…

If i open a file with  homegrid in the viewport, i will switch it on and that’s not what this script is supposed to do.

 

I’ve search that on internet but i couldn’t find that tricks:

 

Maxscript command List.

Solving 3D Viewport Issue on 3DsMAX with Intel HD 4XXX

This post is intend for my students, that got some issue with there laptop using Intel HD 4000 / 4400 on 3DsMAX.

3ds_IntelHD4000Bug

If you have any problem with the viewport of 3dsMAX (Like this).

3ds_IntelHD4000BugViewportSettings

And nothing in the Menu / Customize / Preference / Viewport / Display Driver.

You should look at this workaround to solve that problem.

Lire la suite

Colt still in WIP

Some Breakdown Pass under Marmoset T2.

  • HighPoly & LowPoly Model done.
  • Design still in work in progress.
  • Quick-made Albedo Map. Normalmap made through xNormal and for the engraving in nDo (Quixel Suite)
  • Intensive use of Illustrator to make all of those engraving. Still in work in progress.
  • AO made in FAOGEN from the HighPoly mesh made with MeshFusion under Modo.
  • UV with the same Texel density.
  • Texture Res 4096²

Clic for HD image.
WIP_COLT_Albedo

WIP_COLT_15_UV

WIP_COLT_15_MetalShading

WIP_COLT_15_AO

Preset and Unit Setup for FBX.

From MODO to 3DsMAX and conversely from 3DsMAX back to MODO

I’ve tried to export Mesh from Modo to 3DsMAX through FBX 2013, and i’ve found some difficulty to setup the unit’s correctly.

Fortunately i’ve found the good Setup, so i want to share it to you.

  • Unit Setup window, can be found under Customize menu in Max.
  • And for Modo it’s under System/ Preferences… menu.

Have a good day.