Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Abishek 's new site !

heyaaa !!!

abishek (vfx sup at vhq post), my friend has finally(!) started blogging and here he is with his neat articles !! you get alot of info, education, fun, reviews, pictures, tastes and whistles..... bla bla bla..... where all the greens and blues of things are keyed out v.v.v.v.v.neatly ! heres > www.abisheknair.com

check out his site and article on stereoscopy... and this project AVIE where i had my chance of working on stereo stuff !!

News Updates !

Hiiiiii !!!!

yes yes, time to update some blog news ! alot has been happening in my personal life. I'm now a happy married man :)

me and my wife have come back to singapore this month to start our new life ! and feels so good to be with your loved ones ! and a big thankyou to all friends and relatives who came to bless us both on our wedding... :)

uummm... !!! yummyy home food lovingly prepared and served and feels so nice to love and being loved ! man !! this is life !

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Update !!!! Maya PDC TO RF BIN

hi people,

its been a long while i updated the blog.. lots of things happened meanwhile..

but importantly i have to update that - Maya PDC TO RF BIN (python tool) i was working on has been put up in Highend3d and ReafFlow scripting sites. So pls feel free to pass me your comments and feedback...

my friend Braam tried this tool and here is what he said...

"I loaded the two versions of BIN sequence (2000 particles and 40
000 particles) converted using your script, into Reaflow and I messed
around. No problem at all! No issues!

I converted PDC files to BIN on Windows machine and the Realflow is on
linux superbox. To make sure, I have also tried loading BIN into Realflow
on my windows laptop - stable and no problem!


It is truly amazing considering that your script converts 40000 particles
at the rate of 5 frames per minute on my laptop (not as powerful as linux
superbox, maybe 1/4 powerful) compared to 2 hours per frame inside realflow
on linux superbox (eight-core, 8 gig ram) !"

I plan to consolidate few other particle tools which i hopefully can bring under a single unified tool !! lot of stuff done recently on particles.. so keep watching ...

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


SIGGRAPH 2008 - Singapore !!

From their website - """ For the first time an ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques will be coming to Asia next year.

From 10 - 13 December 2008, SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 will explore fresh, new horizons of innovation and excellence. The highest quality of ideas from the community is assured as all accepted papers will be published in the ACM Transaction on Graphics.

SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 will feature works that provoke thought, explore ideas in innovative ways, address contemporary issues, interactively engage viewers in discovery, and stimulate their intellect and creativity. """

man i hope to be there at any cost !! :)

Friday, November 02, 2007

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Friday, October 26, 2007

balancing thoughts !

As i ponder various aspects of my life, i find its full of things striving to strike a balance.

good / bad, light/dark, knowledge / ignorance, truth / lie, true / false, visible / invisible, on /off, `window -exists myWindow` / !`window -exists myWindow` ...bla bla blaa....

now wouldn't it be nice if you can have a side by side look at both - similarities and differences ?? and save some hair strands too ??

I 've been using CSDiff a free software which is quite decent for the purpose, to open and see the differences between your messed up files / folders. It has three modes of display. From the notes.. "CSDiff is a great asset to anyone in need of analyzing changes which have been made between two revisions of the same file or folder."

Have any better options you use, drop me a comment... if /else, open / close, 0 /1 ... bla bla blaa..

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Preferences - yours and mine !

Do you have preferences ? I do ! Everyone does !! And no one's preferences are the same ! How many have you ? How do you store and handle your preferences ?

na na na....<<>> I'm not talking about human preferences here, i'm talking about MAYA preferences !

Been working on some maya preferences for some time now. During this exercise, i've been looking around for information dealing with maya and its preferences. I share them now.

1) getenv - [command]

`getenv "MAYA_LOCATION"`;
string $user=`getenv USERNAME`;
// Result:ashish//
to know the maya installation directory. I used it to find out where and which is my maya.exe i'm using currently !

2) about - [command]
`about -win64`;
to find out if your OS is 64 bit or not. This might be handy if your studio has a mixture of 32 bit and 64 bit OS

3) optionVars - most of the maya's tool settings, UI settings, user settings are handled using these.

Check out "C:\Program Files\A*****\Maya**\scripts\startup\syncPreferencesOptVars.mel"

4) Batch files - i use them to do alot of work for me. Yes, as you guessed i'm dealing with windows machines here. Batch files can be used to copy things around for you. Ex: Copy your centrally stored Maya.env files to each artist's preferences folder on startup.

5) sytem - [comand]

If you are firing a batch script through maya (using system command) and you DON'T want maya to wait for that batch to finish its work, you can use:
system ("shell s:/batches/startMaya.bat");
and to close that batch file's dos prompt automatically, don't forget to add the "exit" line. This way your maya can 'fire and forget' a batch file, without getting effected by it.

6) scriptjobs - Ever wanted to do your own tricks just before maya quits ?? Like putting your files on server or take a backup of your files or tell your pal you've completed your work ? you can use the scriptjob to help you with just that.
proc backupprefs()
// put your code here
scriptJob -protected -event "quitApplication" backupPrefs;
7) internalVar - [command]

Getting information about maya - you might want to find out where maya stores its things!!!
string $currMayaPrefLocation=`internalVar -userPrefDir`; 
// Result : C:/Documents and Settings/User/My Documents/maya/8.0/prefs/
8) Reset preferences - Ever wanted to reset few options to maya's default, still having the other user prefs as they are ?

Make a mel file with your required lines and source them at startup through userSetup.mel

-sv "workingUnitTime" "pal"
-sv "workingUnitTimeDefault" "pal"
-fv "playbackMax" 200
-fv "playbackMaxDefault" 200
-fv "playbackMaxRange" 400
-fv "playbackMaxRangeDefault" 400;
This will enable your maya to have PAL as the Time - working units and set your default frame ranges to 1-200. Everytime you have to do dynamics and for the first 2 mins you spend adjusting your time line ? Its not frustrating anymore ! :)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Paulau Ubin Island !

What a nice place :)

Me and my friend abishek went to Paulau Ubin Island and ah !! beautiful place and scenic nature spot ! We cyclced for 15-16 kms and it was fun, riding and sweating !

some pics...

Jetty ...

changi beach ...

At the island...

Cycles !

the two explorers !

On one side...

thanks to abishek for the snaps and "compositing" :) yaayyee !

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Animation Mentor's Fall Reel !

aahhha ! post after some time !! but what other thing to post about !

Aniamtion Mentor's fall show case :

DOWNnload this high res movie : here :)

awesome animation. i 've been laughing at the intro and the last clip.. awesome sounds and love the way he reacts to that !! hahahahahaha !!