Autodesk Maya is a big and complex piece of software, full of traps and pitfalls for the unwary. The "Unknown Nodes" error sometimes occurs when you are trying to save your work, but Maya won’t let you save. This can be frustrating, and the solution is not obvious. What is an unknown node anyway? And what should you do when this happens?
Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Tuesday, 30 December 2014
|Dr Leonhard Euler by Jakob Emanuel Handmann. Image: Wikipedia|
The Euler Filter is a very useful tool in Maya, one which can solve - almost magically - some of the most common problems we get in the rotations of curves, problems which can seriously mess up your character animation. If the rotations on your character's arms are going wild, and no amount of keyframing seems to help - you probably need a little help from Dr Euler.
Monday, 29 December 2014
|Mental Ray by Nvidia|
Sunday, 28 December 2014
John Cleese knows a thing or two about creativity, which is presumably why he was invited to give this talk in the video above. Trouble is, identifying where creativity comes from is like trying to analyse what makes a great poem. We all know it when we see it - but how to define it? And what does the great man conclude? I'll leave you to watch the (short) video to find out the answer.
Saturday, 27 December 2014
Wednesday, 24 December 2014
|The Float Folks|
Thursday, 18 December 2014
Our new Animation and VFX course at Bucks is growing steadily, and our freshmen students are more dynamic and creative than ever, having made a stunning start on their first assessed animation exercise – an abstract animation piece set to music. We are proud to showcase here some of our students' best work. Part of the assessment involved collaborating with the sound design students at Bucks, helping our animators to take advantage of the stunning grange of facilities and talent available here at our High Wycombe campus. Film-making is rarely a solo venture, and working with other students who are specialists in their own field invariably helps our animators raise their game.
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
How would a Jedi walk? Animating a person walking may seem like a simple exercise, but it's a tricky thing to get right. How people move has a lot to say about their character and personality, and it's no surprise that one of the first things an animator at a studio like Disney or DreamWorks will do with a new character rig - is to create a walk cycle. How someone walks is a window into who that character is, and how they might behave.
Sunday, 14 December 2014
|Standard aspect ratios: SD, HD and super HD|
Saturday, 13 December 2014
The secret of great animation is in the planning. Open up a copy of Maya, the leading 3D software, and you just get a blank screen. With CG animation (or indeed any animation) you get nothing for free. So how do you fill this blank space with creative, entertaining animation? The secret of good work is to thumbnail - that is to say, to plan out your work with sketches and scribbles which create a kind of road map of where you want to go.
Friday, 12 December 2014
|Gateway - our modern media hub|
Thursday, 11 December 2014
|Bucks New Uni Film Competition|
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
|Rusty explains Quadruped Locomotion|
Tuesday, 9 December 2014
|Blue Zoo Animation|
Monday, 8 December 2014
|Lenovo ThinkPad - coming soon|
Sunday, 7 December 2014
|MA Art & Design Exhibit at Bucks|
Friday, 5 December 2014
|Brown Bag Films - in search of animators|
Thursday, 4 December 2014
|Government Piggy Bank - now available for post-graduate study. Photo: Wikipedia|
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
|The Float Folks - Coming Soon!|
Monday, 1 December 2014
|Mathilda, courtesy of SCAD|