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ToolBox Rundown


  • RenderLayer Export Script
  • Camera and Object Positions to After Effects
  • RenderLayer Manager Script


Display Presets


Object Smooth Presets

Transform Freeze

Apply Render Stats

Layer Presets

Shader Presets

Gamma Tools

Material Lister

Export RenderLayers to Files MEL Script

CaptureHave you ever wanted to know exactly which file was used to render the image sequence that you are looking at in AfterEffects Have ever wanted to rerender your renders on the farm without having to resubmit them from Muster. Have you ever wanted to render each of your renderlayers separately so that it will go faster, and rerender only the renderlayers you need


This procedure maintains the folder structure standard and properly saves your render files   into their proper location as well as backs up a file from the render folder in case you need to go back to a previous version. Using the tool would allow for keeping a record of the files that were used to render. If another artist where to pick up the job he would have access to the master file as well as folders containing all previous renders submitted. You can track all your renders that you submit to Muster so that when we share work it will become clear to us where the files are located. If all Render layers are submitted as separate jobs to the RenderFarm: When a chunk fails resubmitting will not require all render layers to be re rendered.

Shot Folder:

  The Folder in PROJECT/scenes that is your Shot Folder

Absolute Render Folder:

  If you want to define an absolute location that is not  scenes/SHOT Folder

Export Single File

  Export On Renderlayers to one file with the name defined.


  Adds Prefix to all exported files

Note :

  Add Notes for artists


  Copy all .mb files contained in folder into a directory titled with the date (ie. -2012.10.26)

Under the scenes folder resides a folder with the ShotNumber_Description (SH08_Waterfall)

This folder contains the master files ShotNumber_Description_v001.mb (SH08_Waterfall_v001.mb)

The folder render would contain ShotNumber_Description_Renderlayer (SH08_Waterfall_AO.mb)

Glorious Set Driven Keys

Set Driven Keys are such a Powerful and simple tool. I have been unable to find a comparable tool in any other application. The power of creating relationships between objects without the limitation that it must be a mathematical relationship is incredibly useful. Set Driven Keys are as simple as key-framing an object.

This tool allows for complex relationships to be created by simple keyframing. In addition, it doesn’t limit you to one object.

In this example using one attribute “Wing Flap” , one is able to control three seperate objects, and two rotational axis. Wings typically flap in a circular motion, not just up and down both wings and the body. With another atttribute “Wing Speed”, controlled by an expression, you can animate the butterfly to fly with only one attribute.

Let’s go into more detail.
A common technique to animate a back and forward motion, ie. wings flapping, is to use sin in the expression. Pick an arbitrary number like 20. Creating set driven keys that drive the rotation of the wings up at 20 and down at -20.

Using this technique, the animatable attribute wing speed can be animated up and down making it easier for the animator to focus on one keyable attribute. One keyable attribute controlling at least 6 rotations of three different objects.

This may seem pretty simplistic in nature but you would be amazed how many animators wouldn’t or couldn’t set this initial control up.

Demo Reel Update

Latest and Greatest Edit


I’ve used Windows  ever since there was a windows (windows 3.1 anyone?) and before MS-DOS so I guess my feelings are pretty biased when it comes to comparing osx and windows. Don’t believe anyone who tells you that Macs are the easiest computers to use.

Mac is great for what the general user wants to do  these day, ie. pictures, video, emailing internet activities, and the basic stuff. What about “Power User” functions such as ……….SHOW HIDDEN FILES. You think that Apple would have nailed down there operating system tools, but recently I came across this tool called Pathfinder which is far better than Apple’s Finder and the interface is the same. It has an option to show hidden files among other great things that I wish finder had. It costs 40$ but if you don’t feel like spending money for something that should be included, then open the terminal app and type the following

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES

Relaunch Finder (command+alt+esc)

3d Cube Wipe

disc_rebrand5For anyone who hasn’t seeen this amazing rebrand package that royale did for Discovery Channel, you need to watch more educational television!

 This caught my eye earlier this year and it stuck in the back of my head. I pondered how I would achieve this simple but amazing effect.

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Gnomon Releases New Unreal Training

dvd_case_thumbUnreal Editor has fascinated me for a long time. Being a huge fan of Gears of War, I hope soon to be able to review this training material. Gnomon is by far my favorite source for training material. Everything that I have seen in there series is either good or drop jaw fantastic. They have an entire library of video training for all the most popular software packages in the industry today! EVEN LIGHTWAVE ! Check these out!

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