Thursday, 26 November 2015

Tekimage is changing

Tekimage is changing. Tekimage will now focus more on 3D and Motion capture. My wingdisk.net page will include more of my general interests. Thanks for your visits to the previous posts and please check back when you see new posts are made.

Fred Weimer

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Motion Capture to MotionBuilder


I thought I would add some notes to the video, Motion Capture to MotionBuilder. First of all the session folder in Vicon Blade holds your motion capture takes including .x2d (raw motion capture video indicated by a blue circle with an x), the .hdf files (this is a blade file and includes any work you've completed on the motion capture, this has a gold B next to the file).  The session folder also includes .fbx files, which are autodesk interchange format which allow you  to work between 3ds Max, Maya and MotionBuilder. You won't see the .fbx files until you add your session folder into MotionBuilder


Export FBX using the pipeline


In Autodesk MotionBuilder you can add favourite paths by right clicking in the asset browser. If you add the session folder you can find the exported  FBX files. 












In the session folder you'll see your .fbx files along with the other blade files.  You can drag them in to MotionBuilder  for editing, adding to your character etc. 










Saturday, 3 November 2012

Hands on with the Kindle PaperWhite

There are plenty of arguments over which is the best E-Reader.  I've been using a Kindle for about a year. So when the Kindle PaperWhite was announced I didn't hesitate and pre-ordered it.  Now that I've had it in hand for about a week, I thought I would share my thoughts on it.

I've had a Kindle DX which hooked me into the Amazon E-Book pipeline.  The display was incredibly easy on my eyes. And being dyslexic it was easier to read. I considered the Kindle Fire, or perhaps and iPad with the Kindle app but having suffered insomnia I wanted to stay away from backlit display as they are known to affect your sleep.

The new Kindle supports Amazon's patented light guide which is a glowing front lit display. This gives you an illuminated screen without the strain on the eyes that backlight tablets have. The text is even nicer to read than the standard Kindle. 

Unlike the original Kindle and my Kindle DX there is no audio or headphone jack. So you could listen to audible books etc on them.  With smartphones with podcast and Audible apps I don't feel I am missing anything. I never listened to anything on the Kindle DX.  
Photo from Amazon.co.uk
The PaperWhite's touchscreen is very responsive, the page turn and screen update are fast. The keyboard works well, and is easy to use. There are some nice interface touches. There are tap zones on the screen to access the tool bar, go forward or backwards a page. The interface also supports swipe to change page. The toolbar gives you access to change the brightness of the display, Kindle store, search and menu and access wifi or 3g depending on your Kindle. The menu is contextual.  So if you're reading a book you change font size, go to a certain page and something new  called x-ray. The x-ray lets you explore what Amazon calls the "bones" of the book, more experimenting is necessary. It's higher resolution,  higher contrast and easy touch interface make the PaperWhite a winner.

The Kindle DX was like holding a hard cover book.  Large screen and all it was heavy. The PaperWhite is light to hold (like other similar sized Kindles) so is much nicer when reading. 

I am being biased in this review because I already like Kindle and Amazon's massive e-book library. However I love the Kindle PaperWhite and can recommend it. 




Tuesday, 27 April 2010

iPad's Perfect Companion


iPad
Originally uploaded by wingdisk
A friend of mine let me use his iPad. We are in the UK, so this was a real treat. The images and videos of the iPad do not do this justice, you have to have hands on. I was enthralled with the Pages demo. The perfect companion for an iPad is obvious, 3UK's MIFI, Mobile WIFI