Tuesday, 29 June 2010

hello from Ubuntu!

Just installed this favourite Linux distro and started looking around...
Installation was done from the "live cd" of Ubuntu (got it with LinuxUser mag). This was a demo of how Ubuntu would work and it installed very quickly. Also no drivers were needed in hand. It just worked and I could connect to my wifi, check the emails or find my printer. It recognized all my hardware during installation. Great, no hassle with drivers!

Then I could run installation of the real Ubuntu from a pre-made shortcut on the desktop. Again, very easy and about 2 steps to start installation. Disk partitioning tool included and all in very nice interface as it was running from the Ubuntu system already.

The startup takes less time then Windows and the whole UI feels more simple and easier to find things. Menus are organized really well, easy to find settings or run some application. I also like the amount of all free software (via Ubuntu Software Center menu) not mentioning the whole OS.

For those who like to script, there are linux shells and many ways to customize your system. For TDs planning to work in film, Linux is used a lot in vfx pipelines so it can be useful to get more familiar with it.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Ministry Thunderstruck

I though it`s all over and now once again after the "christmas song" Ministry makes Thunderstruck! I`ve seen it so many times that band announces their retirement then do something again etc... etc... so not suprised, rather pleased because they kick ass :)

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Autodesk - Autodesk Maya Services & Support - Autodesk Maya 2011 Hotfix 2

Autodesk - Autodesk Maya Services & Support - Autodesk Maya 2011 Hotfix 2

looking for rigger

New vfx studio in Prague is looking for an experienced Maya rigger for their film project. Ideal applicant would be on site, but they accept externist as well. Send link to your online reel and work experience resume to: larex at centrum dot cz

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

making of czech Vodafone commercial

classic stop motion directed by Michal Zabka (a.k.a. "Michael Frog" :-p )

Sunday, 13 June 2010

what to do with computer waste

...I was wondering today when doing some clean-up. And found this website where a company collects electronic waste for free covering all UK. There might be similar ones in other countries, although I think this is just in the beginnings. Lot of old PCs and components end up at the dustbin which then goes to the land-fill adding more waste to the landscape.

So I signed for collection and hopefully they will come for it and I will not have to throw it in the dust bin...

pymel is the way...

how many lines would this be in MEL or standard Maya python... :)

import pymel.core as pm
cube = pm.PyNode( 'pCube1' )

for i, v in enumerate( cube.vtx ): print i, v, v.getPosition()

This short script will print positions of all polyCube`s vertices.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Furry Ball GPU renderer

More on GPU renderers. This is czech product developed partially in AAA Animation studio in Prague, Czech Republic. Looks really cool and I believe this is only the first one out of many render engines to come... real-time rendering of such quality is amazing!

Monday, 7 June 2010