Category Archive: FX

Effects-related posts.

Oct 12

Tutorial: PyQt4 UI Development for Maya

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“cmiVFX just released the first of a series of training videos for PyQt4 UI Development for Maya, featuring Justin Israel. The base of this video is not just for Maya, but for ANY app structure that exists today. Maya is covered in the second half of the video to help people associate a stronger principal interfacing structure with one of today’s most popular graphics packages. We would like to explicitly state that this video would be extremely helpful to a large range of VFX producers using different software pipelines. The goal of this video is to let the user interface their tools using PyQT4.”

Jun 21

Getting started with XBOX 360 Kinect on OSX – opensource+python

A recent project of mine involves research and development with an XBOX 360 Kinect Sensor. Being a python guy, I started searching for python bindings to some OSX-supported framework. When you just get started looking into this area it can be a little confusing. There are a number of layers to the software stack to enable one to accomplish anything meaningful. This is just a short and general blog post outlining the basics of what I have discovered thus far, to help anyone else that might also be getting started.

Nov 20

Mixing PyQt4 widgets and Maya UI objects

A question came up in the Maya-Python mailing list that I thought was a really good topic, and should be reposted. Someone asked how you can create maya UI objects and embed them within your main PyQt application. Specifically he wanted to create a modelPanel and embed it so that he would have a camera …

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Nov 15

Python for Maya Artists – Volume 2

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Second tutorial in the series released! If you watched the first video, you now have a good grasp on Python. Sweet. Let’s plow through some more involved concepts like python juggernauts!

Nov 09

Installing PyQt4 for Maya 2012+ (osx)

This is a follow up post to my previous one on Installing PyQt4 for Maya 2011 Recently while putting together my next video tutorial for Python for Maya, I came to a section where I wanted to demo PyQt4 in Maya2012. But I was concerned that viewers would have to go through the complicated steps …

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Oct 08

Intro to Python for Maya Artists – Tutorial

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This course brings the talented artist into the fold of the technical-side of Maya. Learn the basics of Python, and its place in your 3D workflow, with visual examples and real world problems. Get a kick-start on adding some automation into your life, and solving common problems in a fraction of the time. By the end of this video, you should have a deeper understanding of one of the languages Maya speaks under the hood…

Jan 07

Installing PyQt for maya 2011 (OSX)

The solution I arrived at, for successfully installing PyQt4 in Maya 2011, after collecting info from multiple sites…

Oct 08

AtomSplitter source code released

We finally decided to release the source code for AtomSplitter, since we were getting some feedback that the application builds weren’t 100% working on every possible system.

Aug 31

AtomSplitter v1.6 update

AtomSplitter has been updated to v1.6, available through cmivfx.com

Aug 09

Maya, and self-intersecting nurbsCurves

This is a story about my journey in solving a problem at work involving curves. The solution seemed really simple at first, but because of a stupid Maya issue, this turned into me having to rewrite the tool 3 times before I discovered a surprising solution. The Problem: Because we rely heavily on the process …

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