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Digital puppeteering with openkinect

This is a proof of concept i did, there is much to be improved on the tracking algorithm. But maybe this could be a useful tool for animators.

Kinect hacking with openkinect

Finally had some time for a little Kinect hacking.

Ubuntu 10.10 Suspend fail on Gigabyte X58A-UD3R mainboard

On ubuntu 10.04 i used this solution. But aparently the xhci module is now called xhci_hcd . So i needed to chage “/etc/pm/sleep.d/05_disable_usb3″ to

#!/bin/bash

## Unload USB 3 module before sleep

case "$1" in
    suspend)
        /sbin/modprobe -r xhci_hcd
        ;;
    hibernate)
        /sbin/modprobe -r xhci_hcd
        ;;
    thaw)
        /sbin/modprobe xhci_hcd
        ;;
    resume)
        /sbin/modprobe xhci_hcd
        ;;
esac

Knowledge Sharing

Finally the report on Knowledge Sharing in Danish Animation.

You can download it from here

Sensor-network Simulation

During a course at DTU this January, we (Søren Vinter Poulsen, Frederik Peter Aalund and Me) created this Java  Program. The goal where to create a simulation of a sensor network. The solution where designed and implemented over a 14 day period.

Download the jar file here.

You should run it with something like these parameters

java java -Xms1024m -Xmx2048m -Xss512m -jar

.java files is included in the jar file.

Opensource VFX

A listing of the best open source projects in VFX and Animation.

http://opensourcevfx.org/

As opensource in this industy is one of my key issues, i am proud to be part of this initiative.

List of Studio project (Opening up the pipeline)

Open EXR
http://www.openexr.com/

Sony Image Works (Several projects)
http://opensource.imageworks.com/

Image Engine (Cortex)
http://opensource.image-engine.com/
http://code.google.com/p/cortex-vfx/

Rising Sun Pictures
http://open.rsp.com.au/

Twitter

My wordpress posts is now auto projected onto my twitter account http://twitter.com/jeppewalther

Knowlede sharing – Animation hub.

I am currently working ( spare time ) on a project with Morten Steinbach and Aniamtion Hub. The project is an investigation on the animation industry’s attitude towards knowlede sharing.

Visuals, sensor networks

Working on some visual test for a project on sensor netowrks.

Using Java.

Update

Guess its been a while, a quick update.

After the end of the Discoworms production i wanted to try somtheting new. This lead to me starting at  DTU (Technical University of Denmark ) where i am now well underway with a bachelor degree in software technology.

I have also updated the CV on this site, and added a twitter widget in the right panel. Hopefully this will create a bit of life on this blog.

I will try to do a bit more updates from now on.

Disco Worms Trailer

Yes the movie have finished, go see it from the 10th of October

Worms can boogie too!

Updates on my CV

Check out the new updates on my cv here

PyQt with Maya 8.5 or 2008 (Linux)

I have started using PyQt together with Maya to make much richer ui’s. QT is a killer User interface development, tool and framework. PyQt is the Python bindings.

One of the tools that makes it a joy to work with PyQt is the designer application.

qtDesigner

Only problem about PyQt is thah its a pain, to get it up and running with Maya. So here is a little tutorial. I have not done this on windows yet, but who uses that ms stuff anyways.

1. Compile and Install a Python version equal to the one Maya is using. Thats 2.4.3 for Maya 8.5 and 2.5.1 for Maya 2008

http://www.python.org/download/releases/2.4.3/
http://www.python.org/download/releases/2.5.1/

I suggest installing all of this into something like /global/usr/

$> tar xvfz Python-2.4.3.tgz
$> cd  Python-2.4.3
$> ./configure --prefix=/global/usr --enable-unicode=ucs4
$> make
$> sudo make install

2. Link site-profiles and lib-dynload to the newly install equals

$> cd /usr/autodesk/maya8.5-x64/lib/python2.4/site-packages
$> cp -rf maya/ /global/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/
$> cd ..
$> mv site-packages site-packages_old
$> mv lib-dynload lib-dynload_old
$> ln -s /global/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages
$> ln -s /global/usr/lib/python2.4/lib-dynload

3. Compile and install QT

http://trolltech.com/developer/downloads/qt/x11

$> gunzip qt-x11-opensource-src-4.3.3.tar.gz
$> cd qt-x11-opensource-src-4.3.3/
$> ./configure --prefix=/global/usr/local
$> make
$> make install

4. Compile and install sip with newly installed Python
http://www.riverbankcomputing.co.uk/sip/download.php

$> tar xvfz sip-4.7.3.tar.gz
$> cd sip-4.7.3
$> /global/usr/bin/python2.4 configure.py
$> make
$> make install

5. Compile and install PyQT with newly installed Python, Sip and QT
http://www.riverbankcomputing.com/Downloads/PyQt4/GPL/PyQt-x11-gpl-4.3.3.tar.gz

$> tar xvfz PyQt-x11-gpl-4.3.3.tar.gz
$> cd PyQt-x11-gpl-4.3.3/
$> /global/usr/bin/python2.4 configure.py --qmake=/global/usr/local/bin/qmake
$> make
$> make install

everything should now be working.

New Job, making worm pipes.

At the first of Juli i started my new job as a Pipeline Manager on the Feature film Disco Ormene ( Disco Worms ).

BARRY

I am in charge of building a brand new Pipeline for this movie, based on Linux, Temerity Software’s Pipelie, Maya, and a thon of glue code.

Showreel

Drive Time



The SKAPPS Blog

Hey

I have put up a seperate blog over at skapps.blogspot.com for my posts about the SKAPPS system.½

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