How can I rotate an object in Maya while it's on a path and automatically banking? I'm currently making an animation involving a paper airplane, and I have it set to bank automatically, but I would like it to fly upside down at one point, and briefly turn on its side at another. I'm very new to paths in Maya, and whatever I try to do usually ends up making the plane rotated for the entire animation. Ideally I'd like to be able to keyframe a rotation while still having the paper plane following the path and banking normally. Is this possible?
XYZ coordinate grid from 3d file? [more inside]
Is the theatrical 3D film experience (e.g. 'Monsters vs. Aliens') much better than it used to be? Eyestrain, headaches, nausea used to be what you suffered through in the old red-blue glasses days in order to say you saw a 3D movie...has that gotten good enough now that it's safe to take, e.g., a 7 year old boy to these things?
What is a good source for high-quality 3D people for use in digital architectural models? Polygon count and cost are of no concern, while natural-looking faces, textures, and poses are a must. [more inside]
I need help finding the correct glasses/lenses (if they exist) to allow one to view a much-larger-than-usual stereoscopic image. [more inside]
My girlfriend and I saw Coraline last night in 3D. Now we have a pair of these nifty 3D glasses. What now? [more inside]
Can Canadians snag 3D glasses for the 3D Chuck episode? [more inside]
Where can I find the 3-dimensional version of Clue/Cluedo that has, like, 7 floors? [more inside]
3-D folks, Mathematicians, and Artists: Trying to create my own Trompe-l'œil / forced perspective illusionary image to hang on my wall (e.g. the awesome parking garage signage everyone's already seen... more examples here, and here). I'm having trouble faking it with 2-D programs, and the math is puzzling me. [more inside]
Best application for 3D graphing (heat maps, contours, bump maps and so on)? [more inside]
GiftFilter: What can I give my brother-in-law for Christmas that will help improve his chances of getting a 3D art job? [more inside]
Why have some of my OpenGL applications stopped working in Windows? [more inside]
How would my 6yo daughter with strabismus perceive a 3-D movie? [more inside]
Please help me wrap my head around this 3d graphics math. :( [more inside]
where can i find super high quality, anatomically accurate 3D models of dinosaur skeletons? [more inside]
I would like to set up a system optimized for 3D rendering. Specifically Second Life. [more inside]
I'm looking for free software that allows me to put data in an 3-dimensional table/grid, and then lets me view it. [more inside]
What should I use to make a simple 3D model of a school (not real)? I also need to create some classrooms (with chairs, table, etc). [more inside]
I'm beginning a project where I need to construct a 3D model based off the "average" shape (I'm not sure that's exactly the proper term) of a number of similar real-world objects, and I'm not sure on the best workflow or process. Example: I have 25 bananas and I want to create a 3D model based off the average shape of all these bananas. [more inside]
How to get an "imprint" of a model in Blender? [more inside]
I'm a graphic designer (InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects) who wants to be able to use 3D imagery in my work but I have little to no interest in modelling things myself. I'm very interested in animating in 3D space and playing with lights and cameras. No supercomplicated Pixar-like stuff (no characters), just moving around still (buildings etc) or almost still (flowers etc.) objects. For instance: right now I need to make an animation of some playing cards flying/falling away from the camera. I want to do this in 3D space and would like to be able to 'bend' the cards to exaggerate the movement. Is it possible for me to buy a stock 3D model of a playing card somewhere (where?) and add my own design to them? What 3D software would be most suitable for my purposes? I'm thinking it might be wise to pick the software that has the most enthusiastic modelsharing community...
Is anyone aware of a general-purpose 3D renderer built with Flash? Sort of like a Flash version of those VRML plugins that were all the rage in 1997, only without the suck? I'm creating a browser game, and I'd like the main viewport to display 3D images. I could render images on the server and feed them to the client, but the demand on server CPU and bandwidth would be prohibitive. I'd love to find a client-side solution. [more inside]
A couple of years ago for an art project I made a couple of four foot long geckos out of conduit and fence wire. It was a lot of work and the end result, while pleasing, wasn't quite as finished looking as I would have hoped. I got the idea from looking at beaded wire frame animal shapes you can see for sale in artsy stores. How can I make a frame for animal shapes that represents the original more accurately with less guesswork? [more inside]
3D cross section software? is there such a thing? [more inside]
Simple 3D and 3D Text Plug-ins or Apps? [more inside]
Photographs → 3D Model of Landscape? I've seen software demos of 3D information extrapolated from photographs — so how can I use this tech to map my house-on-a-hillside into a relatively accurate Sketchup 3D model? [more inside]
Fractal creation/generation within Maya? [more inside]
A non-technical friend has some CAD drawings of a widget he's making. He wants to make pretty pictures (renderings?) of the widget, with a background, texture, that kind of thing. [more inside]
Does anyone have experience using DirectX in a server-side application? Is it practical? If not, what alternatives are there? [more inside]
A few years ago I came across some cool OpenGL 3D physics demo programs. Basically, they gave you a surface with various objects on it, and you could click and drag the objects around, and watch them bounce into other objects - knock down bowling pins, roll along the floor, all that stuff. I want to find them again, or possibly something much cooler or newer - any ideas? [more inside]
Disneyworld Epcot's "The Seas with Nemo & Friends" ride: Near the end of the ride, as we travel by in our clamshell wagons, we look through a large window to see various animated Nemo characters projected in 3D into an actual fishtank containing living, respiring denizens of the deep. How did they create that illusion? The illusion doesn't seem to falter with the changing viewing angle of the moving wagon.
Recommendations for college-level digital art course : video on the industry/creative processes of 3-D animation? [more inside]
Please help me learn a few simple techniques in Blender. Including outputting an animation to video. [more inside]
Neeerrrrrrrrdfilter: I want to play Bioshock. Help me find the most economical way to upgrade my video hardware so that it will run the game satisfactorily. [more inside]
How can I learn Maya in two months? [more inside]
I have been tasked with creating a virtual walkthrough of an existing space, using some sort of 360º panoramas, with zooming, maybe audio. I am of familiar with QTVR and, VRML, and have heard of X3D, but wonder what the state of the art is for this kind of thing. [more inside]
What 3D Projection Systems Are Movie Theaters Likely to Install? [more inside]
Given a three dimensional triangular mesh M, composed of irregularly sized triangles, is there a program, plugin1 or algorithm that will create a new mesh M' with the same overall shape as M but with regularly sized triangles (i.e.:all triangles having similar sizes)? 1: For 3dsMax, Rhino, etc. [more inside]
3D Trig question: I have a 2D square in 3D space (a Face). I know the positions of the four corner vertices in form x,y,z. How do I calculate the rotation in degrees (Euler angles) as relative from the center of the face? I want to end up with degrees of rotations around x-axis,y-axis,z-axis. Bonus if you can write it in pseudocode.
How do I get into 3D animation? Should I go back to school or can I teach myself? [more inside]
PC performance issues. 1) Is it a good idea to fill up all 3 of my DIMM slots, when my motherboard manual says that the max speed will be DDR 200 instead of DDR 400? The motherboard is an ASUS K8V SE Deluxe. 2) How do I best identify the bottlenecked hardware component that's causing framerate jerkiness e.g. when playing Oblivion (e.g. RAM, processor, AGP card)?
I do not know the first thing about 3D animation. help! [more inside]
3D Video Project: I am trying to work in three dimensional video just like people do 3D photos. Any advice? [more inside]
Astronomy-n00b question: Let's say I wanted to make a somewhat accurate 3D model of the major visible stars of the Pleiades cluster (say for, oh, i dunno.. an art project?). How would I go about acquiring the appropriate data? [more inside]
LegacyVideoCard Filter: Can I get video drivers off of the other computer? (or do you know where to get them?) This is an ATI 3D Rage II+ . [more inside]
Does anyone know where the cow that appears about 2/3's of the way though this (otherwise crappy) YouTube video is from? My 3-year-old son absolutely loves it and I'd like to see if there's more from the same animation, or even by the same studio that produced it.
3D-filter I need to know if there is some sort of web plugin that can show full 3dsMax creations on the web. Spin, Zoom and Tag, more info after the link... [more inside]
How can I work out if a point x,y,z is contained by a cone ? [more inside]
Help me help my students design video games. [more inside]