What is … PureRef?

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Pureref is a image display program designed to streamline the display of an artist's reference images. It is simple and straightforward program that works better than just about anything else for it's intended purpose. In addition to displaying reference material, it can also be used for storyboarding. Pureref is also incredibly cheap to buy, at an optional 5£ donation.

Pureref works by dragging pictures into its window, from desktop or web. This places each item on a scalable virtual tile that can be arranged on on the virtual surface, and zoomed in and out as needed.

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What is… Crazybump?

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Crazybump is a tool that analyzes a source texture such as a diffuse map and attempts to generate additional supplementary maps based on that analysis. It has been in use by numerous professionals in 3d graphics since its beta was first released in 2007.

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Crazybump is especially useful for generating tangent space normal maps, but can be used to create approximate height and specular maps, and a few other types. Many of these types of maps can be slow and difficult to create by hand or with freeware tools.
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SketchUp to Vizard

SketchUp is a great tool for quickly creating and modifying existing content for Vizard. With its extensive libraries of VR commands, Vizard makes it possible to transform a SketchUp model into an immersive simulation.
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MotionBuilder Live Characters (Vizard)

Autodesk MotionBuilder is a powerful character animation and motion editing tool. Live Characters is a connector product to Vizard that allows real-time stream of live actors into Vizard environments. This video tutorial will teach you how to retarget motion data from an animated actor to a character and then stream that data to Vizard.

Key-points covered in this video are:

  • Enabling WorldViz Live Characters within MotionBuilder
  • Optimizing character based on actor data
  • Configuring live stream device into Vizard
  • Sample Vizard script demonstrating how to add Live Characters

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