Category Archives: 3D

Anything related to 3-D rendering, modeling or animation.

Unity – what Virtools should have become

I’ve been playing around with the Unity game engine and keep having flashbacks to a little know 3-D game dev tool I used over 10 years ago – called Virtools.

virtools1virtools2

Most people will not have heard of Virtools, which itself was called NemoCreation in a previous life, until legal problems forced them to go away and rebrand. It was way ahead of its time, supporting real-time ray-tracing, hardware acceleration, full Havok physics an easy to integrate multi-player solution, long before the more popular Shockwave 3D and WildTangent had anything close.


 

The workflow was very similar to Unity and I had originally pinned a lot of hope on it. But, the platform was too restrictive, provided no sensible scripting alternatives and was prohibitively expensive to license. Getting hold of a trial license was notoriously difficult, too. So there were simply not enough people creating worthwhile content for it.

The licensing fubar and possibly the fact that it was way ahead of its time, were probably its death knell. But I tip my hat to what could have been.

InterServer Web Hosting and VPS
 

Lurpak Breakfast – Behind the screens

Winning two DMA awards back in 2009, I thought I’d give a quick insight into how the animation effects in this piece were achieved.

I worked with Scott Bedford on this site for Carlson Marketing, for the Lurpak ‘Breakfast’ campaign. I created all the animation prototypes for the various effects used throughout the site, some of which can be seen here. I’m most proud of the crumbs animation and the code-generated interactive steam effect – as you’ll see in the video below.

Continue reading Lurpak Breakfast – Behind the screens

How to correct 3-D projection on stage resize

The problem:
You’re using Flash 10’s native 3-D API and notice the projection goes a little skewiff when resizing the window.

The solution:
You need to reset the stage’s projection centre on stage resize, like so…

 

CoolIris type thing in 30 lines

Head tracking in 3D

I started trying to find useful things to do with face detection, but with limited success. I tried using the Libspark Haar Cascades implementation of face detection with Papervision3D to create a sort of head tracking effect, but it’s a little flaky – partly because of poor tracking accuracy and partly because it’s too CPU intensive. You can view it on its own page here.