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  1. Tango

    MacPro

    Hi Tomas, I am glad to hear that. I understand software developers are always trying to maximize the potential to their product with the new hardware, but it takes time and you want to make sure it all works well, on all platforms. I firmly believe the MacPro is the way of the future, scalable and upgradable. We have to be patient. I haven't had the chance to test C4D on the new MacPro since my version R13 doesn't run on Yosemite. EI made no fuss about it, again, great software. Keep up the good work ! Christian
  2. Tango

    MacPro

    I just bought a MacPro ( 6 core, 3.5GHz, Intel Xeon E5 with 32GB of ram ) and am in the process of testing it to see how much better it can be ( should be ). This has been a torture of a process since you can get a loaded iMac 5K with a quad i7 for less money, and according to a lot of reviews, it performs better than the MacPro. Now, I know we are not comparing apples and apples (no pun intended). I like to skip one or two generations, opting to buy the best I can when I do purchase and make it last as long as possible. The MacPro is a workstation, build for the future; I am getting to the point now... I can't do side by side tests but I ran a few renders through the new computer and my MacBookPro ( 2.3GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB ram ). I wanted to see a two to there fold acceleration ( considering the steep price difference ). The same short EI script rendered in 1:35 on the MacPro and 2:45 on the MacBookPro, faster but not so much. I can see all the cores maxing out on both machines, you can tell that Camera is multi-threaded and using all the resources. If I am right, the new mac doesn't support Open GL and is not built with Nvidia technology ( but that should not affect rendering, right? ). I also tested After Effects, but this is pathetic for the time being, quite depressing actually. We will have to wait for Adobe to re-write and take advantage of the new architecture, easier said than done. But, I digress... I always loved EI and Camera for its fast rendering, it saved my bacon a few times. I am currently rendering 9K animations and it does not even blink. But, since were are always trying to improve, I was wondering if someone at EI has looked at the MacPro specs ( the new ones ). Are there any plans to take advantage of these new computers, Macs are a small market, and it would be a lower priority, and it may be hard to implement. I am no programmer, but I do appreciate the effort and dedication involved in making all of this work well. We all want the best ( so do our clients ), Christian
  3. Is there a way to export sequentially numbered geometry from EI? I did this in Blender for a fluid simulation , converted the resulting geometry with "Obj2Fact" and was successful at reading the sequence back in EI, thanks to Tomas. I want to export the geometry generated by the flag Plugin and hope to have the UV information saved with it. This way I can populate an animation with many flags by offsetting them in time and changing texture maps. It would be quick and easy on the processors. I know I can do the flag in some other application and bring it in, but I like the look I am getting with the flag plugin. Thanks, Christian
  4. I finally got my new macbook pro, great slick computer. I was doing some work on a script I started on a different computer (and OS) which involved SIMCLOTH and I ran into a problem. I was not allowed to flush the simulation in order to make adjustments and start a new one, in the end I went back to my old machine and got it done. Is there a known issue with Mavericks regarding a old plugin like Simcloth? or maybe a workaround. : ) Thanks, Christian
  5. Tango

    Mavericks

    Zut de Zut !!! I just read a posting to the same issue in the general section, got my answer, sorry. Christian
  6. Hi, I just ordered a new MacBookPro with lots of fast Ram, new CPU and SSD storage. I am quite looking forward to improving my pipeline with this acquisition. Then, I realize it will be running Maverick... Hummm, I usually wait before migrating to a new OS, I have seen the Lion patch topic a few times on this forum. What are the plans for Maverick? I would love to get decent rendering speed away from our render farm. Even if Camera is fast, it's not always enough. Christian
  7. Sorry, I have been too busy to get back to this post. Thanks for the replies, unfortunately, I am on Mac and although, these plug-ins work on still frames, they crash the system when running an animation. I have the same problem using some noise shader (can't remember which one). It seems to be a memory management problem, as if a buffer or cache is getting overloaded and it does not get flushed, not sure. I tried on v8, v9 and even the new v9.1, no luck. In any case, when something is not working you go for a plan B. I was trying to re-create an X-ray or electronic microscope look (which is easy to do with a-Sem), I tried "Microscope" but could not get it to work or look the way I wanted. I remembered an old post where someone explained how to mimic that look with a ramp shader in the transparency channel. It works well and doesn't crash. I may get back to testing the "aEdge" shaders later and hopefully get them working again. Thanks, Christian
  8. Tango

    aSem Xray works in EI9?

    This set of shaders was great to use. I am planing on using "aSem" on a project and I am running into an old problem I could not fix in the past. The shader works well in v8 and v9, but it will nor render a full animation, always crash around or on frame 60. I tried running on a single processor and through Renderama, I tried numbered frames or .img file and always get the same crash. The weird thing is that it seems that camera 8 is pointing at my v9 folder. I don't know why, or if it maybe an issue. I know I had the same problem rendering sequences before v9, so that should not be the problem. Is anyone successfully rendering sequences with "aSem"? Below is the message I am getting from Camera: Camera error: A system API function has returned an unexpected error number. Library: /Volumes/Tango_2/Applications/EIAS 9.0/EI Shaders/aSEM.shd Christian
  9. Tango

    Email notification of Posts

    Hi Tom, It still is a problem getting notifications from the forums we want to follow. Unless I am missing something when I request notifications. Christian
  10. Tango

    rowing tree

    Hi Diego, I can't get the splines to be recognized as a single object, Can't merge them in Illustrator, tried modelling in Silo. Swage won't read the geometry, it seems to want a motion path converted with "path to line". I have wasted too much time on this and will used smoke and mirrors. I will probably animate single spline extrusions with swage and have other "Y" shape arms in the same environment but not animated. Combining both "single" and "Y shaped splines" with a bit of distortion will give the illusion they are all animating. Another issue with swage is the fact that it will not allow me to use the built-in-profiles, which would make things simpler. I tried it with EI v9 and v8, same results. Thanks, Christian
  11. Anybody knows if there is an issue with SWAGE. I am using v1.3 and can't get the built-in-profile to work, wether I use EI8 or 9. The option is always greyed-out. I know I had it working on another project some time ago, but can't remember what version I was using. Christian
  12. Tango

    rowing tree

    My first option doing it with EI was to test "SWAGE". I used it before to animate extrusions and it works well. The challenge is to connect the splines to the core object (sphere or blob) and make sure no seam are visible. I have yet to test it with a spline branching out (Y shape), for that, I would have to build it in a modeller and import it. Not sure if Swage will accept that geometry. I have done the the .obj sequence method for some other project and it worked well, I may check the C4D route. Another option is to build a full neuron with arms (tentacles, etc..) and modify it maintaining the same polygon count, import both models and do a morph. I am afraid that polygons may get re-numbered in the conversion to "fact" format. I'll let you know how I do. Christian
  13. Tango

    rowing tree

    I have to animate neurones shrinking and dying (Alzheimers). The problem here is the branching structure. It's like growing a tree in reverse, although, no leaves. I have animated a simple plant growing with Vue d'Esprit before, I would have to figure out a way to export numbered geometry or the animation data, not quite sure. EI being my natural go-to tool for 3D, I am wondering if there is a way to do this with animator, or a combination of tools. I have C4d, Maya, Blender, Vue, Onyx Broadleaf and a few more. Any pointers would be appreciated. Thanks, Christian
  14. Tango

    Clip plane

    Hi Brian, I can see both links no problem, on my macbookpro. Thanks for the sample animation, this is what I was trying to do. I modified the design and made it work, you know when you are in a pinch... I know I will need that tool eventually. I keep EI8 around for some plug-ins that are not working with 9 yet. Thanks for your help! Christian
  15. Tango

    Clip plane

    It's not a matter of having an object (stadium) on or off. I have to be able to slice it with a vertical plane, so the front is not visible to the camera. I have seen the Perspective Clip option but it didn't seem to do much. I will have to see if I can find more info on it. I'll check the Tailor tool plug-in, I have looked at it before and it may be a solution. Thank you all for your suggestions. Christian
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