Script: ID and Multi matte generator (dr_MM) 1.2

After creating the 3D Scene with Models, Shader, Lights & Animation there is often just one thing missing, render elements. Most of them are working straight from Vray, but to create nice and more important, constant Multi Matte elements you have to assign a lot of ids to your objects by hand. To get rid of this painful task, I wrote this small tool set. With the help of this script, you can easily Assign IDs and create Vray Multi Mattes with just a few clicks.

Multi Matte UI
“all” assigns IDs to all Shapes / Materials
“Selected” assigns IDs to selected Shapes / Materials
with “unique”, you can decide if you just want to assign one ID to the Objects/Materials or an unique ID for all Objects / Materials
“Create Multi Matte Element” will create Vray RenderElements for all IDs in the current Scene.

just Place the mel file in your script folder and run it with dr_MM or just add “dr_MM;” to the end of the file and run it straight from the Script Editor

still waiting for the confirmation from creative crash, but in the meantime you can dowload it here.


// Update

the new version (1.3) has now two additional buttons to create the Multi Mattes for Mats and Objects seperatly. New file, old link

Wacom – Pioneers of Now

i took part at the "Wacom - Pioneers of Now"-Challenge on behance last week. will probably not win, since there are a lot of good entrys, but at least i had the reason / motivation to work on a personal 3d still. you can find the behance project here and a lot more images (hi res) after the break.
"Pioneer of now" is a quite intimidating topic. When I am thinking about the pioneers of my industry, people like Ray Harryhausen, the Nine Old Men, Jim Blinn, Ed Catmull, Paul Debevec or John Lasseter are coming to my mind. People that changed a lot and paved the way for so many great artists, movies and techniques. And then I see myself, a 25yr old guy, who is doing 3d for around 10yrs (3yrs as professional artist) and have to create a self portrait with this topic in my mind. I had real problems finding the right image. But in the end, I decided to create something honest. Just a guy (compared to "my pioneers", even just a child) sitting in his room the whole night and doing what he loves, trying to improve and contribute something. Having the chance to earn my money with my biggest passion is a great fortunate, but its also a tough challenge to keep the fire alive. So its even more important to have dreams, curiosity and a thick skin. I am not (yet) a Ray Harryhausen or Ed Catmull, but I know, that i am "myself" and I know that I am trying to cross (my) borders, even after throwbacks and that is even more important for a pioneer then being well known.
Be your own pioneer!