Entertainment Webcast Series: Autodesk Softimage 2012 – The Incredible Power of ICE

Entertainment Webcast Series: Autodesk Softimage 2012 – The Incredible Power of ICE

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST

Keynote Speakers: Mark Schoennagel

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In this webcast, technical specialist Mark Schoennagel will take you through a comprehensive tour of the Autodesk® Softimage® Interactive Creative Environment, better known in the 3D industry as ICE. ICE is a powerful, node-based, multi-threaded visual programming language found only in Autodesk Softimage 2012. ICE is used by studios around the globe for creating stunning particle effects, deformations, character rigs, and now with 2012, procedural modeling effects.

During the webcast Mark will take viewers through the basics of ICE, creating and deploying user created tools as well as dive into some of the more advanced capabilities of this amazing technology. If you are in to visual effects this will be one webcast you wont want to miss!

via Autodesk – Entertainment Webcast Series: Autodesk Softimage 2012 – The Incredible Power of ICE.

Autodesk bike-to-work challenge

At Autodesk, we have a friendly bike-to-work competition to see which Autodesk city could save the most carbon emissions. Last year, we [Montreal] beat our nearest competition, San Rafael by a factor of 1.5 and we saved almost 2000 kg in carbon emissions, showing how environmentally-conscious and biking-friendly Montreal is.

Me, I just like to bike;-) and I’ve got a pretty nice 28k commute (some pics here).
Last year, I got the bragging rights for most “commute miles”, with 3274 miles (5269 km).

This year’s challenge started on Monday, but the season is not off to a great start, weather wise, in Montreal:

Passing arrays of values and indices to Set in Array

When I’m not sure how a node processes its input, I’ll build a little test tree to find out. For example, if I connected arrays to the Index and Value ports of Set in Array, I wasn’t sure if I would get this:

Result[ Index[i] ] = Value[ Index[i] ]
or this:
Result[ i ] = Value[ Index[i] ]
or this:
Result[ Index[i] ] = Value[ i ]

So, I used Build Array from Constant to build an array with a given size, then, for convenience, I use String to Array to build a Index array and a Value array. Then I connected the output to a Set Value, and Show Values showed me that Given these two arrays, Set in Array does this:

Result[ Index[i] ] = Value[ Index[i] ]

In practice, you’re probably more likely to use an Index array like [0,1,2,...], so you’ll effectively have this:

Result[ i ] = Value[ i ]