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Softimage Irix Mental Ray

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:29 am
by Intuition
Here is a scene I built in Softimage 3.9.2 on the 400mhz o2.

It is a bit indulgent even for the 400mhz cpu. I made a half res scene file with a bit lower render settings so it wouldn't go long on slower machines.

It took like 20 minutes on the 400mhz o2 at higher Mental Ray settings min/max 0-2 AA w triangle sharp filter and 6x6 area light samples.

The one hang up at the moment is that I am not sure the files I have uploaded are going to load correctly in another SGI box with softimage.
Mainly because they are very small. Like 20k. What I think these *.dsc files do is work like maya files that have references in them. Meaning that they may have the scene file but not the objects. Which means I may have to zip/tar up the whole database folder so that you get the objects and textures too... though, a default Softimage install will have the checker board texture I used. As long as your softimage is installed in the default location it shouldn't be a problem as far as texture goes.

EDIT--- scene file is below in next post. This one wasn't setup right....

I have an Octane on the way and will be setting it up with the personal video card at some point so I can just make a desktop recorded tutorial for Softimage on Irix. It is the trickiest UI of them all as far as keyboard mouse 3d view navigation. Not intuitive one bit... BUT... also not difficult ONCE you have the ah hah moment. The UI button layout isn't hard to learn though and is quite elegant.

Re: Softimage Irix Mental Ray

Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:49 pm
by Intuition
Ok, I finally tried to download the previous file. It was only a scene description.

I have uploaded a new file here.

This will contain the Softimage folder structure that it needs to open the scene file.

I am pondering doing a very basic Softimage Tutorial captured with my phone before I do the desktop capture version which may not be ready until mid Dec.

Just wanting to give everyone a sense of the general UI and how to setup a very basic scene.

Re: Softimage Irix Mental Ray

Posted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:13 pm
by praetor242
Some Softimage tutorials would be great :D

Re: Softimage Irix Mental Ray

Posted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:54 pm
by Intuition
I am going to upload a basic one today. It's about a half hour.

I want to do a bit more of a produced... titles and screen text showing keys I am pressing, etc version.
That I will save for the Octane with desktop capture when I get a personal video option.

At the moment I just recorded a vid with my phone last night running on my o2 and sw1600.

I am dropping it in premier to do a final convert before uploading it to YouTube.

---EDIT---- Uploaded.... posted in this subforum.

Re: Softimage Irix Mental Ray

Posted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:15 pm
by foetz
Intuition wrote:Octane with desktop capture when I get a personal video option.

for a screencast with an octane you don't need a video board.

Re: Softimage Irix Mental Ray

Posted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:01 pm
by Intuition
foetz wrote:for a screencast with an octane you don't need a video board.


I mean, I can capture vid on the o2 as well but I can't get the full screen. Only like 720x486. Otherwise,... even if I set low framerate... it never successfully captures.

If I can capture a full screen.. at even 10 fps... on the Octane then I'll just go with that. I just figured the personal video option makes a statement about capturing the desktop easy so I was going to get one off Ebay or see if Ian at Depot has one. BUT... if the Octane can just capture a screen and make a video from it I'll just use that.

Fox is prepping my Octane now. Probably have in a week or so.

Re: Softimage Irix Mental Ray

Posted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:09 am
by foetz
Intuition wrote:if the Octane can just capture a screen and make a video from it I'll just use that.

mediarecorder, fullscreen, quicktime animation codec, 12 or 15 fps.