Animation

PDX 3D City

Below are interim pictures and notes as l work on using open source tools [ Open street maps, blender etc] and non open source software [ESRI Cityengine, Autodesk Maya] to attempt making a 3D model of downtown Portland Oregon.

I first got interested in something like this while exploring Kludge City  Procedural Model MEL Script, written for Autodesk Maya by Ed Whetstone. Click here for his website.  To use his MEL scripts, simply copy the downloaded scripts from his website to your Maya scripts folder, in my case to:

C:\Users\Steve\Documents\maya\2015-x64\scripts

My goal is to create a 3D animated video clip flythrough video, using either Blender or Maya, using a basic looking 3d model of an easily recognizablle of downtown Portland, Oregon – not very 3D detailed, just basic building models with extruded heights to start like you see on Google Earth / Microsoft Bing Maps.

This post will be updated as more progress is made.

Screenshots.

KludgeCity from Autodesk Maya 3d Software

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CityEngine

This powerful program uses a lot of memory and CPU, so be prepared if you use it – below shows it chewing up 6Gb out of my laptops 24Gb. Sometimes l have had to manually using windows task manager kill the cityengine process as well as Maya when the program seems frozen.

With Cityengine, wait a bit for the computations to complete. If the windows cursor is a simple spinning circle after a long while, then its most likely the program is stuck and needs to be restarted.

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7-22-2015 Updates

Below is the settings for using Pixars renderman as installed on my laptop with CityEngine

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below is with some heights applied, something is still wrong with the CE rule script.

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7/28/2015

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Computers

Smartphone – Windows Media 6

Just recently upgraded my Samsung Blackjack aka i607 operating system to Windows Mobile 6. The install, following the bit confusing instructions found here did work with some added intuition. Very pleased l didnt have to buy the Blackjack II aka i760 just to get WM6. Will post pictures soon. I’m impressed with the new OS, it does come with better default ringtones, windows vista like interface, office applications reader and l found a very useful tool Note2day which you can download from here, the Microsoft Windows mobile homepage. This free application allows you to quickly write notes, append to an existing note and review notes without much effort, something l always wanted in a Smartphone. You can also download the latest SDK for Visual Studio .Net smartphone software development from here. Note, forusers of Vista operating system, you need to install Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 – and not just the latest version of Microsoft Active sync, in order to get your blackjack sync with your OS. Previously with Windows XP, 2000 etc , you only needed Microsoft Activesync to work with syncing between outlook and your smartphone.

Currently reading Greg Iles – 24 Hours. Good and engaging so far as expected. Reserved **all** his other titles at the Multnomah public library here in Portland, Oregon.