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JVitale
01-25-2004, 07:27 PM
The following images were created by:

NASA/JPL/Cornell
image by: Zareh Gorjian
directed by: Eric M. De Jong
rover and lander models by: Daniel Maas, Maas Digital LLC


http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/jpegMod/PIA05137_modest.jpg

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/jpegMod/PIA05136_modest.jpg

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/targetFamily/Mars

3D Anaglyph on the Mars rover page:

http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.html

js33
01-26-2004, 12:33 AM
Jessica,

Don't forget the fantastic animation created by Dan Maas in Lightwave.

MaasDigital (http://www.maasdigital.com/gallery.html)

It has been seen on most networks around the world now.

Cheers,
JS

AndrewE
01-26-2004, 01:11 AM
It's an amazing animation, I watch it myself like 2 times daily, totally worth the watch!!

But yeah, GO LW!

I'm so proud of Newtek!

I hope someday I will be priviledged enough to work for them!

policarpo
01-26-2004, 01:57 AM
Is Dan using the full LW rendering engine for the current stuff?

I think I read that he used Renderman for a some of the rendering of the early animations and previs work. Do you know what exactly was Renderman and what was LW?

Nonetheless, it's cool to see LW being used for scientific visualization that affects the world.

Go Dan go!:buttrock:

js33
01-26-2004, 08:15 AM
His latest animation was all rendered in Renderman but all the modeling and animation was done in LW 5.6.

Cheers,
JS

dmaas
01-28-2004, 04:21 AM
In the Mars Rover animation, the following elements were rendered in PRMan:
- the planet Mars in the first shot after "7 months later"
- the airbags, dust, and flying rocks in the two "bouncing" shots
- everything in the shot where the airbags roll to a stop

The rest was rendered in Lightwave. (starfields by StarPro (http://www.maasdigital.com/starpro/) /plug... :) ). Everything was comped in my custom floating-point software.

In "Mars Dead or Alive," everything with the rover and parachutes is Lightwave, the rest is PRMan.

I am slowly moving all of my rendering to PRMan. This is to take advantage of programmable shaders and to get away from Lightwave's problematic anti-aliasing and motion blur. (currently I render all Lightwave shots at 2x resolution and rescale down). Also Lightwave's shadow map generation time is a significant rendering bottleneck for me (since shadow maps are generated once per AA pass, rather than once per frame as in PRMan).

I continue to use Lightwave for most of my modeling and animation, with very occasional use of Maya for special effects (e.g. particles).

I prefer LW 5.6 over 7.5 because of its snappier interface and more sensical menu layout. I will hopefully be able to move up to LW8 since it looks like Newtek has addressed the issues that bothered me in 6-7.5.

JVitale
01-28-2004, 04:29 AM
Originally posted by dmaas

I prefer LW 5.6 over 7.5 because of its snappier interface and more sensical menu layout. I will hopefully be able to move up to LW8 since it looks like Newtek has addressed the issues that bothered me in 6-7.5. [/B]


I just got my issue of Keyframe and it looks like the new interface looks just like 5.6 interface used to look...Darn!..oh well, feature enhancements and workflow are more important..To me the interface look is a matter of preference.

yuchenpan
01-28-2004, 05:39 AM
"It's an amazing animation, I watch it myself like 2 times daily, totally worth the watch!!"

is there any way I could download the animation from web? thanx:wip:

dmaas
01-28-2004, 11:33 AM
There are several downloadable versions on the gallery page, just scroll to the bottom.

Cman
02-18-2004, 12:09 AM
Originally posted by js33
Jessica,

Don't forget the fantastic animation created by Dan Maas in Lightwave.

MaasDigital (http://www.maasdigital.com/gallery.html)

It has been seen on most networks around the world now.

Cheers,
JS

I only just got my Popular Science mag that had a small story about this.

Very cool for Dan Maas!

policarpo
02-18-2004, 02:50 PM
Thanks for the breakdown of your workflow Daniel.

Keep up the good work.

Nickelangelo
02-19-2004, 01:57 AM
I love the news reports of mars. They usually have a picture of the rover. I think most people think it is a real photo from mars, which is very funny to think about.
But the stills and animatons are excellent, they maintain their fascination even after watching many times.

Cman
02-19-2004, 03:53 AM
Originally posted by Nickelangelo
I love the news reports of mars. They usually have a picture of the rover. I think most people think it is a real photo from mars, which is very funny to think about.
But the stills and animatons are excellent, they maintain their fascination even after watching many times.

I've heard some people say that in my presence - and I have to remind them it is NOT real, but animation.
It's funny to notice that people trust their eyes before their ears.
THe announcers will say, "here is an animation..." but they see a photoreal image and think it must be real video footage!

Something to remember I think...

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