View Full Version : Millimeter article on Pixar's in house Sketch Tool review software

12 December 2004, 06:37 PM

"If you were in the Pixar screening room where director Brad Bird regularly reviewed images for The Incredibles, you would have seen a cool, new tool in action the Review Sketch tool. This tool literally allowed Bird to draw on top of a projected image using a digitizing pen. The drawings were then accessible online by other members of his team."...

A great read. How hard would it be for some of you Maya gurus here to get something like this working in Maya? I've heard of like three different sketch review systems at different studios, so it is possible. Is there anything like this headed for High End 3D?

12 December 2004, 06:41 PM
dunno about maya, but i could get a 2d in viewport drawing program going in cinema no prob

12 December 2004, 06:50 PM
We have a bunch of these ( at my (non-CG) workplace. The model we have are 40" LCDs with a touchscreen overlay and a tray of pens and an eraser. They usually show a Mac OS X desktop with the usual software (touchscreen acts as mouse), but whenever you feel like it you can pick up a pen start drawing right on top of it, and of course, save the result. Pretty useful for brainstorming ideas.

12 December 2004, 07:26 PM
Jason Schlieffer was working on something like this. I don't think it ever got anywhere beyond the basics, but the mel script should still be available on his site :

well, somewhere on his site at least...

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