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V-Ray VRscene GUI

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Check out this site for an GUI for rendering VRscenes

https://vrscenegui.babylondreams.de/index.html#home

V-Ray subdivision settings

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The default geo subdiv settings in V-Ray are a bit strange. Perhaps they are good for fine displacement but in general for subdividing they are a bit high. Read on for some suggestions.

Retime a 3D camera and a 2D Source in Nuke

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It can be complex to have a source plate that is matchmoved and then have a retime or timewarp on the material. This can be done quote easy like this...

MEL Search and Replace textures

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Need to Search and Replace a lot of textures? You can execute a MEL script for that. In below example make sure to replace the SEARCH and REPLACE sections. If you use \ (backslash) make sure to make them double \\ so they parse correctly.

Read on....

Light emitting objects V-Ray with excessive Noise

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OK, so you get funky speckles/noise when rendering without GI but with high samples in V-Ray for Maya? Well, it turns out that if you enable Brute Force GI with Depth and Samples set to 1 (so it won't change the look or rendertime) the noise pretty much disappears!

Hardware Render 2.0 renders black models

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So when you want to make a quick preview render using the Hardware 2.0 renderer for some reason you get black objects. Check your viewport (set to Hardware 2.0) and press '5' everything looks good? Press '7' do you see the black objects? Check... If this is the case set the Render Lights to 'Default' instead of 'All'

Maya issue: File contains unknown nodes or data. To preserve this information, the current file type cannot be changed.

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You get work back from remote workers and get this message?
To list them: ls -type unknown;
To actually remove the unknown nodes: delete `ls -type unknown`;

Cleanup namespaces in maya after importing

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To clean up yout namespaces after importing/referencing objects try this:

After your objects are imported paste the following line into the script editor –

namespace -mv "insert_namespace_here" ":" -force;

Replace insert_namespace_here with the namespace of your imported objects. ie for an object that is named part1:Cylinder02 use the following –

namespace -mv "part1" ":" -force;

Installing The Foundry MODO on windows machines remotley and share a central content path

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To install MODO on all your machines on the windows farm you can download the MS tool PSEXEC (see Links section) and use this from the command-line. Mind the CASES. Error code 0 seems the message for a clean install. 

"psexec \\MACHINE -u USERNAME -p PASSWORD \\SERVER\pipeline\software\modo\MODO_801_SP3_win.exe /S /D C:\Program Files\Luxology\modo\801_SP3"

You might want to set a shared Content directory by setting an environment variable like this:

setx /m NEXUS_ASSET "N:\pipeline\luxology_content\Content\Assets"
setx /m NEXUS_CONTENT "N:\pipeline\luxology_content\Content"
Read on for an example Batch file with password input as a variable!

Reset window positions after changing screen-layout

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 Maya is like an ancient, ancient, and dumb program... When you remove a monitor or change their positions your floating windows might very well disappear... The solution, navigate here: C:\Users\USER\Documents\maya\2014-x64\prefs or whatever is appropriate and delete windowPrefs.mel.

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