Tuesday, October 30, 2012

We have organized a talk on Unity game engine.
Unity is a fully integrated development engine
for the creation of interactive 3D content. There are many games created using Unity like Shadowgun,
ZombieVille, Rochard and many more.
Date: 31st October 2012
Time: 3:30-5 pm
Venue: Classroom 205, KReSIT Bldg, Dept of CSE, IIT Bombay

Talk outline:
General technical overview of the product to show how to produce a project
that can be exported to devices such as smart phones, PC, the Web etc.
Presenters will show how quickly you can get up to speed with Unity and
start creating games whether for prototyping as an artist or a complete
game for programmers. They would also provide more details on the company
and show some examples of their customers.

Ken Noland is an accomplished video game developer and has been working
professionally in the video game industry for over a decade. He has worked
on more than 10 shipped titles on consoles and PC, including the BAFTA
award winning F1 series. Prior to working for Unity, Ken has worked at
some large studios, including Sony, Codemasters, and Foundation 9. He came
to Unity in April of 2012 and has been working as a Field Engineer,
assisting other developers in the development of their games.

Nick Jovic started his career as an industrial designer but his focus was
well and truly shifted when introduced to 3D computer animation in 1993.
From a career, which included designing toys and electronic music products
Nick then entered the 3D animation production world of video games, film,
TV and motion capture. Following seven years in 3D production Nick
transitioned into Technical Sales Consulting and Business Development
working for software technology companies including Alias, Autodesk and
Image Metrics. Nick is currently responsible for Unity Technologies
business development and sales in Europe, Middle East and India.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Blender Workshop at DJ Sanghvi College of Engg. on 5th & 6th October

Rikin, Ronak, Roma, Pooja, Harmit, Sameer, Sarika,
Arun, Amit, Nitin and Sneha....The Blender team

The Blender workshop at Dwarkadas J. Sanghvi College Of Engineering was conducted by the Blender team at Project OSCAR. Along with Sameer Sahasrabudhe, Nitin Ayer, Sneha Deorukhkar, Arun Nair, Pooja Bhawar, Amit Vengurlekar, Sarika Shivsharan, Pankaja Date, students of DJS Roma Dave, Rikin Desai, Ronak Mehta, Harmit Patel were also the volunteers.

It was a two day workshop. As per the schedule on first day workshop begin at 1:30pm and it ended at 5:30 pm, 72 students were present. Second day of the workshop begin at 9:30 am and it ended at 5:00 pm, 67 students attended the second day of the workshop.

We decided to teach them the basics of 3D Modeling, Material, Lighting, Animation and Game Engine. To teach the Blender User Interface we used Blender Video tutorials which have been made for Spoken tutorial Project. Spoken tutorial session was less interactive and feedback for the session was mix. Other sessions were live hands on practice conducted by Nitin, Sneha and Arun.

In Modeling, Animation and Game engine session separate exercise were also assigned. Modeling exercise was chess pawn model, Animation exercise was coin flip animation and in Game engine six different games were given as exercise, one to each student.

Before the animation session we showed Big Buck Bunny short film made in Blender, which actually shows power and capability of the Blender Software.

After the end of the second day’s session we showed animation of Distillation Column and 3D models of Physics, chemical lab Instruments from Project OSCAR repository and animations, which shows how Blender can also be used for e-learning purposes and content development.

Some snapshots from the sesions:

Nitin's session on modeling

Sneha's session on Animation Process and Basics of Animation in Blender.
Arun's session on Basics of Game Engine
and physics in Blender was well appreciated!!

D J Sanghvi Workshop Winners.

Visualization Winners.
In 3D visualization exercise participants were given the top view and side view of a model and asked to draw 3D view of it.
Below are the models which were different from the general reply of the participants.

Modeling Exercise winners. 
After the session on basics of modeling on day 1, chess pawn was given as the modeling exercise. Below are the entries submitted by the participant who won the Project OSCAR bag.