Update incomingby Rob Galanakis on 23/03/2008
So just some updates on what’s coming:
I will fix some broken links tonight that have been pointed out to me (thanks guys).
By next weekend I should have three new projects uploaded.
First is morph targets via vertex color or textures. I found out after I completed this technique that MS has a DX10 sample in the SDK that uses textures and is pretty awesome, but I’m going ahead with documenting and uploading mine anyway, if only for research/ideas.
Second is “Shader-driven animation.” It is really difficult to explain without a demo, but it is like getting rid of ‘bones’ and instead piping the info directly into the shader, with vertex colors as skinning.
Third and largest is even harder to explain. I call it ‘skinning by proxy.’ You use the vertex colors of a proxy mesh to assign skin weights. It is almost like using geometry as envelopes. It still has a bit of work and improvement to go before it is ready for alpha/beta, but the first two projects are finished and I’m just packaging and documenting them.
I’m pretty bored here with no contract work and waiting to move (start of April), I did visit home for a week though. But it has given me time to work on the scripts and also play Orange Box. Portal was awesome, as were Episodes 1 and 2. And Steam itself I was utterly impressed with, it has been about 2 years since I last really used it, and it has gotten so much better. Way to go Valve, you guys are firstname.lastname@example.org