Dmitry Sandalov posted a great in-depth article about streaming audio from Ubuntu Linux to a DLNA player without using Rygel. You can read the entire article here. I've tested his solution with my Onkyo receiver and it works fine. The idea is quite clever and simple: "The way I have it now: I pass the pulseaudio stream over HTTP, setup a ‘Favourite’ link on Onkyo receiver then play it. It works a lot more stable without DLNA server".
lunedì 22 aprile 2013
domenica 21 aprile 2013
I'd like to watch a Sopcast stream on my TV, so I'm trying to figure out a way to do it. Internet is great, the solution is very easy. I will use Mediatomb to broadcast the stream to my TV. Mediatomb is running on Ubuntu 12.10 32 bit.
First of all, let's install Sopcast:
|sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ferramroberto/sopcast|
|sudo apt-get update|
|sudo apt-get install sopcast-player|
Let's launch Sopcast from the dash home. If Sopcast returns an error like this:
|sopcast-player : Depends: sp-auth (>= 3.0.1) but it is not installable|
We have to search for sp-auth_3.2.6.deb and install it.
lunedì 25 febbraio 2013
Long time ago I backed up a couple of dvds as iso image files and now I'd like to watch them. My DLNA Player is a Sony BDP-S790: it can play video/music/photo files stored on another DLNA-compatible product (DLNA Server) via a network. I will use MediaTomb as DLNA server on Ubuntu 12.10 and VLC to stream video and audio data. VLC will not execute a real transcode saving your cpu: this is very useful, especially if your pc is quite old.
First of all I have to prepare the DLNA-compatible product (MediaTomb):
martedì 18 ottobre 2011
I noticed an Error 1920 while installing 3ds Max 2012 Service Pack 2 x64. Error 1920 is a Windows Installer error code indicating I do not have sufficient privileges to start system services.
A simple workaround:
run a dos command prompt as Admin, navigate to the location of the msp file and type:
msiexec /update 3dsmax2012_sp2_64-bit_enu.msp
venerdì 14 ottobre 2011
If you notices these errors
// mental ray for Maya: using rayhosts file C:/Users/User/Documents/maya//maya.rayhosts
// Error: (mental ray) : Unable to load file: plugin.dll //
// Error: (mental ray) : cannot load plugin.dll, The specified module could not be found. //
using Mental Ray Satellites, probably the slaves don't have the plugin installed. A quick fix, if you don't need the plugin for the scene:
run Window -> Rendering Editors > mental ray > Shader Manager and unload the plugin:
martedì 6 settembre 2011
I decided to create 3D portraits of people I love. I'm using Maya 2011 and ZBrush.
First of all the reference, a couple of photos to use as guide. I decided to to model the initial geometry in Maya because it's easier to navigate the viewport. This is quite important because it's all matter of proportions. Before importing the photos as image planes, I altered the front view in Photoshop to match the perspectives.
On the right, the initial shape I modeled in Maya. I started from the side view drawing the profile and extruding the rest. During this stage I prefer to turn on a smooth mesh preview to see possible problems. I think I spent 3 hours, more or less, to model this shape.
When this work was done, I decided to create the UVs. I used UV Master, a free plugin for ZBrush which lets us create very efficient UVs for our models in a few steps.
On the right all the photos have been painted on my model. I exported the texture to make further changes in Photoshop. For example, I decided to erase the hair and the eyelashes because I want to create them in Maya. The UVs I created with UV master allows me to reimport the fixed texture.
After that, I will export the model to Maya to create a hair system and render the model with Mental Ray.
fantastic free tutorial by Alex Alvarez (Gnomon). The biggest difference is that I used a marble texture for the veins, Alex used an effect from Maya. Anyway the veins are really small and I don't think I'll zoom on them.
mercoledì 22 giugno 2011
Google Toolbar for Firefox may return this error whenever you try to bookmark a site if Internet Explorer has been setted to work offline. Open IE and check out if the Work Offline option is enabled
( Menu Tools > Work Offline) and, if so, disable it. Google Toolbar will work fine again.
venerdì 27 maggio 2011
If you have installed Maya 2012 on Ubuntu 11.04, you can install Mudbox 2012 only, otherwise you'll need to install all stuff (flexnetclient, flexnetserver...) and check out if you have all required packages.
martedì 24 maggio 2011
martedì 5 aprile 2011
I bought this small piece of software and I'd like to recommend it. Xrayunwrap is "a real single click solution to speed up work pipeline in the creation of UV mapping". It works fine and it's very easy to use. Below a couple of video tutorials made by RayLight.