Monday, June 6, 2011


At the beginning, when I saw the 11secondclub May competition audio, I didn't like to much about to be a music track. The music is really awesome, but I would like to animate a dialogue this month. One day, driving to work, came an idea. Me and my wife come everyday in same car facing together the daily task of go through the intense São Paulo streets traffic to get to work. She always makeup during the transit. Sometimes I commit some piece of bad driving and disturb her task. Thinking in 11secondclub audio and committing terrible driving mistakes, an idea rise up in my mind and I almost hit the next car. I almost killed my wife and even like that she supported me during the three weeks that I took to finish this animation. My brother Raphael gave me a lot of support and strength along all process too. I was very rusty and uninspired, trying to recover the passion for doing animation that daily work took me off and this two persons pulled me up.

My first attempt was to go deep sketching people going mad at the car wheel. I couldn't let to remember the Goofy motormania, an animation that in 50s describes exactly what we still facing nowadays. I drew a lot of women makeup herself too. Most part of the time in the concept and creative process was figure out how to create a progressive emotion to the driver with a music that already begin rush. The lady reactions came almost for free :), I just digged how she could try to makeup in a jumpy car.

Disney Goofy Motormania.

After a bunch of roughs and sketches, I got some drawings and turned it into an animatic. The camera and the cuts was two tricky parts. They was need to tell to the audience the time elapsed in traffic, to get the progressive driver madness. Besides that, the camera angles and cuts could reduce the amount of animation to delivery the piece at deadline date.

Rush! animatic.

With the animatic done I felt that I could move on. It was funny and told the story, I really could transform my wife into a clown a couple of wheel turns.

The animation process was the most enjoyable step. I already spent a lot of time in planning phase, so I had just one week to animate the short. I used a customized version of Norman Rig. Here my wife was my personal coach and encouraged me to work when I thought about give up. I'm very glad with the 3rd place in competition.

You can watch the animation at 11SecondClub.

Thank you for taking your time here! :D

Friday, June 3, 2011

Middle mouse button on HP Pavilion dv6258se

(HP DV6000 series)

Incredible! After almost freak me out and lose all my hair, I found a web forum that brought a helpful information of how to enable middle mouse button function on my Synaptics TrackPad.

I have a HP Pavilion dv6258se notebook and would like to, sometimes, work with Maya without a necessity of bring with me one hundred gadgets. I'd just want to use a middle mouse function in my TrackPad. After run into thousands useless posts answers (people saying "just use a 3 button mouse" or "my notebook just already have a function enabled with both left and right buttons") I found a tip that almost worked. This article suggest you to use an AutoHotKey script to detect when left and right mouse button are pressed simultaneously. This worked pretty well with Google Chorme, but in Maya this solution wasn't working. I don't know exactly why, but I kept on searching another solution. After several days, I found this reply at and there is a suggestion to create a register key that solves the problem. Ok, I confess that I was totally afraid of to create a register key an make my windows never startup again. After a couple of days looking for more suggestions, I tested this solution and guess what? This register key solution worked to me! Here is:

Goto the run command and enter "regedit" without quotes. Then browse to the following:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Synaptics\SynTP\Defaults\ -- create the key as a DWORD 'HasBothButtonFeature' and set the value to 1.

Log off and login and middle click will start working. It works with any laptop make with synaptics on it.

Fantastic! Now I have a middle mouse button working in my notebook! :D

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Move pivot in Maya/MacOs

If you are working with a Mac keyboard and Maya, probably you already spent some time looking for the insert key to move some object pivot. Is just to hold down the "d" key of your keyboard.