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[Project] blendtorch: seamless PyTorch - Blender integration

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Training with artificial images is becoming increasingly important to address the lack of real data sets in various niche areas. Yet, many today's approaches write 2D/3D simulations from scratch. To improve this situation and make better use of existing pipelines, we've been working towards an integration between Blender, an open-source real-time physics enabled animation software, and PyTorch. Today we announce blendtorch, an open-source Python library that seamlessly integrates distributed Blender renderings into PyTorch data pipelines at 60FPS (640x480 RGBA). Batch visualization from 4 Blender instances running a physics enabled falling cubes scene.


Space Render 1.0: Artificial Intelligence in 3D Animation

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Space Render 1.0: Artificial Intelligence in 3D Animation Create wow-inspiring 3D Animation and VFX Video super-fast using Cloud-Based Artificial Intelligence (AI) Tools Typically traditional and normal animation learning focusses on learning complex CGI software which are prone to be difficult for newbies to master very quickly – unless the learners are technically strong. Of course, these kind of software work through deploying traditional frame-by-frame animation methods that take a tedious amount of time to complete a short animated film of 5 minutes duration. Bring in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools into this and this will drastically change the scenario – for sure. This course is a testament of the same. This mind-blowing course titled "Space Render 1.0: Artificial Intelligence in 3D Animation" created by Digital Marketing Legend "Srinidhi Ranganathan" and Mastermind "Saranya Srinidhi will teach you cloud based tools to achieve the same extraordinary output that is stunning enough to wow your crowd in a matter of HOURS.


Social Distance Detector with Python, YOLOv4, Darknet, and OpenCV

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As the spread of COVID 19 continues, communities are told to reduce close contact between individuals. This is called Social Distancing, as it is a necessary and effective way to slow down the spread of the virus. As a data science student, I came with a solution to identify whether people actually follow the social distancing protocol of staying at least 6 feet from each other. YOLO stands for You Only Look Once. It's a fast operating object detection system that can recognize various object types in a single frame more precisely than other detection systems.


Local Motion Phases Technique Boosts Basketball Animation Richness and Realism

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Researchers from the University of Edinburgh School of Informatics and video game company Electronic Arts have proposed a novel framework that learns fast and dynamic character interactions. Trained on an unstructured basketball motion capture database, the model can animate multiple contacts between a player and the ball and other players and the environment. The team's modular and stable framework for data-driven character animation includes data processing, network training and runtime control; and was developed using Unity, Tensor flow, and PyTorch. The approach can perform complex and realistic animations of bipeds or quadrupeds engaged in sports and beyond. Enabling characters to perform a wide variety of dynamic fast-paced and quickly changing movements is a key challenge in character animation.


When working from home is much more than emailing

BBC News

Ere Santos remembers that he once had to animate a fight between his character, the sidekick, and the hero of the film. Luckily, the hero's animator sat next to Mr Santos. Much like their creations, the two colleagues went to battle on how the interaction should work. Instead of drawing, these feature film animators create computer simulations based on physics. Mr Santos likens it to making a puppet that the computer will bring to life.


Windows 10 Linux subsystem: You get GPU acceleration – with Intel, AMD, Nvidia drivers

ZDNet

Nvidia, Intel and AMD have announced their support for Microsoft's new effort to bring graphics processor support to the Windows 10 Windows Subsystem for Linux to enhance machine-learning training. GPU support for WSL arrived on Wednesday in the Dev Channel preview of Windows 10 build 20150 under Microsoft's reorganized testing structure, which lets it test Windows 10 builds that aren't tied to a specific future feature release. Microsoft announced upcoming GPU support for WSL a few weeks ago at Build 2020, along with support for running Linux GUI apps. The move on GPU access for WSL is intended to bring the performance of applications running in WSL2 up to par with those running on Windows. GPU compute support is the feature most requested by WSL users, according to Microsoft. The 20150 update includes support for Nvidia's CUDA parallel computing platform and GPUs, as well as GPUs from AMD and Intel.


Windows 10's Linux subsystem gets GPU compute and an easier install in new preview

PCWorld

Microsoft released improvements to its Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL) in a Windows 10 preview build on Wednesday, with features benefiting newcomers and developers alike. As part of the update, WSL2 can now perform GPU compute functions, including using Nvidia's CUDA technology. The new additions deliver on the promises Microsoft made at May's Build 2020 conference, where the company also teased graphical user interface support for the Windows Subsystem for Linux. WSL's improvements are part of Windows 10 Build 20150, part of the Dev Channel of Insider builds. Formerly known as the Fast Ring, the Dev Channel is devoted to testing new features which aren't necessarily tied to any upcoming Windows 10 feature release. As the name suggests, the Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 allows you to run a Linux kernel from within Windows.


6 Best Pixel Art Tutorial, Course and Certification 2020 JA Directives

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Are you looking for the Best Pixel Art Tutorial? If you're a pixel artist who wants to create 8-bit animations or a game designer who wants to build tilesets for your new RPG video game, this top-rated course to help you achieve your goals. These online courses include both paid and free resources to assist you to learn Pixel Art. These tutorials are suitable for anyone from beginners, intermediate learners, and experts. In this Pixel Art Tutorial, Become an exquisite pixel artist and animator.


Learn how to design your own video game using Unreal Engine

Mashable

TL;DR: Create your own fun with an online course called The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Learning Unreal Engine for Game Design and Animation for $40, a 96% savings as of June 8. Way back in 1998, a game engine called the Unreal Engine was developed and showcased in the first-person shooter game Unreal. More than two decades later, it's now used in a variety of other game genres, like platformers (think Super Mario Bros.), fighting games (think Mortal Kombat), MMORPGs (think World of Warcraft), and other RPGs (like The Legend of Zelda). Heck, it's even become a leading resource in the creation of animations, television shows, and illustrations. For all you curious gamers out there, you can learn to use this multi-purpose engine for yourself.


NVIDIA Announces Ampere - The Most Exciting GPU Architecture For Modern AI

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The GPU Technology Conference is the most exciting event for the AI and ML ecosystem. From researchers in academia to product managers at hyperscale cloud companies to IoT builders and makers, this conference has something relevant for each of them. As an AIoT enthusiast and a maker, I eagerly look forward to GTC. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, I was a bit disappointed to see the event turning into a virtual conference. But the keynote delivered by Jensen Huang, the CEO of NVIDIA made me forget that it was a virtual event.