PROJECT 5 – The Final Brief

For project 5 I will be revisiting C-TEX and making a further 2 videos to complete the C-TEX Colour package. These will be available after the client has made the initial purchase of the machine and therefore will go into a lot more detail about pre installation of the machine and also training there workers to use the machine, and also showing the managers how to get the right information that they need from the spreadsheet that the program creates. Detailing different information about the materials being tested.

The first video is the sales video which was completed for Project 3.

The second video is a pre installation guide –

Pre-Install Video Script

Should be less than 5 minutes

Thanks for buying c-tex colour, this video guides you through 2 things:

1. The information we need from you in order to manufacture c-tex colour ready for you

2. For you to prepare ready for the installation

So…the information we need.

Firstly, we need a photo of where you would like c-tex colour to be installed. Here are some examples…

Then we need some dimensions so we can fit c-tex colour to your machine

Here we show you the dimensions we need

Secondly we need to know the direction the fabric is flowing in: please indicate this with an arrow

Thirdly we need to know at which side of the machine you wish the PC and Operator monitor to be located

Also please take a photo of your length measuring wheel (if you already have this installed) so we can assess how to fit our encoder onto this

Lastly, machine construction: Please indicate the materials your machine is made of and thicknesses. For example, Solid Mild Steel 6mm thick, Mild Steel Box Section 2mm thick with section of 100 or Wooden Section 15mm.

Therefore, the photo you send us will need the additional information as shown here (photo with all details on)

We can then build c-tex colour to fit your machine

Onto the second step:

For the installation we need:

Network Access to machine area for us to connect the c-tex colour PC to your network

Electrical power: single phase

If you have not purchased a control cabinet from us and you will be providing yourselves this needs to be onsite when we arrive. We require minimum internal dimensions of Height: 1000mm, Width 600mm, Depth 600mm. The operator monitor can be mounted above the control cabinet of you can purchase a control unit with monitor surround.

If you have not purchased a PC from us and you will be providing yourselves, please ensure this meets the specification we list in our agreement document and is available when we arrive onsite

If you are running c-tex colour for an inline process, for example a continuous dye range or sanforiser or compactor we will also need a mains compressed air supply provided, to include a regulator and moisture capture mechanism.

When we arrive onsite for the installation we need to meet with your factory engineering manager and IT manager to present what we are going to be doing while onsite and what support we need.

We will also need a meeting room with a projector or large monitor in order to give a training presentation for 1 hour. For the training we will need your colleagues who will be: operating c-tex colour, analysing the results of c-tex colour and managing the implementation of c-tex colour.

Adam has done these rough storyboards which really helped me to visualise what exactly needed to be done in terms of 3D animations. As this is the job role i will be fulfilling for this final project. I will of course have to make some more detailed sketches of what exactly needs to be shown in 3D and camera movements etc, however this quick visual is very handy for mapping out the whole video 2 sequence.

 

The third video is a training video – Full Script to follow…

 

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“Friendly” Design Ideas

After reviewing my 3D prototypes for the C-Tex videos, i have realised that the animations do not completely represent the friendly concept that has been approved by C-Tex following the presentation on monday. Therefore i need to look at what exactly would make the animations more friendly through a variety of different techniques.

Easy Ease / F-Curve manipulation

Firstly I think using easy ease would help tremendously with the flow of the animation. It would help to show smoother and softer transitions. Therefore hopefully giving a more friendly feel to the animation. Some examples…

An explanation of easing through traditional animation techniques. This is useful information as it can explain the technique but not so much within 3D programs like Cinema 4D. However i feel that this can be easily replicated in c4d.

This technique tutorial:

However this still just looks like Ease in not both. I will have to do some experiments with C4D to see if i can create a smoothed out animation. Key framing is very important in this process and can definitely help the animation to flow in a much more fluid way.

This could also work and seems to be a bit more fluid but could look a bit too bouncy.

Hyper – Nurbs

This is a technique that is used in 3d to smooth the actual edges of the model therefore similar to the smoothing keyframes but this technique actually applies to 3d model. This could also help to create a friendly atmosphere by creating an all round softer and more inviting animation.

As you can see from these images there is a huge difference from using this effect and not. You can see in photo 2 the left rat head is using HyperNurbs and the right without. I think this effect could help the animation become more visually appealing as well as keeping to the “Friendly” concept.

Modelling and Animating a Rat with HyperNurbs

Subdivision Surfaces

 

By simply smoothing edges of the t-shirt design in my original prototype (3) it would be quite simple to add this effect and recreate a much softer smoother animation creating a much more friendly, welcoming and kinder looking animation. It could help also help with the “unproffessional” company atmosphere, as it could make the animation look slightly cartoony. however this would have to be tested in my development /prototype work to see if it could prove effective.