Mimic Lite for Daz Studio Revisited

Thought I'd check out Mimic Lite again which I haven't tried since installing windows 10 a while back. Some newer users to Daz Studio may not have used or heard of it, so here we are...

Mimic Lite runs fine on windows 10 and although you cant use it with newer figures (as is), you can use Victoria 4, Aiko 3 and a few other older figures that you may have installed along with Daz Studio (which is still free)

The program takes a vocal audio file and creates an auto lip-sync animation that also adds eye blinks, head and eyebrow movements.  You save the animation file created and apply in Daz studio to your Character.

Mimic Lite is available here

Daz Studio Obj Export Import Presets Scripts

Calm Down! Silent (ish) Obj export/import presets for Daz Studio 4.9.3 for faster export ready for Blender - I don't know if they work in earlier versions

Poser and Daz Scale included so far. The exporters only export the selected item in these versions so you don't have to hide other things in you scene. You do still have to set mesh resolution to base/subdivision zero unless you want to export the subdivided version. I deleted some settings for the daz obj export version to make it export at Daz Scale - so..you know ..see how it goes. I disabled textures/material library as I just wanted the obj's for morphing

 

*Added 10% scale for a comfortable working scale in blender

These are actually the example scripts you can find at http://docs.daz3d.com/doku.php/public/software/dazstudio/4/referenceguide/scripting/api_reference/samples/file_io/start  with some settings changed.  You can edit these and save versions with your own settings as there are quite a few options you can change

Download here unzip to your Daz Library eg Studio>My Library

Shadow Catcher for Daz Studio

Just a basic shadow catcher for Daz Studio 4.9.3 3Delight renders. Useful for adding shadows when you have an image as a background such as grass where you want a shadow cast underneath your object

Add a plane, select it and apply shadowcatch to the plane surface

Let me know if you find any problem - actually don't  ...ok DO ...but I probably cant fix it :-)

Download Shadowcatch here

Related on Daz - pw Shaders Bundle includes a Shadow catcher and much much more!

Iray Server Video On Youtube

An introduction to NVIDIA Iray Server posted on NVIDIA's youtube channel -worth a watch if you haven't tried the server yet.

Network render to NVIDIA Iray Server is supported in the latest Daz Studio 4.9.3 DAZ 3D

 

AWS Iray Server Rendering

Continuing with the Amazon Web Services rendering tests

Network rendering from Daz Studio - This time it's Iray Server on AWS using...

 

G2.2xlarge instance - 1 GK104 GPU 4GB(from GRID K520), 8 vCPU's (from Xeon E5-2670 cpu's) 15GB Ram

C4.8xlarge instance - 36 vCPU's (from Xeon E5-2666 v3 Haswell CPU's) 60GB Ram

G2.8xlarge instance - 4 GK104 GPU 4GB (Grid K520), 32 vCPU's (from Xeon E5-2670 cpu's) 60GB Ram

P2.xlarge instance1 GK210 GPU 12 GB (from nvidia K80), 4vCPU's (from Xeon E5-2686v4 CPU's) 61GB Ram

P2.8xlarge instance - 8 GPU's 12 GB (from nvidia K80's), 32 vCPU's (from Xeon E5-2686v4 cpu), 488 GB Ram

The Test Scene is a Benchmark posed by SickleYield on the Daz Forum although I did not delete any spheres in these tests.

The finished render (scaled down) below...

Results...

AWS G2.2xlarge instance - 21 minutes

AWS C4.8xlarge instance - 9 minutes 55 seconds

AWS G2.8xlarge instance - 6 minutes  45 seconds (note. 1 of the 4  GPU's would not work)

AWS P2.xlarge instance   - 8 minutes

AWS P2.8xlarge instance - 1 minutes 14 seconds

Note. Once the iray server was set up on the Instance, the scene took a about 4 minutes to upload from DAZ STUDIO to the server before rendering to the times above. My upload speed is around 7MB/s