A Way to Imitate Disney's C.A.P.S system?

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NicoToonZ
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A Way to Imitate Disney's C.A.P.S system?

Post by NicoToonZ » 04 Sep 2019, 23:57

Hi there. As an animation student in (self-taught) training, I'm curious to figure out how to imitate the C.A.P.S. look in TVPaint. This includes colors on the lines, shadows, highlights, and tone mattes on characters.

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I'm not sure if this is even the right place to put this in. If it isn't where it needs to be, let me know.

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Re: A Way to Imitate Disney's C.A.P.S system?

Post by D.T. Nethery » 05 Sep 2019, 01:56

Hi, NicoToonZ -

I worked at Disney Feature Animation during the CAPS days 1989 - 2004 . TVPaint can do everything that CAPS could do, including colors on the lines, shadows, highlights, and tone mattes on characters. Although I should point out that during that time at Disney (1989 - 2004) shadows, highlights , and tone mattes were hand-drawn efx layers , not CG elements generated by CAPS.
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Re: A Way to Imitate Disney's C.A.P.S system?

Post by NicoToonZ » 05 Sep 2019, 04:33

I understand it completely. It's great to hear what TVPaint can do. I'm really thankful and honored that I can talk to legendary animators like you and the team at TVPaint about the software. And I want to say, thank you very much for taking your time to answer my question.

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Re: A Way to Imitate Disney's C.A.P.S system?

Post by D.T. Nethery » 05 Sep 2019, 14:01

NicoToonZ wrote:
05 Sep 2019, 04:33
I understand it completely. It's great to hear what TVPaint can do. I'm really thankful and honored that I can talk to legendary animators like you and the team at TVPaint about the software. And I want to say, thank you very much for taking your time to answer my question.
You're welcome . Glad you're here , this is a friendly place to get help with learning TVPaint.

(I don't know about the "legendary" part applied to me ... I was just one of many artists working there and I wouldn't describe myself as one of the legends, although I will say I was privileged to touch the hem of the garment of some of the "legends" , like Dale Baer, Glen Keane ,and Eric Goldberg to name just a few. But it certainly was a great place to work, surrounded by so many great talents , and I have fond memories of that time ... having blotted out the frustrations and difficulties that I know we had , but all seems to have faded away with the passing years . As Ollie Johnston once observed: "Your scenes are forever" , by which I believe he meant: don't get frustrated by the long hours and the difficult challenges involved, just focus on doing excellent work and that is what will remain after all the petty concerns of the present day have been forgotten)
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Re: A Way to Imitate Disney's C.A.P.S system?

Post by o0Ampy0o » 12 Sep 2019, 05:28

If this is an example of the C.A.P.S. user interface.........what an eyesore!!!

Visually, it is in-house software engineering at its practical worst.........with just a little time devoted to aesthetics it could have been improved exponentially.
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Re: A Way to Imitate Disney's C.A.P.S system?

Post by D.T. Nethery » 12 Sep 2019, 13:20

o0Ampy0o wrote:
12 Sep 2019, 05:28
If this is an example of the C.A.P.S. user interface.........what an eyesore!!!

Visually, it is in-house software engineering at its practical worst.........with just a little time devoted to aesthetics it could have been improved exponentially.
Yes, those guys at Pixar who programmed CAPS were amateurs. I wonder whatever happened to those geeks ?

(seriously, were there any software interfaces c.1989 that don't look ugly and primitive today?)

Here's another shot of the interface to shock and horrify you -
CAPS_Interface_2.jpg
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MAC OS 10.12.6 , Macbook Pro Retina 15-inch, Mid 2015,
2.5 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB Memory , TVPaint PRO 11.0.8, 64bit -
Wacom Cintiq 21 UX - Wacom Intuos Pro 5 - driver version 6.3.20-8

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