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Video Packer

GigaNeo invented a way how to reduce sprite animations weight X-times!

Do you want to save from 50% to 96% assets memory?
Ready solution for Unity Game Engine is available in Asset Store
Example created using Video Packer:

Video Packer allows developers to have more animations with smaller build size.
Author of this system is Max Botvinev, talented inventor, developer, philosopher and entrepreneur.
Video Packer is a generator of ultra optimized video files (.webm, VP8) which can be used by Unity 3d instead of heavyweight sprite / texture animations.

Generate video animations from image sequence which is ideal cross-platform format.
Such set of frames can be exported with built-in VideoPacker Utils or in every animation tool like After Effect, Adobe Flash and Many More.
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FFmpeg Unity Bind

FFmpeg Unity Bind is a powerful solution to perform all kind of video editing operations. 17 years of Video Programming experience now can be easily integrated into every mobile cross-platform app. We released it as a Unity 3d package in Asset Store. Thousands of developers enjoys a power of the product.
FFmpeg Unity Bind is a functionality of complete Video Editor on phones and tablets (Supports IOS + Android).

FFmpeg Unity Bind at Unity 3d Asset Store

FFmpeg is the leading multimedia framework, able to decode, encode, transcode, mux, demux, stream, filter and play pretty much anything that humans and machines have created. It supports the most obscure ancient formats up to the cutting edge. No matter if they were designed by some standards committee, the community or a corporation. It is also highly portable.

This p...

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TNV – Thermal Night Vision

Is a custom implementation of world famous Visual Effects like in the “Predator vs Alien” movie and game series. To be useful for other developers it is available for Unity 3d in the Asset Store

TNV - Thermal Night

How Thermal Imaging Works

In order to properly implement thermal imaging video, I had to develop a decent understanding of what it was and how it worked. The electromagnetic spectrum consists of several sections including (in order of wavelength) radio, microwave, infrared, visible light, ultraviolet, x-ray, and gamma rays.

There are basically three ways for a camera to “see in the dark”. Light amplification is the most commonly used method. It is really just the gain on a camera and tells the camera to increase the amount of visible light it is collecting when the light source is faint...

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Dev Diaries

DETERMINE THE GENDER

When, it would seem, the adaptation is ready … Faced the problem that it is difficult to get data from Facebook to determine the gender. And our characters are divided by gender. In the standard version, the developer is not given out information until the Application will be launched . There was a problem, how to get a gender, having an icon and a name (full name)
For a while, it seemed to us that it was impossible …
But we were able to “get round” ways to get data that exceeds the accuracy of gender determination. The sample was made based on the analysis of a large database of data ,which gender is selected with a specific name when filling out the fields in Facebook.
How would you solve this problem ??)

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Peer-to-Peer

While multi-player online games are very successful, their fast deployment suffers from their server-based architecture. Indeed, servers both limit the scalability of the games and increase deployment costs. However, they make it easier to control the game (e.g. by preventing cheating and providing support for billing). Peer-to-peer, i.e. transfer of the game functions on each each player’s machine, is an attractive communication model for online gaming. We investigate here the challenges of peer-to-peer gaming, hoping that this discussion will generate a broader interest in the research community.

Today, millions of players are connected to several online gaming communities [1]...

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Neural Network

Artificial Intelligence through Neural Networks

In order to define AI, we must first define the concept of intelligence in general. A paraphrased definition based on Wikipedia is:

Intelligence can be generally described as the ability to perceive information, and retain it as knowledge to be applied towards adaptive behaviors within an environment or context.

AI is used for other recognition tasks (pattern, text, audio, image, video, facial, …), autonomous vehicles, medical diagnoses, gaming, search engines, spam filtering, crime fighting, marketing, robotics, remote sensing, computer vision, transportation, music recognition, classification, and so on.

Biological Neural Networks Overview

The human brain is exceptionally complex and quite literally the most powerful computing machine k...

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A high performance lighting system for 2D games

Topic will be started with the custom lighting system that allows for a lot 2D light sources even on low spec hardware. It was made in Unity but this approach should work in any game engine that lets you create procedural meshes.

Procedural Meshes to the rescue!
The basic idea is to use a procedural mesh to “stamp” the lighting data into a light buffer that is then sampled in shaders. This is not that different from how deffered lighting works, however this solution only needs to work in 2D so author can get this done in one draw call for all my lights at once by using a procedural mesh to draw the light.

The lasers in the example were rendered with a procedural mesh so it already had a texture lying around which can be used to store the light falloff in.

The laser sheet...

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Procedural Level Generation in Unity (part 1 of 2)

In Part 1 of this article we discussed why we chose to use procedural level generation. Were also described how to generate a procedural level’s layout and connect multiple smaller level chunks together to form a fully coherent level. In part 2 of this article we discuss how we overcome lighting and NavMesh problems in Unity, and how tospawn NPCs based on a tempo.

Lighting
With procedurally generated path, it is likely that the same chunk will be loaded multiple times for each level. The duplicate meshes within those chunks are stored in memory separately, but the lightmaps can be shared by adding code to our level loader to amalgamate all the lightmaps by scene name. Lightmap indexes are then reassigned as they load, saving memory instead of duplicating lightmaps for those chunks.

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Procedural Level Generation in Unity (part 2 of 2)

Level Requirements
Levels are set within a maze of city slums and rooftops, but they need specific structure to be enjoyable and interesting to play. Decided to assemble multiple smaller level chunks together to create larger levels for missions. By doing this team could handcraft interesting and reusable smaller chunks, layer in some procedural randomness and give each level the feel of being handcrafted. Procedural levels must:

  • contain 1 main path
  • contain 1-3 dead end paths for objectives and loot drops
  • contain 1-3 shortcuts that act as alternative routes
  • generate random props and cover objects within each level chunk
  • spawn enemies based on a “tempo chart”
  • spawn different types and ranks of enemies based on the mission difficulty
  • work with Unity’s NavMesh system
  • be deterministic and g...
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Dev Diaries

REAL FACIAL RECOGNITION FROM SOCIAL NETWORKS.

Face detection is realized on the basis of  well-known programming paradigms and open source libraries. Once we get data on the coordinates of the eye, nose, mouth our algorithms will adapt to the 3D character models. The final step is the calculation of the average color setting on the basis of skin color, and the current level of lighting in the photo.