Posts bylesterbanks

Unbiased vs Biased Rendering, Separating Fact From Fiction

Biased Rendering? Unbiased? There are a lot of third party plugin-renderers out there these days. From Arnold, to Octane, and all the RedShifts and Maxwells in-between. With them come a whole pile of terminology that describe them and their operation. Back in the day, each renderer had it’s own specific and almost identifiable look. Today,
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Building a Basic nParticles Object Dissolve in Maya

Jeremy Fernsler shows how you can “cheat” an effect where an object dissolves or disintegrates into dust in Maya, using nParticles. The tutorial covers pretty much everything, so if you are just starting out in Maya, this is a great follow-along. Jeremy walks through the entire project starting from using nParticles, Surface Emissions, Fields including
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A Preview of Zync Render Cloud for Cinema 4D

Those of you C4D people still rendering on the CPU, you might take interest in the upcoming Zync render cloud that is expanding with support for Cinema 4D. Soon Cinema 4D users can spin-up their renders to 32,000 cores. Zync offers artists and studios the ability to render in the cloud, making it as easy
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Artist Has Cinema 4D Running on a Mobile Device

Freelance Motion Designer, Michael Tierney posts a short video of Cinema 4D running on a mobile device. Actually, it’s not just running, Michael is actually using it to create a short project. In actuality, Micheal is probably using something similar to TeamViewer, which allows you to tunnel into a computer that is running the application.
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Have a Look at How Cycles 4D is Coming Along

Cycles 4D is coming soon to a Cinema 4D near you. Cycles is Blender’s Open Source production render engine that is an unbiased path-tracer tasking both the GPU and CPU for rendering. Cycles has been ported to other host applications perviously, and will be making its way over to Cinema 4D soon, thanks to INSYDIUM.
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FlowBox is Growing Into an Amazing Rotoscope Feature Set

FlowBox represents an ambitious effort to build the next generation of nondestructive compositing and VFX workflow from the ground up. The system was created from scratch to be a rotoscoping and visual effects platform that has collaboration as the key focus. Building something new from the ground up means that you can investigate and implement
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EDITION 4, by Sparkle*

Edition 4 – 30 Seconds of Sound Visualised. Audio Produced by – Simon Pyke (freefarm.co.uk) 30s.ec 30 Seconds of Sound Visualised is an Audio project created by Simon Pyke. Simon is a sound designer at freefarm.co.uk, an acoustically treated studio in Brighton, UK and can happily support every stage of production from sketch to final
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As long as it takes

A man lost in thought re-experiences the confusion he felt when his mother’s deathbed took an unexpected turn. About the makers: Lotte van Gaalen makes audio-documentaires, among others for the VPRO-podcast ‘Het leven, een gebruiksaanwijzing’. She also works for Woord.nl. Previously she directed the documentary ‘Moederskind’, which was broadcasted by the NTR. Wiep Teeuwisse graduated
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LA Gifathon, from James Curran

In July I spent a month in Los Angeles where I animated a new GIF every day for 30 days inspired by something that happened during my stay. See all the looping GIFs on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram with #LAGifathon or follow me to keep up with the next Gifathon, coming soon… twitter.com/slimjimstudios instagram.com/slimjimstudios slimjimstudios.tumblr.com slimjimstudios.com
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Brent Forrest’s “Dirty Pool”

A timeless tale of good versus not so good. All the storyboards, animation, effects, lighting and rendering, compositing, editing and sound mixing are from Brent Forrest. Brent built the set and recorded the sound FX with his iPhone in a Tokyo pool hall. The rig was downloaded from AnimSchool.com and the music was composed by Roberto Ignis.
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Create a Distance and Proximity Reader in Maya

You might have seen some specialized plugins for Autodesk Maya that could interpolate attributes based on distance, basically a proximity reader. One such plugin is Hans Godard’s Radial Basis Function (RBF) Solver. The plugin would describe each pose  as a N-dimensional Key and a M-dimensional Value. This means that keys and values can be anything, allowing you to power
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Creating a Procedural Crystal City in C4D

Motion Designer Daniel Danielsson posts a four part look into creating a procedural crystal city in Cinema 4D, that covers modeling all the way up to animation and rendering. The crystal city makes use of simple shapes in C4D along with cloners, MoExtrude, deformers and effectors. Parts two and three have a look at creating the
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Growing Intertwined Knitted Surfaces in Houdini

VFXHomeland posts a look at animating knitted surfaces, using their free Houdini Knit Solver asset. The Knit Solver is one of VFXHomeland’s freely available Houdini Assets that also includes a fantastic Droplet solver for creating dew and water drops on objects, including realistic animation. The Knit Solver can wrap any object in knitted fabric, and that
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Taking Flight

Taking Flight is a short film inspired by the life and heritage of Antonio Pasin, inventor of the Radio Flyer wagon. In this fictional tribute to Pasin’s legacy, what begins as a small boy’s over-scheduled, over supervised, boring day with Grandpa turns into a larger-than-life journey, narrowly escaping wild monkeys and battling aliens to save
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Mix Master Mike’s Magma Chamber 360 VR

Magma Chamber VR is a 360 VR + Live DJ Experience like no other. After the hit release full length album Magma Chamber, from Mix Master Mike, Mike wanted to take the album to the next level and combined his audio arsenal with the visual onslaught that Vr Compositor / CG Artist Jonathan Winbush, Dp
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Jenius | One Touch

Animators: Nick Brooks, Alex Potts, James Turzynski, Harry Slinger-Thompson, Philip Askins, Simona Ciraolo Illustrator: Spencer Wilson Music: Adem Ihlan Mix: Fonic Directors: Pete Mellor, Layla Atkinson Line Producer: Pedro Lino Exec Producer: Richard Barnett
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Lakisha – Kilo Kish MV

Director – YongOh Kim Assistant Animator – Young jin Hong Client by 4Strikes(kilo kish) [email protected] Www.Instagram.com/yongoh_kim
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CROWHURST _ Take This Pain Away

Crowhurst _ Take.This.Pain.Away / official video promo album: II / label: Broken Limbs Recordings / Dullest Records all visuals by the †Denial of Service ©2016 -TheCreatorsBlog /VICE feature: thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/alien-liquids-shapeshift-nightmarish-music-video the penultimate post by the denial.of.service ^ the chem/math-induced fractalic ????? closes via a travelogue of liquid terrains & decimated physiologies Crowhurst: facebook.com/crowhurstnoise crowhurst.bandcamp.com soundcloud.com/jay-gambit the
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Nike Air Mockup: The Rhino, By Cornel Swoboda

Uncommissioned mockup for Nike. As much as Cornel Swoboda loved their high quality ads, they start becoming a little repetitive. So Cornel exercised on his own version: avoided most of the usual particles & overly long string animations and added some surrealism to the whole thing instead. Sound design by the amazing Adnan Alicic. Thanks for watching!
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