Tutorials, Magazines, Links and Resources

This is a collection of bits and pieces, that are posted, changed and updated as I learn, work and discover.  Coloured words have links, this includes topic headings, articles, people and other interesting resources that has been collected for my personal reference.

It is ‘roughly’ in alphebetical order with some topics and software grouped under their relevant headings which is displayed in larger type.

ACMSIGGRAPH

University

SIGGRAPH Vancouver

The Foundry SIGGRAPH 2015

SIGGRAPH Videos for 3D Animation Pipeline, Mobile Gaming and OpenGL

SIGGRAPH University features recorded versions of four popular Courses from SIGGRAPH 2013 in Anaheim, California. Each Course is presented by experts in the field who also happen to be dynamic, energetic speakers. It ranges from 3D Animation Pipeline, Mobile Gaming and OpenGL.

Day 2 of Siggraph. We talk with companies such as Autodesk, Maxon,The Foudry and more.

Day 3 Coverage from Siggraph:  We talk with companies such as Redshift, Fabric Engine, Digital Domain, and more.

Day 4 Coverage from Siggraph: We visit the SideFX booth and talk with two Houdini artists about the importance of learning Houdini in today’s industry. We also talk with the curator of the Art Gallery as he walks us through several of the installations.

Introducing Realtime Cinematography | Hellblade | Siggraph 2016| Award Winner

SIGGRAPH 2015 Keynote Speaker, Joichi (Joi) Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab, explores how radical new approaches to science and technology can transform society in substantial and positive ways.

ARTIFICIAL  NEUTRAL  NETWORK

Artificial neural networks (ANNs) or connectionist systems are computing systems inspired by the biological neural networks that constitute animal brains. Such systems learn (progressively improve performance) to do tasks by considering examples, generally without task-specific programming. For example, in image recognition, they might learn to identify images that contain cats by analyzing example images that have been manually labeled as “cat” or “no cat” and using the analytic results to identify cats in other images. They have found most use in applications difficult to express in a traditional computer algorithm using rule-based programming.

A Basic Introduction To Neural Networks.  The simplest definition of a neural network, more properly referred to as an ‘artificial’ neural network (ANN), is provided by the inventor of one of the first neurocomputers, Dr. Robert Hecht-Nielsen. He defines a neural network as:

“…a computing system made up of a number of simple, highly interconnected processing elements, which process information by their dynamic state response to external inputs.In “Neural Network Primer: Part I” by Maureen Caudill, AI Expert, Feb. 1989

Artificial Neural Networks have spurred remarkable recent progress in image classification and speech recognition. But even though these are very useful tools based on well-known mathematical methods, we actually understand surprisingly little of why certain models work and others don’t. So let’s take a look at some simple techniques for peeking inside these networks.

Yes, androids do dream of electric sheep.  Google sets up feedback loop in its image recognition neural network – which looks for patterns in pictures – creating hallucinatory images of animals, buildings and landscapes which veer from beautiful to terrifying

How Image Recognition Works. I nterpreting the visual world is one of those things that’s so easy for humans we’re hardly even conscious we’re doing it. When we see something, whether it’s car, or a tree, or our grandma, we don’t (usually) have to consciously study it before we can tell what it is. For a computer, however, identifying a human being at all (as opposed to a dog or a chair or a clock, let alone your grandmother) represents an amazingly difficult problem.

Inceptionism: Going deeper into Neural Networks.  Google Photos.

Journey through the layers of the mind

ADOBE

ADOBE FORUMS and online chat systems for support.

Capture inspiring color themes with Adobe Capture CC on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Then apply the production-ready assets to projects in a wide variety of desktop and mobile apps.

MAKE IT online Asia-Pacific’s premier creativity event of the year, returned to Sydney on August 2-3, 2017 with a lineup of local and international industry pioneers, seasoned creative professionals and community leaders. Watch the talks from the main stage speakers as well as the pre-conference Sessions on demand.

CREATIVE  CLOUD  TUTORIALS

Adobe MAKE IT, CONFERENCE, Asia-Pacific’s premier creativity event of the year, returned to Sydney on August 2-3, 2017 with a lineup of local and international industry pioneers, seasoned creative professionals and community leaders. Watch the talks from the main stage speakers as well as the pre-conference Sessions on demand, now.  Get your fill of thought-provoking talks from local and international speakers. Recorded on the MAKE IT main stage on August 3, 2017.

AFTER EFFECTS

OpenSesame opens up the After Effects project format with a fully editable, human readable text file format. Create backwards compatible projects that open in any version back to CS3, or export parts of a project for spreadsheet editing, such as text, footage, property values and render queue items. Send text to clients for approval then easily incorporate revisions, or use for version automation.

EXPRESSIONS

There are also some resources under Maxon for Cinema 4D that relate to After Effects.

http://www.videocopilot.net/basic/tutorials/09.Expressions/

EXPRESSIONS – Video Pilot

After Effects 10 Lifesaving  Shortcuts  that you’ll be glad to have in your back pocket.

MotionScript:  Dan Ebberts’ AE Expressions and Scripting Resource

CreativeCow:  After Effects Tutorials

MotionWorks:  Motion Graphics Mastery 

VideoCopilot: creating tools & training for people who love motion design & visual effects

VideoCopilot:  Green Screen using Keylight

VideoCopilot:  3d Compositing

Sticky Pictures After Effects Tutorials

The Pixel Cloud plugin for After Effects is a powerful compositing tool that allows you to relight a 3D generated image, make 3D aware selections or displace the pixels in 3D space. Combine the use of a Position Pass and a Normal Pass with the power of After Effects’ 3D lights and cameras and change the lighting of your composited 3D graphics.

The Text Animation Tool – Adobe After Effects tutorial

After Effects Tutorial – Basic Typography & Motion Graphics

Kinetic Typography After Effects [motion graphics]

Im Gonna Make it Better (After Effects Animation)

After Effects Text Animation Example

After Effects CC Basic Text Animation Demo 2

After Effects Quick Tip: A Fix for Flickering AI and EPS Files

After Effects: DNA Strands with Trapcode Tao Tutorial

AUDITION

Creating a multitrack from David Bartolo in Adobe Audition

CREATIVE  CLOUD

Creative  Cloud  Tutorials

DREAMWEAVER

FLASH

Adobe Flash CC Help Page

Animation in Flash with Andy Sykes:

Adobe Flash CC Help Page

Adobe Flash and AIR Showcase Gallery

LEARN ALL ABOUT FLASH’S DRAWING TOOLS – FLASH CS3

FLASH KIT  A Flash Developer Resource Site

60 Creative Flash Websites You Should Not Miss:  Cheese and Burger SocietyTag Galaxy

Adobe Flash and AIR Showcase Gallery

Flash Player Version History

How to use sound in Adobe Animate

Flash Animation Techniques – Buttery Smooth Lines ChenSmooth is a tool for Flash animators to quickly draw smooth and polished lines. Also included are a few simple tools that will greatly speedup cleanup/polish workflows for 2D animators.

Puddle Mask effect Flash

ALAN BECKER – Flash Basics

ALAN BECKER – Classic Tweens 

Best Practices for Flash-based Banner Ads with Anastasia McCune on Lynda.com

Flash Tutorial – Character Animation using Symbols

Flash CS5 Beginner – Create a Banner Ad – Part 1

Using the Flash Professional Toolkit for CreateJS

Flash CS 5.5 Tutorial : MotionTween: Detailed Information

Oney’s Toon Tutorials – Ep 1 – Baby Steps in Adobe Flash

ILLUSTRATOR

InDESIGN

Craft elegant layouts at your desk or on the go.  Learn the basics, or refine your skills with tutorials designed to inspire.

MEDIA  CACHE  Premiere Pro’s media cache consist of files that assist Premiere in locating, managing, and understanding media within projects.

MOBILE  APPS

Real Layouts, Real Fast.  Design layouts on your iPhone, iPad or iPad Pro with Adobe Comp CC.  Use natural drawing gestures to create crisp graphics, pull in images and place text and then send you ideas to the desktop to finish.

Tutorial:  Create comps on the go.  Quickly explore layout ideas for print, web or mobile on your iPad and iPhone with Adobe Comp CC. Create a layout on the go with Comp and finish it on your desktop.

PHOTOSHOP

85 brilliant Photoshop tutorials

VERTHEIM:  Welcome to the exxential resource for all things 3DS Max, Photoshop and more for CGI students everywhere.

The Razor Tool

The Rate Stretch Tool

Titling

Effects

Exporting

TYPEKIT

In the four years since we began providing fonts for desktop sync via Creative Cloud, Typekit’s library has continuously grown as we meet more foundry partners who want to add their fonts to our service. Our library is a trusted resource for designers, and we’re the simplest solution for people who need access to a huge variety of great typefaces — all tested and vetted before we add them.

What’s in a Font? How Fonts Can Define Your Design  You’ve been asked to design something. Maybe it’s a flyer advertising your company’s next seminar. Maybe it’s the invitations to your friend’s wedding. You know what you want the project to look like. You know what tone you want to convey, but for some reason your ideas aren’t coming across in the final design.  If this sounds familiar, take a look at your fonts.

BLOG

What is Adobe Typekit?

ALLEGROITHMIC

Allegorithmic develops Substance, the reference suite for 3D texturing.

The Substance suite includes the software tools Substance Painter for 3D painting, Substance Designer for material authoring and Substance B2M for image-to-material generation, as well as the ever-growing physically based material library Substance Source and the artist-to-artist exchange platform Substance Share.

Constantly on the edge of innovation, Substance technologies empower 3D creators and integrate naturally into production pipelines.

With a fast-growing community, Substance has become a standard in the game industry and is rapidly expanding to the industries of Animation/VFX, Architecture, and Industrial Design

SUBSTANCE DESIGNER Youtube Videos

ANIMATION

APPLE

FINAL CUT PRO

Is the camera footage managed via import to FCP7 and renamed by project?  If you have an Adobe CC account you may want to consider exporting your FCP projects as XML and transcoding to the CinePro codec provided as an archive format.

FILEMAKER an Apple Subsidiary.  The FileMaker Platform is simply powerful software for creating custom apps that work seamlessly across iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac, and the web.

ARTIFICIAL  INTELLIGENCE (AI)

There is a massive amounts of data that exists in the world that can be mined for unique information, searched, catalogued and analysed.  The delivery of advertising is changing from analysing and with our search data this type of technology can and will absolutely change the way we do production.

Video Breakdown   Video indexer builds upon media AI technologies to make it easier to extract insights from videos. Power new forms of content discovery such as searching for spoken words, faces, characters, and emotions. Enrich your apps with embedded video insights to drive user engagement.

AUDIO

AUTODESK

Thanks for joining us at SIGGRAPH 2016! You can tune in right here to see all of our recorded sessions from the show.

PixelCG, Ashram Aid

Max Man & Maya Man

WOW has produced a 4K battle movie that personifies 3D animation software, “Max Man & Maya Man.” The special movie in conjunction with the announcement of the release of new versions of 3D animation software packages “Autodesk 3ds Max®” and “Autodesk Maya®.” This film features a battle scene between robots that personify the unique features of each software package, “Max Man” and “Maya Man.” WOW was in charge of planning, character design, and movie creation.

Autodesk University – Learn On-Line

Create 3d Characters:  MAYA: GENERALIST INTERMEDIATE

University:   Las Vegas 2015 sessions

Reference to 3D Render in Maya: A hard surface modeller’s journey:  AutoDesk webinar with Tom Revill, experienced VFX/3D Artist with a broad range of experience in a number of fields from Lighting to 3D Modelling.

Shotgun Webinar

Maya Monday – Render Passes in Maya 2016

3ds Max 2016 Quick Tips: Template System – Customize an existing Template

Autodesk 123D is free software integrated with content and fabrication services. For people who want to make things themselves.

123D Catch is an Iphone and Android App that allows you to create 3d models simply by taking a shit ton of photos of your subject.

AREA NEWSLETTER

Supercharged Animation Performance in Maya 2016

IBC 2014 is now over… but there’s still lots to see here on AREA. If you missed any of the content streamed live during the show, be sure to check out the “on-demand” via this link.

ALIAS, Autodesk

AREA TV

AUTODESK AREA NEWSLETTER

– January 2015

The MCG Network Deployment Guide

Autodesk Labs Project Memento

WEBINARS

Design Visualisation for Events and Live Entertainment – 3ds Max, Stingray and Interactive Aug 29, 2017

Meet the Experts: Pixar Animation Studios, The OpenSubdiv Project

Sweat. Swearing. Tears. Indie Game Documentary — Modern Dream Part 3

Audi ‘Birth’

Maya Monday – Render Passes in Maya 2016

Creating Warhammer: The End Times – Vermintide using Autodesk Maya and Stingray

FLAME and FLAME ASSIST

Flame is the high-end 3D visual effects software that offers tools for fast, interactive 3D visual effects, finishing, compositing, advanced graphics, colour grading, conform, editorial, and look development.  Provides tools for 3D compositing, visual FX, and editorial finishing. Featuring the Flame Desktop, a multi-layer timeline, conform, media management, and interactive performance, Flame provides the tools you need in an integrated creative environment.

What to learn Flame 

The Autodesk Flame Learning Channel

2017 Flame Award Ceremony

FLARE

Expand your digital compositing capabilities with Flare. Exclusively available to Flame and Flame Premium customers, Flare includes tools for 3D compositing, tracking, text, masking, keying, and relighting. Flare is included in Flame Premium.

LUSTRE

A high-performance, real-time color grading solution for creative look development. Lustre gives artists greater creative control over final color and grading for television and film projects. Interoperable with Flame, Lustre is included in Flame Premium.

MAYA

INTRODUCING MAYA 2018

TOOLFARM With modeling, animation and motion graphics workflow enhancements and new features, Maya 2018 is now faster and more efficient than ever.

Autodesk Maya Help 2013

Autodesk Maya Help 2015:  Edge Ring and Edge Loop Selection Tips

Autodesk Maya University videos

A Maya Fluid Dynamics Quicksheet:  Even though this was written for Maya 7, it should still apply to current versions of Maya.

LEARNING  MAYA

Modeling in Maya 2015

Maya Learning Channel

What is the difference between parenting and grouping in maya?

Autodesk unveils Maya 2017

Youtube UV Mapping

MAKING OF DAENERYS TARGARYEN BY DANIELE LA MURA

Animal Logic launches USDMAYA Plugin as Open Source

Sydney, Australia, 2 August – Animal Logic today announced the open source release of its USDMaya plugin (known as “AL_USDMaya”). The plugin enables powerful and efficient authoring and editing of 3D graphics data using Pixar’s Universal Scene Description (USD) in Autodesk Maya.   Animal Logic launches USDMAYA Plugin as Open Source

FROYOK:  [maya] froRetopo 3.5 : a fast and easy retopology tool | June 24th, 2013 Cat : Maya, Technical, Tutorial | 

For this project I wanted to learn more about Xgen in Maya. I was curious to try it since Autodesk announced it in the 2014 release and this seemed the right chance to give it a try!

Autodesk Webinar:  Entertainment CreationSuite 2014 – link

CGI Free Download: “Instance Along Curve – Autodesk Maya Plugin 1.1.0” by Mariano Merchante

Maya 2017 – Time Editor Overview

What’s New in Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya

Autodesk Maya – Manipulator Handles and Channel Settings

Maya Smooth Edges tutorial (Bevel, extrude, etc)

Maya 2012 Tutorial – Grouping and Parenting

Parenting and Grouping Objects

Importing Video Reference into Maya

Maya Shaders

Maya Tutorials: 61-Using the Ramp Shader.mov

Autodesk Maya 2013 Tutorial – Model and Texture an Apple

Learn Maya 2015: The basics – 17 — Create and applying a material (texture) using the Hypershade

Maya Project Part 48: Using Procedural Textures

Procedural Maya Texture (Part 1)

Procedural Maya Texture (Part 2)

Maya Tutorials: 60-Using displacement and bump mapping

Maya 2013 Substance Tutorial by Stuart Christensen

Maya 2013 Create Lava Tutorial Part 1 of 2 by Stuart Christensen

VFX Tip on Texturing in Autodesk Maya – Animation Mentor

Maya Learning Channel:  Creating Topological Art with XGen

Maya – Using the Layered Texture Node with alpha layers  Phil Hoppes

XGen topology art in Maya by Lee Griggs

Creating XGen hair – Part 5: Animating XGen hair using Anim Wires and nDynamics

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Interactive Morphing Table Experiments by Michael Marcondes

Maya Monday – two sided shader – MILA material

Maya 2016: Parallel Rig Evaluation

Maya 2015 – XGen Instancing Overview

Maya 2015 Multi Tile UV Workflow

GOLAEM CROWD PlugIn

Golaem makes it easy and affordable to populate worlds with smart & directable digital characters, from a few to thousands, in a short amount of time and with limited budget.  Built with the artist in mind, Golaem automates repetitive and cumbersome tasks to let them focus on their art.  The Golaem workflow is built so that although it relies on AI, artists always get their last word to say and can keep total control of the results.

Golaem Crowd 4 Workflow Overview

BIFROST

CREATING REALISTIC WATER, TIPS & TRICKS WITH ALEKSANDAR NADJ

Hi there, my name is Aleksandar Nadj, I’m a CG generalist from Novi Sad, Serbia. Currently, I work in a gaming company called Eipix Entertainment as lead 3D artist. Software and tools which I use in my workflow are Maya, Zbrush, Realflow, Quixel Suite, Substance painter, Photoshop, After Effects and Nuke, and I try to learn and implement Houdini.  In this article, I will show you the workflows and techniques that I used in my latest project Lonely Beach. This is my first Bifrost Project:

lonely beach

Painting Bifrost colorsets

MOTION BUILDER

MOTION BUILDER is 3D character animation software  Capture, edit, and play back complex character animation in a highly responsive, interactive environment. Work with a display that’s optimized for both animators and directors.

Connecting MotionBuilder to Kinect.  The Kinect device enables you to use the Microsoft® Kinect® 1.0 device for Windows to capture a body performance of a single actor within the capture volume. You can use the captured performances to drive your MotionBuilder characters.

Meet Kinect for Windows

OpenNI 2 SDK Binaries & Docs

MUDBOX

Online Resources (Digital Sculpting with Mudbox)

DIGITAL  SCULPTING

MUDBOX LIVE Wayne Robson

KERMACO  Ara Kermanikian

SHOTGUN

Maya and Shotgun inside “Ghost in the Shell”

“We handled around 100 shots in Rupert Sanders’ Ghost in the Shell. Normally on a film project, it’s either lots of subtle, invisible effects or all big explosion effects but with this one, there was a good range of scenes that we worked on that involved a nice variety of work.”

–Kevin Baillie, Atomic Fiction

SMOKE

Post Magazine – Review: Autodesk Smoke 2015

By: Barry Goch

Smoke 2013 for the Mac – Getting Started online tutorials 

Smoke tutorials by Joel Osis

The Flame Award

Working with Masks

Smoke Learning Channel

Autodesk Smoke 2013 | Key Insights by Rob O’Neill

Digistor Autodesk Smoke Solutions Webinar

Autodesk Smoke and Flame artist Joel Osis does a breakdown on the effects for a commercial he did for Special K – link

“Fix It In Post” Official Film by Autodesk

Smoke Essentials with Alexis Van Hurkman

Amsterdam SuperMeet: Autodesk Smoke Goes to the Movies

Premiumbeat com Presents Editing in Autodesk Smoke Special Guest Brian Mulligan, WHTR TV

Autodesk Smoke 2013 | Key Insights by Rob O’Neill

STINGRAY

Autodesk Launches Stingray Game Engine at GDC Europe 2015 It was becoming clear that Autodesk was entering the game market when they purchased BitSquid back in June of last year.  In addition to making the Magicka series of games, they also created the BitSquid game engine.  In March of 2015 Autodesk announced that Bitsquid was now the Stingray Game Engine.

Autodesk Levels Up, Will Release Stingray Game Engine  Autodesk announces new Stingray gaming engine with simplified mobile development testing  The program, called Stingray, is based on the Bitsquid engine that it acquired last year, but is entirely revamped with a new, more intuitive interface.

Autodesk launches Stingray game engine   Up against strong competition, First announced at GDC 2015 in March, Stingray is based on the in-house engine of Swedish developer Bitsquid, which Autodesk bought last year. At the time, it seemed an intriguing move. Although used on a number of Windows and PlayStation titles, Bitsquid was still a relatively little-known engine. And with Epic Games having just removed the rental fee for Unreal Engine 4, and Unity Technologies announcing a new, more fully featured free edition of Unity 5, Autodesk faced a daunting prospect. It had to launch a new commercial engine against two better-established competitors, both of them free to use. So what has Stingray got that its rivals haven’t?

Introducing the Autodesk Stingray 3D game engine

AVID

MEDIA  COMPOSER

AWARDS

BLACKMAGIC

DAVINCI RESOLVE

Editing in DaVinci Resolve 1 Year Later

A Few Less Men Graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio by Deidre McClelland at The Post Lounge.  Blackmagic Design today announced that DaVinci Resolve Studio was used by Colorist Deidre McClelland, CSI, to grade the hit comedy sequel “A Few Less Men” at full-service post studio The Post Lounge’s new Melbourne facility.

Five Killer DaVinci Resolve 14 Features.  Without the need for an expensive hardware solution, Resolve 14 allows a collaborative workflow between specialists, all using the same app and project and media.

FUSION

BLENDER

The complete story of Paris-8 university going for Krita, Blender, Natron

BLENDER TRAINING and NEWSLETTER

5 TIPS FOR MODELING IN BLENDER, WITH PIERRICK PICAUT

BLENDER NATION

Cross Hatch Shading Test

Blender Wieght Transfer Tutorial Torchlight

BLENDERSUSHI / AN 360 VR Gallery (LIVENODING227)

Crash Course: Freestyle Rendering – Introduction

Tears of Steel – Blender VFX Open Movie

Gleb Alexandrov

BRAVE  RABBIT

BROADCAST BEAT MAGAZINE

CELEBRATING CREATIVITY

COMPOSITING

COMPUTERS

Spot the Scams in your Inbox iiNet article 

Characters to Avoid in Directories and Filenames

TidBITS

Begun in 1990, is an online newsletter and Web site, devoted to the person behind the most personal of personal computers, the Macintosh. relating events and products to real life uses and concerns.  New TidBITS issues go out every Monday night; articles appear on the Web site throughout the week.

EVERYMAC

Established in 1996, EveryMac.com is the complete guide to every Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Mac clone in the world, with technical specs, configuration details, system identifiers, performance benchmarks, and global pricing info.

PIXEL LAB:

LOG ME IN  remote access

CLEAN UP SOFTWARE – Mac

  • Disk Inventory X – is a disk usage utility for Mac OS X 10.3 (and later). It shows the sizes of files and folders in a special graphical way called “treemaps“.
  • Gemini 2  – The intelligent duplicate file finder.  Find duplicate files and wipe them away with Gemini 2. It’s smart, laser accurate, and recovers tons of space on your Mac.
  • How to download CleanMyMac 3  Clean, optimize, and maintain your Mac with the all-new CleanMyMac 3. It scans every inch of your system, removes gigabytes of junk in just two clicks, and monitors the health of your Mac.
  • CleanApp, Synium Your hard drive gets fuller day by day and you don’t know why? CleanApp 5 provides you with insights how to reclaim disk space. There are definitely tons of unused files on your hard drive – CleanApp will help you to find and delete them. CleanApp 5 has been re-developed from scratch and offers a comprehensive and convenient user interface.
  • Cocktail is a general purpose utility for macOS that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get the most out of their computers every day.  The application serves up a perfect mix of maintenance tools and tweaks, all accessible through a clean and easy to use interface. Cocktail’s features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. It also comes with an automatic Pilot mode that allows you to simply press a button and relax, knowing that Cocktail will take care of the rest.  Cocktail is installed at more than 250 000 computers world wide. The largest part being private individuals, but Cocktail can also be found at large international companies, educational institutions or newspapers.

DATA RECOVERY

  • DATARESCUE photo rescue
  • DISK DRILL
  • DISK WARRIOR
  • EASEUS  offers comprehensive solutions to home, small business, large enterprise user and service provider for data security and hard drive management on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and more
  • RECUVA   Recover your deleted files quickly and easily.  Accidentally deleted an important file? Lost files after a computer crash? No problem – Recuva recovers files from your Windows computer, recycle bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player!
  • RUNTIME  get data back simple data recovery
  • TECK TOOL PRO

How to…Transfer Music & Playlists from iPhone, iPad or iPod to Computer

How To Dual Boot Hackintosh OSX Yosemite & Windows 10

Hackintosh.com links to everything you need to build a Hackintosh and get macOS Sierra (10.12) as well as many earlier versions of Mac OS X running on an unsupported computer — instructions, step-by-step “how to” guides, and tutorials — in addition to installation videoslists of compatible computers and parts, and communities for support.

COMPUTER  GAMES  ASSETS

Seven part series from Edward Blench look into using 3DS Max for creating Computer Game assets. Edward Blench.

How to Build Your Own 1u Linux Server  In this instructable, we will build a fast server capable of running Linux very well. It will also be expandable to two processors and, in standard configuration, supports RAID 1 mirror.

Hack An IKEA Cabinet Into A High-Performance Render Farm
Vusta’s Stuff

Storm FX Hardware

Beeple explains his latest project, Zero-Day 2015

COMPANY OF HEROES 2: behind the scenes

DNS rethink

How do I use a browser to dynamically update the host’s IP?

FOLDER SIZE will analyze your hard drives and display the file sizes and folder sizes so that you can easily check the distribution of your disk space. The application will display the sizes of the folders and files and also the percentage of the total disk size that they occupy. The neat report can be sorted in order to identify the largest folders and the largest files. You can easily figure out which files or folders have filled up your drive space as Folder Size will also scan the sizes of all the subfolders. The application can scan your entire hard drive in minutes due to its optimized scan algorithms and list details on the tree size and file sizes. The progressive scan will let you continue the scan from the point of interruption.  Besides scanning an entire hard drive Folder Size can also scan a single folder in order to save time. This tool will help you to easily cleanup your disk by listing all the file sizes and folder sizes in a neat report.  Folder Size can list backup folders, system folders and also the system volume information folder – all missing disk space will be revealed instantly.

FOLDER and FILE structure – SpaceSniffer is a freeWare (donations are welcome) and portable tool application that lets you understand how folders and files are structured on your disks. By using a Treemapvisualization layout, you have immediate perception of where big folders and files are placed on your devices. Treemap concept was invented by Prof. Ben Shneiderman, who kindly permitted the use of his concept into this tool.

Getting to know the Game Artist from Supermassive Games

Internet Protocol IP is the Future in Broadcast  My blogs the past few weeks have been discussing why big data matters and IP in the broadcast industry. The connection between these topics may not be obvious, but the point is that all data is critical to the ongoing success of the broadcast business, at every step throughout the creative, management, distribution and consumptions processes. The adoption of IP in the broadcast workflow is critical to obtaining data that will influence business decisions. Internet Protocol based networks provide a volume of data that informs and complements data obtained from other sources.

Broadcasting future lies in IP  There is a significant drive in the broadcast industry to replace the current serial digital interface (SDI)-based infrastructure with Internet protocol (IP) solutions.

IP:  some food for thought:

  • broadcaster migration to IT infrastructure
  • is IP broadcast’s future

Put Ubuntu on Flash Drive using Windows

3PLAY MEDIA enables us to meet fast approaching deadlines and deliver high quality captions. The support team is very responsive and show that they care about the quality and efficiency of their services.

Understanding modems is no magic

Samsung 850 EVO SSD takes its storage into the third dimension

Q&A: Quantum’s Dave Frederick on Building the Perfect 4K Workflow  From Tape to Disk to Flash, How Flexible, Multi-Tier Storage Systems Can Meet Ever-Increasing Performance Requirements – Bryant Frazer / March 15, 2017

SUPER USERS is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users.

Video card Benchmarks  This chart made up of thousands of PerformanceTest benchmark results and is updated daily with new graphics card benchmarks. This high end chart contains high performance video cards typically found in premium gaming PCs.

TONYMACX86.COM  Building a CustoMac: Buyer’s Guide May 2015   When running macOS as your main operating system, supported and compatible components are extremely important. That is why we have created a large selection of example systems along with a comprehensive list of the best available hardware. The components listed here might not be the only ones that work, but based on our research they’re the easiest and best supported options. Use the following Buyer’s Guide as a shopping list or as a jumping off point for further customization. Either way you’ll be supporting this site by purchasing through these links, so thanks in advance!

MACKINTOSH.COM  Hackintosh.com links to everything you need to build a Hackintosh and get macOS Sierra (10.12) as well as many earlier versions of Mac OS X running on an unsupported computer — instructions, step-by-step “how to” guides, and tutorials — in addition to installation videos, lists of compatible computers and parts, and communities for support.

TECKPOWER UP

DATA RECOVERY

DATARESCUE photo rescue

DISK DRILL

DISK WARRIOR

EASEUS  offers comprehensive solutions to home, small business, large enterprise user and service provider for data security and hard drive management on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and more

RECUVA   Recover your deleted files quickly and easily.  Accidentally deleted an important file? Lost files after a computer crash? No problem – Recuva recovers files from your Windows computer, recycle bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player!

RUNTIME  get data back simple data recovery

TECK TOOL PRO

What is the system ID and how do I find it?

A machine’s system ID is a unique code required to license products.

BUILDING YOUR OWN MACHINE  info by Tony Ganner on DLF, 2015   The Lazy but Efficient Method

CPU – Check this list, or another benchmarking site, and find one that stands out as cheap among the powerful ones. The prices are estimates in USD, so check MSY for their stock & prices, and ebay to back that up, and maybe you’ll have to check 2 or 3 CPUs max.  Video card Benchmarks – This chart made up of thousands of PerformanceTest benchmark results and is updated daily with new graphics card benchmarks. This high end chart contains high performance video cards typically found in premium gaming PCs. Recently introduced ATI video cards (such as the ATI Radeon HD) and nVidia graphics cards (such as the nVidia GTX and nVidia Quadro FX) using the PCI-Express (or PCI-E) standard are common in our high end video card charts.
GPU – Check this list, and do the same. If you’re rich, consider a Quadro or Firepro instead, even though they seem to benchmark way lower by their price. Why? Best way I heard it put, a Ferrari may be fast, but a truck can pull the weight.  CPU Benchmarks – This chart comparing high end CPUs is made using thousands of PerformanceTestbenchmark results and is updated daily. These are the high end AMD and Intel CPUs are typically those found in newer computers. The chart below compares the performance of Intel Xeon CPUs, Intel Core i7 CPUs, AMD Phenom II CPUs and AMD Opterons with multiple cores. Intel processors vs AMD chips – find out which CPUs performance is best for your new gaming rig or server!
Then you go into MSY, and ask them for:
MoBo – Cheapest that can support them both, Crossfire if you want 6 screens, and can handle at-least 32GB RAM so you can get there later if you don’t at first. Then ask for one that’s slightly better, maybe $30 more, because while motherboards barely impact performance, the cheaper ones will cause you pain within a year or two.
RAM – Cheapest set of 8GB sticks that are compatible, or get that twice for 32GB.
PSU – Cheapest that can power it all, they may say 750W, but ask if you’ll be ok with 650, because they’ll give you more than you need there.
Case – Cheapest that can fit it, then ask for one better, because bad cases lately tend to have button/power on issues. Sometimes they do a Case/PSU offer that will work for you at a better price.
HDD – 2TB is under $90 now, but despite what you may have learned about Seagates breaking all the time and WD drives being reliable, trust me, that situation has 100% reversed in the last few years.
SSD – Get the cheapest 120GB for your system drive if you’re lazy, or 60GB if you’re broke and don’t mind favouriting the Temp folder, disabling hiberfil.sys, constricting your main pagefile, and installing stuff to the HDD instead.
Cooling System – $30 is all you need to spend here. It’s the difference between rendering at 80 degrees and rendering at 60 degrees. Your call. Not essential. Replaces the heat-sync that comes with your CPU if you do.
As for building it, that’s $70 and waiting a week, or free and done in half a day if you just take it all home. Anything that can plug in to anything should do, and the only bits you really have to pay attention to are firmly planting in the CPU (get some heat-sync paste too, just in case), and read what the writing says when plugging in those little pins for the case’s power button and lights cables. And don’t force your motherboard too hard when installing it, make sure to put the support pins in first.  This will get you a pretty damned awesome machine, without having to put much effort in, for under $1500. There may be more efficient parts to use, but it’s up to you if you wanna become a hardware specialist just for the sake of getting a decent machine.
Consider perspective on the price vs power.

The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Computer for Blender  Everyone has their own preferences in terms of usablity and stability, but for me the winner is Linux. In the past I’ve used blender on both Windows and Linux, and I found that Linux crashes less, handles memory better and generally runs more smoothly than a windows operating system.

GeForce GTX Rendering Benchmarks and Comparisons  Since a lot of you are asking about GPU rendering (and the NVIDIA GeForce cards have become so popular for rendering) we decided to compare the current high-end GeForce cards using a more realistic benchmark than the exterior car scenes which have become so commonplace.

Ask your self what you would be doing with your graphics card?
-GPU Rendering ( Octane – Vray RT )
-Open GL Rendering ( Large Scenes lots of RAM ) – Power-wall stuff. –   (VRED)
-Big Poly-count scenes with FX ( Any 3D Package )
-CAD Modelling (Alias Etc)
-Regular usage
-Gaming

A Graphics Cards for Display:  This is your main card all your monitors are plugged into, this will also effect the performance of everything on your monitors, poly counts, view port control etc.
And a Graphics Card for Cuda /  GPU Rendering applications: This is a separate card in your workstation that you can assign to handle GPU intensive rendering task, the reason you have two cards is so your main GPU for display wont chug and you can still work whilst the other card is rendering.

Bang for the Buck Z97 Motherboard Showdown Part 1 – Physical Overview

Manjaro Mania ::: Dual Boot Install

Seven part series from Edward Blench look into using 3DS Max for creating Computer Game assets. Edward Blench.

Corona SDK

Mobile apps create a unique opportunity to build beautiful, engaging experiences. Thousands of children’s app developers and eBook authors, from India-based tinytapps to Avokiddo, use Corona SDK.

CG Society

also under Drawing, Design, Creativity and Film Manking

CG SOCIETY forums

CG EVERYTHING

CG MEETUP

CGPunch – YouTube Channel by David Zwierzchaczewski

CHASE GROUP MONTHLY NEWSLETTER: V-RAY

CINEFEX

COMMET, MICHAEL

comp.graphics.apps.alias

TOOLS and  TRAINING FOR 3D with GREYSCALEGORILLA

DESIGN

Including drawing, design, creativity and film making.

DESIGN  INSTITUTE  OF  AUSTRALIA   As Australia’s peak industry body for professional design, the DIA represents Australian design and designers both domestically and internationally  We exist to help Australia’s professional designers to succeed in business and to enjoy their working lives, while collectively growing Australia’s reputation as a Design Nation.  The DIA brings together design practitioners with people and organisations who employ, commission, support and promote designers. As such, our membership includes design practitioners and participants in Australia’s design industry.

DIGISTORE

DIGITAL  PAINTING  SIMPLIFIED

DJV  IMAGING

Provides open source movie playback software for use in film production, VFX, and computer animation. Key features include:

  • Real-time playback of image sequences and movies
  • Support for industry standard file formats including Cineon, DPX, OpenEXR, and QuickTime
  • Command line utilities for batch processing
  • Cross platform support for Linux, Apple OS X, and Microsoft Windows

DUNCAN BRINSMEAN

DIGITAL  MEDIA

ABC 3

FWA Favourite Website Awards

JIBJAB:  is a digital media company dedicated to making funny things worth sharing. We’ve been pioneering online entertainment production and distribution since 1999.

PEPSI PRANKS 

Magnum Pleasure Hunt: Across the Internet    http://pleasurehunt.mymagnum.com.au/

Magnum Pleasure Hunt 2:  Across The Globehttp://pleasurehunt2.mymagnum.com/

http://pleasurehunt3.mymagnum.com/

MAGNUM  PLEASURE  HUNT

DRAWING and PAINTING  SOFTWARE

BRUSHES  is a painting app designed exclusively for iOS. Rewritten from the ground up, Brushes Redux is universal — the same version runs on both your iPhone and your iPad. Move paintings between your devices and keep working wherever you go. David Hockney ned it to create works on his iPad.

BLACK INK digital painting, GPU based rendering also powers its user interface to provide the most responsive and comfortable user experience ever.  Combined with its compact and elegant design, numerous ergonomic tools like brushes and color history or real time brush settings preview, nothing stops you from simply enjoy drawing.

iSTOP MOTION  easily create stop motion animations and time lapse videos on your Mac.

KRITA is a FREE and open source painting tool designed for concept artists, illustrators, matte and texture artists, and the VFX industry. Krita has been in development for over 10 years and has had an explosion in growth recently. It offers many common and innovative features to help the amateur and professional alike. See below for some of the highlighted features.

MY PAINT began in 2004 when Martin Renold bought himself a Wacom graphics tablet. He noticed that the program he was using would sometimes drop a stroke when scribbling too fast. He thought he could be more expressive if his brush reacted in a different way to pressure and speed.

PAINT STORM    is created for professional digital painting. And a major role in this program play the brushes. We did our best so that you can easily and quickly adjust the brushes suitable for your painting style.  Anyone who has ever painted knows it’s hard to overestimate the painting tool and the importance of all the seemingly insignificant details. We tried not to miss any of them.  Our goal was to create an intuitive, simple-to-use but at the same time functionally powerful tool that brings the process of digital painting to a new level, making it as comfortable as possible

PROCREATE  is the most advanced painting app ever designed for a mobile device.  Create beautiful sketches, inspiring paintings, and stunning illustrations wherever you are.

QUICKDRAW   provides a number of tools to create and manipulate keyframes for individual strokes drawn using the built-in Paint Effect. If you’re handy with a Wacom tablet or even drawing with your mouse, once you’ve traced your source text layer or line drawing QuickDraw makes the animation and timing process a piece of cake.

MISCHIEF we believe that drawing with a computer can be as fun and powerful as drawing with pencil and paper. We believe that digital drawing shouldn’t require compromises; you don’t have to choose between pixels and vectors. With Mischief, you just open the application and start drawing.

VIDEO SCRIBE  Create your own Stunning, high-definition, whiteboard-style animation videos with no design or technical know-how.

DYNAMICS

Pulldownit is a brand new dynamics solver which allows for the creation of fractures as well as massive rigid bodies simulations. By using its technology digital artists are able to simulate fast and easily the collapse of buildings, cracking surfaces or fracturing any kind of brittle material.

Create an Army of Toy Soldiers

Particle Texture Emission in Maya

ENVATO  TUTS

EDUCATION & COURCES

Allan McKay’s podcasts

Audiovisual Academy

AUSTRALIAN FILM TELEVISION and RADIO SCHOOL VIDEOS:  youtube AFTRS Showcase

AUSTRALIAN  SIKLLS  QUALITY AUTHORITY

CENGAGE

Cengage Learning Australia creates learning solutions that use technology, pedagogy and content to enrich student engagement. Cengage Learning is passionate about learning, innovation and engagement.

CG COOKIE

CGMeetupYoutube Channel

cgmotionbox: tutorials

cgtalk.com

CG Spectrum

CG Society

CINEVERSITY

Creative Technology Educators

DAITO MANABE

DALET  ACADEMY

DESIGN + CODE

DIGITAL  TUTORS

EAT 3D -0 car modelling

FXPHD – theory and advanced, Design Cinema – Episode 66

FZD School of Design

GAME  ART  INSTITUTE   is a special site created by Ryan Kingslien and Travis Bourbeau to provide live online education by today’s master artists. Part of the UArtsy family, this site is devoted to all things game arts.  Our courses are conducted online via web conferencing software and allow direct access to your instructors. All course content is also downloadable and available to stream through our system.  We focus on the most cutting edge technology out there along with our sister sites, ZBrushWorkshops, Concept Art Workshop and Artsy.

GEOMETRY and the IMAGINATION in MINNEAPOLIS

GNOMON

HELLOLUXX  is a collection of creative professionals from around the globe, dedicated to sharing experience and knowledge for the visual effects and motion graphics community.

What started as small blog – sharing tips from the creative company Luxx – continues to evolve into a collective of experts and developers working together to provide you with real world techniques and solutions to improve your workflow and enhance creative productivity.

Higher Education for Better or Worse

KAJABI

KHAN ACADEMY

LESTERBANKS   3D, VFX, CGI News Tools & Tutorials

LEVEL UP

Lynda.com

Mastering CGI

MAXON 3d for the real world

polycount.com

PROCESSING is a flexible software sketchbook and a language for learning how to code within the context of the visual arts. Since 2001, Processing has promoted software literacy within the visual arts and visual literacy within technology. There are tens of thousands of students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists who use Processing for learning and prototyping

STONE’S  THROW  MEDIA

TOOLFARM

TUTVID  Photoshop and Web Design Tutorials, Articles and Inspiration

TWITCH  TV –  Zbrush Creative Techniques, frameworkVFX

VIDEO COPILOT

VANARTS

VFX PIPELINE CHANNEL

VFX & CGI Training Month 1 Session 12

Grant Warwick

RYAN KINGSLIEN

Artist, motivator, and teacher, Ryan is known to ignite the spark in people with his teachings and humor. Also known as an Anatomy Guru and ZBrush Teacher he has taught more than 25,000 students across the globe.  An artist himself and life long learner Ryan shares his life experiences and lessons with all his students through webinars, writings and video lessons. He is a programmer, a writer, a digital artist, a traditional artist, devoted husband and father of two lovely kids.

Ryan is the CEO and founder of one of the first online school for Digital and Traditional Arts, ZBrushworkshops and UArtsy where he has taught his artistic strategies and techniques to hundreds of thousands of people.

Ryan was also part of the the team which brought groundbreaking software “ZBrush” back in the day.

ENVIRONMENT

ABRI- Australian Battery Recycling Initiative

Batteries – Sustainability Victoria

Handheld Batteries

Battery University

Clean Up Australia

EPIC GAMES Unreal Engine

If You Love Something, Set It Free.  You can download the engine and use it for everything from game development, education, architecture, and visualization to VR, film and animation. When you ship a game or application, you pay a 5% royalty on gross revenue after the first $3,000 per product, per quarter. It’s a simple arrangement in which we succeed only when you succeed.

FILE  FORMATS, CODEC and STUFF

You need to find out what the actual Codec is. You can do this by finding an application that can query the MXF.

There is no DPI in video, it is about pixel dimensions, resolution such as 1920 x 1080.  Consider using large psd’s at 300 DPI at 30 x 60 cm, then can increase the canvas size enabling scale increase without pixelation.

For example: http://www.opencubetech.com/page20/XFReader

Or if you know the camera it came from you can determine the format this way.  If the files are from a camera that has a plugin for premiere then you should just be able to download the plugin from the camera vendors website.

FREEMAN VIDEO CONVERTER  Freemake Video Converter converts video between 500+ formats and gadgets for free!  Convert to MP4, MP3, AVI, WMV, MKV, iPhone, Android. Convert YouTube to anything.Absolutely free. No trials or limitations.

STREAMING  LEARNING  CENTER   H264 vs MPEG-2 Quality

How to convert a DVD to H264 using Handbrake  is a freeware video transcoder that until recently was best known and used among Mac users. The later Windows versions however are much improved, improving the GUI and fixing most nasty bugs. In this article we will guide you through the steps of creating an mkv or mp4 file using H264 codec. Handbrake now accepts most video files as input but in our example we will use a DVD disc as a source.

KODI spawned from the love of media. It is an entertainment hub that brings all your digital media together into a beautiful and user friendly package. It is 100% free and open source, very customisable and runs on a wide variety of devices. It is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers and a huge community.

WINDOWS PRORES:  FIRST IMPRESSION

How do I compress a MP4 video so I can upload it to my site? from linkedIn discussion group. 

Hello, I have a technical question for any video or director of photography professionals. I need to compress a MP4 video I worked on so I can upload it to my portfolio website. It is currently huge – 855.2 MB. I need to compress it to 250 MB (( believe thats the limit) or less to be embedded through Vimeo, etc. on my Squarespace site. Does anybody know the best method or app to use. I’m also on a Power Mac OS X 10.6.8 so has compression software has to be compatible. So far the software downloads I’ve found aren’t compatible. Just trying to get it up quickly before I upgrade. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!!Show less
While recording variable bitrate is very useful, if footage does not have much action. For example in our virtual studio by using EMS(Easy Media Suite), we compress with mpeg2(H264) and with MXF container in variable 10 to 50 Mbps. However, recorded raw video, what is your facility and what is possible solutions determine the results, of course.Show less
Go to mpeg stream clip. change the aspect ratio. you can also do an apple(pro rss 422) to make a mov on final cut pro.
You may try some of free converters available on app store. .. One such is HandleBrak. you may convert any size and scale of video to fit in to your desired size.
Change codec of the source video to H.264 while keeping the format intact.
Output – mp4 with H.264 codecs
Encode to 720p or 1080P Main Concept MP4. AVC video codec at about 4Mbits/sec and AVC audio at about 5Mbits/sec. That will do you fine for Vimeo and YouTube.
Encode to MP4 video better Qulity And any source video Software By “HandBraKe” That will do you fine for Vimeo and YouTube. “HandBraKe” Software is very Powerfull and Simple way use and very usefull
Thr r lot of online free converters available .. search n convert the same in 3gp
Hire someone through upwork or fiverr who understands bitrate and formats to do it for you.
I use PavTube HD Video Converter converts mp4 to flv

ALEMBIC is an interchange file format for computer graphics used by visual effects and animation professionals. It was announced at SIGGRAPH 2011 and has been widely adopted across the industry.  Alembic supports the common geometric representations used in the industry, including polygon meshes, subdivision surface, parametric curves, NURBS patches and particles.  Alembic also has support for transform hierarchies and cameras.  With the latest version comes initial support for materials and lights as well.  Its primary focus is the interchange of geometry (models) between different groups working on the same shots or same assets.

GO PRO Cineform

CINEPAK  is a lossy video codec developed by Peter Barrett at SuperMac Technologies, and released in 1991 with the Video Spigot, and then in 1992 as part of Apple Computer’s QuickTime video suite. One of the first video compression tools to achieve full motion video on CD-ROM.

EDL edit decision list is used in the post-production process of film editing and video editing. The list contains an ordered list of reel and timecode data representing where each video clip can be obtained in order to conform the final cut.

FBX (Filmbox) is a proprietary file format (.fbx) developed by Kaydara and owned by Autodesk since 2006. It is used to provide interoperability between digital content creation applications. FBX is also part of Autodesk Gameware, a series of video game middleware.FBX (Filmbox) is a proprietary file format (.fbx) developed by Kaydara and owned by Autodesk since 2006. It is used to provide interoperability between digital content creation applications. FBX is also part of Autodesk Gameware, a series of video game middleware.  Adaptable file format for 3D animation software.  FBX® data exchange technology is a 3D asset exchange format that facilitates higher-fidelity data exchange between 3ds Max, Maya, MotionBuilder, Mudbox and other propriety and third-party software.

XML  Extensible Markup Language is a simple, very flexible text format derived from SGML (ISO 8879). Originally designed to meet the challenges of large-scale electronic publishing, XML is also playing an increasingly important role in the exchange of a wide variety of data on the Web and elsewhere.

TRANSFERS including Super 8 to Digital

AVID TECH

FATS DIGITAL

FILM TRANSFER

LEMAC

NANO LAB

PRO 8mm

FILM FESTIVALS

FILMMAKING

THE  FOUNDRY

ADF: What’s The Foundry buying? The Tech of ADF

ONLINE  EVENTS:  Webinars

The Foundry (thefoundry.co.uk) is a global developer of computer graphics, visual effects (VFX) and 3D design software for the design, visualization and entertainment industries.
NUKE – thefoundry.co.uk/nuke
HIERO – thefoundry.co.uk/hiero
MARI – thefoundry.co.uk/mari  is 3D painting without limits, combining the power and performance to handle even the most complex assets with artist-friendly 3D paint tools that make the most of your creativity.
MODO – thefoundry.co.uk/modo
KATANA – thefoundry.co.uk/katana
FLIX – thefoundry.co.uk/flix
OCULA – thefoundry.co.uk/ocula

FOUNDRY  TRENDS

Finding the System ID

  • Download the Foundry License Utility (FLU) to find your system ID:
  • Mac and Windows users: Run the FLU. The System ID will be displayed at the bottom of the window.
  • Linux users: run the following command in the directory where you downloaded the FLU to print out the System ID:
./FoundryLicenseUtility –i
  • If the System ID is of the form Raaaaaaaaaaaa:Xbbbbbbbbbbbb, please see What do I do if the FLU returns two system IDs?

Installing node-locked licenses

2016 WEBINAR SERIES

THE  FOUNDRY  COMMUNITY

The Foundry webinar recordings

The Foundry nuke tutorials

The Foundry on Vimeo

Star Wars: every kid’s dream come true.  MODO, MARI, KATANA and NUKE help ILM exceed the expectations of millions.

MODO Darrel Anderson, original designer of MeshFusion, discusses the art and science of modelling.

KATANA®’s highly efficient, collaborative approach to lighting and look development gives you the creative scope and scalability to meet the needs of today’s most demanding CG-rendering projects. High-efficiency lighting and look development

SIGGRAPH 2016

The Foundry (thefoundry.co.uk) is a global developer of computer graphics, visual effects (VFX) and 3D design software for the design, visualization and entertainment industries.

SIGGRAPH 2015:  Check out our fantastic guest speaker lineup, plus a special announcement and all the latest news from The Foundry

NON COMMERCIAL VERSIONS  Nuke, Nuke X and Nuke Studio!

KATANA

Highly efficient, collaborative approach to look development and lighting, Katana® gives you the creative scope and scalability to meet the needs of today’s most demanding CG-rendering projects.

Python-Programng in Katana for beginner’s M. Kedamath

MISCHIEF

We believe that drawing with a computer can be as fun and powerful as drawing with pencil and paper. We believe that digital drawing shouldn’t require compromises; you don’t have to choose between pixels and vectors. With Mischief, you just open the application and start drawing.

NUKE

NUKE WAVE EXPRESSIONSCAMERON CARSON

Nuke’s flexibility and seamless integration of Python and TCL is perhaps the main reason I love working in it so much. Wave expressions are amazingly useful for controlling simple animations that would take quite a bit of keying without. The following expressions amazingly useful in generating these different types of waves and I wanted to make sure I shared what has become part of my toolbox.

Nuke: The compositor Mathematic – demystifying visual effects

Nuke: 101 Colour Correction

Nuke Tutorials from The Foundry

Nuke link to download from The Foundry

Nukepedia: Home:  over 1,000 free tools for The Foundry’s Nuke

NUKE with Steve Wright

J_Ops 2.1v1 for Nuke 7.0 Released

NUKE with CreativeLyonsTuts many nuke tutorials

Victor Perez is so well known and respected in the visual effects industry, it’s hard to imagine there was a day he wasn’t a digital artist. But this official NUKE certified trainer, regular contributor to Nukepedia and member of the Visual Effects Society has a unique story. The story is so inspiring, in fact, he was recently invited to share it in a TED Talk at TEDxVicenza. This week, we invited him to summarize that presentation for us and tell us more about how he came to be, from our point of view, a NUKE hero.

Relative Paths in NUKE

Nuke 10 Beta Smart Vector Tutorial

Nuke 3D Point Generator Tutorial:  Blog: JoeRaasch.com Teaching: SenecaVFX.com

ModelBuilder node – Editing Geometry

NUKE Top Tip: Add Realistic Chromatic Aberration to Your CG Composites:

Understanding Premult and Unpremult in NUKE

NUKE STUDIO

Webinar: Online editing in NUKE STUDIO —tips, tricks and best practices

CARA VR for NUKE

Cara VR™ dramatically speeds up the challenging and often tedious process of stitching and compositing 360° video footage, so you have more time to focus on creating high-quality immersive experiences.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zoIXylBNFI

EDDY for NUKE

Eddy for Nuke, by VortechsFX is a plugin for simulating gaseous phenomena inside of Nuke. Eddy makes it possible to work with smoke, fire and similar gaseous fluid sims fast and interactively, enabling new workflows not previously possible.  In addition to simulating and creating gaseous fluid effects, Eddy is also a physically based volume renderer and compositing system.  Eddy is written entirely on the GPU. This is the start of an interesting journey and a new paradigm in solving complex VFX simulation challenges.

FROYOK:

[maya] froRetopo 3.5 : a fast and easy retopology tool | June 24th, 2013 Cat : Maya, Technical, Tutorial | 

FREE  TECHNOLOGY  for  TEACHERS

GIMP

GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. It is free software, you can change its source code and distribute your changes.

Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done. You can further enhance your productivity with GIMP thanks to many customization options and 3rd party plugins.

GLOSSARIES

Cineversity Training and Tools for Cinema 4D:  The following series of definitions and articles covers technical and other terms used both within Cinema 4D, and those you may enounter in the use of other content creation applications and digital compositing applications. Full Glossary

GLOSSARY  FILM  TERMS

FILM  LEXICON

GMAX

An application based on Autodesk’s 3ds Max application used by professional computer graphics artists. Gmax is much more limited due to its singular intended use—game content creation. Infrequently used tools and features, or the ones completely unrelated to creating 3D game models, were removed (these include most, if not all of the more complex rendering, materials, shaders, physics simulation, some of the more advanced geometry tools, in addition to the rendering engine), leaving the core modeling, texturing, and basic animation rigging and keyframing capabilities. In 2005, the promotional freeware software was discontinued after version 1.2, but a licensed version is still available from Turbosquid com.

HDR IMAGES

HDRI (High Dynamic Range Imaging) is a technology that expands the dynamic range of an image and shows details in both shadows and highlights. Dynamic Range is a range of brightness values that can be recorded on media (film, photographic plate, photographic paper) or on the matrix of a digital camera.

HEADUS

headus supplies a comprehensive range of 3D scanning products and services to the Entertainment, Industrial Design and Health Care industries in Australia and around the world.

We also develop software for the processing of 3D scan data (CySlice, PlyEdit and CySize) and more generally for anyone working with 3D meshes (UVLayout).

Use the menu options above to find out more about everything we do here at headus.

CySlice, with Headus 3D is a tool for the post-processing of dense polymeshes, allowing the user to fit simplified SUBD or quadmeshes over the top, and then displacement or normal maps can be extracted to capture the original dense mesh detail

IBM Scientists Find New Way to Shrink Transistors

INDIE FILM

GAME TUTOR GaTu

LEE  GRIGGS

The 3D Art of Lee Griggs: Geological and Microbial Landscapes

LESTERBANKS

Rohan Dalvi Creates:

Animator and trainer for the last 16 years, long time my primary tool was 3dsmax and vray for all of my projects. About five years ago I slowly and steadily started to shift towards Houdini. Now a days I use Houdini for almost all of my personal work. I primarily specialize in Lighting and rendering. On Vimeo

LIGHTING

also see Lighting and Rendering

IES lights

CREATIVE  CRASH:  This tutorial is about IES profiles use in Mental Ray

DEREK  JENSON – 3d Artist

UNREAL  ENGINE IES Light Profiles

VERTHEIM:  Welcome to the exxential resource for all things 3DS Max, Photoshop and more for CGI students everywhere.

LIGHT WORKS

From the Vault: DOS-Based Lightworks System 2003

Igor Auzins (aka ‘Lightworks guru’) here in 2003 with DOS based Lightworks (or was it a Heavyworks?) at Island Films in Balmain. Note the ‘film style’ controller and the very heavy Eizo 4×3 CRTs. The $100K+ system ran on a souped-up DOS 6 computer with ‘Towers’ of 3.6GB and 9.1GB drives costing about $10,000 each! Check out the current Lightworks.

Lightworks Mac Public Beta

Lightworks for Windows link

LINKTIVITY PRESENTER

MADMAPPER

MadMapper in it’s core is an intuitively simple and easy tool for creating video mapping projections. It removes a lot of the confusion related to this medium, effectively demystifying the process and allows you, the artist or designer to focus on creating your content instead of solving technical difficulties and makes the experience of mapping textures to physical objects in real time fun. Using real projects created with MadMapper as an example, we will give you an overview of its different features and user interface.

MAPIO2  VISUTION

Visution Mapio is a powerful solution for creating projection shows. Now you can work not only with the standard screen, but also with any inclines, including cylindrical and spherical and various shapes. Unlimited slices will allow you to separate videos to cover any space. You can use multiple projectors to organize panoramic and 3D scenes.

MAGIC  PEN  for  Mac

MAKE PAGES 

I created the original content for MakePages.com many years ago when the web was young and people were just learning to create web pages. I offered tutorials on older versions of Flash, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. These are all now outdated and more up-to-date examples are readily found elsewhere.

MAKE HUMAN Open Source tool for making 3D characters.

MARMOSET TOOLBAR and VIEWER

See also Lighting and Rendering Post

Toolbag is a full-featured real-time rendering, animation, and baking suite, providing artists a powerful and efficient workflow for all stages of production.

Viewer delivers WebGL-powered 3D rendering to the web, from desktop to mobile. Export directly from Toolbag to showcase your artwork in interactive 3D for all to see!

MATTE  PAINTING

VUE, a 3D scenery generator software package.

DYLAN  COLE

Mr peabody and sherman

MAXON

VERSUS

PIXEL LAB: FREE MODELS

To download the new Amazon Echo model and all of the other ones just go to www.thepixellab.net/free and use the password:  pixellove13

  • Tobias Larsson modeled a really detailed model of the Cryptex from the Da Vinci Code, check him out on Vimeo here: vimeo.com/tacoindian There are some renders of the Cryptex as well as a little demo video showing how the stepping works. The C4D model is rigged and animated!
  • Model pack by Jim Field, the first Playhouse Model Pack he gave away. Now he has Volume 2.0! There are three C4D playhouse models but these are all sitting on the ground so you could use them for regular houses as well. Jim Field created a sweet and totally free “Evil Motorcycle.” Just delete the skull if you want a non-evil chopper.   Created an epic guitar model, dual necked with an amp to boot.
  • Simon Spencer-Harvey created a really nice Amazon Echo C4D model for you! Echo is a voice controlled speaker if you haven’t heard of it.  Interior architecture scenes of wind tunnels created by Simon Spencer-Harvey. Feel free to use them for commercial or personal use as well.
  • One carved halloween pumpkin C4D model and one that is not carved. They are 100% free, just don’t use them for re-sale. The model is created by our main man Remco.
  • Remco van der Meer modeled a whole collection of beautiful C4D buildings and is giving them away. There are three downloads full of different buildings and towers for you. Best of all they are 100% free! Massive thanks to Remco! They are C4D models and you can use them for personal or commercial use, just don’t use them for resale/stock.
  • Sam Brown’s Go Cart models <samwbrown89@gmail.com>
  • Phixel Studio, arcade game modelhttps://www.facebook.com/NegroElkhaCGI/
  • Michael Sohler, graphics card model,  the model is textured with Octane materials, but you can swap out your own if you don’t own Octane. Feel free to use the model for commercial use, just don’t re-distribute etc. If you use it, send us a link, we would love to check it out.  You can also e-mail anything you create to Michael here: mailmsolar@gmail.comfacebook.com/medienschoepfer Huge thanks to Michael for sharing this model!
  • John created a silver Galactic Axe or hatchet model. The silver has details etched into it based on the material/bump channel. You could also re-texture the handle and make it a wooden version pretty easily if you want that style. Feel free to use for personal or commercial use, just make to sure to thank John and also check out his work at epicjcreations.com 
  • First we have a great BMO (Beemo) 3D character created by my main man Rob Redman. Have fun playing around, practicing lighting/rigging etc.
  • Mike Udin, Audio rig for AM/audio waveforms. It comes with quite a few presets and is a great addition to your mograph library!
  • Button Kit:  an epic free button/knob/dial kit for C4D.
  • Ace5Studios just released a really fun and free C4D character rig called #beefy4D. He’s totally rigged up and ready to roll, so if you need a fun character check it out.
  • Modern house Cinema 4D model courtesy of the man, Remco van der Meer.
  • Beautiful, nostalgic, retro portable television model and crazy Sci-Fi Orb thing which used the “Thin Film Shader” which is new in R18
  • Remco built a beautiful interior room which is a photo or video studio. It also includes the backdrop stand which is a great element to use in your animations.
  • Rick Ellis has made a “building generator” rig for Cinema 4D. It comes with three preset buildings but you can make your own with the different building blocks and front faces. Make sure to thank Rick in the comments, and head over to www.rickdellis.com to give him some love.
  • Popcorn Popper Machine
  • Remco built a Tesla Supercharger model and included a station.
  • Mansion house model by Jim Field
  • Toombstones, Crypts and Graveyard Pillars by Daniel Morrison
  • PORSCHE CAYMAN GT4 ANIMATION IN A VERY RAINY ENVIRONMENT:  Car automotive Animation, TOOLS: Cinema 4D, Octane 3, X-Particle, Blackmagic Fusion, After Effects.  SPECS: Render time round about 24 hours, 1 minute each frame on 3 x gtx 980ti.  Waterdrops 4K texture loop
  • High end retail store interior for Cinema 4D
  • C4D flute model by Jim Field, if you need more musical instrument models, make sure to check out our Music Pack.
  • Jim Field created a bunch of beds for interior decorating, including 3 kids themed beds.
  • Fancy restaurant table including chairs and dressing like silverware, cups, plates, candle, menu etc by Rick Ellis
  • BMX Model
  • A very random and awesome looking vehicle. Not sure what it is, but if you can find a way to use it in your work I would love to see it. Please do it! I want to see you use this crazy thing!!
  • Windmill model by Rick Ellis

CINEMA 4D OCTANE LIGHT´S  Simple Octane Lightkit.
This is a simple and easy to use Cinema 4D Octane Lightsetup. We have a Area/Shape light, a Spotligt with OpenGL Viewport visualisation, a Sunlight, a HdriSky and a Seamless floor setup. For each light/Setup are all settings in one tab. You have Solo/Unsolo buttons for each light. And you have also the C4D Lightning tool buttons in the tab. You can move lights, target lights and set specular lights. We think this is very useful for product shots or car shots.

PLUGINS

  • Cinema Plugins.com
  • DEM EARTH 3
  • Hide and Seek:  Quickly find anything in your scene, Search for large groups of objects or specific items, Greatly speed up your workflow on any project, Isolate the objects you’re working with, Create object selection groups to come back to at any time

Hide and Seek is our new project management plugin for Cinema 4D! Quickly find anything in your scene, isolate pieces you’re working on or create infinite selection groups. Save a ton of time by never digging through your object manager again! With Hide and Seek you can:

  • Quickly find anything in your scene
  • Search large groups of objects or specific items
  • Greatly speed up your workflow on any project
  • Isolate only the objects you’re working with
  • Create object selection groups to come back to at any time
  • Never dig through the object manager again!

CINEMA 4D

YouTube Channel

3D ANIMATION AND VFX WORKFLOWS FOR “DOCTOR STRANGE”

C4D: Selecting Individual Clones  Password:  PixelGift1

BRINGING THE MARTIAN TO LIFE:  Discover how Territory Studio used Cinema 4D to create convincing on-set technology for Ridley Scott’s Golden Globe awarded sci-fi thriller.

NAB 2016 Rewind – Athanasios Pozantzis: Re-topology, Modelling & the Perfect Planet Earth

Hitting the Marks with Motion Graphics

A Cinema 4D Primer for Maya Artists: Introduction to this Primer with Cineversity

NAB 2017 Rewind – Julia Siemon: Character Tools for 3D Motion Graphic

FBX 2017 presentations YouTube or Cineversity.

Cinema 4D SIGGRAPH 2016

Siggraph training from Cineversity and Maxon is live, tons of full length training seminars from experts in our industry. 

Webinars On-Demand

Greyscalegroilla Tools + Training for Cinema 4D 

Introduction to Cinema 4D 

Helloluxx:  Cinema 4D Tutorials 

HumanElement

NOAH WITCHELL tutorials 

The Pixel Lab

polycount

Cineversity:

Pelfusion:  40 LATEST CINEMA 4D TUTORIALS AND BEST TECHNIQUES

cgmotionbox: tutorials

envatotuts:  Quick Tip: Create A Basic Render Setup Using Cinema4D

NAB 2017 C4D Free Training Series Pt. 1

NAB 2017 C4D Free Training Series Pt. 6

NAB 2017 C4D Free Training Series Pt. 7

NAB 2017 C4D Free Training Series Pt. 8

NEON  SIGN  GENERATOR Octane resource for you to check out. Aaron Covrett created a Neon sign generator for Cinema 4D Octane.

EARTH and GLOBES PACK for Videocopilot Element3D:   We’ve finally done it! We have converted the Earth and Globes Pack for Videocopilot Element3D! Over 40 3D models covering everything from realistic to artistic, high poly to low poly globes, earths, maps and solar system pieces. We have something for everyone and I hope you enjoy it.  If you’re looking for the Cinema4D version, you can find that here.

PROCEDURAL  MATERIAL  PACK:  I’m extremely excited to introduce The Pixel Lab “Procedural Material Pack!” Rob Redman and I have teamed up to bring you a very special pack with over 340 C4D materials to help you speed up your workflow and focus on being creative! These 100% procedural materials take full advantage of the new Reflectance channel in C4D! Procedural means that they are infinitely tile-able unlike many other material packs which use image textures and can create seams when you tile them.

PRO MATS VOL 1:  Rob Redman of Pariah Studios and I have collected 50 premium, high resolution materials for you. They are all image based, meaning they are extremely realistic and also quick rendering. Most of them include color, normal and bump and some also include specular maps. This means you can use them in any third party render engine! Just add the color, bump and normal maps and you can use Octane, Redshift, Arnold, Cycles or any other engine. You could even use them in a different 3D app like Maya or Max if you wanted to!

EVENTS and VENUES PACK:  I’m excited to launch The Pixel Lab “Events & Venues Pack!” I’ve teamed up with Simon Spencer-Harvey and we have created over 50 C4D elements including 15 full 3D environments that will hopefully save you tons of time on your projects. This pack is extremely versatile with elements for concerts, events, conferences and exhibitions.

OCTANE  MATERIAL  PACK 

LOW POLY SCENERY PACK We have created over 75 low poly C4D models and Element 3D version, that will hopefully save you tons of time on your projects. We also included 6 full scenes that have different color schemes that you can pick from.

LOW POLY EXPLAINER PACK  Simon Spencer-Harvey and I are very excited to launch the new Low Poly Explainer Pack! It’s massive, with over 100 C4D elements including a hand rig, isometric room generator, character generator (with 20+ animation presets), vehicle rigs, tree and grass generators, and 65+ objects to populate your scenes! We also made 5 full tutorials if you want to learn more about the product or how to use it. I truly hope it helps you out on your projects and you find it useful! Below are all of the included objects followed by the tutorials.

TECHNOLOGY PACK for Videocopilot Element 3D.  This product was created by Remco van der Meer and converted to Element 3D by Vic Garcia. The pack has 49 technology themed models prepared for Element. These renders were done straight out of After Effects:

GRAPHS and CHARTS PACK:  Every single model has an xpresso rig so you can easily change the bar, point, or line heights with sliders. The sliders are also connected to the numerical values, so they go up and down whenever you raise a bar or move a point! We are also including a fully pre-animated version of each and every model so you can just add them to your scene and already have the animation set up! That means you can either use the included xpresso rig, or you can use the pre-animated xpresso rig, it’s up to you since we have included both versions.

OCTANE TEXTURE PACK PRO: This pack has 100 incredibly detailed and high resolution textures. It has been over a year in the making with any ior, dispersions and sss values physically correct to the real world. Definitely a must have for pro level texturing.

SCAFFOLD RIG PACK: Create custom rigs in a few clicks! This rig, created by my friend Peter Holweg (xplicitcreations.com), is incredibly easy and fun to use.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6zU97CMJls?

Scaffold Rig for Cinema 4D

C4D Scaffolding Rig Tutorial

PXL + DIRT Rig you can quickly add complex dirt, grunge and worn looks to your materials. The best part is that it takes very complex mix materials, noises, shaders and layers and puts them all in a very easy to use interface which is fast and fun to play around with.

Free Greeble Displacement Map Generator Application

Realflow Tutorial (Beginner)

Intro to the NURBS Tools in Cinema 4D

How to use Sub Polygon Displacement in Cinema 4D

C4D Quick Tip: Changing the Default Settings of Tools and Objects

Free Book Generator Rig for Cinema 4D

Basic Cinema 4D tutorials Part 15 Environment

C4D Fundamentals | 01 – The User-Interface Basics – A Cinema4D Quick Start – Christoph Doe

C4D Fundamentals | 02 – Introduction to Spline Modeling – Christoph Doe

CG101: What is NURBS Modeling?

Camera Movement | Cinema 4D Tutorial on Ch-Ch-Check It

Tutorial: Creating multiple cameras using Stage Object in Cinema 4d and exporting to After Effects

Maxon Cinema 4D R14 Tutorial | Path Animation

Cinema 4D R17 – Spline Tools

A Guide for the Render Engine Jungle – Introduction

Working with Scale and Size in C4Dhttps://vimeo.com/72547110

Speed up your workflow in C4D with this little tip on the “animation” feature that is often overlooked.

Cinema 4D Quick Tip: Physical Sky Object Atmosphere

C4D and AE Tutorial: Tips for Realistic Compositing

C4D Depth Pass Tips and Free Preset Rig

C4D Tutorial: Best Way to Loop Animations

Cinema 4D Tutorial: Free Code Vonc Gelatine Plugin

Cinema 4D Tutorial: R18 Cloner Updates

C4D Workflow Quick Tips

Tutorial for The Pixel Lab Material Pack for Octane

C4D and After Effects Text Titles Tips: Glows and Ambient Occlusion

C4D StreetView4D Plugin Overview

Cinema 4D Tutorial: Tips For Using Soft Body Dynamics

Cinema 4D Quick Tip: Using Displacement

C4D Tutorial: Linking Texture Slots to Save Time and Hassle

Cinema 4D R14 Sculpting Tutorial

C4D Quick Tip: Modifying Textures From .lib4d Models

Rendering with Arnold in Cinema 4D

Tutorial: C4D to AE Null Problems

Two Quick Tips for Saving Time with C4D Hierachies

Cinema 4D R18 Thin Film Shader for More Realistic Materials

Free NeuronBuild Script and Getting Accurate Neurons into C4D

C4D Quick Tip: Snapping and Breaking Spline Dynamics

C4D Tutorial: SSS (Subsurface Scattering) Faked in Cinema 4D

Tutorial: How to make an X-Ray Machine Look In Octane Render

Tutorial: Creating an X-Ray Machine Look In Cinema 4D

Quick Tip: Open Multiple Copies of Adobe After Effects in Windows 10

Octane 101 Tutorial: Setting Up Multi-Pass and Object Buffers

How to Make a Hospital X-Ray in Octane: Dirt Shader vs FalloffMap

C4D Octane Tutorial: Beveled Edges Hack with Rounded Edges

101 Octane Tip: Kernel Settings For Beginners

Octane Tutorial: Fix Hot Pixel Fireflies & Faster Renders

Octane Tutorial: Using Displacement With PXL + DIRT Rig in C4D

Cinema 4D Octane Tutorial: Scatter Object Overview

Cinema 4D & Otoy Octane Tutorial: Shadow Catcher for Compositing

Cinema 4D Tutorial: Free Buffer Script

MEDIA  100

Media 100 Suite Now Available FREE, New macOS Sierra Support

MODELLING and SCULPTING

CG SOCIETY

3D MODELS

  • TurboSquid:  Unsure of a model?  We offer pre-purchase checks of all our models, giving you additional information about the model and seeing how it will work in a game engine. We also offer free conversions to suit your desired application. Bought a model that doesn’t work for you? Let us make it right!
  • Archive 3D
  • 3D Objects and Textures Web Resources:  Here you can find some web resources for 3D objects (3ds, skp, Ogre XML formats supported) and textures, that can be used in Live Home 3D Standard or Pro Editions. Please note that we cannot guarantee that all 3D models and textures can be properly imported and used in Live Home 3D software. Check the model and texture copyrights on each particular website.
  • 3dRender:  High-end 3D art and information.

MATRIX QUANTUM  Til now, studios and artists could spend large portion of project timeframe to setup sophisticated characters, before shot production actually commences. Quantum Human can speed up this process by literally hundreds of times, if not completely eliminate that process.  Since Quantum Human operates natively in Maya while having batch command-line mode, it’s highly customizable to existing production pipelines, or build custom interactive applications. Users can choose which modules to use, instead of entering a whole new application that is often a black box.

RYAN KINGSLIEN 

Artist, motivator, and teacher, Ryan is known to ignite the spark in people with his teachings and humor. Also known as an Anatomy Guru and ZBrush Teacher he has taught more than 25,000 students across the globe.  An artist himself and life long learner Ryan shares his life experiences and lessons with all his students through webinars, writings and video lessons. He is a programmer, a writer, a digital artist, a traditional artist, devoted husband and father of two lovely kids.

Ryan is the CEO and founder of one of the first online school for Digital and Traditional Arts, ZBrushworkshops and UArtsy where he has taught his artistic strategies and techniques to hundreds of thousands of people.

Ryan was also part of the the team which brought groundbreaking software “ZBrush” back in the day.

SCULPTGL

NATRON

Cross-platform open-source compositing software.  Natron offers robust and efficient tools for compositors to get their job done fast with high quality results.  Commercial support is now available.

NEXT LIMITED TECHNOLOGIES

“To create outstanding simulation technologies that contribute to the progress of science, industry and society”

ORGANISATIONS

REAL FLOW

is a fluid and dynamics simulation tool for the 3D and visual effects industry.  This stand-alone application can be used in conjunction with other 3D programs to simulate fluids, water surfaces, fluid-solid interactions, rigid bodies, soft bodies and meshes. In 2008, the Next Limit Technologies was awarded a Technical Achievement Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for their development of the RealFlow software and its contribution to the production of motion pictures. In 2015, Next Limit Technologies announced the upcoming release of RealFlow Core for Cinema 4D.

PHOTOGRAPHY

PIXOLOGIC

ZBRUSH  TUTS

Modeling and texturing a current gen prop by Ognyan Zahariev

OGNYAN ZAHARIEVPRO is a Senior Lighting Artist at Ubisoft from Sofia, Bulgaria. In this post you will see Tutorial – Modeling and texturing a current gen prop by Ognyan Zahariev. A breakdown of modeling and texturing Dumbledore’s desk.

Breakdowns of Slashcorch The Slayer by Tanvir M.N. Islam

TANVIR M.N. ISLAM is a 3d Artist from Dhaka, Bangladesh. In this post you will see Breakdowns of Slashcorch The Slayer by Tanvir M.N. Islam. Modeling and Texture painting was done using zbrush. For the body, retopo was done using zbrush’s zremesher. Face topology was done in maya and later merged with the body. The whole body was 16 million poly which was not enough to detail the head more. So, split the body based on UV tiles of 4 pieces.

MEET GRAHAM: BUILT TO SURVIVE A CRASH

Meet Graham:  a sculptural representation of what a human body would look like if it were properly equipped to withstand a motor vehicle crash. The idea to be taken away is that we obviously are not built to withstand such trauma. Not even close.

The Graham project was developed by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), a road safety organization based in Victoria, Australia. A team of accident investigators, trauma surgeons and sculptors collaborated to design Graham with physical features that may be present if our bodies had evolved to survive intense physical trauma associated with vehicle collisions. The project was designed to open a dialogue about the importance of road safety, highlighting the fact that the odds are against us when it comes to dealing with the physical trauma that can be brought on by a crash. Safety features in our vehicles are not always enough to protect our bodies in a collision, so mindfulness on the road plays the most important role in preventing injury or death by a motor vehicle. The campaign has been a success and has received recognition throughout the advertising world, recently including the Cannes Lions Grand Prix.

ZBrushWorkshops shared Ryan Kingslien‘s video.

PROGRAMMING

Coding in Style:  Adelante Consulting

An interesting article in iiNet’s eNewsletter September 2015

CODE

CODE ADVENGERS

CODECADEMY

KHAN ACADEMY

MEL Scripting for Maya Animators by Mark R Wilkins and Chris Kazmier

SCRIPTSWELL

UDACITY

PYTHON
Compiled versions of numpy for the different versions of python in both 32 and 64 bit. So download the one that matches your install of python.  The files are python wheel files which pythons form of distribution package. To install these you need Pip which you may have already depending on which version of Python you have. To find out more about pip and installing wheels.

RECYCLING

The Apple Renew program lets you recycle any Apple device at any Apple Store and online.

The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre

Close the Loop is an Australian owned resource recovery and  recycling company. We have established a global reputation for providing creative end of life product management services.

Erase the e-waste  great article from iiNet

E-Waste Fact Sheet   Electronic waste can come in many forms including computers, photocopiers, printers, faxes, monitors, batteries and mobile phones.

Frank Green  We’re on a mission to change the way people think about reusable products. We are achieving this by creating innovative, stylish and functional products that ‘do the right thing’ by the planet.  Reducing our footprint and being sustainable is at the core of the frank green culture and community. It’s the right thing to do – and it mutually benefits the community and planet Earth.

Handheld gaming device

Mobile Muster

MobileMuster is the Australian mobile phone industry’s official product stewardship program. It’s a free not for profit mobile phone recycling program that accepts all brands and types of mobile phones, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories. It is the mobile phone industry’s way of ensuring old mobile phone products don’t end up in landfill – but instead are recycled in a safe, secure and ethical way.  MobileMuster is managed by the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) on behalf of our members.

Mobile phone used as security camera

Mobile Consumer survey 2016

Microsoft end-of-life management for our products

Waste The term ‘ewaste’ encompasses all old electrical appliances either in a state of disrepair or simply obsolete. This includes everything from fridges and microwaves to mobile phones and computers. The correct disposal of ewaste is of vital importance to being able to achieve a sustainable future.

War on Waste  ABC

RENDERING

Information at Rendering and Lighting Post and Rendering Process Diary

RIGGING

Creating a Character Rig – Part 10: Basic IK, FK, and result leg joints

Creating a Character Rig – Part 12: Leg FK control

Brian Escribano

Michael Comet, a modeling/rigging artistic/technical director at Pixar Animation Studios and the original creator of Maya Muscle, has bottled these tools’ functionalities to take them a step further. He offers an easy-to-use script called cometRename that can handle all of your renaming needs.

ROOKIES, THE

From Concept To Render: How To Create A Realistic Sci-fi Environment

Build a 3D interior scene based on a concept

How To Create A Hyper-Realistic CG Camera In 7 Days

5 Crucial Steps to Building a Visual Effects Environment

The Importance of having a Back Story for Character Creation

The Evolution of Rebel Fighter

Making your Animation Dance like Micheal Jackson

SIDE FX

HOUDINI

HOODING APPRENTICE

HOUDINI – Official Tutorials 

HOUDINI – Side Effects Tutorials 

HOUDINI – 3D buzz

SOLID  ANGLE  Arnold

XGen rendered with Arnold for Maya – Lee Griggs

–  Arnold Maya Rendering Tutorial – basic interior sunlight – 3D files avail free at Dropbox

ART  CAFE

STRATA

Strata Foto 3D CX lets you use a digital camera or any phone camera to capture real-world objects as fully textured 3D models. Its ideal for difficult to model objects like organic shapes, soft forms and hand made items. The included Photoshop plug-in makes model creation even easier. Foto 3D models are ideal for developing packaging, games, illustrations, online catalogs and more.

SUBTITLING, Captions, Transcripts

3PlayMedia

HowToBurnSubtitlesIntoVideo – FFmpeg

Out of Date Video: Premiere Pro Subtitles SRT Files Workflow

Automated Subtitles in Adobe After Effects and Premiere CS4 and up

Youtube CC:  Clip Converter is a free online media conversion application, which allows you to reocord, convert and download nearly any audio or video URL to common formats. Currently supported services: YouTube (720p, 1080p, 4K), Vimeo and many more. This free and fast converter allows you to watch your favorite YouTube videos offline on your PC, TV or nearly any other device.

Youtube: turn captions on and off

Creating subtitles and closed captions

How To Add Closed Captions To A YouTube Video

TECHNOLOGY

Cloud Technologies – anything, anywhere.  Some food for thought:

  • live streaming broadcast-quality video over commodity internet networks
  • dynamic lifecycle management of a Data Corpus across multiple cloud storage services
  • future of storage in IP/Cloud-Based broadcast workflows
  • lightweight distributed media processing system fur UDH services
  • cloud storage fits into media workflows, not just eveyrwhere
  • SaaS based video production

PLANNING YOUR MEDIA ENTERPRISE JOURNEY TO THE CLOUD…White Paper

The cloud provides an environment that can enhance and accelerate almost every aspect of the media supply chain, allowing Media Enterprises to focus on the business of creating and monetizing great content.  This White Paper will help you understand and plan for migrating your media workflows to the cloud.

DRASTC TECHNOLOGIES LTD Drastic also provides many of these technologies on an OEM basis to qualified partners.DV CREATORS If you ever need to watch a series of video clips and take notes, or if you need to get dailies or raw footage to clients or collaborators for comments, you know what a huge hassle it can be- doing window burns, waiting hours for renders, making DVDs, spending hours encoding, and then there’s the hassle of the review process- having to continually hit pause on a DVD remote and write down the timecode you see on the screen.

THE EOSHD 5D MARK III RAW SHOOTER’S GUIDE

FFMPEG  A complete, cross-platform solution to record, convert and stream audio and video

ImageMagick software suite to create, edit, compose, or convert bitmap images. 

Highest Quality Workflow for Canon Raw video

How to Edit Your Amazing Magic Lantern 14-Bit RAW Video on the Worst Computer Ever

RAW “Video” on Canon DSLRs with Magic Lantern

GUIDE (Simplified): RAW on 5D mark III with Magic Lantern (Updated May 12th ’15)

TEXTURING

DIGITAL  SCULPTING

GRAZY  BUMP

Abandoned Cinema Scene – Development Video 5 – Texture Workflow with Substance Designer & Painter

Substance Painter Crash Course

3D

CREATE 3D CHARACTERS:  MAYA GENERALIST INTERMEDIATE COURSE 

SCANNING 3D INFINITE REALITIES  Scanning is hard work, perseverance, learning, sacrifice and most of all, patience for what you are trying to capture

VERTHEIM:  Welcome to the exxential resource for all things 3DS Max, Photoshop and more for CGI students everywhere.

TOON BOOM

HARMONY

STORYBOARD PRO

Visual Storytelling.  Where Your Story Begins.  Storyboard software that combines drawing and animation tools with camera controls. Develop the story with total artistic control.Storyboard Pro gives you everything you need to storyboard your episodic, advertising, film, explainer videos and other creative projects.

PRODUCER

TRNIO

Model your world in true 3D using your phone

TV TECHNOLOGY

TYPOGRAPHY

CB CREATIVE BLOG:  Typography rules and terms that every designer must know

UNITY

REAL-TIME FUR: A DISCUSSION WITH NEOGLYPHIC & UNITY

UNREAL ENGINE

We give you everything so you can build anything. You get all tools, all features, all platforms, all source code, complete projects, sample content, regular updates and bug fixes.

UV LAYOUT

UV PLUG IN  Nightshade UV Editor.  Nightshade UV Editor 2.1.2 (maya script).  Nightshade UV Editor extends the Maya’s UV Texture Editor with tools, scripts and a UI that greatly speed up the time it takes doing UV work.

Nightshade UV Editor

VISUTION  MAPIO 2

VPAINT

VPaint is an experimental vector graphics editor based on the Vector Animation Complex (VAC), a technology developed by a collaboration of researchers at Inria and the University of British Columbia, featured at SIGGRAPH 2015. It allows you to create resolution-independent illustrations and animations using innovative techniques.

CG CHANNEL   Check out neat free 2D animation package VPaint

WEB

WORDPRESS

SHOPIFY whether you sell online, on social media, in store, or out of the trunk of your car, Shopify has you covered.

TUMULT HYPE  create beautiful HTML5 web content. Interactive web content and animations made with Tumult Hype work on desktops, smartphones and iPads. No coding required.

Whois are public databases which allow to visualize all details about a domain name. Search domain name registrations, view domain name owners and full registration details.  They are published and updated by each extension’s registry.

10 Tips for Getting Started on a Web Design Project  Getting started on a web design project can be intimidating. There are a lot of moving parts, and clients tend to expect high quality. Goal identification, scope definition, sitemap and wireframe creation, content creation, UI design, testing the site, these are all the elements that the web design process most commonly includes.

Designing a Small Business Website: Wants vs Needs  Let me start off by saying something that might not sit well with everybody. Namely, designing a quality small business website is not about making the thing pretty. Nor is it about agreeing with every single idea that the client brings to the table.

Looking for inspiration?   Check out these simple yet stunning web designs from the “most appreciated” artists on Behance.

MAKE IT 2017 – Jamie Ragen – Reinventing Your Digital Design Process in Adobe XD

WRITING and PUBLISHING

see also Drawing, Design, Creativity and Film Making

OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab

TABLO  is a place where you can publish your writing, connect with a global audience of readers and find new opportunities for your work.

eBooks would include interactivity and animation with the level of interactivity being basic. On each page the user will be able to click on objects triggering basic animation. Some examples below:

GENERAL RESOURCES  

The Digital Production Pipeline,  Introduction to 3D Computer Graphics  Mobile Game Creation for Everyone, An Introduction to OpenGL Programming, Keynote Presentation : Marc Davis Lecture Series, “Giants’ First Steps”

Green Screen: How to make a green screen at home

ACTIONVFX: THE STOCK FOOTAGE SITE FOR VFX ARTISTS

ActionVFX is a stock footage site created specifically for Visual Effects artists. As we always say, if you need shots of girls touching tall grass, you’re out of luck with us. But if you’re looking for high quality VFX assets to cause mayhem, ActionVFX is the site for you. Our Collections currently include Explosions, Structure Fires, Smoke Plumes, Gun FX, and much more.

ARCHIVE 3D

ART  STATION is the showcase platform for games, film, media & entertainment artists. It enables artists to showcase their portfolios in a slick way, discover & stay inspired, and connect with new opportunities.  The home for artists.

ATLAS,  The Next Generation

AUSTRALIA’S PROP SPECIALISTS An Australian owned company established in 1983, with a focus on Event Theming, Styling, Prop Hire and Photographic Studios, Sydney Prop Specialists (also known as “Sydney Props”) have been a full service provider for 32 years extending an array of services to their clients. With the largest collection of props in Australia and an extensive collection of backdrops, furniture and staging equipment, Sydney Props can design, source and produce an event from the start until the finish.

BELIGHT  Here you can find some web resources for 3D objects (3ds, skp, Ogre XML formats supported) and textures, that can be used in Live Home 3D Standard or Pro Editions. Please note that we cannot guarantee that all 3D models and textures can be properly imported and used in Live Home 3D software. Check the model and texture copyrights on each particular website.

BOCO STUDIO 3dD visuals, 3D printing and photography

CLIP  ART

CAN  STOCK  PHOTOS

We’re a royalty free stock photography agency that believes professional stock images should be affordable and accessible to everyone. We add over 25,000 top quality images each day from the world’s best photographers and artists.

CARTOON  is an international non-profit association based in Brussels. CARTOON’s remit is to support the animation industry by organising several types of events through the year dedicated to animation professionals.

CGI BACKGROUNDS automotive backgrounds

COMPUTER  GRAPHICS  WORLD

CREATIVE  CRASH  high quality 3d models, scripts, plugins and more

DOSCH  DESIGN  offers computer graphics products for 3D design, advertising, print publishing, architectural visualizations, animation, film, game development, app development, webdesign, motion design and multimedia presentations.

EMG – MEDIAMAKER

This site is intended to be a hub of resources for Creative Professionals & enthusiast. We offer FREE stock images, footage, information, & resource, along w/ links to other sites & services catering to the production of Film, Media, VFX, Music, Sound, & Software.  We also offer links to related commercial services & resource. Much of the content offered is created by E.M.G. Pacific. Other content contains credits & links to the original creators.

EVER MOTION  is your daily source of the latest tutorials and articles from 3d graphics world. You will find here a lot of free tutorials about rendering in V-Ray and Corona Renderer, modeling and textring in 3ds Max or Zbrush. We also cover software news, animations, showreels and cg trailers. Every week we post „Tip of the Week” – 3d tutorial that covers some aspects of making rendered 3d scenes. We encourage our users to post their latest cg works in Visualizations Gallery and 3D Gallery, so they can be noticed by 3D computer graphics community and architectural visualizers.

FACEBOOK:

ICONS: DOWNLOAD FREE

IF NEWSLETTER, MAGAZINE and PRODUCTION BOOK

GAMES TEXTURES

GETTY IMAGES

GIPHY  is your top source for the best & newest GIFs & Animated Stickers online. Find everything from funny GIFs, reaction GIFs, unique GIFs and more.

GRAPHIC  STOCK

CREATIVE  CRASH:  high quality 3d models, scripts, plugins and more

CREATIVE MARKET stock footage

GUMROAD  helps creators take control of their creative careers, over $97,000,000 has been made by over 28,999 bloggers, writers, and artists.

HDR IMAGES

HUM3D  3D Models for design. We make what others miss.

IFCC is short for “Independent Festival of Creative Communication”, a festival with the primary goal to promote authorship and creativity through education and rewarding, especially in the field of art and design within the entertainment industry, publishing and advertising. IFCC arose from the perceived need to expand and increase educational content involved with the Judgment Day Awards which will conclude the festival.  Lectures, demos, parties, workshops, recruiting sessions and exhibitions are standard ingredients of IFCC program.

INDEPENDENT  FESTIVAL of CREATIVE  COMMUNICATION

iSTOCK by Getty Images  HD video clips and 4K stock footage

LAYER PAINT

LIGHT MAP The HDR Light Studio interface is 100% focused on lighting your shot.

MASSIVE has become the leading software for crowd related visual effects and autonomous character animation.

MAXTEXTURES.comWelcome to the home of free tiled and seamless textures….

MITCH  MARTINEZ:  FREE 4K STOCK FOOTAGE

MOOF high quality backplates and HDR domes

The Stanford 3D Scanning Repository

NASA Images

PHOTOSHOP TEXTURES

PLURALSIGHT  As your industry and business model evolve, you need a learning solution that helps you deliver key innovations on time and on budget. With our platform, you can evaluate the technical abilities of your teams, align learning to key business objectives and close skills gaps in critical areas like cloud, design, security, mobile and data.

SHUTTERSTOCK  Discover oveer 161 million royalty-free images, video clips and music tracks.

SPOON GRAPHICS:  Resume Website PSD Template for Access All Areas Members

The Stanford 3D Scanning Repository

TEXTURIFY is a new source of free selection of high resolution LDR 360 spherical environment’s panoramas, textures and backgrounds, that convince you that touching the photograph feels like a real material.

TEXTURES.COM is a website that offers digital pictures of all sorts of materials. We have pictures of fabricswoodmetalbricksplastic, and many more. These images are called textures and can be used for graphic design, visual effects, in computer games and any other situation where you need a nice pattern or background image.

3D Objects and Textures Web Resources Here you can find some web resources for 3D objects (3ds, skp, Ogre XML formats supported) and textures, that can be used in Live Home 3D Standard or Pro Editions. Please note that we cannot guarantee that all 3D models and textures can be properly imported and used in Live Home 3D software. Check the model and texture copyrights on each particular website.

3D RENDER.COM

3D WORLD

3D TOTAL

3DTotal was founded in 1999 as a simple 3D resource website. Over the last decade the site has evolved into one of the premier CG art websites in the world, offering a variety of training products, an inspirational gallery, a free texture library and hundreds of free tutorials on a variety of subjects

TEN 24  This blend of skill and experience makes Ten24 much more than just a technical scanning company; we understand the industry and more importantly the pipelines that we cater for.

TOOLFARM stock footage, tutorials and has free stock video of the week.

TURBO SQUID  3D models for professionals.   Unsure of a model?  We offer pre-purchase checks of all our models, giving you additional information about the model and seeing how it will work in a game engine. We also offer free conversions to suit your desired application. Bought a model that doesn’t work for you? Let us make it right!

VERTEX BOOKS  is one of the most comprehensive free resources that belongs in every game-artists’ library.

VIDEO BLOCKS Enhance your creativity with Unlimited Downloads of 115,000+ HD Stock Footage, Motion Backgrounds, After Effects Templates & more.

VISUAL  COLLABORATION

WISTIA is professional video hosting with analytics and video marketing tools

Atlas, The Next Generation

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