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Is this one worthy watching twice?


tell me how much I suck, I know you want it !
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Needs more frames per second. Textures/lighting could be a lot better.
It's 25 fps, textures mostly are phong or lambert materials with different colors, so it's kind of flat, there is no bump. You said it, could be a lot better.

Besides these things, how's camera, scenes?

Talk to me about billboarding, brehs. Do you billboard grass or instance them? Do you billboard...leaves? Do you billboard entire trees?

Or, is billboarding mainly for smoke / particles?
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If you wanna make something like a vast forrest with tens of thousands of trees a billboard system is the only way you are gonna make it happen on current hardware.

Here's a rundown of how these things works: You have a mesh with several thousand quad polyogns with all their 4 vertices condenced to a single point everywhere where a tree is located.
These are used by a mass billboard shader that uses some smart code to displace these 4 corners of the polygon based on their UV coordinates and the viewing vector to make them always face the camera.
This way you can have several thousand of billboards quickly sorted and oriented towards camera trough fast and cheap calculations.

These mass billboard trees then have a draw distance over which they're set to be transparent, say anything closer to 200 meters have 100% alpha and then fades to solid over 50 meters out to 250m.
You then store the location of every three in a script that continously spawn a few hundred to low thousandsactual mesh tress for every point that is closer than 250 meter to camera.
The effect can be a near seamless fade of mesh to billboard if such a system is set up nicely.
So you're saying that your billboards just have a 2D picture of a tree as an alpha cutout that use the camera up/right vectors to look at the camera (and constrain to horizontal rotation).

I get that.

Are you saying that the billboards themselves don't accept 3d lighting information and just be the input tree texture? Are you saying that only near trees should be real 3d and thus have real 3d lighting calculations on them?
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...is the only way...
Not true. Here is an Forrest rendering with 47 Billion Poly, GI and DOF, rendered in 207 seconds on my I7 (with 1GB of Ram used).

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Should I buy a "professional" graphics card if I'm using software like Max and Zbrush and UE4? Are these cards aimed towards CAD and other technical programs? I'm never doing any real heavy lifting in max, no scene renders or anything, sometimes baking normals from a highpoly.

My old card (radeon 6870) died and I don't want to lower my graphics settings in the few games I play to add some rendering power that I won't use.
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not a techfag, but a good gamer pc usually does the job
get a 750ti to hold you over until pascal
thanks. the old card did pretty much everything I wanted except zbrush would lag sometimes at higher poly. Are professional cards rubbish for games or just not as good as tailored gaming cards?

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Hello everyone, I post here because I have a project to create few medieval fantasy 3D scene (Dungeon and dragon universe) in order to make nice illustrations or short animations.

I have no skills in creating beautiful 3D models, but I know how to build scene and make animations in blender.
So my first idea was to look for nice (and free) 3D models of medieval fantasy character. I've found some but there is some big issue.
Free .stl file are easy to find (there is nearly all the monsters off D&D 3.5 for free) but it's only the meshs without texture.
Finding free medieval fantasy model with texture is really hard and rigged one are nearly impossible.

So I decide to look at Daz studio. I can build my character with it and then export a full 3D model (+texture + bones) in blender to make my animation.
But the choice of free stuff in Daz is also really limited for medieval fantasy universe ...
Do you know any place to find models for medfan character ? Or any other software with more choice that I can use ?

Pic related : a render made with Daz studio
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another exemple of scene in DAZ
search for medieval game characters and similar
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>blender is quite capable, you suck
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>making a counter-argument post
>supporting the argument with your counter-argument post

Took the bait. Here's your reply.
Dump cycles and use superior Luxrender.

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hey /3/ i need your help

i may be really dumb but i cant find the way to convert cubemap into equirectangular

do any of you know any software or anything that would be able to do it?
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here, you chimp

Dont convert cubemaps to anything else.
yeah, because i havent tried that and because that actually yields anything usefull
why not?

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How can I make the swift loop at an even distance from the edge instead of a random distance?
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Fuck this program. You can't control anything.

What was even the point of adding units if you can't measure distances properly?
extrude (number)
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Select faces, inset by the desired amount, then delete one of the loops.

Alternatively, add the loop, snap-move it to the outer edge, then right-click the move tool and enter the desired amount.

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So I've spent the last six months trying to build a computer to use for 3d animation, and the thing will not work. I've replaced literally every single part on the build, gone online for help, had my friend who builds computers look it over, had a guy who fixes computers for a living look it over, and everybody's been completely stumped.
I finally got the last replacement, my CPU, today, and hooked it up and turned it on. It did the same exact thing it's been doing since I started: not working.
I'm done, /3. It's broken me.

On a related note, anybody know where the best place to buy a pre-built computer for 3d animation is?
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Clearly you should build a computer to suit your needs rather than purchasing one that will not suit your needs.

However, what is your budget and how high-end do you want to go?
Whoops sorry, misread what you said.

My guess is that you should probably have started with different parts or double-checked to ensure they're all compatible.

Regardless, what's your budget eh?
Something under 3000. I plan on using Blender, but I doubt I'll need anything too powerful just yet.

Why is it impossible to create a tablecloth that stays flat on the top? Every time I try to simulate cloth, it beds at the top, making the tabletop concave and clipping through my dishes.
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In C4D you can set points/polys as static. You should be able to do something similar. "Freeze" what's supposed to stay flat and sim the rest.

Alternatively, you can pirate Marvelous Designer and get it over with in under a minute.
Do you know how to do it? I'm already late with this assignment I am working on (still scene), but I can't figure out how to do this cloth.

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Hey /3/ what looks good in a portfolio for 3D CG?

I started looking for internships and realized I don't have anything too impressive.

Also, can I use things I have made via tutorials online? My gut says no, but my mind says I did actually make it.

Pic not related
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>can I use things I have made via tutorials online?

It's equivalent to showing pages from a coloring book.
Fair enough.

So what should I make from scratch then that would look good in a portfolio?
Where do you want to work?
Depending on your answer, you could have game assets, videos showcasing your animation skills, ultra realistic car renders, complex scenes with impeccable composition, archviz, some sculpts showcasing your anatomy skills, both human and animal.
It really depends, if you don't know/care about where you want to work just stick to what you have the most fun with and eventually someone looking for that will hire you.

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how to render images like this in blender? i mean i want to have same kind of black lines in sharp edges like in the picture.
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ambient occlusion could be one method, but can you do this with node system ?
yes he can
can you tell me how? im noob with nodes

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his name is Sherwin Stern
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i cant tell shit from 3 pixels
No & kill yourself
I'll do it for $1000
Actually make that $1200 because he's ugly af and I'll have to spend some time on those goofy ass ears

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Noob question but what is the best way to unwrap a single wood plank so that it's all real clean and easy to texture?

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box unwrap
just use smart uv project for simple things
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Add seams on every vertical edge, then add seams on all but one bottom edge, like in my pic. Then unwrap and you'll have a simple and contiguous result.

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So I'm going to head out of my state to go to Full Sail University. I was curious if any of you had any recent stories, or old stories of how your time there was. I want a decent idea of what the place is like in real life instead of shitty ads.
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Yikes OP

Get the fuck out while you still can. Did you already give them a deposit? Any money? Back the fuck out immediately

I went to Full Sail in 2007 for Music Production. It's a fucking joke how my "degree" works in the real world. My old roommate was doing the graphic design and game development program.

I'm not even trying to give you shit anon. Seriously. Get the fuck out of there and do some shit by yourself. I'll even link you to whatever torrents and shit you need.

Take the money you used for tuition and invest it in a nice beefy computer to learn and play on. Take some courses at your community college, like core classes and see if you can hook up with the university for some animation courses. You have a better shot developing your skills at home and to yourself than over in Florida.

I can't stress enough how fucked you are if you go. You don't have to believe a fucking word I say because I'm just some anon on a fucking website but I really really am trying to warn you for your future, your debt.

Remember when I said I went in 2007? I'm still paying off my debt from Full Sail.

You have been warned dude.
If you decide to go and ignore everything I just said. Please take time to enjoy how rich and luxurious their campus and buildings are

Did you know they have a super, incredibly high turnover and dropout rate? No? Well now you do. Keep looking at all the pretty things displayed around campus. Because when you drop out and realize it was all a sham. You then will know that all the pretty shiny stuff around campus is others wasted "education" money.

It's one big dog and pony show.
I don't think I've ever taken the time to give a shit like this OP and I know I'm just one guy with one experience. But don't do it. Just fucking don't dude. You have a 100% better chance anywhere else but there.

Remember, they are a for profit institution. When I went there, we were the first class to be apart of the university accreditation.

It's a giant sham.

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Is there any decent 3D modeling software out there that is free?

I'd like to get into 3D and really appreciate any recommendations
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Blender, also read the sticky


thanks guys

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