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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Saturday, 30 May 2015

BRAIN FOOD. (30/05/15)

This is a cunning little stunt to increase the hits on my long suffering Blog. This is a bar of chocolate I made to cheer myself up last night. It is modelled on an Aldi chocolate bar. Cheap but much better than Cadbury's and almost as good as Green & Black's. I was actually looking at the new Pie camera shake improver in Blender 2.74 compositor; 2.74 came out as a stable release at the end of March but I only noticed earlier on in the week. I ran a bit of my video through it and it's pretty good. You zoom in and pop a little square round a bit that is moving when it should be still then after a bit of button pressing you get a graph which shows movement. Another press of a key and the graph straightens out and the video is stable. I couldn't really tell but I think it could be useful if you were stacking video layers.
 I then decided to keep playing and the GIF above is what transpired. I find GIFs intensely annoying so this one will only run five times then stop, hopefully encouraging you to pop back for another peek. Amazingly it stops at the end and not at the beginning which would be a bit silly. I'm sorry about the moire patterns in the background. I used the world as a reflector for light and should have remembered that is what happens. I ought to have used a pale yellow emitter instead. Also the chocolate squirts out of the frame. I never noticed, should have either moved the camera back or increased the lens angle also the letters slide back as they are generated this is because the chocolate flow is controlled by a posh Bezier curve except mine must have a straight bit at the beginning. I enjoy this virtual photography malarkey. I have also made Chocolate the Movie for those of you with the attention span of a gnat. I could premier it tomorrow.
All the trees are in full foliage now which makes my chances of a red squirrel shot absolutely zero. Red squirrels, Goshawks, Jays, Cuckoos they all fall into the near impossible category. I have been bugging this morning and failed to find anything stunning. I'll pop out again in a while.

30 comments:

  1. Brain Food indeed. Very clever Adrian! Bezier Curves sound so sexy don't they? The kids at school are making an opening sequence for Have Gun Will Travel. I will have to see if I can share some in a few weeks. They are building brilliant scenes of a Western town in 3DsMax. We will render the animation out to an lavish and do the cut scenes and titles in Premiere.

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    1. Carol I use Bezier curves or as Adobe call them paths for lots of things. This was much quicker than using a fluid simulator.
      You really ought to be using Fusion for compositing. It's an Australian company now and free from Black Magic in Melbourne. You could call in on your way to work or download it like I did.

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  2. Not a lavish ~ an .avi
    And you have turned comment moderation on ~ to rid yourself of the spammer?
    It only took two comments to get rid of her on my blog.

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    1. Yes. anything up to ten a day on posts going back weeks.

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  3. Wish I had one quarter of your wit, Adrian, or your tech savvy. "Chocolate the Movie" - now there's a smile for the day. Thanks! McGregor

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    1. Mcgregor, I was very tired this morning when I wrote this post. I'm all right now after a siesta. You are quite right "Chocolate the Movie" is a very silly idea.

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  4. Good luck on your new wildlife photo ventures.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Mersad, I am on my way into the deepest jungle in a minute.

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  5. I never fail to be impressed a fortiori because I have no idea what you were writing about. I lost myself in the tree after opening the chocolate in a new image several times.

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  6. PS Why not just have comment moderation for past posts?

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  7. PPS One of the things about moderation on the current post is that you don't read other people's comments until after yours is written if they are still waiting moderation.

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    1. Graham, I really look forward to seeing what Blender developers have been up to. There is a new Hair simulation tool that looks more than a little stupid. I'' try and think of something to use it for.
      Comment moderation is off except for post older than two days. I reported Sophia et al to Gmail and now all my mail goes into the spam box. The trouble these bastards cause.
      Happy you popped back for repeat looks. It wasn't the original intention but I detest having something cycling away on the blog.

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  8. There was an old seadog called Adrian
    Who sailed cross The Mediterranean
    With Molly and Alf,
    A parrot called Ralph
    And a fellow called Red who’s Canadian

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    1. That's very good and not a mucky word in sight.

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  9. Si fuera de verdad me lo comía ... Me encanta el chocolate ;))
    El árbol está precioso .
    Buen fin de semana.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Laura, yo sólo comprar uno al mes. El chocolate me hace la grasa. Se trata de un hermoso bosque.

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  10. Now you have me longing for the chocolate bar in my fridge. You could sell that to some advertising company.

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    1. Monica, you will have to warm it up if you want to teach it to write. It is nothing like the quality advertisers would want. The editing required to get anything like perfect is horrendous.

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  11. Adfriaan amazes me more and more.

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  12. Well, the brain food has me mesmerized. It's interesting to hear how the little video is made.I like chocolate and the motion fascinates me. I really need the brain food!

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    1. Red, 3D animations can get very tiring.

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  13. I think a lot of people are getting hooked on Gifs my nephew had to do some for his school homework, I never felt so stupid. I like yours it made me hungry, good luck with the Cuckoo.

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    1. Douglas, they have always been used but so many are very choppy. My header is a GIF. Your nephew needs to use at least twenty frames a second of run time and then don't loop it unless there is a good reason to do so.
      The cuckoo is across the valley but not calling very often so perhaps has found a mate.

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  14. Very spectacular video. Liked it :)

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    1. Kovacs, it's just a bit of fun.

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  15. eh...I prefer the trees over the bugs anyway *wink*

    (I love trees...and clouds....)

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    1. R.Mac, plenty of clouds here it never stopped raining for twelve hours and when it stopped it rained a bit.

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