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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.
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Monday, 14 December 2015

BLUNDERING. (14/12/15)

Yesterday was exceptional, freezing cold, windless and sunny. We had a good three hour walk and then decided to have a few hours 3D modelling or blundering about in Blender. I thought of a way to get particles out of just the points on the star and not the centre vertices as well but then decided to use light instead. 

I modelled the star like this then cut the tips off. I can't get a clean cut as you can see but I then decided to experiment with a sphere as that would be easier to model. I'll have another go at the star later on. I have almost decided not to use the tree but to pop the text under a revolving star and have it flashing colours. I found by accident that if I have an emitter animate it and put a sine wave into the graph editor and raise it's amplitude above 1 then it lights up at values over 1, easy and controllable. I would rather have a square wave and will look into the matter.
This is what it looks like using a sphere,  a bit like a disco ball.
I can have an infinite number of effects but render times are horrendous about 1.5 minutes a frame at 1280x720 and 100% resolution with 100 samples. These stills are 500 sample renders and take over ten minutes. I'll have to work something out or just leave the final scene rendering all day.
This is a ten sample render and very noisy as a consequence. I would like to have made it a GIFF file but I can't get the size down under 27MB which is far too large for the web. It also skips a bit as I can't key frame it revolving 360° as the blasted computer thinks it hasn't moved I have to use 359.5°. I will try and take the first few frame reverse them and stick them on the end, that may help but won't reduce the GIFF file size.

I am getting quite fast at this job but still don't really understand what does what in Blender, I don't understand what half the terms mean so just have to alter values and see what happens. I am enjoying myself so that is all that really matters.
Have a good week.

32 comments:

  1. How true. The enjoyment is all that matters. I like to write and am late to it but so enjoy it. Keep at it, you are making progress. A challenge is good for the brain as well. Enjoy!

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  2. I agree that enjoying oneself is all that matters. Who cares about miscarriages of justice, Third World malnutrition, food banks or The Islamic State - as long as we are enjoying ourselves.

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    1. YP, I do but for much of the time just get on with things I have some control over. Limited control I must admit.

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  3. I never mastered blender even though I had it on my pc for a long time. So kudos to you for getting better and better at it.

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    1. Mersad, I have trouble with it but I am getting there. Even importing files is a work of art.

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  4. Looks like the Death Star--- just in time for ... no, I won't mention it. Disney's getting all the publicity they need. And the GOP candidates are making movie villains look like nuns. It's good to stretch the brain on things like Blender from time to time.

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    1. Bill, it isn't photography weather so I have to do something.

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  5. A Blender Blunderer blundered blowsily but enjoyed it. For what more in life can a man ask?

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    1. Graham, I could ask for much more but the flesh is weak.

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  6. Cool! It looks like a disco ball with a light source inside.

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    1. Linda, I now have to get a star to do a similar thing.

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  7. The animated one was very clever, but it made me dizzy. I have NO idea how you do it (and please don't try to explain. That kind of thing makes my brain hurt).

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    1. Frances, it is effective. I wish I could explain how I did it.

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  8. Like Bill I immediately thought of the Death Star. The rotating light streaks are very effective.

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    1. John, it has possibilities and is quick to do but very slow to render. Not as slow as the tree which virtually stops the computer.

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  9. Looks like you're having a ball (sorry couldn't resist) Adrian. I was wondering why the video looked noisy however that aside it is very clever and great looking, looking forward to seeing the finished project, keep warm.

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    1. Douglas, the render sample is only 100. If I had hours to spare then i could have run 500 or more samples and the noise would go,

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  10. Si que parece la estrella de luz de las discotecas Adrian...Sigue experimentando que tienen mucho tiempo libre ;))
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Laura, voy a seguir jugando alrededor.

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  11. you have lots of patience Adrian! I cant work a ppt or paint image to get it precise :) I rather prefer a pencil :)

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    1. Ruby good to hear from you. I use the numbers if I need precision.

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  12. Well, you are much smarter than I, that's for sure. The end result is very cool...I would say zen, but like Frances above, it made me dizzy a bit.
    Have a wonderful day and keep on blending!

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    1. Terri, the Christmas card is done and has just started the final render should be done in twelve hours.

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  13. I love how you teach yourself these skills. I'm always so impressed with how you work through it.

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    1. Hilary, I have had blender for years and only now am I getting the hang of it.

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  14. Looks complicated and I am impressed!

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  15. Espero y te deseo que pases una buena Navidad Adrian.
    Un fuerte abrazo ;)

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    1. Usted tiene una maravillosa Navidad y Laura.

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  16. That's pretty amazing, Adrian. I'm surprised that you've not set it to music!

    If I'm not back on your blog before Christmas, have a good one!

    All the best for 2016 - - Richard

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    1. Richard, these are a bit short for music.
      I look forward to your having another good year.

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