ABOUT ME

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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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

A TWO VIDEO DAY.

A few days ago I posted a new video title. It was okay, did the job but it was annoying me so I cleaned up the text meshes. This is what I did.


Previous experience has taught me these will go down like a lead balloon. Not to worry I enjoy making a fool of myself.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

WET SNOW.

It is vile here, wet snow and too much of it for March. Bring on a bit of global warming.
Have a good week and keep clear of mosques.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

GOOD ENOUGH.

This title sequence is done as far as I'm concerned. It is fully adjustable for colour and opacity. I have found a few tutorials that have got me out of trouble. The main one being here.
BLENDER BINGE 
He solved the opacity problem which boiled down to using Alpha Clip. Something I have used before and forgot to use this time.
Thanks to NASA  for the images without which this would be impossible. Here are the ones I used and they have been resized so that Blender can handle them.



I didn't use the Albedo one as I didn't want colour. If you make your Earth sphere about 3 to 5 times default size then you don't need to UV unwrap the globe. Just bang the image texture straight in. You may have to swap it's mode from Linear to Spherical but I didn't.
The globe and text will pop over any still or video. I made some quick clouds just to show it off. Very quick clouds. Horrible clouds.
I will get back to gears now.
ADDENDUM:
I thought it was done but I don't like the Lat/Long grid showing on the inside of the land masses. I could delete those bits but it is time consuming and a far from elegant solution. The text mesh is not brilliant but hardly a problem for video and anyway is easily solved. I have made this from two spheres The grid being fractionally smaller, both spheres are children parented to an empty which I then used to animate the earth. Both spheres have a mask, one being the inverse of the other.


I will leave this for a day or so but any help or advice would be gratefully received. I ought to join a forum but the trouble is the young guns there can do such stuff in their sleep and they use wurds I don't fully comprehend. It is never ending is this 3D malarkey.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

ORIGIN-ORIGINATE-ORIGINAL.

I am still plugging away at my new video title. I like the concept but often thank heaven I'm not artistic......more spastic if I'm honest.
 I have this wonderful transparency on the globe but would like to see it's edges as it rotates. I looked the problem up and found a tutorial where he introduced a copy of his sphere. He duplicated his world and changed it to wire frame. Brilliant for him, not for me. He must have eight fingers to click with and a ten finger keyboard. One of those very clever offspring of a close family coupling I suspect. Maybe it could be me being thick. My primary school teacher always said I'd end up a bin man. Ignoramus he was it's Bin Person. I'm not that non PC.
 It's funny how productive Blogger can be, I have tried dropping the ocean mask into Photoshop and converting the white bits to 10% grey. No joy at all. As I write this I have had another thought wire frame a duplicate and pop on a mask the opposite to the one that creates this,  I need to reverse it's mask. The mask I had to reverse not two days ago....I'm sure I saved it but where. I initially thought of green for the land bit but it looks awful so I'm sticking with a bluish colour.

 We have acres of Gorse left. This was cleared four years ago. Bastard stuff grows faster than fire.
Lots of gorse left. Three years ago cattle grazed here. Anyway this one is for Trevor.
The latest video title on acres of bloody Gorse.

Tonight we will find out if it's worth voting in the UK. I doubt it is for folk that like independence. For once I was in the majority. Government is crap here. They abdicate responsibility to a referendum and then look for a deal. We didn't vote for a deal. One can't deal with the 
French and Germans. We keep trying but they don't act normal like us. They understand force. The Germans should have been subjugated after their last effort and their country split into it's Fifedoms. Forced to pay reparation. They got away scott freeish. This is how they repay our generosity. Evil sods.
There are some funny folk here. Most employed by the state on flextime. With a telephonist working to the same global time scale. Impossible to find the same contact twice. Most would struggle to get the minimum wage in my real world. Why do we have a minimum wage? I am happy to work an hour for a two dog clip. Cheaper than chips I am.

 The dogs are squinting a bit because they can see. I am poorer by a couple of hours.
Have fun.

Sunday, 10 March 2019

MULCHING GORSE.

A twenty tonne excavator mulching gorse. 


The new title works fine now, just not sure I like it.

IN A SPIN.

A quick post today.
I have been playing again and am almost there. I want the world to be transparent and it is a bit. I got the image from the NASA site and had to reduce it's size in Photoshop. NASA images are great, free but too big for my graphics processor. I then made a mask with the ocean black again in Photoshop. It ought to be see through but I'm missing a trick somewhere. Here is progress so far.


I have got confused and can't decide if the world is rotating the right way. Help please.
PS. Transparency issue half sorted I had the mask back to front. Class one Muppetry. Now I only have to make the globe itself see through. Not easy in EEVEE but there will be a way. 
That's better, just needs a polish up now.

Saturday, 9 March 2019

REALLY BORING.

About once a week I download the latest Blender 2.80 Beta version. It rarely crashes now if you have things set up reasonably.
It's amazing that one very complex piece of free software can do so much. I use bits of it badly.
 I have been using it's video editor for years and the new version for the last month. I was a little perturbed on earlier versions of 2.80 that they were not developing it. It is fine and getting better. Lots of new things that I can muddle up. I prefer it to Adobe. I like messing so non linear editors are my choice, so much to mess with. So much to bugger up.
I hope the video below will explain how to start to go on with it. Make no mistake it is daunting but rewarding when you suss a bit of it.
 Learning how to use stuff is what I find entertaining. Like all complicated software you have to hunt about to find the quickest way to do things. Don't ignore the boxes or sub-menus there can be gold hidden in them. Personally remembering what and where I left/right clicked is the difficult bit.
 This software is Dutch, from the Netherlands. Will it still be available at the end of this month? Of course it will. The world is far bigger than the EU. Imagine the lovely feeling of not being beholden to the Krauts or Frogs. The Dutch aren't perfect but they do make great free stuff. What good is all our enrichment? Please explain how Windrush was necessary when we were paying folk to go to Australia. Politcians...Incapable of running to the toilet in time.

I know I'm not good at HowToing. Please bear with me. They take ages to do. Even longer to do badly.


Have fun making sense of this malarkey.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

LOTS OF SPARKLES.


It is pissing down here. I have lots of bits of video that need sticking together so that's what I'm doing. I am trying to dry out as well. I'm multi-tasking.

RAIN.
It rained and it rained and rained and rained
The average fall was well maintained
And when the tracks were simply bogs
It started raining cats and dogs.

After a drought of half an hour
We had a most refreshing shower
And then the most curious thing of all
A gentle rain began to fall.

Next day was also fairly dry
Save for a deluge from the sky
Which wetted the party to the skin
And after that the rain set in.

I can't credit this as It's something I found a while ago.

The following video sparkles for about forty seconds after that it is just a bit of chat about OVINTA the folk that made the model and some of the many problems I'm encountering.


That's all for now.

Monday, 4 March 2019

IT'S A BACKGROUND.

I've had a busy week. I entered my seventieth year, I had a big computer whoopsey but that is sorted. My desktop has never been so organised. I do create folders for specific files and then for some inexplicable reason I dump all sorts into them. It makes finding stuff a bit of a challenge.
I have several videos on the go and am still enjoying Blender 2.80 Beta. They upgrade it on a daily basis and I get a new version about once a week. It always improves. I have found a different screencast add-on which is more like the old one if not better. It has the odd foreign word but then I'm sure they'll sort that. Loading third party add-ons seems much easier; one can, in most cases, just drop the Zip file in. I found out accidentally, perhaps one always could. This works if you use WinZIP, not tried 7ZIP or whatever it's called but folk on Linux are capable of loading a bit of code. I'm still struggling to get 2.80 to accept maths functions and old Python scripts. There is still no installer but then one wouldn't expect one with a Beta version. If anyone would like a Howtodoit let me know. It's easy once you have done it a couple of times. Today's video is a short attempt at explaining how to use the light from an HDRI without it's image.



Have fun.
ADDENDUM. 06/03/19
I added this image. It needs a mapping node to scale it popped between the Image Texture node and the Texture co-ordinate input. The light on the cube is from the HDRI.
Politicians heading into Westminster.
I have scribbled round the bit that makes the texture. The noise with a bit of jiggling and a B&W ColourRamp can make excellent clouds for a background.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

PRETTY VIDEO.

I was going to post a video of a big machine working but that is on hold. I believe the driver wants to get his highlights done and his nails painted.
I am slowly getting the gear animation sorted, I think they look sparkling bright.


Have fun.
The gears above were horrible but I found a stack of spread sheet generators here.   Otvinta  Some they do are Python scripts. Non seem work in Blender 2.8 but one can create the mesh in 2.79 and import it into 2.8 for materials and render.
Here is my first effort. This wasn't generated from the script but modelled the old fashioned way. The tooth form formulae Otvinta provided.
This is quite a challenge for me but I'll try and get a simple gear train to animate and if I have the patience model something posh.

Monday, 25 February 2019

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR.

I am still hooked on Blender 2.80. It's still in Beta so no installer yet. I am currently engaged in lots of other stuff.
 I look forward to Mondays as GOING POSTAL has a maths lesson. These are hard adding up and taking away, much harder than anything I have done.
Euler's Pentacostle or some such theorem proved but I suspect only in this iteration.
 Going Postal's previous article was about killing American Indians. Not very nice, they were annoying proper folk but I notice that we Europeans get blamed for everything by Black and Tan tinged folk. If our forefathers hadn't bought slaves from their peers they would be relying on Oxfam in Africa today. Daft buggers they are, both the Africans and Oxfam. The latter maybe not so daft as it provides them with remuneration for their sexually predatory habits. Africans  could do with some serious mathematics. Oxfam could do with serious genital mutilation.
I am playing with an automated automaton that will drag a title sequence into a video title on a bit of rope or chain. The rigid body physics I am finding very complex. Mine keeps going belly up. Not computer crashes, Adrian crashes. Dozens of them. I don't like modeling precise stuff in Blender but have tried modeling 3D gear trains in FreeCAD and importing them with little success. I use Obj. file extensions. I'll try some others and when I find one that works I'll keep it a secret. For five minutes. All the young folk, working on amazing stuff like the Steam Punk title sequence used in that lunchtime political programme know it already. Smart arses they are; bet a pound to a penny they have a degree in Welsh studies, Sheep shearing, English Literature or some such. Happen I should get one. 
This is how it starts. I coloured it in as I like colours and have just found out how to do it in Blender.
These are Blender gears. I don't think you could pop colour on different bits before without texturing. As you can see the bevels don't mesh the bevel angle is 45° and they are at 90° to each other. Bless my soul and I'll go to the bottom of my Nan's stairs. I have settled for Boolean joining up. The lower bluey green bit is three bits booleaned. I got rid of the shafts as they were causing problems. I'm sure I labeled them as passive but really can't recall as I got very muddled up.

I have some snaps in glorious HDR  for photographer of this year in Auchtermuchty, not in a National Park. Also a Kwizz.
 My dogs and Dozer the Labrador.
Snow drops with rain.
A bit more forest. I like this lens, it's manual focus and cost an MP's salary without the 200% they add on for living costs. Bastards!
The Kwizz. Anyone know what this is? It weighs over a tonne and I fetched it from Aberfeldy. It works on a big excavator. I'll get some video of it doing it's stuff.
Have fun.

Thursday, 21 February 2019

SEA.

It has become almost clement, spring is on it's way but I shan't cast off my winter thermals just yet.
Snowdrops are blooming everywhere.

Before I forget if anyone is interested in a free Youtube downloader there's one HERE. Works like a dream.

I am still playing in the new Blender software and am delighted with the whole package. This video shows an animated sea, the clouds need replacing with proper animated or procedural clouds. The video does require some masking in the compositor to break or blur the horizon and the camera focus improving. I will try and get it to track a wave. This is a draft birthday video and I only have a couple of days to sort it.

Any suggestions will be gratefully received.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

I WENT A WALK.

I go walks at least twice a day but today I decided to go birding. I took my best birding lens and stuffed a 50mm in my pocket. On arrival at Loch Leven I was immediately drawn to a couple of Mute Swans.....wait a second, there was a duck swimming even further out. On perusal, a blasted mallard, a male one should anyone be interested. I gazed upwards and saw to my surprise a dozen Herring Gulls. I park at Burleigh Castle not at Vane Farm which is the posh RSPB end of the Loch. There is a beach at Burleigh and the dogs like a paddle. Half a mile away there is a hide. I don't take dogs into hides as I get mutterings and the dogs eat the birders pieces. Then it becomes shouting, which annoys other birders.....A piece round here is the same as normal folks snap or wrap. Can be anything from a Sandwich to a pastie or bridie as these heathens call pasties; a picnic for really posh folk.
I left the dogs outside with strict instructions to sit and stay. I didn't stay more than five minutes as I couldn't even see the Swans. Out I wandered and not a dog to be found. They know where the car is so I decided to take a snap or two on my wander back. I took two.
I like this and fortuitously it came out a bit sepia. It's times like this that I wish I had my film camera with me. It looks great cropped.
And contrast boosted.
The second was rubbish.
 I strolled back to the beach and waited on a bench. My two Terrors poled up some ten minutes later accompanied by a pair of Spaniels. The Spaniels were followed by a breathless lady who said my dogs had led hers astray. I told her astray is what dogs do best. Best just to sit and wait for the little sods. She wasn't best pleased but one can't please everyone.
PS. I noticed that the winner and several runners up were all HDR images. I like them but as they are easy now I do wonder a little.
SEE

Thursday, 14 February 2019

I WANTED SPARKLES.

Not the Hewitt boy's Sparkles but proper ones for the birthday video mark sevenish.
 This Blendering is becoming obsessive, not unhealthy so as I went for a haircut and still admired the hair cutter. Drop dead gorgeous she is and reasonable at six pounds a trim plus a tip for being quick with the scissors and comely.
I decided to do another birthday video. I wanted multicoloured sparkles. Not asking a lot but 2.8 has forsaken groups. And Layers. We now have to use collections. These Collections are better for instancing. (Your guess is as good as mine). They do work a bit like groups. Finding out what to click when and where is a real pain but endlessly entertaining.

I have had a couple of days fighting software. Adobe has a great selection tool in the eraser. It will separate a horses hair on it's mane or tail from the background, assuming the background has some contrast it doesn't need much but you do have to take passes with adjustments in between them. It  is no good shooting in JPEG through a phone or worse still a bridge camera. One needs massive files to produce a tidy result. The problem is setting it up to do it. Anyone with PS6 wants to know just ask; I'll do a tutorial on the hidden nightmare. I began to see the attraction of one click Apps with a slider or two.

The following video is my attempt at showing how to use collections to group multiple objects as particles in Blender 2.8. There are a few interesting and colourful bits for the majority who won't succumb to the free entertainment this software provides and I finish off with my latest project which is getting object transparency using the EEVEE render engine. A right pain in the bum it is too but I'm almost there.
 I have rehearsed this a dozen times over an hour or so but still cuckoo on the final screen grab. I'd be a terrible actor. I can't learn my wurds. My fingers press stupid. Special needs I am.


That's all for now.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

SUCCESSFUL FUN.

Yesterday my brain turned to mush but when I woke this morning just a few clicks sorted the problem. No special needs for me. This is done start to finish in Blender 2.8. I'm not an artist so that side of things could do with improvement. The video rendered at between six and eight seconds a frame using EEVEE. I suspect that using cycles the time would be measured in minutes a frame. I'm a happy clicker.
That's all for now.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

FUN.

Life can be a little depressing at times. I am struggling to master Blender 2.8 but I am making progress. It does crash now and again. Not that often unless I confuse it.
 It reminds me of the time years ago when I went to work in France, I spoke all day in French to the best of my ability. After work we used to go for a beer and after I had got used to their custom of two tiny glasses and not our custom of three or four pints, it was grand.....Almost....I can speak languages but can't write them. This is how the conversation went. After the first round.
Rigger. " questque tu prend?"
Me.       " Un autre si vous plait."
Rigger. "Que d├ęsire?"
Me.      "Uno cerveza por favour?"
Rigger. " AAH.... Le meme chose......Graci.
So language is learnt. Everything else for that matter.
A week later we entered the same cafe and It was my turn to get the first round. I asked what they would like, Keska eel prendez. They said, Cinq, something different to biers but it was Saturday lunch time so I thought it was a special drink they had taught me. I recited it twice and in I went. The lassy didn't bat an eye when I conveyed their wishes but when they followed me she flew from behind the bar and thrashed them with a wet towel. I did ask what they thought she was capable of giving me five of and more to the point could I survive it. They were all in convulsions so I never did find out. My French wasn't up to it. So language is learnt.
School should be for the three Rs. No good asking a teacher to teach this 3D malarkey. No good asking me but I have had a request or five and I don't bull shit. I can sort simple stuff for folk. Teachers seem to demean pupils to cover their own inadequacies. (that was a hard wurd; Thank the Google for spell chucker)
Blender 2.8 is a lot like this. I went back to 2.79 and was struggling. The new interface is so much more intuitive that I am in awe of the work and effort involved. It will take ages for the manual to catch up so I am doing what I always do; click on stuff, pray and try and remember what worked and what didn't.
This morning I downloaded a new Beta version and low and behold it gets better. Silly things like fonts are now easily legible in the font viewer, the bevel tool is silky smooth, the video editor accepts image sequences without any hassle. If you drag and drop HDRIs then it is a disaster zone that takes twenty minutes with Mapping to sort...Half sort.....I can get it something like. If you load them sensibly through the node they work fine.  It will get sorted. I am on my third iteration of 2.8 Beta and if you see anything below I've done summat.
I definitely did summat.
I got both screens full to overflowing with PNG images. Bastard! I saved them to a file on my desktop as is my wont but it ignored the file bit. Not only that it ignored my sparkles! See no sparkles. Bastard EEVEE and bastard Blender.
You aren't supposed to see the cone bit and the lighting needs a shove. EEVEE is good but it will Take me an hour or several to work out what to push where. I am pushing it as little as possible the particles are this shaped.

I use the funny thing on the right as a particle, it has two fewer vertices than a cube and two more faces to react with light. It's only four days to her birthday, Help.
That's all.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

PERFECT.

This morning was a little chilly. Not as chilly as America but then they aren't protected from the foibles of weather by the EU. 
It was -11°C with about the same inch of snow we have enjoyed for a day or two , not a breath of wind so perfect. The wind turbines were having a rest here so the birds were safe and the turbine owners couldn't care less as they get paid anyway. My, silly money, electricity was flowing at 17p/KWh so I was nice and warm inside. Seventeen pence for a KWh, a stupid price to pay but one has to be green. Green energy costs three times that produced by combined cycle gas turbines and we are not short of gas or coal. The solar panels will be clocking up a bit but then it's dark in winter so not for long. I am thinking of running a red diesel gen set again and waiting to laugh at the moaning when power cuts happen. I just downloaded the numbers. Every job in renewable costs around £100,000. The workers are not paid that but the quangos and investors have to take their cut. The country is run by ignorant idiots who employ more of the same ilk to advise them.

 It is total folly to rely on the wind or the sun to power a country. I heard the other day that old folk get help but as I live incognito I don't. I bet the young muzzies and Somalian stabbies do. Little tinkers they know where to go for a liberal welcome.
Anyway onto our wander two. I called at Sainsbury's as I'd run out of bread, milk and Gaviscon. I am suffering terrible heartburn at night and it helps and so it should at £ 8.50p a bottle and it is only a little bottle. A tenth the size of a wine one. I thought it might be alcohol intolerance but having forsaken the drink several months ago I'm thinking of starting it again. Be cheaper than bloody Gaviscon. Then it was a quick run to Loch Leven, it is mostly frozen with a strange sort of semi plastic ice. Can't say I've seen this stuff before. It makes waves or ripples but really slowly. 


It was great to watch it. Then on the way back I saw this little bird but I only had a 50mm lens on so have had to crop the image within a pixel of it's life. Made a good day better.
It's a Tree Creeper but it was behaving very strangely, it could fly but it only flew to the bottom of the next tree, usually they run up them in a helical hopping manner. It seemed fine with the flying. Possibly a special needs Tree Creeper.
Have fun in the cold. 

Sunday, 27 January 2019

SERIOUS MUPPETRY.

I am spending far too much time messing with the Beta version of Blender 2.8. She's like a new girlfriend. I keep pressing all the wrong buttons and wonder why she doesn't work properly or to my satisfaction.
Looking on the sunny side of life Blender bloody 2.8 Beta doesn't require expensive meals and wine. It is immense fun; having blundered about in 3D software for a few years now I sometimes but rarely have a clue what has gone amiss with my cunning plan. If it is engineering stuff I check but with Blender it is just birthday cards and such stuff, ArtyFarty things. I am having troubles but am really impressed with what I've seen of the new version. It works when it works and when it works it does so perfectly.
Here is a video of my blundering in Blender. It is often useful to animate materials or the transparency of them. It can be faked to a certain extent by scaling the object down to zero but it would be nice to scale the visibility. It's easy when you know how. 
That is it for today if anyone would like to see a tutorial  on shrinkwrap and shape keys then I'll get around to doing one.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

THIS, THAT and MORE BLENDER 2.8.

It is a busy week. A new tractor arrived in the dark yesterday. It's a NEW HOLLAND 3160 all the way from France. It looks great and I'll get some photos as soon as it comes back out of the barn. Barn is a posh word for what we call the shed here. It will replace the gorgeous old Zetor who will be semi-retired and it will manage the fields better than the 3460 which is great for dumper dragging and subsoiling but a little large for ploughing, bailing, tedding in tight uppy and downy hill fields.
I have been having no end of problems with Blender crashes. I put it down to my using the new Beta version. I went onto Blender's development forum and was little wiser, they talk in gobbledegook but they are not working on problems with materials so I surmised that it must be me. I got up to date drivers for my CP and GPU and installed them. I got rid of horrendous quantities of Windows update files, I deleted loads of temp files and %temp% files I now have a primary drive about 50% full. The machine has two drives but I rarely use the second as I forget it's there. I shifted videos and heavy stuff like RAW files to a Transcend external drive. What a clean computer, the result is no more crashes. I'll have to show the same enthusiasm for my oven. The latter has been a bugger to light lately. 
I have a couple of birthday cards to do and soon. I send folk an E-card. Usually....Well from next time...A still shot and with a link to their own birthday video. A video I hope will be perfect. I'll be damned if I'm paying the thick end of a pound for a stamp. The Post Office used to be fine until the grubby money grabbing Krauts, who never paid a penny in reparation for the grief they caused twice, decided that it was a monopoly and against their interests. DHL came in after paying our politicians to destroy the P.O. monopoly. They destroyed the monopoly but then buggered off and left us with stupid plastic slotty things to confuse customers and staff at Post Offices. You don't find DPD messing with a little plastic template. If they can lift it and zoom about without running over folk they will deliver it and our local man Joe, barring a traffic accident is perfect. Always on time. He is better than Postman Pat. We have Postman Steve. He is good, arrives everyday but doesn't have stamps on his van so can't take unstamped mail to post. Fair enough he gets to pop round his round but could supplement his income by selling stamps to folk that were desperate.
This video is me trying to find my way around Blender. I can't find the video non linear editor in it but since BlackMagic the posh Aussie camera folk bought Fusion and made Fusion free I guess it may be shoved down Blenders list of priorities. Fusion is not to be confused with Fusion 360 the cloud based 3D programme or App as we hip folk call software. Hip folk makes me sound like a sodding vegan or transvestite they are much the same in my experience.
Here is the video despite fine tuning in Audacity I still sound a bit croaky. I had ManFlu over Christmas, was off the drink but managed the odd roll-up, couldn't lift a horses head collar. I felt like death but if you can have a roll-up you know all is not yet lost.
All the best.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

CONTROL PLUS (S).

I have been having an interesting time using the Alpha version of Blender 2.8. I love the new interface, I can't praise it enough, suits me a treat. The downside is this development version doesn't seem to like me using posh materials. It crashes with monotonous regularity. I can barely read the Ctrl and S keys so often have I had to save. Good job I know where they are. The new EEVEE render engine is very fast and I can live with the somewhat cartoony effect. I found a box to check which does soften shadows. There is so much good that is new that I can't believe how clunky it makes previous versions seem. The Cycles render engine is still there for high days, holidays and posh stuff.
The following short video is me having a bit of a play with the Boolean modifier. At the beginning there are a couple of stills to illustrate how this animation is created. I'll pop them in here as well to save you pausing the video. The viewport can get a little cluttered with the transform overlay and everything else.
I have highlighted the bit you click if you want to switch overlays on and off. The video shows the cut left by this cone which I scaled and tilted whilst moving it about.
These are the bits one switches off to stop the cone being visible in the final render.
I have kept this short but should anyone be interested in how it's done then let me know.
Enjoy your week.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

WINTER TREE WITH LIGHTS.

Oh what fun I am having with Blender 2.8. The video  sequence editor accepts nothing by menu. It will accept video if I drag and drop, I usually render a frame at a time and select the stills as a job lot to import, I can't make it play. I hope they haven't forgotten the VSE as Fusion is free.
The EEVEE render engine is superb. The following video is rendered in it at 2K and at about twelve seconds a frame unbelievably quick. The old cycles engine though much better is overkill for video,  though visually much better for a still image of a composite. This video has volumetric lighting, particles and bloom which is new or something I've never seen in previous versions. It's like a posh foggy look. Really gave the old system a pasting. 
This is a demo from blender, they are great for getting the feel of the software. I don't load by Appending I drag and drop into a cleared 3D screen. Appending stuff is fine but it's all too easy to miss a bit. 2.8 is still in Beta so far from user friendly or at least friendly to this user. It seems everything has changed, mostly for the better. It is stable but roll on the final release and thank you to all the developers.

It passes time on cold murky days.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

NEW YEAR, NEW BLENDER.

I have downloaded Blender 2.8 Beta for the New Year. It was released in Beta about a month ago. It seems stable enough from what I've seen. I had a bit of bother unzipping the download using WinZip so right clicked the Zip file and did it that way. There is no installer at the moment so after much pondering and a few naughty words I clicked on the Blender icon  and it loads up quick sticks. Here is the bit I clicked on.

If in doubt I click the largest file. Seems to do the job nine times out of ten. It loads straight away so no problems there. I just wish I were computer literate, it would save hours of head scratching. The thing I like about computers is that it is hard to really cuckoo the job. I did copy and save the zipped file in case I managed to confuse the machine. A not unheard of occurrence.
This version of Blender has a magical feature called EEVEE it is a real time render engine and I was so impressed that I made a little video to show you all why. The Blender render engine is gone but Cycles is still there for really posh renders. Many shortcuts have gone and we now have leftclick select which is grand for someone like me who uses several 3D programmes.
Here it is doing it's stuff in real time.
Brilliant so much to learn and so much fun to be had. I was going to build the video here in 2.8 but bottled it and used my normal workflow. Blender 2.7b for the pictures, Audacity for the sound as my voice is croaky and the dogs always need editing out and finally Handbrake just to reduce file size for YouTube.
A good start to 2019.