Thursday, September 30, 2010

3D Modelling Software Comparison

Ok so I figured I'd do a post about something other than my Uni life.

So I will compair (in my opinion) a few 3D modelling applications that I have used, listing pros and cons.

Made by Autodesk (who will soon own everything) this is the industry standard for movies.
-Lots of capabilities
-Learning curve is a cliff
-User Interface indecipherable

Made by Maxon, this program doesn't get the credit it deserves, it is both versatile and with every update gets more and more features.
-Easy to understand Interface
-Pretty decent capabilities
-Lacks higher end functions
-Due to obscurity, lacks file support in other applications.

3D Studio Max:
Also owned by Autodesk, this is the industry standard for games.
-Good workflow
-User Friendly
-Still very confusing User Interface
-Not available on Mac

Open Source from the Blender Foundation, free for all.
-Lots of high end capabilities
-User interface unlike any other 3d program in existence
-Another learning cliff

A Google Owned 3D program, also free for the basic version.
-Easy as hell to use
-Comes with good starting tutorials
-Completely Lacks high end features
-Irritating at times with limitation in creating shapes.

Well I hope someone found this interesting, maybe later I'll do some reviews of other types of 3D applications.

Peace out.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Why the diiiick

So I am total fail at thinking of an idea for my next animation assignment.

I want to do something in 1st person so I can be a bit different, but it needs something more animated in it and to be more than a floating camera.

I'm thinking of doing people getting ready to go scuba diving IE doing a buddy check, which has a lot of potential for lots of external animation, along with being something im familiar with, having scuba dived myself.

Then there is multimedia, i ned to make a website and upload a podcast and a video (other assignments, one of which i have done) and i have to write an essay on something about art and technology then finally a soundscape which will be the sound to my animation, so i dont have toooooooo much to do but i have a fair amount for 3 weeks.....shit

so the moral of this story is if you want to do animation at Uni, have lots of time to do work in, or

Friday, September 17, 2010


Massive Essay done....not massive actually...1500 words.....big for me though. give me a break im an art student gee
anywho also I submitted my 3 "photorealistic" renders in Maya for another assessment (tis the season)
why not have a looksy? Well you already did considering they're up there, but meh
so what does the internet think?
umm also if they seem thin and cut off, thats only because they are, open them in another tab to view them in full on glory.

Friday, September 3, 2010

More MPI in the new semester...

So now I have to make a 1 minute podcast about some new and up coming technology, so I'm gonna do the sixth Sense technology that was unveiled at TED in 2009, quite an awesome piece of technology. Here is the draft script for my podcast:

These days everyone wants the latest technological marvel. The newest smart phone or the best laptop, your portable electronic devices define you as much as does your clothes or choice of deodorant.

But, when you think about it, going beyond the fashion statement so obviously made by these pieces of plastic, what are we really paying lots….and lots, of money for? What do we get out of it? Connectivity, and information, and the ever more seamless access to the two. Devices are gearing towards more and more intuitive connection between user and device, trying to blur the line between them. A perfect device would be one we don’t even know we are using. Such a thing almost exists. At TED India in 2009, one of the Technology, Entertainment, Design conferences, Pranav Mistry revealed his brainchild known as Sixth Sense Technology. Imagine you’re on holiday in some distant country; you want to take a picture of something? Just make the classic framing gesture with your thumbs and forefingers and it’s done. Want to know what that sign says? The English translation appears beneath it and you’re on your way. You’re in a coffee shop with your travelling companions and want to decide what to do next, so a map of the local area with points of interest appears on the table, you flick through the weather reports, touch a landmark and more information appears before you.

All this and more is possible with Sixth Sense. All you have is a small projector and camera hanging from your neck or on your hat. The camera recognises your gestures and your surroundings, and the projector gives you the information you desire, from your “desktop”, now available anywhere, to anything you can imagine.

sadly i read this out at a fast pace and it went for 1:30 so I have to trim it.