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Browsing Archive: August, 2012

Something cool!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Friday, August 31, 2012,
Hey all!

Recently Andrew Price posted a video that someone made. A smoothing of the Mars Rover Curiosity making it's landing a week or more ago. When I saw it, I noticed that he only smoothed out the planet. Though it was magnificently done, it lacked a lot in the rest of the video's smoothness and immediately I was reminded of this program called:
Motion Perfect.

What it does is it draws missing frames for you so you don't have to. That means that if you slipped up and recorded your home movie ...
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Remember the Ogg

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, August 30, 2012, In : General 
Hey all!

I've gotten some feedback where people have struggled to open the videos I upload and send them (not just one, so please don't think you are being singled out), so I am re-posting about the video and audio format I use.

For video and audio I use OGG (no audio on the site yet, but I'm really working on getting something up here).
To play the OGG files, you do need to do one of two things (or both):
 - Download VLC and play the OGG files with that
 - Download the DirectShow filters here and...
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Progress on the final stages of the Blender Render section

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, In : General 
Hey peoples!

I have been working hard this morning fixing some things, shrinking others and having quite a bit to do, lol.

Specifically, I can't disclose it yet (want it to be surprise), but I can tell you that there are at least still two pages to finish and add, bringing the total amount of pages to a round 150 for the Blender Render section (if I don't find more to add of course), but I have started working with Cycles again so I can do it justice for all of you.

I also made sure that I can r...
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Blender Render section (almost) complete!!!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, August 27, 2012, In : wip 
Whoohoo!!!! Blender render section of the tutorial is almost complete! It is incredible to say the least. At a practical advice packed level of 130+ pages so far, I am super excited about getting it finished and released!!

And, to celebrate it's almost completeness, here is the result from the flag tutorial when ropes are added. Ogg file as always (^^,).

Thank YOU soo much for all the help so far and especially all the guidance to get it to this point! YOU rock!!!!!!

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Lemon tree is growin'

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Friday, August 24, 2012, In : General 
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Apart from all the visual projects, I really do enjoy gardening. I believe HE asked me to plant quite a few things, one of which is this little lemon tree. I checked Wikipedia to make sure I wasn't taking a great picture of a weed, LOL.

Though the picture isn't very sharp, I really think for my cellphone's camera, it did come out extremely well. It was touched up in The Gimp.

This one was done with my dedicated digital camera and it required about the same amount of touch up, if not a b...
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Camera tracking tips!!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, August 23, 2012, In : General 
Hey all!!

I want to give you all a freebie on account of all the visitors to the site. 65 per week is a good number so far and I really appreciate every reader!!

The last week or so, I've done work with camera tracking, to try and figure out how I can best work with it and get a great result and HE has given some great advice on working with them and some features you may not know about in Blender.

- Plan your shot
There are many things to consider, one of them is the amount of complex shapes you...
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Opus Codec

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, August 16, 2012, In : General 
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For those of you who don't really go into much detail when it comes to video editing, you have many ways in which you can save a video. Many packaging ways, if you will, that can make the final video smaller in size than other packaging methods. These methods we call codecs. As this is a very competitive market to find the most effective packaging method, there are a lot of politics around their use and patents are involved, and so on and so on. What that means is, that if you use cer...
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Flag animation is successful!!!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, In : Tutorials 
Hey all!

Yesterday I told you guys that I wanted to include the animation part in the flag tutorial. As you can imagine, a modeled flag looks great, but is pretty useless if you can't use it in a video, so I really really felt that HE insisted I find a way to animate it successfully.

While messing around with it over the last few days while working on this, I tried a few methods, all of which sucked and only Sunday morning did HE show me how to do it in a way that would look good.
So, after appl...
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Flag tutorial is almost finished

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, August 13, 2012, In : Tutorials 
Hey all!

I got the chance to work on the book again Saturday. This time on the flag tutorial and I am very very excited about the results so far!

I am still working on animation, but for static images the tutorial is about a page from finished. I want to include animation as this tutorial will then truly set the tutorial apart in proving that you can do a lot with procedural textures.

So far the tutorial covers how to use them with certain modifiers:
 - Subdivision Surface (making the displacemen...
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New method working right!!!!!!!!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, In : wip 
HE showed me how to remove the ghosting almost completely!!!!!

I am super excited to let you all in on this! Earlier today, I was busy with the 3D tutorial again and trying very hard to figure out what the problem was with the new method video in the previous post. It just seemed so flat, as though the 3D and shards were on a flat surface, suspended in mid-air. And after much fiddling with the system and trying to see what outputs look how where, HE pointed me to the Depth Map. So I looked at ...
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The 3D tutorial applies to video too

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, In : Tutorials 
Hey all!

I actually thought it was obvious that the 3D tutorial applied to video as well, but apparently I thought a little too much there, lol. A great friend of mine started asking me about it and was surprised when I mentioned it's for video as well (and this guy is more educated in PC's than I am), so if it wasn't obvious to him, it will most certainly not be obvious to most (possibly not even to Blender users), so here it is:
It works on video too; YEY!

Anyway, I have been working on a solu...
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Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, August 6, 2012, In : The Gospel 
What a church and what a band!!! Wow!

I've only known about their music for maybe a year or so and we only have one album of the theirs in the house called "ONE" and is it a hit!! While it was recorded all the way back in '09, I still really really enjoy the songs on the CD.

They have a rock sound with a techno mix and it just sounds incredible and I really wish that worship was like this at the church we go to... The life, passion and quality is for me incomparable from what I've encountered a...
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Another location for the download

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Saturday, August 4, 2012, In : Tutorials 
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There is another website where you are free to download the 3D tutorial currently uploaded. It is a site called Bizla's Room (he's a great friend I met on You can also check out some of his tutorials on more advanced things as well as another friend of his going by the alias BlenderCranium. Though I am still to check out some of his stuff there, I am pleased that such a website exists, so if you can't find among mine what you need to get the bases covered, you can...
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Zeroed in on the ghosting issue in the 3D tutorial!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, August 2, 2012, In : Tutorials 
For those of you who have tried the 3D tutorial, you have noticed there tends to come a ghost-like effect when you put the glasses of any kind.

Today JESUS showed me what the problem was, so now I am working very hard with HIM to fix the coloring issues and so far it's going really well. I might just keep the old on uploaded as antique, but I fully plan on releasing an updated version (also free).

Currently, the new version, without color alteration, makes your one eye over compensate, but I am...
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Book continueing!!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, In : General 
Oh thankful am I!!!!!! lol

I've been working on the book for what feels like a year (think it's been 6 months, but I'm not sure). Anyway, today I got the chance to continue working on the flag tutorial for the book and got around 16 pages done!!!!!!! Double yey!!!

For the moment though, there isn't much to show from the tutorial, but I will add that it does include a how to on making the French flag as well as the SA flag (proudly SA peoples c'',) )!!

Hopefully it surprises you how flexible proc...
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"For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen."
Revelation 22:18-21

"Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar."
Proverbs 30:6

King James Version, Public Domain

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