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Major Node Groups Update and news

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Saturday, August 10, 2019, In : News 
Hey all!!

A few things in this post:
 - Bring Gerco Home
 - Node groups - one update and a few new features
 - Update on Exodus and YouTube

Bring Gerco Home is a campaign to fund the money to pay the ransom for Gerco's release. Gerco is was a paramedic at the time of capture and is currently held hostage to the small amount of $1.5mil. I have no idea who they think they've kidnapped, but the family simply doesn't have that kind of money. Not even close. The exchange rate isn't friendly here either...

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For anime - New Style Candle

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, January 19, 2017, In : Tutorials 
Hey all!

Oh yes! Finally got to do another tutorial - PRAISE GOD!! :D


Thank YOU LORD!

Another one in the sub-series on fire, I get to show you how to create a more modern style, and more animated style, of candle flame that you can use in your animations. Thankfully, we now have three in the series! I definitely need to make a subsection in the tutorial sections! haha.

You may recall that this candle style features in Esther 6:


(GOD is awesome!!)

While this is not exactly the same method, in that t...

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Yay, it's up

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, In : General 
Hey all!

The last post I did was on the other blog - about cast approx in the material options. Check it out!

Today I want to share with you something of an experiment for me - writing sound effects as well as music!
This is a fairly recent video I did for Cross Allegiance:


(Check out the rest of our videos on our YouTube channel - Editing done by Sterling C Franklin)

I was going for a spacy look with this one, because this is an abstract concept that translates into the natural. Basically, it com...

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Some news

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, In : General 
Hey all!

On the post today:
> New competition - What really happened
> New images
> A brilliant tutorial
> Blender news in one place on Facebook
> The panther dynamics facebook page and portfolio blog

> New Competitions are sometimes exciting and sometimes they can really take you by surprise. I was very surprised by Andrew's latest competition on his site, Blender Guru, and the theme is: What really happened. At first you're thrown for a loop and you think: "Wha'?!", but this actually has some very...
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Moving onto video

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, March 27, 2014, In : Teaching and prayer 
Heya everyone!

Today I get to share a recent project. Now, I'm not new to video, yet I still feel like a total amateur, haha. Evenso, I'm rather thankful with how this turned out:



While I know GOD helped me make most of what you see, I'm not the only one who put the final together, that was Sterling. I only made the pieces, he stuck them together. Be sure to check out his SCF Mobile for his programming work and Cross Allegiance.org and Djsterf.Net for his ministry work.

> Sound is a lot harder t...
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Old renders are ready-to-use material

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, March 10, 2014, In : Tips 
Hey all!

Feels like forever since the last post, but it seems that I'm only going to be able to do weekly posts for a while. Long story, but, for today, I would like to share a secret with you. A very very big one that the lecturers go on about when you study design.

That secret is: The more work you finish, the more work you have to fall back on for later projects; a library of free material if you will.

For example, you all know I've done a series of images based on the 4 seasons by Vivaldi. N...
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Button crazy

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, In : Yola Features!! 
Good day everyone!

Today I saw that Yola added a new widget; a button!

Now, considering that this is a new widget, it will be basic, but functional. The catch comes when resisting the temptation to place it everywhere to replace whatever it is you've already done.

I've personally been using the custom panel widget to create buttons and they've worked really well so far; considering of course that only the text inside is clickable, they look like this:


For the time being, the button itself, looks ...
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New competition and some news

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, February 10, 2014, In : Blender News 
Hey all!!

There are a few topics for today's post:
- New Blender Guru Competition
- Texture Baking
- Content call (BlenderArt Magazine)


 - New BlenderGuru Competition
Now, it's been a while since my last post and it feels like months, even though it's only been like a week, haha. Anywho, firstly, there is a new competition from Andrew; Characters! Oooh! I would absolutely luv to participate in this one and I hope you will. I haven't been able to for the last few, for various reasons, but this one i...
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Expressions

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, January 20, 2014, In : Quick Blog Tutorial 
Hey all!!

Yes, expressions, but not as in:
:-)
[^^,]
('c ',)
or even
q^_^p

No, we're talking, the expressions we use in programming! Oh yes, we're going to get to grips with some of it today!


An expression is something that acts as a filter. It can be explained as follows:

I want something to go through, only when it is in a certain range, for example:

I have a speedometer, but the steering should have no effect on movement below a certain speed. Now, I'm going to write something like this in the expre...
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A blog post about a blog

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, January 16, 2014, In : General 
Hey there!!

I hope you all enjoyed the post from yesterday about text in BGE. Apparently, it can be called Dynamic Text; news to me, haha.
   Anyway, today I bring you something a little different and that is, a new blog!

Initially, I was not too thrilled about the idea, however, I believe that it's something I needed to do. Partly to get traffic going there so that people will be able to find my work a lot easier, but also just to write a little more broadly than what I do here.

This new blog is...
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Mouse control

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, January 13, 2014, In : Quick Blog Tutorial 
Good day there everyone!

Today I'm coming at you with another QBT! Still on BGE; that page is really growing! JESUS is so good to us with all this free content! Just amazing!

We are covering, mouse control!

This is a bit of an off-topic of what I thought I was going to do, but this is also quite crucial to some games, so this may just surprise you.
   When using the mouse for control, we can do pretty much anything with it with logic bricks, except use it as a looking point. In other words, there...
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Brilliant

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, January 9, 2014, In : The Gospel 
Hey there peoples!

I saw this video on The Comfort Zone yesterday and it was just so cool, check it out:



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New tutorial

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, In : Tutorials 
Hey all!

A special day indeed. A new game engine tutorial:

Particles

As you know, I did a QBT version of this earlier this week, but this is much more in depth than that one. I replaced that one with this tutorial on the game engine page. The scene is of course not included, because this tutorial is about a method, not modeling, or texturing or whatever.

This short 10 page tutorial, cover to cover, is here to tell you how to figure out how to add particles for your particular situation.

I just kno...
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First Blender video tutorial, yes

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, In : Tutorials 
Hey all!

This has been on my mind and heart for quite some time and I am very very happy announce that the first Blender video tutorial is up! You can find it and hopefully future ones in the navigation on the far right.


This one is like a twist on the QBT I did a while back on having multiple UV unwraps on a single object. Very simple tutorial, but this one takes it in a different angle; using a UV unwrap to twist your textures to fit your shape's goal.

I hope this video tutorial blesses you im...

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Parental Rigging

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Friday, December 27, 2013, In : Quick Blog Tutorial 
Hey all!

Back with another QBT. Possibly the last one for the year, but we'll see what GOD decides on this.

Okay, so, if you're new to the Game Engine, but not Blender, you would've probably done rigging using the armature modifier. Unfortunately, most of the modifiers, have 0 effect or influence as soon as you press P to start the game.

I was wondering then, well how in the world do people then rig a character if you can't rig a character, until I was shown in a tutorial how to do it. It wasn't...
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MercyMe - Shake

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, December 9, 2013, In : General 
Hey all!

I'm currently working on a new tutorial that I really hope will surprise a lot of you like it did me, but while I'm working on it, I can't post any new content as there really is nothing to be posted that looks really good, haha. In addition, I am considering adding a shortcut for all the QBT's so far under the Blender Tutorials page, just like for the Blender Game Engine Tutorials page.

I do have something absolutely fantastic to share and that is one of MercyMe's new songs called Sha...
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Anti-aliasing with NVidia and Blender

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, December 2, 2013, In : Quick Blog Tutorial 
Hey all!

This post is a bit more toward the game developer than the gamer and that is anti-aliasing in Blender's Game Engine.
Nvidia has in it's control panel, something called: "Let the 3D application decide". While this may work for exe games, I found that on my PC, this does nothing with Blender and keeps it as aliased as the day is long, haha.

In order to fix this, you have to make the card's control panel decide the quality level, and from there, Blender can turn it off or on, however it is...
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Quick notice and a big something

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, November 28, 2013, In : Tutorials 
Good day all!

I haven't been able to make many posts these past week and there are various reasons for it; from weather to connection upgrades. You name it, haha. Currently, I am very very thankful to be able to let you know that there is another BGE (Blender Game Engine) tutorial up! This one, on the toon shading from a few weeks ago.

I was given this name for it: Toon Style Made Simple
Sounds like it has to do with dressing cartoon characters, but I think it's very clever. This is the cover:

Ob...
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A little news

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, In : Blender News 
Hey all!

For those who haven't seen it yet, the new Caminandes video has been released a week or so ago. It is called Gran Dillama. I hope you enjoy it too:



In short, I also changed the home page a bit. Before, I used images to link to the main areas of the site, but the logistical nightmare of getting those done everytime I add or change something, just makes it not worth the effort at all. So! I was given this fantastic idea:
- Remove the grass icon, make it separate and resize it
- Use actual ...

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Toons, the conclusion_haha

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Friday, November 22, 2013, In : Blender News 
Hey all!

Looks like we're 5 for 5 this week!! Amazing!! Huge blessing! Only 3 posts on tooning though.

Now, today is a really special day in regards to tooning, because, we have been working on this fantastic topic all week. With a lot of grace and teamwork, we got a spectacular result and learned quite a bit. So, let's recap.

When we started the week, I shared a very comic-like style with you all, focused on normal influence of the ramp in both Diffuse and Specular options. It looks fantastic, ...
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New tutorial, a wip

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Friday, November 15, 2013, In : General 
Hey all,

I'm currently working on a new free tutorial and I'm really jazzed about posting it. Simply stated, it is how to make a speedometer and link it to a specific object. The same technique will be applicable in many other ways, but I'll add that in the tutorial :D.

Because of this work, I may not be able to enter the current Blender Guru Competition, but if I am able to, I would like to take a different approach and give you a behind the scenes type look of how I work.

Anywho, hope you get ...
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Wow

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, November 11, 2013, In : The Gospel 
Hey all,

I'd like to tell you about a fantastic webshow called, The Comfort Zone, with Ray Comfort. Absolutely incredible and the last episode was just amazing and here it is:



I know, the thumbnails don't do it for me either, but the show is truly worth watching!

For more, you can check out the LivingWaters YouTube channel, here!
For the official webshow broadcast site, check out TCZLive, here!

Have a fantastic day and, I hope to put up another post today!

Thank YOU!!!!!!!




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New Blender website

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, November 7, 2013, In : Blender News 
Good day everyone!

The redesign of the Blender website has been going on for a while, but, it was posted recently and advertised through the Blender Institute's FB page.

I really like the re-design. It is a bit easier to navigate than before, imo, and I really like the white. The store seems to still look the same, but I'm sure there is a solid reason for that, as it is one of the Blender Foundations' sources of income.

I totally recommend you check it out!
The URL, written out is:
http://www.blen...
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Blender UI Proposal

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, October 17, 2013, In : Blender News 
Hey everyone!

Here you go! Andrew's proposal for the Blender UI (user interface)! In the YouTube description there is a survey to answer, but to make it easier for you all, I will link to everything in this post. Just see the end of the post for a collection of links; a post-map if you will.

The proposal (not the movie, haha):



Description:
"Published on Oct 16, 2013
Read the post: http://www.blenderguru.com/new-blende...

This video outlines my proposed solutions to the current UI
problems addressed ...

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Blender Survey - Very Important

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, In : Blender News 
Hey all!

This one goes out to all Blender users and friends and family of Blender users. Andrew Price (Blender Guru), has been on a personal project with the User Interface (UI) of Blender for a bit now and has some great suggestions. In order to make sure his proposals for changes as effective as possible, he needs to know how you use Blender, so please answer the surveys below (if you're thinking of using it, answer too please and if you know someone, please tweet, +1 or share this post):

- L...
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A fresher look

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Saturday, September 28, 2013,
Hey all!

Today, as if you didn't see it yet, haha, the site has a new look!

The previous look was okay, but it just felt messy to me, even from the get-go. While I received compliments on it and I believe they were honest, I was not crazy about the look. I really felt lead quite a while back to refresh the look of the site and I really like the new look.

This new template is themed around a forest-like look and I really enjoy the combination of the faded brown and soft greens. Hope you enjoy thi...
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Wood

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, August 22, 2013, In : The book 
Hey all!

Today I want to share with you the background in focus. This has three purposes:
1) I believe GOD wants me to share this
2) To show you that procedural textures look great, even close-up and
3) To show you one of the techniques in the upcoming book

Now, here is the image:


You can't see a lot of knots here, really, but I didn't want really high contrast in this image, however, you can see one and some hints of where there would be. For example, the top layer of planks, big one, lower left c...

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Finally back to doing something, lol

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Friday, April 26, 2013, In : General 
Hey everyone!

I am still editing on the book, but this last week has been garden work like never before and today I took some time off to just do something fun (was so tired I fell asleep whenever I sat down, lol).

Anyway, I am working on something with the ocean modifier (not specifically for the ocean modifier, but it may certainly apply), but first I had to get a material in Cycles that I would be happy with and this was the result:



While it may be far too dark in this scene, it is really not...
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Run-off streaks more rough

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, October 29, 2012, In : wip 
Hey all!

This is all for today, because I had some other work and it took a while to write and explain how to do it, but I am still very jazzed with the final result, so here is the old one and the new one:


left side = old run-off with displacement
right side = new run-off with displacement



Overall, I like it, but as you can see, the floor remains pretty much untouched since the last post. Will keep you updated!

Have a great one!

Thank YOU!!!!!!!!

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Cycles part started!!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, September 10, 2012, In : Tutorials 
Hey all!!

I've been a bit quiet lately, because I've been finishing up the Blender Render section of the book and today I started with the Cycles Render section!!! Yey!!

The main focus for today I wanted to be caustics at one point, but then I realized it's more important to find out how in the world you can layer the textures like in Blender Render and HE helped me by reminding me of a tutorial Andrew did. His introduction to Cycles tutorial to be precise. Anyway, the details on the how is for...
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Opus Codec

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, August 16, 2012, In : General 
Hey all!

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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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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Another location for the download

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Saturday, August 4, 2012, In : Tutorials 
Hey all!

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 BlenderArtists.org). 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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New Covers

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, In : wip 
It's been a while since I've shared anything creative here (feels like forever and yet it's only been about two weeks at the most, lol). So I've decided to post the new cover pages of the Snow tutorial and the new Orange in the book.
Hope you like 'em!!



The first one is extremely vague on modeling, because that needs to be the artist's job, but it is quite clear on the texturing, which is what it's about. Both include a FullHD render of the cover pic (without cropping) at the end of the tutoria...
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GOD gave my dad a job!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, In : Teaching and prayer 
This is just so cool!

My dad had just gotten ready to start with the car service thing and was lead (unknowingly to him) to buy the newspapers one more time and apply for whatever he finds there and guess what, within a week he got the job!

So the car service gig is out and he started yesterday. Things are going well so far and we pray it will only get better from here.

Why is this just so cool? Because after more than a year of job searching, applying possibly thousands of times, this last prom...
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Brand New Free Tutorial!!!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Friday, February 24, 2012, In : Tutorials 
Heya peoples!!

Great news! I just finished a new free tutorial on Procedural Textures in Blender:
Procedural Textures - An Introduction

It features details on the cloud procedural texture as well as two tutorials on how you can apply them to create things you'd normally need to buy textures for or find online. This way, you can get smart, make your own and stand out. This is the cover:


Currently, it is only available through e-mail order due to it's size (~12 MB PDF), but absolutely worth it. You...

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Yes! Online shopping!!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, February 2, 2012, In : Yola Features!! 
As most businesses in content provision, I would absolutely luv to expand to include international digital download sales of videos, models, images, music, etc. But this is quite a challenge when the only way to get your clients their items, is via e-mail. It doesn't look very professional, though still functional.

Recently, about a month ago, Yola asked for beta testers of a new Online Store feature. While I knew there were plans in the works for an online store, I didn't know about the testi...
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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


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