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Water Surface and Sun Rays tutorial - For Anime

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, April 19, 2018 Under: Tutorials
Hey all!

Tutorial time again!

Today we talk about the water surface and getting those beautiful sun rays (of course compositing). Continue reading - there's more!

JESUS rules!!! (^^,)

 - Sound
   I had major sound quality issues over the past year or so. It has been a nightmare to get clean audio! I was frustrated to the max! Everytime though, GOD did come through and I got okay audio, but there has always been a significant amount of noise - at least to the point where I couldn't remove most of it.

There are many reasons for this, but here are a few:
 - Electronic interference (from the plug - yeah, that bad)
We live in an area that is plagues with electronic interference. In fact, it covers most of the city - preventing simple plug-in mics like mine from functional at their best. This has been detremental, especially duing the day, for good quality audio. Thankfully, with some infrastructure upgrades through the years, it has dramatically improved! GOD is awesome!

 - Electronic interference (the computor itself)
This is a major issue for any studio and they have all manner of devices available that can separate the audio processing from the computer unit itself. This however is not a budgetary item for me right now - GOD will provide better equipment as HE proves faithful with what HE's given me so far.

 - Other programs (I KNOW RIGHT?! Who would've thought)
The shock of the year! haha. I was looking for solutions to sound this week when GOD opened up something to me I never expected. I closed blender and immediately my sound level was lower (I was using headphones at the time) and I was like: "What was that?!..." so I opened Blender again and sure enough, the hissing was back. Closed it, hissing gone, etc. I was amazed!!! Also puzzled by what to do.

GOD simply told me to separate my recording from my listening. I have two audio devices (on board and dedicated card) so I have the mic and speakers in one and the headphones in the other. This allows me to record from one sound card, while the audio from blender comes out through the other - preventing any bleeding onto the mic audio. This won't be an issue for stereo mix, as what I do atm allows me to keep it muted and add the audio files later.

 - The microphone
Like I said in a previous parapgraph, this is not something I can go and spend money on atm. So I have to use what I have. I have a senheizer headset with a mic (like those that call centers use) and it does give really great sound in post, but it records at an extremely low level - which I really can't explain (mic boost is on and the volume turned up). That extremely low level, means I get this high-frequency buzzing in the background (probably from my PC) that kinda eats away at the audio as I have to remove it in post. So I would really like to upgrade my audio in the near future! hahaha.
GOD willing - which I know HE is!

Conclusion on audio:
   If you experience noise that you simply can't remove, look at what programs are doing with your sound and listen for various issues. If you can, attempt to separate devices if you have more than one. If you have only one, try various work arounds (the LORD will lead you if you ask HIM). There was one guy who posted a video that said that if he doesn't turn his mic all the way up, he gets less static and it's a consistent solution for him. Try that.

At the end of the day, just do the best you can with what you have and if you do right and for the right reasons, GOD will bless it (that does not always mean what we'd like it to mean, haha). 

 - The look
The look of today's tutorial was brought to completion when GOD had me try something I did not expect - adding color to the result. I was stunned - that was it! The look!

Before that, I was kinda annoyed at the result, despite knowing it wasn't bad. The problem is it wasn't great either! haha. Now it's wonderful! GOD is awesome!!

 - Upscaling
Of course with all this being done today, I wanted to get it done as quickly as possible, so I rendered it out at 50% HD and then upscaled it with Waifu2X-caffe. It is a phenomenal little program that does static super resolution upscaling. Of course, if you do use it, it is completely at your own risk and by your own choice:

 - Size and data limitation
We are currently on a very severe data limited plan. So uploading large video files is really not an option. I thank GOD I was able to upload this in fullHD. In 2.79 we get new video encoding options for FFMPEG. This allows you to define a quality level instead of a size or bitrate - as well as encoding speed. Both of these dramatically reduce file size when used right (and if your video is very still like a tutorial). The final video that would've been uploaded, was over 700MB. The final upload 223MB - both FullHD and very little difference in visual quality. Granted, for us, this is still a significant amount atm, but wow wow wow wow! I am so grateful I could upload in Full 1080p HD!

Thank YOU LORD!!!

Without HIM, none of this would be possible! :D

Know JESUS yet? GOD is reaching out to you through these videos. HE loves you more than you can imagine and wants you to know HIM. Not because HE's lonely, but because HE loves you and paid a heavy price to enable you to go to Heaven, where HE is. See, we all have sinned in some way shape or form. That makes us guilty before GOD. If you have ever said that you hated someone, in GOD's standard, you have committed murder (James 4). If you've ever looked on a person with lustful thinking, you've already committed fornication with them in your heart and you are then guilty of sexual impurity. If you were to face GOD on judgement day, saying: "I was a good person" will be a void argument, just like it would be before a human judge. GOD knew that we would have to pay that penalty and that we could not pay it, even if we tried, but sent JESUS to pay the price for us. Your sins were put on HIM and the forgiveness that is there for you was by no means cheap - the cross was not padded and comfortable, neither was the death.

But, HE was raised up on the third day (after being crucified) and finished the work so that we may enter through HIM paying the penalty we were supposed to pay, but it is only valid for you, if you accept it and live for HIM.
If that is you today, please, follow this prayer:

"JESUS, I believe that YOU are real and I believe YOU died for me and was raised on the third day for me. Please forgive me for my many sins. I make YOU the LORD of my life, full time and to fill me with YOUR HOLY SPIRIT. Teach me how to live for YOU, help me become what YOU have made me to be, in JESUS' Name! Amen!"
To find out more, you can check out this link:

It gives you access to free Bible translations, free teaching videos and more. Remember, this is a decision with eternal consequence, choose life, choose JESUS. :D

Have a great one!!!

Thank YOU!!!!!!

 - Reminders

Exodus 7-12, KJV

In : Tutorials 

Tags: god  jesus  holy spirit  blender  water  surface  foam  anime  texture  animation  tutorial  learn  video  underwater  rays  sun rays  sun 

"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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