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2014/1/31 20:07:44
A List of 3d Animation progams.... AuroraMoon wrote:

The thing is, with Photography you can make some cash off it even if you don't do it professionally for a living. Many of my friends are photography hobbyists, but they will occasionally sell their pictures for money...


dont tell anyone but I make money from this from time to time I Just don't go looking for it and dont consider it a "proffession" I make a few hundred bucks a year to offset my massive addiction for software otherwise I would go broke lol. I do however spend way more then I make I would say 2/3rds more but I have to budget and pace myself and I am also a bonified cheapskate. I just have my toys and those that I must pay for I do. I do like everyone else if i can get it free I do but at the end of the day I dont get upset if someone wants money for it.

Its the ones that literally protest and get mad at companies for daring to charge money that seems well 'odd' at the end of the day even though money is just an invention and we could in fact do without it if we changed our ways it does make this world go round and so I have no problem paying people for their hard work if they ask for it. I used to sell assets direct sale (long long ago) but it became a battle of policing everything I did as people would buy a single copy and then sell copies of my copy 3d and stuff like that. However there are some more secure systems but still those systems are hackable so even then its not worth the bother. Everything in essence is worth money its just a case of trying to find a way to make money off it.

I get people asking me for things every month or so - usually avatar work which is extremely time consuming and difficult this is what people come to me for .. "can you make me an avatar that looks exactly like me" I have a string of avatars around the internet and have donated a few basic ones to some opensourced projects which resulted in people contacting me for some that looked like them - Huge market for that sort of thing everyone wants a likeness made of them for some wierd project or game they play lol. I also get asked to make commercials (using them other softwares which we are naming here but i usually avoid naming so as not to be the one that starts it lol). Commercials are fun I make 2 of those a year I think .. again not a lot but enough to make me realize people will pay for this stuff. Last one I made was a set of lessons for a cooperative on how to recycle.. inherietly borring stuff but useful..

So as with them other hobbies money can be made if one wants to and has the will to do so but with these things one has to be careful to not turn it into a job which is why i run the other way when people are looking for work to be done. In this case the people asking me I know in real world or have some other connection then muvizu or some other software site. Its something i am involved with already and I get approached that way. The only time I did it the other way and sold it you know like a store it became a miserable experience due to theft and people who just got way out of hand and so if i do anything now its either someone I know who like I can see and touch or a written contract is put in place and its for a quota for someone you know who has a clear idea and a vested interest in having something done and completed and out the door in a timely fashion who like has money and can prove it lol.

As for the muvizu cameras yeah they will and likely are working on a better solution. One has to remember that muvizu actually started out almost like a virtual world idea and then morphed into well a product that was pretty much "a game" and so gamelike qualities went with it. Now they have seen how it can be used for bigger things and the market has changed to make real time animation a relevant item to the professional industry and hobbyist alike

*end run on typing *

.. my hands dont hurt so much today..

*almost makes sense*

all I know is that a company to develop software must hire programmers and that the money must come from somewhere. Muvizu like everyone else has to eventually make some money just to survive. If we want it to improve as a software then it needs more money. All these suggestions on the forums people want implemented will cost money to implement. So they must charge a fee and put that money back into development and food and rent like the rest of us Big Grin
edited by urbanlamb on 31/01/2014
2014/1/31 17:55:40
Coming Soon... lol that is some mighty nice shiny armour there fazz! nice Big Grin
2014/1/31 15:49:55
FBX Attachments with textures - TOTAL FAILURE send in the assets yes there are some fbx bugs they are random and texture related from what I can see. You will need to send in the sets and assets seperately and they will work on it.

I just use the support window and sent in the offending bits. Any information they can get will be helpful but for the moment once the set reaches about 100 mb in size (including characters) it will fail more often then not. I have managed to get a few sets to work but it was with minimal textures on the set no more then about 10 at most . Its not handling the added data well and they will need to fix that.
edited by urbanlamb on 31/01/2014
2014/1/30 22:10:12
A List of 3d Animation progams.... You can add more then one light with moviestorm its just that the lighting system seems to not always work or something dunno its built on old technology so at the time it might have been okay its outdated though and it shows it. The "good bits" of moviestorm was their camera system the rest I always found to not work the way I needed them to. Iclone I have never found complicated but perhaps its because it works like most 3d stuff out there so it appears to be "intuitive" once you realize how it works. Daz well I would use cararra but the downside to that is its a full cpu render so it can be slow. I would not use daz itself to me this is a workshop with some limited abilities. I like carrara and would use it if it offered a gpu option and these days I think its an essential part of any package for speed even if the final render will be a cpu render.

The movies well if i were to go that route I would use sims 3 but i prefer to be able to order my characters around and make them do my bidding. The movies is just too old but i am sure it was very fun when it was new.

I like bryce for landscape and actually use it often although its interchangeable with blender which has a bryce like pluggin now.

Muvizu is a good deal if you like to make small things and can be used for larger things because its lighting and graphics is decent enough that people who watch it wont be turned off. Its more rigid then I would like but I stick around and use it a lot for a reason. Their pro package I am hoping removed any other unwanted restrictions I have encountered over time. Meanwhile I dont think I will ever have any single product that I would say "this one does everything I want the way I want I dont need anything else anymore just this" but some products are getting pretty darned close
edited by urbanlamb on 30/01/2014
2014/1/30 13:56:30
A List of 3d Animation progams.... AuroraMoon wrote:
It's been a while ever since I used Moviestorm, so thank you for correcting me on that one. still, 75 dollars can be a little bit too much for people who are cheapskate hobbyists (like me!).

I find this ' i am a hobbyist' therefore it should be free to always puzzle me

here are some examples of hobbies that cost way more then these softwares
a- photography - the camera alone is about 800 bucks for a decent one these days then its digital so you need other bits of hardware and software to get it into the pc and usable in an acceptable form

b-stamp colleting and coin collecting or collecting of any kind unless its butterfies or something even then you need to buy some pins . if its coins or stamps it can get insanely expensive. As a kid I used to collect both stamps and coins and I did so religiously i babysat and that is where all my money went. When I went to university I could not pay my rent for a couple months as i was between jobs and had caught the dreaded mono from a classmate and i remember using those two collections parts of them to pay my rent. okay slight side story there but you get the idea lol i spent enough money I could pay rent to stop from being evicted

c- drawing can be very expensive if you decide to move beyond pen and paper and into paints - canvass, paints, brushes, cleaning solutions

d- music - either using the pc as the instrument or a real instrument - if you create your own its cheaper if you want to use music already written you need to purchase the sheet music which depending on the era can cost money. If you play the guitar or wind instrument or a piano there are always costs you entail beyond purchase of the instruments, strings, picks, reeds, cleaners, keys whatever the guy you hire to tune the pianno and maintain it etc

so i am unsure of how 3d has become a domain of "if i dont use it to make money it should all be free". As it is doing anything in 3d is fairly cheap in comparison to some other hobbies out there as there is a large opensourced pool or tools to use
2014/1/30 1:17:43
First shot at set building i posted a comment and i seem to have repeated myself my hand jerked as i was clicking submit so i posted my comment twice so that is a 2-for-1 comment up there

For the most part people comment if they actually use the set or something they will say something.
2014/1/30 0:28:42
uploading videos via muvizu Oh yes it will process after uploading here. Good luck :/

I tried turning things off and on for my other video see if it works but alas no. Perhaps i will try to upload a second copy another day see if i have any luck.
2014/1/29 23:41:56
uploading videos via muvizu aww fazz well post to the forums like I did hopefully they will fix it soonish I think they are probably redoing their api as its not grabbing most videos so maybe they disconnected for now.

Or maybe we are gonna get a choice of sites soon (one can only hope i actually prefer dailymotion at the moment)
2014/1/29 22:57:04
Show us your Beefy! lol I think those are on my facebook profile unaltered unless I deleted em. I have not got many photos of me as an adult you know parents are always taking photos of their kids so got plenty of those not many present day ones at all though .. I pose for me driver's license once every 5 years i guess that is about all the photography i get done unless someone dares me to post a picture of myself or something lol.
2014/1/29 17:55:28
Show us your Beefy! okay i dont have a printer either but i found a few stray pictures i had scanned into my pc and not deleted (looks for baby pictures to scan in ...)

I really am a geek when I say it. I mean it 100% geek born and raised with the glasses to match so that geeky beefy work out well. Anyhow um yes my mother jsut pawned a whole pile of family pictures off on me *looks for baby pictures* Big Grin
2014/1/28 18:55:16
6+ warning horrible car chase i like your cartoony look you should make a little movie series or something like this
2014/1/28 2:36:51
The Great Butter War rofl thanks yeah my insanity is showing when i made that. Winter is long and cold here and tv sucks ....so its a time to get things like this done as ziggy has pointed out
2014/1/28 2:13:30
Downloaded objects won't open ah okay so its user created content. Some stuff is uvmapped and other stuff is not mapped if its made in sketchup its possible its not uvmapped and this might cause an issue. You can send the link of the object to muvizu. Use the support system and tell them it wont open and maybe they can fix it. There have been many coding changes so not surprised some assets are not working

edited by urbanlamb on 28/01/2014
2014/1/27 21:28:54
Isn't he cute,.. oo nice he is cute yes be careful not to feed him after midnight
2014/1/27 21:28:28
Downloaded objects won't open this might mean you have not installed the content package it came if its as its a muvizu asset its installed hard coded. You can download the pack it came from and install it and then it should be fine


or if its not a muvizu object but someone in the community
you might also want to login to the gallery from the internet and download if its not a muvizu created object it might not just be wanting to install properly.

2014/1/27 20:14:43
The Great Butter War haha thanks it started out before christmas but the idea changed as i decided to turn it into a bit of a musical and make it kind of abstract i threw it out and started again. I had a third song planned but i have developped a good case of arthritis in the last 12 months and my hands just would not cooperate with the music creation part they were getting very angry.
2014/1/27 19:45:56
Muvizu Workflow I thought I would post this i found this article today. Its about how they bring things to life 'in modern times' CG and lots and lots of compositing is where its at these days now with the advent of such powerful pc's the sky is limit. I watched this show reel above when it was first posted on blender artists forum (me and my cg addiction) but i noticed today a link has appeared to an article where they explain how they achieved such shots with mostly pixels and just a few actors in front of green screens.

Archer is another astounding work they in fact create 3d scenes of the backgrounds render them out and then paint over them by hand. The result leaves you wondering if your looking at a 2d scene or a 3d scene.

anyhow here is the article on stalingrad http://www.cgsociety.org/index.php/CGSFeatures/CGSFeatureSpecial/stalingrad
2014/1/27 16:59:23
Show us your Beefy! well now this contest is blown all to hell Big Grin

cute fazz!
2014/1/27 16:54:07
The Great Butter War haha thanks fazz i dont know it may appear in the gallery I know they like watch every video before posting but since my contest entry never made it in I am not gonna hold me breath

that song possibly because i spent so long editing it and replaying it as a result is stuck in my head I was going to upload the song files and give em out with and without the lyrics just for fun people can make their own lyrics.

so "zoots zoots baby"
2014/1/27 15:52:04
The Great Butter War Erm this it started out differently but it turned into something a bit abstract haha. I thought muvizu would work well with dr seuss stuff so I decided to tell a dr seuss story the butter battle.

Anyhow its purple and most of the sounds are made either by my mouth or a synthesizer and my mouth with the exception of a couple ambient loops and the opening bomb sound its all computer generated using midi software. Beware I sing .. twice so take some tylenol and bring some ear plugs!

not sure if its going to be in the gallery or not the gallery is sort of hit and miss these days as youtube rearranges itself every other week right now and they have another update coming soon again.. (i uploaded it via the site anyhow.)
edited by urbanlamb on 27/01/2014
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