Shawn Driscoll's Computer Graphics Blog

Object modeling, texturing, lighting, rendering, etc.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Did the Germans Use UFO Technology?

Back in July of 2010 I put this model in mothballs. I have some ideas on what to use it for now.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Flying Wing Fly-Over

Here's an update on my animated scene. I'm in the process of adding a "Flying Wing" that will zoom over the camera, without hitting the train or dirigible already in the shot.

The finished teaser clip can be seen at the Shonner Films blog.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

WIP From the 1950s

Getting more practice with Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD 11 Platinum. For now I can only save in MPEG-4, WMV, and RM. Anyone still use Real Media? I'm amazed that I can save a 1280 x 720 clip in less than 1MB using that format. Of course it's lost all sharpness though. Anyway...

Just experimenting still with various ways of getting renders of different objects in Vue Infinite to play nice together while editing a video. No audio as of yet.

PhilC from Renderosity provided the technical assistance I needed to get Poser 6's dynamic cloth to hang from the building properly.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Nazi Engine That Could

I'm blowing the dust off this Nazi armored train NURBS model that I want to add to the scene and animate as well. I've emailed the people that came up with the concept years ago and finally got an email back saying as long as I'm not selling it or anything, blah blah. So I will finish this up (hopefully tonight). It's only in the scene for maybe two seconds or three as it zooms in front of the camera.

I'm changing the path of the dirigible slightly for another animation test and I'll turn on lens flares since I forgot to do that the last time.

As Seen on TV

Used modo to render a frame around the TV screen. The reflection in the screen was a royal pain. But now I know how such masking is done. I like that SONY Vegas Movie Studio HD 11 Platinum allows for so many video tracks. Even the specular shine at the top of the screen is its own mask.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Building a TV Set

Hak mentioned my missing TV frame. Here is a quick one I modeled just now. I'll render it in modo with different lighting on it for the different brightness used for each clip. Who knows, maybe it will work?

This is modeled from my 1980 13" Toshiba TV (minus the rabbit ears and the UHF ring, since I have something fairly cool and more modern now called coxial cable for my TV channel reception).I've streched the width of the frame though because it needs to be 640 x 480. My TV has more of a square shape to it. Note that TV shows don't even fill the entire screen on my TV anymore. I rarely watch any TV, so this device is more of a museum piece.