I know its "The Hoff" but stick with me, this 80's action sega will not leave you disappointed.
Check it out below.
I know its "The Hoff" but stick with me, this 80's action sega will not leave you disappointed.
Check it out below.
Lets be honest I am Blackmagic Design fan, I own a BMPCC, I own Fusion and I love Resolve. I have to say that Blackmagic's announcements from NAB are pretty bloody exciting.
Lets start with cameras. The URSA now has a 4.6k sensor option that features a global shutter, 15 stops of range (1 stop less in global shutter mode) along with some good slow motion features. Nice. They also announced three new cameras:
The product I am most excited about is there new monitor. I have been in the market for a monitor and had been considering something from SmallHD. However, this monitor looks pretty good, 5" full HD touch screen with ProRes and DNxHD recording built in. The price $495 USD, take my money now!
The two announcements that will have the most impact on my day however, is Fusion 8 which is coming to Mac, I have wanted to run Fusion on MBP for years so I am very excited about this. No doubt there will be some other new features for Fusion 8 as well.
Resolve 12 looks awesome, I think I am now ready to do away with Premiere and just use Resolve for editing, I already like to use it for grading so why not. Plus I am getting tired of paying $50 and month for Creative Cloud, all I use PS and Premiere...
What I am really excited about though are the pipeline implications. From acquisition on cameras through ingest and rough cut in Resolve, push the shots out through Fusion for post and extra work and come full circle back to Resolve for finishing. It seems me that this is a very nice workflow that maintains the same colour science the entire way. Awesome.
Its a new year and a new website. I have had loads of emails about download links for my scripts and I am happy to report that they will be back online very shortly.
My old site was wordpress based and after years spending too much time making sure wordpress was updated along with all of its plugins my final straw was pulled at the end of last year when a plugin I was using for managing downloads was orphaned by its developer. So long story short rather fix the old site I made the decision to migrate platform and build a new site. I apologise for any inconvenience any of you have had while looking for scripts.
Over the next week or so the website will probably change a little bit and be updated to massage any teething problems.
Hopefully this year I will keep my site updated on weekly basis (thats the plan at least). I wish you all a great new year.
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I am really digging the run of awesome space related content the world keeps churning out. We have had Interstellar, the Rosetta mission and the Ambition short that went with it. Now a new short (above) which is ticking all my awesome buttons. It's space based eye candy and I love it. I would love to hear what everyone else thinks. To be honest as cliché as it sound I really want to go and model a spaceship.
Did I also mention the new star wars trailer?
As someone who has owned a Fusion seat for years now I was very excited to hear Blackmagic Design had bought Eyeon, to be honest Fusion 7 had taken a long time to materialise and I was faced with the choice between coughing up some coin to upgrade to Fusion 7 or just jumping ship Nuke. I have to confess Nuke really was on the cards for me personally and especially after the Nuke Studio announcement which I saw as a future upgrade path. However, after the announcement that Black Magic purchased Eyeon all bets where off, I already own a Blackmagic Camera and I have come to love using Resolve for grading and now editing with the latest release. So, long story short I am pretty happy with Blackmagic's relaunch for Fusion. As with Resolve there is a completely useable free version for Windows, the only real limitations are network rendering and open FX which not quite a deal breaker for me. With that said though, I am definitely going to get studio seat, I just hope that there is an upgrade path for existing Fusion licenses owners. Check out the site here, I highly recommend Fusion I have being using it for years.
As a lot of you know, working in visualisation it is not uncommon to be given a very specific design scheme for a project you are working on. Often schemes will include paint codes which is great because you know exactly what you need instead of an architect or designer trying to articulate that exact feature colour...
Unless you have swatches right in front of you with the RGB colour to go with the paint code you will normally look it up online but to be honest, after a while it gets a bit tedious searching through different brands website's looking for the correct RGB colour value for a paint(s). So I created a Paint Pot, which includes a database of around 15000 commonly used paints in Australia (where I live and work). I am not sure if the brands of paints that we use here in Australia are used in the other parts of the world, so Americans and Europeans may not find this tool particularly useful.
The tool itself pretty straight forward, just start typing in a paint code or paint name and you are away. Check out the screencap below to get an idea. Once you have found the paint you like click on it to see a swatch and the RGB values. You can also create a very basic V-Ray material for you as well.
If you would like to add the script to a menu copy the script to your /3dsmax/scripts directory and run the code below:
If you have any other paints you would like added to it and can supply me the paint codes, names and values or a website link I will happily add them to the tool.
As usual if you are using the tool, PLEASE let me know as I am interest where these scripts end up!
I LOVE the Mercedes G-Glass, I have no idea why. There's something innately beautiful about it while still being tough and having a presence on the road. Kind of like a MMA fighter but wearing a tux, its hard, from the street and ready to go but along the way it has been refined a polished, it has developed a sophisticated exterior. All of these were rendered in 3ds max with V-Ray. All of the post was done in Digital Fusion 6.3. Back plates and HDRI from Moofe.
Any way enough that, check out the renders below.
Ambition is a short film created to highlight the importance and achievement of the Rosetta mission thus far and it is truly epic. I love space, sci-fi, short films and everything Platige Image does generally pretty bloody awesome. It was directed by Tomek Baginski, his Oscar nominated short film The Cathedral was one of the reasons I wanted to work in 3d many years ago.
Check out the short below:
The behind the scenes video is worth checking out as well:
If there is one thing I know, it is the insatiable need for 3d artists to collect textures, models, backgrounds, hdrs, reference and just about anything else for their "libraries". Just incase you need it right? Given that I thought I would post some more skies for everyone to download. I have done this before just in case you missed them last time around.
About a month ago the sky was working for me so I stopped and took some shots. These were all taken in the afternoon with the sun behind me. If enough people want the raw shots I will upload them as well, let me know in the comments if you do.
There are about 70 shots in the zip which can be downloaded below. As usual these are straight off the camera, no post etc... Here are some of the shots I like most:
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All the shot were taken on a 7D with 17-40L. For those interested these were shot in Coalcliff about ~60km south of Sydney, NSW Australia.
You can use these where ever you like for free. Just let me know! I like to see where things end up!
Just a quick look and some recent work we (Our Vision - where I work) are doing for the Mezzo project in Glebe. Situated between city and its surrounding village areas this beautiful development has an excellent mix of park, village and city life which were the main themes that we echoed in our content. Using a mix of technologies to deliver the project very quickly, we utilised UAV & helicopter shots to set the scene, beautiful lifestyle photography from Our Agency, CGI's and animation. Everything was brought together in a full HD ~2 min film by myself and the team at Our Vision. We also delivered three 55" full HD touchscreen interactive displays that were installed in the display suite.
You can check out the video here:
I am very pleased to announce that the work by Our Agency and Our Vision completed on Spring Cove was recently recognised by UDIA NSW with an Award for Excellence in Marketing. It's always good to know that the work we do is appreciated and even better when it has been recognised by our peers and industry at large. Check out the website here, below is one of the films we created for the project.
It was great when Anthony Denman from Our Agency (who received the award on stage) took time to acknowledge Our Visions work and specifically my work during his acceptance speech with "Dave Mackenzie and Our Vision who re-invented the category". </end shameless plug>
I should also acknowledge UDIA for putting on a great night along with our fantastic client group Oakstand and Denwol Group.
Now just to make sure we win again next year! Challenge Accepted!
I love Rolls Royce. One my favorites is the 1959 Silver Ghost III but I also love hot rods and custom cars. Given that here is my Silver Ghost, I call it Rolla. It has been slammed and had almost 5" chopped out of it. The only thing it is missing is some Von Dutch style pinstriping.Hope you like it.
The images where rendered with V-Ray. Background plates from Moofe. I post up a making of soon(ish).
There are many new features which are going to make this a killer release. Real time GI for starters, along with the audio tools but I have to say I am pretty excited about the WebGL publishing. It will be great to be able to simply through something up online and know that nobody will need to download plugin.
As to be expected they discount pre-order prices which I will definitely be taking advantage of.
So, the other day I was browsing Max Underground as usual when this post caught my eye. Seeing as I often
waste spend my time creating renders of cars I like, I am always on the look out for great HDRs I can use. As you will see below HDR Sets products are second to none.
First off, this is what you get with one of their sets:
As you can see above these guys are definitely 3d guys or they at least understand what artists need. After reading about all of this I was pretty excited to see they have a couple of free HDR Sets you can download and test. So naturally thats exactly what I did.
Creating my test image
OK, so my test image took me about 5 mins to setup, 20mins to render (@3k) and another 10-15mins in post, less than an hour all up. This is mostly because these HDR Sets make it that easy. Now I should say I did not use sIBL to set up my scene as I have never used it before (something I should probably check out), I just went old school and simple, chuck a dome light in there...
Below are the steps I took:
That workflow is blazingly fast and exactly what you would like when purchasing any kind of assets for your work. As a commercial artist this workflow is very bankable.
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In short these HDRs are the best I have used. The thing I love most about them is the HDR backplates, it makes it much easier to comp your renders and get a consistent treatment across both your render and background when grading them. The fact the backplates are already camera matched is just a bonus. There other products out there that are similar, Moofe has an awesome and more extensive selection of HDRs, they also include backplates which are pretty easy to camera match due the 1m² cube that is in the image. To be honest though the single biggest upside for me was the fact that HDR Sets cost 40€ - 80€ and they are not rights managed which makes life easier.
HDR Sets will definitely be my first port of call when looking for HDRs moving forward. I highly recommend them.
Last year Our Vision complete an animation for Highpoint project in Hurstville. This animation was turned around pretty quickly and came together without much trouble at all. Along with the film, Our Vision also produced a number high res still images. The project was created with 3dsmax and rendered in V-Ray as usual.
You can check out the film below:
I am not sure who made it but I like it, would love to work on one of these projects.
This is a quick render I did the other day. It was rendered in V-Ray and comped in Fusion. My only thought when I started this image was everything looks better in black which is definitely true when it comes to cars. The gold stag on the number plate is the Mackenzie stag. I will have a making of it online in the next few days.
Would love to hear what everyone things.