Media Technology News
David Andrade writes: Did you know the largest celebration of Blender artists world wide happens in just one week? Save the date! World Blender Meetup Day 2018 is happening on Saturday, March 17th! To celebrate, we've partnered with AMD and are giving away a Radeon Pro WX 9100 graphics card! How do you win such [...]
Pierre Schiller is hosting a survey to help better understand the hurdles of beginning to use Blender. He will present the results to the 2.8 sprint developers. Hi. I´m making a short survey about the user´s first impressions when installing and running Blender. At the end of the survey there´s a link for an EEVEE [...]
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jayanam writes: In this video I show how to create low poly game assets with Blender. I am modeling a wood crate with simple primitives (cube), texture the model with one material and then export it into a Unity scene.
Are you considering doing the 24 Hour Challenge? This tutorial by Steve Lund might help! Learn just how easy it is to create a realistic forest environment in this Blender Tutorial! This covers the entire process of modeling, adding assets, realistic materials, and environment lighting, then finishing with compositing and color grading!
gabbitt writes: Creating Stylized stones using a sculpting workflow. sculpt - retopo - bake - paint - export This course is an extension of my previous course with a similar workflow. Building on the experience of the previous concepts. This time using different sculpting methods and painting the assets.
dionne writes: Bow and Arrow Complete Workflow (Blender, Substance, Unity) How to make blender work for you! This tutorial covers modelling and texturing workflow for Unity asset store. Great for people intermediate level.
Gregory Smith writes: Hello, Some of you may have seen Robert Berg's 24 hour speed environment on ArtStation, in which he created a full scene from scratch in 24 hours. That's a challenge I couldn't resist trying myself! Here's my completed image, created in exactly 24 hours, making use of the Grass Essentials, the Grove, [...]
YanSculpts writes: My top 10 sculpting tips and tricks with Blender in a short video:
Fernan shared this video where he sculpts a battle axe and then creates a low poly version and baked the details in it. The video is in Spanish, but the speed makes it easy enough to follow.
Noevu Batch Bake offers clean, denoised bakes. Many great games and simulations are optimized best by pre-computing this light simulation before the run-time, this process is called light map "bake". Some games are simply too slow when computing the lighting at run-time, and require very expensive hardware to run affecting sales and making them impossible [...]
poison writes: Hello Blenderheads! My mind-sharpening puzzle game got released a few days ago and I started promoting it with a little trailer movie made entirely in Blender: I frequently post about Blender related tricks and solutions in the development log. According to this 50 secs animation I wrote about a simple trick to utilise [...]
Marius Pieroth won the Sketchfab Destruction challenge and wrote a 'behind the scenes' of his entry, where he used Blender to generated the fractured debris. Hello my name is Marius Pieroth and I am an artist from Germany. I focus mainly on environments, but I am really interested in everything regarding 3D Art. Even though [...]
Joel Gerlach worked for ASICS Japan on their latest campaign! Hey BlenderNation! I'm Joel Gerlach, I've submitted a few projects here under Studio229 but this project I finished in December last year on my own. I was approached by my good friend Alex who was directing a new commercial for ASICS shoes in Japan. They [...]
jayanam writes: In this Blender tutorial for beginners I show how I created a flexible tube for my head sculpting using the curve and array modifiers.
What would happen if the things on a pub table could listen in on your conversations? Check out his short video by Medienproduktion München. Frank Busch writes: We are a small agency based in Munich/Germany called Medienproduktion München. One day we were sitting in one of Munichs typical Pub. There we got the idea to [...]
Alessandro Barison writes: Hi, this is my character study 3d mecha-humandroid, concept and modelling hard surface with blender, and in my help amazing addon Fast-Carve ...thanks Jayanam :) for lighting i used 4 plane emitters with different color, color management used Filmic, rendering in cycles, node compositing for color correction, noise, add environment and post. [...]
This new version makes Media module available for all, improves migrations significantly, stabilizes the Content Moderation and Settings Tray modules, serves dynamic pages faster with BigPipe enabled by default, and introduces a new experimental entity layout user interface. The release includes several very important fixes for workflows of content translations and supports running on PHP 7.2.
In Drupal 8.4, we added a Media API to core that drew on work from the contributed Media Entity module, but the module was hidden from the user interface due to user experience issues. In Drupal 8.5, many of the usability issues have been addressed, and the module now can be enabled normally. Media in Drupal 8.5 supports uploading and playing audio and video files, as well as listing and reusing media.
For an optimal user experience, we suggest enhancing the core feature set with the rich ecosystem of contributed modules that extends the core Media module. In future releases, we will improve the core user experience with a media library and other tools, add WYSIWYG integration, add support for remote media types like YouTube videos, and provide an upgrade path for existing basic File and Image field data on existing sites.Settings Tray and Content Moderation now stable
Two experimental modules originally added with Drupal 8.2.0 have been steadily improving in past releases and are now stable. The Settings Tray module provides a quick solution to manage settings in context, such as moving items around in a menu block. The Content Moderation module allows defining content workflow states such as Draft, Archived, and Published, as well as which roles have the ability to move content between states. Drupal 8.5.0 also adds support for translations to be moderated independently.New experimental Layout Builder module
The new experimental Layout Builder module provides display layout capabilities for articles, pages, user profiles, and other entity displays. Layout Builder uses the same "outside-in" user interface that Settings Tray module does, allowing site builders to edit their layouts on the actual page (rather than having to go to a separate form on the backend). The current user interface is a basic implementation but we expect it will improve significantly in the coming months.Big steps for migrations
After over four years of work, this release marks the Migrate system's architecture stable. The Drupal Migrate and Drupal Migrate UI modules are also considered stable for upgrading monolingual sites. (Multilingual site upgrades are still not fully supported.) Support for incremental migrations is also included in this release. See the migrate announcement for further details on migrating to Drupal 8.BigPipe by default
The BigPipe module provides an advanced implementation of Facebook's BigPipe page rendering strategy for greatly improved perceived performance for pages with dynamic, personalized, or uncacheable content. The module was added in Drupal 8.1.0 experimentally and became stable in Drupal 8.3.0. Following real-world testing, Big Pipe is now included as part of Drupal 8.5.0's Standard installation profile, so that all Drupal 8 sites will be faster by default. BigPipe is also the first new Drupal 8 feature to mature from an experimental prototype all the way to being part of a standard installation!Groundwork for a Drupal 8 "Out of the Box" demo
Drupal 8.5.0 includes the groundwork for a new demo profile and theme from the Out of the Box Initiative, which will be a beautiful, modern demonstration of Drupal's capabilities. This will allow us to provide the demo experimentally, possibly in a future Drupal 8.5 release. (The demo profile and theme should not be used on actual production or development sites since no backwards compatibility or upgrade paths are provided.) If you'd like to see this demo in action, you can also see it in the 8.6.x development version.PHP 7.2 now supported
Drupal 8.5.0 now runs on PHP 7.2, which comes with new features and improves performance over PHP 7.1. PHP 7.2 is now the recommended PHP version to use with Drupal 8.What does this mean for me? Drupal 8 site owners
Update to 8.5.0 to continue receiving bug and security fixes. The next bugfix release (8.5.1) is scheduled for April 4, 2018.
Updating your site from 8.4.5 to 8.5.0 with update.php is exactly the same as updating from 8.4.4 to 8.4.5. Drupal 8.5.0 also has updates to several dependencies, including a backwards-compatible update to a Symfony long-term-support release (which will be supported for many years). Modules, themes, and translations may need updates for these and other changes in this minor release, so test the update carefully before updating your production site.
Note that Drupal 8 will require PHP 7 starting in March 2019, one year from now. If your site is hosted on PHP 5.5 or 5.6, you should begin planning to upgrade (and consider upgrading to PHP 7.2 now that it is supported). See the Drupal core announcement about the PHP 5 end-of-life for more information.Drupal 6 and 7 site owners
Drupal 7 is still fully supported and will continue to receive bug and security fixes throughout all minor releases of Drupal 8. Drupal 6 is no longer supported. See the migrate announcement for further details on migrating to Drupal 8.Translation, module, and theme contributors
Minor releases like Drupal 8.5.0 include backwards-compatible API additions for developers as well as new features. Read the 8.5.0 release notes for more details on the improvements for developers in this release.
Since minor releases are backwards-compatible, modules, themes, and translations that supported Drupal 8.4.x and earlier will be compatible with 8.5.x as well. However, the new version does include some changes to strings, user interfaces, internal APIs and API deprecations. This means that some small updates may be required for your translations, modules, and themes. See the announcement of the 8.5.0 release candidate for more background information.
After over four years of work with over 570 contributors and 1300+ closed issues, Drupal 8.5.0 releases the Migrate system's architecture as fully stable. This means that developers can write migration paths without worrying for stability of the underlying system.
On top of that the Migrate Drupal and Migrate Drupal UI modules (providing Drupal 6 and 7 to Drupal 8 migrations) are considered stable for upgrading monolingual sites. All of the remaining critical issues for the Migrate Drupal module's upgrade paths and stability are related to multilingual migration support (so multilingual site upgrades are still not fully supported).
Support for incremental migrations is now also available, which means that site owners can work gradually on their new Drupal 8 site while content is still being added to the old site. When migrations (including incremental migrations) are run through the user interface, site owners will now see a warning if some data on the Drupal 8 site might be overwritten. (A similar fix for Drush is not yet available, so be careful not to overwrite data if you run a migration on the command line.)
Upgrade instructions for Drupal 6 and Drupal 7 sites can be found in the Upgrading to Drupal 8 handbook. Your old site can still remain up and running while you test migrating your data into your new Drupal 8 site. If you happen to find a bug, that is not a known migrate issue, your detailed bug report with steps to reproduce is a big help!
Unlike previous versions, Drupal 8 stores translated content as single entities. Multilingual sites with reference fields (node_reference, entity_reference) or multilingual menus can upgrade to Drupal 8 using Drush, executing the desired migrations one by one. In this process you need to create and run a series of additional custom migrations to reflect the new entity identifiers assigned during earlier migrations. There is no automation implemented for this process yet.
Data can be migrated to Drupal 8 also from non-Drupal sources such as CSV, XML, JSON, or directly from 3rd party systems' databases. For instructions and examples, refer to Migrate API handbook.
Huge thanks again to all the contributors who made this possible.