Media Technology News

New ASICS Shoes Campaign Created with Blender

Blender 3D News - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 04:10

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 [...]

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Blender Tube with Array and Curve modifier

Blender 3D News - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 02:05

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.

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Short Video: Not long ago in YE Old Pub...

Blender 3D News - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 00:00

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 [...]

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Image: HardSurface

Blender 3D News - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 22:44

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. [...]

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Drupal 8.5.0 is now available

Drupal - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 13:51
What's new in Drupal 8.5.0?

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.

Download Drupal 8.5.0

Media in core improved and available to all site builders

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.

Big steps for migrations in Drupal 8.5.0

Drupal - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 13:51

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.

rncbc.org announces the Vee One Suite v0.9.0 for Linux

Audio Freeware - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 12:00
rncbc.org has announced the End of Winter'18 release of the Vee One Suite version 0.9.0 of old-school software instruments for Linux. The Vee One Suite are, in order of (historical) appearance: [Read More]

PlanetWatch Game Story Trailer

Blender 3D News - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 10:53

Teja Pabolu writes: The following video is a story trailer for our augmented mobile strategy game PlanetWatch (currently in development). As you wear our MUSE hybrid smart watch and continue with your day to day life, in-game rewards are created for you. Use these to build your game base, create your robot army, attack the [...]

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Introduction to the Blender Video Sequence Editor

Blender 3D News - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 07:40

nuxttux writes: Blender Tutorial Series: Introduction to Blender as a Video Editor. In this tutorial you will learn the basics needed to get started with Blender as a Video Editor. Here are a few things covered in this video: Downloading & Installing Blender Customizing the Default Layout Creating new layouts Setting up the User Preferences [...]

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20 Free Blender Add-ons

Blender 3D News - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 05:20

Over the last year or so, Samuel Bernou created 20 Blender add-ons to accomplish small tasks such as quickly converting video sequences into a video file, maintaining a list of code snippets, object renaming, rendering blueprints and background rendering. The collection is amazingly broad, check it out! Hi everyone, Some people told me to share my [...]

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AdHd AudioTools releases free "Leveling Tool" for Windows (VST) and Mac (AU/VST)

Audio Freeware - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 05:14
AdHd AudioTools has announced the release of Leveling Tool, a Tube Leveling Amplifier plug-in "inspired by the legends". AdHd AudioTools say Leveling Tool is the ideal compressor for vocals and [Read More]

Sculpting In Blender For Beginners Course - V 1.1 Update [$]

Blender 3D News - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 03:10

Yanal Sosak writes: The sculpting course I made for beginners now has a free update (no price change and for those who already got it on Gumroad, you can simply download the new package!) I also made an official trailer talking about what you get in the course, and answering some FAQS.

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Dangerous road

Blender 3D News - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 00:55

Pedro Henrique shares a look behind the scenes of his latest scene. Some people asked for a tutorial. I gonna be a bit punctual. Sorry for my bad english, I'm learning🙄 Well, initialy I modeled the basemeshes in blender, I use the Landscabe add-on to create the montains and sculpt the cavity os the river [...]

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Timelapse: Mascot Modeling for 3D printing

Blender 3D News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 22:40

sammi656 writes: A simple character for 3d printing. I didn’t explain in detail, but I hope the process is helpful for beginners :) This video has English subtitles.

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Sci-Fi Cave Environment Course | 1 - Machine Blockout

Blender 3D News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:31

Aidy Burrows writes: Looking for a good in-depth Blender modeling course for beginners? By someone who has made tons of top selling game environments? Delivered weekly on YouTube? Perhaps creating a full 3D Sci-Fi Cave environment as done by Martin Turner? Well that's an oddly precise set of demands but we've got you covered! :) [...]

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Editable low poly Coffe Shop [$]

Blender 3D News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 08:20

This coffee shop asset by 3DVision caught my eye as it's fully dynamic - drag any part and the geometry will update in an intelligent way.

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Tutorial: Creating Glowing metal eyes with Cycles

Blender 3D News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 06:15

jayanam writes: In this Blender video tutorial I show how I create metallic eyes with Cycles materials that shine.

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The Art of Sami Tarvainen

Blender 3D News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 02:05

Sami Tarvainen from Finland uses a combination of Blender, Substance Painter, Marmoset Toolbag and more for his fantastic sci-fi artworks. UNIT T-301 "Vanguard" by Sami Tarvainen on Sketchfab Steampunk Gas Mask by Sami Tarvainen on Sketchfab Cyberpunk Headgear - Insectoid by Sami Tarvainen on Sketchfab Portable Arcade Machine by Sami Tarvainen on Sketchfab

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BeatMaker releases "Retrox Wave" and "Retrox Drums" for Mac & Win

Audio Freeware - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 00:25
BeatMaker has released Retrox Wave and Retrox Drums. Retrox Wave (€20) is a new VST/AU instrument ROMpler for Win & Mac systems. Retrox Wave has used more than 760 samples to create a total [Read More]

Livestream: Stylised Explosion - Shockwave edition

Blender 3D News - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 23:53

p2design writes: Hi everyone, Since my latest tutorial got a lot of attention and as it's very easy to apply to other FX, I will slightly get out of game animation & rigging for my next livestream. Let's create this shockwave animation on Tuesday morning 9:00 A.M U.T.C+1. (Don't worry if you miss it, the [...]

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