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Sketchfab Valentine 2015 Contest

Blender 3D News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 06:40
Win $250 in cash with the Sketchfab Valentine 2015 Contest. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and of course we want to celebrate it in Sketchfab style! So design a 3D greeting for your secret (or not so secret) love and you could win $250 in cash for a romantic weekend. You’re free to design anything [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

How to get in touch with Propellerhead

Propellerheads News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 06:01

If you ever want to get in touch directly with your friends at Propellerhead or see what we're up to, there are many different ways to do just that. It's not always easy to know where to go though, so here's a short guide to where you can reach us:

  • This blog is where you'll find interesting articles, news, interviews and much much more. Visit often!

  • Propellerhead on Facebook, Twitter & Google+ are the go-to places for the latest. We post anything from stuff we find online, music, videos to product announcements, sales, competitions or just a friendly "hello". Twitter literally pops up on my phone right away so it's a great way to get a quick answer to short questions! On Facebook, it's a good idea to click the "Like" button after liking and choose "Get Notifications" so Facebook doesn't filter away any posts you might want to see.

  • Propellerhead on Instagram includes more behind the scenes stuff and general tomfoolery. What's happening in the office, how much coffee do we actually drink and more!

  • Propellerhead on YouTube is where you'll find all Propellerhead-made videos! Be it tutorials, product announcements or something else—make sure you subscribe!

  • The Contact Page if you want to get in touch with the marketing department or leave us feedback.

  • Propellerhead Support is here for you if you need help with a Propellerhead product or account.


We're looking forward to hearing from you! : )

/Mattias, Customer Relations Manager

Categories: Audio Production

[non-Blender] Making of the Hobbit and The Battle of The Five Armies

Blender 3D News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 04:47
It's Art Magazine features an awesome breakdown of the Battle of The Five Armies. Well worth watching! Enjoy this exclusive VFX breakdown from the Hobbit and the battle of the five armies featuring the work of Weta Digital.
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Create a neon light in Blender

Blender 3D News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:00
Using some text object tools in Blender, Naman creates this neon light image. Naman writes: Hi guys, Another cool feature in text section in blender. In this video we will create a neon light in blender without using splines. watch till the end to see the best part of it :D Have fun and happy Blending
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Propellerhead: Make Music Together

Propellerheads News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 02:58

Today is a big day for Propellerhead. But not only for us. In the future we might look back on this day and say that this was when we saw the first incarnation of the world’s open music sharing network. If you haven’t done so already, check it out and try it for yourself. It’s free and it's super easy to get started.

What we launch today is a beta, meaning it’s far from finished. We have a lot of things planned. What you can see today is a glimpse of the future, an open internet music creation network letting anyone take part in music making, right as it happens. Our new service is a place where you can create from scratch or find building blocks, where you can discover tracks to remix or sample. But most importantly, it’s a place where you can get into music creation only doing the parts you love, whether it’s singing, playing guitar, rapping, creating beats, producing or just messing around with sound.

I think I also have to say something about what this service is not. It’s not a publishing service. It will be where music creation is happening, not where you see the polished result. And it’s not for backup or archiving—it’s for the music you are making, here and now. It’s not a tool for professionals who are looking to fully integrate their DAW production work. But don’t get me wrong, Reason fits beautifully into our new system too, as the music production powerhouse it is.

Let me also tell you that launching the service hasn't changed anything about how you use our apps. You can still be completely private about your music. What we are offering is an extension to what you already do. When you do decide to collaborate, you’re still in control. The stuff you have dropped can be visible to the whole world or only to those you want to share it with.

On a more personal note, this is the most exciting thing that this company has done since I helped found it. I have dedicated my life to help people’s musical dreams come true and as of today we start expanding that idea to people I never dreamed that we could reach.

We want your feedback. We have ideas about what to do next, but we’re building this for you so if you want the service to do something special, be sure to let us know via our survey!

So, go create a piece. Drop it to Propellerhead. Discover what others are doing. But most importantly, forget about technology and have fun!

Categories: Audio Production

Verde Vida Commercial

Blender 3D News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 02:10
This beautiful video by Everton Schneider contains an effect that I've never seen done in Blender before. Great job Everton! Read how he did it. I made this film in 2014 as a freelance for I used Blender for CG and After Effects for compositing and color correction. The unfold animations was done with [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender 2.73 – A New Storyboard Workflow

Blender 3D News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 23:50
The new Grease Pencil features allow for a pretty efficient storyboarding workflow. Check out what Matias Mendiola made in just half a day. Ton Roosendaal writes: Several 2d animators and story(board) artists have been reporting exciting results with the upgraded “Grease Pencil” annotation tool in Blender. What started as a quick way to add notes [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

MIDI Manufacturer's Association to host HD Protocol Discussion at NAMM

Audio Freeware - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 16:45
The MIDI Manufacturer's Association (MMA) will host an open discussion about the trademark, licensing, and product certification options for the MMA's proposed new voluntary industry standard, [Read More]

LA.Blend - Los Angeles Westside Blender Users Group

Blender 3D News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 13:30
Blenderheads in LA are meeting up this Saturday! Stirling Goetz writes: Calling all Los Angeles Blenderheads - It's a new year, we have a new Blender release, and it's time once again to socialize and share Blender information with your peers. We’ll be meeting again at the Santa Monica Public Library on Saturday, January 24 [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Unreachable Peace

Blender 3D News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 12:15
By Alin Bolcas. Hey folks, This is my latest artwork called "Unreachable Peace" - the place everyone is striving to get, a calmed and silent free of worries and doubt. The question is if such a place isn't just a myth. Hope you enjoy it!
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

A Few Things to Unwrap on Drupal's Birthday

Drupal - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:49

Happy birthday to Drupal! On this day in 2001, Drupal 1.0 was released.

This milestone is the perfect time to talk about some of the findings of our recent community survey. The survey findings offer a window into what community members are thinking as the project matures and evolves. It also gives us at the Drupal Association a way to better understand what we're doing right and what we could be doing better. There aren't many surprises (and that's a good thing), but all of the findings are educational. Here are three results we thought were particularly interesting and insightful.

Drupal 8 Will Be Broadly Adopted

In the survey, about 80% of respondents said they either plan to start using Drupal 8 as soon as it is released, or plan to adopt it at some point after release. Another 8% said they did not have specific plans to adopt, but do plan to evaluate Drupal 8.

 Remains an Important and Heavily-Used Tool

The overwhelming majority of respondents said they use more than once per week. Most also say they are satisfied or somewhat satisfied with the site. While that result is encouraging, it does not change the important mission to improve the experience of the site and make it a better tool for everyone from first time visitors to those who spend the majority of their working time on the site.





We Need to Create Broader Awareness of Drupal Association Programs

Community members who took the survey have great awareness of DrupalCons. Awareness of the work we are doing on seems to be steadily growing. But awareness is relatively low for Community Grants and our Supporter Programs that provide a way for organizations to give back to the Project. That awareness is clearly something we need to improve to promote transparency.





If you would like to read the full results, you can access them here (2.8M PDF). Thanks for reading, and thanks for being a part of this amazing community.


Timelapse Painting: Sarah Tackles Caterpillar Franck In 2D

Blender 3D News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:40
Watch Sarah paint Franck! Elysia writes: As all the characters go into final grooming in 3D, this week Art Director Sarah (aka the Queen of the Gooseberry Jungle) prepares for her own work on Franck’s caterpillar form … by painting on the details in 2D first! See how she does it stroke by stroke (with [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Chinese Blender Support from BlenderGET

Blender 3D News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 06:30
Ethan Luo is doing an outstanding job making Blender information accessible to the Chinese Blender community. Been a BFCT for years I'm keep working on producing Chinese tutorials for China Blender fans. Here I hope to share what I have done so far. It's been around 3 years since I had finished my first Blender [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

An end of an era

Propellerheads News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 06:05

On January 22nd Propellerhead is closing our forums. When we shipped ReBirth in 1997 we were one of the first companies in the business to start up direct communication with our customers. Mind you, this was before the term “on-line community” even existed.

But that was eighteen years ago, eons in internet time. Since then communication on the internet has changed completely. When we started, the internet was a small, closed place for tech nerds. Now it’s where we live our daily digital lives. New social channels are popping up every day and there are now more ways to communicate with like-minded than any of us have the time to fully explore.

We as a company have changed too. Over the years we have increased our communication dramatically. We’re engaging in a non-stop flow of conversations through all the channels of today and constantly monitoring those of tomorrow. It’s easier to get hold of us and talk to us than it ever was, and we’re talking to more musicians now than we ever did.

2014 was the best year for Propellerhead so far. Reason 8 turned out to be the most successful version of the program that we have ever made, which we’re extremely grateful for. And we’re completely committed to continue creating even better incarnations of our existing products, over years to come. But we’re also growing and expanding our reach through new products and services. While we’re humbled and grateful that so many people have already chosen to use our products in their music making, we also want to invite many more new musicians to the party. People who have other ideas about what music making means than we had when we started this company. And moving forward we will encourage more communication, connection and conversations between musicians, both those who are already our customers and those who will be.

It’s time to take the discussion out of the kitchen and into the streets. Look up and meet the musicians of the world where they are.

Ernst Nathorst-Böös
CEO and Founder

Categories: Audio Production

Voeux 2015

Blender 3D News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 04:20
By Florian Benedetto. Agence communication Lyon CometeCreated a animation 3D for SERL GROUP, for HAPPY NEW YEAR ! The small world of SERL in low poly. Art director 3D : Florian Benedetto
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Breakdown Video: Bond

Blender 3D News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 02:10
Reynante shares a breakdown of his latest image, Bond. Reynante M. Martinez writes: I recently did an artwork titled "Bond," and I really thank everyone for appreciating the project and for loving it as much as I did. In this brief video, I show the several stages it has to go through to reach completion. [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Unreal Engine 4 Support Twitch Broadcast: Blender and UE4

Blender 3D News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:44
The official Unreal channel features a walkthrough of working with Blender and Unity by Kevin Vassey from Epic Games! Pistol Alexandru Ioan writes: Senior Technical Animator Kevin Vassey, walks us through importing/exporting FBX files in Blender (v 2.73), setting up scene working units, and shares his Blender/UE4 pipeline.
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Commercial: Gray Television

Blender 3D News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:00
Gray Television used Blender for their latest commercial. Cory DeVore writes: Hi, my name is Cory DeVore, and I work for Gray Television Inc. as a Creative Services Producer. My supervisor Dylan Hardy, and fellow producer Arn McConnell had come up with a promo for us to make about some of our channels going HD. [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

MuTools releases Version 6.2 of MuLab and MUX Modular Plug-Ins

Audio Freeware - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 09:10
MuTools has updated the MuLab and MUX Modular plug-ins to version 6.2. New: New "Event Recorder" module. (MuLab only, not yet in the MUX Modular Plug-In version). New: Each MUX module can have [Read More]

Add-on: Unreal Camera

Blender 3D News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 08:50
This add-on makes sure you can properly export your Blender camera to Unity. Roman Chumak writes: Tiny script for adjusting Blender camera for exporting to Unreal Engine via FBX 6.1 ASCII.. Hope it will useful.. = ) It makes a copy of the selected camera with baked keys of right ransformations for exporting it to [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation