Media Technology News

LinuxSampler 2.0.0 released

Audio Freeware - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 03:38
LinuxSampler 2.0.0 (and friends) has been released after six years of development. Read on to find out what's new. New Sampler Engines The sampler's code base has seen substantial changes during [Read More]

Audacity updated to v2.1.1

Audio Freeware - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 02:52
Audacity was recently updated to v2.1.1 for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Main Changes: The most visible new feature is scrubbing and seeking, including backwards play. Updates to Quick-Play also [Read More]

Oxe FM Synth updated to v1.2.2 - Goes 64-bit

Audio Freeware - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 02:33
Oxe FM Synth, the free Windows VST instrument plugin, has been updated to v1.2.2, which sees the release of a 64-bit version. Changes in v1.2.2: 64-bit version available. [Read More]

Cosmos Laundromat: Online premiere on August 10th + awesome shot progression

Blender 3D News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 00:00
The Blender Institute will release Cosmos Laundromat on YouTube next Monday. Visitors who join the Blender Birds of a Feather meeting at SIGGRAPH can enjoy an early preview. Ton writes: Monday morning, in Los Angeles on the SIGGRAPH convention, we will launch the Cosmos Laundromat pilot online for everyone to watch! August 10th, 2015 10 [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Pheromones [Interactive Short Film]

Blender 3D News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 13:00
Gaël Laboiusse used TouchDesigner and Blender to let tweets drive a real-time animation. Hi, I am pleased to present my first project on TouchDesigner software. 3D animation (only the architecture) was made with Blender and Cycles. Pheromones is an experimental project created in three weeks. It questions the role of the tweet in an interactive [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

[non-Blender] Disney's Hyperion Renderer

Blender 3D News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 10:50
Hyperion is Disney's physically based path tracer renderer. They present an overview of their results and a enjoyable 'Practical Guide to Path Tracing'. Hyperion is a streaming ray-tracer, capable of performing multi-bounce GI on production-scale scenes without resorting to shading caches or instancing. To achieve this, we introduce a novel two-stage ray sorting framework. First, [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Punity - P.T. remake made with Blender (and Unity)

Blender 3D News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 08:40
Mike Futcher spent 4 weeks to recreate a scene from the canceled horror game P.T. Mike Futcher writes: P.T. (Playable Teaser) is a first-person psychological survival horror video game directed by Hideo Kojima, developed by Kojima Productions, and published by Konami. Released for the PlayStation 4 on 12 August 2014 as a free download on [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Auto-Offset. A workflow enhancement for Blender's node editor.

Blender 3D News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 06:30
This upcoming feature is making working with nodes SO much easier, that I'm surprised nobody thought of it before now. It was a sponsored project during the Leipzig Summer of Code 2016 at blendFX studio. Sebastian König writes: When you drop a node with at least one input and one output socket onto a an [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

My favorite Blender models on Sketchfab this week

Blender 3D News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 04:58
Here's another round of the best Blender artwork on Sketchfab. And remember: add the Blender tag if you want me to find your work! Carousel Boutique - Interior by Discopears on Sketchfab Werewolf by Soh K on Sketchfab Mega City Takedown / Judge Dredd by paulchambers3d on Sketchfab Sci-Fi Mech by Pawel Ptaszynski on Sketchfab [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Matalogue: Free Add-on for the Node Editor

Blender 3D News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 04:20
Greg Zaal writes: Hey folks! I'd like to introduce you to a little add-on I've been working on :) It's incredibly simple, but I've found it very helpful in speeding up my node editing workflow. All it is is a list of materials (and lights and compositing trees) in the toolbar of the Node Editor. [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

UVI offers Grand Piano Model D free with any purchase - Only through August 10th, 2015

Audio Freeware - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 03:56
UVI is offering Grand Piano Model D for free with any purchase. Purchase and register a product at uvi.net before August 10th, and receive a free Grand Piano Model D serial number by email. [Read More]

Render through the objects

Blender 3D News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 02:10
Alex Saplacan uses camera rays in a node setup to make objects transparent, while still having them render shadows etc. A short cycles nod setup that helps you see through the parts of the mesh and keep their influence in the scene. Ideal when you want to render through the walls of a building for [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Small Choices, Big Impact - short animation on environmental awareness

Blender 3D News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 00:00
The Rochester Institute of Technology created this video on environmental pollution and what you can do to prevent it. Mark Sniffen writes: Hi all, My name is Mark Sniffen. I work running a graphics department for the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in upstate New York. A few months ago we finished production on an [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Community Spotlight: Jibran Ijaz (Jibran)

Drupal - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 09:24

Jibran Ijaz (jibran) is a Drupal developer, and is the only Drupal Core contributor in Pakistan. A member of Drupal.org since he began building websites in 2010, Jibran has become an important member of both his local community and the greater global Drupal community. The Drupal Association spoke with Jibran over email and asked him a few questions. We’re excited to share the conversation with you.

How did you get involved with Drupal and core contribution?

Back in December 2010, I started working as a freelancer on a Drupal 6 site with a friend. It took me a while to understand all the systems like nodes, cck, views, and themes, but I was finally able to find my way. At the time, Drupal 7 RC versions had only just begun being released, so when Drupal 7.0 came out I had to learn a lot of things all over again. For me, the new built-in Entity API and Field API were difficult concepts to understand. It took me a while to understand the changes in theme layer, learn about html.tpl.php, and understand the Render API. These things were so confusing to me that I wound up submitting my first core issue related to documentation.

After going through this learning curve twice, I thought I might as well start learning Drupal 8 now. So I started hanging out in the core issue queue, and began reading a lot of Drupal 8 blog posts on Drupal planet. One day, I read that they were moving all the Drupal Core files to the Core directory and they needed help in re-rolling a lot of trivial patches. I went and found a documentation novice issue in Drupal 8 and helped fix it both for Drupal 8 and for Drupal 7. After that, I was hooked.

What do you do with Drupal these days?

I'm a senior Drupal developer for PreviousNext, where I work remotely from Lahore, Pakistan. I mostly work on large Drupal 7 sites, but lately I have started working on a Drupal 8 site as well. It's fun to work with such a great team of front-end developers, back-end developers, and project managers at PreviousNext.

In my free time, I contribute to Drupal. I do a lot of code reviews. Specifically, I love working on Views issues in Drupal 8. I have also been actively involved in a lot of contrib projects and have been helping with porting them to Drupal 8. During the weekends, I enjoy working on dynamic_entity_reference.

You’re involved with quite a variety of projects in the Drupal community and in your national Drupal community as well. Can you describe some of the things you do and why you like them?

Ever since my childhood, computers have fascinated me. Even though my bachelor's degree is in Telecommunication Engineering, I always loved coding. This means my involvement with Drupal is almost always related to coding. I enjoy solving bugs, writing patches, and performing code reviews. I also like to get involved in technical discussions related to Drupal, and really enjoy helping others understand difficult Drupal concepts, so I mentor people as well.

In Pakistan, we have a very enthusiastic Drupal community. The Drupal Association has helped us with organizing numerous camps, workshops and training opportunities in different cities all over the country. I wasn’t actively involved with local community until about a year ago when I talked to Donna Benjamin (kattekrab), who was the director of community engagement at PreviousNext at the time. Donna encouraged me to participate a lot more in my local Drupal community, so I took part in my first Drupal Camp at Lahore on 3 May 2014. I was the only core developer there, and my fellow attendees were very appreciative and welcoming. At the camp, I talked about Drupal 8, and everybody loved it. So I’ve been attending ever the Drupal Camp I can get to ever since. I was even a keynote speaker at Drupal camp Islamabad back in April.

What’s the coolest project you’ve worked on?

I have worked on a lot of Drupal projects with very complex architecture. It's always fun whenever I get to use a big module like Domain Access, Services, Commerce, Ubercart, Google Maps, or Organic Groups to build features for our clients. It's also fun when I get to build a complex architecture using Drupal API. I'd prefer not to name a specific project, though. It would feel like I'm pointing at my favorite kid.

What changes are you most looking forward to in Drupal 8?

Oh! The simple answer is everything. The change form Functional Programming to Object Oriented Programming is the most important thing for me. Personally, I also like the built-in plugins system of Drupal 8 because if you’re familiar with the plugin API, you can easily use it in Blocks, Entities, Fields, Menus, and Views. Even Drupal 8 contrib modules like Rules and Page Manager are doing a lot of amazing things with plugins.

What is your favorite thing about the Drupal community?

I love the Drupal community as whole, and am inspired by the fact that we all share the same enthusiasm towards Drupal. It doesn't matter who you are or what the scope of your technical knowledge is — anyone and everyone can make a difference in the community. I spend a lot of time with Drupal developers on IRC, at local and international Drupal events, and I haven't found a single person who isn’t kind and helpful. No matter how many times you ask the same question or a stupid question, everyone always responds very kindly. No one has ever treated me differently because of my religion or region. Every person I have met in the Drupal community has inspired me on some level, irrespective of their contribution in Drupal. That is my favorite thing about the Drupal community.

What is your most meaningful Drupal moment?

Drupal has given me a lot of beautiful moments. It's very hard to pick one, so I’ve listed several below.

1. First time I attended DrupalCon. Picture by @lsheydrupal

2. First time I met with webchick

3. First time I got a shout-out from webchick on my Drupal contributions at DrupalSouth

And there are countless other moments, like my keynote at Drupal Camp Islamabad, hanging out with VDC team at DrupalCon code sprint, meeting with the whole PreviousNext team for the first time, and dynamic_entity_reference hacking with Lee Rowlands after the DrupalSouth code sprint.

Tell us a little about your background or things that interest you outside Drupal.

Before computers, my first love was math. I like to read, but lately I haven't been able to read many books. I can speak and understand a bit of Arabic, French, and German. I love to learn new stuff and experiences new things in life. I like watching football and Formula1, and I also watch a lot of English TV series and movies. Now I know why I don't have time to read anymore. :D

Tree of Life

Blender 3D News - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 08:59
Reynante M. Martinez writes: "Tree of Life," my latest artwork. This is inspired by our search for happiness and belonging, and how we go about our lives as mere spectators of time. Let me know your thoughts and opinions on this piece - I would love to hear them. :) More info (with HD renders) [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

How does Blender help in industrial design? Interview with Claas Kuhnen

Blender 3D News - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 04:20
Meet industrial designer Claas Kuhnen who uses Blender for a big part of his work. Claas writes: Hi folks, Render.ST interviewed me about my design work and how I use Blender in academia and professionally for industrial design. This might be interesting for others to read who are curious about using Blender for design work.
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Breakdown: "Freedom" Idea, Lighting, and Composition

Blender 3D News - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 02:10
Jonathan Lampel gives a very in-depth overview of the creation of his work "Freedom" in this video. Jonathan writes: Hi all, I wanted to share a behind the scenes video on my process of creating artwork. It's a little different for everybody, but I hope it can help someone stuck in a creative rut or [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Reel: Nahuel Belich 2015

Blender 3D News - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 00:37
Here's another fantastic reel! Nahuel Belich writes: Hello, i just finish my reel for the year and a i want it to share it, hope you like it ~- ^ I usually made tutorials both english and spanish, using the techniques that i use at work, if you want to check some at my blog [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Tru-Urban releases Synthetik - Free Synth VST/AU Plugin

Audio Freeware - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 20:01
Tru-Urban has released Synthetik, a free synth VST/AU Plugin. Synthetik is designed to deliver inspiring sounds and FX for Hip-Hop and R&B productions. The Synthetik VST/AU Plugin is called [Read More]

Take the KVR Audio 2015 Survey - Win Prizes

Audio Freeware - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 09:34
It's been a while since we've asked your opinion about all things KVR Audio. Now's the time to dive in and share your thoughts. As readers and avid KVR users, we know you'll have a lot to share [Read More]

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