Media Technology News

Doobbear Promo

Blender 3D News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 08:20
Tushant Mirchandani created a promo for a new social network using only open source software. While I've worked as a freelance animator for many companies before, this was my first step into advertisement. I worked with a team on this one, and they were fine with me using opensource tools. Really happy with how things [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

CodeFN42 releases Chordz - Free VST Plug-in for Windows)

Audio Freeware - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 06:41
CodeFN42 has released Chordz, a free plug-in for Windows that allows a user to trigger full chords by playing single notes. Each trigger note is associated with a separate chord. Each chord may [Read More]

Sketchfab releases Physically Based Rendering

Blender 3D News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 06:10
You can now use Physically Based Rendering for your Sketchfab models. As the name says, it's based on a more accurate description of the interaction of light and matter. This results in a more reliable rendering in different environments and generally gives much more realistic results. Here are some of the first results that are [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Super Mario 64 and 'mod'; culture: meet the man behind the high-def makeover

Blender 3D News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:00
The Guardian features an interview with Aryok Piñera, who is recreating Super Mario 64 in Blender. The article touches on his inspiration, but also on the legality of 'modding'. BlenderNation covered this project last year. It took Aryok Piñera a week to make Mario lean properly. In the 1996 Nintendo game Super Mario 64, a player [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender Cycles Cloud Render Farming Using AWS, Deadline and Brenda

Blender 3D News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 03:55
Set up your own render farm on Amazon Web Services. Stirling Goetz writes: Learn about some cool tools available to help build your own affordable render farm in the cloud. In this session we cover Amazon Web Services concepts and then we jump into how we can utilize AWS with Blender friendly commercial software from [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Bond Project Files Download

Blender 3D News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 01:15
Reynante M. Martinez writes: My Facebook page recently reached the 3K milestone and I really wanted to thank everyone for the support. As a sign of my gratitude, I'm giving away for free the project files of my piece titled "Bond." Have fun and I hope you learn something new. Happy Blending! :) - Reyn
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Unity Engine 5 released, free of charge

Blender 3D News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:38
Following yesterday's announcement by Unreal, Unity goes one step further: their engine has become 100% free (as in beer). Are these companies starting to feel the heat of open source alternatives? And what will it mean for the future of the Blender Game Engine? Patrick Boelens writes: Yesterday Unity kicked off their presence at GDC with [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender NPR: Awesome toon downloads

Blender 3D News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 23:00
Blender NPR is offering a set of material downloads that help you make the most of Freestyle.
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Animation System Roadmap – 2015 Edition

Blender 3D News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 13:34
What's coming up this year for Blender's animation system? Aligorith gives a detailed roadmap on Here is a selection of the most pressing “big ticket” animation related developments currently on my todo list. Do note that this is not an exhaustive list (for which there are many other items), but it does contain all [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender 2.74 test build is available now

Blender 3D News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 13:28
Blender 2.74 test build is available now You can now download the first test build of Blender 2.74. Please report bugs on
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender used for TV Commercial "Believa Natural Intensiv"

Blender 3D News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:28
The AgenZasBrothers present their latest project. Zacharias Reinhardt writes: This German TV commercial presents a skin cream "Believa Natural Intensiv" to prevent neurodermatitis and psoriasis. We did this project for our customer Intario GmbH ( We ( use Blender for all our professional 3d works, so certainly we used it in this ad. You can [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Sci-Fi Weapon ''Samantha''

Blender 3D News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 09:03
Johannes Steidele writes: Meet ''Samantha'' everybody! Our latest Sci-Fi Weapon Design for MoonMan Pictures. It's finally animated and will be featured in our shortfilm web series, in which you will be able to decide the outcoming via video linking in youtube! One decision may lead to your characters death , the other to a continued [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender Basics & Mesh Modeling Fundamentals in Blender

Blender 3D News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 06:00
CG Cookie has released two new Blender trainings: a new and updated Blender Basics series Wes Burke writes: If you’re new to 3D, and have watched the Blender Basics, then this is a great next step. Mesh modeling, sometimes called Polygonal Modeling, is the method we use to construct 3D objects of all shapes and [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Gooseberry Weekly #28: February 27, 2015

Blender 3D News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 03:23
Another packed report of the Gooseberry team's week. Elysia writes: With the end of February, pre-production is officially closed and the full team’s effort will go toward realizing and finalizing the first scenes of Cosmos Laundromat. There’s even a production schedule hanging on the wall to prove/enforce it. Learn more about this, what the team [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Unreal Engine 4 Now Free

Blender 3D News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:45
Unreal has made a huge move: they're stopping their $19/month 'open source' license and now offer Unreal 4 for FREE, for everyone. Once you make more then $3000 a quarter on your project, you pay a 5% royalty. While this is great news for students and smaller studios, do you think it'll impact the Blender Game Engine? Daniel [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Shooting Your Own IBL

Blender 3D News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 22:45
Learn how to create your own IBL files for use in Blender (or any other 3D App) James Candy writes: I've noticed there is often a big misunderstanding over the proper ways to shoot a true "high dynamic range" IBL, so I wanted to create this guide showing how I go about it. This technique [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Provide feedback on the issue credit attribution user interface

Drupal - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:10

With the help of a few key community members, we have been hard at work creating an interface for users to attribute their work in the issue queues to a customer or employer. (#2288727: [meta] Provide credit to organizations / customers who contribute to Drupal issues)

This is an important step in beginning to collect information about the contributions that organizations make in the Drupal ecosystem. Dries has talked about this need in detail in his blog post A method for giving credit to organizations that contribute code to Open Source. Since the original vision laid out in that post, which focused on commit credits, we have expanded the scope to include any contribution in the issue queues.

There will be three parts to the release of this feature on

Comment Attribution

First, we needed a way that contributors could attribute their work to an organization—either their employer, their customer or both. (#2340363: Add issue comment attribution) We would like to have feedback through the comment on the issue. Here is an animated example of the comment attribution user interface:

This new field on every issue comment lets the user attribute their work to organizations per comment. Our team is also very excited to introduce a new interface framework for inline editing of entity fields on There are so many great ways we could use this for easier in place editing of metadata.

Once this comment attribution user interface is deployed, we’ll see how it is used, helping us build the next step.

Interface for Maintainers to Award Issue Credits

The next step will be a method for maintainers to award credit for the intended attribution. (#2369159: Extend crediting UI to include organizations & customers) Allowing maintainers to commit or award the credit for the issue accomplishes two important goals: we incentivise completion and we reduce gaming of the credit system.

By placing credits on issues—rather than commit mentions—we opened up the ability to recognize contributions outside of code. Patch reviews, comments on architectural decisions, wireframes and mockups, and general design feedback are all valuable contributions to the issue queues. Maintainers will now be able to reward those helpful behaviors.

Highlighting Organizations that Contribute

After a couple of months of collecting issue credit data, we will be able to begin using that data to highlight contributing organizations—giving them “trust currency” as Dries put it so well.

Issue credits are not the only contribution we will be tracking. We are already tracking how organizations give back financially through our supporting partner and membership programs. We track organizations that sponsor DrupalCons—and we’d like to start tracking how organizations help build camps.

Next Steps

If feedback goes well, our engineering team is planning to release the comment attribution feature on March 12th.

The user interface for maintainers to award credit should be available for comment in the coming week. Work on that issue has already started at #2369159: Extend crediting UI to include organizations & customers.

Let us know what you think!

Front page news: Drupal News

Review: Book Wizard Covers Generator

Blender 3D News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:35
BlenderNation Reviewer Michel Anders reviews the Book Wizard Covers Generator addon from the Blender Market. Image: "Book Shelves", created by me with the help of the Book Covers Wizard. Additional credits: Toy Plane by OscarLeif from BlendSwap, rug and decorations from The Architecture Academy Introduction This addon is one of those tools that seems incredibly specific [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Google Summer of Code: NO Blender projects supported

Blender 3D News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 11:50
Ton just announced that GSoC will not be supporting any Blender projects this year. This is an unexpected turn of events, and Ton is trying to find out why. Interesting news: No Google Summer of Code for Blender Foundation. After 10 years in the program... will ask them feedback. #b3d — Ton Roosendaal (@tonroosendaal) March 2, [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation releases LFOX - Free Woobling and Sweep VST Effect for Windows

Audio Freeware - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 11:25 has released LFOX, a free VST effect plugin that allows a user to "wooble" or sweep synths, samples or loops, from a range of 16b into 1/16, combining 2 filters and 2 LFOs. LFOX [Read More]