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Pablo, Dalai and Francesco have started video series to inform the Spanish, Portuguese and Italian Blender communities of new developments.Pablo writes: Most news and discussion always happens in English, leaving entire communities unaware of some important Blender news. In an attempt to fix that I've started a series of videos for the Spanish community. The [...]
Zacharias Reinhardt writes: Hi everyone! In this video I show you how to use the new denoising feature, to drastically reduce rendertime in Blender Cycles. More info here. Have fun! ~Zacharias
The Polish Elephant Studio created these two promotion videos for audio software. Ralph writes: I made these animations about d16.pl, a company that produces plugins for musicians. These are teasers showing the visual side of the product. In Tekutorn it is very important to match flashing lights to music (VU meters). All done in BLender [...]
The Blend4Web Team are publishing videos of their conference sessions. Here's the first one by Pablo. Hi @ll! We have started to publish videos from the Blend4Web conference on our YouTube channel. So far three amazing presentations are already available including Pablo Vazquez' outstanding insights on Blender's Past, Present and Future. More videos will be [...]
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Enrich adds a number of easy to use settings to let you quickly add good looking compositing effects to your scene. This new update adds support for external images and image sequences as well as an interface overhaul. Enrich add-on 1.1 update is out for Blender, and it ships with a ton of amazing features [...]
Sean writes: Using Blender's vector passes in The Foundry's Nuke to create motion blur on 3D rendered elements sounds pretty easy - until you try it the standard Nuke way and find it doesn't work! In this tip, I'll show you how to shuffle the channels around correctly so you get perfect motion blur from [...]
pavla writes: Wayne Dixon has an ultra-close look at a short animation and takes it apart with loads of tweaks & tricks for improvement. Hugely helpful tips for all aspiring Blender animators.
The post Animation Critique: Making a Good Animation into a "Wow!" Animation appeared first on BlenderNation.
Zacharias Reinhardt shares his experience in running a Blender tutorial business in this video. Hi everyone! In this video I’m answering 6 question regarding having an online business with Blender training. In addition, I’m giving some tips about my past experiences. More info here. Enjoy! ~Zacharias
Wonderful abstract art by Zuscrofa from Mexico City. TRANSMUTE Project derived from the search and experimentation of organic forms extracted from the biological transmutation.
Philip Modin shares a set of 12 high resolution HDR maps under a CC0 license. Following Gleb's release of the HDR Lighting course (feel free to link to his course), I am releasing the first set of my personal HDR library licensed as CC0 for 0+ on Gumroad. You can browse the 360 gallery for [...]
Very nice animation work by Brooklyn-based Blender studio Dialogue Theory. John O writes: Check out our updated reel of motion design work, much of it done in Blender! In fact, all 3D animations were designed, animated and rendered in Blender (with the exception of the interactive app midway through the video). Even the flat, 2D-style [...]
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jayanam writes: In this video you can see my new lowpoly nature assets made with Blender and exported as an Unreal Engine 4 and Unity 5.6 package. You can download these packages if you are my supporter on patreon (silver card).
Reynante Martinez writes: Check out how you can apply two-sided textures on a single plane. Forget duplicating your objects and wasting resources. In this quick tutorial, I'll show you a nifty trick on how to achieve the front-back texturing effect, as mostly seen in leaves. Check it out here. Let me know if this helps [...]
Jonas Eschenburg writes: Dear fellow blenderheads, I would like to announce the release of BitWrk 0.6.2 and I will use this opportunity to introduce you to the wonderful world of BitWrk rendering. BitWrk is a distributed rendering service for Blender. It comes with a client executable and a Python add-on that integrates directly into Blender [...]
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At the end of April we joined the community at DrupalCon Baltimore. We met with many of you there, gave our update at the public board meeting, and hosted a panel detailing the last 6 months worth of changes on Drupal.org. If you weren't able to join us for this con, we hope to see you in Vienna!Drupal.org updates DrupalCon Vienna Full Site Launched!
Speaking of Vienna, in April we launched the full site for DrupalCon Vienna which will take place from September 26-29th, 2017. If you're going to join us in Europe you can book your hotel now, or submit a session. Registration for the event will be opening soon!DrupalCon Nashville Announced with new DrupalCon Brand
Each year at DrupalCon the location of the next conference is held as closely guarded secret; the topic of speculation, friendly bets, and web crawlers looking for 403 pages. Per tradition, at the closing session we unveiled the next location for DrupalCon North America - Nashville, TN taking place from April 9-13th in 2018. But this year there was an extra surprise.
We've unveiled the new brand for DrupalCon, which you will begin to see as the new consistent identity for the event from city to city and year to year. You'll still see the unique character of the city highlighted for each regional event, but with an overarching brand that creates a consistent voice for the event.Starring Projects
Users on Drupal.org may now star their favorite projects - making it easier to find favorite modules and themes for future projects, and giving maintainers a new dimension of feedback to judge their project's popularity. Users can find a list of the projects they've starred on the user profile. Over time we'll begin to factor the number of star's into a project's ranking in search results.
At the same time that we made this change, we've also added a quick configuration for managing notification settings on a per-project basis. Users can opt to be notified of all issues for a project, only issues they've followed, or no issues. While these notification options have existed for some time, this new UI makes it easier than ever to control issue notifications in your inbox.Project Browsing Improvements
One of the important functions of Drupal.org is to help Drupal site builders find the distributions, modules, and themes, that are the best fit for their needs. In April, we spent some time improving project browsing and discovery.
Search is now weighted by project usage so the most widely used modules for a given search phrase will be more likely to be the top result.
We've also added a filter to the project browsing pages to allow you to filter results by the presence of a supported, stable release. This should make it easier for site builders to sort out mature modules from those still in initial development.Better visual separation of Documentation Guide description and contents
In response to user feedback, we've updated the visual display of Documentation Guides, to create a clearer distinction between the guide description text and the teaser text for the content within the guides.Promoting hosting listings on the Download & Extend page
To leverage Drupal to the fullest requires a good hosting partner, and so we've begun promoting our hosting listings on the Download and Extend page. We want Drupal.org to provide every Drupal evaluator with all of the tools they need to achieve success—from the code itself, to professional services, to hosting, and more.Composer Sub-tree splits of Drupal are now available
For developers using Composer to manage their projects, sub-tree splits of Drupal Core and Components are now available. This allows php developers to use components of Drupal in their projects, without having to depend on Drupal in its entirety.DrupalCI Automatic Requeuing of Tests in the event of a CI Error
In the past, if the DrupalCI system encountered an error when attempting to run a test, the test would simply return a "CI error" message, and the user who submitted the test had to manually submit a new test. These errors would also cause the issues to be marked as 'Needs work' - potentially resetting the status of an otherwise RTBC issue.
We have updated Drupal.org's integration with DrupalCI so that instead of marking issues as needs work in the event of a CI Error, Drupal.org will instead automatically queue a retest.Bugfix: Only retest one environment when running automatic RTBC retests
Finally, we've fixed a bug with the DrupalCI's automatic RTBC retest system. When Drupal HEAD changes, any RTBC patches are automatically retested to ensure that they still apply. It is only necessary to retest against the default or last-used test environment to ensure that the patch will work, but the automatic retests were being tested against every configured environment. We've fixed this issue, shortening queue times during a string of automatic retests and saving testing resources for the project.
As always, we’d like to say thanks to all the volunteers who work with us, and to the Drupal Association Supporters, who made it possible for us to work on these projects. In particular we want to thank:
- Last Call Media - Renewing Supporting Partner
- Message Agency - *NEW* Premium Supporting Partner
- Axelerant - Renewing Supporting Partner
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- ImageX Media - Renewing Supporting Partner
- Unleashed Technologies - Renewing Supporting Partner
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- Tata Consultancy Services - Renewing Supporting Partner
- Translations.com - Renewing Technology Partner
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Rico Cilliers writes: In this quick video I go over a few built-in retopology tools that will make your life easier without having to resort to any addons. This tutorial is aimed at beginner and intermediate level blenderheads. If you practice these techniques regularly, you can become pretty fast and efficient at manual retopology in [...]