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In Topic: This showreel will make you scared and confused!

16 January 2015 - 02:37 AM

I enjoyed it, a lot. But such stylized and more abstract reel always make me tense up with fear a bit that its a dangerously hard sell, even though people like us who understand such things see the talent. But you are obviously well aware of that.


Please follow up in a few months and share how you feel its being received to new prospects compared to your past, more commercial reels.

In Topic: How to Build an Amazon EC2 Render Farm for C4D

13 January 2015 - 09:54 PM

I just wanted to add an update here, in case anyone else is actually doing this.

For the past few weeks, I have been trying everything I could to get this working within a linux server environment, which would cut the hourly cost nearly in half. I hired on a linux programmer for help, and we have nearly everything working. I can't figure out how to tell deadline to launch a program via WINE though, and its currently just throwing an error indicating the application is not built for the OS. Also, an interesting find is that cinebench via wine seems to only register 4 cores of the machine, which baffles me.

Anyway.... I tested the brand new C4.8xlarge ec2 instances on the regular Windows instances today. 29% better performance (cinebench of 2675 compared to 2072 of the c3.8xlarge instances) with an hourly cost difference of +17.5%. So... its about 12% more bang for the buck.

In Topic: Stupidly large screen

09 January 2015 - 03:58 AM

I hear you on the unmanageable aspects of delivery (the end user) but I don't think we should cut ourselves off at the knees because some people (maybe MOST people) won't even notice. I don't think rolling out a certification based on a color space that is about to be obsolete is good for anyone. Instead of pulling the greyhair with the 4:3 vhf set into the 21st century we keep coming up with ways to keep things shitty. Thats my 2 cents.



Trust me, the frustration is mutual, but I gave up long ago on trying to explain this to every client who walks through the door. There is no way of explaining to someone less technical without appearing clueless and unprofessional. At least it provides a standard, a constant that we can fall back on, point to, and pass blame along to non-calibrated tv sets outside of these walls when we get the "why does it look different on my kid's bedroom tv set?" phone call. 



Also - the certification will apply to rec2020.  Its a bit late to do rec709, but I think having an entity to oversee quality standards of color reproduction will be massively beneficial. The question, though, is whether Technicolor is refusing to certify products that don't hold up to standards or if they are just accepting money to have their logo slapped on the screen.

In Topic: Very Short Character Animation Tutorials

09 January 2015 - 01:45 AM



completely off topic: I thought video links automatically embedded themselves now? is it just vimeo?

You have to use youtube or vimeo tags.
The #t=77 to start at a specified time breaks it.

In Topic: Stupidly large screen

09 January 2015 - 12:57 AM

UHD is Rec2020. 


Everything for preview output (ie: what the client sees) should be set up to work in the color space of the delivery format, regardless of our feelings on the spec. Other spaces are good for while working (desktop monitors). 



All in all, we can only do our best to try to see what the couch potato will see. Everyone likes cranking their home set's settings to weird values so it doesn't matter anyway. This Technicolor initiative is appealing to me since they are trying to remove that nonsense from consumer's control. Then, maybe NTSC can stand for something other than 'Not The Same Color'.  :P