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  1. govinda

    A padded reel?

    Oh the pink salad days of our youth.
  2. Aleksey, you said something on your blog about the C4D reflectance problem--not being able to change reflection on multiple materials. This is definitely a game-changer. On a job late last year, this cropped up in a way that made the job painful, in fact almost a loss. I've never seen a software package shoot itself in the dick like this. It's something to add to the must-watch list on any job where you have to use the base package renderer.
  3. For better or worse, it looks like Octane rules the roost, but it's for design. Then what? Either the designer or separate animator recreates the look for a renderer usable on a farm. How can this be sustained? When VRay gets GPU rendering, which it has for Max atm, how long until that comes out for C4D? Stefan and company are lovely dudes, but they don't exactly move quickly over in Switzerland. All things being equal, which they're not, I'd pick Thea. But if you have to buy only one, and you need to keep up with your own market, around here, it's Octane, and hope for some farm solution. Did I already ask how this can be sustained? It needs to be mentioned how painful it is not to have stacked materials and light exclusion, but to counter that, what a joy it is to work in a material node editor.
  4. Here's my spec, a few hours before I start pulling the trigger: CPU: i7 4900k Motherboard: Asus Z97-Deluxe ATX GPU: GeForce 980 Ti Then DDR 3-1866 memory, 1000w power supply, Phanteks case, liquid CPU cooler, 2 512gb SSDs and a 3TB HDD. I explored exotic options like PCIe SSDs (wish those were possible) and SSD raids. They introduce complications beyond what I think my builder and I can surmount. Also, for now, if it's a Hackintosh, it stays a generation behind. The i7 6700 isn't working yet, nor are X99 boards.
  5. Hey, indecision? I can out-Hamlet you there: I started looking into this in 2013, got a bid and shelved it. Looked again in 2014, got a bid, shelved it. Not surprisingly, that vendor no longer returns my emails. But this time I'm pulling the trigger. I remember waiting on rumors of this and that, but I'm keeping my FOMO in check and diving in. I'll be going a little lighter than your setup, definitely not so many SSDs. The main thing is, NVIDIA, because of Octane.
  6. Hey JCrash, loop back and tell us how things went.
  7. Good gawd when was my last post? Is there a new moderator these days? Well, as the old mod who just flat-out disappeared, I can tell you what happened from my point of view. Goes kinda like this (personal stuff partly included): 1) I had too much time and too few friends, so mograph was fun. Plus I like to evangelize. 2) It was all great great fun for two years, but wow was it a lot of work managing the Reels section. 3) I got all politics and economics and found myself only posting about that, which wasn't really what the site was about (kinda wanted to post in the bitcoin thread just now, such a nostalgic feeling). 4) I came into a bunch of dough, so there were other things to do. I also came into a crew of friends who were, let's just say, very demanding of time. Now they have boyfriends or have moved on. 5) I started to work way too much. Like no time to get haircuts, water plants or sleep. This one reason alone killed off nearly all my enthusiasm for the field. 6) I lost my freaking mind over a few girls. 7) Motionographer happened. There are generalizable things amid this self indulgence. I think a lot of us worked too much. There's this scene in the first Bourne movie when Clive Owen's character is dying in the corn field. His last words are, 'Look what they make you give...' I felt like that about ALL the places I worked between about 2006-2011, when there seems to have been a big break, and hours all over LA went all normal. I just got cranky (anyone else)? If I see a project where the powers that be set things up in such a way that I'll be giving it a shit-ton of work, get no overtime, lose weekends, get four hours of sleep, eat poorly, lose motor function in my wrist, leave the cat unfed and lose track of all social connections, just so some crappy sports package can spew out of screens at a major stadium or a badly lit video can can get rotoed, I'm tempted to resign and revisit any bookings I turned down. I wasn't bringing my A game to those jobs. The producers weren't bringing even their C game to the budgeting and time management decisions (and in the case of one place, they weren't bringing even their D game to their moral decisions). Hey let's all team up and take a stand about this, eh? And maybe even this one place in LA will upgrade their 2007 vintage Mac Pros at long last so their animators can get their work done. But as I said, hours have normalized in recent years, at least in my town. There was a first generation of motion graphics people who were self taught. In those days, it was Designers Who Learned How To Extrude, Video Dudes with Big Ideas (Mark Simpson on Creative Cow comes to mind), Bored Editors, and other random types. Then I saw a big change. It was 2005 I think when I walked through a mexican restaurant in Silverlake and saw that the FRONT COVER of the freaking LA Weekly was about 'motion.' I read the article with a shudder. All the kids at all the LA design schools were flooding into our field, and all the advertising and traditional graphics classes were emptying out. Why the LA Weekly thought this was newsworthy I still don't know, wasn't there a huge SoCal Gas billing scandal that week? I could see then that the world would change. Those of us who started at the turn of the century (and the ex Pittard guys who were even earlier) were gonna see an influx of highly motivated, dedicated, well-taught kiddies. Well, they're now well into their careers, and they're kicking ass, and we've all had to up our games, as we should. Way back when, I used to beat the drum that this was just a craft, not an art form (maybe even Ted Gore thinks that now). But it still fired us all up because we still knew it was the new big thing. Now more than ever, it really is just a craft. That's probably bothered a lot of people. Also way back when, I used to beat the drum that we really sucked at telling stories. Instead, god knows, when the next cool but meaningless trick came along, we'd all rush to do it. You know what? We still suck at telling stories. There's one guy whose kiddie reel was all the euro-style stuff, early Aix Sponza-ish, ultimately just an updated version of those floating chunks of 'abstract' stuff that used to populate Renderosity. He's now pulling in a cool hundred thou plus, and I don't think he's been asked to tell a story in graphics in all that time. And by 'tell a story' I don't meen narratively, linearly, but to build an idea organically from within some attribute of the product, the way, for example, guys like Danny Yount demand his design team do it. In that way, the tricks and cool stuff has some reason to be there, not simply because we can put them there. Also, back in the early aughts we could all work solo to create things. Now, good luck. It can still be done, but the world is now built around teams and pipelines, Maya and Houdini lead into Nuke and then to the edit, and that's half our world now. The Cinema crowd still operate as animator/compositor islands, but in the better places I've worked, that process is also much too large for one person to do it all. Incidentally, the Cinema crowd also get the 'remaining elements' on broadcast packages, meaning everything that's left after the Franchise Open, but then I think we all want to avoid working on branding packages, especially if it's for E! Lastly, as I went along, I knew less and less. Our world fragmented so much. I left off without learning character animation, and learning new things meant less crazy fun in my apartment. Is that generalizable? I think a lot of people kinda max out on tutorials after awhile. For my part, I'll be diving back into a lot of things I left aside. But then Betty said it better and shorter, hey motherfuckers.
  8. govinda


    I don't think he's dead. I still see him posting goofy shit on Facebook.
  9. I just see GSG's stuff as a way to reverse-engineer stuff that caught his eye, and being a busy guy, he plays the hand that he's dealt. If it was a choice, I'd rather Nick do high volume of things like this than do fewer tutes because he was spending his time trying to cook up custom stuff. He can kind of toss these off. And do people learn? Yep. Then all good. It's not like he's presenting it as his own work. Nick has so much capital in our world that he'd have to throw kittens in the river before he'd be on the dark side. And he's not charging like this guy, who gets the Joey Park, Alasdair Wilson, Jorge Amado and Danny Yount's Sherlock Holmes animation by Prologue completely retarded-like, and wants 9 bucks a month to teach you how.
  10. I work with a Blender-lover who's happy with this update. The sample renders look pretty good, and the interface looks like it has some big improvements.
  11. govinda

    Lady Gaga

    I think of this like a butterfly flapping its wings over a forest in Belize. I'm sure the wind affects something somewhere, but probably not you or me. The chance of someone ever using even a good Lady Gaga vid as leverage on an anyone has to be infinitesimal, though I've probably met the producer who'd do it, haha! But all that aside, she's my lady friend's idol, so geroff her!
  12. A Master's in Business Administration from an expensive private school.
  13. Adam Saul....where are you... weren't you a member?
  14. As I post this thread, Freelancers Union is sponsoring NPR's Morning Edition. This makes it impossible to ignore, hard as I've tried. Is anyone a member of FU? Anyone outside of NYC as well as inside. Has anyone been working for them? Does anyone have an opinion on them? Whatever happens with Healthcare Reform in the next month in Washington, it'll be three or four years before the system becomes real, and even then it'll have to evolve to work properly. In the meantime you're gonna need insurance. I'm shocked at how many of my friends and colleagues just don't bother to get covered. Freelancers Union almost sounds like an organization I can sink my teeth into as a volunteer.
  15. Scorch! Welcome back! I thought all the London designers had moved to LA and that I'd just run into you on Abbot Kinney in Venice anyway.
  16. Yep when in doubt, experiment, good idea, Stephen. Next time you're in LA in the old neighborhood, the first drink at Jumbo's is on me.
  17. Yeah exactly... it's Apple's implementation that screws it up. So when the Times Square guy told me they were playing it through a special Flash player, it sounds like a souped-up version of those XML Flash players that you can incorporate in your personal website. So the question becomes, do THOSE have washout problems?
  18. I'm doing some animations for the Times Square screens. Their spec calls for h264 in either FLV or Quicktime format, which makes me think gamma shift. Their rep says they use an Adobe purpose-built XML player running on a PC. Does anyone have any experience with this kind of setup, and whether we should compensate in advance for the dread washout?
  19. Economy in Crisis will never die! I haven't been here in two weeks...I plead the usual girl-craziness. But also, the more I know, the less I want to talk about it because I feel a bit queasy at having such strong opinions back in 2004-2005 when I knew jack shit. It's sad because I'm finally in love with 2D animation after loathing it for five years. So I could probably learn some things here. This place has been huge for me in that and many other ways, so I feel guilty about not visiting at least a few times a week.
  20. Zombieee threadsssss...can't...killllll.....
  21. How do we know the stimulus is too small despite not having spent much of it? Anyone? How about by means of forecasting. 'For every dollar spent, expect x amount of reduction to unemployment, with a confidence interval of z.' Kinda an important line of work in government economic circles. There was an estimate early in the game that, this far into the stimulus spending, unemployment would reach pretty much exactly current levels if it was kept to half what it should've been. They were bang on target. The smaller stimulus was a political decision that, on balance, unemployment is a more palatable political sell than increasing the deficit. Palatable, yeah, but an ugly compromise and not optimal government.
  22. There are so many possible solutions, a lot of them already mentioned (higher AA, using SAT). If you're using procedural noise, go into the noise itself and choose UV/2D as your mapping method. Try using a blur offset (or is it blur scale?) in your texture channel. If your noise goes subpixel, you could get flicker, so you can scale it up or decrease octaves. Finally, search CGTalk for a Per Anders post about bump map delta, which is kind of a higher-order skillset thing but which might be useful.
  23. The stimulus--any stimulus--takes time to get spent. Why this would surprise any sentient being who claims to watch current events is beyond me. You have to let contracts, review RFPs, hire people, plan and only after all this is done, break ground on projects. The usual estimate is 1.5 years for the maximum effect, but some of the effect has already been felt, some of it directly, and some of it in increased confidence that the government isn't being idiotic and sitting on its hands during a crisis. And let's remember that the conservative alternative to the stimulus was to call for a spending freeze. A spending freeze! The idea was laughed out of the room by economists. Wow, genius notion, Boehner, accelerate the plunge downward by further seizing up liquidity. This is reason #4,398 why conservatives should never be listened to on matters economic, not once, not ever, since their one-time brush with being almost right back in the days of Uncle Milty and the Monetarists 29 years ago in 1980. A spending freeze... wow. The CNN article doesn't support the wonderful phrase "BS" in your reply, but then what link have you ever posted that supports your point? Most of the article is about the good things that have come from spending...spending that was, in the absence of any other useable tool, the only thing the government could do.
  24. Forget for a moment the financial crisis and the hit to GDP. Lately this has become an 'unemployment recession.' Nothing illustrates how our nation has become divided between haves and have-nots than that fact. But weakness in the lower classes will affect everyone just as surely as a sinking tide lowers all boats, a fact which forever escapes conservatives. The stimulus was too small. Thanks, 'moderates,' for having no spine whatsoever and trimming needed billions off the package back in early spring. Yes, this is the worst recession since the Great Depression. And despite recent tiny 'green shoots' of recovery, this thing is far from steady. We won't swing into catastrophe; the stimulus at least saw to that. But a double-dip recession, or a grindingly long recession, is very much a possibility. Take a gander at this long, slow ride we've been on. Other 'unemployment recessions' were long over by now.
  25. govinda


    Here's how it goes in LA. Around August 15, you've probably had a major heat wave or two lasting two weeks but no fires, you think, okay, summer might be over, cool! Then you realize that summer doesn't let you off that easy. You've got another heat wave coming of 100-plus temperatures in the valleys, and you'll have fires. The fires are going to be in small spots around the rims of LA, probably Malibu and the San Gabriels or down near San Diego, and everyone around the world is going to think that all of LA is burning though it's quite a small area each year. Then when the temperatures break and moisture returns, the fires will be containable, and they'll go out, but that won't make the news. Then the first rains of the fall come (if they come at all, what with recent droughts), and the mudslides happen where fires were in the past, either that year or previous years. Rinse, repeat. Just like earthquakes and Nicole Ritchie car accidents, they give people in the rest of the world reason to be relieved not to live in LA, while for LA people we get the relief that people might not flood into town because they overestimate the earthquakes, bimbo driving hazards and brush fires.
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