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Anim8or Challenges / Re: Challenge #34: Anim8or 1.0 splash screen
« on: May 27, 2017, 04:00:37 pm »
I think I will call my entry "Retro Chrome Tube Amp". I'm sure you can see now that I have no imagination whatsoever.
...and there was i thinking you'd call it something along the lines of 'Anim8or Amplified' or 'Amplify Your Vision'... eh well, i guess i can't be right all the time :P

Anim8or Challenges / Re: Challenge #34: Anim8or 1.0 splash screen
« on: May 26, 2017, 11:29:28 pm »
OK I have one more request of the splash screen entrants: Do you have a name for your entry? Most works of are are given title by their creators. I think these all qualify as art!
well, we've already got:
  • 'Renegade' by Ensoniq5
  • 'Be Lovely To Each Other' by FSS
  • 'Red Letter Day' by yours truly
so that leaves Kreator, Ron and Kunihiko currently untitled.  if Ron has a title in mind, then i've got a hunch what word it might revolve around, but i won't say what my hunch is yet because i don't want to influence his decision-making... :D

This is one of the things that I wanted to do fro v1.0 but didn't get it finished.
I'll be working on this this summer after visiting Italy for June.
something to look forward to in Anim8or v1.1!  8)

hm... i'm pretty sure that's the first time i've seen a software development strategy explained using caves and meteorites :o

Anim8or Challenges / Re: Challenge #34: Anim8or 1.0 splash screen
« on: May 22, 2017, 05:08:17 pm »
wondering if it might not be appropriate for me to vote, given that i'm one of the contestants?  anyone agree or disagree?

Anim8or Challenges / Re: Challenge #34: Anim8or 1.0 splash screen
« on: May 17, 2017, 09:59:21 pm »
darn it, this here is messing with my aspect-ratio purist streak... but if the boss man wants 15:9, then 15:9 it is, i guess :P  i think RLD still works in this format, although i personally prefer the 16:9 version with that little extra bit of breathing room at the sides.  curious whether anyone else sees a difference, though?

this wasn't downscaled from the UHD version, btw - this was a re-render at 800x450 at an even higher samples-per-pixel count of 400, and then cropped in GIMP.

General Anim8or Forum / Re: Dotan8 Magazine Issues
« on: May 17, 2017, 09:18:56 pm »
downloaded all 6 issues with no probs :)

Anim8or Challenges / Re: Challenge #34: Anim8or 1.0 splash screen
« on: May 16, 2017, 09:39:48 pm »
at least i think it was 3.5 - assuming that the status-bar message 'render=13024.73' refers to the number of seconds the job took.  i realise this might be shocking to some, but i must admit that i didn't actually sit at my desk watching the progress bar with a stopwatch in hand, heheh 8)

i'm running an i7-5820K at 3.3gHz and there wasn't any other significant CPU load during the render job, but i was still expecting it'd be more like 6 hours based on the resolution and the sample count.  that new fast-AA feature might have something to do with it, i guess?

Anim8or Challenges / Re: Challenge #34: Anim8or 1.0 splash screen
« on: May 16, 2017, 04:57:53 pm »
hm... the field's getting bigger, and still no two entries look anything like each other on any level - except for one detail: everyone except me has put the title text in the top-right corner, which i find an intriguing coincidence.  five other designs in the running, and none of you opted to put the word 'Anim8or' on the left?

@Kunihiko - speaking of the word 'Anim8or', btw, it's spelled without a 't' :)  overall i think your image strikes a good balance by having lots of textural detail but an uncluttered overall composition; the typography is a bit of a weak point though - you could give it a huge boost by picking a more stylish typeface (i think a narrow-letter sans-serif would go nicely with the character model, for example) and rebalancing the sizes of the three main elements: 'Anim8or' could do to be a bit bigger relative to the reg-trademark symbol and the version number.  i'd also recommend you ditch the hyphens; they look a bit cluttery, which clashes with how clean everything else looks.  very nice image on the whole, though :D

@ronaldefarmer that amplifier looks fascinating - where those actually a thing?  i'd never seen a machine like that before :o  also, i like the sneaky reference to steve's past career on the box 8)

Anim8or Challenges / Re: Challenge #34: Anim8or 1.0 splash screen
« on: May 12, 2017, 01:03:18 pm »
thecolclough: One of the best examples of glossy reflection I've seen made in Anim8or.
thank you :)

Do any of you have titles for your works?
i didn't until about five minutes ago, but i thought i'd try and come up with once since you'd suggested it - upon consideration i think 'Red Letter Day' would be apt on multiple levels, so i'll go with that

Anim8or Challenges / Re: Challenge #34: Anim8or 1.0 splash screen
« on: May 10, 2017, 10:23:40 pm »
okay folks, i think this is it... 3-and-a-half hours of render time later!  pretty happy with how this has turned out :D

you can view the full UHD-resolution version at

Anim8or Challenges / Re: Challenge #34: Anim8or 1.0 splash screen
« on: May 08, 2017, 06:42:52 pm »
but my perfectionist streak wants to see it in all its de-grained glory ASAP... and in UHD, just because 8)

Anim8or Challenges / Re: Challenge #34: Anim8or 1.0 splash screen
« on: May 08, 2017, 05:13:44 pm »
Wouldn't call it quits just yet - not without an anti-aliased render to clean up those granular reflections!

nah, don't worry, that last image wasn't meant to be finished, it was just a last test in terms of getting the colours right.  i'm pretty happy with the colours now.  since then, i've done a HD 1920x1080 version AAed at 100 samples per pixel, which is much better in terms of reducing grain but still not quite there.

so the final render is at the farm as i type: i've set it to UHD / 4K 3840x2160, AAed at 225 (15x15) samples per pixel, so it'll be interesting to see how long that takes! :P

Anim8or Challenges / Re: Challenge #34: Anim8or 1.0 splash screen
« on: May 05, 2017, 02:25:56 pm »
well, here's what i hope will be my last test render.  there are only two differences here:
  • i slightly lightened the colour of the letter fronts: RGB 51,0,0 instead of 33,0,0; i think that improves the contrast against the new black rims (anyone agree/disagree on that?), and it gives the image a better overall light/dark balance.
  • i slightly increased the sample count from 25 to 36 per pixel, but there's still some obvious speckling on some of the ceiling tiles; i'm now thinking i might ramp up to 100 for the final.
so hopefully that'll be my entry done soon! ;D

@fromsoysauce and fss knows I love her work always, that goes without saying :)))
hear, hear!

I haven't messed with the project much this week- I may actually have to drop out, as life just got busy :/

General Anim8or Forum / Re: Coding Anim8or
« on: May 02, 2017, 10:52:18 pm »
So far  there are about 900 classes and structs, and 300 KLOC in Anim8or, not counting the jpg and png libraries.
good grief... i think the biggest thing i ever coded was about 2k lines, and i had fun keeping track of that - the mind boggles as to how you keep tabs on 300k lines!  my hat's off, once again :)

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