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Anim8or v1.0 Discussion Forum / render resolution limit
« on: September 04, 2018, 05:22:28 pm »
as of a few days ago, i'm running a dual-monitor setup, and i wanted to try and create a wide-angle render to use as a wallpaper that can split across the two screens.  unfortunately i haven't got far because current Anim8or releases limit the render resolution to 4096 pixels in each direction, whereas my screens have a combined resolution of 5120 x 1440.

so... once you've finished recovering from your hdd crash, steve, don't suppose you could look into bumping the limit up a bit?

unless it's already possible to change that setting, in which case can somebody point me to the relevant dialogue?

Ongoing Anim8or Development / Re: Multi-Threaded Rendering
« on: July 15, 2018, 05:23:19 pm »
well, this is all rather exciting!  unfortunately i'm in the middle of a really hectic fortnight (and away from home for most of it) so i can't test this update straight away, but i'll give it a spin as soon as i'm able

there's also a master switch buried in the menus... in v1.0 you go View > Preferences, which brings up a dialogue, and then in the File Output box at the bottom there's a checkbox marked 'Shadows' - make sure that's set to on.  i think it's the same path if you're using an earlier version.

not really sure why that File Output stuff is under the View menu and not the Render one.

General Anim8or Forum / Re: Looping Animation
« on: March 14, 2018, 08:01:14 pm »
Yes, I'm working towards a 64-bit version.

most excellent =]

General Anim8or Forum / Re: Looping Animation
« on: March 14, 2018, 01:37:26 pm »
A long term goal is to remove the 32-bit limit from Anim8or code.

does that mean there might be a 64-bit build one of these days?

good start - better than my first attempt!

General Anim8or Forum / Re: Cylinder dragging
« on: January 04, 2018, 05:42:11 am »
on a related note, v1.0 also adds the ability to type orientation values directly into the cylinder editor (and the same for other elements within an object), which i find enormously helpful

Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: Swobu
« on: December 28, 2017, 06:52:10 am »
...something that could always be improved (especially amongst Anim8or users, as we're so caught up with making decent looking characters that we don't think about it) is the camerawork, making the camera move in a way that feels natural and stuff.
that's certainly true.  i think the camerawork in Swobu #1 works fairly well, as the movements are relatively subtle and are close to how a handheld camera could move in real life.  to be honest, i've shot live footage that had much messier movement than that!  but i've seen plenty of other CGI projects where the camera flits and floats around as if it doesn't weigh anything and isn't attached to anything, which can seriously detract from the realism of the videos.  i guess the bigger and more complex the video you're making, the more this ends up being an issue you need to be aware of.

a good-quality real-life camera will weigh at least a kilo or two, with higher-end cinema cameras clocking in at several kilos.  when you're setting up a shot, it's always good practice to think 'how heavy is my camera?  what's it attached to?  how will that let it move?'  if it's on a tripod then it can't move at all (only rotate); if it's on a dolly track then it can usually only move in a straight line; if you're going for a big swooping aerial shot then you should think about the physics of how a crane works or how a helicopter flies.  handheld shots give you all sorts of flexibility, but it's still worth stopping to think how big your virtual 'cameraman' is relative to the subject, and what s/he's having to do with their body to get the camera in position - are they crouching down, standing on tiptoes, or...?  in this video, for example, i'd guess one of two things: either the cameraman is another orc, and he's standing on a box or something to give him a bit of height relative to Swobu, or he's human and is just taller.

for more complex scenes, it's also worth reading up on things like the 180-degree rule (aka 'crossing the line') -

when your main interest is in the character animation, this sort of thing can seem like a bit of a faff, or even an unwelcome distraction, but it's worth taking the effort to get your camerawork right as it adds a lot to the overall effect of your on-screen storytelling.  :)

ASL Scripts / Re: ASL File import?
« on: December 11, 2017, 06:35:41 pm »
I've been wanting to write svg ... importers for the object editor for a while now
that sounds useful - do keep us posted if it ever comes to fruition!

Anim8or v1.0 Discussion Forum / Re: Frame miss behaves in 2 views?
« on: December 11, 2017, 12:52:39 pm »
the main useful point of difference between f and F is 'all non-hidden elements' vs 'all selected elements'; i'd argue that both commands should behave the same apart from that - i.e. they should affect the same view(s).  i've been frustrated before when i wanted to frame one view and found all four changed at once, and i can't remember if i've ever actually wanted to frame all views simultaneously (although i guess others might - open question to the floor?)  so i'd vote option 2.

Anim8or v1.0 Discussion Forum / Re: Frame miss behaves in 2 views?
« on: December 09, 2017, 06:40:37 pm »
Should it just frame the view in focus?
i'm not sure how steve intended it to behave, but i'd certainly prefer it if this was how it worked.

Should frame have any affect in a camera view?
i'd say no, it shouldn't.  since the camera's field of view is supposed to be determined by its position, orientation and FOV settings, there shouldn't be any other way to affect what it shows, especially not something like the 'frame' command which can have such wildly variable results depending what's in the scene.

General Anim8or Forum / Re: Anim8or workspace and 3d space too little
« on: December 08, 2017, 10:02:28 am »
Steve - when Fefe mentioned enabling the depth channel, i think he's talking about the option to output the depth channel as a separate render, which is available for stills but not for movies (per the attached screenshot).  i've wondered about this discrepancy before too.

ASL Scripts / Re: Focus control on the camera
« on: November 12, 2017, 06:05:13 pm »
unfortunately anim8or doesn't support focal depth at the moment.

you can simulate it by doing multiple render passes for different elements and then applying artificial focal blur when you recombine the renders in GIMP or Photoshop or similar (i think there's a tutorial floating around somewhere), but it's a fiddly process, especially if you're trying to do video.

Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: 4K logo overhaul
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:34:07 am »
server doesn't seem to want to let me upload the stills from the finished logo in 4K after all that, so here are some 2K versions instead :P

Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: 4K logo overhaul
« on: November 02, 2017, 07:49:44 pm »
...apparently i can't upload any more pics at the moment, so i'll have to come back and upload the stills from the finished logo vid tomorrow or something...

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