The excellent free 3D mesh conversion and poly-reduction tool MeshLab has had a long-awaited update to MeshLab 2016 (Win 64-bit and Mac).
HandBrake 1.0 has been released to the public, after years in beta. It can do things like: take the huge raw video files from your camera, and turn them into something that’s much easier and smoother for your video editing software to use. The new v.1.0. is free and…
“brings tons of new presets and support for more devices and file types”
Following whining idiot leeches saying “the links don’t work”, this post has been blanked and the content .zip deleted (the link was still working fine, you lazy morons). You were warned — any moaning leechers and it’s gone.
If you’ve been away over the summer, and are only just settling back into university or work, don’t forget to catch up with the summer issues of the free Digital Art Live magazine. This free monthly magazine is Poser and DAZ -friendly and is devoted to science-fiction art and artists…
Issue 9 of Digital Art Live : the Blender special issue. A special issue for Blender artists.
Issue 10 of Digital Art Live : the Steampunk special issue.
Read Issue 11 of Digital Art Live : Future Landscapes and Seascapes special issue.
Next up is the September issue, set for release any day now. Contact Paul to be put on the mailing-list. September’s theme will be Second Skin: tattoos, future-skin and cyber-skin.
September cover: “Reality Sisters” by Rian Bergwerff. DAZ Studio and Reality.
Issue 8 of the free monthly Digital Art Live magazine is now available, with a theme of “Our Future Frontier”. Mars colonisation, and more, in an 84-page issue.
April’s issue 7 also had a theme, being a whopping 116 pages of strong “Female Future Heroes”…
I see that there are two new open-source Windows video editors, since I last went looking for a possible replacement for the lumbering heap of annoyances that is Adobe Premiere Elements 12.
Each is relatively simple, compared to the various behemoths that are meant for editing Hollywood movies. They may thus may be useful to you, if the old Windows Movie Maker is too limited or if Adobe Premiere Elements is just too awful an experience to keep on using. I installed both, and as a test I tried slapping together an 28Mb audio .MP3 and a 1Mb still .JPG, and outputing to a video small enough to upload to YouTube (less than 100mb).
* OpenShot 2.0 (beta) has a Windows version and a simple modern interface. Though it’s not 64-bit, which may be why it crashed for me again and again on final rendering, tried with three different export settings. Uninstalled.
* Shotcut. Windows 64-bit, but I never got it to the rendering stage. Because the simple task of fitting a static .JPG onto an .MP3 audio file is made into vastly more work than it should be, and in an interface that only a software developer could really love. Uninstalled.
So, no luck for me with these two. But you may have a different experience. OpenShot 2.0 in particular is worth a try, to see if you get crash-free exports.
A free playable pinball table game, as a skin-able template for Blender. Creative Commons Attribution.
Update: the author of the .blend has been blocked, so the template can no longer be downloaded.
Google Nik Collection for Photoshop is now free. Personally I still prefer the older-but-similar plugin suite of tools called 55mm Digital Film Tools, but Nik can do all that 55mm does and a bit more.
“Starting March 24, 2016, the latest Nik Collection will be freely available to download: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. If you purchased the Nik Collection in 2016, you will receive a full refund, which we’ll automatically issue back to you in the coming days.”
Studio Ghibli’s former animation software Toonz is being made open source (100% free) from 26th March 2016. It has “the ability to combine the hand-drawn animation with the digitally painted ones seamlessly”. It was also used to make Futurama.
The current owners want to make it “a world standard for 2D animation”, hence it’s becoming a freebie. The new open version will be developed under the name of OpenToonz.
Check out especially the Plastic Tool, and think how one might use that with a Poser comic-book mode render to speed up comic book production. And “apply brushes along the line” on both raster and vector. Yum, this will be very interesting to explore.
More official training and features videos here.
A useful old book, free online, Old Sword-Play. Lots of big pictures from primary sources, for those who want to recreate historical-authentic sword-fighting poses for Poser and DAZ Studio.
Are you using Poser and DAZ Studio to make comic strips or faux-vintage artwork? Then you may enjoy these new freebie halftone brushes for Photoshop CS6 and up. Hi-res, and cleared for commercial use.
Historical 3D graphics consultant Paul S. Docherty has recreated the famous bust of Nefertiti (Ancient Egypt, c. 1340 BC) in hi-res 3D, using only a variety of public photos (“photogrammetry”). His detailed account of the process is here. The Swiss microengineering specialist C. Yamahata has duplicated Docherty’s process and kindly offers a free .obj for download.
Out now, Issue 5 of the free Digital Art LIVE magazine. This issue’s theme is “Cosmos”…
Now online for free at YouTube, the recent 2-hour official Poser webinar on using Poser for making comics. There’s a very poor microphone being used by the initial tutor, but you can’t sniff at free + two hours long. You might want to start at 27:30 mins then loop back to the starting section later on, to avoid getting bogged down right away in the first 25 minutes of fiddly animation timeline wrangling.