The (Un)official 3D FX/Design Thread

Discussion in 'Fan Films, Fan Audio & SciFi 3D' started by Ricky_Calrissian, May 27, 2010.

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  1. Ricky_Calrissian Jedi Grand Master

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    Post up WIPS, links, inspirations, resources not mentioned and anything else related to 3D. Here are some good resources for models, references, tutorials, etc. I didn't list many renderers simply because there are just too many of them! Keep in mind that while many of the programs listed may not be free, many have trials for you to play around in, with tutorials floating all over the internet. This is by no means a end-all complete list of 3D information, remember Google is your friend...

    REFERENCES & TEXTURES:
    Comprehensive texture site- imageafter.com
    Free High-Quality Stock images and textures- sxc.hu
    CG Textures
    Good place for Grunge textures- grungetextures.com

    MODELS:
    turbosquid.com
    Foundation 3D
    Of course, I have to link to- SciFi 3D


    GENERAL 3D SITES:
    These sites have a little bit of everything in them, from models, to articles on the industry and so on.
    A lot of great resources here- CGSociety
    Another very good site, with training in 3D- CG Channel
    Tutorials in 3D modeling, sculpting, and many others- The Gnomon Workshop
    3DTotal
    "The largest 3D-SciFi based online community"- Scifi-Meshes.com

    TUTORIALS:
    They usually have good tutorials for all the various 3D apps- cg.tutsplus.com
    While mainly based in After Effects, he often posts 3d-specific tutorials- Videocopilot.net
    One of the best sites to go to for training in 3D as well as many other topics- fxphd.com

    3D APPLICATIONS:
    Autodesk 3DS Max
    Autodesk Maya
    Maxon Cinema 4D
    Lightwave
    Houdini
    Modo
    Nice site on 3D sculpting, from the makers of ZBrush- Pixologic.com
    3D Digital Sculpting & Texture Painting Software- Autodesk Mudbox
    For fluids and dynamics- Realflow
    For things that go boom (also check out their Afterburn software)- FumeFX
    For creating realistic natural environments in various 3D apps- Vue
    3D Character animation- Autodesk Softimage
    3D Character design and animation- Poser[/li
  2. Teague Jedi Master

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    I approve of this.

    I also approve of Lightwave and Boujou.
  3. Ricky_Calrissian Jedi Grand Master

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    Schweet. Funny that I post this, because I myself am looking for resources on the topic at hand. Let me know if I miss anything.
  4. Rhys Force Ghost

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    Oh wait. 3D only. I'll refrain from self-referencing then.

    I like this idea. There's lots of little topics that can be too big for the social thread but too small for an entire thread of their own.

    I'd quite like to see 3D sculpting apps mentioned (ZBrush/Mudbox) - you might also reference Gnomonology, where you can find a few good free 3D tutorials.
  5. BruceM Jedi Master

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    I would toss up Blender as well in the 3D apps, with the notion free by it.

    Here is a tutorial I made a little while ago about modeling a basic glass in Maya, sorta quick because it was accompanying a website tutorial I also made.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn3SO1tU_Ys

    EDIT: Fail, just saw Blender listed under free. Here are some tutorials I made for blender a long time ago.

    http://www.vimeo.com/2383130 - Lightsabers Part 1
    http://www.vimeo.com/2383168 - Lightsabers Part 2
  6. Ricky_Calrissian Jedi Grand Master

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    I'll put your site under 2D/3D integration.
  7. BruceM Jedi Master

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    Sorry for the double post, but you spelled Anim8or wrong btw.
  8. Ricky_Calrissian Jedi Grand Master

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    O.K., I guess I'll get this thread started by posting something I've been working on. Keep in mind I've only been at this 3D for a very short while.

    These are for an Indiana Jones "Fanfilm" I was working on for school. I only had two weeks, so I had to cut this scene out. And yes, I know some of the boxes are levitating, the crates are OBVIOUSLY repeating over and over, AND yes nothing is quite to scale, but now that school's over I'm looking forward to restarting this shot and finally getting it all done.

    Reference image:
    [image=http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab133/IndieAnna_2010/crates_ref.png]

    Amb. Occ. renders (ran out of time to really work the textures in, and because they look so nice...):

    [image=http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab133/IndieAnna_2010/warehouse_2.jpg]
    [image=http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab133/IndieAnna_2010/crates.jpg]
    [image=http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab133/IndieAnna_2010/cratesf.jpg]

    And the text for the title sequence:
    [image=http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab133/IndieAnna_2010/occlusion00033024.jpg]

  9. FilipeJMonteiro Jedi Knight

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    Some cool stuff you got here. Good idea for a thread ;)
  10. Ricky_Calrissian Jedi Grand Master

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    Checking out a few of the models on SciFi 3D, and found a pretty cool general grievous one and played around with it. P.S. anyone know of any floating around that are rigged?

    [image=http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab133/IndieAnna_2010/grievous300000.jpg]

    Note: DoF not done in 3DS, just (poorly) made a quick matte in Ae to get it a little more cinematic looking.
  11. TrowaGP02a Force Ghost

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    Didn't Sith-Man or someone rig Grevious, I thought there was a rigged one on sci-fi3d?
  12. Today_v4 Jedi Knight

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    I'm currently working on the police car from the 5th element... [face_whistling]

    ref:

    [image=http://i446.photobucket.com/albums/qq185/todayV4/90-02-477935.jpg]

    progress thus far:

    [image=http://i446.photobucket.com/albums/qq185/todayV4/90-03-567801.jpg]

    [image=http://i446.photobucket.com/albums/qq185/todayV4/90-03-564085.jpg]

    [image=http://i446.photobucket.com/albums/qq185/todayV4/90-02-529065.jpg]

    [image=http://i446.photobucket.com/albums/qq185/todayV4/90-02-528306.jpg]

    [image=http://i446.photobucket.com/albums/qq185/todayV4/90-02-524918.jpg]
  13. Ricky_Calrissian Jedi Grand Master

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    Oooo nice. You must put it in motion when you are done, I bet it'd look snazzy.

    This may be just me, but I'd make the material used on the bottom of the car a bit more reflective, so it doesn't exactly look like the blue parts but at the same time isn't too distracting. What program are you working in?
  14. Today_v4 Jedi Knight

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    LightWave3d

    [image=http://i446.photobucket.com/albums/qq185/todayV4/90-05-749292.jpg]

    [image=http://i446.photobucket.com/albums/qq185/todayV4/90-05-749140.jpg]
  15. Sith-Man Force Ghost

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    I don't do character stuff. Pretty much only environmental stuff in Vue, and some light AE.



    Now, for a contribution to the thread from me.
    Geek At Play Studios
    Mostly stuff concerning Vue. Many packs of models, atmospheres, and such.

    They have some great tutorials. Hundreds for Vue, and many for other programs, such as poser, photoshop, and Daz3d, (which was mentioned in the first post in the thread).

    Hope it helps someone out.
  16. Ricky_Calrissian Jedi Grand Master

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    Anyone here have any experience with using motion capture, whether it be the performance side of it or the eventual animating?
  17. BruceM Jedi Master

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    Not really, but I have heard it takes a bit of clean-up after the motion is captured. Not fully sure though.
  18. ElectroFilms Jedi Knight

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    I will hopefully in the coming months. I modeled a transformer and i'm currently rigging it for motion capture soon.
  19. Ricky_Calrissian Jedi Grand Master

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    Oooh, that sounds cool. Do come back with the results.

    @Bruce, that's what I've heard too. I wonder how MUCH clean up is involved, I'm sure it depends on the quality of the track...
  20. BruceM Jedi Master

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  21. MasterZap Jedi Master

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    Let me throw in my own site of tips for anyone rendering with mental ray, http://www.mentalraytips.com
    Also, I'll add the mental ray "fan site", http://www.mymentalray.com

    /Z
  22. Ricky_Calrissian Jedi Grand Master

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    Darn! I meant to link your site in the first post but forgot. Very good site, sir.
  23. Today_v4 Jedi Knight

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    Another work in progress..
    [image=http://i446.photobucket.com/albums/qq185/todayV4/MIB-render.jpg]
  24. Today_v4 Jedi Knight

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    [image=http://i446.photobucket.com/albums/qq185/todayV4/90-18-500623.jpg]
  25. VaporTrail Force Ghost

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    That's pretty cool. Feels kinda cramped, though.
    EDIT: Oh. Or maybe I'm just remembering it wrong.

    [image=http://www.stardustmovies.com/gallery_film/%28020409181541%29Men_in_Black_II_1.jpg]
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