Category Archives: 3D Resources

Reel Roulette

Today in Junior Seminar, Marsha from Career Development stopped by and mentioned a website called Reel Roulette.

 

http://reelroulette.net/

 

Reel Roulette features demo reels from motion graphic artists, animators, compositors, visual effects artists, etc. All you have to do click “Next Reel” and you jump to a random demo reel which you can “like”. Anyone can submit their demo reel to the site (via a vimeo link) and it gets added to their collection.

Its a great way to get your work out there and also discover whats out there.

I submitted mine this morning and here’s what it looks like: http://reelroulette.net/bhaktipatel

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Art of the Title

Ever seen a really good title sequence? There is actually a lot more to it than just placing text on top of a video. If you haven’t checked this website out, make sure you do:  http://www.artofthetitle.com/

It has all sorts of amazing work, making of videos and interviews, and tips on approaching a title sequence.

Here are two that I found really interesting:

http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/black-sails/

 

 

 

 

http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/iron-man-3/

 

 

 

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Transferring Large Files

As animators, we are accustomed to having to transfer extremely large files. Here’s a few sites that will make it a little easier for you:

1. Dropbox – Dropbox is a simple to use service that gives you 2 GB for free and you can easily earn more space by making recommendations, or linking it to mailbox or doing a few really small things. Great site, but sometimes it can be a little slow.

2. Wetransferhttp://www.wetransfer.com is super fast and super easy. You can send a file as large 2GB. There is no sign up or annoying emails. Its a simple user-friendly service. This is for temporary transferring though, so files are only good for a week.

3. Ubuntu Onehttps://one.ubuntu.com/

4. Box.com – free version gives you 5GB of space, but file size limit is 250 MB. https://www.box.com/pricing/

5. Apple iCloud – 5 GB of free space – https://www.icloud.com/

6. Amazon Cloud – 5GB of free space  – http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000796931&ref_=cd_lm_rd_fp

7. Google Drive – 15 GB of free space – upload any type of file including videos and you can share them.

8. Mediafire – 10 GB and upto 50 GB for FREE  (the catch, there are ads, but seriously, not a big deal) – https://www.mediafire.com/upgrade/

If you can think of more sites or services, let us know.

3D Resource: The Difference Between Mudbox and zBrush

Mudbox and zBrush

Mudbox and zBrush are both sculpting programs that allow 3D artists to add details that would not be as easy to create through traditional modeling.

When asking which is better, Mudbox or zBrush, its like comparing 3ds Max and Maya. They are both programs that are meant for the same thing and can generally accomplish the same thing. Asking which one is better is completely relative to what you need it to do.

To keep it short and simple, zBrush is significantly better at sculpting and Mudbox is significantly better at painting textures. At least so, this is what quite a few of our mentors have experienced.

Here are a few reasons why each is better for that reason.

Sculpting in zBrush

1. zSpheres – zBrush allows you to create a base mesh using zSpheres and then add all your details on top of that. If you don’t want to use zSpheres you can still go ahead and just import .obj files from 3ds Max.

2. Dynamesh – Dynamesh allows you to sculpt without having to worry about the topology. It automatically regenerates your geometry as you sculpt so you don’t stretch polygons or have an uneven topology.

If you really want to know all of zBrush’s amazing features, check out pixologic’s site: http://pixologic.com/zbrush/features/overview/

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3D Resource: Free Textures

1. Mayang’s Textures

With a library of  4000+ free textures, Mayang’s website should be one of your first stops. They have high quality textures, signage, and all sorts of other images.

The catch: you can only download 20 images a day and its tracked by your IP address (so if other people are using the same MICA internet as you on the same day, then it could pose as a problem).

2. CG Textures

CG Textures is one of the most popular resources for textures. They have a library of over 10,000 images and most of their textures are tileable.

The catch: Can only download upto 15mb of textures in a 24 hour period. You also cannot distribute these textures.

3. Texture King

Tons of high quality textures that can be used for commercial work as well.

The catch: I don’t think there is, but let us know if you find one.

4. Designm.ag

Lots of stuff that aren’t just textures – there’s bokeh, light trails, grungy paper, etc.

The catch: It is a list of collections from various websites that all may have different catches.

5. Open Game Art

Lots of user-submitted art, so if you have textures to, you can submit them to increase their library

The catch: Licensing varies from image to image because it is all user-submitted. So just make sure and double check certain things before you use them for anything commercial.

*The Animation Server

MICA’s Animation Server has an animation library with a few textures already uploaded.

go to:

smb://animation/AnimLibrary/_PUBLIC_TEXTURES_FOR_EVERYONE

Do you have more resources? Please submit them in the comment section below or email bpatel@mica.edu and we will start adding them to the list.

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CG.TutsPlus

A great resource for 3D animators is cg.tutsplus.com.

They have interviews, tips and tricks, tutorials, inspiration, etc. on dozens of programs including Blender, Maya, zBrush, 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, Mudbox, and Modo.

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