Friday, August 1, 2008
It was fun working with the folks at UrbanGreenLiving. Since this is the first time I'm into this business, it's like Building Reality before it's Real 101.
All the interior space including the Scavolini kitchen were all modeled in Sketchup. All other typical items like fruits, faucets, stove, fridge, table, chairs & bamboo plants were downloaded from the Google 3D warehouse and Archibase.net. All the scenes are rendered in Indigo Render.
Anyway, buying them is not really that painful since they are 95% cheaper than AutoCAD, 3DsMax, Maya and XSI.
I downloaded and installed these two softwares, trueSpace http://www.caligari.com/ and Sketchup http://sketchup.google.com/ . How these two became free? Well, just google it!
I kept on Googling until I came across Blender http://www.blender.org/ . Not only is the software capable of fluid simulation but it is actually free. Before Blender all the modelling and rendering is done at the office. Now I can do it at home. Blender is 3D modelling, rendering and animation for the masses!
The first scene I did was a drop of grey colored liqid falling inside an invisible box.
The next one I did was this liquid flowing through an opening to an invisible pool.
Tsunami test animation.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I came across Vue 6 when I tried to look for ways on how to put more trees, plants, clouds, etc. for the environments modelled in CAD software.
Another feature about Vue that I liked is its ability to animate clouds to provide dramatic time lapse scenes.
I did some practice renderings of my company's projects. I need to know how to operate the newly bought software and to prove that the company will save money by having presentation work done in-house. My workstation can handle rendering work running in the background while I am working on my usual CAD drawings.
I tested the water surface simulation of Vue.
I tried a fly by animation.
Another more of the same but with different lighting.
Test animation on focusing.
Aircraft test animation
City development test animation.
Test rendering of forest with different times of day
When we are not busy at the office, I always play around with AutoCAD. One day, sometime in August of last year, I decided to try animation. The previous releases of the software does not have any animation capabilities. Every year a new version of AutoCAD is released. Each release has new features not found on previous releases. The latest version we have at the office had animation function in it.
I started out by using simple geometric objects like balls and cubes. I then tried a 3d terrain. Lastly, I did a 3D model of one of the projects we are working on and inserted it to the DEM (digital elevation model) file we have. On this last test animation, I was able to convince our boss that this 3d modelling and animation can now be done in-house rather than having it subcontracted to animation studios.
I did a scene with heavy geometry on it to find if it work. It did work!
I again tried a more geometry heavy scene. This time I placed four transmission towers and dozens of trees. It worked again!
From 2001 up to 2007, I only used AutoCAD in making 3d models and environments. Not only that this is the only software I know how to use, but the only one I have access to. My job as a CAD operator gave me the opportunity to explore the capabilities of the program. Even though my company does not require us to do 3d modelling, I just did it as a hobby. It is also nice to maintain another set of skills other than drafting.