Learning Dark Arts

Come learn the art of 3D computer generated art and animation. This blog deals with the lessons learned and the art created by Robert G. Male using DazStudio from Daz3D. Also covered are the ancillary software, tools, techniques, and processes needed both before and after rending in the 3D software.


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November 21, 2011

Focus and Moving Lessons

Today I thought I would show you a video tutorial that I found interesting. It is called DAZ Studio 4.0 - Camera Editor (video 11:29).

The start is a nice little brief tutorial on focus with the cameras. What I find really interesting now--in DazStudio 4 I guess--is that there are planes or bounding boxes to show you where the focus of the camera is. After 5 minutes the narrator gets into some problems with animating if you are not clearly aware of what you are doing. I know from experience that the problem is worse actually, and furthermore once you mess up your animation there is next to no fixing it and you have to start all over. I can't delete a timeline no way no how and it ends up with multiple key frames and even wiping out one did not remove changes in other frames. Maybe I don't understand a part of the process.

From everything I've experienced key frame deletion has no affect on the in-betweening at all. Let me go back over it a little. The way it works is you set a pose in one frame, then move the timeline a certain number of frames ahead and create a different pose. Then DazStudio creates all of the frames in between of how it thinks that change in pose is accomplished. Obviously there are many ways for it to go wrong if you do not create enough of the intermediary poses yourself. For example, I was using some dance poses and rotating the figure to make a little sample dance video. I did the rotations at 90 degree turns, meaning each time I changed poses I rotate my Victoria 90 degrees. This seemed to work for a while until somehow it suddenly decided to make the next pose she had to circle back the other way and then end up in the new position. My only recourse was to close the file and go back to the last save. Remember, save frequently when animating.

Music: Going Mobile by The Who.

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