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Offline cyphyr

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African Dawn
« on: October 01, 2018, 09:41:07 PM »
Here is a short comp of three animations on the theme of African dawn.
They all use the same basic setup but with different animation settings.
The most complex is the second one where the river water, floating leaves and fog are all animated.
For some reason the compression is a bit harsh, not quite sure what's gone on there.

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Offline WASasquatch

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Re: African Dawn
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2018, 01:04:05 AM »
Lots of fun lighting to look at here. Love it.

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Re: African Dawn
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2018, 05:36:48 AM »
Nice and moody. Beautiful light, and no flickering as far as I can see. One thing that struck me; the leaves on the water are all evenly spread. I would have thought they would have 'gathered' in clumps, sticking together by currents and adhesion. And I don't see the animation in them, probably because the camera is moving too. But a really great job!

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Re: African Dawn
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2018, 05:39:09 AM »
Agree with Ulco. All in all a beautiful animation! Good job!

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Re: African Dawn
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2018, 02:21:27 PM »
Lovely! What compositer for animation frames? Smooth! :)

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Re: African Dawn
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2018, 03:49:32 PM »
Yes indeed, nice and moody, that's what it is.

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Re: African Dawn
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2018, 05:31:18 PM »
Thanks guys :)
FYI the compositor is just After Effects with frame blending on.
The frames were rendered at pretty low detail levels of 0.4 and AA of 4. I've "only" got two computers so I try to set up my animations to render over a weekend so some compromises end up having to be made.
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Re: African Dawn
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2018, 10:48:06 PM »
These are lovely. If you want some help rendering this at higher quality, let me know...

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Re: African Dawn
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2018, 02:45:05 AM »
Very lovely and such a beautiful mood! Very good work!

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Re: African Dawn
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2018, 01:38:54 AM »
Nice and moody. Beautiful light, and no flickering as far as I can see. One thing that struck me; the leaves on the water are all evenly spread. I would have thought they would have 'gathered' in clumps, sticking together by currents and adhesion. And I don't see the animation in them, probably because the camera is moving too. But a really great job!

Good attention to fluid dynamics, Ulco. ;) Totally missed that and totally agree.

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Re: African Dawn
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2018, 07:18:45 AM »
Aww I feel bad now :( ... Haha no you're right.

There is some movement although it is extremely subtle and the water movement is very slow too. The trouble is that previewing such slow and subtle movements/animations is next to impossible to do without doing a full animation and it's so easy to go over the top.
Fluid dynamics would be great but until someone creates a FD solver we will just have to fake it.
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Re: African Dawn
« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2018, 08:28:02 PM »
Thought I'd update this thread with the improved, higher detail version rendered in collaboration with Planetside and Pixel Plow:


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Re: African Dawn
« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2018, 05:47:23 AM »
Super! I especially liked that swoop across the river.

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Re: African Dawn
« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2018, 08:54:24 AM »
It is always great to get ongoing feedback and critique in a project. A second pair of eyes REALLY helps. Oshyan did a great job as Art Director :D
By the way is their a way to set the default resolution of the embedded youtube video to 1080p. After all that work this seems very blurry ...
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Re: African Dawn
« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2018, 02:44:51 PM »
Outstanding work! This just became my go-to link when people ask about Terragen.  :)