Only a short live sign (from outside the galaxy)

Started by DocCharly65, July 17, 2020, 07:10:44 am

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DocCharly65

July 17, 2020, 07:10:44 am Last Edit: July 17, 2020, 07:13:48 am by DocCharly65
The good news: I'm still alive and still not given up the film.
Less good news: Every day I come closer to the decision to stop that all and to work in the garden instead of at the computer - but later more.


While collecting and checking all the animations for the peaceful impressions in my film I had an idea to show a galaxy in overview.
I found a masked plane with a nice galaxy on CGTrader and added some populations of spheres to get enough stars for a spatial impression.

Not spectacular but good enough for me:





Some other things and things you already know are in the pipeline, but in general i am in bad mood and actually feel no more real pleasure in the project.
And all that since Windows 10 2004 decided, that all my NAS drives are no longer present. And there are saved all my collected models since 7-8 years, all my TV shows and films I recorded since 15 years.
My complete workflow depends on these NAS drives. A migration of all data would cost me thousands of bugs and would need week up to months. I little bit it's my own fault not having taken care that SMB1 is a protocol that Microsoft wants to get rid of. (The standard workarounds like manually activating SMB1 don't work since Win10 2004. And roll back again? I've enough about being scared every month what happens after the next Windows update - or what is deactivated or doesn't work any more. What you always can be sure is that using Windows (or other products) always works perfectly if you only consume and pay!

At the moment I have some workarounds to keep my data safe (almost 16 TB of models and films) But all that is no more pleasure at all...


Another reason for being at the limit to think about giving up is in reality a success I had not expected:
You perhaps remember my interpretation of Cdr. Adama:

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Because of my low skills and no better solution I always let "my Adama" wear a Helmet.
After some experiments I got a new version and that means (again) re-rendering 10 thousands of frames.

If I go on with the project, I'll do that of course... but it's all so tiring...
Only for a little soul peace... does anyone agree that there's a similarity to Edward James Olmos?
(The uniform is a modified Austrian police uniform)

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Here one of my templates (only as link because of copyright):

http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/37100000/Admiral-Adama-battlestar-galactica-37183077-1089-1450.jpg



Anyway, maybe I'll not any more be here so often. But I'll let you know if important things are changing.
CU

j meyer

Sorry to hear about these Win 10 problems.

I see some similarity to E.J. Olmos, only the hairline on the forehead
seems to be off.

Good luck to you Nils, hope you'll find your solutions.

Hannes

Cool stuff, Nils!! I agree about the hairline, but I think he is quite recognizeable.

Kadri

Sad to hear your problem and mood. With a big and long project like this it can happen more then ones.
Please don't quit. It is up to you of course. But if you ask me you will be more sorry if you don't finish it.
Just take your time and don't stress yourself out.

Nice work. Adama looks usable.
The galaxy...i would use smaller and a little more stars. Other then that it looks good.

Dune

I am really sorry to hear about your win-10 problem. I share your feelings, as I am too often afraid the machine will break up on me, especially after again a minor problem. But never had anything big like yours.
But do continue!! But maybe on a more relaxed pace. And maybe let go of your perfectionism, and take up less new ideas? Health is the most important. I remember your problems a few years back, so take good care of yourself, Nils!

Maybe roll back to win 7? I still stick with 7 on my offline working machine. It works, and I wouldn't know why to update to 10. I suppose your NAS drives are local? Not some cloud 'solution'?

Hannes

That problem really sucks. But at least your data is still there, and it's not completely gone because of a HD crash for example as far as I understood it, yet not readable with your current setup.

However, I agree with Ulco and Kadri. Continue your work, but take it a little easier. If you always try to improve what you already have, because there are other new ways, you'll never be done, and you'll never be happy with it.
Working with TG should always be fun.

DocCharly65

Thanks my friends.

Your encouragement helps a little not to throw everything away. Fortunately the model data are safe for the moment on a newer WD NAS readable from all Windows versions now. The DLink NAS are still only readable from the PC with the Windows 10 Version 1909 and I kept an old Win7 PC for real emergencies. 

About the last renders and comments:
Yes Kadri, some more, denser and smaller stars would be nice. I decided to use that compromize after many experiments. The spheres are modelled objects to keep the necessary micropoly datail small (0.01) for faster rendering. The amount of "stars" is much higher than visable, but the smaller they are the higher the risk of flickering of the stars was. I could reduce that flickering to a minimum and I could increase the visibilaty of  small stars by increasing the anti-aliasing. I could have increased that more but to keep the rendertime below 30-60 minutes I stopped AA at 18 (!). I was quite amazed how fast the frames still rendered.

Perhaps I'll look after the hairline of my E.J. Olmos model (It's besides one of the seldom really selfmade head-models I created with facegen) The hair is admittedly only borrowed from the Stan Lee model whose hair has a slight side parting so it look a bit off o Adamas head. I will see what I can do.


Just a small trick: (perhaps you already know it but perhaps it helps soebody some times)
I used the glas.object of the glasses twice in the render. One object is rendered without shadows but visible and a glasshader instead of the default surface shader. The second copied object on the same place with the default surface shader, the opacity set to something betwen 0.501 up to 0.75 depending on the darknes of the glas. Here the object rendering is set to invisible but causing shadows.

amandas

I would roll back to the Win revision that supported your hardware, then disable auto updates in group policies (it's a bit convoluted, but uncle Google will help you). If you want to stick with the auto updates... Maybe try posting on some Windows forum for a workaround. M$ removing support for a hardware may mean it's still there, only hidden.

Second thing, I do encourage cyclical backups. In at least 2 places.

As to the project, I can advise splitting it into smaller milestones (episodes?), and trying to treat it like a road/adventure and not a monolith to chisel. Helps with perfectionism a lot.

Yeah, this guy looks quite a bit like EJO, probably was modelled after him.
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amandas

Quote from: amandas on July 20, 2020, 11:23:43 amI would roll back to the Win revision that supported your hardware, then disable auto updates in group policies (it's a bit convoluted, but uncle Google will help you). If you want to stick with the auto updates... Maybe try posting on some Windows forum for a workaround. M$ removing support for a hardware may mean it's still there, only hidden.

Second thing, I do encourage cyclical backups. In at least 2 places.

As to the project, I can advise splitting it into smaller milestones (episodes?), and trying to treat it like a road/adventure and not a monolith to chisel. Helps with perfectionism a lot.

Yeah, this guy looks quite a bit like EJO, probably was modelled after him.
Oh, sorry, just noticed your second post. Hope my first one is still valid, at least a bit ;)
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luvsmuzik

Not much to say in these hard times without sounding preachy......but please carry on if you can, knowing that your endeavors bring much knowledge and pleasure to all of us here at this forum.

I too lost it all to Win10 at one point about four years ago, but I pieced most back together and decided to learn again what it took (and you know I am not a youngster) I do what I can, accepting I may never relearn it all. Even the kids I am around get discouraged at the fast track changes now too....and they learn a lot easier than me and are way less attached to these old file types, haha.

I am converting things I probably do not need to just in case I have to go another direction with my "hobbies" but I will find the fun in it somehow and so should you.

A garden is a good thing too...in the long run someday we will all be there I hope. :)