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Title: pylons wip animation (9s)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on May 05, 2012, 02:50:46 PM
i just started working on this last night. this is a big project for me ;)

this is just the first part of several scenes i will animate, each one is intended to match specific parts of a music track i have chosen as a soundtrack.

the animation for this storyboard is about 33secs


C&C welcome.


Title: moons & exoplanets
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on May 07, 2012, 12:43:07 PM
two renders from this weekend

both use FrankB's fake stone bed.

currently rendering a animation sequence.

Comments and Critiques welcome.

Title: Re: moons & exoplanets
Post by: inkydigit on May 07, 2012, 02:24:16 PM
looking forward to seeing more of these!
:)
Title: Re: moons & exoplanets
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on May 07, 2012, 02:40:02 PM
there will be a total of 9 storyboards, along with 9 larger renders for better views.
Title: Re: moons & exoplanets
Post by: TheBadger on May 08, 2012, 04:12:22 AM
Like what you are showing so far, Zaai. Will follow this one.
Title: Re: moons & exoplanets
Post by: Kadri on May 10, 2012, 01:23:36 AM

I like especially tere-1  Lane! It reminds me on 2001: A Space Odyssey  :)
Title: Re: moons & exoplanets
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on May 10, 2012, 11:52:28 AM
the plan so far:
sun & moons goes down, darkness, transition to next storyboard, thick clouds fade away revealing the next landscape.
Title: Terebellum Animation (41sec)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on May 23, 2012, 01:32:39 PM
here is the first part of the animation, complete with music.



C&C welcome.
Title: Re: Terebellum Animation (41sec)
Post by: Henry Blewer on May 23, 2012, 02:01:22 PM
I like this. Looks like the start of a show in a planetarium.
Title: hey Oshyan
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on May 23, 2012, 05:37:52 PM
move this thread to the Animation section of the forum

thanx
Title: Re: Terebellum Animation (41sec)
Post by: TheBadger on May 23, 2012, 09:29:11 PM
Its really nice. Deserves a larger render. Shame about the banding. Im sure its just compression though?
Title: Re: Terebellum Animation (41sec)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on May 24, 2012, 12:22:06 PM
i would like to do a larger version but it would take longer than it did before, this one was about 5-6 days non stop rendering.

if i do a larger version (say like 1280x720) i would like to do it with ranch computing.

there is some banding but looks a little less noticable in the stills
Title: Re: Terebellum Animation (41sec)
Post by: Kadri on May 24, 2012, 12:38:44 PM

I like the look and the music fits nicely too!
Title: Re: Terebellum Animation (41sec)
Post by: cyphyr on May 24, 2012, 01:00:50 PM
Very good, moody, it builds an expectancy, out of the dark, almost stillness I have a feeling of foreboding, of terrible violence to come ... very effective indeed
Looking forward to the rest
Richard
Title: Re: Terebellum Animation (41sec)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on May 24, 2012, 01:27:47 PM
exactly. the music is, in my opinion fitted to match the landscapes, i have always pictured something like these barren landscapes listening to it.

before i even started working on it, i listened to the song over and over again, studying it.

I like the look and the music fits nicely too!

to save time on building scenes i'm using some old renders for animations

http://www.deviantart.com/download/183307898/brozen_badlands_by__zagadka_-d314xa2.png

http://www.deviantart.com/download/118121790/cold_barren_alien_world_by__zagadka_.png
Title: Re: Terebellum Animation (41sec)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on May 25, 2012, 06:10:49 PM
a still from from the second part, please excuse the atmosphere banding.

there has been some issues with RTA on the eclipsing sun, it works properly when the sun is in the center of the moon, but the closer it gets to the edge it starts to become visible, shining through the object.
i have tried RTA enabled on both the first and second planets atmosphere node, i get the same thing with each.
Title: Re: Terebellum Animation (41sec)
Post by: Matt on May 25, 2012, 10:26:45 PM
there has been some issues with RTA on the eclipsing sun, it works properly when the sun is in the center of the moon, but the closer it gets to the edge it starts to become visible, shining through the object.
i have tried RTA enabled on both the first and second planets atmosphere node, i get the same thing with each.

Do you have an example of this? Try adjusting the "floor" parameter on the moon's atmosphere node. It creates an opaque sphere that light can't pass through. The value is an altitude in metres, and defaults to -16000. It should be a negative number so that it doesn't interfere with negative displacements on the moon, but if your moon is very small you'll want to use a smaller negative number than the default.

Matt
Title: Re: Terebellum Animation (41sec)
Post by: TheBadger on May 25, 2012, 11:45:53 PM
How exactly did you light the terrain, zaai-three-nine?!

I have had good results getting rid of artifacts like banding by using topaz for photoshop. But batch processing a movie will add a lot of steps to your workflow, and you may not like the look you get. Photomatix Pro also can help you. Of course, rendering without issues is always preferable.
Title: Re: Terebellum Animation (41sec)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on May 26, 2012, 04:48:41 AM
just Global Illumination, one sun object - thats all
How exactly did you light the terrain, zaai-three-nine?!

I have had good results getting rid of artifacts like banding by using topaz for photoshop. But batch processing a movie will add a lot of steps to your workflow, and you may not like the look you get. Photomatix Pro also can help you. Of course, rendering without issues is always preferable.

Title: Re: Terebellum Animation (41sec)
Post by: rcallicotte on May 29, 2012, 11:25:35 PM
Okay.  When is this going to be an animation?   :P  Looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Terebellum Animation (41sec)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on May 30, 2012, 02:19:12 PM
it will take some time, especially with the total length of this animation.
Okay.  When is this going to be an animation?   :P  Looking forward to it.
for that last animation link: the animation didn't turn out completely the way i wanted it to be,  towards the ending, the sun goes below the horizon, yet the terrain is is still visible, it should be completely dark by the end, i only had one GI cache file for that animation, so i made a GI cache file sequence.

badger thinks it deserves a higher resolution, and i agree with him on that
that would mean a longer render time doing the sequence from my computer.
Title: Re: Terebellum Animation (41sec)
Post by: Simius Strabus on May 30, 2012, 03:50:27 PM
Nice and dark feel to it. Like it.
Title: Re: Terebellum Animation (41sec)
Post by: rcallicotte on May 31, 2012, 02:59:43 AM
Hey Mr. Zaai, I apologize!  I had missed the YouTube link and commented without knowing.  Very good!  Actually, you are on to something.  Keep at it, please.



it will take some time, especially with the total length of this animation.
Okay.  When is this going to be an animation?   :P  Looking forward to it.
for that last animation link: the animation didn't turn out completely the way i wanted it to be,  towards the ending, the sun goes below the horizon, yet the terrain is is still visible, it should be completely dark by the end, i only had one GI cache file for that animation, so i made a GI cache file sequence.

badger thinks it deserves a higher resolution, and i agree with him on that
that would mean a longer render time doing the sequence from my computer.
Title: Re: Terebellum Animation (41sec)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on May 31, 2012, 08:29:56 PM
oh- hahaha, no need to apologize, its not a big deal really. but your comment is well appreciated
Hey Mr. Zaai, I apologize!  I had missed the YouTube link and commented without knowing.  Very good!  Actually, you are on to something.  Keep at it, please.



it will take some time, especially with the total length of this animation.
Okay.  When is this going to be an animation?   :P  Looking forward to it.
for that last animation link: the animation didn't turn out completely the way i wanted it to be,  towards the ending, the sun goes below the horizon, yet the terrain is is still visible, it should be completely dark by the end, i only had one GI cache file for that animation, so i made a GI cache file sequence.

badger thinks it deserves a higher resolution, and i agree with him on that
that would mean a longer render time doing the sequence from my computer.


Title: Re: Terebellum Animation (41sec)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on May 31, 2012, 08:36:41 PM
here is a screen of the RTA problem i have been having
Title: Re: Terebellum Animation (41sec)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on May 31, 2012, 08:38:49 PM
here is a short gif i did last weekend, using the transform shader on clouds

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-lfvr35-lxmQ/T8E_AEn_LRI/AAAAAAAAAco/_Ifew7xhCog/s640/clouds+moving.gif)
Title: Re: Terebellum Animation (41sec)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on May 31, 2012, 08:44:11 PM
and a possible storyboard
Title: Re: Terebellum Animation (41sec)
Post by: Matt on June 01, 2012, 08:47:56 PM
here is a screen of the RTA problem i have been having

Any luck with the 'floor' parameter on the moon's atmosphere? Maybe try -100 (minus 100).

Matt
Title: Re: Terebellum Animation (41sec)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on June 02, 2012, 02:59:46 AM
no change, both the Floor on both atmosphere nodes were at their default -16000
changing the values to -100 yielded the same results too,

here you can see that it gets better the farther it gets from the edge.
Title: Planet Rings segment(4s)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on June 07, 2012, 07:56:14 PM
test animation

Freelancah's Planet Rings setup, modified a bit, added my  own planet.

&feature=plcp
Title: Re: Planet Rings segment(4s)
Post by: TheBadger on June 08, 2012, 03:15:08 PM
Great anime! Good use of the ring stuff.
I just started trying to understand how that file works, any pointers.

BTW, what is this project your doing for, zaai?
Title: Re: Planet Rings segment(4s)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on June 08, 2012, 06:39:25 PM
Great anime! Good use of the ring stuff.
I just started trying to understand how that file works, any pointers.

BTW, what is this project your doing for, zaai?
This is a personal project, no profit in it, i am mainly doing it for myself, and for others to see, much like most of the renders i post here. i am conveying emotions and feelings in with the combination of terragen animations+ music.

 i had actually envisioned  something like this at least a year ago but never brought it into reality until now, mainly cause now we have more animation features and a decent render farm available.

next step with this is to add some rotation keyframes to the rocks on the rings.
Title: Re: Planet Rings segment(4s)
Post by: rcallicotte on June 10, 2012, 04:17:08 PM
Oh, now...this is good!  I like this last stream.
Title: Re: Planet Rings segment(4s)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on June 10, 2012, 04:44:11 PM
and now the full version 41secs... but not a final version

&feature=plcp

new version of the gas giant- i think this one looks better.

http://-zagadka-.deviantart.com/art/Ringed-Gas-Giant-Flyby-307522810
Title: Re: Planet Rings test video 2
Post by: TheBadger on June 12, 2012, 04:30:01 AM
Hi,

Looks great man! I Love this stuff

One crit I would make, is that the blue glow of the planet is too strong. It looks like its rising much to much above the planet. Even if it is an accurate account of some exo planet, aesthetically its too much.

Title: Re: Planet Rings test video 2
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on June 12, 2012, 11:57:40 AM
noted, doing a animation featuring some cloud animations, some of the cloud fractal params. have been animated
also added a transform shader.
Hi,

Looks great man! I Love this stuff

One crit I would make, is that the blue glow of the planet is too strong. It looks like its rising much to much above the planet. Even if it is an accurate account of some exo planet, aesthetically its too much.


Title: Gas Giant clouds
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on June 14, 2012, 12:08:44 PM
the last test animation wasn't a success, need input some larger values.

but i did made make a bit of  a break through with the gas giant clouds
personally i think these look good and interesting.

C&C welcome.
Title: Re: Planet Rings test video 2
Post by: TheBadger on June 14, 2012, 02:25:15 PM
Thats a nice looking planet, Zaai!
But I still think the atmo glow is to high above the planet, and the atmo color is wrong for this planet, should be more like the planet color in my opinion (for what its worth).
Still, I think your doing some great stuff here, and I'm really looking forward to watching more videos!
Title: Re: Planet Rings test video 2
Post by: Kadri on June 14, 2012, 11:45:15 PM

Looks good :)
Title: Re: Planet Rings test video 2
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on June 15, 2012, 06:42:41 PM
tried to do 5120x3200 px
taking too long

rendering it at 2560 1600 at different pov a little closer
Title: Re: Planet Rings test video 2
Post by: rcallicotte on July 03, 2012, 03:12:50 PM
Wow.  This is very cool. Ni-i-i-i-i-ce.
Title: a new still
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on July 18, 2012, 06:55:09 PM
hi folks, just starting to get back to work on this.

here is a another still
im quite happy with the atmosphere & FS's

this will be a 29s clip when finished.
Title: Re: a new still
Post by: inkydigit on July 18, 2012, 09:11:49 PM
hi folks, just starting to get back to work on this.

here is a another still
im quite happy with the atmosphere & FS's

this will be a 29s clip when finished.
looks fantastic....it's gonna be an amazing 29secs!
:)
Title: Re: a new still
Post by: TheBadger on July 18, 2012, 11:15:34 PM
Great! I was looking forward to more on this.
Title: New animation uploaded (29s)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on July 22, 2012, 01:52:10 AM
this is more of a preview, i may change things if needed.

I edited this in Blender's video editor, (hahaha, take that Adobe Premier ;D)
 exr sequence, sound/music

think the camera is moving to slowly or is it fine?

&feature=plcp

C&C welcome
Title: Re: New animation uploaded (29s)
Post by: Kadri on July 22, 2012, 02:07:23 AM

Hard to say without knowing what you have in your mind but i think the camera move is fine and it looks good!
The only thing that i wanted was to point the camera higher near the end :)
Title: Re: New animation uploaded (29s)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on July 23, 2012, 05:28:58 PM

Hard to say without knowing what you have in your mind but i think the camera move is fine and it looks good!
The only thing that i wanted was to point the camera higher near the end :)
noted, and changed

i've found a strange bug that is visible on the terrain, it seems to make some parts of the terrain and stones darker than the rest... doesnt exactly seem like a shadow, seems more visible in larger renders... i can get a example of when i get home.
Title: Re: New animation uploaded (29s)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on September 24, 2012, 08:59:42 PM
i still cant resolve this problem, im thinking i will just try and rebuild this scene from scratch.

Hard to say without knowing what you have in your mind but i think the camera move is fine and it looks good!
The only thing that i wanted was to point the camera higher near the end :)
noted, and changed

i've found a strange bug that is visible on the terrain, it seems to make some parts of the terrain and stones darker than the rest... doesnt exactly seem like a shadow, seems more visible in larger renders... i can get a example of when i get home.
Title: Cloud Sea (animation links)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on September 24, 2012, 09:09:41 PM
this project is still alive ;)

got side tracked for a while and started working on some other things

stuff from a couple days ago
these are some sort low detail animations with some frames skipped to reduce render time to give you an idea what it will look like.

&feature=plcp

&feature=plcp

&feature=plcp

Title: Re: Cloud Sea (animation links)
Post by: TheBadger on October 02, 2012, 08:00:33 PM
are the clouds moving too, or just the camera?
Title: Re: Cloud Sea (animation links)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on October 02, 2012, 08:11:05 PM
i dont think the camera is moving, but i'm going to fix that.

yes, the clouds are animated, they have a transform shader attached, with movement and some slight rotation, i would tell you what other params. i have animated but i'm not at home.
Title: Re: Cloud Sea (animation links)
Post by: rcallicotte on October 09, 2012, 04:37:44 PM
Thanks zaai for showing more of what you're doing.

I have a question - these last three videos play jittery.  Is this because of many little increments in your animation or did you use large leaps between frames?
Title: Cloud Sea (animation links)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on October 09, 2012, 05:24:33 PM
there are leaps in the frames. these last three or so animations are merely tests.

i intentionally skipped frames for faster animation render time, i like to do my renders over night or during the day when i go to work, so when i get back/get up it will hopefully be done. These clips are just give you an idea of what is happening in the scene and for me if every thing looks right.
Title: Re: Cloud Sea (animation links)
Post by: rcallicotte on October 10, 2012, 01:14:28 PM
Makes sense then.  Looks pretty cool.
Title: deep space pylons (3)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on December 10, 2012, 02:33:13 PM
started working on this over the weekend, some i had visioned.
K. Fredriksen had asked if i was going to throw in any objects in these scenes.
now they do.
objects modeled by me.

just stills right now, currently i am keyframing some parameters and wont have animations out for the next day or two.

link to first render (high resolution)
http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/344/7/0/terebellum_pylon_farm_by__zagadka_-d5nlo40.jpg

C&C appreciated.
Title: deep space pylons (3)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on December 10, 2012, 02:34:25 PM
third render
little more hazy with a cloud layer.

C&C welcomed.
Title: Re: Cloud Sea (animation links)
Post by: TheBadger on December 12, 2012, 07:25:08 AM
cool looking object.
Title: pylons wip animation (9s)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on December 12, 2012, 12:44:44 PM
posted this yesterday, upon viewing the sequence i found the mist to be moving too fast - so i slowed it down some in Premier Pro

the some of cloud PFs parameters have been animated, and the red lights on the on the pylons have their color and luminosity keyframed.
 
&feature=g-crec-u

C&C welcomed.
Title: Re: pylons wip animation (9s)
Post by: Kadri on December 12, 2012, 03:51:50 PM
Nice  video . I like it!
Title: Re: pylons wip animation (9s)
Post by: lat 64 on December 12, 2012, 04:12:21 PM
I like it too. This scene makes my mind try to  think up a story for it. You have succeeded in convincing my imagination to drift off bit. Thats a compliment, by the way.
I see an array of deep-space dark matter synthetic-aparture reluctance foci used for transpositional navigation, whatever that is! ;D 

Very cool!

The speed of the mist reminds me of an arctic blizzard. You have given me ideas.

Russ
Title: Re: pylons wip animation (9s)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on December 12, 2012, 05:21:51 PM
i made the pylons with 3DS max, fairly simple models, something i could whip up in a short amount of time and import into TG2 without any UV mapping, just a few materials assigned and add the shaders in TG2.

might make some similar models, to give the scene a little more variety.
Title: Re: pylons wip animation (9s)
Post by: TheBadger on December 13, 2012, 05:43:56 PM
This animation is pretty darn good Zlain! Its simple and sweet. That music really sets it off for me.
I don't know if the dust is too fast or too slow, or just right. It seamed fine to me.

I would like to see this one rendered larger and at better quality. It really is a nice little shot.
Title: Re: pylons wip animation (9s)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on December 13, 2012, 08:04:59 PM
it was too fast for me, or for what i was going for.

made a change to the terrain with the redirect shader, the pylons have also been modified slightly.

http://-zagadka-.deviantart.com/#/d5nzr8l
Title: Re: pylons wip animation (9s)
Post by: Oshyan on December 13, 2012, 08:11:08 PM
The dusty, pebbly, rocky ground texture is really terrific. Is that all procedural, or are there texture maps in there?

- Oshyan
Title: Re: pylons wip animation (9s)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on December 13, 2012, 08:18:28 PM
no texture maps. :)

just FrankB's fake stone bed from NWDA. ;)

they do wonders. use them in a lot of my scenes.
Title: Re: pylons wip animation (9s)
Post by: Tangled-Universe on December 13, 2012, 09:27:49 PM
Veeery good man! I like it and wish it would last a bit longer, but hey...luckily we all understand that rendering without a farm is a matter of patience :)
I like the dust flows a lot, although to my taste they may have been a tad bit slower.
The texturing and surfacing is just good and the pylons add something mysterious and interesting to it.
Keeping an eye on this :)

Cheers,
Martin
Title: Re: pylons wip animation
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on December 14, 2012, 02:39:43 PM
@TU
that last animation wasn't exactly complete, while the sequence was still being rendered i grabbed the frames it had saved so far, took them to work with me and edited them in after effects and premier pro,

i will be posting a longer version today, once again with music.

Title: Re: pylons wip animation (20s)
Post by: Zairyn Arsyn on December 14, 2012, 05:30:04 PM
new 20sec animation




C&C welcome.