Tools

STmap Lens Distort workflow

I realize after the last few posts I made, this whole process might be a bit confusing, so I wanted to consolidate it all into one video. This is a short demo of the complete workflow to get your lens distortion out of Blender using STmaps, beginning to end.

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Blender Lens Distortion STmap Update & Node

If you watched my last tutorial on exporting STmaps from Blender to apply your lens distortion in whatever compositing program you are using, I’m happy to share that I have an update that improves the process in every way!

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Blender Batcher – Fast, Simple Render Queue for Mac

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Remember my post about RenderPilot, the super simple drag-and-drop batch rendering tool for PCs? I was hoping someone would be able to port it to Mac sometime soon, but rather than wait for that to happen, I asked a friend of mine to come up with a little program that does the same thing. I’m thrilled to be able to offer here FREE for everyone! (more…)

The ClothFX add-on

 

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If you’ve seen my presentation from the 2017 Blender Conference, you saw a transition effect I did for the TV show “Star” (check out 15:45 minutes into my presentation). The director wanted a transition into the mind of an actress to show what she’s thinking about, and described it as if a pencil is poking through from inside her head, and then the frame tears apart from that point, revealing the next shot underneath. (more…)

Blender – Stabilizer Improvements & Muzzle Flash

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If you’ve tried to stabilize footage in Blender at any point since the inclusion of tracking tools during the production of Tears of Steel, you may have noticed a large, glaring omission – scale. Translation and rotation, no problem. But we have not been able to stabilize scale in Blender at all.

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Smoothing Camera Motion in Blender

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Handheld camera work is very common today, but if you’re out there shooting your own movies, sometimes you may find your footage has a high frequency shake that is just really annoying. I’ve found that the smaller the camera is, the more chance there is of introducing that jittery motion. With people shooting movies on smartphones and GoPros, cameras really can’t get much smaller! That means there is a lot of high frequency jitter in those handheld shots. (more…)