lynda.com Animation Course has Fantastic Start

In its first week of release, the course “Animation with Rhino and Bongo” is going crazy! Its the best launch of any Rhino course I have done for lynda.com. So far, over 600 people in 56 countries have seen it. That is A LOT for a two-hour & 30-minute commitment.

If you don’t have a lynda.com account, you can still preview 10% of any course. If you would like to join, it’s only $25 / month or unlimited viewing. Here’s a link for a free 10-day trial. Nice!

Now under development, the next course will be quite a bit different. It’s a new ‘mini-course’ format, where the work is focused on a single project and is completed in less than one hour. The goal is to let people ‘jump in & out’ and be able to finish it during a lunch hour. Stay tuned.

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New! Animation Course at lynda.com

Dave Schultze is proud to announce the release of his sixth online course for lynda.com, ‘Animation with Rhino and Bongo.’ Running 2 hours and 26 minutes, the course focuses on generating beautiful animated videos for both product and architectural designs. In this comprehensive course, students use it all! Starting with McNeel’s Rhino 5 & Bongo 2 plug-in, you will learn V-Ray for rendering and Adobe After Effects for composting.

Those interested in previewing the course — or any of the other 4,000+ courses on lynda.com — are invited to a free 10-day trial. Here’s the full course summary below

Learn how to take your design presentations to the next level by animating them with motion, using Rhino and the V-Ray and Bongo plugins. Whether you are interested in promoting products or architecture (both examples featured in the course), author Dave Schultze shows how to make your work far more compelling with simple and powerful animation techniques.

First you’ll learn how to do a simple product design “turntable” animation. Then you’ll create a path-based “walk through” animation of an architectural design. After the animation work is done, Dave will demonstrate how to import the sequences into After Effects and edit them into a seamless video presentation with high-quality audio. The last few chapters focus on optimizing the final video for flawless playback on any computer or website and sharing and distributing your project.
Topics include:

  • Installing and setting up Bongo
  • Planning your workflow and storyboarding
  • Creating the turntable animation
  • Setting up a camera path
  • Animating a sequence of stills
  • Compositing in After Effects
  • Exporting and sharing your animation

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Rhino Screen Capture Strategies

How do you make nice images before you are ready to render? Easy! Use these simple Rhino settings to make a clean and punchy screen capture. Now you can document your progress and share your work with others, and avoid embarrassing yourself with cheesy-looking default nonsense.
Run time = 07:41.

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Offset Curve Dave Hack

Learn a great ‘hack-nique’ for off-setting clean curves with equally clean new curves, as opposed to the usual complicated mess. These cleaner curves will make a huge difference in creating higher quality organic surfaces.
Running time = 04:36.

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Turntable Animation with Bongo (Part 3)

Create a 360 degree, turntable rotation for your design. This final video focuses on setting up After Effects to match your bongo animation settings, importing your sequence, and other excellent workflow tips.
Run time = 08:26.

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Turntable Animation with Bongo (Part 1)

Create a 360 degree, turntable rotation for your design. Requires the Bongo plug-in by McNeel.
This video focuses on activating Bongo, using the proxy point, and then creating key-frame based animation.
Run time = 10:23.

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Featured Speaker at RhinoDays 2015

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I have been invited to speak at the Rhino Days Conference at the Savannah College of Art and Design. The conference runs from January 15 through 17th and will have workshops as well as featured speakers, who will talk about their professional fields and how they use 3-D modeling and design in real life projects.

My presentation is being prepared to be a TED-like departure from the typical conference fare. Titled ‘A Visual Journey in 3D: Merging High-Tech, History, and Humor,’ will explore how current design trends have become so minimalistic that they have lost all personality and joy. My practice has focused on finding our way back.

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Novedge Webinar online

The Novedge V-Ray webinar recently hosted by me is now posted online in case you did not drop everything and catch it live. Titled ‘Killer Rendering Tips for V-Ray and Rhino’ it was very well-received by all who watched it, including one attendee who wrote, “This information has changed my life in many, truly magical ways. Thank you and pass the butter.”

You can watch it at the Novedge website or just check out the video below if that’s too much work and clicking and thinking.

Killer Rendering Tips for V-Ray and Rhino from Novedge on Vimeo.

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