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Simon Edmondson

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Simon Edmondson last won the day on September 21 2018

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About Simon Edmondson

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    Filmmaker

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  • A:M version
    v18
  • Hardware Platform
    Macintosh
  • System Description
    I mac 3:3 OSX 10.68
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    Unfamiliar
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    Unfamiliar
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    East Anglia UK
  1. Simon Edmondson

    Lines only render

    Robert I tried your preset, it worked, thank you very much indeed. I've been having a lot of niggly troubles with OSX over the past 6 months or so. It keeps dropping the default settings, losing pathways and authorisations. For example, while rendering the line options, each time i open V18, it asks me who I am and what organisation and won't allow me to procede without entering the data. This despite having done so without problem for the past 6 months or more. Frustrating is not the word for it. regards simon
  2. Simon Edmondson

    Lines only render

    Robert Pardon me I was a bit tired and on the way to bed when I replied. Will try that preset today. I did want the alpha because I was hoping to try the lines only to use as a stencil with the fill ( paint bucket) tool in TVpaint. By way of a small experiment regards simon
  3. Simon Edmondson

    Lines only render

    Robert Thank you very much for your reply and help. Much appreciated. I do have alpha turned on, and its rendering to PNG's. Have tried TGA and Photoshop formats all with the same result.. Just trying an overnight render in V17. It is that scene I'm using but, all the models except the ingredients have been deactivated, so there are only the three models in the scene. When tested with a quick render in the chor, the lines show up but, not when rendered to file. Will hae another look in the morning. Regards simon
  4. Simon Edmondson

    Lines only render

    I'm trying a test on the mix files while waiting on something else. Working in V18 under OSX 10.11.6 Have set up the models to use 50% of underlying colour, they render as a quick render in a model window but, when I try to render them out in a chor, just the alpha channel is there, no lines. Is there a setting I might be missing? Thank you simon
  5. Simon Edmondson

    Animating on the diagonal

    Robert, Rodney Thank you for your help and suggestions, I shall try them out this afternoon. regards simon
  6. Simon Edmondson

    Animating on the diagonal

    This may sound strange, my apologies if it does but, does anyone have any advice on how to animate a figure on the diagonal? By which I mean, If the direction of travel is perpendicular and in straight lines then it is very straightforward ( pardon the pun ), I have two figures already done but, the third is coming in at an angle to the target and I am having trouble getting the movement working because its not perpendicular to the view angle. I'm sure I've done this before but, the afternoon tea has not dispelled the clouds.. Any advice gratefully received. simon
  7. Simon Edmondson

    Emptied Sack

    Robert Thanks for message and suggestion. . I'll have to ponder that a bit, My first thoughts would be, not as much as earlier anticipated, but some change would help. I was thinking yesterday that it might be time to get acquainted with particles, as the Blue and Orange sacks are supposed to be Flour and Sugar. The Butter might need to be a bit stronger in form ? Theres only about two seconds when there needs to be something in the mixing bowl so, time for some more pondering on my part. regards simon
  8. Simon Edmondson

    Emptied Sack

    I'm animating the last four seconds of the cake ingredients. The present intention is for them to jump up and bump into each other over the mixing bowl, then drop back down after emptying some of their contents into the bowl. I hope to hand draw the contents coming out into the bowl but unsure how to empty the bags? Initial thoughts are to use muscle mode to reduce the mass of the model so it gets smaller as the stuff comes out. Would it be better to build a system of pose sliders to do that, or perhaps to do it on the fly, as they collide and return to the worktop ? any hints gratefufully received. thamk you simon
  9. Simon Edmondson

    64-Bit A:M for Mac?

    Mark Thank you for your reply. I think the render times are down to the reflections and the size of resolution, UHD. Initially it was only one light source and shadow maps but, I was getting shadows that were too dark under wall cupboards, so turned on AO. Thats when the times stretched to 7-11 hours, on current scenes.. Does allow me to get on with other things though. Next up, testing Robert's solution for reducing the time to minutes ! regards simon
  10. Simon Edmondson

    64-Bit A:M for Mac?

    Robert, Mark Thank you both for your replies. Beyond basic number watching my tech abilities are very limited.Slightly ironic in that the rest of my family are ardent techies. The Imac is 3.1Ghz with *Gb of RAM, running an i5 processor. The Mini is an i7, 2.3ghz with 4gb of RAM. The render speed seems to vary with the camera angle, even though the scene and all within it stay the same. The Imac is faster one one angle and slower on the other. I tried it on an i5 mini but that wasn't happy at all. I moved over to Macs about 12 years ago because the last three PC's had all given such a large amount of trouble and proved very unreliable. Don't wish to start a flame war,but that has not really been the case since the shift. I'm reluctant to get a PC because I don't want to make things too complex with different platforms and OS's. Its just the render times I'd like to improve. Robert has developed a way to do that so I will try them next week. when the current renders go through. Thank you. regards simon PS I have noticed a very big difference in the render times of V17 and V18 with the same chor. Can't quantify it at the moment but, previously it had seemed to be at least 30% faster.
  11. Simon Edmondson

    64-Bit A:M for Mac?

    Mark Have you noticed a big change in render times using 64 bit AM ? Apologies if that sounds nieve. I'm having long times on the scenes presently underway, working on my Imac and Mac mini. I'm typing this on a PC laptop and wondered if it was worth getting a subscription for this and using it to run 64bit and nothing else ? Regards Simon
  12. Simon Edmondson

    Lighting Changes

    Robert Thank you very much indeed for your help, much appreciated. Could you please send me the details of the changes and how to apply them and I'll try them out? On a related theme. I was checking them last night and found another 'mis -render'. Stopped it on render pass 2, of 3, and redid it. No error second time around. Its a bit frustrating. More positively, started rendering on two's as thats how they will be used in the drawings ( should have done that earlier ). regards simon
  13. Simon Edmondson

    Lighting Changes

    What I did is to edit the lighting to not take so much time. IS IT THE APPEARANCE YOU WANT? If it is I can show you how to set this up. If it isn't what you want yet, I can modify it some more. Robert Thank you again. The lighting and the shadows look fine, I will have to look more closely tomorrow when the current render finishes and the memory becomes available. The biggest difference appears to be the lack of reflections in the mixing bowl and of the casserole pot on the glass top surface of the cooker.. The cooker is less important but the mixing bowl is quite important in the overall scheme. regards simon
  14. Simon Edmondson

    Lighting Changes

    Mat I too used TVpaint on the Amiga, much preferred it to Deluxe Paint as it happens. This TVpaint is not the same unfortunately. Its made by a French company and is a very good 2D animation program. https://www.tvpaint.com I bought it when doing a course, so got it at educational price. Otherwise its rather expensive. There are two flavours of it, standard and Pro. A staff member on the course advised me not to bother with the Pro version and, sadly, I took that advice. Wish I'd got the Pro version now. I've barely touched it, let alone scratched the surface.Hoping to use this project to gain experience for the next one and take it a few steps further along. It has a lot of features and its emulation of traditional media is first rate. Rather than me waffle on about it, try the Aaron Blaise tutorials on Youtube ? This is one of them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_B8lB3Gf_w I have tried it yet but, Studio Ghibli released the 2D software they use, as Freeware. Its supposed to be very good. Might be worth looking up if interested ? regards simon https://lifehacker.com/opentoonz-the-2d-animation-software-used-by-studio-ghi-1767833445
  15. Simon Edmondson

    Lighting Changes

    Thank you very much for your help. Much appreciated. How did you get it to 6mins.Did you used 64bit AM ? I was thinking of getting a windows machine just to use for rendering out with AM64 and nothing else. But haven't jumped yet. regards Simon
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