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Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, December 1, 2016 Under: WIP
Hey all!

This week's vlog:


GOD is so super!! :D

 - Snake improvements
The snake was the first thing to be dealt with this week. I spent quite a large amount of time on it in the attempts to re-rig it and see if the kink goes away, but the conclusion, as in the video, was that it was only reduced, but did not go away. What did make it go away was animating the head using the 3D cursor. When the head goes forward, the neck is kept straight, but this makes the nose point towards the ground. Just tilting that back up made the difference in this animation. Soooo thankful for every solution GOD gives!!! It was one of those ideas that came as an option of what can be done.
   Further adjustments include some things to make the transformation smoother, such as starting the snake off green and letting it "colorramp" to it's real color using a cloud texture and of course the eyes scale into existence. With black eye sockets and a more fierce brow (assisted by Freestyle), it turned out to be a much more threatening snake indeed.

 - Aaron's throw and context
Speaking of, rods, this week Aaron got to throw his at pharaoh. Thankfully, Pharaoh was not in the scene or the guards would've charged (haha). I honestly don't believe that Aaron threw the rod that hard, but there is actually a chance that he might have. If you look at paintings of Pharaoh and even hieroglyphics, there was not much security around him. It may be, because he was seen as a divine link between their gods and the people, that people left him alone. Odds are, if Aaron did throw it like that, that there might have just been a stare down, since Pharaoh was not a man strange to war.
   Now here comes the reason I believe he did not throw it that hard or far: he had confidence that GOD would change the rod into the creature he was shown. If you have confidence in what will take place and you're not trying to do it in your own power, you are at rest in that result's outcome. For example, let's say you are mowing the lawn, do you scream and tense up and so on while mowing? No, you just push it. You're doing your part and you let the machine do it's part. Aaron did his part, throwing it down, while GOD did HIS part, turning it into the reptile.
   I really do believe that he threw it forward just enough that the reptile wouldn't be on him and clearly visible and for that, you don't have to put in much effort at all.

 - Mic quality
On an audible note, haha, I tried working with my microphone in a different way this week. Now, I don't have a horrible microphone. In fact, I think it is quite good, but I do believe the way I use it can be improved. For example, the way I currently use it, means that it picks up less of my voice, because it is further away, to avoid wind noise. In the video, I did want to talk about this using some practical demonstration, but ironically, it just served to prove I can still improve the way I use the microphone to have less editing work to do and a better final result - can someone say irony! hahaha.
GOD is always on me about doing things with excellence and I never want HIM to stop. Whenever I try to compromise on quality, I would get this check from the HOLY SPIRIT that gives the message like: "You know you can do better than that and it's best that you do."
In the moment, I really don't like it, because it is hard on my flesh, but it is always always worth it. In fact, there is a verse for this: "Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." Hebrews 12:11, KJV.
   That means, sometime this week, I would like to sit with the mic again and try various configurations while reading a psalm or something, to see how the consonants do and the overall sound it. Any improvement, reduces the editing afterward - we'll fix it in post only works for make 'due', but you need to 'due' what you can before you produce or record anything, so you don't have a ton of post work that may not even be fixable...

 - Palm tree challenges
   There were a few challenges with the palm trees, thankfully nothing fatal, hahaha. Most of those you can find in the video, but one I didn't really talk about in detail was the rigging of the branches. Almost from the beginning I saw that rigging the physically modeled leaves were just not gonna be an option, for the amount of palm trees in the area, but I tried rigging the planes with the leaf texture. Worked very well, until you try to merge it with the rest of the branches and the trunk - not gonna happen! hahaha. So HE lead me to that old-faithful called slow parenting and that did a phenomenal job. I did it in two phases, so the movement would be more accurate (the origin is at the base of the tree, which means the movement would be almost inverted, so I added another empty at the top of the tree, so that the bottom empty's movements would be correct.

 - ZTransparency and solutions
   Ironically, with the level of detail in the scene, this does not really matter. At full HD with a lot of palm trees, the outlines all but vanish. There is, as far as I know, only one solution to the problem, and that is Full Sample, under Anti-Aliasing. It does mean your compositing runs a minimum of 5 times, but it does get rid of the outline. You can read more on that here.
   It does also bear some advantages, such as the transparency in the Z-pass. Depending on the project, you may definitely want to use Full Sample!

 - Flax and Barley vs Wheat and Rie
   Now this was interesting! In chapter 9, while talking about the hail plague, it is recorded that not everything in Egypt got planted at the same time, because the barley and the flax were already grown, but the wheat and rie hadn't grown up yet. I did a little digging, as mentioned in the video, and found out that you have various kinds of wheat and barley and they can easily be planted far enough from each other to produce two harvests - give about a month or so. Whether the barley was green or not, still, I don't know. It says that the barley was in the ear, so most likely it was brown and ready for harvest when the hail was brought. As for the wheat and rie, I simply have to show ready soil!
GOD is so awesome!!!
Depending on context, I may have to show them grown with the locusts, but I'm not sure. I feel like GOD wants me to check it out like right now...
Okay, HE keeps saying that all the hail had left (such as some of the fruit in the trees and some herbs), was eaten by the locusts, so if anything came up since the hail, the locusts would've devoured that (they "darkened" the land, so that just tells you that there was nowhere anyone could turn to get away from them.

Will continue checking before modelling the fields to make sure that I'm not missing anything like that. HE's always faithful!!

 - NLA Editor
   What a tool in blender!! An absolute must for anyone doing animation! I want to learn more about this and if you use Blender, I strongly urge you to check out this video too!


GOD is soooooo generous!!!

Like I mentioned in the video, I really felt strongly that GOD wanted me to watch BornCG's videos (I recently subscribed and receive them by e-mail, especially the last ones on the walk cycle and the following a path). I was stunned to learn of the tool! It is such a powerful tool and such a gift, yet no one really mentioned it to me. It will make everything soooo much easier!! I look forward to using it!

Check out Blender:
http://www.blender.org/

You can also check out these links:
 - BornCG's channel
 - Booth Junkie's video on sound booth in 10mins for free
 - Type writer text effect tutorial (Build modifier)
 - Cross Allegiance Facebook Page
 - Bolled definition
 - Herb to know: Flax
 - Crop Rotation: Flax
 - Growing Wheat of your own
 - Climate of Egypt

Biggest thanx to GOD for helping me with this. Without HIM, none of this would be possible! :D

Know JESUS yet? GOD is reaching out to you through these videos. HE loves you more than you can imagine and wants you to know HIM. Not because HE's lonely, but because HE loves you and paid a heavy price to enable you to go to Heaven, where HE is. See, we all have sinned in some way shape or form. That makes us guilty before GOD. If you have ever said that you hated someone, in GOD's standard, you have committed murder (James 4). If you've ever looked on a person with lustful thinking, you've already committed fornication with them in your heart and you are then guilty of sexual impurity. If you were to face GOD on judgement day, saying: "I was a good person" will be a void argument, just like it would be before a human judge. GOD knew that we would have to pay that penalty and that we could not pay it, even if we tried, but sent JESUS to pay the price for us. Your sins were put on HIM and the forgiveness that is there for you was by no means cheap - the cross was not padded and comfortable, neither was the death.
But, HE was raised up on the third day (after being crucified) and finished the work so that we may enter through HIM paying the penalty we were supposed to pay, but it is only valid for you, if you accept it and live for HIM.
If that is you today, please, follow this prayer:
"JESUS, I believe that YOU are real and I believe YOU died for me and was raised on the third day for me. Please forgive me for my many sins. I make YOU the LORD of my life, full time and to fill me with YOUR HOLY SPIRIT. Teach me how to live for YOU, help me become what YOU have made me to be, in JESUS' Name! Amen!"

To find out more, you can check out this link:
http://www.crossallegiance.org/knowJesus.html
It gives you access to free Bible translations, free teaching videos and more. Remember, this is a decision with eternal consequence, choose life, choose JESUS. :D

Have a great one!!!

Thank YOU!!!!!!

In : WIP 


Tags: god  jesus  holy spirit  blender  anime  exodus  vlog  7-12  kjv  nla editor  cobra  build modifier  hail  plague 

About Me


Marius Oberholster Hey all! I've been doing CG work full-time since 2011. GOD has been with me, supported me and taught me all the way. HE tells us to do all things as unto the LORD and that is my goal. I do whatever I believe the HOLY SPIRIT is leading me to do and it's not always easy, but it's always worth it to be obedient! JESUS is awesome!! If you don't know HIM yet, follow the link above!

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