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Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, November 3, 2016 Under: WIP
Hey all!

This week's vlog:


GOD is so wonderful!!

- Audio:
   Voices
   Like I said in the video, the stark reality of a lack of voice actors is kinda a surprise after you start production. Of course, this round, nothing new, but I have considered various means of achieving different voices - even considered using digital voices, but they just don't really act, you know. There are better programs out there that do allow you to get better voices, but unfortunately, my budget does not allow for any new purchases. That means I have two options:

- Impressions

   Worked really well for Esther I might say (added some manipulation in Audacity as well, just to enhance the differences), but I still need some work on this particular area (was almost good enough to convince people, because one guy specifically said he wasn't sure, hahaha - GOD is so wonderful!!). I do sing a lot and a vast array of singers (male and female) so I do get to morph my voice a lot, but the goal is never to sound identical, but just to bend my voice to a similar shape, so it works with the song, but that is different from working on a particular voice. For example, Terry Fator is a brilliant ventriloquist and can not only bend his formant like crazy, he can also sing while doing so (talk about a voice gift!!).

- Voice changers

   A bit of a developing technology atm. I'm not knocking any software in this area at all. Please don't think so. I absolutely luv experimenting with various programs to find which one works the best. I've used a few over the passed year and by far, Melodyne has given the most smooth results, but Rovee has given the most bend to the formant - unfortunately, it is not as smooth. If the two were combined and improved, it would be a phenomenal combination!! I am very thankful for both, but neither got me the results I was looking for. However, they can be used to compliment the bending I can already do, just to add more difference, but that will be up to GOD when I get to such a point.

   Foley

   Quite a fun area for me. I luv the challenge of coming up with unique ways of creating sound effects I wouldn't otherwise have access to. For example, my first real Foley challenge was to make a tennis ball hit sound for my channel trailer. Because I had played tennis casually with my brother, I was very familiar with the sound. GOD led me to Anvil Studio and I used those MIDI instruments to get the initial sound which was revered and equalized to become round. I believe it was a snare drum and a hand clap that was combined. The snare being for the lower end of the sound and the hand clap for the sharp attack and that of course rounded for the "pock" sound instead of a "puck" sound.
   The hard part for this week was the fact that I had to reproduce a sound I had never consciously heard before! Like I mentioned, I did some research by asking people about it, but ultimately, GOD led me what to use and what it would sound like and HE helped me achieve it, when I thought "this is all wrong!! It doesn't sound like bees!" hahaha. HE always knows best!

- Anime background shaders
   I believe it was during this week, or last week, I saw a post on the Blender NPR and Freestyle group, which talked about a water color shader. The thought was not new to me, to use shaders to get that anime-painted look, but the problem was that if you really want to go all out, you may have to manually paint all the textures to fit, but I believe that there has to be a way to deal with the shaders so you don't have to go about it that way, even if you have to pull a few tricks to get the right look, like turning off some shadow casting and that sort of thing. That led to the grass test you saw in the video. I spent about an evening or so with GOD on that and using emission, which blended the grass bottoms with the deeper green on the ground. The grass is just a strand render (no shadows get cast).
   Ideally, getting some sort of water color filter that remains consistent over frames, like this, would be great:


(Assuming of course it doesn't restructure on panning and can be applied like a node for Blender's compositor)

I, unfortunately, can't code, so using the code for a new node in blender, for me personally, is out of the question, but You can betcha I'll be asking GOD for it! :D
When HE does give it, most likely the shaders and background look would probably need to be accurate, so that the effect would just be the polish, but we'll see what HE does!:D

Some links you will find useful (all at own risk of course):
 - Rovee VST (Formant and pitch shifter) - fantastic little plug-in

 - Melodyne (you can use it for 30 days free - there is a trial available)

 - eSpeak

 - Audacity

 - Anvil Studio

 - Sci-Show video about colored noise

 - Blender

 - Make Human

Biggest thanx to GOD for helping me with all 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 


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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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