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    Problem is that if they are not in facebook, they canīt see anyone profile no matter it is public. And they donīt want to be in facebook.

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    Dave! You really like to put 'em out there! Thanks for sharing! Great work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by josewave View Post
    Problem is that if they are not in facebook, they canīt see anyone profile no matter it is public. And they donīt want to be in facebook.
    Ok, I'll see what I can do. I figured when I set a video to be seen by everyone, it meant everyone, not just everyone that has a Facebook account.


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    Fantastic! That first animation is superb.
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    Wow. I am stunned by the super hurricane. Its amazing. Could you let us know how you achieved that?

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    Aww, I thought this was about big fuzzy FFX balls. But these will do. Thanks!
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    He's got the biggest balls of them all (sorry just had to quote ACDC there)
    Great work Dave!
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    Balls in motion

    Ok, here's some links to YouTube version of the video for those of you that avoid the treacherous waters of FaceBook...

    Here's the asteroid impact, all six minutes of it:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vexo1tQ_zMc

    Here's the super hurricane:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxR84DT7Toc

    Here is is in more context, with more shots of the Ordovician Earth:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlI604L7_hs

    And here's a real kick in the ball, just for fun:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j3w3G0Dttk


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    At the beginning I wasn't sure if look inside or not. Big balls, you know, but then I looked
    and was beautiful. Great work man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lertola2 View Post
    Wow. I am stunned by the super hurricane. Its amazing. Could you let us know how you achieved that?

    -Joe
    It's a satellite photo of Huricane Isabel, twisted a bit more. I then made a few different copies of it in Photoshop, each time adjusting the levels so the white was clipped to smaller & smaller coverage. I then made five layers of geometry by taking the top of a sphere & scaling copies of it ever so slightly and mapped each one of those image onto a different layer, with the thinnest image - the one with the least white coverage - on the top layer, for the transparency. That gave the shading I was after, which each layer casting a shadow on the layer below. That's where the render hit occurs - all those layers of self shadowing transparency. I used KappaII for the shading so I could get a softer terminator.

    The animated twisting was done with nodes as well, using a distance node plugged into a gradient, then multiplied by an envelope, which was then fed into the rotation of the Image node. The made the center rotate faster than the outside, and the gradient let me fine tune things at different distances from the center. I also do a similar thing with the cloud map, so different latitudes rotate at different speeds & directions.

    I later reused this hurricane on another show - Alien Earths - but I only did a single layer to save a lot of time. It rendered a LOT faster.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Roly View Post
    At the beginning I wasn't sure if look inside or not. Big balls, you know, but then I looked
    and was beautiful. Great work man.
    Sheesh. I do one render in bad taste...


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    Truly spectacular

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    Wow, I've thought about using those big Blue Marble textures, but never imagined editing them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nangleator View Post
    Wow, I've thought about using those big Blue Marble textures, but never imagined editing them.
    And I had THREE of them loaded, plus a huge bumpmap, and the huge multi-layered image I was working on, all at the same time. The swap files Photoshop saved during the process (there were two) totaled over 80 GB. When I said it took 20 minutes to load the images, I didn't include the time it took for Photoshop to write the swap files & let me finally start doing stuff.


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