Update: December 4, 2016

I am about half way through the CG Cookie Animation Bootcamp. I am really learning and gaining some skills, but it sure is time consuming. I’m trying to focus on true skills to increase efficiency. I like to define skill as maximum accuracy in a minimum time. As with learning any skill set, it is worth the time to drill and hone the basics, and that is what I’m trying to do.

Update: November 29, 2016

I can’t believe how nice the weather is around here this late in the season.

This morning, I did a couple of upgrades while the weather is nice.

Making chores a little better.
Making chores a little better.

Replacing damaged wire with wood.
Replacing damaged wire with wood.

Today, as with yesterday, I am continuing to work through cgcookie’s animation boot camp. It’s going pretty well. Wayne Dixon is an excellent teacher and is focusing us on the basics – bouncing balls.

The only real problems I am having so far are that I have a hard time figuring out the exact orientation of things sometimes. It seems that the default orientation is sometimes wrong, and I have to adjust accordingly. That is all fine, as it is a challenge to overcome. The problem is that I just don’t know the reason.

The other problem is linking and proxy-ing the rig. It sounds like Blender 2.78a may have addressed this issue, so I will download that now and check it out.

Back to it.

November 27, 2016

Poor performance on the daily updates. I’ll try again.

I’m really trying to focus on the cgcookie animation bootcamp. Fascinating and consuming stuff there.
I think I’ll use my steelbak account to post my daily junk to go along with this stuff.

I’ll use this Digg’n Deeper to do more refined stuff.

I have a pretty good system with the GoPros, the cards, the network, coming along on the editing. Once I get through the cgcookie course, that is my next (or first) project. I think it would be a good opportunity to include the introduction to linux that I have always wanted to do.

Update: November 15, 2016

Yesterday, I took my daughters Kylie and Ashley with me to head up past Coshocton, OH to get some grain for the animals. It was a beautiful day and a nice drive but I missed out on some really nice pictures. I don’t know what the hell happened, but I failed on both GoPros. I was going to do a time lapse with the Session, but somehow the card was full, even after I thought I checked it and also thought I was successfully taking a timelapse. Then, I managed to reformat the Black before I transfered the data from that. I’m glad no one was paying me.

The math for the trip came out pretty good though. I think we will plan to go up to get an order every three or four months.

I took today off from shoeing horses. Another beautiful day. Tee shirts on Nov 15? I’m obviously not complaining.

The first order of business was to get a picture series or scan of the house. Done and filed. I seem to continue to have a hard time blocking off enough time to get the software installed to begin the procedure of documenting all of that.
3DR Solo ready for action

The main task for the day was really to finish getting the animals situated for winter. We need to get the sows out of the barn so there is more room for the does, so we built there little sun shelter into an enclosed box for them.


Enclosed and ready for paint.

This evening, I was hoping to finish up this pain in the neck of a video, but nope. I worked a few hours on it this morning, and it rendered all day. When I put it on the big TV and we all watched it, all sorts of holes showed up. There is no story. I had put a few very brief text boxes that seemed to make sense to me, but watching with the family, they were clearly confused.

I think I have a solution. I wrote out the “story” in a text file and now I should be able to straighten that out.

Update: November 13, 2016

Time to build a community:
Started the Slack channel today.
Textfire or similar.

Hopefully, I can get through the last couple of pieces of this completely underwhelming little video I have been working on for far too long. That said, it’s always worth the time to learn the basics. Any real master will tell you that to fully control your craft, it is only about the basics. I am enjoying #Blender because it allows, if not forces that.

To that end, I’m lucky I have more than one computer and plenty of web work to do as well.

The rendering process is eating me alive. I put a couple of text and pane scenes together in Blender and this computer is hammering the whole day on about 1500 frames.