Thursday, May 12, 2011


Tuesday, May 12th

I tweaked a few of my projects and got all the files needed for the final together, and began work on my demo reel. I didn't finish the demo reel, but I plan on doing that over the weekend since then I'll be done with all my finals. I also plan on finally adding sound to my factory, which is sorely overdue, and I need to rerender my Word Play video as it wasn't playing properly. As soon as I fix those two issues, I should be ready to put together my demo reel and have it for my evaluation.

Thursday, May 5, 2011


Thursday, May 5th

Activity: Since I had rendered at the wrong settings, I set up another render earlier this morning, but that one had a few issues with it as well.  I tweaked the file settings to move objects in the right place and hide some of the 2D animations that I had forgotten to hide and began rendering again, this time with everything working. I also hunted for sound effects and found most of them, all I need now is a sound effect for banging and some noise for when the stick figure passes through the laptop screen. I'll definitely be ready by tuesday, since I pretty much only have to tweak things in final cut now. I might stretch a few scenes out, but other than that I can't see any other reasons to rerender anything.

Files: Working Volume > Ben Potts > 3D Animation > Exercises > bpfinal55   
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          House > Documents > 3D Animation > Exercises > bpfinal55

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Tuesday, May 3rd

Activity: I overcame my technical difficulties and began importing the animations into the project file, and resizing and placing them in the right locations. I also started syncing the camera to the animations, so it flowed better.

Reflection: Now I know for future animations to make sure and check compression settings in order to avoid weird framerates, but since I only have one more animation to export it shouldn't be a problem. I only have two more animations to import into the file before they're all in, so I should be able to render by tomorrow, since it doesn't take too long to just import the files and resize and place them. After that, I only need to focus on sounds.

Files: Working Volume > Ben Potts > 3D Animation > Exercises > bpfinal53            
           House > Documents > 3D Animation > Exercises > bpfinal53

Monday, May 2, 2011


Monday, May 2nd 7:00 pm -2:00 am

Activity: I finished up all the 2D animation and the camera work for the 3D section, and tweaked some stuff with the models and textures. I also began importing the animated movies and adding them to the animation.

Reflection: However, I ran into a weird problem that I couldn't figure out how to fix. Whenever I uploaded one of my movies into Cinema4D, the framerate got cut and a lot of the frames were missing, making them play really fast. I animated all of them in flash at 30 frames per second, and the quicktime movies play perfectly fine with all the frames intact, so I have no idea what's happening. Other than that, the animations worked fine in the setting, but since they were playing so fast it screwed up the timing and made the whole thing way too fast. I tried to manually set the amount of frames and the framerate, but that just ended up either drawing out the last frame forever or making the whole thing really choppy, since the program apparently cut out the frames when I imported the .mov files. I tried reimporting them and tried multiple files, and each file had a different framerate, yet none of them were 30 frames per second, which they're all animated at. Since when I tried testing importing animations earlier in class and everything seemed to work fine, I'm really not sure what's going on or how to fix it. I played around with a few options but none of them worked, so I'm also not sure where the problem's even coming from.

Files: Various .mov and .fla files on my computer and in my 3D folder
          Working Volume > Ben Potts > 3D Animation > Exercises > bpfinal52
          House > Documents > 3D Animation > Exercises > bpfinal52