Blender: My First Blender Project And Experience, A Coffee Cup Is A Lot More Than Hello World Kind Of Things

I’ve known of Blender, open-source/free 3D rendering software, for a long time and installed the latest version onto my PC whenever the opportune moment arrived, but I have never really tried to learn and use it.  Today, I committed some of my time to try to create my first Blender’s 3D rendered image.  By following the “Blender Tutorial For Beginners: Coffee Cup” videos (there are 2 parts), I was able to render a very nice coffee cup.  I did not follow the tutorial videos I mentioned to the letter, because I scaled the middle part of my coffee cup a bit bigger and outward.  Basically, what I meant was that my coffee cup is more round in the overall shape.  Moreover, I rendered the coffee cup with 1000 samplers and .98 clamp.  The tutorial videos rendered the coffee cup with 250 samplers and .98 clamp.  According to the tutorial videos, the higher the number for the samplers of a rendered image, the better the image will look.  I guess, it’s also true for the clamp.  I think the higher the clamp number between 0 and 1, the less fireflies there will be.  The tutorial videos explained that the fireflies are those white pixels that appear in unwanted place when the image gets rendered.  I guess .98 clamp meant 98% for clamp, but please do correct me if I’m wrong on this.

Anyhow, after following the tutorial videos, I got myself a very nice 3D rendered coffee cup image.  Check out the cup right after the break.

Blender 3D rendered cup 01 with 1000 samplers and .98 clamp

You can download the Blender project files that I created for this very image by clicking on this link -> Blender 3D rendered Coffee Cup Project Files By Vinh Nguyen.  I used Blender 2.7 version to render this very 3D coffee cup image.

Right after the break, you can check out the YouTube tutorial videos that I watched and learned to create the coffee cup.

Open Source Blender Shines In Science Fiction “Tears Of Steel” Short Film

Blender Tutorial

Blender Tutorial (Photo credit: jcsizmadi)

Seen “Tears Of Steel” on Gizmodo first, couldn’t resist to embed it here on Essayboard.  This short film reconfirms the power of Open Source software.  Open Source software such as Apache, MySQL, Ubuntu, CentOS, and various others do make big differences for many computer users around the world.  This time, Open Source Blender software is under the spotlight.  Short film “Tears Of Steel” was a Blender project and realized by group of people who used crowd-funding power to make it happened.  Although the project wasn’t anywhere near Hollywood budget, but the short film shines with Open Source Blender software.  Watching short film like this does inspire me to take a look at Blender again.  Blender is free to download and use!  Anyhow, enough with my gibberish, you should check out the the short film “Tears of Steel” right after the break.  You can read the official description of the video on YouTube.  To go directly to YouTube to watch the video, just click on the YouTube logo which appears on the bottom right of the video.

Afterthought:  This is why PC isn’t dead, because as now the only way to create beautiful work such as “Tears of Steel” has to be on PC still.  Will this change?  Don’t know, but PC is still here.  With PC, normal people (i.e., not the professionals) have the power to be inspired.  So, tablet and smartphone form factors are only going to make PC even more popular; these small form factors define the obvious differences between on-the-go devices and powerful stationary devices.  Anyhow, be inspired and long live the PC!  I won’t say this if one day a small sugar cube like form factor can transform into full sized hologram PC…


What About Blender? It’s Free, But Powerful Enough To Let You Work On Your Very Own Premium 3D Animation Projects!

English: artwork for the Durian-Project of the...

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I know this is old news, but I like to rant on anyway!  With Blender, you don’t really have to pay for super, super expensive 3D animation software to be able to create great 3D animated art works and films.  If you don’t believe me, all you have to do is just take a glimpse at various snapshots of famous works by various companies in the short film clip right after the break.  The snapshots of various beautifully crafted 3D artworks and films were essentially, carefully pieced together in a short film clip to show how far a free but powerful 3D animation software known as Blender has progressed.  Watching the film clip, one would have thought that the works within might have been created by some super expensive 3D animation software.  You can check out this very film clip right after the break.

Convinced?  If so, you might have wondering why on earth people are still paying for super expensive 3D animation software, right?  Well, I think it’s depending on how one perceives his or her favorite brand.  Actually, not to put it so blandly, it’s probably more about how one would be able to use a specific 3D animation software in the most effective and efficient manner.  One example among many would be to create a short 3D animation work for an advertisement film clip in a very short period of timeframe but yet the quality of the work must not feel rush.

So, perhaps we cannot really compare one superb 3D animation software against another just as superb.  Nonetheless, we can always look at what available special features that are uniquely belong to a specific 3D animation software and make a determination on why one should go learn, buy, and use such a specific 3D animation software.  Luckily, Blender provides enough amazing features that are capable in allowing so many people to take up Blender and create great 3D artworks and animated films.  Best of all, Blender is free of charge.  What do you think of Blender?

Personal note:  I too might have to take up Blender when I have more spare time.  By saying this, I mean I want to learn how to use Blender soon enough.  Obviously, the video above has stimulated my ambition in exaggerating my imagination in 3D.