Lumion3D

A new real-time 3D renderer… Lumion3D, albeit painfully expensive at just under $1,000 because it’s aimed at architects. Lumion 2.0 is apparently due out ‘any day now’. Still, even though it’s expensive it adds to the very slim pile of genuine real-time rendering software — so it seems worth mentioning here…

“Lumion uses real-time 3D technology for rendering. This amazing technology of Lumion renders images in a fraction of a second.”

The user interface is also GPU-accelerated (i.e.: takes advantage of your PC’s gaming graphics card). A 3D World review of Lumion 1.0 said it “does still need a little work” but was “Very easy to learn”. Although it also reported that the software was clunky for character animation.

Possibly Lumion might be most useful for speedily rendering a background image for iClone, with a higher quality than iClone, to then use as a 2D backdrop in iClone. Lumion’s dynamic clouds, water, sun-direction, god-rays, and shadows do look very nice, even in Lumion version 1.0…

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The Deviant Muse – free magazine

Deviant Scrap has been putting out some super free PDF magazines, all year. Their magazines are aimed at people doing digital scrapbooking, but they’re also a good source of ideas for CrazyTalk Animator scenes, especially if you work with “photo cut-out” characters and props. Nearly all the pictures are made with print-ready “cut out” graphics kits you can buy (usually for less than $5), and then reduce in size using Photoshop for use in CrazyTalk Animator. The monthly Deviant Muse magazine began in Jan 2011, and I think the especially fine October 2011 issue is probably the most inspiring one to start with…

They also have fun little challenges, like dressing up the DS mascot Bessie the Cow…

Fan Fiction and Copyright

A review in the THES of the new book, Fan Fiction and Copyright: Outsider Works and Intellectual Property Protection, which has relevance to machinima…

“While Schwabach does not provide a detailed fair-use analysis, what matters for most readers is that the conclusion is correct: much fan fiction is legal.”