Thursday, August 22, 2013

DAZ Studio 4.6 - Zombie Shuffle #3


Another DAZ Studio render. Basically the same scene as before but I've since added a new camera, re-lit the shot, applied some facial animation (blinks, eyes & mouth movement) to the zombie, and dirty-ed up the whole thing. Again, just experimentation.

Made with DAZ Studio 4.6 and a crap load of After Effects sweetening.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

From DAZ Studio to Carrara 8 Pro...

So after years of begging for more advanced features to be added to DAZ Studio (#1, #2, #3, #4), I finally decided to pull the trigger and purchase Studio's big brother/sister program, Carrara 8 Pro.



I had been considering this upgrade for a while now but was hesitant as Carrara hadn't been updated in a few years and Studio seemed to be DAZ3D's main focus, but with the recent addition of Genesis support, and version 9 around the corner, I decided it was worth giving the program a shot. Clearly, it's obviously capable of some really impressive results and having advanced rendering and animation features such as bullet physics, cloth simulation, Adobe After Effect integration, mulit-pass and network rendering options (to name only a few) is very, very promising.

It is going to hard giving up DAZ Studio's interface though, and not just because I'm so used to it after all of these years but because Carrara is still using a hideous Bryce-like interface. My best friend and I used to try and make cool fantasy landscape renders with Bryce back in 1997 and after installing Bryce 7 Pro a little over a year ago, I was SHOCKED to find the program had basically not changed one bit... after 16 years! And DAZ3D is still charging $19.95 for the program. In my opinion, this is insane.

Anyway, it's my plan to update this blog with my initial impressions of Carrara and its plugins, how it compares to DAZ Studio, and any issues I run into.


For those curious, I purchased the follow three programs: 

My initial thoughts to come...

Monday, August 12, 2013

Zombie Shuffle Animation Test #2

I just posted a slightly newer version, if anyone is interested:


Just another experimentation. Still very, very far from a final product.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Zombie Shuffle Animation Test

With the release of DAZ Studio 4.6, I had noticed its 3Delight render engine had improved render times so I figured I'd do a quick test.



The scene involved a single Genesis figure with a Zombie skin material, 1 SpotLight, 2 Distant Lights, all with Raytraced shadows and Shadow Softness at 11.5%.

Each frame rendered in 7 seconds.

Definitely an improvement compared to previous versions of DAZ Studio.

Monday, February 20, 2012

DAZ Studio - Fake Motion Blur


Just a quick experiment. Since DAZ Studio doesn't have any motion blur options at all, I was curious to see the results if I were to fake it in After Effects using the CC Force Motion Blur plug-in.