My first blender video tutorial!
This tutorial goes through one method of modelling fairly convincing looking clothing. I go through the process of modelling a basic shirt sleeve, then show you how to run the cloth simulator to get some nice wrinkles in the elbow. Afterwards I make a quick little action to show off our new sleeve! This tutorial is not geared towards beginners, as I don’t do a lot of explaining about the modelling process, it is more of an advanced-beginner/intermediate level. You should be somewhat familiar with Blender and it’s settings/interface before you watch in order to get the most out of it.
For the most part I use 2.53 Beta, but at one point I’m forced to switch back over to 2.4x in order to run a script that hasn’t been updated yet. It was one of the embedded scripts in 2.49b, so I’m sure it’ll be updated soon.
There are a number of things that I’d like to change for my next tutorial, but this was a bit of a learning process. First of all, the video seems to have a few anomalies (flashing at some points, blurry at others, etc.). Whether this comes from the recording process, the rendering process, or the uploading process, I’m not real sure, but I’m not that thrilled about it. There are some great HD quality video tutorials out there that are just crystal clear and when I look at the file size in vimeo for videos of similar length, they are quite a bit smaller than the file I ended up with. I’m not sure what codecs they are using, or screen capture software they are using, but it looks great! Any suggestions from seasoned video screen capture wizards out there?
Second thing, does my voice really sound like that in real life?!? Do I really say uhhh, ahhh, and umm, that many times normally?!? Wow…
Third thing, the audio is a little out of sync with the video. This could be the rendering process or also the fact that I recorded the video and then recorded the audio afterwards. I think next time I’ll try to do both at the same time. I thought that may slow down the tutorial.
Fourth, I didn’t like the fact that I had to switch back over to 2.49b during the tutorial. This caused some ugly cut scenes and made everything a little bit confusing. In the future I’ll try to stick with one version or the other. Speaking of cut scenes, how do you fade to black with the 2.53 vse? I had thought that adding a “color” sequence in an “alpha under” mode then key framing the opacity of the video would do this, but not so much. Do I actually need to add an alpha over/under effect and key frame the influence?
Finally, it’s long! I didn’t plan on making it that long and I was hoping to keep it under about 20 minutes. The modelling section turned out to be a little longer than necessary and I really could have done a time lapse for that to shorten the length. I’ll keep that in mind for next time.
All in all though I think it came out OK. Have a look at the blog post for a little more details and feel free to leave any comments about suggestions or recommendations for next time. Enjoy!