thanks for all the compliments and the crits, I find them really helpful.
Since this was my first Blender project I really wasn’t going for a great spaceship design , I was really just trying to keep things simple so I could get my feet wet with the program. I did buy the official 2.0 manual and the blender book.
I still do almost all of my modeling in a program called Rhinoceros 3D since it’s the best 3d modeler I’ve ever used. I got it back when I was working on my degree in computer aided design and I’ve just always used that program for 3d modeling. For animation and rendering I had been using cinema 4d GO, which is the cheapest version of the program they offer. Cinema 4d is a good program but you don’t get near as many high end features as you do with blender. In order to get the features that blender offers you would have to go up to the pro version which is about $2000 if I remember right.
I had seen blender a couple of years ago but I didn’t like using the program because I found it hard to work through, of course I didn’t have the manual or the blender book which made a huge difference in how quickly I learned the program. Plus I was lazy, I was used to cinema 4d at the time and didn’t want to put in the effort to learn another program. When I did decide to switch to blender I ended up uninstalling cinema 4d and now I’m totally hooked on blender.
There are still a lot of things that I don’t know how to do in blender but as with anything given enough time I’m sure I’ll get there. I’ve been trying to do some stuff with the terragen / blender script and I can’t get the terragen images to line up with the mesh in blender, so if anyone has any suggestions on that it would be a great help.
As for the crit on the motion blur, I’m still trying to get an understanding of how to use all those features. I thought the 5 times was the settng for the oversampling not the motion blur. I have the blur factor on 1 and the OSA on 5. As is the 10 second animation takes 59 hours to render out on my 1.3 ghz machine running 512 mb of ram. I think I’m going to upgrade to 1 ghz of ram when I get the chance.
At this point my only real complaints about blender are the fact that I can’t import another blender file without having to import each and every item seperately (at least I haven’t figured out any other way to do it) and the fact that there doesn’t seem to be an undo option like with most windows apps. But other than that I’m hooked on Blender.