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25 March 2019

Autodesk Maya Software is a 3d Animation software that most 3d Artist always anticipates to see their new release/update especially with this widespread of “more than 400 Fixed Bugs”. As a 3D Modeling Artist am always curious to try new release or update on any 3d software especially Autodesk Maya which is the most used and Industry standard for 3d Animation. Ideally, new release or update presupposes bring about new features which are meant to speed up workflow.

On this note, I’ve tried to install all previous Versions of Autodesk Maya Software from 2014 to 2018 and even the Last release, Maya 2019. Exploring Maya 2019 for Comparison with the previous version, I actually come across the following features, although most of the features do not favour Modelling Artist but we cannot shy away from the fact that they are tools to make 3d animation better. The three most important features of Maya 2019 are Fast Maya, Beautiful Working environment and Fast Animations/ Cashed playback. Let explain these in details.

 

  1. FAST MAYA

I place “Fast Maya” as number one on the list because is the only general feature that favour all 3d Artist using Maya. It is undiluted fact that Maya 2019 load faster than the previous versions. Maya 2019 have made performance improvements in a lot of areas, making this version faster in several different areas, in ways that more artists will notice in their everyday work, these improvements are listed below:

  • Faster loading of scenes that have Metadata
  • Faster loading and interaction for scenes with hidden objects
  • Faster material and texture load time
  • Faster selection performance improvement in Viewport 2.0
  • Faster pre-select highlighting on dense meshes
  • Faster snapping performance in Viewport 2.0

 

  1. BEAUTIFUL WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Beautiful Working Environment is another feature in Maya 2019. The newly Added Arnold Viewport give an edge to preview Arnold standard surface shader so that what you see in the viewport is a lot closer to the final result you are going to get from an Arnold render as preview.  Waiting for final renders can be time-consuming and creatively frustrating. Illumination (lightings) and reflections are also real-time in Viewport 2.0. Naturally, this makes your working environment a lot better since you can get a good idea of how the content will look straight in the viewport instead of waiting on a preview render.

Surely, it is newly added feature, but prefer to call it Arnold Render update and not Autodesk Maya new features because this can also be found when you install other third-party rendering engine plugins such as Radeon Pro Render and VRay.

  1. FAST ANIMATION (CACHED PLAYBACK)

This feature is particularly the main reason why I said Maya 2019 is a version targeted to animators. Maya 2019 has this feature called “Cached Playback” which means a new background process that drastically increases the speed of animation playback directly in the viewport.

With this feature, Maya 2019 is said to give animators a more responsive working environment, with higher-quality real-time previews, allowing Animator to produce better animations by increasing playback speeds. Animators are formerly used to the regular way of animating i.e animate a bit, and relax while you wait for a play blast so you can see what your change looks like at your target frame rate. Cached Playback speeds up animation playback so much that you can use playback directly in the viewport to evaluate your animations. This makes play blasting a lot less.

Cached playback is not just a regular geometry cache as Maya continuously evaluating your scene, rigs, and skin bindings in the background and caching each frame into memory. When you hit play, it simply plays back the cached frames from memory, so you get a better frame rate than if Maya needed to calculate it when you hit play. And, it’s doing this intelligently using either Cache Evaluation (CPU Memory) or Hardware Caching (GPU Memory), so it won’t re-cache frames if no changes have effected to the object in your Scene. It is only the ones that have been adjusted or made changes that need to be updated. The upside of this compared to a normal geometry cache is that you can keep working while the cache is happening in the background, so it is much more interactive and there is less waiting time. And also it is better than a Playblast since you can evaluate your animation from any angle or zoom level as it plays back, giving you a much more comprehensive review.

Sweet to hear the concept of Cashed Playback, but the downside of this features is that it require high-end PC (Higher Processor speed, Gear force and enough CPU Memory). Another cons of this feature is that it does not support Smooth Mesh Preview and Dynamics during playback.

 

In Summary, Maya 2019 Load faster than every other previous version and it can handle project with Dense Mesh better, Metadata, and Fast loading texture. I guess this is due to 400 bugs that were fixed. Maya 2019 has also include Arnold Render viewport which help shading and Texturing with Arnold better in term of creativity, though I prefer to call this Arnold Render update. Lastly is the fact Maya fast animation and Cache Playback which help to speed up playback during Animation using either your CPU or GPU Memory.

 

I’ll like to rest my pen with the word of AskNK, who said in his “Maya 2019 Review, Reaction and Rants” video for the Modeler, FX Artist, Set Dressing Layout and every other persons that does not Animate in Maya that expectation and anything in the middle, kindly take it as a grain of salt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

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25 March 2019

It’s awesome that you’ve decided to pursue a career in Multimedia, but picking which one is the best for you could be confusing and challenging.

We all have to decide to make the right choices at a point in our lives. Thus, careful consideration and research are one of the best ways to be on the path to success.

This article is meant to absolve you into the scope and processes of the courses in Multimedia, why you should go for it and what you would be doing and learning.

You should carefully consider these courses so as to make the best decision on your path to having a successful career in Multimedia. Remember that these courses are quite interwoven as the knowledge in one could become relevant in another.

Cinematography

This course would push you to the pool of Film Making. The Entertainment industry needs the services of experts and professionals in creating a blockbuster movie or music videos or any form of videos you can think of.

While taking the course, you would be exposed to real-life experiences in the film making industry so as to prepare you for the future. Admittedly it takes time and persistent effort to becoming proficient, but as you focus on your career, you would keep developing. Also, your mind would be unlocked in using your ideas to scale through and stand out as a professional. Learning cinematography in Lagos Nigeria is a great choice for Nigerian youth. 

Video Editing

Video Editors are needed on a large scale in the multimedia industry. As Nigeria is on her path to becoming fully digitalized, the need for skilled video editors would be on higher demand, so it’s imperative to take the bull by the horns now. This course would also provide you with the flexibility to create your own videos and edit them.

You would be exposed on how to edit videos for preproduction and post-production and for live editing. You can click here for video editing training in Lagos.

Animation

The world of animation is quite wide, starting from the basic to the advanced. This could make you give up on your dreams of becoming a great animator. But when you have the idea and scope of what you are delving into, it will prepare you for the future

You should choose this course if you want to create amazing characters and structures and if you want to bring your concept or imaginations to life, then animation is for you. You should also consider this course if you would like to create 2D animated videos or explainer videos for brands or companies.

This course would put you on the step by step process on your development in animation over time. You should know that animation takes time and sufficient dedication and practice. An animation is challenging but fun. It’s left to you to take up this challenge

Not to forget the lucrative side, the money accruable could be massive. The future of 3d animation in Lagos Nigeria and all over the world cannot be overemphasized so it’s best to take this opportunity to choose this course.

Graphic Design

No brand or company would be known and remembered without the creativity of a Graphic Designer. One common reason a brand survives and the other becomes stale in the minds of its audience is due to lack of consistent and creative awareness. Hence, the need to employ a professional Graphic Designer is required.

This course would also give you the platform to express your own ideas through images and illustrations. You would be taught how to manipulate pictures, create and edit pictures in the most professional way possible. Looking for a professional graphic design training in Lagos? click here to learn more.

Visual Effects

Visual Effects are required in movies, musical videos, games, and advertisements to recreate realistic and unrealistic effects. The need to have experts and professionals in VFX is highly needed as it is evident in most Nollywood movies and Musical videos where effects that are created are way below standards and disappointing especially if you are a fan of foreign movies. It would be a great improvement to have our own superheroes, cool effects in music videos and blockbuster Sci-Fi movies with amazing concepts emanating from VFX artists

AutoCAD and REVIT

Every week, new buildings and constructions are created and structured across the country. Also, the need to create edifice and eye dropping structures would be great growth in attracting foreigners to the country.

Not to forget the need to create cost-effective and environmentally friendly structures, taking this course would ensure you contribute your ideas in developing the society both in 2D and 3D. You would be taught how to professionally use industry-based software’s in creating structures by an experienced master in the field. For Autocad training in Lagos. Click here

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25 March 2019

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25 March 2019

LEARN THE BASICS OF STORY

NO STORY – NO MOVIE

I’ve met film producers over the years that don’t even bother to read the script. Unbelievable as this might seem, they are more interested in the deal. A lawyer working for such a producer was so swept away by the complex web of business transactions that he said ‘Let’s shoot the deal!’ Needless to say, the deal was far more interesting than the finished film.

If you want to make it in movies, you need to find or create a script with a great story. Take five minutes out and read this great article on story.

Don’t be Scared of Poor Market Conditions

There are currently 20 million small businesses in Nigeria with entrepreneurs starting approximately 143,000 new companies each month. While the market fluctuates, there is no reason to you can’t create a lasting business, especially considering that recent university research notes that 57 percent of Fortune 100 companies were formed during a recession. Though the Great Recession forced many businesses to close or file bankruptcy, many start-ups were founded, because of a high rise in unemployment.

Make it a Legal Entity

You are going to be running a business, so you need to remember to make a legal entity. There is no special legal structure for a film company, so it might be helpful to get some advice to choose the best legal arrangement. It will also be beneficial to consult with an accountant to maximize your tax deductions. When choosing a name you will want to search and make sure no one has already used it. After finalizing your arrangement, get registered for local taxes and set up a bank account. After all the legal paperwork is done, start creating your website, social media accounts and YouTube channel so you can collect likes and subscribers.

Find Partners or Team Members Early

You should look for partners and team members while you are in the early stages of building your business, as they can help you avoid being crippled by overhead. You should pay particular attention on hiring people in the back office first, such as finance and production personnel. These people will build the infrastructure of your company and help keep reporting accurate. These jobs are important and will allow you to grow your business faster and hire more creative personnel. The more people you have working for you, the more tasks you can get accomplished and the sooner you can get your company off the ground.

Conduct Market Research

Research shows that the digital universe should reach 40 zettabytes by the end of the decade. With such large amounts of data, businesses will need analysts to help comb through the information. Data analysis can help your company make better business decisions by providing insights and successfully implementing them. Production companies can cover a range of topics and styles of filmmaking. You will need to do some market research to determine the most successful niche for your company preferably an untapped one. Your market analysis should consist of your industry outlook, trends and information about your target audience, their distinguishing characteristics and any regulatory restrictions that will affect your business. You will also want to get a competitive analysis that will identify your competition by their market share, strengths, weaknesses and any secondary competitors that will impact your success.

Write a Business Plan 

Your business plan is an essential roadmap for your production company’s success. This document usually projects three to five years ahead and outlines how you plan to grow your revenues. You will also need a solid business plan to present your ideas to potential investors. Your business plan should include a mission statement, a company summary and what service you are offering. You will also want to describe the target market, financial projections and the cost of operating.

Starting your own production company can be stressful and will demand your complete focus, but it can also fulfill your professional goals. For those considering following this dream is sure to consider these five insights to help get your production company off the ground as fast as possible.

Learn how to Discover Talent, Your chance to hit pay dirt

A producer’s job is to find and discover talent, read scripts, attend underground music venues, check out fringe theatre, and watch short films at festivals like Rain dance. When you find a promising playwright, actor, musician, or director, you broke a deal with them and give them money that ties them to your stable of talent for the project you are working on.

Later in life, when that actor, director or writer makes it huge, they will remember you as the person who discovered them.

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25 March 2019

Today most aspiring architect, interior designers, modelers, and builders are confused on how to choose the right three dimensional software to attain required and expected result. Among these applications, the most common ones are AutoCAD and Revit. While they both have many features in common since they have various tools to create and model both interior and exterior part of building, there are many differences that indicate each of them to have their various functionalities and diversities that make design process easier, faster and convenient. Some of these differences are;

  • AutoCAD is considered best for 2D drawing i.e. where only precise line work is needed, such as architectural plans, elevations, detailed drawings etc while Revit is considered best for modeling, generating cost schedules, collaboration and change management. 

 

  • AutoCAD as a drafting software, lets you draw precise lines within a virtual space.These lines are meant to represent real things (chairs, tables and sofas) while Revit utilizes Building Information Modeling (BIM), taking precise models of real things (like chairs, tables, sofas) and placing them around a virtual space. You can view it in two dimensions, but the lines on the paper inherently contain loads of information about the thing they represent. You can make it 3D or 2D in a simple click of the mouse. 

 

  • The use of AutoCAD is found among wide industrial areas like Architecture, Building related MEP and Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Aeronautics, Electrical Design, Mapping, Industrial design etc while Revit software is mainly designed for structural engineers, architects, designers, MEP(Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing) Engineers. 

 

  • AutoCAD drawings are not interconnected, plans, elevations or sections are created separately on AutoCAD and also modified separately which affects the speed and timing of the user, while changes made in Revit can have an effect on other systems which automatically changes to accept the new information, therefore when working on a plan, the elevation and section creates automatically with accuracy while any modification made on the plan will automatically affect the elevation and section of the drawing. 

Choosing software for building modeling depends on individual choices as Mr. A might be flexible using Revit for his design and vice versa. Though it is advisable to have better understanding of how to use at least two 3D applications to ensure more flexibility.  Autocad is very cool for two dimensional geometric designs like plan, elevation, section and others whereas on the other hand Revit is one of the best three dimensional software for designing house interior and exterior. Knowing both of them let you easily switch from 2D AutoCAD plan design to 3D Revit model. So think of what software work for you most and go install it now. click here to learn more...

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