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Paolo CicconePaolo Ciccone
Santa Cruz California, United States

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The Blender Survival guide is a multi-part tutorial that aims to teach you the necessary skills to get up to speed with Blender in the shortest time possible. All the essential stuff without the 'geeky' parts. Think of it as 'Bear Grylls' for Blender.


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Re: The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 1
by Philip Hankins
Parts 1 & 2 won't load on creativecow.com and YouTube. All other parts will load just fine (both creativecow.com and YouTube). Any ideas?
Re: The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 1
by Natalia Zhilkina
After following instructions to the dot, I was trying to save the new screen with the "save default settings", but it stated "failed writing defaults: Unable to open".
Do you know what the problem could be and how to solve it?
Thank you.
@The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 1
by Ken Lawson
I essentially want to make animated titles for my film productions. When I first downloaded Blender I concluded that I would never be able to do anything with it, having tried so-called tutorials on You Tube done by people who haven't the faintest idea how to teach something so complex in a way that a newcomer can understand. Then I discovered these tutorials by someone who certainly does know how to teach. I do not export to After Effects, which I do not have, but to an Apple Quicktime file which has an Alpha Channel. This file is then imported into Sony Vegas where the Alpha channel is activated and the background becomes invisible - something I want, though it may be that I shall use it relatively rarely. I am using Blender 2.49b because it makes your tutorials easy to follow, but in any case I notice that support for Quicktime seems to have been removed from the latest Blender. Many thanks indeed for these excellent tutorials. Like a lot of other people, I am immensely grateful.
@Ken Lawson
by Paolo Ciccone
Hi Ken.

Very glad that the tutorials worked for you. Good luck with your animation.

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Re: The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 1
by Jude Gustafson
Molto bene! This is the best beginner's tutorial on Blender I've seen. I can't wait to see how subsequent tutorials are put together. Good job! You're a great teacher.
Re: The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 1
by Cris McRae
Hello Paolo, I use blender with on a Mac, I have gotten my nephew interested in learning blender. However he is on a PC and we don't know which version to download and what to do with the Python part of the download. He has a Windows Vista Intel Core 2 Duo system.

Can you please give me advice on what to tell him.

Thank you.

Thanks
Cris is Bliss
C.I.B. Visual Productions/K3 Films
Rough Luxury Records
@Cris McRae
by Paolo Ciccone
Hi Chris.
To follow my tutorials you should download the 2.49 version, yiu can use a 32 bit version. For Python I think that it should be included. I'm sorry but I only use Windows to test my software so I don't have the experience about the Blender installation on that OS. Maybe somebody on. PC can give you advice.

Best.

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Paolo Ciccone
Pret-A-3D
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http://www.paolociccone.com
Re: The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 1
by Paolo Ciccone
Hey Mark.
Glad you liked it. Blender is a great tool.

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Paolo Ciccone
Pret-A-3D
http://www.preta3d.com
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Re: The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 1
by Mark Keeler
Paolo, great first tutorial, really enjoyed your teaching style and look forward to going through the rest of the series. Nice and easy flow, LOL and a good sense of humor makes the complexities of 3D a little less intimidating ;)
Re: The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 1
by Ramses Mantilla
Thank you Mr, Ciccone this tutoral helps to understand that extrange blender environmet!!!

see Ya!!
Re: The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 1
by Jim Hines
Hey - I'm up to part six now and I just want to back track and make sure you know how valuable this is to me and I'm sure many others. You are a very generous individual and a good teacher to boot - Rock on! - Molto gracie!
@Jim Hines
by Paolo Ciccone
Hey Jim, thank you for the feedback, much appreciated.

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Paolo Ciccone
Pret-A-3D
http://www.preta3d.com
http://www.paolociccone.com
Re: The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 1
by Robert Martin
I watched part 1 the other night of Surviving Blender and was able to pick up on what your doing. Blender is a little different but seems to be a powerful program from what I hear. I'm looking forward to watching more of your tutorials.

Robert Martin
OOOPS! + - does not zoom the camera
by Julia Jenkins
Sorry, + - does not zoom the camera it just zooms the view in the Blender window I think. So I still have the question about an alternative method for zooming the camera.
answered my own question about zooming:-)
by Julia Jenkins
+ and - keys on the numeric keypad will zoom the camera in and out
A whole new world!
by Julia Jenkins
Thanks Paolo for these brilliant, lucid Blender tutorials. I had tried to learn from the Wiki manual last fall but gave up after a week as I just couldn't figure out where to start. I love this "spoon feeding" that you are giving us:-) It's just right. I watched all of the tutorials yesterday and today I went back to the first one and actually set up my work space following your instructions.

I am still devoted to my Apple Pro mouse, therefore I don't have right/left clicking and scroll wheel. I found that command clicking accomplishes everything that right clicking does but I haven't discovered anything that will zoom like the scroll wheel. Is there a key combo that will do that or do I finally have to buy a new mouse?

Thank you again for these fabulous lessons.
Best
Julia
way cool!
by Matthew Abaya
Paolo Ciccone you are a great teacher. I wish I had seen these Blender and AE tutorials before I started my last project. It would have made the workflow a lot easier. Thanks for the knowledge.
Hey Wesley, glad you found us.
by Paolo Ciccone
Hey Wesley, glad you found us. You'll definitely like the ease of management of the licenses in Blender :)
Actually I carry with me a USB key with all 3 versions of Blender: Mac OS, Windows and Linux. If I get to a client and I need to use Blender, I can run the right version directly from the USB drive.
@Alberto, is it possible that the
by Paolo Ciccone
@Alberto, is it possible that the default file is read-only? Check a file called .B.blend in your home directory. If it has the read-only protection please remove it and it should work.
Perfect
by Wesley Adams
Thank you so much. This is exactly what I've been looking for. Been wanting to use Blender for awhile since it's open source in case I can't use Maya for whatever reason. Can't wait to watch the rest!
great tutorial.. but i have a question
by Alberto Silva
hi.. m trying to save the window but when i click on Ctrl+u to save it say can´t do it.. the error is: Failed writing Defaults: Can´t change old file, file saved with @, and i don´t know why hope can hellp me with that
Hey Chris, you're quite welcome, glad
by Paolo Ciccone
Hey Chris, you're quite welcome, glad that you found the Guide.
fantastic
by chris ferguson
thank you thank you thank you. I've been trying to start using blender but have been quite intimidated by the workspace etc.
@terry, good question, for Blender, like
by Paolo Ciccone
@terry, good question, for Blender, like any other 3D app, you need a 3-button mouse. Logitech mice work just fine, that's what I use right now.
What if I can't right-click (Mac)?
by terry brown
I want to customize my user environment, but can't split the window…
Great tutorial!
by Joseph Zabel
I am a new Blender user, and I found your tutorial extremely helpful. I already feel as if I have "ownership" and control of this application!

One note: I am a Mac user, and it appears that in order to do a horizontal split, I need to move my mouse to the right side of the current panel. If I move to the left side, it splits the panel to the left.
just what I need
by Cris McRae
I'm still coming to grips with Ae but realize that I need to learn 3D. Great timing. Looking forward to the next video.
Great
by Uwe Blazey
Hello, great first tutorial. I think, Blender is great but very tricky. After installation blender, the control&left mouse button didn't work. Moving around the camera worked by pressing down the mouse-wheel.(MS-Mouse). I changed it using the (hidden)configuration menue "View&Controls" on bottom. So, I'm ready for take off on Monday (:-))
Ciao
Uwe
Blender for AE
by Patrick Pond
I cannot wait to see what you have in store for us AE users who need a 3D solution. I am looking forward to your advice on 3D text and titles, among other things.
Finally!
by Nathan Walters
Finally some good Blender training!
Keep up the fantastic work and keep em coming!
wow these look good
by formatkarl
I've been trying to find a way to use blender for a while. I'm really just used to traditional stop motion and after effects motion graphics. I really like the idea of open source and it's true Blender looks sophisticated but quite scary compared to other applications I've looked at but can't afford. I'd be keen to know if there's a way similar to cinema 4d for extruding vectors and creating 3d logos for example? If you are planning more tutorials I'm keen to learn blender for use in a motion graphics way and also possibly for aiding pre viz and set builds for in camera animation.

very good work on these videos, much appreciated.
Glad it helped. Next episode coming
by Paolo Ciccone
Glad it helped. Next episode coming on Monday.
Great Intro
by Ra-ey Saleh
As someone who is just beginning to get into 3D, this was an excellent intro into this Open Source (and in the past difficult) software.
Thanks again and I can't wait for the next installment!
Ra-ey


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