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Paolo CicconePaolo Ciccone
Santa Cruz California, United States

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In part 2 of the Blender Survival Guide, we see how to complete the customization of the Blender desktop and how to save our preferences so that they become the application's default.


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Re: The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 2
by Mark Keeler
Yay, all set up, on to part III - very well done ;)
The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 2
by Ramses Mantilla
Thank´s i will post a coment on each one, i been watching all but i couldn't post right away

thank´s for your time!!!
@Ramses Mantilla
by Paolo Ciccone
You're very welcome!

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@Chris, I have a 720p camera
by Paolo Ciccone
@Chris, I have a 720p camera which has the same anachronistic nonsense of fractional frames. I render my scenes at 24fps and then import it in AE or Premiere and let the software conform it. Unless you have synch sound in the animation you will be OK. If you want to use 23.976, the exact frame rate of HD video you set the Blender frame rate to 24 and next to the frame rate field you set the "Frame per second base" to 1001. Blender will resolve the fraction correctly.

About the left/right mouse button it's my experience that you are better off with selecting with the right click but you can try switching it. You will lose the ability to use Alt-Drag and Alt-Shift-Drag but you can use the middle mouse button to orbit the camera and Shift-MBB tto pan. The MBB gives me cramps so I rather keep the default but it's your choice. Just remember where it is if you need to switch back.

Left vs. Right mouse buttom for seleting
by Cris McRae
I was looking around in the user preferences, and noticed that there is ability to change whether the Left or Right Mouse is the selector, which also flips the cursor selector.

I'm used to selecting with the left mouse on must other applications. Is there any benefit to using the default right mouse as the selector and the left mouse as the cursor? Or maybe the better question is when I really start using Blender will I be selecting more or placing the cursor more. I want to establish a habit now while i'm in the early learning stage.
Setting the Format: FPS
by Cris McRae
Hello Paolo, My camera, Sony EX-1, shoots at 23.98 in the 720-24p mode and usually in AE I set it to 23.98. In Blender, when I enter 23.98 in the FPS box it rounds it down to 23 or does it actually store 23.98 in memory and display 23 on the screen

If I enter 24 is this OK because most 3D scenes will be of such a short duration that 24 vs 23.98 doesn't matter, and would the same apply to 29.976 vs. 30 FPS
@Paul, yes, the Passepartout is something
by Paolo Ciccone
@Paul, yes, the Passepartout is something that I learned as a kid in Italy, because it's the same term used for the matte added to a framed picture. Why, I don't know, since it's the same word used for a universal key.
Regarding books, if you're interested, the "Introducing character animation with Blender" text is actually a very well written book with a lot of information about the Interface. Of course we can expect a series of new books as soon as Blender 2.5/2.6 will be officially released.
Wow, great tutorial.
by Paul James Chatman
I've been using Blender on and off for a year. Well, i got distracted with other apps like iClone, Moviestorm - but I actually learned more from you then the Blender3D WikiBooks online. Which take a serious commitment to go through (wish they would publish those in a physical book).

But I never knew about the camera mask or the French term 'Passepartout', and Blender suffers from a lot of that. Plus, the Smooth camera switching thingy I never knew was in 2.49b as another reviewer of 2.5-alpha said it was a new feature. ha! Guess he didn't Blender as well as you! Thanks for the insight. Now going to look at Part 3.
Thank you all for the great
by Paolo Ciccone
Thank you all for the great feedback. It's really helpful to know that the pace and the subjects are working for you.
@Nathan, sorry I didn't see your question before. My plan is to release one every week for a few more videos. Then, when we have the basics covered, I'll start covering modeling and MoGraph-specific topics.
So Far, So Great
by Cris McRae
I feel like I'm not years behind in learning 3d with your tutorials. I really like how you are covering it from the ground up. Your presentation style is clear and easy to follow and you get to the point. There are a lot of buttons and menus to learn but I don't feel intimidated or overwhelmed. I hope that creating 3D in Blender will be as easy/comfortable.
The volume was fine for me.
by Nathan Walters
The volume was fine for me.
Let me go ahead and get on the band wagon and say thank you for these. Being able to do 3d can greatly increase my abilities with motion graphics and these tutorials are making it possible. I already feel experienced with blender thanks to you; and I haven't even created anything yet.
My only question is, when will the next one be available?
Just what I need!
by Richard O'Clery
Thanks, Paolo - I had a few stabs at blender to support my AE projects, but the learning curve seemed too steep. Having just watched your first 2 tutorials, I have great confidence that the rest of your series will also be perfect for me and many others. Thanks again!
@Ray-ae - sound levels seem ok to me. Have you got both the flash player and system speaker volume cranked?
@Gunnar, very cool! Welcome to the
by Paolo Ciccone
@Gunnar, very cool! Welcome to the third dimension :)
3d…
by Gunnar Refardt
i never touched any 3d programs so far, mainly because i always thought it's at least one dimension too much for me - not to mention all those knobs and switches. after watching your tutorials i finally tried blender and it feels like i'm getting the hang of it already after 2 days. thanx for that!
Invaluable!
by Jesse Lee
Thank you Paolo! These first two tutorials have already addressed so many of the difficulties I've encountered when I've tried to pick up Blender in the past.

I'm looking forward to part three.
Audio
by Ra-ey Saleh
Yeah Paolo, I have everything set to the max and I've tried watching the tutorials on various computers (PCs and Macs). Pretty much the same. Just thought I'd mention it.
Ra-ey
Thank you Ra-ey, I'll check the
by Paolo Ciccone
Thank you Ra-ey, I'll check the gain settings on the video. On top of turning up the volume on your computer, have you tried moving the volume slider in the page's player?
Great
by Ra-ey Saleh
Again, easy to watch and a good way to start learning an application.
My only issue is that the volume of the tutorials all seem to be pretty low. I've got everything on Max and can only just hear it. Any chance of increasing the volume?
Small complaint though.
Cheers,
Ra-ey


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