What can you do with a blender?
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For a number of years I've had a casual fascination with an application called Blender. When I first found it, it was a free tool for creating 3D animation that was abut 10M in size. I didn't really have any particular talent for animation, but I was immensely curious. I tinkered with it a little, mostly hampered by my lack of time and the fact that I didn't really have a pressing demand for creating 3D animation. I did use it to create a few flying logos for videos. Here's one I did for some TGMC demos in 2010:
Blender has grown to include sophisticated video editing and compositing, physics engines and more. It can be used for rendering stills and animation like before, but it also has a game engine which can be incorporated into your own applications. Here's another video I found that highlights some of what people have been doing with that:
If the music is too loud for you, just mute it. You know how these YouTube compilations are. I'm sure those are not the most sophisticated work that's out there, just what this guy found.
I would really like to dig into Blender. I'm looking at it as a video editing and compositing tool. I like Cinellera a lot, but I've heard that Blender is more in tune with some of the CGI approaches of modern video. As we move forward I'm having to get into other methods of communicating. It's fun, because I get to exercize other areas of my brain and creativity. The problem, of course, is that I don't have the background or my own studio to play in and IBM is not likely to buy it for me any time soon. However, perhaps tools like Blender will let me sneak into doing some more expressive things and it will all just blossom from there.
I'll keep you posted on what I do. Right now I've been geeking out on getting things recompiled to have all the features that I want. (A lot is often turned off on distribution due to licensing issues. Hooray for open source and good howtos!)
Cool blog feature in developerWorks Community
I know that many systems have this, but the developerWorks community does too. I actually wrote this on Friday, but scheduled it to publish today, so you don't get flooded with things when I'm having a particularly chatty day. If you want to "future publish" your own entry, it's under the Advanced settings when you have a blog view. You can also customize the URL and control how long people may comment. There's a URL slot to link to external media, but I haven't played with that yet.