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Posted: 07 February 2013 10:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 46 ]
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Pleasure’s all mine. I’ve been thinking about doing something like this for a long time. It did take a lot out of me, indexing all of Cripeman’s video tutorials. But they are so valuable and cool - not to mention fun to enjoy, that someone just HAD to do it, might as well be me.

I look forward to discussing a great many wonderful aspects of Carrara in here!

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Posted: 07 February 2013 01:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 47 ]
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Added a “Carrara 8 Information” button on the frontpage of CarraraCafe:
http://www.carraracafe.com/

It is now almost at the top and also at the very bottom.

Thank you for the effort!

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Posted: 07 February 2013 01:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 48 ]
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I love the cafe… thanks! Whenever I feel a bit over-eager for the next installment of C3DE magazine, I just browse through my collection of nine, pick one, and lose myself for a while. What a great mag! That freakin’ interview with NASSOS!!! Great stuff! Well, I like all of the interviews. Carrara artists surely are a good breed!
Whoa… I just gave myself on heck of a compliment, without meaning to… for I am an Carrara Artist!

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Posted: 07 February 2013 08:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 49 ]
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Dartanbeck’s Fun Page
Here is where I get to show off some of my own Carrara endeavors.

Just a Bit of Fun
A video made up of test renders before they got deleted. It was just an exercise trying out video editing softy

Genesis in Carrara Demonstration

Dragon Animation Kit Promo (Long Version)

Dragon Animation Kit Promo (Short Version)

Swordworks for M4
Possible new product for Daz3d - WIP Promo

Some even Older Test Renders made into a Video

AntFarm Airsled Test


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Posted: 07 February 2013 09:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 50 ]
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Dartanbeck - 07 February 2013 01:23 PM

I love the cafe… thanks! Whenever I feel a bit over-eager for the next installment of C3DE magazine, I just browse through my collection of nine, pick one, and lose myself for a while. What a great mag! That freakin’ interview with NASSOS!!! Great stuff! Well, I like all of the interviews. Carrara artists surely are a good breed!
Whoa… I just gave myself on heck of a compliment, without meaning to… for I am an Carrara Artist!


Everybody says they read it for the articles! Me, I’m a visual guy, I read it for the pictures!

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Posted: 07 February 2013 09:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 51 ]
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I do love those images! Thanks for visiting Sir Evil!  cool hmm

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Posted: 08 February 2013 04:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 52 ]
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Carrara and related 3d Art Tutorials
This index will direct you to other posts within this forum or directly to the source of the tutorial. When it comes to 3d modeling, some tutorials might be made for, or using software other than Carrara. When this is the case, it will say such in the link information, but will only be included in this manual if I feel a strong relationship to what can be accomplished in Carrara.

Modeling for Genesis

100+ TUTORIALS at CARRARA CAFE

Pete Gregorio has a wonderful online video tutorial that demonstrates some
wonderful features within Carrara’s Vertex Modeler:
Carrara 8 Gears Tutorial

Holly Wetcircuit - (3D.Wetcircuit.com) - One of our very own Carrara forum members, Holly is not only a Carrara enthusiast, but she is dedicated to helping her fellow artist - and her focus is definitely on Carrara! Her tutorials are accurate and entertaining, and very professionally put together. Her site is the first place to go if you’re looking for anything related to Carrara. She has a great set of links to all currently available plugins and tutorials beyond her own, as well as some great freebies as well. Thank you Holly… You Truly ROCK!

Cripeman’s Video Tutorials - This is my attempt to categorize the great video tutorials by our very own Cripeman! My ambition is to keep this catalog up-to-date always. Cripeman is a true Super Hero protecting civilization from Carrara quandaries.

Carrara Resources at The Best 3D.com
Philip Staiger, one of the developers of Project Dogwaffle, is a huge Carrara fan. He used to work for Eovia when they took over Carrara and released version 2! He loved it then and it remains to be his favorite 3d tool to this day! No wonder. Carrara rocks!
I am really growing to enjoy the unlimited resources found at TheBest3D.com - There are tutorials galore, for many various apps for many different techniques. The videos conducted by Philip are my favorite of them due to his immense knowledge combined with his wonderful personality.

Evil Producer Thread Posts - Useful information provided by one of our very own Carrara 3d Artists
Pros and Cons of Carrara DOF Vs. Postworked DOF I was mentioning how long I was waiting for a DOF (depth of field) calculation, which happens after the image is rendered. The image in question was a giant image designed to wrap around a scene as a background image - and was taking a L O N G time, indeed! Thanks again EP!cool hmm

Johnny Ray Has a Blog regarding Daz Studio Displacement in Carrara, which is a very nicely written and illustrated article following his journey of experimentation regarding this interesting, and useful technique

Some Videos from Mark Bremmer

Sci Fi Funk Has a growing list of excellent Carrara Animation and Optimization Tutorials, that are made as he continues his never ending quest towards meeting his 3d Movie goals.


Eric Winemiller (DCG) put up a new tutorial on getting started with Toon! Pro. Get started with Toon! Pro Tutorial. It’s awesome to see developers put some input into training new users on how to get going with the products they make. Very cool! Thanks Jay_Nola for the heads up!

Carrara 8 Training Videos  from  Infinite Skills
These are explanations of the training videos featuring Phil Wilkes and include some great sample footage from the series. I strongly recommend these products unless you feel that you are an absolute expert at using Carrara.
Learning Carrara 8
Advanced Carrara Techniques

 


More to come… Please submit a post if you have any tutorials or links you’d like to share. cool hmm

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Posted: 09 February 2013 10:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 53 ]
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Posted: 09 February 2013 01:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 54 ]
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How to Build a Carrara Workstation Yourself
In this world of 3r art and animation, we eventually crave a computer that can help us work faster, more stable, and all around more efficient. For the last few years I’ve been enjoying building my own PCs, which has brought me the good fortune of getting the actual computer components that I really want as well as keeping my pay out much lower than it could have been otherwise. It may seem scary the first time, I know I surely was intimidated, but when it all comes down to it, the process is much easier than building a good model or assembling a 1200 piece puzzle. You just need to know where and how to look for all of the parts that you need, and use good sense during assembly not to create or find any static electricity along the way. In fact, if you lack the dexterity to do the actual assembly process, perhaps someone you know would be willing to lend a hand. It really is as simply as plugging everything in where it goes.
As with most of what I can write about, this really only pertains to Windows-Based computing, as that’s all I know. To my knowledge, a MacOS machine has to be purchased that way, and I know nothing of Linux, but the main building procedure should be the same.

If this starts to sound like an advertisement for Newegg.com, it isn’t. Just that, during my research, I tried to find a place that had everything I need to buy so that I could save some cash on shipping - besides, it’s really nice to get all of the stuff right around the same time. Believe me, once you start down this process, you start to get this exciting feeling in your gut that doesn’t go away… even as you’re firing up Windows for the first time on your shiny, new computer! Also, as I searched the internet for the best prices, the best links I could find elsewhere were all slightly more expensive, plus I couldn’t get everything I wanted in one shop. For someone like me, I need a place like Newegg, because that is where I do most of my actual designing. After I finally decided this, I settled down and created an account. It doesn’t obligate you to anything, but it gives you an incredible My Wishlist feature - where you can save several lists with custom names. So you can (and should) make several ‘builds’, each with their own custom wishlist. This way you may easily weigh the differences between price and quality, this style or that, etc., Plus when it comes time when something new comes out or certain items become unavailable, if even temporarily, you have a speedy way to make a switch. With that done, let’s go shopping!

Decisions decisions…
In this modern age of computing, the tables have really turned. Before we had to really watch our purchases as you never really knew if you’d get a product that isn’t really up-to-snuff. Nowadays, you can buy the least expensive laptop from pretty much anywhere and it’ll last you for years. Buying PCs is like that, too. But what we’re looking for is a bit more special that the average gaming device. I used to make my rendering machine decisions based upon a gaming machine, with the mentality that if you can run high-end games, you can run anything. While this might be somewhat true, it doesn’t entirely apply to Carrara - and it certainly won’t get you the best deal for the fastest render speeds. Know this now. I am now expert on this. But I’ve done it before - and most successfully, too, I might add.
Carrara would rather have a quad core processor than a zippy video card. This is not to say that the graphics card won’t help. You want a good, solid card that can really turn out good OpenGL results - but in Carrara, it won’t help at all with rendering. Quad core isn’t the top dog anymore, either. I have an AMD Eight Core Desktop processor. Garstor uses server class stuff, which I am incapable of talking about at this point. Too bad, too. Because server class motherboards allow two, possibly more by now, processors on the same board (in the same computer). So two eight core cpus would give us sixteen cores, which isn’t just twice as fast - it much faster than that!

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Posted: 09 February 2013 04:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 55 ]
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Thanks for this thread.

A few things I’d like to see added.  How to set up render nodes and a render farm..  On the old forum a very good thread went through how to do this.

A link to this PDF DAZ did for Carrara 8

http://docs.daz3d.com/lib/exe/fetch.php/artzone/pub/faq/software_carrara/carrara/carrara_8_basic_guide.pdf

Link to info about Carrara plugins and Tutorials for them.

One question that gets asked frequently concerns the ArchiTools and Advanced Pack Plugins and having to reenter serial numbers every time Carrara starts, and not knowing not knowing that newest version of the plugins exist that fix this.

Another commonly asked question is how to install Carrara.  Maybe adding an install guide or a link to a good install thread.

Share CG also has several good PDF Carrara Tutorials that could be added.

What beginner books exist for a new Carrara artist is another thing that could be added.

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Posted: 09 February 2013 06:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 56 ]
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These sort of brilliant suggestions and requests is what’s going to really make this whole thing shine.
Just because I began this project doesn’t mean it can only be added to by me. Links and such, articles you may wish to write yourself either in this thread, or another that can be linked to… beautiful! I knew from the start that this is an enormous endeavor. It will take a lot of time - but at least it has begun and as it grows and gets better it will certainly help folks get into Carrara a bit easier.

I must say that some of that stuff is beyond my knowing - other than seeing a few personal questions and such. Some things about Mac OS I have no clue about, other than reading that Mac has really been screwing with application developers by messing with the folder allocation structures - or something, for supposedly better speed - but with no apparent difference in performance to the user. I may need to find someone who uses a Mac to see about volunteering either links or write-ups… Yikes. Makes me glad to be using good ol’ stable Windows 7. My daughter just got a new laptop with Windows 8 - looks sweet!

Anyways, yeah… this thing NEEDS to grow - and it will.  cool hmm

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Posted: 09 February 2013 06:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 57 ]
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Dartanbeck,

Your Carrara resources are outstanding. I will defiantly be using them. I just started a Carrara class at a local high school. This will be a great tool for my students. Here is a link about the class. http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/16681/

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Posted: 09 February 2013 07:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 58 ]
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Man… conducting a Carrara class at high school is just way too cool!
Bravo! Thanks for the kind words and sharing the link.

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Posted: 10 February 2013 01:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 59 ]
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Depending upon what’s going on, we can sometimes lose a thread we’re wanting to keep an eye on pretty fast. If there’s a good thread you want to keep in touch with, drop me a line and I’ll link it here.

Carrara in High School - MSolomon teaches High school students Carrara in the classroom.


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Posted: 10 February 2013 01:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 60 ]
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Dartanbeck - 10 February 2013 01:10 PM

Community Favorite Threads Links
Depending upon what’s going on, we can sometimes lose a thread we’re wanting to keep an eye on pretty fast. If there’s a good thread you want to keep in touch with, drop me a line and I’ll link it here.

Carrara in High School - MSolomon teaches High school students Carrara in the classroom.

Wow, thanks Dartanbeck.

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