Jan 30, 2013

INSPIRATION | Britney Spears Speed Painting

Igor Kazarin shares this speed painting video. I like watching Speed Painting as it gives insight to workflows and new techniques.

Like? Hate? Opinion? Comment below will be appreciated!

Jan 19, 2013

INSPIRATION - Microsoft Advertising

Check out this fun video by Microsoft looking at kids' ideas of the future. Some cool motion graphics in here as well.

Jan 6, 2013

BREAKDOWN | Cut & Fold by Erik Johansson

Photo Manipulator Erik Johansson shows a breakdown of "Cut & Fold" a very interesting piece.

He also did a TED talk in February 2012, here:

Erik Johansson is a photo manipulator. His work is extremely inspiring. He's done a lot of popular pieces, this one being one of the first I saw:

Jan 5, 2013

TUTORIAL | Fix Canon EOS Utility Issue in Windows 8

Having issues using your EOS Utility application on Windows 8? Here's the solution.

I use a Canon EOS 650D and whenever I connected it to my Windows 8 PC (x64), EOS Utility would not pick up on it and all options would remain grayed out and disabled. This problem is also reported on the EOS 7D and 5D.

To fix this problem is pretty simple.

  • On the next page, check out the numbered links below for news on your camera. Might find something important. I just learnt there's a problem with 650D's producing a white irritating substance on the grip over time, luckily their check system said my camera is not affected.
  • Click on "Downloads" at the top.
  • Select "Software (drivers and applications)", your operating system and select a language.
  • Down below, you'll find "EOS Utility 2.12.3" (at least, at the time of this post, it may be higher).
  • Read the disclaimer, then click "Accept & Download" if you accept. The download will begin.
  • Install the program as you would any other program. If you already have a previous version of EOS Utility, you can proceed with installing and it will update.
  • Enjoy using your EOS Utility!
  • Remember to check back every few months for new updates to the software.
The real problem was that the previous versions of EOS Utility are not compatible with Windows 8. Since the software on the disk was written before Windows 8 came out, you'll have to download directly from Canon.

Enjoy :-D

Jan 2, 2013

BREAKDOWN | Deep Compositing in Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Robin Hollander give this breakdown on using "Deep" data for Deep Compositing in the Foundry's Nuke. He does explain what it is and how it was used in Rise of the Planet of the Apes for compositing (Weta Digital). If you're not into Nuke, just watch anyway. Very interesting concept.

Render passes are very powerful, and with Deep it gets even easier on the compositor's side.