[Bf-education] Feature Videos project for Blender Foundation

Piotr Arlukowicz piotao at gmail.com
Sun Nov 24 20:03:00 CET 2013

Just to let you know, I've created a WIKI page for the project, here it is:

I put there Andrew Price already as a Volunteer along with myself. Anybody

We can discuss things in the list as normal (but maybe in new thread - this
one is a bit long and messy), or we can use Discussion Page in the WIKI. I
hope somebody from Blender Foundation could also look into this and correct
us if we are making something not aligned with BF targets.

To the newcomers: this is a new idea that raised on bf-webcontent mailing
list. We agreed that some Feature Videos are missing and we can do them for
BF page. Volunteers are needed for short (1-5 min) recordings of different
Blender features. No commentary is needed, only video. I can maintain
temporary WIKI page if we have nothing else just to keep you updated. I can
also help with movie creation, converting, etc. See the WIKI and please,

Piotr Arlukowicz
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2013/11/24 Gerard Maguire <nexial.protagonist at googlemail.com>

> I'm going to throw this into the mix.
> Features videos.
> Make the content punchy to the point and exciting.
> Captivate and create the desire to explore further.
> 1:  Highlight  features in clips of three to five seconds each.
> 2:  Five to ten clips per video  in under a minute.
> 3: More colour.
> 4: No commentary.
> This should make obtaining suitable material from which to edit the videos
> much easier.
>  On 24 November 2013 11:16, Piotr Arlukowicz <piotao at gmail.com> wrote:
>> @olivier:
>>> I would even suggest to limit those videos to one level (like it is
>>> now), and to only 5 minutes length.
>>> I believe that's enough to quickly show the feature and to.be sure the
>>> viewer watches it until then end.
>>> Then there could be a link at the end of the paragraph that says "if you
>>> are interested in detailed videos and tutorials about feature bla bla
>>> please check out these additional.videos". There we can get links to bguru
>>> cgcookies etc.
>> Olivier, my proposal of three levels is not about Features Page only,
>> it's just about the whole Educational system, to which Features Page
>> belongs. So I agree that we need short simple movies with huge impact to
>> show main pros quickly. Another levels are not for that page, and even you
>> already mentioned this, by pointing that we need also other resources
>> linked.
>> I'll keep this simple: three levels of videos are not for the same
>> purposes. Also they don't mean any directional order. Let's think about
>> them as about diffrent TYPES of presentation: levels mean different types.
>> TypeA: Feature Film - about 1-5 min long, no commentary / music in the
>> background, desired page: Features Page
>> TypeB: Updates/changes/new things, longer, with explanation, made by
>> people close to developers - we all need those just to know about new
>> features. This is for the advanced community. The reviews of "what's new"
>> in new versions done by CGCookie already belongs to this section.
>> TypeC: Regular Tutorials about Blender, covering many areas or specific
>> subjects, as it is done by sometimes by diffrent companies/individuals.
>> Could also be released in series if the subject is huge.
>> @Elijah:
>> Yeah, 5 min max length is good. And I guess one level of videos would be
>>> a much better idea, now that I think about it.
>> For the Features Page this is the only way. Only short has to go there,
>> just for the clarity. There should be also a link for "more..." resources,
>> if somebody is interested.
>>  Obviously to be professional they would have to be all made by the same
>>> person or group. I think somebody who speaks fluent English should be the
>>> commentator, if commentary is necessary.
>>> I
>>> n fact…as I run that thought through my head…maybe we don't actually
>>> need someone to voice over the videos. With a little background music, and
>>> some other things…who knows. Whatever. Just thinking out loud here.
>> I think we don't need a human voice in Feature Videos. This way they can
>> be even faster, and they should not be tutorials. The reason of Feature
>> Film is to quickly show something awesome. Explanations should go to
>> different type of material, and be presented in "Education" section, not in
>> the "Features". I hope this is clear now :)
>>> Actually, if no commentary is needed, maybe I could make the
>>> videos…we'll see.
>> Yes, you can! We all can help and I think I also can record part of the
>> screen. We can record things using Blender screencasting tool (Alt+F3), but
>> this can easy be accidentally stopped by for example rendering etc. So,
>> there are better ways - just plain screen recording.
>> Actually, I'm working under Linux, and I already have well prepared
>> system and good capabilities of recording screen, using ffmpeg and another
>> tools. This is a technical topic, so maybe it's not good time to explain
>> details here. Anybody interested could ask me using my private email (
>> piotao at gmail.com or piotao at polskikursblendera.pl). I've recorded more
>> than 270 tutorials so far using my solutions and this worked very well. For
>> Windows there's a bunch of simple/advanced programs for screencasting, i.e.
>> camtasia studio, etc. Some of them are not free, however.
>> We need a Feature Films made for different areas. I can imagine that we
>> can establish a simple board for submissions and acceptance of such films.
>> I'll ask Francesco for his opinion. This way we can have a 'green-light' or
>> we should discuss another story.
>> I think that feature films should present ONE single nice thing. Let's
>> say, sculpting. It's easy to make a human head with some details, in few
>> minutes, using symmetry, dynamic topo, and different tools. Such a movie
>> needs then be speeded up to not waste time, and the background music can be
>> added. We should also define a 'standard' format for such movie, and a list
>> of subjects and topics to cover.
>> Let's say just for start, that we need more Feature Movies in the
>> following categories (detailed roadmap needs to be prepared):
>> 1. Modeling (with meshes, curves, metaballs, surfaces, etc.)
>> 2. Materials (quick glass, transparent, ssscattering, bump+normals,
>> specularmaps, emitmaps, nodes, etc)
>> 3. Textures (procedural, bitmap, mapping, uv, painting)
>> 4. Node system (composite, material, texture, cycles nodes, and in the
>> Future - particles and modifiers nodes)
>> 5. VSE
>> 6. BGE
>> 7. Movie tracking (tracking, reconstruction, masking, etc.)
>> 8. Simulations (particles, softbody/cloth, physics, force-fields, etc)
>> 9. Dynamic Paint
>> 10. Rigify,
>> etc.
>> A you can see, the list is VERY long and short movies will be rather
>> numerous if we'd like to show most important, funny parts. This is Blender
>> Richness! :)
>> Format of the movies:
>> 1. We should do this in FullHD format, 1920x1080p, 15fps is enough. Of
>> course we can downsample them to 720p, but such movies will stay a bit long
>> and FullHD seems to be best choice. What do you think?
>> 2. I can prepare such movies if somebody just send me a pack of frames or
>> raw recordings. I can do this by using Blender, as for all my tutorials
>> already recorded. This way I can help, if you are interested.
>> 3. We should try to make best of the best, and if they will be more
>> submissions, we have to select best of them. I think this is OK approach,
>> but let's discuss this too.
>> Who would like to attend to submission committee and who will make
>> feature movies?
>> regards
>> piotr
>> --
>> Piotr Arlukowicz
>> Polish Blender Course, http://polskikursblendera.pl
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