Blender 2.64 new features

Blender is an open source 3d application with extremely high development. The new release for Blender ( ver 2.64) is expected in August. But you can get a test copy by going here.
What is new in Blender 2.64!
Updated:  http://www.fermicg.com/2012/10/blender-264-available-for-download.html


Wire frame from faces.
edge/ verts/face sorting.
bevel / inset model
Mouse controlled operators
Short cuts for bevel and inset


CPU powered Non-Progressive Integrator which give less noise for renders.
Multi threaded BVH building.
More faster (5x to 10x on a dual core and 5x to 25x on an 8-core machine)
Multi threaded image loading.
Render Layers & Passes
Exclude Layers
motion vector and UV pass.
Light Falloff node, with quadratic/linear/constant falloff and a smoothing factor
Object Info node
Particle Info node
New cameras (fisheye, Equisolid and Equidistant.)
OpenCL image texture
native motion blur
Spot Lamps are now supported
Support for image sequences in image/environment texture node
Border render now works in the viewport, when looking through the camera, same as in F12 render.

Motion Tracker

Added planar tracking, dope sheet view and tripod solving.
Grease pencil was added to track a data block, so now each individual track might have it's own grease pencil data block.


Rigging / Skinning

Align snapping for bones.
align snap to vertices/edges/faces for bones in Pose mode.





Added masking, new brush map modes, input stroke averaging, 
Invert Mask Ctrl,Clear Mask AltM,Fill Mask ,Hide Masked  

Skin Modifier

generate a mesh skin from an edge skeleton.
The Skin modifier takes a skeleton made up of vertices and edges as input and generates a polygon skin as output. The output is mostly quads, although some triangles will appear around intersections.

Green screen Keying

WIP Keying CompositeImage.png
There were developed two new nodes which are aimed to make green screen keying easier. First one is Keying Screen which produces gradient plate to deal with uneven colour of green screen and another one is new keying node which allows to create mattes faster.

 Game Engine
  • Shadow colour now usable in the BGE
  • Simplified the shadow panel while "Blender Game" renderer is active
  • Added variance shadow maps for the BGE
  • Buffered shadows on sun lamps in the BGE (orthographic)
  • Lamp textures in the BGE

Other Features

  • Non-power-of-two textures are no longer scaled to powers of two if non-power-of-two textures are supported. This saves time loading non-power-of-two textures.
  • DXT compressed DDS textures now stay compressed on the GPU, saving on VRAM. DXT1, DXT3 and DXT5 are supported.
  • Character physics type added:
  • Add start and end bevel factor for curves
  • Frame node gets more usable bounding-box behaviour
  • Allow baking external smoke caches
  • Support for moving smoke obstacles


The Collada exporter has been improved for better support of export to Game Engines. Various options have been added for full control of the exported data.
  • Apply modifiers (selectable preview/render mode)
  • Selection Only
  • Include Children (of selected objects)
  • Include Armatures (of selected objects)
  • Only active UV layer
  • Include Textures
  • Deform Bones Only (exclude rig control bones from export)
  • make local copies of exported textures
  • Use Object Instances (to avoid duplicate geometry definitions)
  • Sort by Object Name (to ensure always the same order of exported data)
  • Export for Second Life (very special treatment for Second Life rigs)
And 100s of Bug fixes.


Maya paint FX tutorial_ Animated Vector Art

Maya paint fx is an amazing tool for visual art.And you can't get any thing similar to paint effects in any other 3d programs. It is very useful for creating motion graphic element as well as creating foliage. In this tutorial I am showing a special use of Maya paint fx. This technique is very helpful for creating elements like floral designs, vector graphics, jewel elements, some thing like action essentials in After effects, abstract designs etc..

Total duration : 1 hour
Parts : 2 parts
Topics covered
paint fxAdding image plane and adjusting

sketching the outline with curves
Different curve adjustment techniques
Adding paint effects to the curve
Tweaking the paint effects
Animating the paint effects
Converting the paint effects so that it can be rendered with Mental Ray
Adding materials and lights

Source image used from http://www.vectorious.net/blog/15-free-intricate-vector-ornaments/

This is just a beginning of Paint effects tutorial. More tutorials are coming on paint effects. So stay tuned with FermiCG.


Maya paint fx