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  07 July 2013
Originally Posted by brasco: Obviously this is a renderbeast, but how does it handle any single threaded stuff? I used to have a dual 5650 setup at work and it was a joy for rendering but it's 2.8 core clock made it bottleneck like crazy! This is what's holding me off going back to a dual setup, that and the stonking outlay - I went for Titans instead

OT/

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It's a 3.1ghz processor (w/3.8ghz turbo boost), it's going to be slower than an OC'ed I7 core for core, but I haven't felt it. The turbo boost actually reaches about 3.94ghz according to 'CoreTemp'.

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Nice result Adam. Works great for practically anything that would otherwise create unwanted triangles. I'm working on a beaten metal logo with retopo and normal maps, the results are insanely easy to create.

If you select the retopology guide brush and then select stroke/curve functions/frame mesh. This can give you even cleaner results if you have polygroups.

Another tip (though we've gone wildly off topic). If you're working with panel-loops or polygroups. If you select a single group, add/subtract an 'insertmesh', you can dynamesh that single polygroup again by releasing the dynamesh icon button and pressing it again. The ctrl drag won't work, but this does. It prevents you from having to commit the whole object to a dynamesh.

Couple more quick tests;





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  07 July 2013
Originally Posted by brasco: Oh awesome, that is insanely good! Is that with any guides Adam?


No, that's literally just taking a dynamesh and pushing the remesh button with default settings. First time I ever tried it.
 
  07 July 2013
Who would have thought a mac vs pc thread would be so chock full of info. Mega PC specs, GI optimization tutes, a c4d celebrity guru joke or 2 and now Im hovering over the pixologic buy now button. And what? no flame war?
 
  07 July 2013
Originally Posted by ThePriest: It's a 3.1ghz processor (w/3.8ghz turbo boost), it's going to be slower than an OC'ed I7 core for core, but I haven't felt it. The turbo boost actually reaches about 3.94ghz according to 'CoreTemp'.

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Nice result Adam. Works great for practically anything that would otherwise create unwanted triangles. I'm working on a beaten metal logo with retopo and normal maps, the results are insanely easy to create.

If you select the retopology guide brush and then select stroke/curve functions/frame mesh. This can give you even cleaner results if you have polygroups.

Another tip (though we've gone wildly off topic). If you're working with panel-loops or polygroups. If you select a single group, add/subtract an 'insertmesh', you can dynamesh that single polygroup again by releasing the dynamesh icon button and pressing it again. The ctrl drag won't work, but this does. It prevents you from having to commit the whole object to a dynamesh.


Great! I'll give that dynamesh tip a try.

How'd you build that tree, btw? ZSpheres?
 
  07 July 2013
Originally Posted by JoelOtron: and now Im hovering over the pixologic buy now button

If you do buy it, you won't regret it. It's insane value too, since so far it seems to be a one-time purchase and years of free awesome updates.

@Priest: that's a very cool way to make good tree topology quickly!
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  07 July 2013
Snake hook brush and dynamesh for the tree.
Joel, don't you do tons of medical work? I'm surprised you haven't mastered zbrush already.
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  07 July 2013
Originally Posted by ThePriest: Snake hook brush and dynamesh for the tree.
Joel, don't you do tons of medical work? I'm surprised you haven't mastered zbrush already.


Me too
Its been on my list for about 10 years now.

Just too many tools to keep track of.
I tend to be slow to adapt.
 
  07 July 2013
@fluffy Yes was just looking at price--quite inexpensive for all it offers and Pixologic's upgrade policy is a generous one indeed.

Maybe I just need to take a good month off in an isolated shack away from my family and learn that VRAY, real flow, and while I'm at it, C4D. (seems like there's still so much to learn in there despite the many years of use.)
 
  07 July 2013
LOL, so much for the poll ...
Been wanting to get into ZB myself ... a workflow tut would be nice
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  07 July 2013
Originally Posted by JoelOtron: Who would have thought a mac vs pc thread would be so chock full of info. Mega PC specs, GI optimization tutes, a c4d celebrity guru joke or 2 and now Im hovering over the pixologic buy now button. And what? no flame war?


Just buy it. The interface will make your brain hurt, but once you get it it's awesome. Plus they haven't asked for a single dime more since R1. I don't know why, but I'm not complaining
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  07 July 2013
Originally Posted by JoelOtron: @fluffy Yes was just looking at price--quite inexpensive for all it offers and Pixologic's upgrade policy is a generous one indeed.

Maybe I just need to take a good month off in an isolated shack away from my family and learn that VRAY, real flow, and while I'm at it, C4D. (seems like there's still so much to learn in there despite the many years of use.)


Do it. I took last week off just for R&D and had more fun than I've had in years. I learned Mocha planar tracking, using openEXR, using expressions in AE to control 3D elements, Camera mapping, morph cameras, Element 3D and the new topology in Zbrush. If you have a 3D scene in AE, the built in DOF is pretty damn good. You can do some crazy comping in Ae using a position pass map that I had no idea was possible.
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  07 July 2013
Originally Posted by Troyan: Do it. I took last week off just for R&D and had more fun than I've had in years. I learned Mocha planar tracking, using openEXR, using expressions in AE to control 3D elements, Camera mapping, morph cameras, Element 3D and the new topology in Zbrush. If you have a 3D scene in AE, the built in DOF is pretty damn good. You can do some crazy comping in Ae using a position pass map that I had no idea was possible.


Oh if it were only that easy!
Maybe once human cloning has been worked out.

Good for you though Troyan.
I've been quite interested in getting that workflow going myself.

Its great that you continue to learn--as I always try to do.
I do have some free time coming up and once the essential stuff (like getting a reel together thats less than 5 years old), I will dig into some of these things.

Now...what were we talking about?
 
  07 July 2013
This setup took maybe 10 minutes to make in ZB, a few more to export normal|displacement|ao|cavity maps and then the worn texture maps were created automatically in dDO. Unfortunately dDO is yet another creative tool that's not available for Mac.

That would pain me as an artist, to be denied access to certain software, because developers didn't think to release for both PC and Mac. Another factor in the decision to stay on this side of the fence.

1.5 million down to 8k with DP maps.

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  07 July 2013
Originally Posted by AdamT: ... and derived from this C4D file:



I like this, reminds of what you can do with Groboto and booleans but with Zbrush and C4D; my favorites.

Explain how you did this - It appears you took a scene from C4D into Zbrush for booleans. More please!
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  07 July 2013
Originally Posted by JoelOtron: Maybe I just need to take a good month off in an isolated shack away from my family and learn that VRAY, real flow, and while I'm at it, C4D. (seems like there's still so much to learn in there despite the many years of use.)

Oh gosh, no kidding. I started to get hands on in 3D just over a year ago, and the learning curve has just been ridiculously steep.... and unending at that.

I've actually been getting paid to do it for the last six months, which has meant that each project is essentially a paid R&D session. Great for learning, not so great on the nerves. There's always a big deadline, and a new part of the program that I haven't learned stands my way of completing it.

Makes for some very urgent Google searches.
 
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