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Commercial Video: Ski Grinding


ski.jpgHere's another example of Blender being used to create a clean and professional product presentation video.

Konrad Haenel writes:

Continuing my work in the alpine-sports field I created a visualization for MONTANA, a swiss based, international company specializing in ski service robots. They have some very innovative ski service machines which are hard to explain with words only. Thus the need for an animation arised which should be used at trade-fairs, on websites and even on TV.


About the Author

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. @BlendRoid: thanks alot, fixed.

    @Dion Moult: The good-looking sparks are actually very simple particle systems that pretty much anyone with rudimentary blender-particle knowledge could set up. The nice look is achieved by rendering everything with real 3D-motion blur which resulted in terrifying(!!!) render-times.

    @mookie: thanks.

  2. I saw the before and after pics, they look really good! I am into CG with blender and my buddy has Adobe After Effects and really really good Canon Camera, we are planning on doing a 'star wars' like movie in the future, and we really need sparks! Did you use motion blur for the improved version? And were the particles still vectors?

  3. @keith: The particles in the improved version were exactly the same as in the original version. The main differences were a) 16x 3D motion blur (which helps a lot) and b) some very subtle blooming in postprocessing (using render-nodes). Real 3D motion blur yields incredibly beautiful results, but it has slight drawback: every frame is rendered 16 times!!! I wasn't under pressure for the high-end version, but all in all it took the almost a month on two Quad-Core Mac-Pros to render the whole thing in this quality.

    I'm really surprised how much everyone loves the sparks. I'm considering making a short tutorial about their creation tomorrow evening (if I still have the energy after a hard day's work).

  4. Yeah, I know that there is a gap there in many blender tutorial sites. I've only found one tutorial dealing with sparks, and the renders weren't as good as yours. I haven't used nodes, I have done mostly modelling, and animation. I really should learn how though.

  5. Sorry guys,
    that's cruel!
    The materials, the light-setup and the commercial message in the spot is beginner level!

  6. @elite2864: I took the liberty and searched for your work via google. After some hops I found your homepage and I must say: if you are who I think you are (B.G., right?) I can take this comment with extreme relaxation. Should I be mistaken feel free to point me to your real portfolio, it'd better justify this harsh critique.

  7. @konrad_ha:
    I sign to be as "a very starting hobbyist".
    Sometimes I think you people create scenes, renderings and clips without using basic techniques.
    This techniques can be found in basic-tutorials (not for Blender but other tools)!
    I never will compare me with other more professional artists, because I am still a beginner (as I wrote).
    Blender has many professional features. But the fewest Blender-users use it.
    The most renderings and clips are therefore not as good as they should be.
    Thats the shame.

  8. A fine video. It's good to see a good "mechanical" use for Blender.
    Although Blender is, of course, wonderful for artistic 3d rendering of static scenes and any sort of animation, it is also an excellent tool for more technical uses.
    Good job.

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