A product promotion made in Cycles.
Stephen Thomas writes:
My name is Stephen Thomas and I've been freelancing as a motion graphics artist for just over a year now. My main tool of choice used to be After Effects, but now I use Blender about 90% of the time. You can see the page for this project on my website for a little bit more information.
I think Blender is a great all-round application for GCI work, having used it mostly for corporate work and music videos in my freelance career so far. I'm currently working on a music video which makes use of the VFX tools recently added. The tracking tools are insanely good, putting the simple tracker bundled with After Effects to shame. It's insane you can get this quality of tool as an open source application. As Blender is the staple application in my toolbox, I make a monthly donation to the blender fund to make sure developers can keep on doing the great job that they're doing. I wouldn't have the career that I have right now without their hard work, so I think it's only fair to give something back.
For this piece, I made use of the Cycles render engine, using a small render farm of CPUs and GPUs that I have on my macs. What I love about Cycles is the speed you get when you need it, but also the quality when rendering the final shots. On this project, I simply rendered out a low resolution version with a low number of passes, making the render of each frame around 1-3 seconds. This was hugely helpful in working with the client, as it quickly gave a good idea on the look and motion of the piece, keeping everyone up to date and happy. I did some OpenGL renders to start with, but the time saving was negligible and lacked the very important visual indicator of how the finished graphics would look. For the final renders, I simply cranked up the resolution and passes.
Going forward, I'm always looking to take on new challenges and have made a start on character animation/modelling/rigging. My goal over the next couple of years is to specialise in VFX and I hope Blender will be along for the ride.