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CSU General / CSU Study Link
« on: January 08, 2008, 09:08:02 AM »
New and existing students feeling overwhelmed by the academic expectations of university might want to investigate CSU Study Link

What is Study Link?
Study Link is designed to increase a student’s knowledge and skills and provide them with a clear understanding of the expectations of studying at University.

Some of the advantages for students in undertaking Study Link subjects include:

•   Better understanding of university study - students are introduced to the expectations of university study and are given the skills, tools and resources to assist them in meeting these expectations whilst maintaining their family, work and personal commitments.

•   Increased communication skills – students are equipped with the skills to competently navigate the various forms of communication tools used by CSU (eg my.csu, emails, subject forums).

•   Increased academic writing skills - students develop the skills to analyse essay questions, research material and then plan, structure and write essays.

•   Effective study skills – students are taught effective reading and note-taking techniques, how to prioritise work and meet deadlines and to prepare for and sit examinations.

•   Increased knowledge in specific subject areas – students who do not have a background in science or maths can undertake specific Study Link subjects to help brush up their skills help prepare them to deal with first year science or maths concepts.

All of these things lead to increased student preparedness which leads to better study practices which maintains student enrolments.

How does it work?
Study Link is a flexible program which allows students to enrol in a subject up to 4 weeks prior to the end of the trimester.
Subjects can be completed prior to commencing or during their course of study.
Generally, subjects are completed by distance education. However, some subjects are available in tutorial mode. Students receive a subject outline, which they work through at their own pace. All subjects will allow student’s access to a Subject Coordinator and fellow students via the online environment.

Study link subjects take between 13 - 40 hours to complete.

How much does it cost?
Undergraduate and postgraduate students who are enrolled as Commonwealth Supported students can undertake Study Link subjects free of charge. For all other students, the fees vary between $64 - $192.

What subjects are offered through Study Link?
The subjects that are currently available to study are:

SSS001   Transition to Tertiary Study               
SSS002   Academic Skills Development            
SSS003   Skills for Learning Online               
SSS008   Maths for Agriculture
SSS009   Mathematics for Calculus
SSS010   Introductory Chemistry
SSS011   Introductory Physics
SSS012   Introductory Science for Nurses
SSS013   Introductory Statistics for the Social Sciences
SSS014   Stepping into Statistics
SSS016   Transition to Nursing Studies
SSS017   English Skills for Academic Writing
SSS018   Foundation Mathematics
SSS020   Transition to Tertiary Study for Indigenous Students

Subjects are available to international students who are studying onshore, with two subjects - Skills for Learning Online and English Skills for Academic Writing available to international students who are studying offshore. In 2006, there were over 2100 enrolments in Study Link subjects.

Brief subject descriptions can be found on the dedicated Study Link website –

Movies / The Hobbit
« on: December 19, 2007, 08:25:45 AM »
Here's a bit of news that should excite any cinema buff, LOTR fan, and visual effects aficionado...

Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh will serve as Executive Producers of two films based on “The Hobbit.” New Line will manage the production of the films, which will be shot simultaneously. Peter Jackson and New Line have settled all litigation relating to the “Lord of the Rings” (LOTR) Trilogy.

Read more here:

Tis the season of good will and hope. ;D

For Sale / $25,000 worth of Multimedia hardware/software on sale
« on: November 28, 2007, 08:17:14 AM »
Santa-like insanity has me in a very festive mood where I’m clearing out nearly $15,000 of computing hardware/software for stupendous prices, if not for free! Don’t get me wrong, I’m extremely reluctant to sell my favourites like Adobe CS2, Wacom Intuos2, Pinnacle DV500 Pro, Nikon Coolpix 5000, which continue to serve me brilliantly but I’ve upgraded quite heavily and to retain these items as treasured collectables would just be greedy. So if you would like to save a fortune and can provide a loving environment for this excellent gear please contact me via email or phone (02) 6933 2932. All items are pick-up only and won’t be posted.


On Sale   Dell Precision 470 (Dual Xeon 3.6GHz) Workstation   Cost $$$$$$   Make an offer   Save at least 85%
Bought less than 3 years ago for a 5 figure sum, this professional high-end workstation remains staggeringly powerful today. Featuring Dual Xeon 3.6GHz processors, 1GB DDR2 RAM, twin Western Digital 74GB (10,000RPM SATA) Hard Drives in RAID0, 128MB NVIDIA 6600GT graphics, Audigy 2 ZS audio, Pioneer DVR-110, Iomega 250MB Zip drive, Intel Pro/1000 MT network card, and Firewire/USB 2.0 ports, the machines components are worth over $4,000 alone. The only negative is the workstation could do with servicing with possibly a new power supply. Apart from that this sum of hardware is going for an absolute steal and will make an enthusiast very, very happy.


Sold   Adobe Acrobat 5   Cost $149   Sell $10   Save 93%
Original boxset (PC). Dated but still popular version for creating Acrobat documents universally accepted on the internet
Sold   Adobe After Effects 5.0   Cost $600   Sell $50   Save 92%
Original media (PC) with 477 page manual. Superceeded by later versions but still extremely powerful animation and visual effects software. Essentially Photoshop animated. Standard version.
Sold   Adobe Creative Suite Production Studio Premium (CS2)   Cost $848.96   Sell $300   Save 65%
Original boxset (PC) complete with DVD's, full manuals and Total Training set. Contains CS2 versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Encore, Audition, Version Cue and Bridge.
On Sale   Adobe PageMill 2.0   FREE
Original boxset (MAC). Free to anyone with a sense of history or humour. The first attempt by Adobe to create web design software.
Sold   Adobe Photoshop 6.0   Cost $600   Sell $50   Save 92%
Original media (PC). Superceeded by later versions but still the industry standard in imaging software.
Sold   Alien Vs Predator (Gold Edition)   Cost $57   Sell $2   Save 96%
Original boxset (PC). Brand new and unopened .
On Sale   Borland C++ Builder 3 - Standard   Cost $200   Sell $5   Save 98%
Original boxset (PC) with 560 page manual. Older version but contains excellent Sam's book on C++ programming.
Sold   Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing ( Version 15 )   Cost $49.95   Sell $10   Save 80%
Original boxset (PC). World's most popular learning to type program.
Sold   Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing ( Version 8 )   Cost $49.95   Sell $5   Save 90%
Original media (PC). World's most popular learning to type program.
On Sale   Microsoft Works Suite 2002   FREE
Original boxset (PC). Included as DELL OEM and free to anyone without basic office software.
Collected   Norton Ghost 10   FREE
Original media (PC) with manual.
Collected   Norton Ghost 2003   FREE
Original media (PC).
Collected   Norton Internet Security 2007 (5 user)   FREE
Original media (PC) with manual. 2 months activation left.
Collected   Norton Systemworks 2007 Premiere (5 user)   FREE
Original media (PC) with manual. 2 months activation left.
Collected   Norton Utilities 2002   FREE
Original media (PC).
On Sale   Paterson Super System 4 Film Developing Tank (Universal)   Cost $40   Sell $5   Save 88%
Popular for wet photography
Sold   The Lord of the Rings - The Battle for Middle-Earth II (Collectors Edition)   Cost $100   Sell $20   Save 80%
Original boxset (PC). Brand new and unopened .
Sold  The Lord of the Rings - The Battle for Middle-Earth II (The Rise of the Witch King)   Cost $80   Sell $15   Save 81%
Original boxset (PC). Brand new and unopened .


Sold   Abit VP6 Dual Motherboard   Cost $372.08   Sell $5   Save 99%
Original packaging (PC). Backup board for powering the Dual Pentium III server in my office. Opened but never used.
On Sale   Adaptec AVA-1515 SCSI Card (ISA) with SCSI cable   Cost $250   Sell $10   Save 96%
Legacy Adaptec card for driving older SCSI equipment. Includes high-grade SCSI cable.
Sold   Aoi UD-129 Dual Impedance Microphone with lead   Cost $50   Sell $2   Save 96%
Dual Impedance omni-directional microphone with detachable microphone lead
On Sale   Creative PC-DVD Encore Dxr 2   Sell $2   Save 0%
First generation DVD drive for PC's with dedicated MPEG-2 decoder card. Great for old PC's without DVD capability.
On Sale   Creative PC-DVD Encore Dxr 3   Cost $850   Sell $5   Save 5%
Second generation DVD drive for PC's with dedicated MPEG-2 decoder card. Includes first DVD games Claw and Wing Commander.
Sold   Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 NX   Cost $229   Sell $90   Save 61%
Original packaging (PC). Award-winning external USB soundcard, great for notebooks.
Collected   Diamond Viper V770 Graphics Card   FREE
Early 3D AGP card.
Sold   LaCie 600GB d2 BigDisk case with power supply   Cost $855.95   Sell $20   Save 98%
Essentially selling a LaCie power supply in the box as the faulty drives have been removed.
On Sale   Matrox 32MB G450 Dual VGA AGP Video Card   Cost $300   Sell $30   Save 90%
Dated 3D but fantastic 2D dual-display card (AGP). Bundled with Messiah, Thief II, Sacrifice and Star Trek and some other software.
Sold   Microsoft SideWinder Freestyle Pro   Cost $120   Sell $12   Save 90%
Original packaging (PC) but games are missing. Legendary USB compatible gyroscopic game controller.
On Sale   Netgear FS105 10/100 Network Switcher with power supply   Cost $200   Sell $20   Save 90%
Faultless 4-port network switcher which I'm only selling becuase I need more ports
Sold   NIKON Coolpix 5000 with spare EN-EL1 battery with $100   Cost $2099   Sell $250   Save 88%
Original packaging. Older but brilliant auto/manual camera ahead of it's time featuring great RAW, wide-angle, and macro functionality.
On Sale   Pinnacle Miro Video DV500 Pro   Cost $1655   Sell $165   Save 90%
Original packaging (PC). Superb AGP prosumer video editing card with great analogue/digital conversion, external breakout box and firewire ports. Includes full versions of Adobe Premiere 5 & 6 (both with manuals) , Hollywood FX and lots of other software.
On Sale   Revolution Number Nine 3D Graphics Card   Cost $1000   Sell $5   Save 100%
Original workstation 3D card (AGP). Great 2D for older systems.
Sold   SONY P910i Mobile   Cost $1329   Sell $10   Save 99%
Original packaging. Although the phone is useless, the spare parts including power suppply, USB cradle, stylus and memory card may be of use.
Sold   Wacom Intuos2 9x12 USB IceBlue with 4D mouse worth $100   Cost $886.5   Sell $300   Save 66%
Original packaging (Mac & PC). Premiere graphics tablet from the world's leading manufacturer. Includes Painter Classic and Expressions 2LE. Certified for leading applications from Adobe and Autodesk.
On Sale   Yamaha 4416S CD-RW in external case (SCSI)   Cost $989   Sell $5   Save 99%
Australia's first ever CD-RW in excellent condition. Despite the history, the SCSI case maybe of use.


On Sale   Sam's Teach Yourself Java 1.1 Programming in 24 hours   Cost $26.35   Sell $2   Save 92%
Good introductory book on early Java
On Sale   Sun Microsystem's Core Java 1.1 (Volume 1: Fundamentals)   Cost $70.35   Sell $5   Save 93%
Large book by the developers on early Java
On Sale   New Riders 3D Studio Max 2 Fundamentals   Cost $79.95   Sell $5   Save 94%
Very old version but still surprisingly good introduction to 3DS Max.
On Sale   Macromedia - Using Extreme 3D   FREE
Orginal 615 page manual by Macromedia
Collected   Macromedia Dreamweaver 4 - Using Dreamweaver 4   FREE
Orginal 582 page manual by Macromedia
Collected   Macromedia Flash 5 Actionscript Reference Guide   FREE
Orginal 453 page manual by Macromedia
Collected   Macromedia Flash 5 Using Flash   FREE
Orginal 380 page manual by Macromedia
Collected   Macromedia Generator 2 Developer Edition - Using Generator   FREE
Orginal 128 page manual by Macromedia
On Sale   Sam's Teach Yourself Microsoft Office Access 2003 in 24 Hours   Cost $39.95   Sell $10   Save 75%
Very good book for comprehending Microsoft Access

Cables and Connectors

Coaxial Male to Female 1M     Cost $10,     Sell $1,     (Save 90%)
Coaxial Male to Female 1.5M     Cost $12,     Sell $2,     (Save 83%)
SVHS to SVHS 1.25M     Cost $12,     Sell $4,     (Save 67%)
SVHS to SVHS 1.5M     Cost $15,     Sell $5,     (Save 67%)
VGA to Component (Red/Green/Blue/Black) Monitor Cable 1.5M     Cost $36,     Sell $6,     (Save 83%)
3 RCA to 3 RCA (Video and Audio) Male Cable 1.5M     Cost $12,     Sell $4,     (Save 67%)
3 RCA to 3 RCA (Video and Audio) Male Cable 2M     Cost $16,     Sell $5,     (Save 69%)
RCA to RCA (Yellow plug) Male Cable 1.5M     Cost $6,     Sell $2,     (Save 67%)
VGA to DVI Adapter     Cost $20,     Sell $5,     (Save 75%)
606 Type plug to RJ45 Telephone Adapter and Cable 2M     Cost $10,     Sell $1,     (Save 90%)
240V Power Lead (IEC C8 2-pin) 1.5M     Cost $6,     Sell $1,     (Save 83%)
240V Power Lead (IEC320 3-pin) Black 3M     Cost $10,     Sell $2,     (Save 80%)
240V Power Lead (IEC320 3-pin) Beige 3M     Cost $10,     Sell $2,     (Save 80%)

Hope that’s make some people happy! ;D

Mac / Leopard Lashes
« on: October 29, 2007, 03:28:59 PM »
Every serious digital content creation freak wants to know about Apple’s latest operating system even if they have no intention of running it. And that could be the consequence even if they do. Adobe CS3 is not fully compatible, the latest Java won’t run, or nor may the machine. Who would've thought the Mac would steal Windows BSOD? PR is working on it now and in several months all of this will be forgotten by the faithful. Microsoft’s Vista was no better but at least featured a 2 year public beta for issues to be known and published prior to release. But if you want the ultimate in irony you can’t beat this hack. ;D

Current Affairs / Pricasso
« on: September 29, 2007, 10:06:13 AM »
Who would’ve thought that Australia would be home to apparently the world’s greatest penile artist? :o

Web / Creative Commons Warning
« on: September 21, 2007, 04:50:15 PM »
Can I just make a gentle reminder to protect yourself when documenting your life through online networking sites? Even those who do the right thing are shocked to find crap like this still happens by people who should know better. >:(

Course Feedback / General Course Feedback
« on: September 05, 2007, 06:22:43 PM »
I’ll be available for private one-to-one sessions about general matters relating to the Animation/VFX and Multimedia courses tomorrow between 11-12:00PM in the studio. I especially urge the first year students to come and candidly discuss their views, expectations, concerns, and satisfaction within the degree. Some people may prefer coming as a group but please note the studio will not be open for general use during this time. Please note that this is not consultation (which has ended for this term), but for general feedback where you can tell me what you think or ask me questions about personal progress or future directions. Hope to see you there. ;D

Subjects / Blue/Green Screen Footage Request
« on: August 13, 2007, 12:06:32 AM »
As digital compositing finally hits the big time at CSU I’m asking if anyone would like to donate any student production stock featuring blue/green screen material for demonstration and/or workshop exercises. I already have examples for use in classes but they are of pristine studio quality and not representative of the realistic footage most on a budget are likely to capture. Anything from close ups to full body shots with sets showing in the frame are fine. The clips can be any length but no more than 20 seconds is likely to be used.

If you don’t mind students in MPI209 using the clip for their workshop please include a quick readme with any copyright notices you wish to include. Please submit the footage on DVD and leave it in my pigeon hole or bring it to a lecture. It would be good to have footage ASAP as this week’s MPI209 crew get started on keying. 3rd year is welcome to attend and will see new software showcased. ;D

Maya / Autodesk Maya 2008
« on: August 07, 2007, 12:14:08 PM »
Unlike previous releases when an announcement amounted to immediate availability, Autodesk Maya 2008 is on the way. This won’t affect you unless you’re intending to buy the latest release and wish to hold back until it’s shipped (and that will be a while). Using the free Maya 8.5 PLE could be good for practice in the meantime, otherwise use the Animation and Visual Effects Studio to its full glory (when ready...) ;)

Television / Unmissable Saturday Night TV
« on: August 04, 2007, 01:45:33 PM »
Although I’ve not yet watched it and won’t be held accountable if you think it sucks, The Lazarus Experiment is tonight’s Doctor Who on ABC at 7:30PM and is essential viewing for every Animation and Visual Effects / Multimedia student. Essentially a perfectly formed 45-minute monster story, this episode has won enormous praise in the UK and apparently defies audiences expectations of what constitutes quality television versus cinema viewing. Find out why tonight and then maybe visit the episodes site (Warning: Spoilers) after seeing what you think. ;D

Suggestions / Animation and Visual Effects celebrates a good start
« on: June 13, 2007, 06:49:06 PM »
Dear Animation and Visual Effects birthlings,

As we draw to a close of the first semester of 2007 Damian and I reflect upon an optimistic and rewarding start to the new degree and believe maybe a humble celebration is in order. We haven’t lost any students as typical in the initiation of most degrees (nor wish to), witnessed an overall high quality of potential, and even those members of the class cocooned by bad practice give the impression their confronting their afflictions (or else there’s going to be a serious intervention from us). All in all, it motivates us to invest our efforts with the same enthusiasm to make this course all you could make it to be.

We’re considering an official yet humble function, or at least endorsing one, to celebrate the first 6 months of the new Animation and Visual Effects degree. Please vote for either a lunch-time event or an evening dinner and we’ll take it from there. It’s assumed you will probably want to be at a licensed venue but note that Damian and I are far too respectable to get hammered by shots with students and hear them spill humiliating drunken adulation in order to suck up and score a better grade. :P Just joking, we’re after a relaxed and informal atmosphere but draw the line at group hugs.  ;)

With respect to those within the Multimedia degree, this is exclusively for the Animation and Visual Effects students and although there remain striking similarities between the degrees, this is nevertheless a unique cohort of new students trying to establish their own identity. I obviously have a close affinity for every student enrolled within Multimedia in Animation and Special Effects and would like to extend the invitation to join as after the preliminary lunch/dinner is over.

The date is set for this Friday 15th June and now we need to determine where and when? ;D

Dear Forum Members,

The Australian International Animation Festival has long passed and may be a distant memory, but could we please revisit if for a few vital minutes for the sake of future events. As you would already be aware a huge debt of gratitude has gone towards all the people who made this momentous event possible and I honestly believe the festival is always a tremendous achievement that we can only hope to improve upon every year.

To be fair though, the numbers had declined this year and the festival was not a profitable venture. Instead of receiving acclaim, I’ve taken reasonable criticism for its lack of commercial success and now find myself having to justify whether Charles Sturt University should be affiliated with the event; should it actually return. Obviously this has had a demoralising effect but I’d like to think the festival has far greater value than the ticket sales suggest.

To be precise I have been asked to “give reasons for the School to support this venture next year.”

I know that there is already a similar thread titled Post-Animation Festival but I would greatly appreciate hearing the candid opinions from those who did or did not attend the festival to answer this. I’ll include these comments in my response to the university so it’s really important that you add your view now.

Thanks in advance,
Andrew. ;D

Suggestions / Road Trip?
« on: May 30, 2007, 12:33:01 AM »
Its early days and staff have more urgent priorities to address but we think it may be worthwhile taking a road trip to Melbourne next semester and wonder if the 1st year Animation and Visual Effects students are interested? This offer could be extended to Multimedia students if there is overwhelming support. What for? The Pixar: 20 Years of Animation Exhibition. ;D

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