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For Sale / Re: Adobe CS4 Classroom in a Book Series
« on: August 20, 2010, 07:45:19 AM »
Could I just confirm if this is correct? If so, please see me today and I’ll give you the books. I’ll be in the AVFX Studio for most of the day (VFX105 9-12pm & VPA319 1-2pm). If you can’t make it, please let me know if you'd like the title reserved. ;D

Rowan - Adobe After Effects CS4 Classroom in a Book
Arcanis Lupus - Adobe Flash CS4 Professional Classroom in a Book
Tara - Adobe Illustrator CS4 Classroom in a Book
Arcanis Lupus - Adobe Photoshop CS4 Classroom in a Book
Tara - Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 Classroom in a Book

For Sale / Re: Adobe CS4 Classroom in a Book Series
« on: August 17, 2010, 07:30:19 AM »
The $30 sale now also includes:

- ActionScript 3.0 for Adobe Flash CS4 Professional Classroom in a Book

For Sale / Adobe CS4 Classroom in a Book Series
« on: August 16, 2010, 07:45:48 AM »
Would you like professional training on how to use Adobe software? I’m selling my Adobe CS4 Classroom in a Book collection for half the price. All of the following books are less than 6 months old, in immaculate condition, come with original discs and only cost $30 each.

-   Adobe After Effects CS4 Classroom in a Book
-   Adobe Flash CS4 Professional Classroom in a Book
-   Adobe Illustrator CS4 Classroom in a Book
-   Adobe Photoshop CS4 Classroom in a Book
-   Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 Classroom in a Book

Classroom in a Book®, the best-selling series of hands-on software training workbooks, helps you learn the features of Adobe software quickly and easily. Classroom in a Book offers what no other book or training program does—an official training series from Adobe Systems Incorporated, developed with the support of Adobe product experts.

Maya / Autodesk and CSU
« on: July 13, 2010, 05:20:28 AM »
You are going to absolutely love this! CSU Animation and Visual Effects students now qualify as members of the Autodesk Education Community where you can legitimately access 25 industry-standard applications throughout your time in the degree! ;D This is sensational news for anyone wishing to use…

Autodesk Maya
Newly available for the Mac OS® X 64-bit operating system, Autodesk® Maya® 2011 software offers artists an invigorated user interface, new 3D editorial capabilities, and improved character animation.
Autodesk MotionBuilder
Autodesk® MotionBuilder® 2011 software delivers features that enable it to integrate more smoothly and reliably into production pipelines, together with a significantly more interactive in-viewport experience.
Autodesk Mudbox
Autodesk Mudbox has a highly intuitive user interface that empowers artists, modelers, and students to quickly create highly detailed organic and inorganic assets that can easily be used with popular 3D animation software such Maya and 3ds Max. Designed by veteran industry professionals, Autodesk Mudbox is a premier digital sculpting application for today's film, games, television, and design projects.
Autodesk 3ds Max Design
Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design 2011 software offers compelling new techniques for bringing designs to life by aggregating data, iterating ideas, and presenting the results.
Autodesk Softimage
Autodesk® Softimage® 2011 software introduces innovative new rendering and animation tools that help artists create more complex, high-quality characters and effects in less time.
Design and shape the world around you with AutoCAD® software. Help speed documentation, share ideas seamlessly, explore concepts more intuitively in 3D, and customize for your specific needs. It’s time to take design further.
AutoCAD Architecture
AutoCAD® Architecture is the version of AutoCAD® software for architects. Architectural drafting and documentation is more efficient with the software’s intuitive environment and purpose-built tools for architects.
AutoCAD Civil 3D
AutoCAD® Civil 3D® software, the building information modeling (BIM) solution for civil engineering, helps teams deliver higher-quality transportation, land development, and environmental projects faster.
AutoCAD Electrical
AutoCAD® Electrical is AutoCAD® software for controls designers, purpose-built to accelerate the creation of electrical control systems by automating electrical engineering tasks and providing comprehensive symbol libraries.
AutoCAD Freestyle
AutoCAD® Freestyle software has just the features you need to create professional-looking drawings—quickly and easily. It’s simple CAD software ideal for creating garden and landscape designs, room addition and remodeling plans, electrical drawings, and more.
AutoCAD Map 3D
AutoCAD® Map 3D software provides direct access to design, GIS, and asset data, enabling better planning, design, and management of infrastructure projects.
AutoCAD Mechanical
AutoCAD® Mechanical is AutoCAD® software for manufacturing, purpose-built to accelerate the mechanical design process by automating common tasks and providing comprehensive libraries of standards-based parts.
AutoCAD® MEP software is the discipline-specific version of AutoCAD® software for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) designers and drafters that provides greater drafting productivity.
AutoCAD P and ID
Create, modify, and manage piping and instrumentation diagrams with AutoCAD P&ID 2011. Built on the AutoCAD platform, AutoCAD P&ID is easy to use and boosts productivity.
AutoCAD Raster Design
Use AutoCAD® Raster Design software with AutoCAD® software, and applications based on AutoCAD to unlock and extend the value of scanned engineering drawings and plans.
AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite
Autodesk® Revit® MEP is an intuitive design tool that helps you think like an engineer. Minimize coordination errors between mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering teams using building information modeling (BIM) workflows.
AutoCAD Structural Detailing
AutoCAD® Structural Detailing software enhances productivity with more precise detailing and creation of fabrication shop drawings for various types of steel and concrete structures.
Autodesk Algor Simulation Professional
Autodesk® Algor® Simulation software provides a broad range of mechanical simulation tools to help designers and engineers make critical decisions earlier in the design process.
Autodesk Alias Automotive
Autodesk® Alias® Automotive provides a comprehensive set of visualization and analysis tools for the entire shape-definition process, from concept sketches through Class-A surfacing.
Autodesk Alias Sketch
Autodesk® Alias® Sketch provides a hybrid paint and geometry workflow for design illustration and graphic communication.  Also available in a version designed specifically for AutoCAD® users.
Autodesk Ecotect Analysis
Autodesk® Ecotect® Analysis software is a comprehensive, concept-to-detail sustainable design analysis tool, providing a wide range of simulation and analysis functionality through desktop and web-service* platforms.
Autodesk Impression
Create compelling, presentation-ready graphics straight from CAD drawings with Autodesk® Impression.
Autodesk Inventor Professional
Autodesk® Inventor® mechanical design software takes engineers beyond 3D to Digital Prototyping by enabling them to design, visualize, and simulate products before they are ever built.
Autodesk Navisworks Manage
Autodesk® Navisworks® Manage software offers design and construction professionals the most comprehensive project review solution, providing advanced tools for interference analysis and spatial coordination.
Autodesk Revit Architecture
Purpose-built for building information modeling (BIM), Autodesk® Revit® Architecture software helps you capture and analyze design concepts, and accurately maintain coordinated design data through documentation and construction.
Autodesk Revit Structure
Autodesk® Revit® Structure software is the purpose-built building information modeling (BIM) solution for structural engineering firms, providing specific tools for structural design and analysis.
Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis Professional
Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis Professional software provides structural engineers with advanced structural analysis capabilities for even large and complex structures.
Autodesk Showcase
Autodesk® Showcase® 2011 visual communication software enables designers, engineers, and marketing teams to tell the stories of their designs with vividly immersive 3D presentations and highly realistic renderings.
Autodesk SketchBook Pro
Autodesk® SketchBook Pro software is your digital sketchpad. It can be used in any creative process where pen and paper would traditionally be used.

How good is that? ;D

CSU General / Re: Timetables
« on: March 05, 2010, 09:31:26 AM »
Remember, that whatever information a subject co-ordinator has provided takes precedence over the above link. Despite the assurance that the above link is the only place for timetables it’s evident that not all have the latest information. My personal timetable is available online and always up to date. ;D

Course Enquiries / CSU Bachelor of Arts (Animation & Visual Effects) 2010
« on: February 04, 2010, 08:35:17 PM »

Thank you for expressing interest in the Bachelor of Arts (Animation and Visual Effects) degree at Charles Sturt University. We’re providing a humble little guide that will hopefully help you determine whether our course is the right one for you. Please note you’ll need Adobe’s free Acrobat Reader v6.0 or above to view the file. We’re endeavouring to provide as much information as possible to all applicants so that everyone can make a well considered and extensively informed decision about their future. If you would like more information please let us know.

Download the Higher-Quality AVFX Guide (16.9MB)

Download the Lower-Quality AVFX Guide (4.4MB)

Further CSU Information

General student enquiries can be often be answered by or calling 1800 334 733. For specific questions relating to the degree, please call the School of Communication & Creative Industries on (02) 6933 2589, or (02) 69 33 2473 for more detailed information.

Music / Re: BIG DAY OUT 2010 TONIGHT!
« on: October 06, 2009, 09:21:48 PM »
Actually, the tickets are on sale NOW! ;D

Suggestions / Re: Image posting on the forums ~everyone please read~
« on: September 26, 2009, 12:05:58 PM »
Embed your posts with reasonably sized images that link from a personal web space. Every student is expected to have a personal web space. This can be university provided such as Athene or an external site. Good net etiquette is to strive for the smallest amount of data in transferring information. This basic principle is taught in first year in a subject titled MPI104 Introduction to Multimedia.

Every post in this thread is right and I can understand why people would say there must be an easy solution. It’s true that in SMF you can enable image uploads under Admin > Configuration > Features and Options.

There is a reason the forum is run this way however. Obviously these features are given considerable testing before determining whether they will be enabled or disabled. In our case, Animation and Visual Effects, we are the only course in the SVPA to have a server publicly accessible and must operate at enterprise level for 24 hours / 7 days a week. This is not (inherently) supported by the uni and the server is an old customised Mac that operates on donated parts i.e. my hard drive. If we were to facilitate image uploads this humble server immediately slows under a minimum 1000% increase in processing & data load and is no longer the swift resource it currently is [note the response time at the bottom of each page]. Remember, what you’re seeing is a fully functioning forum that behaves like every other site on the net and that’s what makes it rock. Otherwise it’s Interact. ;D

Maya / Autodesk Maya 2010
« on: August 04, 2009, 07:06:37 PM »
Ladies and Gentlemen, Autodesk Maya 2010 has been officially announced. There's a tonne of cool new things to be excited by but one truly awesome feature is the integration of the professional 3D tracker MatchMover! Coming to the Animation and Visual Effects Studio soon... ;D

Movies / Annecy 2009 Winners
« on: June 15, 2009, 02:38:55 PM »
Henry Selick’s highly anticipated Coraline and Adam Elliot’s Mary and Max share the top prize at the world’s largest animation festival, Annecy. Huge congratulations! ;D

Television / Futurama is back
« on: June 11, 2009, 06:44:44 PM »

Whinges / Re: The old Dell and Xenon computers
« on: June 10, 2009, 11:43:45 PM »
Maintenance can, and indeed has, extended the life of old systems. I agree that the computers do need serious cleaning and completely re-imaging to be of any use. I’m sure that Pat would agree but hasn’t been able to give these machines the TLC of the past due to higher priorities.

The DELL workstations have enjoyed the most historic battle/victory ever in Multimedia’s establishment (and my introduction to CSU). We have a lot of love & memories for these pioneering machines and owe more than we could ever write here. It’s true however that their time has dearly passed. The XENON workstations also share a unique history and positive legacy but unlike the DELL’s, still have an awesome capacity for modern (if streamlined) production.

Pat will no doubt provide an update on what the future for these workstations will be. In the meantime, you’re right to advise Animation and Visual Effects students of their limited usability for current video/animation work.

Just keep treating them with respect and dignity while we're lucky enough to still have them. ;D

PC / Backup with ROBOCOPY
« on: June 04, 2009, 06:22:54 PM »
Everyone knows that we should always BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP...

If using a Windows-based computer you could install Microsoft’s excellent SyncToy or employ this awesome utility: ROBOCOPY

Why? ROBOCOPY by default, only copies what’s changed between the source and destination directory saving hours of transfer time when dealing with gigabytes of data i.e. Maya project folders. Added to this inbuilt coolness, the program will tolerate network outages or hard drive dropouts and resume copying where it previously left of. It does much more which you can discover by typing: ROBOCOPY /?

ROBOCOPY is a command line utility that you can access from the Start menu by entering: cmd

Chances are you’d much prefer to have a simple batch script that you could take anywhere and just double-click to instantly backup your work.

Here’s how to create your own backup script:

1.   Open Notepad
2.   Enter the following...

echo "Press space to start backup of the VFX project folder"
ROBOCOPY C:\Users\Hages\Documents\maya\projects\VFX Z:\Maya\VFX /E /ETA
echo "The backup is complete!"

3.   Modify the paths to match your own directories
4.   Save the file under an obvious name (e.g. BackupVFX.txt)
5.   Change the file extension to .bat (e.g. BackupVFX.bat)
6.   Double-click the file and enjoy!

What does it do? The first address is the origin of the files and second is where they are being copied to. The source folder is C:\Users\Hages\Documents\maya\projects\VFX and it’s being copied to Z:\Maya\VFX. If the were spaces in the file path we would enclose the address in quotes i.e. "Z:\Maya Files\VFX". The /E flag clears out files that are no longer necessary in the directory and /ETA gives an estimate time of arrival to copy the files.

Obviously there is much more to this utility than what’s covered here but I hope this helps some students transfer large quantities of data in a fast, efficient, smart way. Good luck! ;D

For Sale / Re: Storm FX Student Price List
« on: May 20, 2009, 07:15:26 PM »
Though no formal agreement between CSU and StormFX exists, it’s true that the company is one of the few places where students can legitimately purchase Autodesk software like Maya at educational rates. We may host the latest price lists in future, in the meantime, here is the May List. ;D

Movies / Re: For those interested in zeitgeist
« on: March 30, 2009, 02:04:04 AM »
For those interest in Zeitgeist: The Movie, it was released on 26th June 2007 for free online and director Peter Joseph claims the documentaries have been watched by 50 million people worldwide. The IMDB and Wikipedia community fiercely love / hate the film but the media has largely dismissed it due its reliance on conspiracy theories over evidence. Mixing genuinely fasinating facts with fear/superstition without citation, it’s not a film of repute but should be entertaining enough to mess with people’s heads. ;D

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