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    3d, music, film... All the usual stuff.

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  1. nicks

    Set progressive render time

    Thanks @srek! This is exactly what I was looking for. Cheers, Nick
  2. Hi there, I'm using the native renderer in C4d for the first time in a long time, and am wondering if it's possible to set the render time for the progressive render: I'm not too worried about the quality of the output at his stage, it's just to produce some 'quick-and-dirty' renders to show different options of an interior... Ideally, it would be great to set the progressive renderer to run for 2 minutes, them move onto the next frame. I know that this can be done in vRay, but I've inherited this project from another colleague and need to use the C4d renderer... Any help would be appreciated. Cheers, Nick
  3. I have an XPS too and think it's great - the build quality is great, screen is gorgeous and it is light and easy to take to meetings, but the GPU runs hot... I'm working a lot with Unreal Engine at the moment which is very GPU intensive, and am thinking about coupling it with an external GPU. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with this sort of set-up? Cheers, Nick
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    CAD to C4d

    @cerbera - Instant Meshes looks amazing (away from C4d for a few days, so can't test it out, but as someone whoe receives his fair share of crappy CAD models, it looks like it could be a real game changer... I know you are the Chief Constable of the Quad Police, so a recommendation carries a lot of weight!
  5. Thanks so much for that! This is a huge help. Cheers, Nick
  6. Hey @borg - thanks for that - it shows that it can be done, but I'm wondering how the script was written though - it is password protected unfortunately. Thanks again! Cheers, Nick
  7. Hi there, I've been asked to look at creating an analogue clock that displays the true time... the maths involved is fairly straightforward, but I can't work out how to get Xpresso to get the real world time? I've done a similar thing in Unreal Engine, where you can extract values for the hour, minutes and seconds, then feed this information into the rotation of the clock hands. Is this possible using Xpresso? Any tips or pointers appreciated. Cheers, Nick
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    Bitcoin , GPU costs and future Rendering

    If it's any comfort, it doesn't look like we're the only industry suffering a shortage of GPUs: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43056744
  9. @fxtree Thanks for that. It works, but I have not idea how you've done it... Any clues as to how you've done it would be much appreciated. @kalugin Well, on the upside I did learn that you can hide code from prying eyes!
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    Linear color space colours?

    I remember having this problem a while ago where things were rendering fine in the viewport (where they render in 8 bit), but coming out over-exposed in the render view when using 32 bit... I cannot remember where I got a tip from (probably here at the Cafe), but in the Picture Viewer window, go to the filters tab and enable filter, then set the Gamma to .4545 (which is 1 divided by the gamma 2.2). The 32 bit renders then show up fine in both windows. I hope this helps, Cheers, Nick
  11. The Force is strong with these two!
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    The Orrery

    This is really nice work - How long did it all take? Cheers, Nick
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    Studio MSA Price Increase

    Although I don't think you can blame a company for raising its prices once in 10 years, it would still be nice to know what we might be paying for... I really don't want to sound negative, but every year we seem to go through the "the next release is going to be the big one" and "looks like we're finally going to get that Bodypaint and UV mapping overhaul we've all been waiting for" discussions. I let my MSA lapse this year, as there were no 'must haves' for me personally in R19. I might be tempted to renew it ahead of the R20 release if I knew exactly what was coming...
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    which laptop?

    That all depends on which renderer you want to use... I use vRay, so CPU is more important to me (for the time being).
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    which laptop?

    I have a 2016 i7 Dell XPS 15 (4K screen) - very portable, looks nice, performs very well and is a great compliment to my desktop 'beast' which I use to chew through bigger jobs. Dell were also pretty good at replacing a battery just after the warranty expired. I've no problems recommending one... Cheers, Nick