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Blog by Ina Centaur » machinima


Tried out Antics3d and Entered their Medical Competition

Written by ina on Friday, 8 of February , 2008 at 5:01 pm
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Antics is to fall in love with — both as a previz tool and as a rough blocking tool and as one of the most easy to learn and customize machinima-making tool so far (they allow for direct import in .3ds format). (Also, I can totally imagine bringing in the renders into AfterEffects to convert to cartoon-ish form to make production quality cartoons!). I especially love the camera shots and transitions, the intuitive keyframing and smart camera sync’s, although their zoom/navigation system is a bit confusing — and lack of custom shortcuts is almost as painful as building in SL. Their basic build system is SketchUp-esque (well, sans push-pull - you have to click the wall button to add walls), but it’s intuitive to block out a 2d floor plan and then to click add walls. Like other OpenGL programs, their textures are limited to base 2’s. Interestingly, the system is powered by a command line system (such as “go to chair”) with more-or-less obvious theatre syntax.

They’re kind enough to offer a free unlimited version (it just lacks premium content). And they happen to be running a medical competition when I chanced to find them, so here’s my entry–basically the first thing I made in Antics:

Category: Reviews, machinima

Neglect Me (Seriously) and Shopping Confession Re-entry

Written by ina on Tuesday, 29 of January , 2008 at 7:26 am
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Fact: I am basically “in character” for most entries in this blog. If I get too irreverent or act too “out of character” (relative to the character you know me as), please simply disregard this quasi-muckracking “blog” rendition of the Ina you thought you knew so well…
In other news, please view my re-entry to the eBillMe Shopping Confession contest for a (possible) laugh… and to help me score a few visitor points:

Category: Amusing, Daily Sumly

Who is Ina Centaur?

A 25-year old American polymath of Taiwanese ancestry pretending to be old and Caucasian in Second Life. Semi-retired independent scholar also dabbling as an independent artist in new media, particularly theatre and the humanities—notably Shakespeare. Programmer, playwright and novelist. Formal academic background in, philosophy, and bioengineering.

This is largely a personal blog which isn't always up-to-date. There's no one definitive way to stalk me ;-).