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~Bluish Metal~

If you want to know how to made this, then read ahead. Below I commented on each part of it: music composing, character animation, and AS3 programming. If not, then thanks for coming by! ^__^

I have spent the last 4 days making this music in the key of "C" at 85 bpm, with a classic 4 instruments setup (solo + rhythm guitars, drums, bass). It was supposed to be Blues, but I then turned on the metal pedals and it became this "blueish-metal" kinda thing. It's a complicated solo, going slow and fast, and slow, and then ultra-fast. I think in the end there is still some Blues left in it. :)

I created this animation mainly because I had this new music to post - but then I realized the animation is a CPU-killer and might not play on slower computers. So I took the opportunity to try out making this my very 1st *hardware* accelerated Flash animation, but it will only work if you have a video card that supports GPU acceleration. Mine is a nVidia 8800GT and it plays using nearly zero CPU even in full screen. I then took it to a slower computer with an old video card and CPU usage went up to 80%, but still playable. Let me know if it drags in your computer. GPU acceleration is still a new thing to most of us. ^__^

The animation was made in DAZ Studio using the AniMate plugin, and then exported to mocap file, imported into Poser, applied to V4 and edited/rendered there, I rendered with *very* low quality (no AA) so I didn't have to wait the whole day for it to finish. :)

When the music was composed and equalized, and when the animation was finally finished, I put it all together with ActionScript3 programming in Flash CS4. I modified my personal music player a bit for some different looks. That's when I noticed the animation was not looping well and I had to do it all over again. You might notice her feet slide a bit at the beginning and end of the animation, but that can't be helped because she doesn't start and end at the same place. ^^

Figure is V4, music my me. Hope you like it and thanks for coming by!
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QUEST-CHRONICLER Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Kudos and congrats: great work ya did with this animated piece! Nice touch with the music too!
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ken1171 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! At least I've learned not to overdo the guitar after this. ;p
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VOLTAROX Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Very well done animation along with a good tune from a very talented artist.
Thanks ken.
You have an exellent style.
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ken1171 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! One thing I've learned from this was to avoid overdoing the guitar. ;p
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alfanoalfano Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Mmm nice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ken1171 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! \("o")/
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KnutJohanakaWolfman Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
I love all of your art! It's amazing!
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:iconken1171:
ken1171 Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!! :w00t: I like to try different stuff. :)
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Neville6000 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
A world of wow.
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:iconken1171:
ken1171 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This was supposed to be a music-only post, but later I decided to add the animation. ;)
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
It suits her :D Hot work here
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ken1171 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! ^____^
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korrian Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
280 GTX, I didn't actually monitor the CPU resources, but it ran smoothly. And I faved because damn, you shredded that thang!
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:iconken1171:
ken1171 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
That video card should take GPU acceleration for breakfast! LOL
Glad you liked how this came out. Next one will be real Blues. ^^
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melficexd Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice music and now the animations blend quite well, good!
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ken1171 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yay!! You were the 1st to notice the music!! :dance: ;p No wonder it's like that since everybody is using stolen music on their animations, so who cares if I create my own? For the next one I will be back to Blues for sure. ^^
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Schieben Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nvidia 8500 GT

if firefox was the cpu user to watch, it didn't jump any at all. (for some reason FF jumps randomly between 1% and 5%, no matter what I'm doing with it, and it was the same while playing this fullscreen)
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ken1171 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I think the 8500GT is capable of GPU acceleration, even if with reduced number of stream processors. :D
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KittyStardraco Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
nicely done and it works fine on my pc she moves around nice and smooth.
Dont ask me the specs on my pc i have no clue when it comes to that stuff lol
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ken1171 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Seems like so far nobody had performance issues with the animation.
I use a *very* old computer for testing, just to be in the safe side. :)
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Tenebere Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
an interesting excercise. i wondered why there was a hardware accelerated option in the flash player settings before. now i get to see one example of use for it. this also answers why you were polling on the GPU being used by people. at this moment, i like yourself am using an 8800GT.
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ken1171 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Some kinds of AS3 programming and/or animations are very demanding on the computer. This one has both things and is a great candidate for hardware acceleration. It will automatically be GPU accelerated if it finds a compatible video card, or else rely on the CPU for all the hard work. In some cases I imagine CPU alone cannot take care of the job and GPU acceleration might be necessary on slower computers. At the same time, slower computers almost always means older video cards... :)
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Tenebere Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
interesting. it will be nice to see what you do with it in the future.
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ken1171 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
There is nothing I can do about that but offer the option for GPU acceleration to those who can use it. I always try to make all of my deviations as streamlined as possible, but this flash animation in particular has already been compressed to the limits and uses the lowest possible resources, but at full VGA resolutions (640x480) things get more demanding no matter what. My only other option is to make the animation smaller, like QVGA (320x240). ^^
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Tenebere Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
i was going to remark about reduced resolution, however people online are probably used to reduced quality (ie. youtube, and mp3) when it comes to multimedia.
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ken1171 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, especially when it comes to online contents. But I am surprised no one has so far claimed the animation dragged on them. :)
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bear48 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional
very nicely done
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:iconken1171:
ken1171 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Another music/animation/programming 3-in-1 deviation. ^^
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bear48 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional
:)
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archclan Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
she needs a pole :P great job! like the music and the animation is smooth!
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ken1171 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! It was my very 1st AniMate animation edited in Poser. DAZ made it very complicated, but now I know there is a way to do it. :)
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archclan Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
cool! i have DS and animate but dont know how to use it ^^;

is it a long process?
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ken1171 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
It is very easy to use, but there are no animation editing tools. The AniBlocks will match well together based on luck. DAZ is already announcing a new version of AniMate that will now come with editing tools down to individual keyframes - but I doubt it will come even close to the animation curves you get from Poser. Nonetheless I take my hat off for DAZ for coming up with AniMate, even if it does not currently allows any editing. It is very well done and works nicely. I like to use it to create the base animation and then bring it to Poser for precision editing. ;)
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archclan Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
ohh i see!! i might try it :P
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:iconken1171:
ken1171 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
DAZ claims AniMate+ (called "plus") will come out soon. ^^
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archclan Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
0.o ill try that one next time :P i want to do the carameldansen dance on poser :P
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ken1171 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
You cannot use AniMate to create your own animations in DAZ Studio as far as I know. I think it only supports its own pre-made AniBlocks.
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LoneStranger Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Looks good, ran ok on my system too.
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ken1171 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Do you have GPU acceleration? If not the work goes all to the poor CPU to handle alone. :)
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LoneStranger Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Not sure to be honest. At any rate it worked fine for me which is the biggest thing. :)
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ken1171 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
In the end that is what matters. :)
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LoneStranger Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Quite :iconbritishplz:
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Don-Shazz Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This amazing.

And it plays well on my computer. :-)
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ken1171 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I think the minimum video card for GPU acceleration is a 7800GT.
Otherwise it will load the CPU with all the work. :)
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Don-Shazz Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
=D
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mnky2hvn Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
That is fantastic!
All of it!
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:iconken1171:
ken1171 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! How did it play in your computer? Did it slow down or something? Does your video card support GPU acceleration? :)
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mnky2hvn Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
I have a new iMac and it's a BAD MOFO. Ran just fine.
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ken1171 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Oh a Mac! I wonder how GPU acceleration is handled in a Mac? Any idea?
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mnky2hvn Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
Well, the mac's now use the intel processer, but I'm not sure of the entire process. One thing for sure, it's less bogged down by software like most PC's are with their monsterous OS's. I have one GB of RAM on my iMac and 4GB of RAM on my Toshiba lap top and my iMac just blows it away.
I do all of my work on the iMac.
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