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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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Don-Shazz Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
=D
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:iconmnky2hvn:
That is fantastic!
All of it!
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ken1171 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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:iconmnky2hvn:
I have a new iMac and it's a BAD MOFO. Ran just fine.
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ken1171 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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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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ken1171 Apr 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
That is good to know, but remember that GPU (Graphics Processor Unit) acceleration depends exclusively on your video card capabilities - not your processor, your OS, or your RAM memory. ^^
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It's a ATI,RadeonHD2400 if that helps....
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ken1171 Apr 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
In theory, your video card could do some basic GPU acceleration even if it has only has 40 stream processors and 128-bits FP precision, but shouldn't expect much with such specs. I assume Flash video acceleration does not require much firepower, but it will depend on how (or if) Macs support GPU acceleration. That is probably something other Mac users would know. ^^
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