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#1 JohnArtbox

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Posted 29 December 2007 - 01:05 AM

It's a new year and in a crass grab for better karma we've decided to release Skycast as freeware.
For those who don't know Skycast is a spinning light generator for Animation Master. More details are available at
skycast.artboxanimation.com while the software can be downloaded from here
Attached File  skycast.zip   824.49KB   531 downloads
Enjoy
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Posted 29 December 2007 - 02:32 AM

Thanks for your genorosity John,this will definatly come in handy for me. Jay
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Posted 29 December 2007 - 03:16 AM

Thank you :) Perfect timing for what I'm working on. I'll give it a try. c

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Posted 29 December 2007 - 09:04 AM

John, This is an outstanding resource and a great contribution to the A:M Community. I know from personal experience working with Skycast. There has got to be some very good karma heading your way! :) Thanks!
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Posted 29 December 2007 - 01:20 PM

Thank you. Very generous of you.
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Posted 29 December 2007 - 01:48 PM

Thank you for generously providing this to everyone. I didn't know Skycast existed, but it will be helpful for me too.

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Posted 29 December 2007 - 09:21 PM

Big thank you !

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Posted 29 December 2007 - 09:30 PM

Thanks, John!

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Posted 30 December 2007 - 10:39 AM

Hi John...Thanks a lot for share it us...
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Posted 30 December 2007 - 11:36 AM

Thanks, John!

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Posted 30 December 2007 - 12:21 PM

Thanks very much John. The sample animations on your website looked great! Al
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Posted 30 December 2007 - 03:03 PM

John, thank you very much! Great Chrismas present for us all!
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Posted 30 December 2007 - 03:32 PM

Thank you sir. May you be richly blessed.

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Posted 30 December 2007 - 03:50 PM

Thanks John. That's awesome. Consider yourself karmically enhanced!

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Posted 30 December 2007 - 04:10 PM

It's a new year and in a crass grab for better karma we've decided to release Skycast as freeware.
For those who don't know Skycast is a spinning light generator for Animation Master. More details are available at
skycast.artboxanimation.com while the software can be downloaded from here
Attached File  skycast.zip   824.49KB   531 downloads
Enjoy


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Posted 12 January 2010 - 04:51 PM

Thank you for the excellent share!

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 05:28 PM

Nice. I actually owned it, but I never got around to using it - tend to focus on toon renders. I guess I'll take it for a spin again

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Posted 04 July 2018 - 12:37 PM

Bumping this up as I ran across the subject of John's Skycast and recalled how well it served many in the A:M Community.  :)

 

John's site has been down for a long while but I think Skycast still works.

We'll have to test and see.


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Posted 06 July 2018 - 06:35 AM

Wow- thanks for the replay, Rodney... scanning thru all those avatars of users 'past'... sad- how vibrant and dynamic this forum used to be, every day it was such a pleasure to open the A:M Forum to see who was up to what, and what wonderful accomplishments were being made, and the deep conversations about animation, art and our favorite software.

 

I remember trying to make my own skycast rig, it is meant to emulate global illumination (GI) and create natural soft shadows with a deep, rich ambient occlusion look, right? I remember it took advantage of the multipass renderer and many-many passes were needed which made it a little render intensive for animation purposes. Maybe I should give it another look as well!



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Posted 09 July 2018 - 01:15 PM

Played with it a little today... still works! Trick is to activate the .exe file where you specify your lighting setup and color map... it spits-out an action file that you apply to one of the 2 available .mdls and you are set... set your motion blur to a dividend of 100 (100, 50,25,20,10,5) and render with multipass same as you specified in the .exe.

 

Drawbacks seem to be:

-the effect is not functioning on the 1st frame as I imagine it has nothing to compare the motion blur with (no previous frame.)

-It forces you to use motion-blur- which some times you may not want. The effect works best at 100% MB, but character animation does not always look good at 100% motion blur...



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Posted 09 July 2018 - 04:46 PM

Thanks for reporting back on that Matt!   :) 

Very good to know.


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Posted 10 July 2018 - 06:55 AM

Well- hang on now... more testing needs be done... came in this morning to see my overnight render has a lot of 'flashing and flickering' to it. Maybe I missed something-






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