Monday, November 12, 2012

Architectural Rendering - 3D Applications to Real Estate

Real Estate is an ever-changing and evolving field. Just like any other trade design, usability and quality are the driving force behind a huge surge in the design of property and related spheres of specialty.

Gone are the days where it as all just about having it neat and clean. Property and Real Estate today signify a stamp on your personality, a statement you make and a life you live.

In such ever-changing scenarios the process of design and the very basics of design are pushed to their limits while yearning to create and deliver excellence. Real Estate Companies, Developers, Architects, Contractors, etc. all work hard to be a part of a unique project which would yield them many rewards both on the fame and fortune fronts.

Computerized design and presentation tools play a very important part in the entire process right from conceptualization, design, testing and development to sales marketing of the project.

Going 3D has proved to be a major boon as it has allowed or several real-world steps and stages to be incorporated right at the design stage and thus helped save time, efforts and money during the later stages of construction.

3D Architectural Rendering

One such process which is now heavily relied upon is the process of 3D Architectural Rendering and Illustration. Also referred to as Architectural Visualization this involves the creation of virtual 3d models based on the designs presented / conceptualized. The 3d Models are then colored/textured to closely resemble real-life instances of the property. This helps in easier display and demonstration to civic bodies, buyers and other decision-makers involved in the process.

Architectural Rendering also helps portray the final shape and look of any property on the various marketing channels like Print, Film, DVD, Mobile and the Internet.

Architectural Walkthrough and Fly-By Animations

Being able to animate / lend movement to virtual cameras has also presented designers and developers with an opportunity to present Architectural Walkthrough Animations. These 3D Walkthrough / Fly-by movies helps demonstrate salient features of a project by way of simulating a walk, run, drive or flight while highlighting every feature and specialty of a real-estate project.

Being able to deliver Architectural Rendering and Walkthrough Based services has also allowed real-estate related marketing to get high-tech and present their properties in a better manner over the ever evolving video and photo sharing sites globally. Social media sharing of these renders and videos too leads to higher returns and better sales prospects for any real-estate-marketing firm.

Computer aided 3D Applications are empowering real-estate designers/architects, developers and marketing professionals at every stage and are helping to deliver quicker and better.

Just a simple search performed on for Architectural Walkthrough, Architectural Animation, etc. always results in several thousands of demonstration videos created and delivered through the use of computerized 3D Software and rendering solutions.

Architects, Developers, Contractors, Real-State Companies and Marketers the world over look to these Architectural Rendering and Walkthrough solutions to help them deliver better in terms of quality and usability. The tools that help deliver these services too keep evolving rapidly and can be broken down into 3d modeling and animation, composition and editing categories.

Launching and Promoting Your Anime Blog

If you have a strong interest in a hobby, chances are that you are likely to own a website devoted to your favorite pastime. You might have a domain name lying around that's relevant to your hobby, or have been recently inspired to start a website altogether because of another site you visit often. The anime fandom is an example that I can relate to, as the owner of an anime blog.

You might have surfed by a blog of such in the past, either finding pictures of cosplayers, or tutorials on becoming a cosplayer. Maybe you found a review of an anime or manga series you were interested in, only to find yourself a fan because of one's recommendation. Or maybe you found a review of a figure that caught your attention, inspiring yourself to becoming a collector. If you've been through these scenarios, then here is how to start your very own anime blog.

Differences Between Blogs and Websites

There is a difference between a blog and a website. With a blog, you present your thoughts and ideas directly to visitors, where you, the webmaster, can worry less of the presentation of the page and focus more on producing interesting content right away. With websites, it can be anything besides a blog, which can be a social network site, or a message board. Launching an anime blog has been a popular way to launch as a site at all, giving the webmaster an opportunity to cover their hobby as if it were their very own anime magazine.

Choosing a Hosting Service and Blog Platform

There are many options for hosting a blog. The best way to go is finding a web host provider that utilizes PHP and MySQL that's used in most blog publishing software. While web hosting requires a monthly commitment of no more than $10 a month, there are blog platforms with provided hosting such as WordPress. It's a popular choice for bloggers of all levels and budgets on site, with a full client available from site for self-installation on web hosting services.

There are additional blog platforms such as Blogger and TypePad. Both platforms offer similar features as WordPress, but as someone with several years of anime blogging experience, nothing beats the flexibility of WordPress. While there is more to explain on why WordPress is useful, I think it's best to leave one's curiosity on why this is so after publishing the first post.

Where to Find Inspiration for Content

To get an idea of what to write about, do a search of what other anime bloggers are talking about. Most anime blogs feature anime reviews, opinions of anime news stories, and reports of anime conventions. Don't forget about contests, the biggest draw to any website! For starting content ideas, write a review of a favorite anime or manga series. Introduce readers with a basic synopsis of the story, and why you like or dislike it. If it's a review for a singular episode of an anime, disclose the plot of the previous episode to catch readers up on the events. Be careful not to spoil too much of the story.

Promoting Your Anime Website

Promoting your anime blog is the same as promoting any other blog, though there aren't many websites specifically for anime webmasters to promote their content. A guaranteed option is joining and engaging on anime forums, where you can link back to your blog in your forum signature. However, there are forums that find this as a way to gain backlinks for low quality sites. Most communities make it where the member has to be registered long enough to use a signature to curb abuse.

Lastly, if you enjoy going to anime conventions, considering taking business cards. Cards can be printed at home, or purchased in bulk from printing companies online or locally. Hand out cards to cosplayers after taking their picture so they can find their photo after the event. Business cards can also be left at designated tables for fan organizations. Don't forget to include any links social network accounts, along with the blog's URL, of course!

BONUS: Attending Anime Cons as a Press Member

Another option long after your blog has taken off is gaining access to an anime con as a press member. Doing this allows you get free entry to the convention, and a chance for one-on-one interviews with industry guests, as well as early access to convention events. This works very well for both the event and yourself, as both parties will be getting free exposure for continued growth.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Create Your Cartoon With These Easy Steps

So maybe this is your first experience in creating your own cartoon using Flash. You are clueless about the idea, the characters and furthermore the story. It would be more complicated when you think about how to add sound and animation to your cartoon. To make the entire process gets easier, below are some steps you can follow. This might not the basic steps that work for everyone but at least it can help you figure out the important steps to do.

1. Finding the Idea 
Before opening your Flash to make the cartoon, idea is the first thing you have to find. It is important to decide whether you want to create a funny, serious or even sarcastic cartoon. You should also know the target of your audience.

2. Creating the Characters 
Before launching your cartoon, you must know the character first. You should know what and who they are, their personality and their background. People have different ways in deciding the character of their cartoon. Some people draw the character before creating the character while the others might think of the personality before drawing the character.

3. Develop a Setting 
Setting is another important thing in making a cartoon. You should have the ideas of the locations such as house or city. If you want to simplify the design process, you can have the same setting for your characters.

4. Writing the Story 
The next thing to do is writing the story. To make the writing process runs easily, think about the main idea first. Then, you can develop the story such as adding some conflicts and end it with the solutions.

5. Making the Storyboard 
Once you have finished your story, now you need to make the storyboard. A storyboard is just like a comic book, it helps you direct the cartoon. When making storyboard, you need to draw your characters and illustrate what they are doing in each scene.

6. Recording Dialogue 
It will be easier to record dialogue before animating your cartoon. This helps you to know where you want to add the dialogue and hence minimize any revisions on your animations.

7. Design Art 
You can add elements in your cartoon either by drawing them in a piece of a paper or using drawing tools in the software. To make the process gets easier, you can design the elements in each scene.

8. Pre-Plan Your Scenes in Flash 
Flash is a program that enables you to pre-plan scenes and add names. The benefit of doing this step is that you can copy similar frames to another scene.

9. Scan/Import Your Images and Audio 
Before you start animating, it would be easy to scan your image or audio files into the Flash document. Scanning these files and save them into one folder will simplify the importing process.

10. Add the Audio to Each Scene 
Once you have imported the audio and finished scenes lay-out, add your audio on each scene. Make sure that it flows well and there is no overlapping sound.

11. Animating 
When animating your cartoon, you can copy similar scenes to simplify the process.

12. Lip Sync 
Lip sync is the fun part in making a cartoon since your character will look more alive. You can use symbols for different mouth position and swap them for each sound.

13. Adding Sound Effects 
To produce good sound effects, make sure that you place them in the right scenes. Timing is the key to obtain the right sound at the right scene.

14. Edit and Publish Your Cartoon 
Before publishing your cartoon, you may need some editing process to make it more perfect. It can be adding more animations, sounds or dialogue. Once you have completed this finishing touch, your cartoon is ready to be published.