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Offline Chad Holton

Sparkling Gems
« on: May 24, 2012, 10:33:00 am »
Hello KeyShooters -

It's been a while since I had posted anything. Here's a little sneak peek of something I had been working on in my hotel room while in Cali:

I used four passes:
- metal pass (left out the diamond reflection so it didn't look as busy)
- diamond pass
- sparkle pass
- masking pass

Check out the HD version (the others don't do it justice).


Another one to come soon (a longer version).

Comments and critiques are welcomed!  :)
« Last Edit: May 24, 2012, 03:59:55 pm by Chad Holton »

Offline CAClark

Re: Sparkling Gems
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2012, 01:08:57 pm »
Mmmmm that's lovely!

Cheers!

Offline Chad Holton

Re: Sparkling Gems
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2012, 01:07:29 pm »
Thanks, CAClark!  :)

Offline tamas

Re: Sparkling Gems
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2012, 01:59:40 pm »
Awesome!
Maybe I missed a webinar where you have explained how can I make this montage ?
 (four animations in one)

Offline Chad Holton

Re: Sparkling Gems
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2012, 03:35:50 pm »
Thanks, tamas!  :)

This is a webinar similar to the process used: http://www.youtube.com/v/ISFEJ4tZUzw

Here's the final video I ended up with:


Simple turntable showing three different gem configurations.

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Re: Sparkling Gems
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2012, 01:59:18 pm »
This is really very good.

I will add, but I do not know how ...

When you look at a diamond in a window, when you start moving a little,
there are bursts ----> a facet of the stone that becomes really, really brighter, and it changes when you move a little, there is another facet that bursts! Is it possible to do this animation?

Best regards.

Antoine
« Last Edit: June 02, 2012, 02:00:49 pm by Antoine »

Offline Chad Holton

Re: Sparkling Gems
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2012, 09:00:28 pm »
Thanks, Antoine  :)

Yes, this is possible. It would just come down to lighting and setting it up that way. I intentionally left out a lot of the burst so it wouldn't dominate the animation. I tried to keep it subtle anyway.  ::)

Offline andreb

Re: Sparkling Gems
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2012, 06:09:11 am »
Nice work Chad  ;)
Are you changing the colors in after effects as well?
Yellow diamond looks very natural but the blue triangle doesn't look so realistic in my eyes.
Rendition of the white gold is very good and shiny, I like it :)

Andre.

Offline Chad Holton

Re: Sparkling Gems
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2012, 11:13:58 am »
Thanks, Andre!

All the compositing (sparkles and frame blending) was done with Blender. Thanks for your input, what is it about the sapphire that doesn't look real? Is it too much sparkle happening? 

I think another light needs to be added around 12 o'clock to give the gems an extra light to reflect giving them more depth.