10 Ways For Quicker Animation Renders

10 Ways For Quicker Animation Renders

Waiting for Blender to render something can be a real pain and if you are doing an animation the time is only compounded! There are a number of things you can do to speed up rendering animations and we’ll go through them all in this article, they’ll apply equally to singles frame renders too. The benefits of some of the optimisations can be reduced a lot for simple scenes, I mean what’s a 2 second saving…  But wait at 30 frames per second, that’s a minute of rendering time saved for every second of final output! Savings can compound significantly when animating Save Before You Render Good advice in general! Rendering is one of the main causes of crashing in Blender, and rendering an animation only compounds that issue. Save you work before you hit the render button! Nothing worse than having to reconfigure your rendering because you forgot to save. Render Often Test your work often to make sure what you think is happening is what really is happening when it comes to your rendering. Contrary to the time saving advice below, do render at final resolutionand settings occasionally too, I have had horrible artifacts appear that were masked […]

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3 Tips To Get Your Game Ranking in Google Play Store

3 Tips To Get Your Game Ranking in Google Play Store

Ever wondered how to get your game to rank? Complete Unity Developer student, Rafael, shares his experience of taking his first game from nowhere to third in the Google Play store listing (for the term “ragdoll physics”).  Rafael’s Story My name is Rafael Rivera, I’m a 38 year old advertisement bachelor from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and I’m an Indie Game developer. Since I can remember, I was always playing video games. I’m the type of gamer that enjoys every kind of game – from 8-bits to flash games, mobile, Xbox or PC. If it’s fun then I will play it! I always wanted to work with games, but it was not an easy option back then… before the internet. Yeah, I’m from that time. Since I decided to start my Gamedev journey with Unity, about eight months ago, I searched online for courses and found Udemy. I clicked on their ‘best-rated Unity courses’ and found “Complete Unity Developer – Learn To Code By Making Games” with instructor Ben Tristem and team. I learnt everything I needed for my first game: animations, level managers, buttons, sounds, physics, coding in C# and more. Ben Tristem is a great teacher. The course made […]

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Installing Multiple Versions Of Blender On Windows

Installing Multiple Versions Of Blender On Windows

Installing Multiple Versions Of Blender On Windows A new version of Blender has come out, so should you install it and get all the new shiny features and bug fixes? Not so fast! There’s a better way of doing this, so read this article and save yourself a potential nightmare. I let everything else update, why not Blender? Have you noticed that Blender doesn’t automatically update, there’s a reason for that. Have you installed Blender through Steam or Ninite? I would recommend you do not. So what are the potential downsides of installing the latest version or having it auto update through software like Steam or Ninite? Well without taking control of this process they can vary from irritating to completely devastating. They can include: Losing your custom Blender profile Losing installed add-ons and their configurations. Project not working as they did before. Projects being completely broken! That is why Blender doesn’t automatically update by itself. So is there a solution? Yes, you can manage your Blender Installs so you can have multiple versions of it running on a single computer. . There are 2 ways to achieve this goal. Manage the install process itself. Run Blender in a portable […]

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Student Game: Super-Gravity Switch Battle

Student Game: Super-Gravity Switch Battle

Always brightens our day to see what you folks create while taking our courses. Today we’re sharing Lukas’s story, about working as part of an aspiring indie GameDev start-up in South America and releasing their first game. What’s your background? My name is Lukas, I’m a System Engineer and Mathematician and I’m the programmer in the MIKRO team.  MIKRO is a nascent indie GameDev company in Colombia, South America. As well as myself, there’s Javier (our 3D modeller) and we have some other people who take part, depending on the size of each game. How did you end up on a Udemy course? My experience as programmer is good, so I decided to make games in Unity and C#. I knew the engine from the first versions, but hadn’t used it for a couple of years. To get quickly up to speed,  I decided to take some courses and looking on the internet I found GameDev.TV on Udemy.  In MIKRO we started with a game called Super – Gravity Switch Battle, which we wanted to be the opening chapter for a possible sequel. This first adventure is a basic platform where our little potbellied hero jumps, changes gravity and takes powers to […]

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Rigging Quickly In Blender

Rigging Quickly In Blender

Rigging Quickly and Precisely With Naming And The Armature Modifier Getting your naming right can save you a lot of stress and time, and rigging is no different. In this quick tip article, we’ll take a look at how you can be really lazy and use a technique called automatic weighting. This is usually not ideal (as it lacks control for anything but the simplest models), so we’ll take a closer look at how we can use the armature modifier to our advantage. Automatic Weight OK, so I say it is lazy but it might actually save you a load of time and be good enough during prototyping – just don’t expect it to work well with more complex models! You will require two things: A model and an armature. Save your work so you can start over if this doesn’t work out Make sure you are in Object mode Select all the mesh objects you want controlled by you armature Select the armature last, making it the active object. -notice how all the mesh has a darker orange outline, whilst the armature has a lighter orange. That indicates it is the active mesh object. Either use the Object menu, […]

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Triggering World Animations In Unity Timeline To Tell Stories

Triggering World Animations In Unity Timeline To Tell Stories

How do AAA games make their worlds feel alive and interesting, even if all the player is doing is walking down the street? They consider their worlds as living entities, not just static backdrops. One way they do this is by using movement within their game world to tell a story.   Let’s look at a simple, specific example… Here is a game scene from our RPG that we’ve been developing. The player is progressing along their path, heading towards the next steps of the quest we’ve created for them. In our game, like most RPGs, we’re using combat as a primary system of challenge and interest… but of course we don’t want to have one, long, continuous combat sequence. In this instance, what are our options for communicating story to the player? Well, we can have the player bump into an NPC and deliver some dialogue. That is usually the most to-the-point way of getting story across. For example: Crazy Bill: Quick, the town is under attack, the villagers need help. Player: Rightio Bill, I’ll get right on that. Or we can pop up a dialogue box on the screen saying something to the effect of: “The town is […]

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Unity Wont Start “Sorry, this link is no longer valid”

Unity Wont Start “Sorry, this link is no longer valid”

How frustrating Unity isn’t starting and telling you “Sorry, this link is no longer valid”? Not a helpful error either! This confused me the other day as Unity had been working flawlessly previously.  To make matters worse restarting the computer appeared to fix it, but just once and then it started again. So what is going on here? Well I had just installed Unity 2018 beta, and thought, oh well is must be a beta issue, but then Unity 2017 started doing it as well. The only thing that had changed as far as I was aware is that I wasn’t at home, and link no longer valid didn’t make much sense yet alluded to a issue with the internet. A quick peek at my firewall settings revealed that the Unity program is blocked when on a public network But I’m not on a public network, ah Windows! So to sort this out we are going to have to change the network type. There is more than one way to do this, but here’s how I went about it. Click on the start button and click the settings button   Next Select Network and Internet After that you’ll need to select […]

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Ben Tristem is ‘Addicted to Learning’

In this interview, Ian Garstang (Gaming Debugged) talks to Ben about his journey from fireman to best-selling Udemy instructor. Along with his love of gaming, the best ways for first-time game designers to take their first tentative steps into the world of game development and finally find out which engine Ben prefers 😉   Join more than 300,000 students taking courses by Ben and the GameDev.tv team over on Udemy.        

The Unity Prefab Waterfall

The Unity Prefab Waterfall

A place for everything, everything in its place. Benjamin Franklin That’s why we care about this technique, because otherwise without it we duplicate things in Unity – a lot. Then… We lose track of our project. Bugs appear everywhere. Builds swell to device-breaking sizes. We go a little crazy. … and then die! OK, I may be exaggerating just a little here, but in my experience creating some of the world’s biggest and best online courses on Unity I get to see what my 100s of thousands of students do right – and wrong. The Premise NOT premises, like a  building. And when a cloud provider offers you an “on-premise” solution then they’re dumb, they mean “on premises”. Man, who can use a dictionary these days! Anyway, I digress. When you sit at a computer typing, or using your mouse, think about how much value it’s even possible to create. If you type continually at am ambitious 80 words per minute, then you’re only creating about half a kilobyte per minute! You may create real value a little faster with the mouse, but I doubt it! So if you’re not recording video or audio, your project file shouldn’t be growing faster […]

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What’s Your Procrastination Pattern And Why Do You Do It?

What’s Your Procrastination Pattern And Why Do You Do It?

Why do we sometimes procrastinate? You know, those times that we avoid getting things done. Why is it that at times we just cant ignore our distractions? The short-term excitement becomes more powerful than our long-term goals. In fact, why don’t we just go ahead and answer this question right now by seeing if there are any new episodes on Netflix… Oh, wait a minute, I didn’t mean to say that out loud. Ignore that last bit. Must.. stay… focused. Quick, we need a heading with some bold font… The Three Reasons That You Procrastinate Avoiding your work comes down to one (or all) of these three things: You don’t know WHAT to do. That is, you aren’t clear on your next task, you don’t have a To Do list, you haven’t mapped out your priorities. You don’t know HOW to do it. Some tasks are tough and you aren’t sure the best way to approach it, perhaps you’ve never done it before, perhaps you’ve done it previously but it hasn’t been very successful. You don’t WANT to do it. There’s nothing worst than sitting down to start work on something you hate, or something you “should” be doing but […]

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