Modellers – Game Controller Part 2 – Week 3

Hi folks, thanks again for another fun session today. We continued working on our game controller, moving the thumbsticks into place and creating a D-pad and template button. Here are my video notes:

Here’s a link to the folder where all our files. You’ll find a new file in there called controller_2.blend, containing everything we did this week.

CoderDojo Athenry Information Session 07-Nov-2020

Hello again everyone.

It was great to speak to you all last Saturday.

Here are some notes with information all about CoderDojo Athenry in PDF form.

Here’s a quick recap of everyone’s notes;

Martha told us all about the Explorers group, you can contact Martha at Martha@coderdojoathenry.onmicrosoft.com and you can find her slides here.

Oliver spoke about the Advancers group and you can contact Oliver at Oliver@coderdojoathenry.onmicrosoft.com

I talked about the Bodgers group, you contact me at Declan@coderdojoathenry.onmicrosoft.com and you can read all about the Bodgers group here.

Kieran then spoke about the Modellers group. Here is his presentation.

Kieran can be contacted at Kieran@coderdojoathenry.onmicrosoft.com.

Finally Michael spoke about the Hacker Group which will be starting in the new year. Here are his slides

Mike’s email is, yes you guessed it is, Mike@coderdojoathenry.onmicrosoft.com

We will be posting information for our first session next Saturday in the next day or two, so keep an eye out for that.

Looking forward to seeing you all again next Saturday.

Declan and the CoderDojo Athenry Mentors

Modellers Online Sessions

Hi folks. Inspired by Martha’s post for Explorers, I decided to do one for Modellers. We have a good number of sign-ups already, but if you haven’t expressed your interest yet, here’s a link to the form where you can do so.

Did you know that Blender can also be used as a video editor? Is there nothing it can’t do? (yes) Here’s a little look back at a few of our projects from last year to get your imagination going.

If there’s interest, we might do a little video editing this year, let me know if you like that idea.

Really looking forward to getting back to things!

All the best,

Kieran

Modelers – Video 7

Hi folks, here’s the second part of our spaceship video project, as promised. This is our last official video for the year and I just want to take the opportunity to say thanks for being such a creative and fun group. It’s been a pleasure.

Click here if you haven’t done Part 1 yet.

In this video we introduce a few new things:

  1. Rendering a video instead of a static image
  2. Using a “follow path” constraint to move an object along a pre-defined path
  3. Using a “track to” constraint to keep a camera pointing at a target
  4. The impact of the camera’s focal length
  5. Importing items from another Blender file

Here are the video instructions, they’re long at about 50mins, so take them in a few sections if you need to:

You’re going to need an image I prepared to texture the warp tunnel, it’s below. Just right-click on it and save it as space.png.

The blend file can be downloaded from here.

Have a lovely summer!

Modelers – Video 6

Hi folks. I may put up some content over the summer if I get time, but this is Part 1 of 2 of our last proper project this year.

We’re going to model a spaceship in this project (Part 1) and have it fly through space (Part 2).

Here are the video instructions:

Just after I stopped recording I remembered I’d forgotten to switch on “Bloom” which makes the engines glow properly. Make sure to switch this on as shown in the picture below!

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A copy of my Blend file can be downloaded from here.

Modelers – Video 5

Hi folks, in this video I build and rig a humanoid figure and show how to pose it. I also say “not too terrible” a lot.

This is something that I’d hoped we’d get too all year and I’m glad that I’ve a chance to show it to you here. I hope you’ll have a go with it. Those more artistic than I am may make a better looking human figure, with a bit of luck.

My blender file can be downloaded from here.

If you manage this and would like to push it further, maybe challenge yourself to see if you can remember how to UV unwrap and texture paint the model? I’d love to see someone give that a go.

Take care of yourselves and I hope to do one or two more videos before we break for the summer.

Modelers – Video 5

Hi folks, Saturday again and I thought I’d do another little video. Thanks again to those following along, hope you’re having some fun with these.

This week I make a “working” TV that plays back a video when animated. Very simple modelling here so everyone should be able to give this a good go.

Before you start, you’ll need a little landscape video saved to your computer. This can be anything, so have fun with it.

Here’s the video:

Any questions or comments, feel free to reach out with a comment below.