Cartoon filter HELL . . . NAS . . . PLEX . . . Dummy Camera Box . . .

Ka-Blam Comic Cover and Scene Layouts

iClone 7 PENCIL FILTER . . .

As I continue re-rendering my movie in High resolution instead of Preview, I thought I would try the “Cartoon filter” in iClone. That was a mistake as I rendered at 1 frame per second. I uploaded those files to Ka-Blam after assembling them into a 24 page comic in Tif format. Most of those inner pages are not acceptable as they block some of the character detail but they are not really that bad. The best page is the cover where I did not apply that filter and I’m very impressed with the detail and just how awesome the cover is. I have already re-rendered all of the comic images again without the filter applied and exported out new Tifs for that issue.

NAS (Network Attached Storage) . . .

I bought a NAS (network area storage) from Amazon. The first one was reduced in price as the paperwork was missing. This was a Western Digital unit with 12Tb of storage. I got up to the part where the install needed an activation code and I had to stop as I did not have that number. That went back to Amazon.

Next, I ordered a 2 bay diskless TERRAMASTER unit. I installed the additional 2Gb of memory, turned it on, went to their website to download the driver and low and behold it is not available anymore. I was stunned as the company was out of business a year earlier, so I wonder why I was sent a piece of crap that is unusable?

I sent it back and decided to take a different route to having a NAS. I even tried installing TruNas on a CHUWI mini-PC, but ran into “disk corruption” issues with brand new drives. It took only one day for the corruption notices to begin. It was up and running for a few days, so I pulled the plug on that attempt. On the TruNas site, a blog mentioned problems with disk corruption.

PLEX . . .

My next attempt worked using a CHUWI mini-pc. I also added two 7Tb Seagate drives that have worked out nicely. The unit runs Win 10 and I installed PLEX with the hope of streaming my animations through this software. It is free and has channels like Pluto TV that you can watch. I was interested in the remote access capabilities, but I’ve had to stop working on that so I can finish my movie and comic before I delve into that arena.

In order to have remote access, you need to reconfigure your router to allow access to port 32400, I believe. As I’m leary of opening up my network to the outside world, I need to use it inside my home, on my phone using their Plex app before I allow any outside streamers inside. There is something about turning off UNP and PNP in order to clamp down on users trying to hack your network.

DUMMY CAMERA BOX . . .

The “Look at” feature in iClone 7 is okay, but I don’t like the way it nails you to a specific part of the body where you can not move the camera ever so slightly. In order to work around this issue, I added a Dummy box that I leave “visible” as I have the camera look at that instead. It’s not a perfect solution, but gives you flexibility when aiming the camera just where you want it. I only make it a true Dummy after I’m done with Camera shots.

1810 . . . ds