Autodesk 3ds Max
Posted by Ken Pimentel, 6 July 2011 8:00 pm
One of the things that I think separates 3ds Max users from a lot of other users is that they are the most incredibly passionate crowd out there. They really, really care about the product, what we're doing to it, and where it is all going. There must be something special about the product as our data shows that usage has climbed to roughly 1M users (based on CIP data we collect). Usage ranks second to AutoCAD at Autodesk and is roughly 4-5 times as much as our other 3D animation solutions. Then there are the 1M Youtube views for our training videos and the 500,000 EDU downloads (free for students, BTW).
Anyway, we have a large, talented and passionate community. If you feel you'd like to express your passion, here's one way you can do it.
Juan Gea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PDjyWpo0TM
Alan McKay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYFzvPTPVFQ
Wayne Robson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0po8tfzmuqA
Ramy Hanna: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDn26NabpeU
Dario Passariello: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laWvNiS5vPU
Andrey Plaksin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL8wjZcmA8M
Jeff Patton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SA3hXnFs_s
Marion Landry: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBbnr877klM
This allows anyone to express their passion for using 3ds Max. The idea is pretty simple. You point a camera at yourself, reach for a piece of paper with 3ds Max on it and say “Hi, I’m [insert your name], I’m a [artist, designer, specialist, etc.) at [company] and I’m Max” or words to that affect. You then pretend to hand the paper off to someone off-screen. You post the clip to Youtube and send us the link/video. We’d compile the best of these into a 2-3 minute reel (about 10-15 of them) and release it to our youtube channel. We’re happy to link your video segment to your company’s home page or whatever link you want to provide us with.
- Every person doing this will be seen to grab a piece of white paper from someone off camera on the LEFT and pass it to someone off camera on the RIGHT (this would give continuity to the video across clips). The paper will have “3ds Max” and the 3ds Max logo on it. Let’s be very clear, the paper comes from the left side of the screen and leaves to the right side of the screen. Check out the videos to make sure you’ve got this right.
- You’ll print out a PDF (attached to this post) that we’ll provide with the 3ds Max logo that MUST be printed on white paper (for consistency). Do not create your own version of this, it’s important to retain this element across all videos so that it appears we’re handing off the same piece of paper.
- People can use a webcam, iphone, whatever - should be spontaneous
- Everyone is encouraged to do something interesting or say something interesting (but following the guidelines below)
These minimum requirements must be met:
- Each person/group must hold up the piece of paper to the camera, and it must be the printed PDF on white paper
- The clip can be no longer than 10 seconds
- It must be passed from left to right
- Either a person or group says their name/title and/or company, and then they must say something with “max” in it:
- 720p resolution
- h264 or QT only
Example statements (must have the word “max” in there somewhere):
- I’m Max
- We’re all max
- I’m taking it to the max
1) Upload to Youtube: MAKE SURE YOU TITLE STARTING WITH “I’M MAX: [plus whatever else you want in your tiltle]” – this is critical so that searches on Youtube can be easily done
2) Email the Youtube link to email@example.com and attach the original video (we’re assuming it is just few Mb).
3) If you want us to embed a link to a site of your choosing, please provide that information in your submission. If provided, we’ll use the Youtube feature to embed this link and it will show on top of your video when your segment plays. You can post your reel or demo work to Youtube which would make it easy for someone to see your work. Feel free to embed your link in your Youtube submission also.
- We’ll probably wait a couple months to allow for creativity to arise from this effort before compiling our video. The cutoff will probably be August 1st so that we have time to publish the “best of” by SIGGRAPH.
- You can do multiple submissions in case you want to update what you did
- If you get selected, we’ll need a consent form from you
- For group videos, you’ll still want to bring the paper in from the left (walk/run it in) and exit it to the right. We will give some leeway on the 10 sec rule for good group shots – but realize it is important to do this very quickly or it gets boring
- You can animate a character to grab the paper and pass it from left to right and do a voice over
- You can do some creative video effect to you or the background (just follow the minimum requirements)
Here's the file with the logo on it:
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