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Title: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: Remnant on August 23, 2013, 06:02:46 PM
One of the most frequent requests we receive is for more tutorial videos on how to use World Machine. I'm happy to announce a great new 3rd party resource for your training needs!

Vladimir from Geekatplay Studio has just released a set of tutorial videos on World Machine. 4 videos are freely available now, out of a total of 29 that will be unlocked weekly.

You can find them here:

Discovering World Machine from GeekatPlay Studio (http://www.geekatplay.com/dwm.php)

I have reviewed the videos and found them to be a great introduction to using World Machine. He plans to release more videos in the future covering deeper and more advanced features as well.
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: emporio on August 25, 2013, 01:44:20 AM
Oh man, this is great news!
Always been a big fan of GeekAtPlays videos, will get this set for sure.

Thanks for the reminder Rem

Cheers
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: geekatplay on August 29, 2013, 09:51:54 AM
More tutorials here : http://www.geekatplay.com/wm.php
Discovering World Machine - basic introduction to application workflow and devices
Exploring World Machine - project based tutorials, mostly WM and Vue workflow + Photoshop
Exploring WWM series two - project based ...more tutorials. i am adding workflow with other applications.

Tutorials free to watch, i will unlock new every week.

Your feedback very appreciated. Tell me subjects you are interested, what should be cover in tutorials.
Thank you for support!
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: motorsep on September 07, 2013, 10:40:48 PM
Nice start!

I'd like to see how to create something like this in your tutorials:

http://www.cornucopia3d.com/purchase.php?item_id=11161
http://www.cornucopia3d.com/purchase.php?item_id=11475
http://www.cornucopia3d.com/purchase.php?item_id=11733

using only World Machine, no Vue (or maybe World Machine + Bender)

@Remnant: Any idea what is so special in Dax's "proprietary Snow Distribution Device" and if something like that will be coming to World Machine ?
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: emporio on September 09, 2013, 04:09:42 PM
Purchased the Exploring World Machine set.
As usual, always a very high standard in terms of knowledge sharing and explaining those details that just makes your project that better.
This is what I always loved about GeekAtPlay.
A little thing that came to my mind and that I would have loved: To see the final product in World Machine before exporting maps to VUE.
Many of us don't use VUE and will instead export to other packages. So to have the tutorial kind of reaching its "peak" at the end of the WM session would be SO cool, spending a little time reviewing what has been accomplished with WM, reviewing the techniques and discussing the final result would be much appreciated. Then the second part could still be importing and rendering in VUE - and those who don't use VUE would still be able to follow along and transfer the ideas to our rendering-engine of choice.
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: geekatplay on September 13, 2013, 09:23:41 AM
Few more tutorials out : http://www.geekatplay.com/ewm2.php
I tried reduce of Vue use, but sometimes it's needed for renders.
Here example of the Dunes, atmosphere and sand clouds done in Vue:
(http://www.geekatplay.com/images/dunesx2-2000.jpg)
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: motorsep on September 13, 2013, 09:26:50 AM
Oh my! Beautiful!

Btw, why not to use World Machine and Blender? That would make pretty good tutorial :)
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: Hotshot on September 13, 2013, 04:45:45 PM
Astonishing Luve it..
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: WFab on October 28, 2013, 12:26:25 PM
@motorsep: i tried using blender for rendering, but cycles is not as fully featured to deal with environments (no volumetrics, mist is complex).. and i don't know much blender internal... i was trying yesterday to create a basic workflow tutorial for blender and maya, but both scenes crashed a lot so i gave up (for now ;) )
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: asierra on October 31, 2013, 01:52:16 PM
Actually I am using Blender internal and 2 months ago I wrote a minimal tutorial.

http://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?304633-Importing-terrains-from-World-Machine

I know the scene is rather basic, but it's just a matter of keep working on it.
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: motorsep on October 31, 2013, 03:48:18 PM
@asierra: Nice. The main thing I am looking for is material nodes and scene set up for rendering to achieve such nice dunes as seen on geekatplay's image :)

@WFab: Yeah, Cycles isn't quite there yet. But I recall volumetrics will be coming with Blender 2.7. Blender Render (former Blender Internal) is not hard to deal with. What version of Blender are you using?

Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: WFab on October 31, 2013, 11:46:31 PM
@motorsep: i'm using blender 2.68 at the mo. if 2.7 has volumetrics and true displacement in cycles, it would be unbeatable in terms rendering terrains.

@asierra: i used the same workflow as your tutorial, the problem isn't importing the displacement... problem is adding details, like procedurals of cycles, or importing a 4k or 8k displacement. blender crashes every time. my gpu is not supported for gpu acceleration in blender. even if i manage to bring all that into blender, the renders don't look that great, neither do my projections.
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: geekatplay on November 11, 2013, 02:17:21 PM
Coming soon, World Machine and Terragen 3. Any one here using Terragen ?
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: motorsep on November 11, 2013, 02:33:38 PM
I don't. What can Terragen do that WorldMachine can't?
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: Remnant on November 11, 2013, 02:59:17 PM
Hi motosep,

I can actually answer that one -- WM is not and has never been designed to be a terrain renderer. Our focus is squarely on terrain modeling; using the output in 3D rendering software (be it Terragen or Max...) is quite a natural desire.
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: Construc on November 11, 2013, 05:10:12 PM
Coming soon, World Machine and Terragen 3. Any one here using Terragen ?

I do! made a few images with it on my deviantART:  http://con-struc.deviantart.com/ (http://con-struc.deviantart.com/)
havent really gotten around to figuring out how to use masks rendered out of WM as surface layers in terragen yet, they always seem to break on me..

I don't. What can Terragen do that WorldMachine can't?

Purely in terms of terrain creation, WM has much prettier outcomes IMHO, what with the erosion node and all, but Terragen can, if you go out to such a scale, render out the planet's curvature into the terrain, (which if you do enough research into map projections turns out to be quite important http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lR7s1Y6Zig (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lR7s1Y6Zig), http://xkcd.com/977/ (http://xkcd.com/977/)) along with protusions and holes in the terrain (because of WMs heightmap limitations.
It really depends on what you need to do as to which would be the better option, but for me using a rendered heightmap from WM as a foreground and Terragen power fractals as the BG terrain seems to get the best of both worlds.



EDIT: if i may, a comprehensive World Machine <-> Terragen tutorial series would be fantastic :D
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: jaf on November 11, 2013, 06:05:39 PM
While Terragen can generate terrains, I think WM is much better in that area.  The two programs really work well together and I think you would find that a majority of the top artists on the Terragen forum would agree. 

Terragen can generate atmospheres -- realistic clouds, water, render objects and object instances into the scene (vegetation, buildings, etc.) and a realistic lighting model.
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: WFab on November 14, 2013, 10:59:20 PM
i plan on switching to terragen. an in depth look at terragen workflow with wm would be great. thanks in advance!!!
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: DannyG on November 21, 2013, 03:31:19 PM
Geek, Tutorials are excellent, thorough and easy to follow
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: zaxxon on December 25, 2013, 08:03:47 AM
I'd certainly vote with my credit card for such a series from geekatplay!
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: ronan.thibaudau on January 05, 2014, 12:51:11 PM
Just purchased the series, downloading now, it's dirt cheap (also i assume it's going to be pretty decent video quality, >1GB download)
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: geekatplay on January 10, 2014, 01:04:06 PM
Finishing new tutorials, http://www.geekatplay.com/ewm3.php  No Vue or other texturing applications. All textures and color maps with WM2.


Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: Stadius on January 12, 2014, 02:59:48 PM
how long is this series of tutorials ?
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: geekatplay on January 13, 2014, 10:19:33 AM
Combine time around 3hr + (depend on series) . Tutorials split in segments 10-25 min each. It is project based tutorials. 4-6 projects per set. You can watch tutorials on website or my youtube channel, not all of them unlocked, yet. But in time all of them will be free. So far i have almost 1500 free, unlocked video tutorials (3d and digital art) on my channel.
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: motorsep on February 08, 2014, 10:55:08 PM
Do you happen to have tutorials about making snowy landscapes / mesas (separately and combined) in World Machine + Blender (or using just World Machine)?

Something similar to this:

http://www.cornucopia3d.com/download/store/PictureFiles/Scenes/Terrains/Cruce_Grande_Vue_112_2_img.jpg

and

http://www.cornucopia3d.com/download/store/PictureFiles/Scenes/Terrains/Snowy_Terrains_Vue_112_4_img.jpg
http://www.cornucopia3d.com/download/store/PictureFiles/Scenes/Terrains/Snowy_Terrains_Vue_112_5_img.jpg
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: WFab on February 09, 2014, 10:48:42 AM
I posted this one on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDkaJdWXldk

for an in depth look, you might want to purchase similar tutorials from geekatplay's site.
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: geekatplay on February 24, 2014, 01:53:18 PM
Watch free video tutorials at youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/GeekatplayStudio or at http://www.geekatplay.com/wm.php  more tutorials added weekly.
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: WFab on February 25, 2014, 11:52:06 PM
@geekatplay: do you skip some tutorials from the set when making them public on youtube? also, i need exploring wm series 3 (texturing with wm) but you seem to have abandoned it for the freebies.
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: geekatplay on March 07, 2014, 03:00:19 PM
i am trying to release free every week, possible missed some. Thank you for reminding.
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: Onkelpoe on March 10, 2014, 12:37:24 AM
@geekatplay: do you skip some tutorials from the set when making them public on youtube? also, i need exploring wm series 3 (texturing with wm) but you seem to have abandoned it for the freebies.

Japp - same goes for series 2: http://www.geekatplay.com/ewm2.php

Would be awesome, if we can get some more free tutorials :)
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: WFab on February 05, 2015, 11:26:46 AM
Here's a small tutorial I made on how to import your heightmap into blender. This does not go into texturing, the next one will. Hope you learn something!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9PnpODg3AY
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: motorsep on May 08, 2015, 06:07:06 PM
@geekatplay: do you have (in plans maybe) tutorials about Vue Esprit 2015 > Blender workflow by chance? I am thinking to get Vue to generate some nice landscapes (I sure hope so, as I have never worked with it before), get them into Blender, decimate for game engine and bake textures from high poly copy. If possible, add some wear and tear in World Machine. Having a tutorial about this process would definitely allow me (and I am sure many other game devs) to hit the ground running. Thanks.
Title: Re: World Machine Tutorial Videos
Post by: geekatplay on November 08, 2017, 09:30:07 AM
New tutorials released: http://www.geekatplay.com/world-machine-tutorials.php now eight series, hundred of tutorials, most free to watch at the web site or youtube.