The health and safety inspector arrives at Muvizu TV – will we pass with a clean bill of health? Jim has gone missing this week so Marco has stood in for him to talk about Barry the Roofer with vertigo and the new Muvizu trailer while Jamie reports on Dylly’s new objects.
This week we take a look at some of our classic uploads to Muvizu.com. First we have fly by Deeko and then there is Sleekit things by our own BarryS. Marco is out and about with some tips on importing and using multiple dialogue tracks and Jim get a word from the boss.
This week sees us review UKBertys Beware the pie series of videos and his tantalising promo trailer for the next series Beware the eye of Amun Ra as well as CerebralDump’s Meet the robot video which surprisingly enough features a robot character – something we don’t see enough of Jamie takes a trip to the twitterverse with some interesting news and what happened to Kim?
A Muvizu Community Roundup video featuring two great videos from our community (A serious Neeson by Dreeko and Dark Ninja Reviews Battlefield 3 by Jonbez) and a quick trip to our forums covered by our roving reporter.
2011 a year in On The News
The reviewer, Lucy Orr, is the author of a not at all flattering review of Moviestorm. I post the news and link here to allow you to read the review and decide what you think, whether you agree with any, some or all of her conclusions and to, of course, leave appropriate responses. And, I do mean appropriate.
While I do not agree with all of her statements, she has some legitimate points that are the same many of us have aired in the past. They are also points the Moviestorm development team must also be well aware of. One point, in fact it appeared to be her chief condemnation, is the lag and/or loading times. Is there anyone out there that would not like to see the load and lag time reduced?
Other points made would definitely come with a price tag – both in system performance and in finances. She made more than one reference to the “low-res” graphics. As any of us who have experimented with higher polygon count models and/or textures can testify, Moviestorm does seem to get “stuffed” very quickly. So, any improvement in that area would likely only come after much code rewriting and changes in the way Moviestorm handles importation of 3d models, textures and in one very core program area – the rendering engine. We are likely talking about a complete rewrite of much of the program we have come to know. And, at what cost in compatibility and actual financial price?
One area that Ms. Orr mentions that I heartily agree needs to be improved is the GUI. It is, in fact, “very clunky.” There just has to be a better way to search for, locate and import new items into a scene. However, in all fairness, the GUI problem is not unique to Moviestorm. I am not exactly enamored with iClone’s GUI and Poser has always been notorious for a rather inefficient and “clunky” interface system. And I despise certain elements of Vue’s GUI. Like I said, GUI complaints are far from being unique to Moviestorm.
With that said, and just so there is no doubt among the community, I still love the hell outta Moviestorm. I have fun with it. I play with it. I create with it. I make money with it. It is a tool that will likely be in my animation/graphic toolbox for quite sometime. It’s just that, like other tools such as iClone, Poser, Bryce, Vue d’Esprit, Cinema 4d, etc., etc. etc., I see areas where it could definitely be improved… and seem to be thought of as a pain in the ass when I mention those perceived areas of needed improvements.
So, do as I did. Read Ms. Orr’s review. Give it a bit of thought. Respond if you wish, but do so in an appropriate manner. Especially you, Bigdude.
I think it has been early or mid-September since I posted a review from Mr. Roeper. That should give you an indication of just how much “Hollywood” films interest me. Interestingly, I think the Harry Potter franchise owes most of its success to the fact that it has an extremely heavy British influence. That should be expected since J.K. Rowling is, of course, British. However, it is also due, I believe, to the fact that she was able to keep a great deal of influence on how the films would ultimately be made. That is why all that talk in the press earlier this week and last about Steven Spielberg having been offered the directorial reins and wanting to do it as an animated film can all be looked upon with… laughter? Disdain? Disgust? Whatever? Personally, I cannot imagine Ms. Rowling ever having approved of an animated series. Anyway, I ramble… again.
Here is Mr. Roeper’s review of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.” I doubt it will influence many, but I doubt if there are many who are truly debating whether to see the film or not. By now, you are either a fan or not.
Online magazine Computeractive has posted Rob Beattie’s review of Moviestorm. You must read it to see if you agree. It is short and will only take a minute or two of your time. Suffice it to say that I disagree with the review’s two “bad points.” In fact, with all due respect to different opinions, I found them absurd. It is not that I do not believe Moviestorm has “bad points.” It does. It is simply that the two points highlighted by Mr. Beattie are not what I would have even remotely considered. That is all I am going to say about it since overall it was a positive review. Again, go here to read.