Blender


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Download


http://www.blender.org/

What is it ?


Blender is widely regarded as the best Open Source 3D Graphics and modelling package so far – it is on a par with the very best commercial programs of its sort.

It was recently used to make the First Open Source Animation Movies Big Buck Bunny




http://vimeo.com/2203727


and Elephant's Dream.




http://vimeo.com/1132937


Blender is not for beginners – it has a very complex interface (text heavy but logical) and a whole host of import and export options – not only does it make models but it can also do animation and particle modelling – anything you can think of representing in simulations and loads of other features. It is beyond the scope of this Wiki to point out all the features but we have links to other sites where there are numerous excellent tutorials.

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The interface for blender can be very daunting and it would be best to look at a few of the tutorials in tandem with opening the package for the first time.

In order to make Blender work with Second Life you need to download and install a special program into the Blender Scripts directory <make a video of how to do this and links otherwise people will be clueless. This section probably needs its own TOC at the top.

Educational Examples


Cleo learn Blender Moodle tutorial:


http://www.cleo.net.uk/resources/displayframe.php?src=972/http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cleo.net.uk%2Fconsultants_resources%2Fdesigntech%2Fblendermoodle%2Fblendermoodle.html

Editing Video using Blender


http://www.cleo.net.uk/resources/displayframe.php?src=1075/http://www.cleo.net.uk/consultants_resources/ict/blenderVE/how2ve.html

Sumit Sarkar on Making Ganesh with Blender


http://www.cleo.net.uk/resources/displayframe.php?src=985/http://www.cleo.net.uk/consultants_resources/art/sumitF8/ssAS2f8b.html

Video of Educational Use of Blender


Interview with Roger Lang, Sumit Sarkar and pupils - http://opensourceschools.org.uk/roger-lang-cleo-blender.html

Other Blender Tutorials


http://www.blender.org/education-help/tutorials/

Combining GIMP with Blender to make model characters and animations


http://otothecleaner.free.fr/tutorials/tutorials.html

Screencasting Resources


http://blendernewbies.blogspot.com/

http://blendercookie.com

Wikibook - Blender Noob to Pro


http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Blender_3D:_Noob_to_Pro#Table_of_Contents