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  • Blender for After Effects forum proposal

  • Paolo Ciccone

    October 28, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    I hope I am in the right area for forum suggestions.
    3D and compositing is becoming a really popular topic. A lot of MoGraph artists are in search of a solution for integrating 3D elements in their composition. We have forums for C4D, Maya, 3DStudio but not for Blender, which is unusual given the accessibility of this great modeler.

    Last week I did a presentation of “Blender for After Effects” at our regular meeting of the San Francisco MoGraph Group. See
    We had about 200 people in the audience, pretty much filling up the space given to us by Adobe.

    People were definitely interested and I received some really positive feedback afterward, which confirmed that there is interest for a 3D solution that uses Blender.

    So here is my proposal. The COW is the ideal place for a forum dedicated to using Blender with After Effects and/or other compositing programs. Is there any interest in this and is so, what is the correct procedure for starting it?


    Paolo Ciccone

  • Steven Jenkins

    December 10, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    I will second that request. Blender is a good program and provides much needed competition to the field. I think it’s time to stop pretending the program is not legitimate. I own C4D and love it but Blender is a very powerful program as well. I think if they simply charged money for it people would look at the program in a very different light. I’ve been on different forums and people naturally have a hard time accepting the fact that something available is free that can do what you just paid $1000 bucks for. Myself included. It’s OK! Move on! Let’s share and learn how to make use of this great program together and see where this goes. I’m not suggesting we replace our programs but this would be a fine tool to add to the arsenal and a great first program for those who can’t afford a paid one.


    Steven Jenkins

  • Ron Lindeboom

    December 11, 2009 at 1:54 am

    As we have said numerous times on the subject of Blender in the past, without a host volunteer, we are not going to add a forum. If someone wants to host, we will add it.

    Ron Lindeboom

  • Steven Jenkins

    December 12, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    What is the time committment and/or qualifications? I might take a stab at hosting a general Blender forum. I\’ve used Blender some in the past, but I\’m no expert. But I might enjoy the learning experience of helping answer questions that I\’m able to answer or look up.

  • Paolo Ciccone

    December 12, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    I was going to ask the same question. I see that some forums have multiple hosts. If we can split the duties then I would feel more comfortable about doing this.


    Paolo Ciccone

  • Ron Lindeboom

    December 13, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Hi Stephen and Paolo,

    You do not have to be an expert, nor do you have to be a slave to the forum, to host here at Creative COW. Sure, we like to build a team that eventually includes some experts but often, the people that are enthusiastic draw others who are enthusiastic. When they do, the community interacts and questions get answered and ideas get exchanged. That is what is important.

    To be honest, we prefer that the forums NOT become the domain of one person that is enslaved to the forum answering all the questions. That is unhealthy for the slave and also for the forum, because it becomes one person’s viewpoint and ideas.

    We like to say that if you are spending more than 15 minutes a day or two, you are spending too much time at it.

    If you would like to host, please send me a head-and-shoulders picture so that we can add you to the team. My email is

    Best to you both,

    Ron Lindeboom

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