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Video How To Blender Tutorial Supplemental Notes

Updated on January 21, 2017

Tutor4u Videos for Beginners: Absolute Best Videos on Youtube

These are my notes while learning how to do Blender while watching tutor4u videos on youtube. The best way is to have 2 computers running. I ran my older laptop to play the video in full screen so that I can see which buttons tutor4u was clicking on, and about to stop, start, and rewind if I missed something

I was running Ubuntu 14.04 on the laptop I installed Blender on, but it wasn't the latest version when downloading via the Ubuntu Software Center. To install via the command line the instructions are located at How to Install The Latest Blender Release in Ubuntu

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thomas-schiex/blender

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install blender

Notes for Blender Tutorial: Splash Effect - 2 of 2

I strongly suggest to go to tutor4u YouTube webage videos and show oldest to newest and start at the first how to Blender video and sequentially follow videos because need to practice the mouse and keyboard shortcuts along with the location of the various buttons.

Some of these notes came from the comment section below the video where others before had the same problem. Other answers and notes came from Blender Stack Exchange.

Some buttons are in different location in the version that I have, v2.78. In tutor4u's videos the version used is v2.67

One difference was Unable to save rendered image. F3, nor fn +F3 did not work. The button that worked for me is shown in the image below.

Save as Image button location

Rendering progress location

Published on Dec 14, 2012 This Blender video demonstrates how to make an image of 2 bell peppers splashing into a tank of water.

Notes for Part 2 of 2 Splash Effect

Splash Effect 2 of 2 directions/settings

Splash into a tank of water - preparing for the water simulation

Create a container for the water

Switch to wireframe mode

add mesh cube S 5 enter

Make water,

Shirt+D Enter S Z .5 enter

move Blue arrow so water box is even with the container box

rotate to check that the peppers are in the center of the container


position peppers center, horizontal, vertical


move to rear of box

1 7 r 40 enter pepper1, r 20 enter pepper2

1 r 270 enter pepper1 r 250 enter pepper2

7 r 340 enter pepper1 r 310 enter 1 pepper2

animation 30 f

Key frames

f 1 I location (both peppers)

pull down pepper to water line

f 10 I location (both peppers)

pull down pepper to into the water

f 30 I location (both peppers)

play (to see animation) pause

Setup the fluid simulation

select waterbox

Physics tab Fluid

Type Fluid

Cube.001 unclick camera icon (box will not be rendered)

For each Pepper & Pepper stem:

Physics tab Fluid

Type Obstacle

Settings @ default of

Partial Slip Amount 0.200

Impact Factor 1.000

Setup the box that contains the water:

Select Cube Physics Fluid

Type Domain

Settings to be changed:

Resolution 150

Time End 0.2

Fluid Particles Generate particles 0.05

Fluid Boundary Subdivisions 2

SaveAs project prior to baking

Bake(req. Memory:326.17 MB) = takes about an hour!

Move green marker to last frame f30 to will see the water change

see simulation with play/pause {if save .blend – will not see water just the peppers falling)

Set materials for the water:

Material New Glass BSDF (set to Beckmann!)


Add light sources

add mesh plane S 5 enter Material New Emission Strength 10


add mesh plane S 5 enter R 90 enter Material New Emission Strength 15

add mesh plane S 10 enter Material New Emission Strength 10

Background color:

World color black

Setup Camera view

View Align view Align Active Camera View

View Properties

Lock camera to View

Quick Render @ default as a check and see the white lines from the back of the water, Esc to stop quick render

3D view


Add mesh plane r 90 enter s 6 enter

Material new Diffuse

Color black


green arrow towards almost touching back of tank


Quick Render to check,

Sampling Sample 1000

Clamp 0.98


Bake (see progress on top left)

F30, render 1000 samples (takes about an hour to render on my PC)

F3 doesn't work on my PC but the image button does

This Blender video demonstrates how to make an Alarm Clock. Blender's cycles render engine is used during this video. Blender version 2.66

Notes for Blender Tutorial For Beginners: Alarm Clock

Notes for Video 1 of 2 Blender Tutorial For Beginners: Alarm Clock

bitmap clock face won't show up on the left. Using version 2.78. Click on the drop-down menu at the bottom left (small image icon next to the UVs menu) and select the clock_face.png image.

Location of image icon next to the UVs menu

Not rendering animation? Then Uncheck postprocessing

Post Processing should be unchecked during rendering
Post Processing should be unchecked during rendering

It's easy to learn from tutor4you tutorials!

Video Imaging Sequencing on Blender

Youtube's tutor4you has progressed so well with instructing the 'how to' videos, that I didn't even need extra notes anymore when learning how to do rigging in the above 'doggie' animation. Perhaps it is also because the version tutor4you used in that 'how to' was closer to my version of v2.78.

Blender is able to do video editing. It can do a quite a lot more than OpenShot video editing but if just doing basic video editing without adding Blender animations then it's easier to use OpenShot. The only problem with OpenShot is that the export Simple settings are set for smaller than 1920x1080 nor in 29.9 fps which is what my Sony A58 shoots in when set at the highest possible level - Blue-ray. When I shoot in Blue-ray, on my PC, VLC has shadows on it. I'm thinking that the video itself is crap. But it's because my PC can't handle Blue-Ray. If upload directly without editing in OpenShot - because editing Blue-ray will stop my PC and have to restart if shoot a clip. - When uploaded - looks perfect. See it on Vimeo @ -no bird shadows aka Alfred's Hitchcock's "The Birds".

So just because you DSLR can record in Blue-ray - doesn't mean you should if unable to play or edit it on your PC. The settings on a Sony A58 choices are as follows;

60i 24M(FX) 1920x1080 29.9 24 Mbps
60i 17M(FH) 1920x1080 29.9 17 Mbps
24p 24M(FX) 1920x1080 23.9
24p 14M(FH) 1920x1080 23.9

1440x1080 12m 1440x1080 29.9
VGA 3M 640x480 29.9

Frame shot of bird with shadow playing unedited 60i 24M(FX) 1920x1080 29.9 24 Mbps on VLCas shown below, show just how ugly it can get.

Bird Shadow on 60i 24M(FX) 1920x1080 29.9 24 Mbps VLC play

More Free Video Editors

I've been quit used to OpenShot and wrote a hub OpenShot Pan & Zoom Panoramic Photo

I resigned to video record on my Sony A58 on the 1440x1080 12m 1440x1080 29.9 - just so I can edit without hanging my Trusty Thar Ubuntu OS and hard restarting it. Please follow me and be notified when I add to this hub regarding the video editor, Pitivi. From Pitivi vs OpenShot,Pitivi has a much higher rating than OpenShot.

Pitivi video editing settings: match to original video

Pitivi video settings
Pitivi video settings
VLC and Pitivi video settings
VLC and Pitivi video settings

Pitivi noob

To make sure that your video edit after it is finished has the same resolution and fps then open video to be edited in VLC:
>Tools > Codec Information and match parameters with Project settings in Pitivi
in the screenshot below it is H264-MEPG-4 AVC 1920x1080 Frame rate 29.97 in the VLC codec information In Pitivi changed defaults to 1920x1080 .29.97 fps and for the Aspect Ratio > Display aspect ratio which automatically chooses DV Widescreen (16:9) > OK

If already have Pitivi open in the media library the imported files have the specs for the Video. In Pitivi:
> Edit > Project Settings, change setting from default to match imported media files.
SAVE PROJECT before beginning to edit.

At this time on Ubuntu 14.04 OS Pitivi Version 0.93 — 0.98 is available but was unable to download to upgrade to latest version - the preview became black. Closed Pitivi and reopened project to get the preview. Very important to save the project on regular basis. As in blender you may want to save different version during editing to be able to go back farther than Undo is able.

A picture within a picture seems to be very easy to do as demonstrated at 2:00 of 6:51 of the video below.

Pitivi Beginner Video Editor Tutorial


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