Tutorial Contest for 2.72

Posted by Chris Plush on October 9th, 2014 | Comments (21)


 

This contest is officially over, go to the results page to see the winners!


How This Competition Works

Blender 2.72 has officially been released, and that means it’s time for another CG Masters contest to teach people how to use it! The goal is simple, create the best video tutorial or written tutorial you can using Blender 2.72. There’s no theme for the tutorials, just think of something you’re good at and teach us how to do it! Extra points go to those that show how to use the latest features. You can submit multiple entries but only one entry can place in the top 3. Tutorials can be of any length. They must be new content, in English, and use Blender 2.72.
 

The Deadline

All entries must be submitted by the end of October 23, 2014.
 

Prizes

Among the prizes listed below, all winners and honorable mentions will have their tutorials published on CGMasters.net.

1st Place


  • $150 cash
  • 4 CG Masters DVDs
  • Tutorial Published

 

2nd Place


  • $100 cash
  • 2 CG Masters DVDs
  • Tutorial Published

 

3rd Place


  • $50 cash
  • 1 CG Masters DVD
  • Tutorial Published

 

 

How to Submit Your Tutorial

Step 1: If you’re submitting a video tutorial, upload your tutorial to your own vimeo or youtube account. If you’re submitting a written tutorial, upload your tutorial to your website. If you don’t have a website, contact us and we can help you out.

Step 2: Make sure you provide a starting blend file(if necessary), and a finished blend file showing the final result. Link to these files on your tutorial page. If you have nowhere to host these files, contact us and we will host them for you.

Step 3: Post the link to your tutorial in the comments section below, and include any information you’d like us to use to credit you(real name, email, websites, etc.)
 

Points Are Awarded in 4 Categories

Originality – Is the tutorial unique and creative?
Quality – Is the final product and learning experience awesome?
Accuracy – Is the information accurate, and is the method efficient?
Production – Is the tutorial well produced?
 

Results

After the deadline it’ll take about a week or two to go through the results and make a decision. Then we’ll gather the winning tutorials on a single page for everyone to view and announce the results on facebook. All winning entries will be available in the tutorials section on www.cgmasters.net.
 

Tips for Creating a Good Tutorial

For video tutorials, don’t speak or work too fast, and pace yourself based on your target audience’s skill level. Show the result of the tutorial in the beginning so people know what they’re making. Do trial runs on difficult parts so recording goes smoothly. If you include troubleshooting in your tutorial make sure you explain clearly how you are fixing the problems you encounter. Don’t say umm too often.

For written tutorials, use a lot of pictures to clearly illustrate each step of the process. Show the result at the beginning of the tutorial. Spell check. Double check your tutorial for any technical errors or missing steps.
 

Creative Commons License

By submitting an entry to this competition you agree to release your tutorial and any included blend files under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0. This means you grant everyone the right to use or share your blend file and training material however they like as long as they credit you for it. By submitting an entry you also agree that all the content you submit is your own original content, including the blend files and everything in them, or that you have permission to use whatever material is not original.
 

  • http://www.blenderpassion.com Mark LaBarr

    Is it alright to submit a tutorial that has been done before the contest started?

    • http://www.cgmasters.net/ Chris Plush

      Since I started this contest a little late this time you can submit tutorials made before the contest started as long as you used 2.72.

  • Varel257

    Can we use background image

    • http://www.cgmasters.net/ Chris Plush

      Yes you can as long as you own the rights to the image or have permission to use it.

  • Wesley Branton

    To enter the contest, do we post a URL here, a URL on Blender Artists Community, or do we email you the link?
    My tutorial is almost done, so I will be entering very soon.

    • http://www.cgmasters.net/ Chris Plush

      Yes you post a link to it here in this comment section, looking forward to seeing your submission!

  • Wesley Branton

    Finally finished my entry. I had a bit of issues getting it online, but I survived.
    Credit name: Wesley Branton
    BTW, it says computerwhiz305 at the start, because I was originally going to put it on my YouTube account, but it was too long.
    https://vimeo.com/109730905

  • John

    Here’s my short, but hopefully useful entry:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuuCsXCIErw

    Thanks for running these contests!

  • Guest

    Here is my entry 🙂 It is about the new sun beams node and how to use it when the camera or the sun beam casting object moves. I hope you like it, comments and feed back are highly appreciated.

    “…So Blender has recently got a new node called Sun Beams, which (as you probably have already guessed) creates light rays/god rays from an image/alpha input. The direction of the sun beams is determined by the x and y values. Sadly the node doesn’t have the option yet to plug in an x/y coordinate, so for now you would have to animate it manually in order for the sun beams to cast in the same direction if the sun beams casting object or the camera moves. Here I show you a quick and easy workaround using a tracking point and a driver with an expression…”

    Full Blog Post:
    http://www.lucascheller.de/Pages/Blog/Blog_P_1.html

    Tutorial on Youtube:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cOOEJ2p4ZM

  • http://www.lucascheller.de/ Luca Scheller

    Here is my
    entry 🙂 It is about the new sun beams node and how to use it when the camera or the sun beam casting object moves. I hope you like it, comments and feedback are highly appreciated.

    “…So Blender has recently got a new node called Sun Beams, which (as you probably
    have already guessed) creates light rays/god rays from an image/alpha input.
    The direction of the sun beams is determined by the x and y values. Sadly the
    node doesn’t have the option yet to plug in an x/y coordinate, so for now you
    would have to animate it manually in order for the sun beams to cast in the
    same direction if the sun beams casting object or the camera moves. Here I show
    you a quick and easy workaround using a tracking point and a driver with an expression…”

    Full Blog Post:

    http://www.lucascheller.de/Pages/Blog/Blog_P_1.html

    Tutorial on YouTube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cOOEJ2p4ZM

  • Varel257

    This is my entry:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fv6s9Kipn8

    sorry for the sound it’s not big,
    but hopely this helpful.

  • http://www.cgjam.net cgjam

    i’m a bit sad that i didn’t get to enter this time, too much going on at the moment and didn’t want to just rush something out for the sake of it! oh well i look forward to the next contest, good luck to the current entrants 🙂

    • http://www.cgmasters.net/ Chris Plush

      Looking forward to your entry next time then! (p.s. there’s still 22 hours though, get to work!)

  • John

    Here is my other entry, a simple animation tutorial for close to beginners: Animate a Basic Quadruped Walkcycle

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9Fv5nyc0Ak

  • http://blendertalkies.blogspot.com/ AnandhaRaja

    Here is my entry “HOW TO CREATE A GRUNGE WALL IN BLENDER”
    http://youtu.be/654iRWY-_rM
    Name : AnandhaRaja . A
    website: http://blendertalkies.blogspot.com

  • John

    Here is my third (and final, don’t worry :D) tutorial: Getting Started with Particle Hair Dynamics

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCW16iiZFQ0&feature=youtu.be

    Thanks!

  • Steve

    Hey Chris and Aidy,

    Glad to see the entries coming in! Here’s mine:

    Learn how to use Blender’s Fluid Simulator in combination with its Ocean Modifier to create some realistic animated splashes!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVwfEHtLiyI&feature=youtu.be

    Tutorial Files: https://www.dropbox.com/s/84hiix2si5lzble/Splash%20Tutorial%20Files.zip?dl=0

  • Wesley Branton

    8 entries by 6 different people.

    A 50-50 chance of getting a prize.
    Good luck to everyone who entered. Looking forward to seeing the winners.

  • http://www.cgmasters.net/ Chris Plush

    Results coming up later tonight! Also, this was Matteo Timossi’s entry posted on facebook: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox8dn_Ix1wQ

  • http://www.cgmasters.net/ Chris Plush