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Data Compression 101

Author   Aaron Estrada
Date Fri 26 May 2017
Tags      tech, explainer, Linux

What is data compression and how can it help you in VFX and Animation? In this post we’ll look at the basics of data compression both lossless and lossy. What are the options and what are the tradeoffs when using compression vs. not using compression?

I recently had a conversation with an experienced colleague that made me realize just how much confusion there can be about
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Shell Basics For Artists

Author   Liz Benard
Date Wed 10 May 2017
Tags      linux, tech, shell

The terminal is pretty daunting. All that basically-formatted text, those sometimes extensive commands, and so much typing make for a barrier to entry that many artists find hard to get over. But a basic understanding of how to get around and find and move files is invaluable. And since Unix/Linux has a long history in the industry,
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Creating Panoramas for CG

Author   Aaron Estrada
Date Fri 07 April 2017
Tags      free

Tile Worlds, Camera Projection and Image Based Lighting all have one thing in common: They use photographic elements as their main source inputs. While I tend to say this about nearly every VFX technique (I love them all!), the above are among my favorites. There is nothing more photo-realistic than a photograph or live action plate so it’s the best source material one can hope for!
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The History of Linux in VFX and Animation

Author   Aaron Estrada
Date Tue 28 March 2017
Tags      Linux, tech, explainer

People often seem surprised when I tell them that effectively all high-end VFX and animation shops use Linux. Surely something like Windows or OSX would be more convenient, right? Maybe so… or maybe not. As Ethan mentioned in an Read more...


LearnVFX Acquisition

Author   Aaron Estrada
Date Wed 22 March 2017
Tags      free

FullMeta Corp., the creators of MetaPipe.com have acquired LearnVFX.com, my former training company. LearnVFX will become our portal for providing training and cool content for the VFX and animation community.

To celebrate we’ve decided to give away my latest creation, Pipeline 101, a free crash course book on VFX and animation pipelines.
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SXSW 2017

Author   Aaron Estrada
Date Fri 17 March 2017
Tags      sxsw, conference, inspiration

If you’ve been watching the MetaPipe Twitter feed you know I was at South by Southwest this week.

It was my first time at sxsw and I have to say I was blown away by the energy and how amazing all the people are. It was incredibly inspirational. There is a vibe that can only be described as joy. I’m guessing it stems from the roots of sxsw as a mostly cultural event.
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Why use Linux for VFX?

Author   Ethan Estrada
Date Fri 03 March 2017
Tags      Linux, tech, explainer

When this question is asked, the question between the lines is really “Why don’t they use Windows?” since the only other real contender outside Linux is Apple OSX, which itself is based on BSD
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So, what is a virtual machine anyway?

Author   Ethan Estrada
Date Thu 02 March 2017
Tags      tech, explainer

We use the term “Virtual Machine” (or “VM”) a lot here at MetaPipe, but you might not know what that means. This short explaination should help clear things up a bit.

First, the obtuse, opaque answer: a virtual machine is a computer within a computer. But I figure that answer is about as clear as mud, right? So let’s try using something else that
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Hierarchy of Needs

Author   Aaron Estrada
Date Tue 28 February 2017
Tags      repost, planning

MetaPipe’s CTO, Ethan Estrada, originally posted this article on his personal blog. I liked it so much that I asked him if I could repost it here on the MetaPipe Blog. You can find the link to the original article here. However, the article is posted below in its entirety.
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