Modo Videos…

Well, I managed to get Modo 302 installed and running last night. I then “fired up” the training videos and re-discovered something that I had forgotten, which is;  I really don’t like trying to learn something from videos, especially those videos that I have to play on my computer. If I could pop the videos into my DVD player and play it along side my computer monitor, that would be one thing, but when it has to play on my computer – unless I had two monitors side-by-side, which I don’t – then I must tab back and forth between the video and the application… Don’t get me wrong, the videos are really nicely done, and quiet inspiring, but for some reason (maybe it’s my age) I just prefer a good old fashioned, hard copy – MANUAL that I can prop open across my lap and follow as I stumble my way through the learning process…

Now, having said that… Modo does come with a nice 429 page manual (in PDF format) that I did print out and bind. The problem here however is that the provided manual seems to be much more “technical” oriented, with not many (if any) “how-to” areas….. And keep in mind that I am 3D savvy when it comes to modeling and the terminology used… In other words, I know how to model objects, I’ve been doing it for years; I just need to know how to use Modo to model objects!!! >sigh<

Anyway, I just logged off from Amazon where I ordered “The Official Luxology modo Guide” according to Amazons customer ratings – it should be a good add to my collection. (hopefully!!!)

Modo 302

Modo 302!! I just finished downloading Luxology’s newest version of Modo – version 302 – and I’m excited to crack it open and get to it!! The funny thing is, I haven’t had much of a chance to even study version 301 yet!!! This time however I took the time to download their accompanying “video training” material too (well over 1 Gb worth!!) I’d really like to come to grips with Modo because the results I’ve seen others accomplish with it are quite impressive!

There seems to be a lot going on lately – I upgraded Zbrush to version 3.1 a few weeks ago, and I actually started on a new tutorial on how to use ZBrush, Poser, and Tool Collection for Poser (a nominally priced 3rd party set of applications) to create injection morphs for Poser figures!

Then, two weekends ago while trying to do my weekly hard drive backup. Acronis (the backup software that I use) would get about 60% done, and then totally lock up my computer!! I was all of last week sorting that mess out. I believe it was a combination of a couple corrupted files and a bit of disk fragmentation that caused it – but I’m not certain. All I know is that I deleted the corrupted files (two jpegs), defragmented the hard drive, uninstalled Acronis – rebooted – then reinstalled it again, and it began working again, but there was a lot of trial and error during this process!

Anyway, hopefully I can finish my tutorial soon, and then get busy with Modo!! :o)