It's been a busy couple of weeks. Here's what we've been up to:
We've continued with creating a model of the car. All the bodywork is now finished, and we've moved on to some of the trickier internal trim like the door cards.
The modeling has become even more important because it will not just be a part of the video, but also we'll provide 3D annotated models of ever car part inside the new
app and on the website. If we invest in creating the model now, then when technology catches up later it will pay dividends. And along those lines...
We're also exploring some visual styles for the CGI elements of the video series. Here's an example of the latest render:
Virtual / Augmented Reality
If you're on a relatively recent mobile phone or tablet then you can see a demo of some of the virtual reality ideas. As you move your phone around you can see the whole scene inside the studio. That's just a simple demo for now, but later we'll provide the same thing for inside the engine bay - and we can also create videos in the same style.
The old site served us well but it needed a refresh and so we've rebranded and redesigned the site.
There's a better menu and things are slightly more colorful. The homepage also makes it clearer that
we have lots of articles with beautiful illustrations.
Redesigning is always a little more work than it seems because we also have the site in French
and in Spanish.
I've had quite a few questions from people about why I chose to use an MX5 Miata for the video series. Was it sponsored? Am I an expert with them? Because I love them? The answer is... it just seemed the best choice at the time. Now, with hindsight, I realise it was the best possible choice in the world. Here's the story...
We've been filming and releasing videos every week since getting into the new studio. The course now has 9.5 hours of pro-quality video, fully subtitled and I'm really proud of what we're producing! We're using CGI anywhere it helps understanding, and the general quality and feel of the videos is at an all-time high.
We finished the first episode in the new studio and to celebrate I've put it up on YouTube so you can (hopefully) learn something new and also see the massive improvement in quality that we've made. Also.... shiny new CGI is working!