My choice

This is a list of application which I’m using for work.
Almost all this softwares are cross platform but in my opinion all works best under Linux/Debian operating system.
In 15 years of my career of “digital worker” I worked or tested many software like Maya Production Suite, Mudbox, ZBrush, Cinema4D, Shake, NukeX, Smoke, FCPStudio, Adobe After Effect, Premiere Pro, Photoshop.
From 3 years gradually I’m trying to replace the commercial software with Open Source.
Compared to the development of the commercial software, today I can say it was a good choice.

BLENDER

MODELLING / SCULPTING / PAINTING 3D
ANIMATION / CARACTER / PROCEDURAL / GAME ENGINE
DYNAMICS / FLUID / SMOKE / CLOTH / PARTICLE / HAIR
RENDERER / GAME OPENGL / PHYSICAL / RAYTRACING
VIDEO EDITING / OCIO COLOR MANAGEMENT
NODE COMPOSITING / EXR MULTICHANNEL
…is enough? Yes, I know is not the best on all performance but which commercial software is perfect at all or does it all like Blender?

http://blender.org

DJV

Djv is a “Swiss Army Knife” for preview of frames sequences saved in all kind of professional display and size.
Best choice for DPX and EXR, also in float depht, …..memory cache, ….I/O for preview and export, ….frame or timecode and many other stuff.

http://djv.sourceforge.net

KRITA

I have tried many application of digital painting, commercial and not: Autodesk SketchBook Pro, Photoshop, Corel Draw, MyPaint, all nice software…. but for quality of the brushes, filters and so on, Krita is my choice, that’s it.

http://www.calligra.org/krita

INKSCAPE

I don’t use so much the vector application, sometimes just for convert .ai/eps/pdf files to .svg for import vector path in Blender. Inkscape does it very well.
But Inkscape is also a good alternative to Adobe Illustrator.

http://inkscape.org/

AUDACITY

If you need to clean an audio track, insert some effect, ….denoiser, ….fade in/out, control the volume, all in a simple and quick way but with a really high quality level: Audacity.

http://audacity.sourceforge.net

GIMP

Do you really need Photoshop? Gimp is a good alternative on all OS, for retouching of raster file, on Linux the unique.

http://www.gimp.org

DARKTABLE

An alternative of Adobe Lightroom or Apple Aperture. You can find all that expect from an application like this and nothing less, may be something more.

http://www.darktable.org/

3 thoughts on “My choice

  1. Grazie Alessandro di queste informazioni, mi piacerebbe davvero diventare un professionista come te, hai qualche consiglio da darmi? Per caso fai dei corsi?

    • No niente corsi, comunque un consiglio, i corsi sui software vanno bene, ma l’importante è capire come funziona il workflow non tanto conoscere quel particolare software. Per chi sa come si controlla il colore di una foto, usare Gimp o l’ultima versione di Photoshop cambia poco. Quindi punta a realizzare qualcosa e provando fai esperienza, impari il worlflow; poi i software sono tutti uguali, il motion 3D tracker di Blender è uguale nella sostanza a quello di NukeX o PFTrack, quando sai cosa cercare, cosa usare, uno vale l’altro.

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