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January 9, 2019 12:00 AM

 

by Editor in Chief

 

What was the biggest Blender news in 2019--especially for professional users of Blender? Here are some of the top 10 Blender news from 2019. Please remember hobbyist-grade news or well-known facts--such as the use of Blender in product and arch viz--may have been omitted. 


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10. New trend: ‘Tutotainment’


Ton Roosendale, the President of Blender Foundation calls it "Tutotainment," which is a tutorial that is both entertaining and effective. Started by Ian Huber with his one minute "Lazy Tutorials" series it has set a new standard for Blender tutorial. Another that fits the description is those by Jorge Gutierrez. Interesting thing about Ian and Jorge is that they both are directors, having released film of their own.  No wonder their work stand apart from so many others.
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9. External Tools Come to Blender


Popular tools that were available for other propriety software are coming to Blender. Among them are TextTools, KeenTools Facebuilder and Atoms Crowd.
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8. Feature films and Shorts and Commercials

This year also saw many projects realized with Blender. Some of them to note are:
Skywatch
PETA commercial made fully in Blender
VFX--VFX Reel by POSTKINO FX on Tobol
The Super Stretchy Sticky Lizard | MyRodeReel2019

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7. Spring (Blender Open Movie) Released


The long-awaited Blender Open Movie "Spring" was released.
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6. Ubisoft and Other Studios Move to Use Blender


Ubisoft has announced that the Paris animation studio would be moving to Blender for series production.  And Japanese anime studio Khara also made to to use Blender. And others are also using Blender.
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5. Industry's Recognition for
Blender-created Feature Films
 

'Next Gen' Won 2 Kidscreen Awards (the Best Animation and Best Design) in the Creative Talent category of 
the 10th Kidscreen Awards.
"I Lost My body"--another feature film created using Blender--has won the Critics Award in Cannes, and the two main
prizes 
in Annecy. Regarding the film Ton Roosendale the President of the Blender Foundation noted:
"For a lot of film makers 
I lost my body will be a game changer – if anyone had a doubt, animation is definitely “just like film” now. And not only for Hollywood blockbusters, especially for indie teams on lower budgets. We’re proud that Blender plays a role in this movement."
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4. Powerful Blender-specific External Addons

More have been added and continuing to be added the lists of powerful Blender-specific external addons that would help to set 
Blender apart from its competitors. Some of them even costs as high as $549.00 US dollars. Check out some of them at the following links.
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3. Blender Development Fund Joined by Major Players

First the Epic Games, then Nvidia, AMD, Embark Studios and others--even Adidas--have joined the Blender Development Fund. 
Ton Roosendale, the President of Blender Foundation notes: "If there’s one thing that defined 2019 for Blender it was the massive support for Blender via our Development Fund membership program. It more than quadrupled in a year. Blender now has a much larger team of people working on core development; but not only that, the team is so large that other roles such as managers, writers and devops engineers needed to be filled in."
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2. Ub Iwerks Annie Award for Technical Achievement


"ASIFA-Hollywood is one of the premiere organizations in the world promoting the art and industry of animation. Their annual Annie Award ceremony is the ‘Oscars of animation’, with the top of producers and directors of the animation world attending. Each year the Annie Awards jury rewards a technical achievement that made a significant impact on the art or industry of animation. In February 2019 that prize went to Blender."
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1. Blender 2.80~81a Released

Blender 2.80 and subsequently Blender 81a have been released, living up to hypes created by Blender 2.80 Eevee demos released in 2018. 
With left click select as the new default, the interface has been redesigned, attracting professional new users. 
Armed with top-notch render engines Cycles and Evee and powerful AI denoiser, new and improved features include: 
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Related Links:

1. 2018 Blender Retrospective

2..2017 Blender Retrospective

3. 2016 Blender Retrospective 

List of Articles
Subject Date Views
Tutorials Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2019 Worthy of Your Note - for Animation & VFX file Jan 25, 2020 1213
Tutorials Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2019 Worthy of Your Note - for CG, Games & Viz file Jan 25, 2020 1001
Tutorials Top 12 Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2019 file Jan 25, 2020 955
Tutorials Top 15 Highest-Rated Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2019 file Jan 25, 2020 914
Tutorials Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2018 for Blender 2.8 file Jan 23, 2019 45242
Tutorials Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2018 Worthy of Your Note - for CG, Games & Viz file Jan 23, 2019 50025
Tutorials Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2018 Worthy of Your Note - for Animation & VFX file Jan 23, 2019 44379
Tutorials Top 12 Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2018 file Jan 23, 2019 44521
Render of the Year Render of the Year Awards 2018: Winners Annouced file Jan 02, 2019 51135
Blender Retrospectives 2018 Blender Retrospective file Jan 02, 2019 50707
Tutorials Top 12 Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2017 file Jan 09, 2018 194791
Blender Retrospectives 2017 Blender Retrospective file Jan 01, 2018 200148
Render of the Year Render of the Year Awards 2017: Winners Annouced file Dec 26, 2017 192874
Tutorials Top 12 Free Online Blender Tutorials (Videos) Released in 2016 file Jan 16, 2017 325138
Blender Retrospectives 2016 Blender Retrospective file Dec 29, 2016 372823
Render of the Year Render of the Year Awards 2015: Seven Winners Annouced file Jan 20, 2016 389447
Blender Retrospectives 2015 Blender Retrospective file Jan 12, 2016 374786
Tutorials Top 12 Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2015 file Jun 26, 2015 379271
Render of the Year Render of the Year Awards 2014: Five Winners Annouced file Jan 02, 2015 410322
Tutorials Top 12 Free Online Blender Tutorials Released in 2014 file Dec 11, 2014 413769
Render of the Week 'Kayan Tribe Woman' by George Siskas - the Winner of the Week of January 3, 2020 file Feb 07, 2020 471
PRODUCT VISUALIZATION IN BLENDER for the week of January 3, 2020 file Feb 07, 2020 320
Render of the Week 'FOTW Challenge' by Chris Chuipka - the Winner of the Week of January 27, 2020 file Feb 01, 2020 531
Blender Retrospectives 2019 Blender Retrospective file Jan 10, 2020 542
Render of the Year Render of the Year Awards 2019: Winners Annouced file Jan 01, 2020 1082
Render of the Year Top 5 Blender Demo Videos 2019 file Jan 01, 2020 914
Render of the Week 'Sandwich Demon' by Ian Hubert - the Winner of the Week of December 23, 2019 file Dec 23, 2019 1091
Render of the Year The Finalists for the Render of the Year Awards 2019 Announced file Dec 23, 2019 1097
Render of the Week 'Spruce - Backyard House' by Paweł Pęcherzewski - the Winner of the Week of December 2, 2019 file Dec 08, 2019 1360
Render of the Week 'RX Unit' by Nicodemus Mattisson - the Winner of the Week of December 9, 2019 file Dec 15, 2019 1209
Architectural Visualization ARCHITECTURAL VISUALIZATION IN BLENDER for the week of December 2, 2019 file Dec 08, 2019 1263
Render of the Week 'Courage' by Daniel Vesterbæk Jensen - the Winner of the Week of November 25, 2019 file Dec 01, 2019 1627
Architectural Visualization ARCHITECTURAL VISUALIZATION IN BLENDER for the week of November 25, 2019 file Dec 01, 2019 1492
Render of the Week 'Halloween-o-forest' by Sanidhya Kabeer- the Winner of the Week of November 18, 2019 file Nov 24, 2019 1685
Product Visualization PRODUCT VISUALIZATION IN BLENDER for the week of November 18, 2019 file Nov 24, 2019 1657
Render of the Week 'Sungoori Gaga' by Kim Chul Min - the Winner of the Week of November 11, 2019 file Nov 16, 2019 1733
Architectural Visualization ARCHITECTURAL VISUALIZATION IN BLENDER for the week of November 11, 2019 file Nov 16, 2019 1661
Product Visualization PRODUCT VISUALIZATION IN BLENDER for the week of November 4, 2019 file Nov 10, 2019 1759
Render of the Week 'Alien Homage' by Andy Walsh - the Winner of the Week of November 4, 2019 file Nov 10, 2019 1853
Render of the Week '3D Castle Set Extension' by Jasper Schubert - the Winner of the Week of October 28, 2019 file Nov 03, 2019 1961

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