Tuesday, October 01, 2013

How to choose a good monitor for production?

When you do not have good budget to buy a professional grade monitor e.g. Eizo, it is very important to know how to choose a lower end monitor, otherwise you may end up this:

or with bad visible view angle and bad color display.

What need to be taken care of is:
  • The back lighting - Whether it is evenly lit from the back, or only has light coming from the bottom (image above)
  • The color gamut - Does it cover at least 83% of NTSC / sRGB.
  • View angle - It is always good to have an in-plane switching (IPS) monitor, so you don't have to sit straight all the time just to see a correct color (it's pain not be able to sit in more relax pose)
  • Adjustable option - This is very important if you have calibration hardware such as Datacolor Spyder. Having option to adjust RGB individually is crucial to get the calibration closer to the standard.
  • Contrast level - Do not fool by marketing tactics, e.g. Mega Contrast, Super Brilliant... all these are nonsense. Judge by you own eyes and make sure the monitor display black rather than blue over a 100% black full screen image. Look at the contrast ratio rather than marketing words. A 1000:1 (Typical) ; 2 million:1 (Dynamic) is good.
  • Input option - be sure to have DVI and Sub-D (VGA) or even HDMI. Buying a monitor with only Sub-D does not worth because you would end up spending same amount of money to buy a converter.
  • Power cord - It is bad to know Samsung is using a proprietary power input header than the standard power cord on certain models. Despite this is not big problem, but it is a drawback for those who travel a lot with their workstation, where standard power cord can be found easily in case forget to bring it along.
  • Size of edge - The thinner it is, the better it is for a dual or multiple monitor setup. 
  • Resolution - If you are getting size smaller than 22" then be sure to check whether it supports full HD (1080p). Some models can only allow display up to 1600x900 pixel, which is bad for graphics users.
What is less important but good to take note:
  • USB ports on monitor
  • HDMI port
  • Source selection - If you share single monitor among two workstation, then it is life saver to find a monitor with the option to single-click to switch input source. Some monitors offer auto switching function, where one DVI down it will quickly switch over to VGA, vice versa. But trust me, you gonna hate it when you doing fresh install of workstation, and having the other on. You will be busy switch back and forth when doing restart.
  • Color depth - Generally you would see 16.7 million colors. Despite hardly go wrong, it is safe to double check.
  • Brightness - Higher than 120 cd/m2 would generally adequate. Unless you need more than that (say you working environment is super bright).
  • Response time - Nothing important here if you are not gaming.. 8ms is adequate (grey-to-grey or black-to-white)
  • Adjustable stand - If it can be adjust to portrait mode, then it is excellent when doing re-touch of portrait photo. Less panning and zooming.
  • Energy efficiency - Important for hard core users who spend all day long in front of computer.
I hope the above is helpful for you. I learnt it from buy wrong monitors and suffer from the poor display quality until I got an exchange, and I hope you won't be the next one, cheers!

Friday, August 24, 2012

After Effects error: Internal Verification Failure?

If you ever encountered this problem:

After Effects error: internal verification failure, sorry! {could not find itemframe we just now checked in}
Try uncheck "Include Project Link" under Output Module Settings.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Preventing maxscript to become NOT RESPONDING?

Here's a solution posted on Autodesk Area:

for i=1 to 100 do

 -- put your code here
 format "%s\n" ((e-s)/1000.0)
Original URL: Click here

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Wanna join Lightfeel?

Lightfeel Sdn Bhd is dedicated to excellence in 3D Visualization/CGI. Lightfeel is considered to be one of the most formidable presently in Asia and is bold enough to state that it is responsible for creating high-end photo-realistic 3D renderings for its clients, resulting Lightfeel's work being recognized and featured in Chaos Group Vray Architecture Reel 2011. The key objective and mission of the company is to provide exclusive and quality 3D visualization/CGI service that lead the markets

3D Visualizer
Kuala Lumpur - Bandar Menjalara


  • Creates high-end interior and exterior perspective/animation with photo-realistic quality 
  • To complete task independently & efficiently within time allotted 
  • Do your best to stay positive and creative in the chaos of the production environment 
  • Assist in research & development to improve team's work-flow


  • We offer very attractive remuneration package for whom possess the following quality:
  • at least: http://tinyurl.com/min-qualify
  • preferable: http://tinyurl.com/prefer-qualify
  • Never-the-less, fresh graduates are welcomed
  • Candidate with experience in walkthrough animation or motiongraphics is preferable.
  • Required language(s): English, Chinese, Bahasa Malaysia 
  • Applicants must be willing to work in Bandar Menjalara. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Windows Backup failed?

If you are using Windows Backup, you might encountered a problem that it failed and no reason is indicated. Network, HDD, files everything is working well, so what's the reason behind this?

It could due to your one or more of your system files has corrupted. Try the fix below:

Method 1:
Run SFC scan. System File Checker (sfc) scan will make Windows replace corrupt or missing system files on your computer.
 Steps to perform sfc scan:
a. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and select Run as Administrator.b. Click Continue or supply Administrator credentials if prompted.
c. In the Command Prompt window type the following, and press Enter:
sfc /scannow
d. Restart computer

Refer this KB article for more information:
or this article:

Method 2:

Stop and restart the Volume shadow copy service and see if that helps:
a) Click on Start, type run and hit enter.
b) Type “services.msc” hit enter
c) Browse to Volume Shadow Copy service, right click on it and click on properties.
d) Stop the service, close the services.msc window
e) Follow Step a to step c
f) Make sure this time service status to be started and startup type to be automatic.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Opacity Display in Viewport

If you are a Vray user & wondering how to get Opacity Map display in the viewport, simply change your material to Standard Material, then hit Views > Show Materials in Viewport As > Standard Display with Maps.

* This tips is for 3dsmax version up to 2012

Monday, April 09, 2012

How to make 3dsmax Container usable in production?

As far as I experienced with Container, I found it is not production proven and give a lot of weird errors, including but not limit to crash my maxfile. It seems like it may be another white elephant in 3dsmax.

However, after spending a lot of hours working with it, I have come up with some basic rules to avoid those errors or weird behaviours:
  1. Never link container with Dummy, instead, use any object with Renderable untick.
  2. If you are unable to hide it from render, simply assign it to a layer and make sure you have activate Override Object Properties in its parameter rollout.
  3. Do not try to work with "Affect Pivot" or any normal action with it, attach it to an object and manipulate the object to control Container.
  4. Its main feature is to boost up team work and make easier for amendment, however, please do not pay too much of trust. Always backup your original copy (without any container) of maxfile.
  5. Avoid use with Animation Layers - not confirm yet, but good to stay out of this.

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