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Pear Butter Animation

This render was previewed 3 days early for my patrons on Patreon! You don't have to feel obliged to join my Patreon, as I plan to make everything I do public at some point, but any bit of help I receive will be put towards upgrading my hardware that I use to create these renders:

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This took 36 hours to render for 105 frames (about 20 minutes per frame). That might seem a lot, but I can explain.

If you were not already aware, I've been using a more pleasant looking shader for the ponies lately. It's called sub-surface scattering. I won't go too in depth what it is, but if you've ever held you hand up to a light with all your fingers touching each other and you see sort of a red glow as the light passes through your skin, that's sub surfacing.

But anyway, that's the main reason the renders are taking a while longer to render. It's a much better looking material, but it requires a significant amount more samples than a normal material to not come out looking noisy. For Pear Butter, I would have to use an insane amount of samples to accomplish that normally (about 16384 samples per frame), but thankfully a beta version of Blender exists where there's a tool called a "denoiser".

It does exactly what it implies, it smooths out the noisiness of the image that would come with a slightly undersampled render. Now I can't just render reach image with 16 samples or something and denoise that. It'll still smooth it out, but there would still be a lot of artifacting because the low sample count doesn't allow the render to gather enough detail to get anywhere close to a good looking image with or without denoising.

This animation had 4096 samples per frame, exactly 4 times less than I normally would need without denoising. If I didn't have that tool from this beta version, It would have taken 144 hours (6 days) to render everything. And if it weren't for my generous donators (you all know who you are), I wouldn't have had 2 GPUs to render all of this on, so in that case it would've been a 288 hour render. All in all, 36 hours is not bad at all with these new materials.

Now for the animation itself... I spent a few days on it. No precise hour count again this time. Honestly I spent a lot more of my time tinkering with the lighting, something that wouldn't have looked that great before without sub surface scattering. Hopefully it looks fairly nice. Only real regret is the rim lighting, which might be just a touch too much. But other than that I'm pretty happy with how it looks.

Here's a link to all of the raw image files used for the render:…

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Neverelleum's avatar

Better than that new stuff they have out now!

PaulsterRudd's avatar
This is some Pixar quality stuff.
gecko-waffle's avatar

How I cant even get sfm to run

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Evomanaphy's avatar
Have been watching your work for a while and never really said something even though your 3D pony models are my absolute favorites out of all the 3D ponies I've seen so far. 
So I just wanted to tell you how much I love your work and hope you'll have a great day!
furryforev's avatar
for a second there i thought that was the pony called "surprise"
Banditmax201's avatar
I feel that a 3d mlp movie is possable now... Because of this!!!! Wow
RanchBerryCrunch's avatar
Your animations are incredible!
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princebluemoon3's avatar
If Hasbro does NOT HIRE YOU to animate their next MLP movie or other MLP related project, they do not know greatness. Someone out here get this guy noticed. 
CarapaceDeviantart's avatar
Wow ! That's so... beautiful ! You do a good work. You can be proud of this :)

Heart love xxxxxx
WildArtDude's avatar
This is brilliant animation there mate, well done. keep up the good workClap 
MCJohnS's avatar
I am not a fan of bronies, but it is a nice animation you got there. Keep it up.
Ceehoff's avatar
THIS...... THIS is what those SFM ponies are missing... Looking cute.
Izuyosh's avatar
too adorable x3,
plzz hug mee..
Snake557's avatar
Not sure if you're asking anyone to hug you or not... but here lol Hug 
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The-Luv-Nest's avatar
Watching this now gave me a sudden question i didn't get from my original episode viewing MONTHS ago.
How did NONE of them get their mother's curls?!
SmartOne25's avatar
I like to think Applebloom did and you just cant see it yet (AJ and big Mac have pointed tips to their hair but AB's is rounded at the ends).
ImaginationDiva's avatar
this is beautiful QwQ
EStories's avatar
Seriously: If MLP would be in a CGI like your's - I mean if it would look like that - then I would still totally love it x__x
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