Class hours: 9:40am – 2:05pm
Quizzes on Friday morning. 15% of your grade are the quizzes, typically 9 new, 1 review, and 1 extra credit question from our articles.
This years Sat / Act prep work comes from “100 Most Common SAT Words” by Quizlet. As we are using their list to pull from you are able to use their free study tools. Make a free account so you add the new words to your Study Bank. As the weeks go by and you are studying from this ever growing word bank, you will find that your vocabulary (speaking and retention) has improved.
The weekly latin root comes from “42 Most Common Latin Roots”.
Sat / Act prep
- Anachronistic – out-of-date. “The steampunk character was out of place in the futuristic video game with her anachronistic prop elements, such as her wooden goggles.”
- Anecdote – short account of event. “The wife retold an anecdote of when the cat was stuck on the roof.”
- Anonymous – nameless. “The anonymous suggestion asked for longer time at lunches.”
Latin Root of the week
- aud – sound. “The auditorium is where we go as a school to listen to speakers.”
- If you are missing any work you are required to stay after school and work on Wednesday’s. This could be quiet time for you to simply do the project, or a time for you to get help on a concept that is preventing you from finishing the work. If you are required to stay and you do not, you get an “F” for that weeks Worker Trait component. All we ask is that you handle your responsibilities one way or another, just as you will need to in the real world.
- The Mirror Modifier in Blender will allow you to copy one side of an object to another side, while retaining the interactive connection between the two. Change the left hand side, the ride hand side updates automatically. This could be useful for:
- Anything symmetrical – such as a face, bird, etc.
- In our current workflow the Go-Kart, in which we can make half of the tubular frame, and the other side is “mirrored” and built for us.
- Denoising filters the resulting image using information gathered during rendering to get rid of noise, while preserving visual detail as well as possible. It can help get rid of the grainy appearance of draft renders.
- The Compositer allows us to take a final render and adjust it, adding the last elements of visual tweaking to get the render as close to perfect as you can. Some examples of nodes we can use in the compositer are Glare, Despeckle, and Hue/Saturation/Value.
- The Despeckle node is used to smooth areas of an image in which noise is noticeable, while leaving complex areas untouched.
- The Glare node allows us to add lens flares, fog, glows around exposed parts of an image and much more.
- Render Slots allow us to make changes to our file, render, and then see the difference quickly and easily by placing the different renders in different slots. Use the hotkey “j” to iterate through them.
- Depth of Field is a control which allows us to modify the cameras focus to feature a specific element (or distance from the camera). By default in Blender we have a “Great” or “Wide” depth of field. We can change this to a mimic a “Low” or “Shallow” depth of field when putting focus or emphasis on a singular object.
- Samples in Blender will determine how fine the noise appears in your render. Use a low draft setting of samples (such as the default 128) when starting out on a project, and crank the sample number up higher (1024, 2048) when doing your final renders if noise is still apparent in your render. More samples = more render time. Don’t turn your samples up until you really need it!
- Adobe Premiere is a timeline-based video editing program developed by Adobe Systems. We use it to edit animations and films.
- Bins in Premiere are folders allowing us to organize and store assets.
- The Timeline is the part of the Premiere interface where we build our film using video and audio content.
- The Razor Blade Tool allows us to cut clips as needed.