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M.D. McCallum

M.D. McCallum, aka WarLord is an international award winning commercial graphics artist, 3D animator, published author, project director and webmaster with a freelance career that spans over 20 years and includes over one hundred individual and team-based awards. 

M.D. has worked freelance for animation companies, 3D application companies, game development studios, and indie film and animation studios.

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The Lightning Speed of Development

The Lightning Speed of Development

Tools and techniques improve fast prototyping

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When 3D Printing can go wrong

When 3D Printing can go wrong

Staff Writer MD McCallum wades into home 3D printing and found the perfect storm.

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Finally AI for good: Photoshop previews AI Select Tool

Finally AI for good: Photoshop previews AI Select Tool

Artificial Intelligence-based tool to be released by Adobe

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Review: Adobe MyPortfolio.com

Review: Adobe MyPortfolio.com

M.D. McCallum reviews Adobe's MyPortfolio.com where you can create beautiful websites and host them in the Creative Cloud. If you are already a member of Creative Cloud it comes free with the package.

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Reallusion iClone7 Review: Evolution of an animation powerhouse

Reallusion iClone7 Review: Evolution of an animation powerhouse

If you are in animation or still in the machinima trenches then iClone deserves a look and if you tried earlier versions and walked away then you really need to give an iClone trial version another shot. You might be pleasantly surprised.

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Review: CrazyTalk 8.1 is, above all else, fun

Review: CrazyTalk 8.1 is, above all else, fun

I was really taken by the -- dare I say it -- FUN of it!

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Review: Vegas Creative Software

Review: Vegas Creative Software

Magix updates flagship video editor

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Making the Leap from Stills to Animation

Making the Leap from Stills to Animation

Trouble is... it's a big move!

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CrashPlan bows to failure in the home market

CrashPlan bows to failure in the home market

CrashPlan, after years of going after the small indie and consumer market, has given up on that segment with an email to its Home users informing them they are leaving the consumer market to focus on the business and enterprise segments.

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Browser Throws Switch on WebVR

Browser Throws Switch on WebVR

For our first VR Monday, M.D. McCallum shares his insights on Firefox and WebVR viewing.

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Reallusion at SIGGRAPH 2017

Reallusion at SIGGRAPH 2017

As most of you already know this company has long empowered the hobbyist/home user and in recent years has made concerted efforts to bring its cost-effective tools to indie developers and studios.

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UGEE - 2150 Drawing Monitor Review

UGEE - 2150 Drawing Monitor Review

M.D. McCallum reviews the UGEE 2150 Drawing Tablet, a surprisingly versatile tool.

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Reallusion Character Creator Pipeline Review

Reallusion Character Creator Pipeline Review

Reallusion's iClone with its Character Creator pipeline is now in its second generation with improved tools and features and is just such a rapid development platform. M.D. McCallum takes a close look at this great tool for animation and 3D creation.

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Adobe Project Felix: 3D Photorealism for the Novice or Non-3D Artist

Adobe Project Felix: 3D Photorealism for the Novice or Non-3D Artist

Adobe's Project Felix is a pleasant surprise to our reviewer, M.D. McCallum. It's ease of use and near photorealistic quality rendering is perfect for the novice or non-3D artist.

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IronWolf VR: Hunt, Destroy, Survive!

IronWolf VR: Hunt, Destroy, Survive!

Staff Reviewer MD McCallum goes under the waves to review IronWolf VR, submarine warfare.

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The First Look Of Reallusion's Character Creator 2.0 PBR Review

The First Look Of Reallusion's Character Creator 2.0 PBR Review

Staff Writer and Beta Tester MD McCallum looks at Character Creator 2.0 From Reallusion.

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Modular Power Supplies: Plug-in Cabling for the Proper Connections

Modular Power Supplies: Plug-in Cabling for the Proper Connections

Staff Writer, M.D. McCallum, takes a look at modular power supplies for modern video cards.

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Solving YouTube Channel Problems

Solving YouTube Channel Problems

M.D. McCallum helps sort out how to solve YouTube channel issues like "No Reply" and "Failed to Post". His solutions can help you save time and trouble managing your YouTube channel.

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CrazyTalk Animator 3 - Powerful 2D Animation Package

CrazyTalk Animator 3 - Powerful 2D Animation Package

Staff Reviewer and animator M.D. McCallum reviews the newest version of 2D animation application CrazyTalk Animator 3 by Reallusion.

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VR Cycling, Improve Fitness While Playing Games

VR Cycling, Improve Fitness While Playing Games

I have just experienced the most strenuous and dare I say the best stationary bike exercise I've ever had.

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Lenovo Yoga Book Review

Lenovo Yoga Book Review

Staff Reviewer M.D. McCallum takes a look at versatile and highly functional Lenovo Yoga Book.

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Arizona Sunshine Game Review

Arizona Sunshine Game Review

Staff Reviewer MD McCallum survives a VR zombie apocalypse in Arizona Sunshine

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Oculus Touch - Finally!

Oculus Touch - Finally!

Oculus readies their much-anticipated motion tracked controllers for the Rift.

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Facebook Gameroom

Facebook Gameroom

Staff Writer and Reviewer M.D. McCallum looks at Facebook's Steam Stalking Gaming Platform.

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The No Info Websites

The No Info Websites

Staff Writer M.D. McCallum asks a question a lot of us ponder... where is the product info?

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Screen Capture Application Camtasia 9 Review

Screen Capture Application Camtasia 9 Review

Our reviewer, M.D. McCallum, takes a close look at the newest version of a favorite screen capture software - Camtasia 9 by TechSmith.

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Solitaire in Virtual Reality

Solitaire in Virtual Reality

Staff Writer and Reviewer M.D. McCallum reviews a VR Solitaire game with a different take.

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The Importance of Scale in VR

The Importance of Scale in VR

Staff writer M.D. McCallum discusses the effect of bad scale in Virtual Reality.

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Plague of the Noisy PC Or How to Kill A Studio Recording Session

Plague of the Noisy PC Or How to Kill A Studio Recording Session

Staff Writer M.D. McCallum takes a look at combating excessive fan noise.

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Restoring from an Online Backup Service

Restoring from an Online Backup Service

M.D. McCallum describes his experience restoring his computer from an online (cloud) backup (Carbonite) and gives some advice on how it works.

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Game Review: Henry - From Oculus StoryStudio

Game Review: Henry - From Oculus StoryStudio

Staff Reviewer M.D. McCallum takes a look at Henry, a heartwarming release from Oculus StoryStudio.

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View iClone Work in Vive with Unity 3D

View iClone Work in Vive with Unity 3D

M.D. McCallum share's his video tips for getting work done in iClone into VR (Vive) via Unity 3D game engine.

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Damaged Core - Oculus Rift Game Review

Damaged Core - Oculus Rift Game Review

Staff Reviewer MD McCallum takes a look at the recently released , fast paced Damaged Core Virtual Realty game from High Voltage Studios.

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James Martin - Artist/ Dreamer

James Martin - Artist/ Dreamer

Staff writer M.D. McCallum profiles James Martin, a prolific digital artist/freelancer in the world of 2D, 3D and VR applications.

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Oculus Rift Vs HTC Vive -Visual Clarity

Oculus Rift Vs HTC Vive -Visual Clarity

Staff Writer and Vive VR Developer M.D. McCallum takes a head to head look at the Oculus Rift versus the HTC Vive tackling the issue of visual clarity in this first installment.

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Freelance Experience: The Generalist - Fighting the Digital Darkness

Freelance Experience: The Generalist - Fighting the Digital Darkness

Staff Writer and Freelancer M.D. McCallum in his regular "Freelance" column takes a look at what it's like to be a generalist working on different types of projects.

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The Solus Project Game Review

The Solus Project Game Review

Staff Reviewer M.D. McCallum crash lands on a planet to faces the odds in a survival and puzzle game in a world of richly vivid imagery and alien landscapes in the VR game SOLUS.

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Game Bar - Windows 10 Free Screen Recorder

Game Bar - Windows 10 Free Screen Recorder

Reviewer M.D. McCallum discovers Microsoft Windows 10's free Screen Recorder is great for everyday use, but perhaps not so much if you are creating commercial content. Check out his review!

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Game Review: RAW DATA - VR the Way It's Should Be

Game Review: RAW DATA - VR the Way It's Should Be

Staff Reviewer M.D. McCallum takes on robots and flying droids in a look at the recently released FPS VR title Raw Data, a title that raises the bar on production quality and VR immersion.

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V-ray for Nuke: The Atomic Pipeline

V-ray for Nuke: The Atomic Pipeline

Helped by Nuke pro, Shahin Toosi, our reviewer, M.D. McCallum takes the challenge of learning the procedural work method for the new V-ray for NUKE and in the process discovers just how great Vray really is for this kind of workflow.

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Left Hand Path - VR Game Review

Left Hand Path - VR Game Review

I finally got to realize one of my fantasies and no... we aren't going there. I'm mean a fantasy set in the fantasy genre with fantasy characters.

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VR as an Art-Form: Reviewing the "Night Cafe"

VR as an Art-Form: Reviewing the

The Night Cafe is an immersive virtual reality environment that allows you to explore the world of Vincent van Gogh first hand. M.D. McCallum reviews the VR experience.

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HTC Vive Review - Part 2

HTC Vive Review - Part 2

In the first part of this review, we covered the basics of setup now we'll take a look at the Vive HMD (Head Mounted Display) and it's associated controllers.

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Besiege Videogame Review - An Amazing Bit of Fun

Besiege Videogame Review - An Amazing Bit of Fun

M.D. McCallum reviews a great new indie-game that focuses on game-physics. Besiege is a physics based building game in which you construct medieval siege engines and lay waste to immense fortresses and peaceful hamlets.

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HTC Vive Review - Part 1

HTC Vive Review - Part 1

Staff writer MD McCallum takes a look at the recently released HTC Vive, the first wave of consumer virtual reality hardware in Part One of a multi-part review.

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Consumer VR: First Impressions

Consumer VR: First Impressions

M.D. McCallum looks an the state of commercial VR (virtual reality) and finds himself amazed by how far this innovative technology has come.

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VR - Demise is Greatly Exaggerated: Exploring Virtual Reality

VR  -  Demise is Greatly Exaggerated: Exploring Virtual Reality

M.D. McCallum, our resident VR guru is her to tell us that virtual reality is not a fad, but a growing technology that just might have a huge impact on our lives (and not just on gaming).

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Hardware Review: NVIDIA's New Quadro M2000

Hardware Review: NVIDIA's New Quadro M2000

Our reviewer, M.D. McCallum, reviews the latest workstation graphics card from NVIDIA: the Quadro M2000.

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Exciting Time to be a Freelancer

Exciting Time to be a Freelancer

M.D. McCallum's regular column on his experience as a freelance digital artist. This week he talks about the possibilities of VR (virtual reality) for the freelance artist.

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Motion Capture on a Budget with Perception Neuron

Motion Capture on a Budget with Perception Neuron

M.D.McCallum reviews Noitom's Perception Neuron motion-capture body suit and decides that the suit is a "huge step forward in affordable motion capture"

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Freelance Experience: The Importance of Taking Direction

Freelance Experience: The Importance of Taking Direction

A freelancer himself, M.D. McCallum writes the column The Freelance Experience. In this particular column he addresses the subject of how to take direction responsibly.

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iClone Character Creator Update 1.4 - Custom Morphs

iClone Character Creator Update 1.4 - Custom Morphs

Character Creator (CC) is a free add-on tool for iClone 6 that can create realistic looking, animation ready 3D human models. Our resident iClone guru, M.D. McCallum, takes us through the newest update for this great creation tool.

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3DS Max 2016 Review

3DS Max 2016 Review

M.D.McCallum shares his review of the new 3DS Max 2016. He's been using the application since it was first released and is mightily impressed with this new version.

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Coexistence: Poser and DAZ Studio

Coexistence: Poser and DAZ Studio

M.D. McCallum addresses the question: Can Poser and DAZ Studio Coexist? Seemingly antagonists, perhaps they work together better than you think.

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The Freelance Experience 4: Herding Cats - Multiple Projects and Other Items

The Freelance Experience 4: Herding Cats - Multiple Projects and Other Items

A freelancer himself, M.D. McCallum writes the column The Freelance Experience. In this particular column he takes a close look at how to wrangle multiple projects and still keep your sanity.

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Tutorial: Create a Christmas Elf With Character Creator

Tutorial: Create a Christmas Elf With Character Creator

M.D. McCallum brings us another Character Creator tutorial. This time he's got some of the Christmas spirit going and shows us how to create an Elf!

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Review: Poser Pro 11

Review: Poser Pro 11

Our tech guru, M.D. McCallum (Warlord720) was eager to review the just released Poser Pro 11. The last time he worked with the program was over 3 years ago. So what does he think? Read on and find out!

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The Freelance Experience 3: Defending Your IP/Copyright

The Freelance Experience 3: Defending Your IP/Copyright

For the continuing column, the Freelance Experience, which focuses on the the individual artist who is trying to make a living with her art, M.D. McCallum looks at a the nasty problem of someone stealing your work.

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Review: Reallusion's Character Creator

Review: Reallusion's Character Creator

Reallusion's Character Creator for iClone is out allowing users to generate and design unlimited 3D characters. Reviewer and iClone master, M.D. McCallum reviews this remarkable new application.

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The Freelance Experience 2: Contracts and Other Legalese

The Freelance Experience 2: Contracts and Other Legalese

Welcome to "The Freelance Experience." A regular column produced from the freelancers of the Renderosity Writing Staff with all the ins, outs, ups, downs, joy and heartbreak when one chooses to work contract to contract. It can be a colorful occupation with an ever-changing field of characters including employers, creative directors, prima donnas and mentors not to mention other freelancers as teammates and competitors. We will cover topics like how to: Promote Yourself, Manage your Online Persona, Get Noticed, Contract Tips and many other facets of a wide open field that encompasses almost anything and everything digital.

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iClone Tips & Tricks #1

iClone Tips & Tricks #1

Reallusion's iClone software has evolved over the years from an avatar creation niche app to a full-fledged animation package loaded with features to make the job easier. As a longtime user, I have been fortunate enough to pick up a few tips from iClone users as well as my own work habits to save time and cut down frustration.

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Creating A Character In Studio Max 2016 For iClone 6 Via 3DXChange 6

Creating A Character In Studio Max 2016 For iClone 6 Via 3DXChange 6

In this brief but comprehensive tutorial, we will take you through creating a character in Studio Max using the Extended Primitive Capsule as the basis for the character shape and body.

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Reallusion's Character Creator Tutorial - Part 2

Reallusion's Character Creator Tutorial - Part 2

Reallusion's recently released Character Creator is reaching new heights for the company as it won a Silver Edge Award - Best of Show at the recent Siggraph 2015 trade show this year and is proving to be an exciting new addition to their 3D lineup. This is Part 2 of a 2-part tutorial which serves and an introduction to this excellent application.

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Reallusion's Character Creator Tutorial - Part 1

Reallusion's Character Creator Tutorial - Part 1

Reallusion's recently released Character Creator is reaching new heights for the company as it won a Silver Edge Award - Best of Show at the recent Siggraph 2015 trade show this year and is proving to be an exciting new addition to their 3D lineup. Character Creator (CC) is an amazing bundle of slider controlled morphs that go far beyond any type of character generator this author has used before and that includes the Fuse character generator.

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Desktop Publishing with Adobe's InDesign CC

Desktop Publishing with Adobe's InDesign CC

InDesign is arguably one of the most powerful applications in the Creative Cloud and that is saying something when you consider some of its sister applications. If you have never used InDesign, it can be difficult to summarize because it does so many different tasks and most of them well. All in all, it is a desktop publishing system that can professionally produce brochures, magazines, newspapers, flyers, posters and books for print or online.

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Review: Revolve Motorized Camera Slider Bundle

Review: Revolve Motorized Camera Slider Bundle

Resolve Motorized Camera Slider is photography hardware with a difference. M.D. McCallum takes the it through its paces in this review.

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Review: Grand Designer Pro

Review: Grand Designer Pro

Grand Designer Pro by Ignishot is one of those tools that takes away the burden of populating space--you know... that big dark empty part that space based game designers have to eventually deal with--by providing a powerful tool with a jam packed interface of options. Since getting a review copy, it has also undergone a massive update that shows the developer is serious about this tool.

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Renderosity, Poser & Daz Characters to iClone 6 via 3DXchange 6

Renderosity, Poser & Daz Characters to iClone 6 via 3DXchange 6

Renderosity Magazine will feature "Tips and Tutorials" periodically. These will usually be short pieces both written and in video form to give artists a helping hand with new and current digital applications. Our first tutorial is from Renderosity writer M.D. McCallum.

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Five Major Stumbling Blocks for Digital Artists

Five Major Stumbling Blocks for Digital Artists

Being prepared goes a long way to maintaining sanity in the world of digital art. A discussion of five of the most common stumbling blocks a digital artist can face in their career.

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The Freelance Experience 1: Promote Yourself

The Freelance Experience 1: Promote Yourself

A quick look at how to promote yourself to get started or get ahead of the pack in the competitive world of freelance.

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The Digital Artist Morgue

The Digital Artist Morgue

Enhance and speed up the creative process by utilizing the resources of a digital artist morgue.

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