Journalists are coping with the rising information flood by borrowing data visualization techniques from computer scientists, researchers and artists. Some newsrooms are already beginning to retool their staffs and systems to prepare for a future in which data becomes a medium. But how do we communicate with data, how can traditional narratives be fused with sophisticated, interactive information displays?
Watch the full version with annotations and links at http://datajournalism.stanford.edu.
Produced during a 2009-2010 John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University.
cmiVFX Presents Brand New C4D Data Visualizations Video
High Definition Training Videos for the Visual Effects Industry
Princeton, NJ (September 3rd, 2014) cmiVFX launches its latest Full Feature training video for Cinema 4D "Creating Data Visualizations." Once again on the cutting edge of creating innovative projects, cmiVFX demonstrates how use Cinema 4D and Python to read raw information from the web or other sources and process it into objects and points that we can manipulate to create interesting visuals. Data visualization can breathe new life into what would otherwise be boring information. Building your graphics piece by piece manually is an incredibly time consuming process, so cmiVFX has streamlined this process with an innovative method of pulling in data procedurally, which will help you create complex graphics very quickly with ease. This video will help you use python to make a huge impact on your workflow, driving your next big information graphics project in a positive direction for a look that is nearly impossible to create manually. Until now, most C4D users only built what they could see, but now, C4D users can build anything the world sees through collective data processing!
Use Cinema 4D and Python to read raw information and process it into objects that you can manipulate to create interesting visuals.
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We'll discuss what the ingredients are for data visualization and take a look at some various examples ranging from informative to artistic. We'll also explore different sources to obtain data freely for use.
Reading Data Sets
In this chapter we’ll learn how to read a raw data source in Cinema 4D and we'll do some basic parsing of the data set after identifying key parts of it. We’ll construct the data into geometry by building a BaseObject and setting its points to match the thousands of values in the data set.
We’ll upgrade our python script to use the csv parsing module for greater efficiency and we'll look at regular expressions to see how we can use them to our advantage for finding certain patterns in our data set.
We’ll look at how to organize the data we’ve read into groups that will be based on similarity and we'll sort our data set into separate python lists. Then we'll use this structure to build a separate geometry for each part of the data, so we can have individual objects and control.
Animating and Rendering Data
For the final chapter of this video, we’re going to take a look at how to add animation to our data sets using the mograph tools and dynamics. We’ll also explore the hair shader and how we can use it to render clean lines and add additional features to our visuals.
About The Instructor
Ryan Hussain is a developer, visual effects artist, and entrepreneur in the commercials and motion picture film industry in New York. He graduated from Parsons School for Design and currently runs a creative services agency called Splicer. He works on feature films and commercials as an effects animator and TD. He’s developed several Cinema 4D tools and software for studios such as The Mill. He’s never settled with one piece of software and always looks for a way to invent new features or tinker with old ones. You can see his work at http://www.splicer.tv and you can find him on LinkedIn here: http://linkedin.com/in/ryanhussain
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This is a test exploring the connection of graphically rhythmic visuals in sync with the beat and BPM of music. The individual short sequences, or graphical building blocks, were randomly created from a piece of generative code created in Processing, inspired by data visualization and looking at information as art.
Created at cultureshockny.com.
Music by Moby (mobygratis.com).