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Anyone know any site that provides good screencasts or videos about learning Blender?

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Blender cookie has a few free tutorials but most need a subscription. There are few here on Blenderguru that are interesting: http://www.blenderguru.com/

If you need help, head over to blenderartists .org or go on irc freenode to #blender

If you need any more help on Blender, give me a shout. Whilst not amazing, I have been using it for 3 years so I may be able to point you in the right direction if you get stuck on anything in particular.

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I didn't watch that many tutorials on blender cookie, but so far I never encountered this subscription you speak of. AFAIK the only content that's with costs are high-res versions of the videos and the .blend source files from the tutorials. –  bummzack Jan 9 '11 at 23:49
    
You're right, You can watch the screencasts for free but the source files are extra: cgcookiecitizen.com I think when trying to learn how to use blender they can be useful. Another place to look would be cgtuts: cg.tutsplus.com This is similar to blendercookie and has premium subscription too –  Sycren Jan 10 '11 at 2:06
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Not sure if your question is appropriate for gamedev, probably an edge case.

Nevertheless, I suggest you start here: http://blendercookie.com/ (Here's a direct link to the getting started videos: http://www.blendercookie.com/getting-started-with-blender/).

There are a lot of good videos there and mostly they already use Blender 2.5 which is quite different from 2.4x (2.5 is a major rewrite and has a completely new GUI).

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I would've said that it is appropriate - Blender is a gamedev tool, so learning it would be on topic too. –  The Communist Duck Jan 9 '11 at 13:38
    
Yeah but the OP wasn't explicitly asking about the Blender Game Engine or how to create assets for games. He could also have asked "Any good screencasts for learning Photoshop/Maya/3DSMax/Flash" and these would probably be off-topic? –  bummzack Jan 9 '11 at 13:58
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By gamedev tool I meant the modelling side. I'm pretty sure it counts as on topic. I'll go ask meta. –  The Communist Duck Jan 9 '11 at 15:32
    
The definitely appropriate site to use will be area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/5022/… Go and support the proposal! –  Dan Oct 18 '11 at 18:39
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Blenderartists.org is the main forum for Blender users. The tutorials subforum is a good place to start looking.

http://blenderartists.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?32-Tutorials

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The Johnny Blender Tutorials by Dave Ward on Youtube were what taught me what I know about Blender. He's got many hours of tutorials, he teaches solid techniques across a broad range of topics, and he's entertaining to listen to. His stuff taught me how to do a really effective humanoid rig in Blender. He also sells his tuts pretty cheaply on DVD, but that's only if you don't want to use youtube or want to "donate". I understand he's now doing "Johnny Blender v 2.0" for Blender 2.5-2.6.

Also check out the ManCandy tutorials, these will teach you some insane stuff, and I know Dave learnt some of his techniques from there.

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