Digital Tutors Pipeline Integration with Maya 2011 and RealFlow 5

Digital Tutors Pipeline Integration with Maya 2011 and RealFlow 5
English | Size: 830 MB
Category: CBTS


In this series of lessons we will learn how Maya and RealFlow can be used together for our projects.
We will begin this course by learning how to import RealFlow meshes into Maya, and we will go step-by-step through the process of adding lights, materials and proper render settings to mimic appearance of realistic glass and liquid materials.
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Digital Tutors – Getting Started with Stereoscopy in Houdini

Digital Tutors – Getting Started with Stereoscopy in Houdini
English | Size: 159 MB
Category: CBTs


Lesson Outline (8 lessons)
In this course we will learn about setting up and rendering Stereoscopic effects in Houdini
In this project we will learn about the fundamentals of stereoscopy and some guidelines to setting up comfortable stereo imagery. We will learn how to use the stereo cam rig in Houdini as well as how to use the 3d display to preview and set the parameters. Then we will go over how to preview, composite, and render the images using Mantra. [Read more…]

Digital Tutors – Animating with Props in Maya 2011

Digital Tutors – Animating with Props in Maya 2011
English | Size: 255.5MB
Category: CBTs


In this collection of lessons we will learn about prop animation. This course covers tools and techniques for animating props in Maya. We’ll discuss methods that are animator-friendly for prop animation. We’ll learn how to animate constrained objects, how to blend smoothly between our space-switches as we keyframe a constraint’s weight, and we’ll even explore at technique for switching between spaces with no offset. At the end of this course, you’ll have the knowledge you need to overcome the challenges of prop animation. [Read more…]

Digital Tutors – Advanced Stereo Workflows in Nuke

Digital Tutors – Advanced Stereo Workflows in Nuke
English | Size: 292 MB
Category: CBTs


In this series of lessons we’ll learn a technique to convert a Depth pass from a 3d application into a Disparity map to take advantage of Nuke’s advanced Stereo tools. Prior to this course, creating disparity maps required the Ocula plugin, but all the data lives in every depth pass, it just needs to be transformed into a powerful disparity map.
We’ll begin this project by learning about Nuke’s interpretation and implementation of disparity maps. Then we’ll dive right in and learn the mathematical relationship between depth and disparity maps and learn how to offset and multiply our depth into a pixel offset value and shuffle that value into the disparity channels. With our disparity map we will be able to use the advanced reconverge features, as well as automatically place any node that has a position or translate property from one view to the other. We’ll finish by learning how to use our disparity values to automatically update stereo offset using expressions.
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Digital Tutors Compositing 2D Elements with Footage in After Effects + Project Files

Digital Tutors Compositing 2D Elements with Footage in After Effects + Project Files
English | Size: 371 MB
Category: CBTs


In this series of lessons we’ll learn how to composite 2d elements over live footage. We’ll create an appealing final video using a few simple images a variety of compositing and animation techniques.
We’ll begin this project by importing our elements and tracking various features of the face, including a difficult track through an eye blink. We’ll learn how to create a tracked and animated mask to match our eye movement. To combine all of the elements and give them visual appeal, we’ll learn how to use several different effects not only by themselves, but also together to create various looks. We’ll learn how we can create animation using expressions. And finally, combine all our layers using compositing math to correctly mix everything together.
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Digital Tutors – Rendering RealFlow Meshes in Maya

Digital Tutors – Rendering RealFlow Meshes in Maya
English | Size: 365 MB
Category: Tutorial


In this course we will learn how to use a variety of lighting and shading tools in mental ray to simulate the appearance of realistic liquid materials. In this series of lessons, we will guide you through the process of using mental ray to realistically render RealFlow geometry within Maya. We will begin this process by learning how to import your mesh sequences from RealFlow into Maya and placing primary illumination sources. From there we will use the mental ray Architectural Materials to create realistic, refractive liquid, and discuss some very important settings to be aware of when using these shaders. Finally, we will create refractive caustic patterns that can add a high level of realism to the final render. Getting the proper look for your final renders will require a lot of troubleshooting and adjustments of many different attributes. Through these lessons, we will address many of these common problems that you will run into and how they can be resolved, allowing you to achieve the desired result in a much sorter amount of time. [Read more…]

Digital Tutors – Getting Started with Composite 2011

Digital Tutors – Getting Started with Composite 2011
English | Size: 390 MB
Category: TUtorial


In this series of lessons we’ll learn how to get started using Autodesk Composite, which was previously called Autodesk Toxik. Using Composite we can quickly color correct, mask, composite and animate still images and image sequences. We’ll begin this project by learning the basic composition creation process, learning how to move around the Composite user interface, begin compositing images together and render out our finished material. We’ll then move into the common uses of Composite such as Color Correction, Masking, 3D compositing and Animation. This series of lessons is a great starting point to learning Composite. By learning the tools and fundamental workflows of Composite, we will be able to create complex effects and images in no time. This will allow us to begin exploring other areas of Composite and start using Composite in our own production pipeline. [Read more…]

Digital Tutors – Architectural Detailing in ZBrush

Digital Tutors – Architectural Detailing in ZBrush
English | Size: 1.05 GB
Category: CBTs


Building and detailing environments can be a time consuming process. To finish your models, you might need to create texture maps, either derived from photos, procedurally generated or hand painted. Adding higher resolution detail, like bricks or stone, to your interior and exterior models can be challenging as well. ZBrush can make this process a little bit easier. We’ll start by creating a seamless brick texture that we can apply to our geometry. We’ll look at using the Projection Master to quickly add detail to our models. We’ll use Noise to interactively dial in some specific patterns, like a knockdown wall texture. We’ll also look at building individual elements using primitive geometry that we can then append to our model. Once you’re done, you’ll have a better understanding of some of the tools you can use to detail your environments in ZBrush and a few ideas to get you going. [Read more…]

Digital tutors Compositing Stereoscopic Images in Toxik

Digital tutors Compositing Stereoscopic Images in Toxik
English | Size: 196 MB
Category: Tutorial


In this series of lessons we’ll learn how to work with 3D Stereoscopic image pairs in Toxik. We’ll be able to create an anaglyph preview and learn how to control our stereo depth and fix issues in Toxik. We’ll begin this course by learning how to set-up our project for stereo work and the basic stereo workflows. We’ll then go through an entire practical application of fixing a visual problem in our stereo images. During this we’ll learn how and when we can re-use data from the left to the right side, and how to actually apply this. We’ll finish by learning how to use expressions to change our screen depth solely in Toxik.
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Digital Tutors – Getting Started in Nuke

Digital Tutors – Getting Started in Nuke
English | Size: 307 MB
Category: Tutorial


In this series of lessons we’ll learn how to get started using The Foundry’s compositing software Nuke. Using Nuke we can composite and create visual effects using a node-based pipeline which allows us to keep our composition flexible and editable at any point. We’ll begin this project by learning the basics of reading-in external images and learning the various parts of the Nuke user interface. Then we’ll do some basic compositing, masking, transforming and color correction. We’ll finish with a project to composite a 3D render and create an animated transition and finally render it into an image sequence. This series of lessons will cover the basic, everyday tools and techniques we use in Nuke to composite. With this basic overview of Nuke’s workflows and tools, you will be able to begin using this powerful compositing software in your own production pipeline [Read more…]