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Fusion for LightWave Artists: Volume 4 - Curse of the Phantom Shadow
Award winning VFX artist and CG Supervisor, Kelly "Kat" Myers is back in his latest installment in the Fusion for LightWave Artists series.
This time Kat walks you through a real-world production shot from the low-budget 30+ minute short film written and directed by Mark Ross; "Curse of the Phantom Shadow"
With over 396 VFX shots in the current edit of the film, the daunting challenge of completing the task at hand is met through the use of LightWave3D and Fusion!
In this tutorial, Kat demonstrates how one can employ creative uses of volumetrics supplied by LightWave3D natively as well as via TurbulenceFD From Jawset.com and mix them together in Fusion 8 in a way that "sells the shot".
It doesn't stop there, however! Kat also demonstrates where the use of LightWave's PRMB is essential vs. the use of Vector-Based motion blur in post, and what to do if you ever have to "mix and match" in a compositing program like Fusion.
If you have enjoyed the previous installments of Fusion for LightWave artists, then you are for sure going to want to grab this title as you can follow along with Kat as he breaks down the composite that made up the final shot and continues on improving it!
Kat also discusses how you can ensure that 'WYSIWYG' for input and output when working with LightWave's Linear Color Space workflow and how Fusion's LUTs should be used with sRGB rendered material.
Exclusively available from Liberty3d.com, Fusion for LightWave Artists: Volume 4 - Curse of the Phantom Shadow, includes the entire render results used in the tutorial. You can practice the techniques demonstrated by Kat without having to render a single frame out of LightWave! He's done that for you and the renders are included as a secondary download aside from the tutorial video so you can watch right away as the downloads for the renders come across to you in the background if you choose!
Practical Production Techniques Vol. 10 - Project Smoke Monster!
Kat is back with another installment in the highly popular Practical Production Techniques series. In Volume 10, Kat walks you through an entire shot featuring a Daz3D character model, taking the asset from Daz3D into LightWave, surfacing it using the maps from the asset, setting it up with animation applied via MDD, transferring in TurbulenceFD settings from another scene, lighting the character using some nifty tricks for realism in a photographic plate and then compositing the rendered results in Fusion.
With a runtime of almost 4.5 hours, this tutorial is jam-packed with lots of great tips and techniques pulled from Kat's experiences in production. The tutorial includes the rendered image files so you can follow along in the compositing process in Fusion or even AE and Nuke. You also get the scene files saved at every step along the way. Not included is the model which is a commercial asset but retails for 25 dollars on Daz3d.com and can be easily substituted for a character of your own design or any other Daz Character you may have laying about.
In part III of Fusion for LightWave Artists, Kelly "Kat" Myers breaks new ground in the series as he walks you through a complete shot to recreate a news broadcast style "playback" element using the assets from Iron Sky. SyntheyesTrackingMany years ago, Kat worked for a company that specialized in this area of film and television effects production working with Fusion and LightWave to produce video playback that would be used on set. This tutorial goes from start to finish including the tracking in Syntheyes of a plate shot using an everyday smart phone (in this case a Samsung Galaxy Note4), prepping the resulting footage for efficient use in Layout while getting the Iron Sky Valkyrie UFOs into the shot. From there this project takes a bit of a different turn as Kat demonstrates how to track elements in 2D using Fusions precise tracking tools and how to attach masks to these tracks providing for additional control of your composite. LightWave3DISValksThe tutorial finishes off with the introduction of several effects tools that you can use to "fake" broadcast TV interference or replicate the appearance of conventional television footage.
Learn how to deal with noisy "tracks" from a 3D tracking program by working with the data in Layout's graph editor while at the same time knowing what you can get away with due to the nature of the final target element. There are several tricks and tips in this tutorial that you simply will not find anywhere else covering an area of VFX creation that is rarely discussed if at all by visual effects artists.
With an approximate run time of 3.7 hours, Fusion for LightWave Artists Part III is a great companion title to the previous two parts in the series. With 20 video segments and all of the content included for you to follow along, this title is a must have for LightWave artists working with Fusion in their production work flows no FusionTrackingTwomatter what the tasks you may face. Visual Effects artists are sometimes asked to do some pretty odd things and creating "playback" for on-set shooting use is one of these odd ball jobs you are going to come across.
Kat does it again!
Fusion for LightWave Artists Part II a 390 minute project based tutorial using the same techniques from Battle Star Galactica and Iron Sky for LightWave3D shot construction, Lighting, Rendering, Render Management, and Fusion Compositing that demonstrates how you can leverage the power of BlackMagic Design’s Fusion 7 (or 8) which is now free; into your LightWave production workflows.
Whether you use Mac or PC, Fusion is your best and most affordable compositing option available that provides absolutely uncompromising results and speed. Now, experience how you can take your LightWave work to the next level. Fusion and LightWave have a long history of being used together in top studios over the last two decades producing some of the most iconic television shows and films of our time.
In this video Kat takes you through an entire production level shot from "Battlestar Galactica" using freely downloadable assets (download links provided). Not only that, you get the complete renders from each lighting and buffer pass. That's 6500 frames from 16 different scene files to make up one awesome shot! No need to render at home! This package provides you with the content. That means you get all the the scenes, Fusion comp files and the renders in full!
This video is the second part in a series of videos designed specifically for LightWave artists in mind and is balanced between Layout and Fusion’s interface building up each element so the artist gets a firm grasp as to how to break out shots for compositing and how to manage renders in a network environment leveraging the power of Lightwave and Fusion network rendering technology.
This video gives you deep insight into how an entire shot would be produce on BSG or Iron Sky and can be applied to just about any product or project.
Get it now for only $39.49USD
This title is massive!
Fusion for LightWave Artists is a 420 minute exploration and project based tutorial that demonstrates how you can leverage the power of BlackMagic Design’s Fusion 7 (or 8) which is now free; into your LightWave production workflows. Whether you use Mac or PC, Fusion is your best and most affordable compositing option available that provides absolutely uncompromising results and speed. Now, experience how you can take your LightWave work to the next level. Fusion and LightWave have a long history of being used together in top studios over the last two decades producing some of the most iconic television shows and films of our time.
In this video learn how to make use of Fusion’s powerful workflow and LightWave render buffer system to integrate photographic (stills or video can be used) material producing photorealistic composites.
Kat masterfully walks you through the process over the course of 27 video clips and 4 project based examples demonstrating the use of Object ID, Surface ID, Depth (linear fog and z-Buffer techniques are covered) to gain maximum control over your shots. Learn how to produce color correction effects over distances using depth as well as DoF application and how to avoid “gotchas” when working with deep pixel data.
Take advantage of LightWave’s Shadow Catcher node and learn how you can precisely control the results in comp helping you to save time in render as well as remain flexible when it comes to your final look.
Learn how you can take advantage of LightWave’s native Composite Buffer tool or DB-W’s exrTrader buffer saver export plug-in to reduce the amount of image files you have to manage while getting the most out of each render pass to create your final composites. Learn how to use the power of motion vectors and work with them in comp without the need for any RSMB plug-ins or fancy tricks to make them work.
Over 1.64GB in size this video is a huge value and comes with rendered image content and scenes (The A-10 model/scenes are not included due to copyright reasons, but the renders are).
This video is the first part in a series of videos designed specifically for LightWave artists in mind and is balanced between Layout and Fusion’s interface building up each element so the artist gets a firm grasp as to how to break out shots for compositing later.
Get it now for only $39.49USD
Fusion - Digital Matte Painting [jh]
There’s a lot of training out there on how to use software and techniques to get a job in the industry. But what about how to create your own effects that you would use inside your own movies? Welcome to the start of the Low-Budget VFX Series. In this first video, you’ll learn how to create professional matte paintings you can actually do yourself without spending massive amounts of time. Its a mindset that gets drilled in here called “get it done…”. You’ll learn how to use what you have available including 3D, Photoshop techniques, free image resources and more. You’ll also learn how to quickly break down photos, cut them up and build out a base, work in 3D elements and blend them seamlessly. Finally, you’ll see how to take that painting you just made and get it ready to take into your favorite compositing program. Over 4 hours of training. (includes video in WMV 720p and all project files)
Fusion VFX - 3D Matte Compositing [jh]
We continue where we left off on our matte creation and take it inside Fusion where we turn it into a fully functioning shot. We’ll take the layers we created in Photoshop and split them up into 3D space and add in our camera. We’ll then add in cherry blossom sequences we rendered out in Lightwave and learn how to comp them in including defocus and vector motion blur. (Includes video in WMV 720p and all project files)
Eyeon Fusion 2D and 3D Particles [jh]
Eyeon Fusion has one of the best particle systems out there. Both among compositing and 3D applications. Learn how to quickly harness its power in both 2D compositing as well as in a 3D environment.
You’ll learn how to create particle effects similar to the music video Red – Ordinary World including creating particles from an image sequence, moving and shaping them and working around processing issues to get the job done as fast as possible.
3D particles in this video are a lot of fun. Not only will we be messing with particles in a 3D space but we’re also going to pull FBX objects right in from Lightwave, camera info and a textures. We’re then going to get that stuff generating particles AND interacting with them. Did I mention that’s all right inside Fusion? (Includes video in WMV 720p and all project files).
Fusion VFX - Shooting and Compositing Green Screen [jh]
Low-Budget VFX Series: Shooting and Compositing Greenscreen
We wrap up our first series with not just how to key and composite greenscreen in Fusion, but how to shoot it in our garage too! We cover how to setup your screen, properly light it and light your subject. We get into all the things you need to know to get started including noise, color temperature, contrast ratios and matching the shot with the matte. Inside Fusion we go over keying, rotoscoping and blending the footage into the shot to get some beautiful touches on our scene and bring it to life. (Includes video in WMV 720p and all project files).