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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Which Software to learn and master!

Hiye Folks,
                 As a beginner to this Visual Effects Industry you might think which software is best to learn.Personally. I had a great question about this.Then I started with After Effects which is a great software and ended up in Nuke.
                                                   After Effects is a layer based software which is pretty straight forward. The advantage is its supported by lot of third party plugins and its great for Motion Graphics as well as compositing.They good thing is that they have released 64bit version so it works lightning fast.

                                                  But if you go for big production Nuke or Fusion is the best.It's a node based high end application which is great for complex compositing for movies.It has special 3d compositing features.It's great for stereoscopic workflow.

The best thing to do is to familiarize with layer based as well as node based compositing application.

Hope this blog might have helped you,thanks for your comments and support.
  
                 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Camera Projection

Hiye Folks
                First of all, thanks for spending your valuable time reading my blog and I hope you guys are doing great.It's nice to see you all  back again, thanks for your support.
                                                  A few people were asking me about camera projection and I thought it might be a great idea to write it , so it might be useful.I am not going to elaborate, I will make sure to keep short and sweet
          So what is camera projection mean???. Its a illusion of creating a 3d environment form a 2d image.Its done with a unique procedure.I mainly use Nuke and Maya for camera projection and you can be able to achieve this in other compositing and 3d applications like Eyeon fusion, after effects, 3ds max, Cinema4d etc.

First the camera has to be tracked if the shot has a movement.Then the tracked  camera is imported to 3d application.Now the geometry has to be modeled as per the requirement in the shot. Its not necessary to create a hi res model, make simple 3d models to match the scene.Then assign a material and connect it through a projection3d node and link the camera through it.Render the scene to check the final results.This is how the projection technique is done in 3d application.
                                                     This topic is just to give you an overview about camera projection.Hope you enjoyed reading it.Kindly, leave your comments.

                

Saturday, March 26, 2011

2D to 3D Conversion-Basic outlook for beginners

Hi Folks
             Great to see you back guys.Thanks for all your comments and support which drives me to write out of my experience.
                   So today's topic is all about 2d to 3d conversion.This is the current hot topic which is going all around the world.
                  Converting movies form 2d to 3d is quite challenging.There are lots of unique methods to achieve the 3D effects.Every post production studios handle differently.Most common softwares used for converting movies are The foundry's Nuke, Adobe After effects, Eyeon Fusion and there are proprietary softwares for making the job a lot easier.
                   There is lot of theory involved but the basic concept is to shift the channels (RGB) to get that stereoscopic effect.Your left eye sees the Red channel while your right eye sees the green and the blue channel (green+blue=cyan).
                             The output images can be seen through 3d glasses or anaglyph glasses which is pretty cost effective.These glasses combines all the channels to see a single 3D image.

       Hmmmm  so how its done in post production????.It involves lots of planning.Before that I would like to tell you about some of the conversion methods which are cardboard cutouts, rubber mapping and projection techniques.Rotoscopy, inpaint, matchmove, tracking, dynamic effects creators are the other major departments involved in post production .
 
                                 If you want to go beyond further please checkout the links below which are great for a good start

2d to 3d article
http://www.fxguide.com/featured/art-of-stereo-conversion-2d-to-3d
    
Tutorials
http://www.digitaltutors.com/09/training.php?search=stereoscopic&x=0&y=0

Thanks for the time you have taken to read the post will be back soon with other interesting topic. Kindly leave your comments and feedback

Friday, November 26, 2010

After Effects- Truly the Master in Effects Industry

Hey Folks!!! Nice to see you all once again. Its my privilege to share good information to you all. So what for today, great you got it. Its "AFTER EFFECTS" the Master. Well I have been using this amazing software for a quite long time and I am proud of it. As usual I will keep my blog crisp and sweet no long posts don't worry.

  Have you seen stunning graphics in Television,film titles, amazing gaming titles and ever wondered how did they do that.Even when I was a beginner I used to think like you guys.well, its all done by the master piece of software After Effects.This software is specially designed to do Motion Graphics and Compositing.

Motion Graphics means all the graphics design you see on Television.

Its a layer based program easy to learn and master. The best part is it has got timeline editing so its compatible with all Editing programs such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Avid. There are huge number of plugins for After Effects which fires up the program and your creativity has no limits.

oh! you might be thinking where to checkout the plugins.Just check this link out and you will find what all you need to know "http://toolfarm.stores.yahoo.net/adobe-after-effects-plug-ins.html".

Now its the time for you guys to learn and practice. Guys trust me go check out the sites which I will be mentioning where you can master the program

http://www.videocopilot.net/
http://ae.tutsplus.com/
http://www.creativecow.net/
http://maltaannon.com/

Hope I have given you enough information and I am happy to post this blog.Thanks for spending your valuable time.I will be posting different topics very soon.

I am enjoying writing today because I am free today and its raining outside pleasant weather also having a hot cup of coffee. Hope you guys are enjoying toooooo.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Digital Compositing



So,what is Compositing!!!.

This is the process where VFX Artist combines all the digital images into a scene.It's just creating an illusion.The artist who is doing this job is called as Compositor.

Compositing involves lot of technical work.Problem solving skills is highly required and its fun and challenging.There is lots work involved such as Rotoscopy, Paint Back, Keying, String removal,
Preparing Clean plates,Color Correction,2D tracking,3D tracking, Stabilizing. In my next blog I will clearly explain in detail folks.

So what is next!!!!.Well, I figured out what you are thinking..... It's all about the compositing softwares you would like to know.

Ok, Some of the popular softwares are Adobe After Effects, Eyeon Fusion, Autodesk Combustion , Foundry Nuke, Apple Shake, Autodesk Smoke, Autodesk Flame,Flint,Inferno and Autodesk Toxik.

In my coming post I will let you know all about these softwares, their own advantages. We will cover Layer Based and Node Based compositing etc.

Hope you enjoyed reading this blog and thank you for spending your valuable time


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Crash Course in Visual Effects


Doing a course in multimedia will also make a way for you in movie industry.So, what does a institute offer you. They give you practical and technical knowledge about the software programs at the end of the course you will develop a good demo reel in order to get your dream job.Before joining an institute you have to check in order to get the value for your money.

1.Check whether it is a reputed institute
2.Are they offering courses to industry standards
3.About the Faculty, the most important thing to know because they are the one who's going to train you.
4.Then the strength of the students, because if it gets overloaded you will not be given personal attention.
5.Infrastructure, make sure that you will get a separate system for practicing.

6.Whether they offer you placement assistance after the completing your course.
7.Check whether they have tie up with companies or they have their own production studio.

Some of the reputed Institutes in India

Image Infotainment Ltd
www.imageil.com

MAAC(Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics)
www.maacindia.com

C.Y.S Multimedia
WWW.cysmultimedia.com

Arena
www.arena-multimedia.com

ICAT
www.icat.ac.in

Hope you have gained a good knowledge.Thanks for your time reading it.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Earn a Degree in Media

Media has become organized and structured in recent years.Earning a degree in media would be an added advantage. You can prefer joining B.Sc(Vis.Com). This course is a three year degree program which is offered by reputed colleges in India. In this program you will get to know in and around of media such as Print Technology, Visual Effects, Editing, Photography, Cinematography, Web Design, Graphic Design, Concept Art, Communication and Direction.This career program will be a good start for beginners who have the passion for media.

In India (Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hydrabad) are the hub for media .

Colleges Offering B.Sc (Vis.Com) in Chennai.India

1.Loyola College, Nungambakkam
2.The New College, Royapettah
3.M.O.P Vaishnav College for Women, Nungambakkam
4.Womens Christian College, Greams Road
5.Madras Christian College, Tambaram

Colleges Offering B.M.M(Bachelor of Mass Media) in Mumbai.India

1.Rizvi college of Arts, Bandra West
2.Guru Nanak College, Antop Hill
3.University of Mumbai, Mantralaya