Learning Visual Effects
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[VFX] Passes – 00 – Vray Setup (video)
This tutorial covers what render passes are and how they can be created with VRay. The use of Render Elements is the same for the Scanline renderer, and Mental Ray renderer….
[VFX] Passes – 01 – Basic Setup (Composite) (video)
In this tutorial we take a look at combining our passes in Autodesk’s Composite/Toxik application. This is a great introduction to the operations that are needed for each pat…
[VFX] Passes – 02 – Basic Setup (AfterEffects) (video)
I this tutorial we take a quick look at building up passes in after effects using the EXtractoR effect and methods for fixing edges caused by premultiplied alpha. Basically, this i…
[VFX] Passes_03 – Alpha Fix (Composite) (video)
In this tutorial we take a look at cleaning up the result of our passes by making sure the alpha transparency is correct as well as a few methods to use for cleaning up edges of CG…
[VFX] Passes_04 – Robust Setup (Composite) (video)
This tutorial covers the preferred method for combining rendering passes from VRay as it avoids issues with motion blur, anti-aliasing, and other “soft” transparency ef…
[VFX] Painterly Effect – 00 – Setup and Overview (video)
This tutorial shows how to setup a cool rendering effect that gives objects a softer more painterly look to them. The technique was first present at SIGGRAPH 2009 under the title o…
[VFX] Painterly Effect – 01 – Materials and Tweaks (video)
This tutorial continues with the painterly effect and shows how to apply different materials to take the concept much further adding a greater sense of style. Also, this tutorial s…
The 3D Production Pipeline: Teleporter Troubles Animation
Click here to view in Stereoscopic 3D! In the Fall of 2012, students were invited to participate in an immersive year-long course on 3D animation called The 3D Production Pipeline….
Michigan Animation Club Workshops
The 3D Lab is hosting a series of workshops for the Michigan Animation Club. These short training sessions are designed to make students comfortable with animating by exposing them…