Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques
Topic: Masking or Rotoscoping
We’ve all had one. The blue screen shot from hell that wasn’t lit right, or being asked to perform a miracle and composite something with no key whatsoever. In this tip I’ll explain how using multiple splines can give a smoother result and save extra work in the long run.
Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects
Holograms have become a recognized staple in the Star Wars universe, from the first time Luke cast eyes upon a tiny Princess Leia asking for Obi Wan?s help, to the more recent “walker” hologram that transported the evil Darth Siduous down the palace corridors of Naboo. Lucasfilm, Ltd. and Industrial Light and Magic usually have tight lips when it comes to revealing how their effects are done, but I did some research on the Internet (everything on the Net is true, of course), and have pieced together a plausible answer for how the early holograms were created.
TAGS: star wars, Lucas, ILM,
Topic: Transferring Files
Adobe After Effects can convert from PAL to NTSC and NTSC to PAL. It’s a useful trick for short durations but for long pieces pre-conversion in hardware is preferable.
Chapter: 3D Modelling and Animation
In this tutorial, Jannis Labelle demonstrates modeling a head using the Edge-Extrude plugin. This is a tutorial for intermediate or advanced Modelers with Cinema 4D who already have an understanding of the modeling capabilities of the software, although enthusiastic beginners can follow also with a little bit of perseverance. Jannis has tried to include as many screen shots as possible and tries to make the instructions clear and let the pictures talk for themselves. This technique can also be easily followed with any program that can extrude edges, like Maya for instance.
Topic: Tips and Techniques
A customised setup can make sequencing in Logic much easier, so here’s some help with tailoring the default Song to your needs. Plus, there’s advice on mixing and suggestions for arranging your Screensets, as well as another bunch of handy tips and tricks from the pros.
Topic: Client Management
Creative Cow’s Tim Kolb gives some tips on how to really understand what your Corporate Client wants and how to deliver. He points out that: There are very few of us in this industry who can purchase a piece of equipment and have customers approaching us because of it. We must understand how to deliver a usable video/CD/etc., as most of us base our livelihood on our ability to provide a finished project that is successful. This is not a difficult premise, until you ask the question, ‘What does the CLIENT see as being a successful project?’?