Right now there are an increasing number of tools to use photos to aid the 3D design process. ReCap360 and 123D Catch fom Autodesk are two popular options, along with PhotoModeler and the late ImageModeler from Realviz. Most modern matchmoving software can also create point clouds from photos. Continue reading
Superpose is a plugin from Keller Software for The Foundry’s NUKE and Adobe After Effects that automatically cleans up backgrounds and removes unwanted foreground objects. It does this by statistically analyzing each pixel and recreating the background behind moving objects in an image sequence or video clip. It is not meant to create a perfect, end result but can create very good results. Continue reading
Late last year I went on a family hike at the local Starved Rock State Park. While walking around, I discovered this interesting wood carving of different animals. I realized that this would make a
good subject for a ReCap project. Continue reading
It is rare that I will watch German-produced films and rarer still that I will watch any as good as We are the Night (Wir sind die Nacht). This is a movie that is not only dark and filled with license but also rich with deep thematic material. Continue reading
VFX Artist Francis L. Camacho has recently passed away. He worked as a senior and lead matchmover at some of the top studios in the industry, including MPC and Prime Focus World. More personally, however, he taught the matchmoving class at CGWorkshops that I attended in the summer of 2013. He was not a great teacher, but the things that I learned there have proven invaluable. As an artist and as a teacher, he is greatly missed.
Rest in Peace, Francis.
Once again the Academy Awards are around the corner, so here I am presenting my picks of who will win tomorrow. As listing all the categories here would make this post much too lengthy, I will restrict myself to just those areas that I am most familiar with. So to start off with, here is my pick for Best Visual Effects.
Perhaps you’ve seen in the media recently about a meteor appearing over Oklahoma City. Or maybe you noticed the story on Reddit? These videos have been revealed to be part of a campaign by Digital-Tutors to promote their training courses. They have also created a FREE After Effects training course to show how they accomplished the effects.
So check out DT’s original post on the fake meteor below, watch the videos, and perhaps leave a comment below.