Oct 29, 2012

BREAKDOWN | Before-After Green and Blue Screens

Take a look at some chroma keying work in television. You'd be surprised some of the things that aren't actually done practically.
**sigh**

Oct 25, 2012

TIP | RGB-Split Black with INTERFERE

How do you RGB-split Black? Well, in this post I'll show you a quick workaround when using i2c_INTERFERE.

This post is about i2c_INTERFERE in the i2c Presets Pack. You can get it, and more info, here.
Well, technically it's not possible to get RGB from black. Because black has [0,0,0]; all values of [Red, Green, Blue] are zero. Which is why Interfere won't work with black text, but there is a way to fix this.

The above example is with black text. As the manual goes, I've renamed the layers to "RED", "GREEN" and "BLUE" and set the top two blend-modes to "Add", but the layers remain black.

In order to get the colors out from these layers, we need to use a different "formula" to calculate the color output. We do this by changing the fx_COLOR effect in the layers themselves:


Under fx_COLOR's "Operator", change it from "And" to "Or".
This will make the layers nice and colorful, back as their names are set:
Okay, look right in the middle where the layers intersect. It's getting a strange mix of colors, but black is nowhere to be found.
The solution is simple: Change the blend-mode of the top two layers to "Multiply"... and...:

Cool! Now we have black where the layers intersect!

One other thing, you're probably asking: Why isn't this the default?
Well, for one, this process doesn't work if the layers are originally white. It becomes like we've swapped the problem. With these settings, white text would remain white! Also, multiply doesn't work with white.

Another thing to notice is the differences it makes with images:


Here's a comparison of the RED layer with the "Lighthouse" image that comes with Windows 7
The left is the default operator (And), the right side is the operator in this post (Or). See the difference?
On the left, the blacks remain black while on the right the whites remain white. So depending on your image, you can choose an operator appropriately, or choose one on the look it produces.

Though in the end, they all produce very similar images. So... yea...

Oct 17, 2012

INSPIRATION | Andrew Averkin's Sentry Robot


3DWorld Magazine posted the making of this amazing render by 26-year-old Andrew Averkin from Ukraine, where he used 3ds Max, V-Ray, ZBrush, Photoshop, PixPlant, After Effects.
This is quite an amazing piece of work with a lot of small details and texturing. There's an explanation of the making of the entire scene in the link below.

Check it out here:

Oct 13, 2012

BREAKDOWN | Legend 3D and Mocha in Spider-Man



Legend 3D is a stereo conversion and compositing company based in San Diego. They've worked on films like Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, Hugo, Transformers and Puss in Boots.

Mocha is a planar tracking software. Most tracking software use point tracking, where they track a particular pixel (or set of pixels), where as planar tracking tracks a whole range of pixels. It becomes different because it can ignore objects that only partially cover the range chosen, and handles motion blur like it's not even there.
Planar tracking is powerful for tasks such as placing logos on billboards and tracking screens and displays, but can also be used for rotoscoping and other complex techniques (check out the Imagineer channel for more).
Mocha comes bundled with Adobe After Effects, but there is also a stand-alone version: Mocha Pro, which has a lot more features.

Oct 11, 2012

INSPIRATION | True Skin



WATCH IN HD!
This is quite a piece of work from N1ON! If you're into CG and motion graphics, you'll LOVE this one!
Check out their website for some really cool stills.

Found via Vimeo Staff Picks!

Oct 10, 2012

WORKFLOW | Shattered Man

I spend a lot of time experimenting in Cinema4D late at night, so I thought I'd start sharing some of the more exciting ones.
You can click on an image to view it in the lightbox, then use the arrows to browse them.

This one is: Shattered Man.

Oct 9, 2012

INSPIRATION | PROTEIGON



Proteigon is a short by Steven Briand. He did this while working as an intern with help from some friends.
In case you didn't notice, it's a stopmotion, which means each frame was a photograph, all stitched together to make this final video.

Enjoy!

Oct 6, 2012

INSPIRATION | Rip Through the Rulebook

By far one of the most amazing videos I've seen in a while, this was done by AixSponza. I mentioned them a few days ago and I can't say enough how much I love their work:


AixSponza is a VFX company based in Munich, Germany. They deal with photorealistic animations and use Cinema 4D! Their work has been featured on the Maxon reel for R14 (which is how I found them).

Oct 3, 2012

INSPIRATION | Red Bull Stratos

Amazing sound design and great editing! This video is done by AixSponza for Red Bull. I still can't say how much the sound did it for me, though it does sound rather familiar.


AixSponza is a VFX company based in Munich, Germany. They deal with photorealistic animations and use Cinema 4D! Their work has been featured on the Maxon reel for R14 (which is how I found them).

TUTORIAL | Solving an untrackable 3D Camera with Mocha

Have you ever had untrackable footage in a 3D tracking software? Light changes, motion blur, no trackable features?
Imagineer Systems uploaded this tutorial on their Vimeo channel explaining how to use planar tracking in their Mocha software to solve a 3D Camera!


Here's a few more really good mocha tutorials:



Mocha is a planar tracking software. Most tracking software use point tracking, where they track a particular pixel (or set of pixels), where as planar tracking tracks a whole range of pixels. It becomes different because it can ignore objects that only partially cover the range chosen, and handles motion blur like it's not even there.
Planar tracking is powerful for tasks such as placing logos on billboards and tracking screens and displays, but can also be used for rotoscoping and other complex techniques (check out the Imagineer channel for more).
Mocha comes bundled with Adobe After Effects, but there is also a stand-alone version: Mocha Pro, which has a lot more features.

Oct 1, 2012

TUTORIALS | Molecular Movies

While browsing today, I found this interesting website for medical renders. This is stuff like you see in medical documentaries that give a peek into the human body (blood vessels and such) using 3D renders. A great example is "Inside the Human Body" and this episode about the ear, which is very impressive!

Molecular Movies features tutorials and inspiration if you're into medical renders! They're primarily in Maya, but I'm sure you can translate it to whatever program you're using.



Check it out here: