Digital Tutors Introduction to Camera Animation in Softimage 2011

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Lesson Outline (15 lessons)
In this collection of lessons we will learn about the
fundamentals of camera animation in Softimage.

This course will provide you with a foundation for camera
animation in Softimage. We’ll cover everything from creating
turntables, to techniques we can use to add more
entertainment to our shots by camera animation alone. We’ll
learn various ways we can rig cameras and even discuss shot
composition to make sure the audience knows who the
significant players and objects of interest are in our scene.
By the end, you’ll have the knowledge you need to animate the
camera confidently, producing results that can captivate an
audience.

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