All posts for the day June 18th, 2010

In this series of lessons, we’ll learn how to use MatchMover to take our 2D footage and create a 3D scene.

We’ll begin this project by going through the basic workflow of importing the footage, running the automatic tracker and exporting a file into our 3D application. Then we’ll learn how to move around MatchMover’s 2D and 3D viewports to get a preview of the 3D objects. We’ll then learn how to guide MatchMover’s automatic tracker using Contours and how to create manual tracks. Before outputting our scene, we will learn how to create a coordinate system so that everything is aligned correctly. We’ll finish by learning a few techniques to help the camera solve and render a preview video.

Lesson Outline (10 lessons)
1. Introduction and Project Overview
2. “Importing a sequence, automatic tracking and exporting”
3. Previewing the track quality in 2D and 3D space
4. Using Contours to guide the automatic trackers
5. Manually tracking to get 3D data out of MatchMover
6. Adding a Coordinate System to properly set the scale and axes
7. Manually tracking to help camera solve accuracy
8. Cleaning the 2D tracks to solve faster and increase quality
9. Manually tracking difficult points using multiple keyframes
10. Placing a 3D Object and Rendering a preview video

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In this introduction to photorealistic texture painting, Justin Holt discusses how a trained eye for detail and keen sense of observation are essential attributes to being a successful texture painter in the the feature film industry. Using BodyPaint and Photoshop, Justin will demonstrate some of his easy to follow techniques and tricks of the trade in order to paint proper color, bump, displacement, specular and opacity maps. But more importantly, Justin will go through essential principles to maintaining a non-destructive workflow while painting textures to ensure a maximum amount of control and flexibility for any revisions and changes that may be requested after the maps are completed in a production environment. Additionally, Justin will complete the lecture with a quick run through in Modo to show how to quickly and easily generate polished renders that showcase all of the finely tuned texture work.
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Acropora 1.0.0045

A procedural modeler, Acropora combines volumetric modifiers with multi-octave 3D noise sampling to generate detailed surfaces in far less time than conventional surface modeling software. Acropora adopts a less deterministic approach to generating complex, organic shapes by applying sequences of modifiers on large voxelized meshes. The effect is to create an endless, seamless expanse of surface that undulates and changes in a natural way. The resulting meshes contain caves, ridges, overhangs and other natural features that are not possible with height maps. Meshes can then be broken up into segments, with segments further divided into different levels of details.

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