All posts for the day January 29th, 2011

This five part series will focus on the topic of setting up a variety of lighting rigs that reflect natural lighting at different times of the day and manmade interior lighting. Each of the chapters will use the same base scene as a starting point, and will show a step by step guide to finding a lighting and rendering solution that best reflects the desired lighting situation. Continue Reading

VFX Master – Allan McKay Speaks Visual FX in New york

Award winning VFX Master Allan McKay speaks at Autodesk New York event on Visual FX pipelines and workflow, using tools like Krakatoa, Rayfire, Fume FX, Thinking Particles and various other subjects as well as a LIVE Q&A at the end.

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An evening of Tips & Tricks with Max Guru – Allan McKay
All are welcomed so join our October Max User Group meeting for an Incredible Evening of Tips & Tricks with Top 3DS Max Industry Guru – Allan McKay. You are assured of being Enlightened and Entertained.

Allan has been in touch with us – and, what he plans to show is still a work in progress. But, as he mentioned briefly – ” …show off some effects techniques from some recent films I’ve been working on, primarily focusing on particles, fluids and procedural pipelines.Basically I’ll either show off some krakatoa and fracturing or focus on a few other things…”

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3D Game Environments: Create Professional 3D Game Worlds /by Luke Ahearn. The ultimate resource to help you create triple-A quality art for a variety of game worlds; 3D Game Environments offers detailed tutorials on creating 3D models, applying 2D art to 3D models, and clear concise advice on issues of efficiency and optimization for a 3D game engine. Using Photoshop and 3ds Max as his primary tools, Luke Ahearn explains how to create realistic textures from photo source and uses a variety of techniques to portray dynamic and believable game worlds.
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Luxology HDRE03 Moofe Kit for modo WIN/MAC OSX | 3.28 GB
Moofe Ltd. is a UK-based photography company who specializes in supplying images and backplates which they have photographed all over the world for CGI projects. These guys are obsessed with quality and have a tremendous collection of great shots from their many treks around the globe. They are also modo users; and through special arrangement Luxology is able to offer a handy collection of their imagery ? along with rights to use in your own projects ? in our latest HDRE Kit for modo.

HDRE Kits from Luxology
HDRE Kits are collections of photo-based environments that provide subtle and realistic lighting to your models. By combining high-quality HDRI panoramas with matching background plates, these High Dynamic Range Environments provide modo users with the power of image-based lighting with an incredibly simple workflow. Simply choose your location from the Assembly preset browser, select a background plate from the visual HDRE Card View, and then fine tune the shot with the HDRE heads up display (HUD). Photorealism was never so simple.

HDRE Moofe Kit for modo
Who is Moofe and what rights do I get to use their images with the Kit?
Moofe Ltd. is a UK-based photography company that specializes in images and backplates for use in CGI projects. You have the flexibility to use the supplied Moofe images any way you want for your own personal projects. If you need to utilize a Moofe image for commercial work involving a 3rd party, please register at the Moofe website and indicate which image you wish to license. Once you specify how and when you want to use the image, a quote will be prepared for you there.

Five supplied locations:
Desolate beach, Abandoned industrial building, Rooftop parking lot, Mountain road, Urban park (113 backgrounds in total)
Experience Level: All Levels
System requirements: modo 501/401 sp5 | Language: English
HDRE 03 Moofe [dir] – for Windows
HDRE 03 – for Mac OS X

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This short course is designed for those who have never used Adobe After Effects, or those who might need a refresher course on how it is laid out. Chris Meyer takes a whirlwind tour through the program, helping overcome the “blank canvas” fear that confronts many the first time they launch the program. It will serve as both an excellent introduction to the After Effects Apprentice lessons on, as well as a preliminary overview for any new user before launching into their first tutorial or class. Exercise files are included with the course.


Trish Meyer leads beginners through a gentle introduction to Adobe After Effects: from creating a new project and importing sources, through arranging and animating layers, applying effects, and creating variations, to rendering the final movie. However, this is no paint-by-numbers exercise. Trish demonstrates how she makes creative decisions and saves time through the use of keyboard shortcuts and smart working practices. Additional movies explain further details about how After Effects works under the hood. Her measured pace helps even those completely new to After Effects understand the program so that they can use it effectively on their own projects. Exercise files are included with the course.


In this course, Chris Meyer helps beginning After Effects artists take their animations to the next level. Chris shows how to refine animations to create elegant, coordinated movements with the minimum number of keyframes?as well as slam-downs, whip pans, and other attention-getters. Additional movies show how to reverse-engineer existing animations, create variations on a theme, and master other parts of the program. Even though this course is designed for beginners, even veterans should learn tricks that many experienced users are unaware of. Chris’ friendly running commentary lets you in on his mental process as he works on an animation. Exercise files are included with the course.


Welcome to the Introduction to V-Ray (for 3ds Max) ? Parisienne Apartment eBook tutorial series which will cover all the key parameters of V-Ray: global illumination, materials, lighting and more. We will look in-depth at each setting ? how it works, what repercussions it has ? and we will also take a peek at some of the special features that V-Ray has to offer. If you?ve ever had any doubts about how to get into V-Ray, or you simply would just like to know a little more about a particular section of the software, this eBook series is for you!

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