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In the third DVD of this series on Maya Fluid Effects, effects animator David Schoneveld reveals the numerous methods he uses to create and control fluid explosions, covering dynamic, non-dynamic and texture-based effects. He teaches you how to use, and maintain control of fields with fluid containers. The lesson also covers the basics of flame construction, and explains how to use the Maya presets to build effects quickly and efficiently.

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In this tutorial we will be taking a look at how we can use Photos as mask to build controlled displacement on our model inside of ZBrush. We will be using textures, alphas, ZBrush deformation tools and 3D layers. The Final 3D ZTool and images will be provided with the tutorial.

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http://rapidshare.com/files/125467562/GM_ZBP.part1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/125474414/GM_ZBP.part2.rar

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This demonstration is a four hour timelapse of the entire making of the African Woman by Rick Baker. There is no audio. Rick begins with a simple humanoid torso basemesh from which he sculpts the woman. The final result consists of several subtools that originate from mesh extractions.
The demo is made with Zbrush 3.0 beta, therefore the interface looks a little different from the final release.
While there is no audio, this timelapse demonstration represents an amazing opportunity to watch a master sculptor at work. Continue Reading

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Created in conjunction with 3D.SK, The Ultimate DVD series
delivers the world’s highest quality photo reference for digital artists.
In this latest set of royalty-free photos – which can be used for film
and game development, life drawing and texture reference – our model
Denisa poses for reference shots at all angles including nude and costumed poses.
These 300 hi-res reference photos are available in both
RAW and TIFF versions of every image. Continue Reading

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The Gnomon Workshop: Introduction to Sculpting Fluid Dynamics with RealFlow

Wayne England presents an introduction to the creation of digital fluid dynamics using Real Flow, that includes a systematic breakdown of methods used to generate photo-realistic fluid dynamic effects. The viewer takes a step-by-step look at the fundamental procedures and parameters within Real Flow that together establish an essential, practical, working knowledge of the program. This includes a thorough overview of features important in establishing a production-ready workflow, such as questions of scale, particle meshing, Real Flow Node control via the command line, the data exchange pipeline to other 3D packages and many other practical and creative methodologies. Within the context of the tutorial projects, digital fluids with highly realistic characteristics are developed. The material covered in this DVD is intended for both students and professionals who wish to strengthen their practical understanding of the huge range of aesthetic possibilities in Real Flow.

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Summary
Animating physical-based simulations such as particle clouds is somewhat of a Catch-22; exercising too much control makes the simulation look fake, but not enough control prevents you from getting the job done efficiently. Striking the perfect balance between control and randomness in your simulations is essential to creating realistic motion for dust, fire or water. Continue Reading

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There is often far more going on in any given frame of a contemporary movie or commercial than meets the eye. In Digital Compositing in Depth, the techniques of both visible and invisible effects are explored and explained.

Obvious visual effects are pervasive in today’s broadcast media; less obvious effects like color correction, image stabilization, object removal, and virtual backgrounds are more common than most observers might guess. Continue Reading

Animation Tutorial from ILM & Sony Animator

Humanoid Animation I features the most complex walk cycle ever recorded for an animation tutorial video. In this video veteran animator David Weinstein will show you how he breaks down and begins his walk cycles – moving onto cleanup – and finally the high resolution details. Using a layering technique, David will show the viewer how to understand the mechanics of each section of the body. Building and blending all the body quadrants together to achieve a full character walking performance. Then in the final stages bringing the character to life by adding high frequency animation additions including keyframed skin, muscle, fat and facial performance. This is a tutorial that should not be missed.

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Description: In this demonstration the instructor dives into the wonderful world of computer graphics by walking the viewer through the many fundamental concepts and techniques necessary to create a successful project. He starts off with an around the world tour of the 3D Studio Max interface stopping at key areas to discuss proper viewport navigation, selecting objects, moving objects around your scene and combining basic shapes to flesh out an idea.

Once the foundation is in place, the instructor takes the viewer through a wide range of techniques for modeling, texturing, lighting, and animating their creations to complete a city scene. The pros and cons of each method are discussed in detail and the viewer is given the context necessary to take the core techniques and apply them successfully to whatever their end goal or respective industry may be. Continue Reading

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In this instructional video Zack Petroc elaborates on his approach to digital sculpting through the creation of a female character. Starting with a low resolution box mesh, the viewer watches as Zack begins by adding gesture and rhythm to the character and then takes the design through to final detailing. The lesson takes place in ZBrush 3.0 showcasing a unique approach to developing surface, reading three dimensional form, and establishing relationships between muscle groups. This lecture is intended for all students and professionals who wish to strengthen their character work through furthering their knowledge of human anatomy.

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