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Autodesk Smoke: Creating a Coverflow Animation
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Autodesk Smoke: Creating a Coverflow Animation

Posted 24 February 2012 12:00 am by Ultimate_Smoker* on The Smoke Learning Blog

Software: Autodesk Flame , Autodesk Smoke ,

Industry: Professional Video ,

Another fabulous user request. Coverflow animations can be notoriously difficult to create because layout, timing and synchronicity. In this video, I'll show you how to build one from scratch in the Action 3D compositor including 3D paths and expressions to tie it all together. A great inspiration for beginners and useful knowledge for seasoned users!

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Autodesk Smoke:  Motion Animations with the 3D Path
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Autodesk Smoke: Motion Animations with the 3D Path

Posted 17 February 2012 12:00 am by Ultimate_Smoker* on The Smoke Learning Blog

Software: Autodesk Flame , Autodesk Smoke ,

Industry: Professional Video ,

The 3D Path - Another dynamic animation tool in side of Action that allows you to have any object animating along the path in 3D Space. Learn how to set it up and take full advantage of your 3D space. Alignment and orientation included. Check it out!

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Autodesk Smoke: Extending Clip History in the Timeline
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Autodesk Smoke: Extending Clip History in the Timeline

Posted 10 February 2012 12:00 am by Ultimate_Smoker* on The Smoke Learning Blog

Software: Autodesk Flame , Autodesk Smoke ,

Industry: Creative Finishing , Professional Video ,

Clip History is a very powerful feature in Autodesk Smoke. In this video, check out how you can extend the duration of a processed clip with clip history in the timeline. Could be a lifesaving finishing tip for those extra frames!

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Autodesk Smoke: Action Render Outputs
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Autodesk Smoke: Action Render Outputs

Posted 3 February 2012 12:00 am by Ultimate_Smoker* on The Smoke Learning Blog

Software: Autodesk Flame , Autodesk Smoke ,

Industry: Creative Finishing , Professional Video ,

You've learnt how to create render passes from Autodesk Maya. Now see how you can create render passes directly out of the Action 3D compositor using the Render Outputs for incredible flexibility and tweaking! Check it out now!

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Autodesk Smoke: Expressions - Ramping Animation
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Autodesk Smoke: Expressions - Ramping Animation

Posted 27 January 2012 12:00 am by Ultimate_Smoker* on The Smoke Learning Blog

Software: Autodesk Flame , Autodesk Smoke ,

Industry: Creative Finishing , Professional Video ,

Another expressions tip from the Smoke Learning Channel. Ramp up your animation intensity and timing by multiplying curves together with a simple expression. A great way to control multiple animation channels on one animation slider!

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Creating a Maya Motion Vector Pass for Autodesk Smoke
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Creating a Maya Motion Vector Pass for Autodesk Smoke

Posted 23 January 2012 12:00 am by Ultimate_Smoker* on The Smoke Learning Blog

Software: Autodesk Flame , Autodesk Maya , Autodesk Smoke ,

Industry: Professional Video ,

This video shows how you would go about setting up and creating a Motion Vector render pass in Maya to be used to create Motion Blurring effects in Autodesk Smoke. Focusing mainly in Autodesk Maya, we'll examine the settings required and show off the results in Autodesk Smoke. For all involved in CGI work!

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Creating a Maya Z-Depth Pass for Autodesk Smoke
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Creating a Maya Z-Depth Pass for Autodesk Smoke

Posted 13 January 2012 12:00 am by Ultimate_Smoker* on The Smoke Learning Blog

Software: Autodesk Flame , Autodesk Maya , Autodesk Smoke ,

Industry: Professional Video ,

This video shows how you would go about setting up and creating a Z-depth render pass in Maya to be used to create depth of field effects in Autodesk Smoke. Focusing mainly in Autodesk Maya, we'll examine the settings required and show off the results in Autodesk Smoke. For all involved in CGI work!

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Autodesk Smoke: Growing Motion Graphics with AutoPaint
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Autodesk Smoke: Growing Motion Graphics with AutoPaint

Posted 6 January 2012 12:00 am by Ultimate_Smoker* on The Smoke Learning Blog

Software: Autodesk Flame , Autodesk Smoke ,

Industry: Professional Video ,

Growing graphic designs is a very popular technique in Motion Graphic Design. Check out how easy it is to create these motion graphics using AutoPaint in Autodesk Smoke.

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Autodesk Smoke: Expressions - Linking Objects, The Control Axis & Random Generators
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Autodesk Smoke: Expressions - Linking Objects, The Control Axis & Random Generators

Posted 14 December 2011 12:00 am by Ultimate_Smoker* on The Smoke Learning Blog

Software: Autodesk Flame , Autodesk Smoke ,

Industry: Professional Video ,

Following on from the previous expressions video, this video shows 3 intermediate examples of expressions used in Autodesk Smoke to automate and speed up animation tasks. This includes multi-object linking, the controller axis workflow and random value generators. Very productive and flexible tools.

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Autodesk Smoke: Animating with Expressions
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Autodesk Smoke: Animating with Expressions

Posted 9 December 2011 12:00 am by Ultimate_Smoker* on The Smoke Learning Blog

Software: Autodesk Flame , Autodesk Smoke ,

Industry: Professional Video ,

Animating with expressions is a very powerful tool in Autodesk Smoke as it can automate tasks and save so much time. This video gives the right expressions grounding to understand the relationships and basic mathematics.

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