The Smoke Learning Bloghttp://area.autodesk.com/For all things Autodesk Smoke and The Smoke Learning ChannelSat, 20 Sep 2014 09:58:48 UTCGmasks Everywhere!Ultimate_Smoker*<p>Hi Everyone,</p> <p></p> <p>It's IBC time in September and Autodesk has made some really amazing announcements in Amsterdam. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>You can check this out on the <a href="/ibc2014" target="_blank">IBC 2014 webpage on the AREA.</a></p> <p></p> <p>I am not attending IBC due to my workload but if you are there, please pop over to the Autodesk booth to say "Hi!" to the guys.</p> <p></p> <p>I have finally completed the Gmask series for Smoke 2015.</p> <p></p> <p>We have journeyed from the very beginning of creating Gmasks, going all the ay through to using them with all the other tools in Smoke.</p> <p></p> <p>You can even learn about using Gmasks as the basis for 2D text paths.</p> <p></p> <p>You can check the entire series out on the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJMSXsdbrZ7Z3fh9lC6JeOramNtxGyeJL" target="_blank">Smoke Learning Channel.</a></p> <p></p> <p>All the videos are also available for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/smoke-learning-channel/id552051408?mt=2" target="_blank">download via iTunes</a> for later viewing.</p> <p></p> <p>I have other videos in the works including requests and feedback.</p> <p></p> <p>More to come soon but please keep the comments, feedback and suggestions coming!</p> <p></p> <p>Have a great weekend!</p> <p></p> <p>Regards</p> <p>Grant</p>Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:19:56 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/discreetuk/gmasks-everywhereMasking in Autodesk Smoke Videos Series - Set 1Ultimate_Smoker*<p></p> <p>Hi All,</p> <p></p> <p>I know its been a while since I posted a blog but I am sure you noticed that I did not stop making videos ;)</p> <p></p> <p>This trend still continues and I have just released the first 3 videos in a NEW Masking series. &nbsp; This series has been a long time request and I finally managed to get it. &nbsp;More videos will follow as the weeks progress.</p> <p></p> <p>Let's get started!</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">Working with Masks</h1> <h1 style="text-align: center;">SET 1&nbsp;</h1> <p></p> <p>This video series will ultimately cover everything to do with Masking in Autodesk Smoke using Gmasks. &nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>The first three videos cover the ins and outs of creating, editing and softening Gmasks.</p> <p></p> <p>PART 1 - Introduction to the Gmask Tool. &nbsp;We look at the application and location of the Gmask in Autodesk Smoke. &nbsp;We also look at every way to create a Gmask and the various settings which will affect the creation process.</p> <p></p> <p>PART 2 - Editing the Gmasks. &nbsp; We look at all the available tools in the Tools pull down menu to manipulate your masks and get them into shape.</p> <p></p> <p>PART 3 - Softening or Feathering Gmasks. &nbsp;We look at the two types of softening available to apply to the Gmask. &nbsp; We example the general offset softness as well as the advanced edge gradients for localised feathering.</p> <div></div> <div></div> <div>Enjoy!</div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Working with Masks<br />Recorded using Smoke 2015</h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJMSXsdbrZ7Z3fh9lC6JeOramNtxGyeJL" target="_blank"><strong>Click this link to go to the Masking Playlist</strong></a></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2> <p></p> <p>As a reminder, the videos are available on the Smoke Learning Channel&nbsp;on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/smokehowtos" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">YouTube</a>&nbsp;or as podcasts on&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/smoke-learning-channel/id552051408?mt=2" title="itunes" target="_blank" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">iTunes</a>.</p> <p></p> <p>Comments, requests and feedback always welcome.</p> <p></p> <p>Have a great weekend and see you soon!</p> <p></p> <p>Regards</p> <p>Grant</p>Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:14:37 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/discreetuk/masking-in-autodesk-smoke-videos-series---set-13D Tracking - NEW 5-Part Video Training SeriesUltimate_Smoker*<p></p> <p>Hi All,</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>I hope that everyone is well. &nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>I have just released a brand new 5-part series on 3D tracking. &nbsp; This feature was introduced in Smoke 2015 and now here comes the training :)</p> <p></p> <p>Let's get started!</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">Compositing with 3D Tracking&nbsp;</h1> <p></p> <p>This video series will cover a workflow example of performing 3D tracking from beginning to end.</p> <p></p> <p>The series comprises of 5 parts and each part will cover specific topics.</p> <p></p> <p>PART 1 - Introduction to the Analyzer, setting it up and performing the first 3D track.</p> <p></p> <p>PART 2 - Refining the 3D tracking data for a more accurate camera solve. &nbsp; Align the ground plane to work out the camera angle as well as set the real world measurements for 3D applications.</p> <p></p> <p>PART 3 - Creating either AXIS or Point Locators to composite with in Action. &nbsp;Import a 3D model and align it to the shot using the point locators. &nbsp;Learning to export a 3D camera and point cloud to other 3D applications for CGI work.</p> <p></p> <p>PART 4 - Create a shadow using lights and shadow cast node. &nbsp;Use the Point Locators to align a surface for the shadow and create render outputs from Action. &nbsp;The passes are combined with Comp nodes and a bit of blur and regraining is thrown in.</p> <p></p> <p>PART 5 - Use the Modular Keyer to isolate foreground elements in the shot and recomposite them back onto of the composited plate. &nbsp;This brings any foreground detail in front of the composited 3D model.</p> <div></div> <div></div> <div>Enjoy!</div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Compositing with 3D Tracking<br />Recorded using Smoke 2015</h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJMSXsdbrZ7bSsi2tFc1VfbFvjLHt3jkI" target="_blank"><strong>Click this link to go to the 3D Tracking Playlist</strong></a></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2> <p></p> <p>As a reminder, the videos are available on the Smoke Learning Channel&nbsp;on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/smokehowtos" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">YouTube</a>&nbsp;or as podcasts on&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/smoke-learning-channel/id552051408?mt=2" title="itunes" target="_blank" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">iTunes</a>.</p> <p></p> <p>Comments, requests and feedback always welcome.</p> <p></p> <p>Have a great weekend and see you soon!</p> <p></p> <p>Regards</p> <p>Grant</p>Wed, 14 May 2014 13:04:07 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/discreetuk/3d-tracking---new-5-part-video-training-seriesAutodesk Smoke 2015 Released - New 50+ Getting Started VideosUltimate_Smoker*<p>Hi Everyone,</p> <p></p> <p>I hope you are all well.</p> <p></p> <p>I know that it has been a long time since I posted but I had good reason. &nbsp;As you know, we announced Autodesk Smoke 2015 at NAB 2014. &nbsp;Since this was a long time in the making, it was also time to redo all the Smoke Getting Started Training. &nbsp; &nbsp;Since there are just over 50 videos, I am sure you realise this takes a bit of time to do but they are now ready and live on the Smoke Learning Channel.</p> <p></p> <p>For users on subscription can download Smoke 2015 now. &nbsp; For anyone wanting to try Smoke 2015, the trial will be available in May. &nbsp; Smoke 2013 is still available as the current trial download and there are different Getting Started videos in the Smoke Leagacy section of the Smoke Learning Channel.</p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJMSXsdbrZ7YDvJ7OtPXozwqN2p7-noS2" style="line-height: 1.2em;" title="Getting Started 2015" target="_blank">Getting Started - Autodesk Smoke</a></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong>Recorded using Smoke 2015</strong></h2> <p></p> <p></p> <p>If you are still very new to Autodesk Smoke, this course will give you the grounding fundamentals to start using all the different tools.</p> <p></p> <p>BUT even if you are a seasoned Smoke Artist, I suggest taking time out to skim through the training as Smoke HAS CHANGED since the previous version of Smoke.</p> <p></p> <p>The changes appear at first on an interface level. &nbsp;The Media Panel looks a bit different, buttons have been shifted around as well as some keyboard shortcuts have changed. &nbsp;Not all of them :)</p> <p></p> <p>But seriously, the entire timeline has undergone a very big revamp. &nbsp;The effects processing engine under the timeline has changed and it brings significant changes to Smoke and ultimately the way you'll use the tool in the sequence.</p> <p></p> <p>There have been some modifications to the editing tools however if you look at your effects tools in the FX Ribbon, you will see that there are so many more tools now available at the timeline level.</p> <p></p> <p>Even Action is now at the timeline level! &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>The main point is that the effects tools you have used in CONNECTFX are now working at the timeline level. &nbsp;So the quality and consistency of your effects will be the same throughout Autodesk Smoke.</p> <p></p> <p>With the effects engine having a total revamp, it is much faster and you'll notice that there are NO MORE UNRENDERED FRAMES. &nbsp; &nbsp;That right! &nbsp; You can scrub through your segments without rendering and, hardware dependant, some can now be played back in real-time.</p> <p></p> <p>This is only the beginning of the changes and I am sure that you will be pleased.</p> <p></p> <p>Did I mention 3D tracking is now in Autodesk Smoke 2015? &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>This isn't covered in the Getting Started Experience but videos will soon make their way to the Smoke Learning Channel.</p> <p></p> <p>The videos are also available on the Smoke Learning Channel&nbsp;on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/smokehowtos" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">YouTube</a>&nbsp;or as podcasts on&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/smoke-learning-channel/id552051408?mt=2" title="itunes" target="_blank" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">iTunes</a>.</p> <p></p> <p>Comments, requests and feedback always welcome.</p> <p></p> <p>Have a great week and see you soon!</p> <p></p> <p>Regards</p> <p>Grant</p>Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:30:00 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/discreetuk/autodesk-smoke-2015-released---new-50-getting-started-videosBlurring &amp; Pixelating Faces or Logos using Action or ConnectFXUltimate_Smoker*<p></p> <p>Hi All,</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>I hope that everyone is well and having a Happy Friday!!!</p> <p></p> <p>I have made two new videos for you to see and hopefully they will help you with this typical task.</p> <p></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">Blurring and Pixelating Objects:<br />Covering things up you dont want others to see</h1> <p></p> <p>In these videos, we run through two techniques to blur or pixelate faces, logos and other objects in your shot.</p> <p></p> <p>The first video shows how to mask, track and blur objects using Action and the Modular Keyer</p> <p></p> <p>The second video show you how to mask, track and pixelate objects using a variety of nodes in ConnectFX</p> <p></p> <p>Each method is useful and quick.</p> <div></div> <div>Enjoy!</div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Blurring Faces and Logos with Action<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-g0cgGsIYE&amp;feature=c4-overview-vl&amp;list=PLFA011CBC88150592<span style="line-height: 1.2em;"></span></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Pixelating Faces and Logos with ConnectFX</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xebnQgFpVlQ&amp;feature=c4-overview-vl&amp;list=PLFA011CBC88150592<span style="line-height: 1.2em;"></span></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2> <p></p> <p>The videos are also available on the Smoke Learning Channel&nbsp;on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/smokehowtos" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">YouTube</a>&nbsp;or as podcasts on&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/smoke-learning-channel/id552051408?mt=2" title="itunes" target="_blank" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">iTunes</a>.</p> <p></p> <p>Comments, requests and feedback always welcome.</p> <p></p> <p>Have a great weekend and see you soon!</p> <p></p> <p>Regards</p> <p>Grant</p>Fri, 14 Feb 2014 18:54:01 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/discreetuk/blurring-amp-pixelating-faces-or-logos-using-action-or-connectfxColour Warper - Balancing Black and White LevelsUltimate_Smoker*<p></p> <p>Hi All,</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>I hope that everyone is well and having a Happy Friday!!!</p> <p></p> <p>As a result of user feedback about last week's video, I have made another colour warper video showing more functionality and workflow.</p> <p></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">The Colour Warper:<br />Balancing the Black &amp; White Levels&nbsp;</h1> <p></p> <p>In this video, we use the interactive vectorscope inside the Colour Warper to balance a shot with an incorrect white balance.</p> <p></p> <p>This is all done in ConnectFX but it can still be copied and applied to multiple segments in the sequence which use the same source material.</p> <p></p> <p>Dont forget that you can still do automated colour matching if you have a reference to work from. &nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>This technique can also be used to match a foreground element to a background plate when compositing.</p> <div></div> <div>Enjoy!</div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">The Colour Warper - Balancing Black &amp; White Levels<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a7JNU9ptZM&amp;list=PLFA011CBC88150592&amp;index=1<span style="line-height: 1.2em;"></span></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2> <p></p> <p>The videos are also available on the Smoke Learning Channel&nbsp;on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/smokehowtos" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">YouTube</a>&nbsp;or as podcasts on&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/smoke-learning-channel/id552051408?mt=2" title="itunes" target="_blank" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">iTunes</a>.</p> <p></p> <p>Comments, requests and feedback always welcome.</p> <p></p> <p>Have a great weekend and see you soon!</p> <p></p> <p>Regards</p> <p>Grant</p>Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:20:54 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/discreetuk/colour-warper---balancing-black-and-white-levelsColour Warper - The Mid-Tones TrackballUltimate_Smoker*<p></p> <p>Hi All,</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>I hope that everyone is well and your January is going pretty well so far with all your productions are running smoothly.</p> <p></p> <p>Here is a video that I created that relates to a few user questions regarding the Colour Warper and the Mid-Tones Trackball.</p> <p></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">The Colour Warper:<br />The Mid-Tones Trackball&nbsp;</h1> <p></p> <p>In this video, we take a close look at the workflow of using the Mid-Tones Trackball in the Colour Warper.</p> <p></p> <p>At first, it seems that it functions like the Highlights and Shadows Trackballs but on closer examination, the Mid-Tones Trackball works quite differently.</p> <p></p> <p>This lead to questioning whether there was a bug in the colour-warper but I can assure you that all is fine.</p> <p></p> <p>There will also be a brief explanation on the differences of how the colour warper works versus the colour corrector tool.</p> <div></div> <div>Enjoy!</div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">The Colour Warper - The Mid-Tones Trackball<br />https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YK7vBnIM_KM<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2> <p></p> <p>The videos are also available on the Smoke Learning Channel&nbsp;on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/smokehowtos" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">YouTube</a>&nbsp;or as podcasts on&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/smoke-learning-channel/id552051408?mt=2" title="itunes" target="_blank" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">iTunes</a>.</p> <p></p> <p>Comments, requests and feedback always welcome.</p> <p></p> <p>Have a great weekend and see you soon!</p> <p></p> <p>Regards</p> <p>Grant</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:28:11 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/discreetuk/colour-warper---the-mid-tones-trackballWishing you a happy, successful, and exciting new year!Ultimate_Smoker*<p>Hi Everyone,</p> <p></p> <p>Well we finally made it! &nbsp;It's the end of 2013 and I hope that everything has gone well for you and your work.</p> <p></p> <p>As for the Smoke Learning Channel, I am taking a short break to recharge my batteries to come back focused in 2014. &nbsp; Hopefully there will be loads to show in 2014.</p> <p></p> <p>I just want to take this opportunity to thank all for using Autodesk Smoke as well as wish everyone a happy holiday break. &nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>Even though we're on a break, all the videos are still available on the Smoke Learning Channel&nbsp;on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/smokehowtos" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">YouTube</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/smoke-learning-channel/id552051408?mt=2" title="itunes" target="_blank" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">iTunes</a>.</p> <p></p> <p>All the very best and I look forward to a productive and prosperous 2014 for everyone!</p> <p></p> <p>See you in the New Year!</p> <p></p> <p>Regards</p> <p>Grant</p>Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:52:55 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/discreetuk/wishing-you-a-happy-successful-and-exciting-new-yearNEW Autodesk Smoke Videos - Creating Credit Rolls with Proper FormattingUltimate_Smoker*<p></p> <p>Hi All,</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>I hope that everyone is well. &nbsp;I have just completed and released another video using the text tool performing a common every day task.</p> <p></p> <p>This will be the last Smoke video for this year as I need a "small" break but I will be back in 2014 with more to show as well as answering requests for certain features and workflows.</p> <p></p> <p>I hope that you all have a restful break, a happy 2014 and seasons greetings to all. &nbsp; That's a wrap from me!</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">The Text Tool:<br />Credit Rolls, Stylizing &amp; Tabulation&nbsp;</h1> <p></p> <p>This video carries on from the previous posts on using the 2D text tool.</p> <p></p> <p>The focus will be on setting up a text credit roll but it will also include stylizing the text and saving the styles as presets for later use.</p> <p></p> <p>Next we'll move onto tabulation to be able to place the text correctly within the credit roll. &nbsp;For example, if you need to create columns of names in the roll and you want everything to line up correctly.</p> <p></p> <p>And finally we deal with the timing of credit rolls. &nbsp; Use the trimming tools to retime the credit roll to the length you need in the sequence.</p> <div></div> <div>Enjoy!</div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">The Text Tool: &nbsp;Credit Rolls, Stylizing and Tabulation<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvScQIrfkCA&amp;feature=c4-overview-vl&amp;list=PLFA011CBC88150592<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2> <p></p> <p>The videos are also available on the Smoke Learning Channel&nbsp;on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/smokehowtos" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">YouTube</a>&nbsp;or as podcasts on&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/smoke-learning-channel/id552051408?mt=2" title="itunes" target="_blank" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">iTunes</a>.</p> <p></p> <p>Comments, requests and feedback always welcome.</p> <p></p> <p>Have a great weekend and see you soon!</p> <p></p> <p>Regards</p> <p>Grant</p>Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:25:22 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/discreetuk/new-autodesk-smoke-videos---creating-credit-rolls-with-proper-formatting2 NEW Autodesk Smoke Videos - The Text Tools!Ultimate_Smoker*<p></p> <p>Hi All,</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>I hope that everyone is well and getting ready for the end of year Christmas post production madness (if you're not already caught up with the craziness).</p> <p></p> <p>I started creating some videos detailing the text tools in Autodesk Smoke. &nbsp; You can never have enough titles in your productions :)</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">The Text Tool</h1> <p></p> <p>The first video goes through the details of creating text and setting it up. &nbsp; We cover creating text in the sequence using the mini-tool bar to work on text without going into the text editor. &nbsp;We also look at the different ways of creating text - Manually, importing a TXT file or copy and pasting text between applications. &nbsp;We'll also look at some of the formatting tools as well as finish off with alignments using the title safe of the frame. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>The second video looks at placing text on a 2D path. &nbsp; It is relatively straight forward however there are so many options at your displosal. &nbsp; This includes shaping the path as well as taking masks you have already made in the Gmask tool and converting them into text paths.</p> <p></p> <p>There is loads of workflows as well as tips and tricks in these videos.</p> <div></div> <div>Enjoy!</div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">The Text Tool: &nbsp;Titling in Autodesk Smoke<br />https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvF4oNL4hrg<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">The Text Tool: Text on a Path</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogU9nLsnGwI<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p></p> <p></p> <p>The videos are also available on the Smoke Learning Channel&nbsp;on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/smokehowtos" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">YouTube</a>&nbsp;or as podcasts on&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/smoke-learning-channel/id552051408?mt=2" title="itunes" target="_blank" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">iTunes</a>.</p> <p></p> <p>Comments, requests and feedback always welcome.</p> <p></p> <p>Have a great weekend and see you soon!</p> <p></p> <p>Regards</p> <p>Grant</p>Fri, 29 Nov 2013 10:23:07 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/discreetuk/2-new-autodesk-smoke-videos---the-text-toolsTracking in Autodesk Smoke - 9 NEW VIDEOS!!!Ultimate_Smoker*<p></p> <p>Hi All,</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>Following up on the Stabilization series that I released earlier this year, I have now completed a new 9-part tracking series.</p> <p></p> <p>This series will focus on using the stabilizer tools to perform all manners of tracking tasks in Autodesk Smoke.</p> <p></p> <p>We will cover single point tracking, two-point track, four corner tracking, paint stroke tracking and a variety of mask tracking workflows.</p> <p></p> <p>Editors and compositors alike come across these every day situation and its handy to know how to deal with them.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">Tracking</h1> <p></p> <p>Starting from the very beginning, we start to go through the concepts of tracking and look at the various workflows to help with different tasks.</p> <p></p> <ul> <li>Tracking Primer</li> <li>One-point tracking layers in the sequence with the Axis TimelineFX</li> <li>One-point tracking layers or 3D models using Action in ConnectFX</li> <li>Two-point tracking for position, scale and rotation tracking</li> <li>Four-point corner pinning and tracking to replace screens or signs.</li> <li>Tracking brush strokes using Auto-Paint in the Paint Tool.</li> <li>Mask Object Tracking</li> <li>Mask Control Point Tracking</li> <li>Dealing with difficult tracks - going off screen or behind other objects.</li> </ul> <div></div> <div>Does that wet your appetite? &nbsp; Check out the nine-part series! &nbsp;Enjoy</div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Tracking Primer<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fv8PmG9cxG0<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Position Tracking with the Axis TimelineFX</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-osDUSo5sX4<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Position Tracking with Action in ConnectFX</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noGbqSjw0iA<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Two-Point Tracking for Position, Scale and Rotation</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS_UEyt6qY4<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Four-Point Corner Pinning and Tracking</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2OWCNjGjUY<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Tracking a Brush Stroke with Auto-Paint in the Paint Tool</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fkfY0f-Ig8<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Mask - Object Tracking</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGoNEtya_uw<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Mask - Control Point Tracking</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uBb1wNBClE<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Dealing with Difficult Tracks</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FjhtUaxheQ<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2> <p></p> <p></p> <p>The videos are also available on the Smoke Learning Channel&nbsp;on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/smokehowtos" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">YouTube</a>&nbsp;or as podcasts on&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/smoke-learning-channel/id552051408?mt=2" title="itunes" target="_blank" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">iTunes</a>.</p> <p></p> <p>Comments, requests and feedback always welcome.</p> <p></p> <p>Have a great week and see you soon!</p> <p></p> <p>Regards</p> <p>Grant</p>Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:42:32 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/discreetuk/tracking-in-autodesk-smoke---9-new-videosWorking with FBX 3D Models in Autodesk SmokeUltimate_Smoker*<p>Hi All.</p> <p></p> <p>I hope that you are all well.</p> <p></p> <p>I have made another 6-part videos series which I think you will be pleased with and it definitely shows off Smoke's 3D compositing flexibilty.</p> <p></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">Working with<br />FBX 3D Models&nbsp;</h1> <p></p> <p>I finally got to this video series on my list.</p> <p></p> <p>This series gives you a good workflow example of taking a 3D scene from your 3D application (3DS Max, Maya or Softimage) and import it into Autodesk Smoke using the FBX interchange format.</p> <p></p> <p>But it does not just stop at importing. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>You go through a variety of processes of tweaking, look development and I threw in Depth of Field Z-depth passes from Action to round things off.</p> <p></p> <p>Series Breakdown</p> <p></p> <ul> <li>Import FBX 3D Models into Smoke</li> <li>Creating a Spherical Environment</li> <li>Enhancing 3D models with various lighting</li> <li>Painting on Texture Maps</li> <li>Bloomimg, Filtering and Motion Blur</li> <li>Creating a Z-Depth Pass from Action for Depth of Field Blurring in Smoke.</li> </ul> <div></div> <p>&nbsp;I hope that you will find some use out of these videos. &nbsp;Enjoy!</p> <div></div> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">WORKING WITH 3D MODELS: <br />Importing FBX 3D Model</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRkxxkOVXoE<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p style="text-align: center;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;"></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">WORKING WITH 3D MODELS:&nbsp;<br />Creating a Spherical Environment&nbsp;</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG2zyqR5EIY<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p style="text-align: center;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;"></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">WORKING WITH 3D MODELS:&nbsp;<br />Enhancing the Spotlight 3D Model</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XBF-OFe3FQ<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p style="text-align: center;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;"></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">WORKING WITH 3D MODELS:&nbsp;<br />Painting on Texture Maps</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q17ZCa4R2Gw<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p style="text-align: center;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;"></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">WORKING WITH 3D MODELS:&nbsp;<br />Light Blooming, Filtering and Motion Blur&nbsp;</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQIIJDqHnro<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p style="text-align: center;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;"></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">WORKING WITH 3D MODELS:&nbsp;<br />Depth of Field Blurring with an Action Z-Depth Pass</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg3XctbNcWw<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2> <p>The videos are also available on the Smoke Learning Channel&nbsp;on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/smokehowtos" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">YouTube</a>&nbsp;or as podcasts on&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/smoke-learning-channel/id552051408?mt=2" title="itunes" target="_blank" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">iTunes</a>.</p> <p></p> <p>Comments, requests and feedback always welcome.</p> <p></p> <p>Have a great week and see you soon!</p> <p></p> <p>Regards</p> <p>Grant</p>Wed, 02 Oct 2013 14:59:35 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/discreetuk/working-with-fbx-3d-models-in-autodesk-smokeMaking 2D into 3D! - NEW 3-part Autodesk Smoke SeriesUltimate_Smoker*<p>Hi All.</p> <p></p> <p>Well, it's the day after IBC and now the dust needs to settle.</p> <p></p> <p>Thanks to all who came past the booth to say "Hello!" to the guys. &nbsp; Unfortunately, I am so busy in "web land" I wasn't able to attend. &nbsp;But if anyone wants to speak to me, you always know where to find me.</p> <p></p> <p>So what have I been doing? &nbsp; &nbsp;I think you will like this new set of videos...</p> <p></p> <p></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">Making 2D into 3D!</h1> <p></p> <p>As you know I have been making my way through videos on creating 3D displacements in Action.</p> <p></p> <p>A short while ago, a good friend contacted me asking if it was possible to extrude a flat 2D logo into a 3D model that he could rotate to impress his clients.</p> <p></p> <p>Now he didn't have time to go back to 3D and have them model something. &nbsp;So he was asking if it was possible to do all of it in Smoke.</p> <p></p> <p>That got me thinking whether it was possible to use displacement mapping to make what he wanted.</p> <p></p> <p>Through my explorations, I found that it was indeed possible to do it however there were a few little refinements that needed to be done and settings changed to make it convincing.</p> <p></p> <p>So I did a tiny bit of designing and came up with an example that could be extruded but also customised to a point.</p> <p></p> <p>I threw in some 3D text for good measure and showed a few tips for beveling and multi-object texturing.</p> <p></p> <p>&nbsp;I hope that you will find some use out of these videos. &nbsp;Enjoy!</p> <div></div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">MAKING 2D INTO 3D:</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Extruding a Flat Logo as a 3D Object<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwpffc28hUE<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">MAKING 2D INTO 3D:</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Refining the Edges</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56DeenHEB5U<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">MAKING 2D INTO 3D:</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Lighting, Beveled 3D text and Multi-Object Texturing</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8RzrtVKu6w<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2> <p>The videos are also available on the Smoke Learning Channel&nbsp;on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/smokehowtos" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">YouTube</a>&nbsp;or as podcasts on&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/smoke-learning-channel/id552051408?mt=2" title="itunes" target="_blank" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">iTunes</a>.</p> <p></p> <p>Comments, requests and feedback always welcome.</p> <p></p> <p>Have a great week and see you soon!</p> <p></p> <p>Regards</p> <p>Grant</p>Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:19:49 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/discreetuk/making-2d-into-3d---new-3-part-autodesk-smoke-series3D Displacement: Displace that with Action!Ultimate_Smoker*<p>Hi All.</p> <p></p> <p>I hope that you are well and "smoking" in post!</p> <p></p> <p>IBC 2013 is almost here. &nbsp;Hopefully there will be some facinating announcements from all vendors which will keep us all busy until NAB 2014. &nbsp; &nbsp; Where has the year gone?</p> <p></p> <p>I have created a video showing you how to start using the 3D environment in Action to create displacement/distortions in 3D space just using a flat object..</p> <p></p> <p></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">3D Displacement:</h1> <h1 style="text-align: center;">Displace that in Action!</h1> <p></p> <p>Working in a 3D compositor does have the basic advantages.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>Moving layers in 3D space to create distance and parallax, moving cameras to mimic real-world camera behaviours and much more.</p> <p></p> <p>But since Action is a true 3D compositor and not a plug-in, there is lots more untapped functionality that you may or may not have found.</p> <p></p> <p>Displacement is one of them.</p> <p></p> <p>This video gives you a good start how to apply 3D displacement to a surface. &nbsp;Waving flags, heat haze and textures are among the few things I can think of which are made effortless by the mapping tools.</p> <p></p> <p>&nbsp;Enjoy the video!</p> <div></div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">3D DISPLACEMENT: &nbsp;Displace that in Action!<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2mh4JZUffQ<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2> <p>The videos are also available on the Smoke Learning Channel&nbsp;on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/smokehowtos" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">YouTube</a>&nbsp;or as podcasts on&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/smoke-learning-channel/id552051408?mt=2" title="itunes" target="_blank" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">iTunes</a>.</p> <p></p> <p>Comments, requests and feedback always welcome.</p> <p></p> <p>Have a great week and see you soon!</p> <p></p> <p>Regards</p> <p>Grant</p>Wed, 04 Sep 2013 16:06:36 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/discreetuk/3d-displacement--displace-that-with-actionBeauty Retouching in SmokeUltimate_Smoker*<p>Hi All.</p> <p></p> <p>I hope that you are well and "smoking" in post!</p> <p></p> <p>IBC 2013 is around the corner and Autodesk is gearing up as usual. &nbsp; Can't say much more than that so you'll have to wait and see. &nbsp; If you can attend, please come and say "hi" to the gang. &nbsp; If you can't join us, we always have our live streaming feeds to the AREA so you never miss out.</p> <p></p> <p>I have created a new 5-part video series which I think most of you will enjoy.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">Beauty Retouching</h1> <p></p> <p>Have you ever met anyone who likes the way they look on camera? &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>There might be a few in the world but they are few and far between. &nbsp;Guaranteed in most post production scenarios, the dreaded question comes up, "Can you make me look younger?"</p> <p></p> <p>They always joking of course! &nbsp; But are they really?</p> <p></p> <p>People are always striving for a better look and trust us to help them along the way. &nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>So here is a series that will show you how to remove spots and smooth out skin but still retain a realistic look without looking like a blurred flat pancake. &nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>Seriously, we do all these retouches as I mentioned but we also take great consideration for the image's grain pattern as it is crucial to finish off an effect but also make it more believable.</p> <p></p> <p>&nbsp;Enjoy the series!</p> <div></div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Introduction and Removing the Grain<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWIjVxS3pHQ<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Spot Removal with Pixel Spread<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAxBWWyO0iw<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p style="text-align: center;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;"></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Skin Smoothing<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j60OcILlY7Y<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p style="text-align: center;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;"></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Returning the Detail<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHwZcH8Ve64<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p style="text-align: center;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;"></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Reintroducing the Original Grain<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj00xk6bTt8<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2> <div></div> <p></p> <p>The videos are also available on the Smoke Learning Channel&nbsp;on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/smokehowtos" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">YouTube</a>&nbsp;or as podcasts on&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/smoke-learning-channel/id552051408?mt=2" title="itunes" target="_blank" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">iTunes</a>.</p> <p></p> <p>Comments, requests and feedback always welcome.</p> <p></p> <p>Have a great week and see you soon!</p> <p></p> <p>Regards</p> <p>Grant</p>Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:23:25 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/discreetuk/beauty-retouching-in-smokeStabilization in Autodesk Smoke - 5 new videosUltimate_Smoker*<p>Hi All,</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>Keeping things steady is always something that crops up all the time. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>Whether we have a nervous camera person or film maker who does not use a tripod, sometimes things just look better a bit more stable.</p> <p></p> <p>The other aspect is for certain compositing tasks is that it is slightly easier to work on something that's not flapping about all over the place.</p> <p></p> <p>Editors and compositors alike come across this fun situation.</p> <p></p> <p>What I thought would be handy is to start going through the stabilization tools from the beginning. &nbsp;This might help you with some situations.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">Stabilization</h1> <p></p> <p>Starting from the very beginning, we start to go through the concepts of stabilization and look at the various workflows to help with different tasks.</p> <p></p> <ul> <li>Stabilization Introduction Primer</li> <li>Position Stabilization</li> <li>Position, Rotation and Scale Stabilization</li> <li>Smoothing out camera moves with Jitter</li> <li>Stabilize, composite and destabilize.</li> </ul> <div></div> <div>Does that wet your appetite? &nbsp; Check out my five-part series! &nbsp;Enjoy</div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Stabilization Introduction Primer<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1OkM_lW6A8<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Stabilizing Position</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEPKSpPwRsI<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Stabilizing Position, Rotation and Scale</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Jgys7JK12s<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Smoothing Out Camera Movements with Jitter</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDAKiZ3OCw8<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Stabilize, Composite and Destabilize&nbsp;</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgPoXrppVgc<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2> <div></div> <p></p> <p>The videos are also available on the Smoke Learning Channel&nbsp;on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/smokehowtos" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">YouTube</a>&nbsp;or as podcasts on&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/smoke-learning-channel/id552051408?mt=2" title="itunes" target="_blank" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">iTunes</a>.</p> <p></p> <p>Comments, requests and feedback always welcome.</p> <p></p> <p>Have a great week and see you soon!</p> <p></p> <p>Regards</p> <p>Grant</p>Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:39:46 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/discreetuk/stabilization-in-autodesk-smoke---5-new-videosNEW Video Series - Smoke and Resolve InteroperabilityUltimate_Smoker*<p></p> <p></p> <p>Hi All,</p> <p></p> <p>Happy August to all!</p> <p></p> <p>I hope that everyone is well and things in Autodesk are moving along well.</p> <p></p> <p>I finally managed to get a series in my list that I have been wantng to tackle for a while and it is very highly requested with regards to Smoke.</p> <p></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">Smoke &amp; Resolve Interoperability</h1> <p></p> <p>With Smoke working on the Mac platform, it's always useful when the applications can work together.</p> <p></p> <p>Now Smoke does have a full toolset to do a complete beginning to end workflow without leaving the application. &nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>However, I certainly acknowledge everyone's freedom to use whatever tools they want to complete a job. &nbsp;With that said, a lot of people use Davinci Resolve to do their grading and a bit more. &nbsp;As a result of this loads of people have asked me what is the workflow to make Autodesk Smoke and BlackMagic Design Davinci Resolve work together.</p> <p></p> <p>Well I am hoping that this video series will answer your questions.</p> <p></p> <p>We will look at the following:</p> <ul> <li>Preparing the Smoke sequence for Resolve</li> <li>Exporting an Audio Guide Track</li> <li>"Publishing" the Sequence with the ProRes video media</li> <li>Import the media and EDL in to Resolve</li> <li>Rebuild the timeline and sync the audio in Resolve</li> <li>Export a XML timeline out of Resolve</li> <li>Rebuild the graded sequence in Smoke using the XML</li> <li>Round-Tripping Workflow</li> </ul> <div>Please note that the workflow shown applies to Smoke 2013 ext1 and DaVinci Resolve 9.0.</div> <div></div> <div>Applicable to you? &nbsp; Check out this 3-part series! &nbsp;Enjoy</div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Preparing for Resolve<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQkZXaXebBM<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Conforming in Resolve</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjuQF9eFZQ8<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Round-Tripping to Smoke</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-sPo8eviJY<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p></p> <p></p> <p style="text-align: left;">The videos are also available on the Smoke Learning Channel&nbsp;on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/smokehowtos" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">YouTube</a>&nbsp;or as podcasts on&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/smoke-learning-channel/id552051408?mt=2" title="itunes" target="_blank" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">iTunes</a>.</p> <p></p> <p>Comments, requests and feedback always welcome.</p> <p></p> <p>Have a great week and see you soon!</p> <p></p> <p>Regards</p> <p>Grant</p>Tue, 13 Aug 2013 09:35:58 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/discreetuk/new-video-series---smoke-and-resolve-interoperabilityCreating Optical Scopes - 6 NEW Training VideosUltimate_Smoker*<p></p> <p>Hi All,</p> <p></p> <p>Hope you have been well. &nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>2013 is moving by so fast and we're almost in August. &nbsp;Where has the time gone? &nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>I am so busy in production mode that I dont notice the days slip away but I think I have got a "crackin" series for you to see!</p> <p></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">Creating Optical Scopes</h1> <p></p> <p>Everyone needs to make an optical scope at some point in their VFX career.</p> <p></p> <p>To prove my point, "google" how to do it and you'll find loads of tutorials. &nbsp;So I decided to do a set for Smoke.</p> <p></p> <p>What I found really interesting was that perhaps I dont make scopes every day but the techiniques I experimented with in Smoke are certainly handy to know and use on other tasks.</p> <p></p> <p>So don't discount this series because you dont make action movies and have tons of binocular shots. &nbsp;Take a look and you might be pleasantly surprised how much is covered.</p> <p></p> <ul> <li>Masks</li> <li>Edge Mattes</li> <li>Creating Graphics with Masks</li> <li>Tracking Off-Screen</li> <li>Animation</li> <li>Action Object Instancing</li> <li>Off-setting Animation with the Tracks Editor</li> <li>Lens Distort and Lens Textures in Action</li> <li>Night Vision using the Damage Node</li> </ul> <div></div> <div>Does that wet your appetite? &nbsp; Check out my six-part series! &nbsp;Enjoy</div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Creating Optical Scopes: Creating the Shape - Masks 1<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5DrKh9v3-I<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Creating Optical Scopes: Working on the Edges</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yNt2PYwbgQ<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Creating Optical Scopes: Making Crosshairs - Masks 2&nbsp;</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRp3XBvBBbQ<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Creating Optical Scopes: Tracking and Animation&nbsp;</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_szvxT-BO98<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Creating Optical Scopes: Adding Lens Defects in Action&nbsp;</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA25aZ7Zjeg<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Creating Optical Scopes: Switching to Night Vision</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxdVL7BJz3Q<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2> <div></div> <p></p> <p>The videos are also available on the Smoke Learning Channel&nbsp;on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/smokehowtos" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">YouTube</a>&nbsp;or as podcasts on&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/smoke-learning-channel/id552051408?mt=2" title="itunes" target="_blank" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">iTunes</a>.</p> <p></p> <p>Comments, requests and feedback always welcome.</p> <p></p> <p>Have a great week and see you soon!</p> <p></p> <p>Regards</p> <p>Grant</p>Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:38:07 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/discreetuk/creating-optical-scopes---6-new-training-videosWorking with Lens Distortion in Autodesk Smoke - Two new Training Videos!!!Ultimate_Smoker*<p>Hi All,</p> <p></p> <p>Happy Summer/Winter holidays for those of you who have kids!!! &nbsp;(And have the time to take off.)</p> <p></p> <p>At the moment, we are loving the summer heatwave in the UK. &nbsp;If you have the same climate, remember to drink lots and keep cool!!!</p> <p></p> <p>I have been looking at my video schedule for the year and it will be jam-packed with stuff so keep checking back as I plan to be in production mode full time.</p> <p></p> <p>Here is a great set of videos dealing with lens distortion in Autodesk Smoke</p> <p></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">Working with Lens Distortion</h1> <p></p> <p>Two new videos showing how to manage lens distortion in Smoke. &nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>We'll be examining a technique to remove the lens distortion before compositing as well as adding the lens distortion back once you have finished compositing.</p> <p></p> <p>Anyone involved in visual effects should know this or need to know the impact of lens distortion.</p> <p></p> <p>It's always wonderful that the DOP wants to use so many lenses on the shoot to create a great looking piece. &nbsp;But if it is loaded with VFX work, it will cause loads of issues with tracking and compositing. &nbsp;So the idea is to take out the distortion, composite and than put the distortion back in.</p> <p></p> <p>I know I make it sound trivial but it is not. &nbsp;However with a bit of preparation on-set, you should be able to manage this comfortably.</p> <p></p> <p>Enjoy these videos and I hope you find them useful.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Working with Lens Distortion: Removing Distortion<br />http://youtu.be/TzfSnQi1fSM<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Working with Lens Distortion: Reintroducing Distortion</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://youtu.be/G4eInBexXK0<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2> <div></div> <p></p> <p>The videos are also available on the Smoke Learning Channel&nbsp;on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/smokehowtos" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">YouTube</a>&nbsp;or as podcasts on&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/smoke-learning-channel/id552051408?mt=2" title="itunes" target="_blank" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">iTunes</a>.</p> <p></p> <p>Comments, requests and feedback always welcome.</p> <p></p> <p>Have a great week and see you soon!</p> <p></p> <p>Regards</p> <p>Grant</p>Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:34:54 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/discreetuk/working-with-lens-distortion-in-autodesk-smoke---two-new-training-videosNew Paint Training: Cloning on a Moving ShotUltimate_Smoker*<p></p> <p>Hi All,</p> <p></p> <p>I hope that you are all well!!!</p> <p></p> <p>We're now in the midst of Summer for the northern hemisphere and winter for the southern hemisphere but stuff is always bubbling behind the Autodesk development doors and hopefully there are great things to come.</p> <p></p> <p>I also promised that I would keep adding to the paint playlist and I am no where near finished! &nbsp;So without any more delays, here are some new paint videos!</p> <p></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">Cloning on a Moving Shot!</h1> <p></p> <p>Two new videos showing the different workflows using the Paint Tool and ConnectFX Paint.</p> <p></p> <p>These videos follow on from the previous "Clone me out!" videos where we cleaned up a static frame. &nbsp; In these videos, we start painting on panning shots. &nbsp;So now we have to incorporate a form of tracking to ensure the brush strokes match the camera movement.</p> <p></p> <p>As always, the videos will show the workflow but they will also highlight what is possible with each paint tool and a few tips along the way.</p> <p></p> <p>Standard comment, I do know there are a ton of other methods to solve issues like this but the focus was on paint. &nbsp;Smoke has so much to offer and my endless list of upcoming videos suggests that too.</p> <p></p> <p>Enjoy these videos and I hope you find them useful.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong>The Paint Tool: Cloning on a Moving Shot</strong><br />http://youtu.be/n9y309dA13Q<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong>ConnectFX Paint: &nbsp;Cloning on a Moving Shot</strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">http://youtu.be/Hap-2I-3-ro<br />Recorded using Smoke 2013 Extension 1</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2> <div></div> <p></p> <p>The videos are also available on the Smoke Learning Channel&nbsp;on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/smokehowtos" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">YouTube</a>&nbsp;or as podcasts on&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/smoke-learning-channel/id552051408?mt=2" title="itunes" target="_blank" style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #5d9013; text-decoration: none; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">iTunes</a>.</p> <p></p> <p>Comments, requests and feedback always welcome.</p> <p></p> <p>Have a great week and see you soon!</p> <p></p> <p>Regards</p> <p>Grant</p>Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:16:36 UTChttp://area.autodesk.com/blogs/discreetuk/new-paint-training-cloning-on-a-moving-shot