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VFX 101: Learn Adobe After Effects / PFTrack / 3ds Max

Do you want to learn how to do amazing VFX (Visual Effects)? Learn 3ds Max, After Effects and PFTrack in this course!
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Created by Ruan Lotter
Last updated 3/2015
English
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What Will I Learn?
Create amazing VFX (visual effects) and motion graphics using Adobe After Effects, Autodesk 3dsmax and PFTrack!
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Requirements
  • Download 3dsmax (Free student version available), After Effects (Trial version works fine) and PFTrack (Trial version works fine). I will give you more information where you can download these trial / free versions at the beginning of the course. You don't need any experience in VFX to do this course.
Description

VFX 101: Learn Adobe After Effects / PFTrack / 3ds Max

Kickstart your career in VFX
- No Film School and No Visual Effects Experience required!

Have you ever wanted to do your own Visual Effects or maybe dream about working for a major VFX Studio in Hollywood? Well now you can learn all the basic skills to get you started! This course will give you the all building blocks that will allow you to start using Adobe After Effects, 3dsmax and also PFTrack to create your own amazing Visual Effects - Hollywood Style.

You will also get to use the amazing V-Ray Renderer for 3dsmax which is used widely in the Visual Effects industry as well as in the Gaming world!

What you will learn:

  • Autodesk 3dsmax
    • Creating Geometry
    • Subdivision Modeling
    • Animation and Keyframes
    • Texturing and the Material Editor
    • The Active-shade Renderer
    • The V-ray Renderer
    • MassFX Physics Engine
    • Lighting and Shadows
    • The Graph Editor
    • Importing 3D Models
    • How to use Tracking Data from PFTrack
    • Rendering
  • Adobe After Effects
    • After Effects Basics
    • Working with Layers
    • Applying Effects to Layers
    • Masks & Rotoscoping
    • Compositing
    • Animation and Keyframes
    • Color Grading
    • Chroma Keying
    • Tracking (2D and 3D)
    • and much more!!
  • PFTrack
    • User Track and Auto Track nodes
    • Solving the Camera
    • Orienting The Scene
    • Using Test Objects
    • Exporting Tracking Data to 3dsmax
    • and of-course much much more!

After each chapter you will do a very exciting mini project with me, to ensure that you understand everything that was covered in that specific lecture before we move on to the next.

I will provide you with sample footage / graphics / 3d models and more, that we will use during this course.

The total running time of this course is 4 Hours and 33 Minutes!!!

Get ready to begin your career in VFX right NOW!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for anyone interested in creating their own VFX (Visual Effects and Motion Graphics) or anyone interested in learning 3dsmax, After Effects and PFTrack. You don't need any experience, and NO FILMSCHOOL - I will go through everything from the basics to more advanced features. If you want a career in VFX then this is the place to start!
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction
2 Lectures 01:19

What will you learn in this course.

Preview 00:56

Software requirements and how to get trial versions

Software Requirements (Trials and Free Student Versions)
00:23
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3dsmax
17 Lectures 01:48:41

In this lesson we go over the 3dsmax user interface.

The 3dsmax User Interface
05:23

How to set your scale correctly in 3dsmax.

Working with Real World Scale
02:28

In this lesson we look at creating geometry in 3dsmax.

Creating Basic Geometry in 3dsmax
06:52

In this lesson we look at moving, scaling, rotating and cloning 3d objects. Once you complete this lesson you will be able to create your own 3d objects!

Move / Scale / Rotate / Clone
05:43

Using Helpers to move and rotate objects in 3dsmax.

Using Helpers to Move and Rotate Objects
04:08

In this lesson we take a look at the 3dsmax Modify Panel - Once you have completed this lesson you will be able to add interesting modifiers to your 3d creations.

The Modify Panel
03:53

In this lesson we take a look at subdivision modeling - you will learn how to create anything in 3dsmax, using geometry subdivisions!

Subdivision Modeling
09:01

In this lesson we take a look at the amazing V-Ray renderer for 3dsmax. You will learn how to render beautiful scenes using this awesome renderer!

The V-Ray Renderer
03:01

In this lesson you will learn how to create a camera in 3dsmax.

Creating a Camera in 3dsmax
03:32

In this lesson we take a look at the ActiveShade renderer - This will help you to save lots of time in 3dsmax!

The Activeshade Renderer
02:16

In this lesson we take a look at the 3dsmax Material Editor - You will learn how to create your own custom materials and how to apply them to your 3d creations.

The Material Editor
12:29

In this lesson we take a look at lights and shadows in 3dsmax - You will learn how to setup different lights and how to control the look of your lights and shadows to create realistic scenes.

Lights and Shadows
06:54

In this lesson we take a look at animation and keyframes in 3dsmax - Learn how to add movement to your awesome 3d creations!

Animation and Keyframes in 3dsmax
05:26

In this lesson we take a look at the Curve Editor in 3dsmax - You will learn how to finetune your animations in 3dsmax.

The Curve Editor
06:12

In this lesson we take a look at the exciting MassFX physics engine in 3dsmax - You will learn how to add some realistic physics to your 3d scenes!

Preview 07:21

In this lesson we take a look at rendering an image sequence from 3dsmax - You will be able to configure the render settings and output an image sequence.

Rendering an Image Sequence From 3dsmax
04:09

Welcome to the 3dsmax Mini Project - You will learn how to create a bowling alley with pins and a ball, and how to setup the physics using the MassFX physics engine!

3dsmax - Mini Project
19:53
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After Effects
11 Lectures 01:18:31

In this lesson we take a look at the After Effects user interface.

The After Effects User Interface
08:30

In this lesson you will learn how to work with layers in After Effects.

Working With Layers
06:58

In this lesson you will be learning all about applying effects to layers in After Effects.

Applying Effects in After Effects
06:01

In this lesson you will learn how to add animation using keyframes in After Effects.

Animation and Keyframes in After Effects
12:24

In this lesson you will learn how to use masks and also how to rotoscope using After Effects.

Preview 12:45

In this lesson you will learn how to track motion using After Effects.

Track Motion in After Effects
07:02

In this lesson you will learn how to use the 3d camera tracker in After Effects.

The Camera Tracker in After Effects
03:46

In this lesson you will learn the art of chroma keying - how to work with green screen footage.

Chroma Keying
03:44

In this lesson you will learn how to do color grading using After Effects.

Color Grading
04:49

In this lesson you will learn all about rendering from After Effects.

Rendering
03:11

Welcome to the After Effects mini project - we will be looking at some gun muzzle flashes and creating one awesome night shot!

After Effects - Mini Project
09:21
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The Final Project - PFTrack to 3dsmax (Part 1)
12 Lectures 57:45

We start our Final Project with this lesson - you will learn about the user interface of PFTrack. The amazing tracking software!

Introduction to PFTrack
03:01

In this lesson you will learn how to track a shot in PFTrack - We look at the UserTrack and AutoTrack nodes and how to use them.

Track The Scene Using UserTrack and AutoTrack
16:36

In this lesson I show you how to orient your scene correctly and also how you can use test objects in PFTrack to ensure that you track is perfect.

Orient Scene and Test Objects
02:55

In this lesson you will learn how to export your tracking data from PFTrack for 3dsmax.

Export Tracking Data to 3dsmax
01:35

In this lesson you will learn how to convert your footage to an image sequence so that you can use it in 3dsmax.

Convert Footage to Image Sequence using After Effects
03:02

In this lesson you will learn how to import your PFTrack tracking data into 3dsmax.

Import Tracking Data Into 3dsmax
02:14

In this lesson you will learn how to import your footage image sequence into the 3dsmax environment.

Import Image Sequence Into 3dsmax Environment
03:15

In this lesson you will learn how to import 3d objects into your 3dsmax scene and how to ensure that their materials are linked.

Import and Position 3D Objects and Link Materials
05:56

In this lesson you will learn how to apply animations to the 3d objects in your scene.

Apply Animation to CG Objects
08:59

In this lesson we light our scene.

Add Lights to The Scene
03:22

In this lesson you will learn how to create a shadow catcher so that you will have realistic shadows in your shot.

Create a Shadow Catcher
03:33

In this lesson you will be rendering your final project from 3dsmax - ready for compositing.

Render Image Sequence From 3dsmax
03:17
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The Final Project - Compositing (Part 2)
4 Lectures 14:41

In this lesson we start the compositing process.

Bring Elements Into After Effects - Compositing
03:27

In this lesson you will learn how to match your 3d render to your footage by adding spesific effects.

Match 3D Elements and Footage
03:45

In this lesson you will learn how to color grade your final project.

Color Grade Your Final Project
04:46

In this lesson you will be rendering your final project from After Effects.

Render Final Project From After Effects
02:43
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Conclusion and Thank you
1 Lecture 00:37

And this is the Thank You video :) Thank you very much for taking this course - I really hope that you enjoyed it.

Conclusion and Thank You!
00:37
About the Instructor
4.8 Average rating
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152 Students
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VFX Artist / Editor / Filmmaker

Ruan Lotter is a Filmmaker, Editor and VFX Artist from Cape Town, South Africa. He has directed and edited several short films, internet commercials and music videos over the last few years. In 2007 he started experimenting with Adobe After Effects and 3dsmax and he has never looked back.

He currently works as a VFX Artist and Editor at Zebra Worldwide, doing post-production on international commercials and video projects.

He also runs a YouTube channel called TunnelvizionTV where he teaches people interested in Filmmaking and VFX (visual effects), from around the world, the secrets to many Hollywood VFX techniques.

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