Mastering Camera Projection in Maya

I will show you how to create 3d camera projection in maya so you can convert any still image you want into 3d animation
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

In this course, we will go through the whole process from start to finish and create a fully animated 3D Matte painting using Autodesk Maya, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Aftereffects. we will go through the essential techniques for 3D matte painting from creating the matte painting using still images in photoshop to modeling, animation and rendering in maya and then final compositing in aftereffects.

14 HD Lectures with over 1.37 hours of content.

Topics Covered In This Course:

  • Photoshop Setup and Painting
  • Exporting Image Elements In Photoshop
  • Camera Setup In Maya
  • Modeling for Projection In Maya
  • Camera Animation In Maya
  • Texturing for Projection In Maya
  • Shader Setup In Maya
  • Compositing In Aftereffects
  • Creating Lens Flare In Aftereffects
  • Creating Atmospheric Effect in Aftereffects
  • Colour Correction in Aftereffects

Who Should Take This Course:

Any one is interested in creating stunning 3d matte painting using solid methods then he/she should consider this course, by the end of this course you will be able to transform any still image into outstanding matte painting fully animated.

However this course is not designed for people who can't use Maya, Photoshop or Aftereffects. but if you have a basic working knowledge with the softwares and their shortcuts then you should be ready to take it.

Why Learning 3D Projection Is Important:

Here is a few reasons:

1- Huge time saving, instead of modelling everything in 3d you can heavily cheat and get amazing results.

2- Used in movies, TV and commercials, so you can expand your reach.

3- Used in corporate videos.

4- Bring any still image to life.

5- Big time saver for your projects.

6- Great addition if you are creating video presentations.

I'm sure there is a million other reasons why you should consider learning this amazing approach.

Just to make sure you are not left alone, at the end of the course I offer two assignments for the students and everyone can pick the assignment that matches there current level and after they do the assignment they can upload the video to vimeo and post it on the discussion so I can take a look at it and give you feedback, this way you will learn much quicker!

If you are very excited like me then take this course and lets get started!

What are the requirements?

  • You Need Maya 2011 or newer, Adobe Photoshop CS4 or newer, Adobe AfterEffects CS3 or newer

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Bring any still image to life
  • Create amazing matte painting animations like in commercials and cinematics

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone interested in learning 3d projection
  • Do not take this course if you have no idea how to use Maya, Photoshop or Aftereffects
  • If you have basic skills in Maya and know how use it along with Photoshop and Aftereffects then you will follow along easily

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Section 1: Before Getting Started
Before we get started
Section 2: Basic Camera Projection Tutorial: Must Watch

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a camera projection in Maya 2015 from start to finish we will start in Photoshop then move to Maya and then finally do a basic colouring in After effects. this camera projection tutorial is great for anyone who want to learn about camera projection/ mapping in Maya.

I believe that implementing camera projection in your workflow will greatly help you to save time and get great results faster for your projects.

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Section 3: Photoshop: Assembling and Preparing the Matte Painting

In this lecture we will assemble the matte painting using 2 images.


In this lecture we will tweak the matte painting and adjust the coloring for harmony.


In this lecture we will extend the mountains and fill the gaps to make it ready for projection.


In this lecture we will create all the elements needed for exporting to maya.

Section 4: Maya: Modelling and Animation

In this lecture we will setup the project file and create the projection camera.


In this lecture we will model the foreground mountain.


In this lecture we will model the first midground mountain.


In this lecture we will model the second midground mountain.


In this lecture we will create the projection shaders for the mountains.


In this lecture we will create the background mountains with the rest of the shaders.


In this lecture we will create the camera animation.


In this lecture we will render the final animation as image sequence for aftereffects.

Section 5: Aftereffects: Putting everything together and exporting the final movie

In this lecture we will bring all the elements together and do the final compositing, then export the final animated MattePainting.

Final Thoughts and Assignments

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Instructor Biography

Mohammad Sadeh, VFX Animator / 3D Generalist

Mohammad Sadeh was born in Jerusalem Israel. When he was a kid he was always curious about how cartoons were created but no one from his family had any idea at that time of the process, When he saw for the first time Blizzard cinematics for World of War Craft and Diablo he was struck by the beauty of 3d and what it can do.

He spent all his teen years trying to study 3d by him self and eventually made the decision to study 3d animation in Canada and found a great school in Vancouver. Here, He studied one year and then took an amazing journey to transform from an international student to a professional animator/cg generalist working in the VFX industry with companies like Image Engine, Method Studios, MPC and many more on multiple Hollywood movies including Night At The Museum Secret Of The Tomb and lastly The Avengers Age of Ultron .

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