Video Editors: Learn 3D Video Compositing
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Video Editors: Learn 3D Video Compositing

Learn about instant video background removal (chroma key), special effects layering and 3D video compositing
4.5 (53 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
6,371 students enrolled
Created by Reallusion Inc
Last updated 6/2016
Price: Free
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Remove (chroma key) color backgrounds from videos
  • Convert alpha videos into transparent popVideos
  • Composite real actors into 3D virtual sets
  • Create 3D video effects inside a 3D environment
  • Create virtual studios & sets inside a 3D real-time engine
  • Use videos and color grading to create realistic outdoor scenes
  • Employ revealers and video layering effects
  • Integrate videos into a 3D scene
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  • Download and install iClone 6 software - TRIAL or PRO version
  • Download and install popVideo 3 software - TRIAL or Full version

Now everyday video editors can learn about instant transparent videos, real-time animation with 3D video compositing for virtual newsrooms, broadcast graphics, & chroma key effects without prior 3D animation experience or expensive tools. Learn to easily combine virtual sets with real video footage of yourself, or a spokesperson, for professional video broadcasts without the need for expensive on-location studio fees.

In this course you will learn to use iClone 3D animation tool, along with popVideo 3 an instant video background removal tool, to composite real video footage with special video effects and CG assets inside a virtual 3D space.

The course is structured in an intuitive and logical way where you first receive a quick introduction of the software, followed by a step-by-step guide that will only take a couple of days. This course is designed for general video editors that wish to delve into the world of instant 3D compositing, but it can also be easily picked up by almost anyone regardless of your past experience or skill level. 

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for ANYONE regardless of their age, artistic or animation experience. But it is mainly designed for video editors who wish to quickly learn how to work inside a 3D engine for 3D video compositing, 3D video effects, 3D layering and others. Teachers, Students, 3D Animators, video producers, previz artists, and movie makers can also greatly benefit from this course.
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Curriculum For This Course
15 Lectures
Introduction to the Software
3 Lectures 18:21

Welcome to iClone 6!  Whether you are a seasoned CG professional, a novice enthusiast, or a curious video editor who wants nothing more than to tell your stories in 3D, this course series has a collection of useful tips that will help you become a 3D compositing pro in no time.

Introduction to iClone 6

popVideo delivers a one-click background screen removal feature with a wide range of chroma key color options to instantly turn videos and image sequence into crisp, transparent videos. Deal with various imperfect shooting conditions thanks to the powerful chroma key Timeline editor and a comprehensive set of Mask tools.

popVideo 3 - One-Click Chroma Key for 3D Video Compositing

In this lecture, you'll get an introduction to the basic features of popVideo and simple examples of how you can use them. In addition to getting you familiar with the UI, you'll learn about how to use the chromakey tool, combine videos with alpha masks to export transparent video, as well as how to preview your transparent video on various backgrounds so you can check the result before you export.

Introduction to popVideo 3 UI
Converting video for 3D Compositing
5 Lectures 57:11

In this lecture, you'll learn how to remove unwanted areas of video by creating mask keyframes to determine what area of your videos are masked out at which points. 

Remove unwanted areas of video background

This lecture walks you through some of the most common issues that you may encounter, and provides a step-by-step process for how you can resolve certain issues that may pop up when using the chromakey tool. You'll learn about things like edge refinement, getting rid of discoloration, as well as how to toggle between mask and transparent video modes to ensure you get the most accurate chromakey results.

Fix Video Edge & Color Issues

There are a lot of great alpha video resources out there, from cool particle effects to transparent videos that have already been through the chromakey process. Wouldn't it be cool if you could use them all in your iClone project in a quick and easy way that saves tons of resources?
In this lecture,  you'll learn how easy it is to convert your transparent video effects from After Effects, Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, etc. and convert them to popVideo format for resource-saving inclusion in your iClone projects. 

Converting Alpha Video to popVideo

Another incredibly useful feature of popVideo is the ability to import JPEG and PNG image sequences, aggregate all of the individual frames together, and then export a streamlined popVideo or transparent video file that you can use in your iClone project or in any other 3D compositing or video editing software. This allows you to integrate stop-motion video into your iClone project. An even bigger benefit is that you can export your own PNG sequence from iClone or other 3D tools, and re-import it in as a video in order to optimize the size of your project, save system resources and avoid high-poly counts in your project. Even with dozens of the same videos, the frame rate remains at 60fps. This lecture shows you how to do just that, along with the basics of image sequence import/export.

Exporting & using Image Sequences

In this lecture, you'll learn about the surprising number of import and export options available with popVideo, while enhancing and speeding up your workflow in the meantime. Find out how you can import different types of videos that aren't normally compatible, and also optimize your popVideo output.

Import & Export Options
Compositing in a 3D Environment
6 Lectures 01:48:19

iClone supports the import and use of a wide selection of video formats for use inside a 3D environment. With a simple click and drag of your mouse, you can import transparent popVideos and normal videos.

This lecture will run you through the basics of the different ways you can import your videos, from billboards and planes to image layers and backgrounds. You'll also learn about how to time your video start, adjust the sound, and map it to any prop surface in your scene.

Import transparent videos to iClone

There's a wide selection of iClone virtual set props and environments that are super useful for when you need to composite a real-life actor into a 3D scene. This lecture will demonstrate a couple of useful tips for getting the most realistic and visually appealing results in this scenario, whether it be for educational or commercial purposes. 

Learn about how to import transparent videos as billboards, and have your real-life actors interact with virtual props and utilize video effects to enhance the overall visual effect.

Compositing Real Actors in a 3D Virtual Set

One of the many practical uses of iClone in a studio environment is the ability to create your own custom 3D effects for use in your advertisement, TV show, or any other sort of production. 

In this lecture, you'll learn a little bit about how to utilize practical add-on packs in various ways to enhance your production. Learn how to use and customize sample projects to your liking, produce creative intro screens for your show, and utilize the text motion templates and props as well.

Creating 3D Video Effects in iClone

There are so many ways to use video files in your iClone projects, and one of the most interesting methods is to use a combination of background videos for your scene background and transparent videos with masking for the foreground. This allows you to create infinitely more depth and realism in your scene. Combine that with custom IBL (Image-based Lighting), and you have a completely enhanced scene.

In this lecture, you'll learn how to do just that; strategically place videos in your scene on both the background and foreground image layers to enhance realism, particularly in outdoor scenes with weather such as snow or dust. You'll also learn how to use IBL and wind effects to emphasize outdoor weather patterns.

Use Videos and Color Grading to create a 3D outdoor scene

This lecture demonstrates various video elements that users can work with, as well as the basics on how to use them in a variety of unique scenarios. It showcases the Super VFX pack that contains an impressive selection of background videos, revealers, infographics, as well as some infographics and cool-looking fire and smoke components as well. How you use them is up to you, but you can be sure that this pack will give you some ideas on how to work with iClone assets.

Working with Revealers & Video layering Effects

Combining video elements with props and elements in your 3D scene can really give your production that extra realistic touch and bring it to the next level. There are a number of different ways that you can do this, and each method can be used in different scenarios.

In this lecture, you'll learn about each of the separate import methods for videos, and how you can use them to enhance your scene with a touch of realism, and integrate your videos into your 3D scene so that they no longer look like separate videos, but rather part of your natural scene.

Integrating Videos into a 3D Scene
BONUS – 3D Compositing a Futuristic Sci-fi City
1 Lecture 08:59

Director Adolf Navarro from Antareus Ltd, shows us how to use iClone 6 Pro and PopVideo 3 to create a Sci-Fi 3D compositing shot, mixing masked real footage with CGI elements on the same set. ----- "I wanted to show the possibilities of iClone 6 when creating a Sci-Fi set mixing 3D props and billboards with video textures. The new Reallusion popVideo 3 software allows one to mask HD video footage filmed using green screen backgrounds, creating a keyed high definition video format than can be used as texture in iClone 3D props. It allows one to mix real footage in virtual sets without further compositing operations." - Adolf Navarro

3D Compositing a Futuristic Sci-fi City
About the Instructor
Reallusion Inc
4.4 Average rating
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34,547 Students
5 Courses
Software Developers & Trainers

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Reallusion is a leader in the development of 3D cinematic animation tools for consumers, students and professionals. Recognized as an industry pioneer, the company provides consumers with easy-to-use avatar animation, facial morphing and voice lip-sync solutions for real-time 3D filmmaking and previsualization for professional post-production. Reallusion's core technologies are widely used by consumers, educators, gamers and filmmakers to ready their desktop and mobile devices with a total real-time animation studio that plugs-in to the gamer mentality with videogame-like play-to-create technology.

These focused animation courses were created with novice animation users in mind. They were designed to quickly teach any person, from any age, education and background experience to create, animate, modify and export their customized animations in a fraction of the time that it would take with other applications. All lectures were created by highly skilled professionals that have years of experience in creating short and focused, topic-based tutorials for easy following and understanding. Learners can rest assure that each lecture is designed to focus on each topic in order to save time and maintain attention.