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The Bullet Training

Our PN: VCON3010001
Manufacturer: Video Copilot
Platform(s): Mac & Win

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Product Type: Electronic Download
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Quick Overview

Training for After Effects, Cinema 4D, 3Ds Max and Blender.



Manufacturer Part Number: VCPB

Advanced AE and 3D Training

  • Composite a bullet with live action footage
  • 21 Tutorials and over 5 hours of training
  • 3-in-1 Training for Cinema 4D, 3Ds Max and Blender
  • Learn the secrets of 3d multi-pass compositing
  • Project files, help files and source footage included

What is The Bullet?
This training product is designed to show you how to create large-scale visual effects in an organized and powerful workflow. Starting with the raw footage, we will build all of the necessary elements to complete this amazing visual effects shot of Sam Loya firing a gun in slow motion.

What else will I learn?
The concepts and techniques will translate to unlimited visual effects possibilities and a powerful compositing pipeline for creative visual effects.

Do I need 3D software experience?
3D experience is not required; neither is an expensive 3D program for that matter. This DVD let's You choose your tools such as: Cinema 4D, 3Ds Max, or the powerful free program called Blender. The Blender portion of the DVD explains the program and everything you need to know to get started. The 3D camera movement is created in the tutorials so we do not need to use match moving software with live-action footage.

What can I expect to learn?

After Effects:

  • Creating elements from scratch
  • Working between AE and 3D, integrating camera data
  • Multi-Pass exporting and compositing
  • Advanced color correction techniques
  • File management and workflow tips such as pre-comp proxies
  • Displacement effects and other creative uses for common plug-ins

3D Software:

  • Model a realistic bullet and shell casing
  • Texturing and lighting with reflections
  • Animation with Null objects and groups
  • How to render multiple elements for compositing

The Bullet Contains 21 Video Tutorials:

Build Muzzle Flash and Smoke from scratch:
Use the After Effect's built-in Particle system generator to create an Impressive fiery blast as well as micro sparks.

Animate Slide Action:
Animate the subtle movement of the slide action from the perspective view for added realism.

Master the Speed of After Effects:
Uncover secrets of proxies and how to save on rendering by pre-rendering common items and comps.

Choose your Destiny:
With this state-of-the-art DVD you can choose to continue the lessons for 3D max, Cinema 4D or Blender. When you complete the 3D lessons, you will return to AE for integration and then return to the core training for finishing. It's like 3 DVD's in one.

Multi-Pass Rendering:
Rendering in a 3D program can take ages. You have to constantly tweak settings with every change. WIth Multi-pass rendering all of the components of the scene such as Lighting, Shadows and Reflections become individual layers in AE when you can interactively make changes that don't take forever to render.

Advanced Color Correction:
Learn the secret of correcting specific portions of your footage as well as fine tune skin tones for natural and impressive results.

Interactive content:
With the interactive content page you can go at your own pace and finish the lessons as you go or jump around. There is also a reference page with real images of a bullet to help in the 3D process.

Built-in Help:
Common questions and answers can be found inside the web application to help you as you go.

Quick-Tips and Short-cuts:
Each program contains side notes that highlight helpful tips and commonly used keyboard shortcuts. This helps to retain information and less jumping back to remember that common key command.

Course Outline
Master these techniques for greater control over 3D and After Effects integration:

Total Training:
Over 5 Hours. If you continue with a single 3D program training time is about 3 hours.

01. Introduction: 8 mins. 12 secs.
Discuss preparations for an effective visual effects pipeline
Set file structure and arrange project elements
Discuss requirements for the shot and execution

02. Preparing Footage and building 3D Scenery: 18 mins. 06 secs.
Prepare footage for compositing
Perform time-remapping on source footage
Build a 3D panoramic scene

03. Building Assets: 3D Muzzle Flash and Smoke: 14 mins. 49 secs.
Build 3D muzzle flash from particle effects
Generate smoke and sparks from scratch
Organize elements for compositing

04. Building Assets: Perspective Slide Action: 12 mins. 09 secs.
Simulate the blowback of a gun for a perspective angle
Animate finger squeezing the trigger
Blend elements with background comp

05. Work-Flow Tips and Building Proxies: 6 mins. 59 secs.
Create proxies for footage and compositions
Create export-template with custom settings
Discuss render settings including RGB+Alpha


13 total tutorials for 3 Programs
Modeling, advanced texturing
Animating, Lighting and reflections
Special Rendering and preparation

06. Compositing the Elements: 27 mins. 00 secs.
Combine core elements in 3D including Smoke and sparks
Build custom displacement map for bullet animation
Composite shell casing animation
Advanced depth of field effects

07. Final Compositing: 15 mins. 51 secs.
Add displacement for bullet and muzzle flash
Blend panoramic layers together for a smooth camera move
Add simulated lighting for the bullet in slow motion

08. Finishing Touches and Advanced Color: 15 mins. 30 secs.
Create custom mattes for advanced color correction
Discuss render settings and proxies
Thanks from Video Copilot

Compatibility means that you can follow the tutorial with the above software to complete all the steps for the visual effects on this DVD.

Included Project Files Created with the:

  • After Effects CS3
  • Cinema 4D R 10.5
  • 3Ds Max 9 SP2
  • Blender 2.45 Peach

In most cases you cannot open project files in previous versions of these programs. However as mentioned above, you can still complete the training because all necessary files are available.


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