VFX Foundations I
Taught by Tahl Niran
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- July 2012
- 5 hours 39 minutes
In the wake of this document, many things about training artists for vfx changed. For returning prof Tahl Niran, it was a major turning point in how he approached training. Visual effects training is often designed to get people ‘up and running’ with software, make pretty images or just get people feeling comfortable with a complicated application. But underneath every system which creates, manipulates or even displays images is a very simple set of core ideas. Identifying and understanding these is the key to a truly deep understanding of visual effects compositing.
Enter VFX Foundations I, the first of a two-part course here at fxphd. It is a course designed for EVERYONE, from an absolute beginner to a career visual effects professional. No matter what you know or think you know about working with images using a computer this course will give you a better grasp of what those buttons sliders and nodes are truly doing. If you're in visual effects, regardless of your level, this course should be a requirement.
Tahl Niran, is a compositor and trainer who has been working in visual effects since 1999. In that time he has worked in games, broadcast design, tv commercials and feature films and trained artists in Australia, London, New York, Mumbai and Shanghai. Tahl was one of the foundation professors at FXPHD and also one of the creators of the original Foundry Nuke Masterclasses. He returns to FXPHD after three years in London working with the team at Double Negative Visual Effects.
Class 1Understanding how we see: the problem - why we need colour theory and the limits of human vision, display systems and how your application lies to you and luminance, chrominance and why you suck at seeing both!
Class 2Modern models of colour: the solution - defining, encoding and recording color, display systems and how they can lie to you plus file formats and the ins and outs of managed colour pipelines.
Class 3Jargon busting : who is marcie? and why do we care - density, log and linear colour in practice and coverting colour from storage to a usable medium for manipulation.
Class 4Out of the dark ages: it's all about light. The notion of a photometric linear image, beyond black and white and Dmin and why Josh Pines was right!
Class 5Now you get it, it's time to move it. Logical colour manipulations, dangerous manipulations and defining the mathematics of colour correction.
Class 6Those that don't understand history are doomed to repeat it. The history of image composition, understanding why addition and multiplication rule your daily life and remove the word layering from your vocabulary.
Class 7How to put "A" over "B" - the one basic presupposition for all modern compositing applications and why most people working in VFX today don't understand it. What the word presupposition means!
Class 8What if Tahl told you there is no blur? The matrix explained! Kernels, convolution and why you will never pay for a plug-in filter again.
Class 9Popular tools and techniques broken down to an atomic level. Keyer, filter or colour correct its all much simpler than you thought! Everything is just a colour operation and why Tahl spent so long earlier on teaching you about colour.
Class 10The Matrix reloaded! All this time you thought you were moving images... you aren't. Affine, perspective and displacement. Understanding vectors and per pixel manipulation.