Introduction to Arnold

Taught by Ulf Lundgren

Course Number:
Software Version:
Arnold for XSI 
Original Run Date:
October 2012 
6 hours 14 minutes 
This course is targeted at anyone who may already be familiar with rendering and lighting but who wants to move over to Arnold; or just wants to know how Arnold can help in production.

Taught by Ulf Lundgren, the goal of the course is to get you up to speed in Arnold and help you understand the differences when using Arnold compared to other Render engines. Prior experiences of rendering and lighting is a plus but not necessary since this course should still help you get on your way to amazing renders.

Workflow, rendering optimization, basic shaders, usefull lighting riggs, sss, volumetrics, linare workflow, Aov and practical work-flow tools might not sound all that sexy but you’ll come to love the results. Furthermore this course is designed to mix more theoretical classes with in-depth case studies of Arnold working on real projects, giving a better understanding of how to use Arnold in production. This course gives you a very good understanding of how to do both full CG projects as well as taking you through all the steps of a production for using Arnold to integrate CG into a live action plate.

Even though the course is using Softimage as its main application all the classes are kept generic and should be as relevant for any implementation of Arnold; be it Maya, Softimage or feature implementations in Houdini or Light Wave. No knowledge of Softimage should be needed. Course members will be able to have access to the the Arnold renderer software, thanks to a partnership with Solid Angle.

Ulf Lundgren is a VFX supervisor and director at Lost Liner Productions in Stockholm Sweden. He’s worked on a number of international feature films and well known commercials like Harry Potter 1 and 2, Golden Compass, James Bond Die another day and Xbox Mosquito before starting his own studio and tackling the Swedish movie scene of ghosts and Zombies.
Introduction to Arnold
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Class Listing

Class 1: History of Arnold

A brief history of Arnold and how it integrates into a production workflow and the good vs bad when comparing Arnold with other renderers.

Class 2: Setup and render

How to setup and render with a linear workflow using color managment in Arnold, followed by and an in depth look at all the types of lights Arnold has to offer.

Class 3: In-depth look at shading

An in-depth look at shading with Arnold and how to use the different types of shaders in production.

Class 4: In-depth look at render effects

An in-depth look at render effects and settings and learn how to export ASS files to do batch rendering of sequences using kick.

Class 5: Lighting and shading

Lighting and shading of a troll. Should give you a good hands on knowledge of how to use Arnold shaders.

Class 6: Second part of shading

Second part of the troll shading class. Rounding up and rendering.

Class 7: Workflow suggestions

Workflow suggestions, camera lens shaders and explanation sample.

Class 8: Cellphone packshot rendering

Cellphone packshot rendering.

Class 9: Lighting and shading for live action integration

A case study of how to do lighting and shading for live action integration.

Class 10: Integrating 3D into live action

Class 10 deals with integrating 3D into live action backplates. A tracked scene is provided both for Softimage (as is preferred) as well as for Maya. This class should teach you everything needed to start adding your 3D to live action including rendering with AOV's and how to best use them in compositing.