View Full Version : Eat 3D Proudly Releases - Live Action & CG 3 - A Comprehensive Guide to Compositing

05 May 2011, 05:14 PM
Hi Everyone! We finally released this anticipated update to our Live Action & CG Series.

More information on the product page here: (

DVD Description:

In this DVD, Instructor Matt Skonicki takes you through the entire process of compositing 2 HD Shots with 3D integration. The best part of this tutorial is it uses Autodesk Composite for compositing which ships free with Autodesk Maya 2011. Matt starts off by taking you On Location to demonstrate the capturing of the raw plate and HDRI images. From there he goes through creating the final HDRI image in Photoshop. The next chapters include detailed tracking in SynthEyes, setting up the scene in Maya, creating masks in After Effects, Animation of the 3D objects in Maya, adding particle effects, lighting, and render layers. Last, Matt composites the final scenes in Autodesk Composite.

This tutorial is perfect for those who want an "Out of the Box" comprehensive tutorial on compositing 3D into your own camera footage primarily using Autodesk Maya and Composite.

About the Instructor:

Matt Skonicki has worked in the video game and film industry for over 6 years. During his time at Midway Games in Chicago, he worked very hard to prove his way up from being a cinematics artist to a character technical artist. Matt has worked on such video games as "Mortal Kombat: Armageddon" and "John Woo's Stranglehold" and even received a prestigious excellence award for his contributions. Currently Matt is a visual effects instructor at Columbia College Film School in Chicago Illinois.

About Eat 3D:

Eat 3D has been feeding your brain for over 3 years with some of the highest quality training that exists. Our goal is to provide you with the best education and get straight to the point with practical real world exercises that professionals actively use in production.

05 May 2011, 06:24 PM
look really cool..!

05 May 2011, 02:10 AM
Sweet--I just purchased it. More Maya more Maya more Maya! :)

05 May 2011, 10:14 AM
looks awesome to me! really loved the first two volumes and silently hoping for a third. Canīt wait to get started.

05 May 2011, 01:46 PM
Another cool one from eat 3d!

One request - can you guys post the finished video that is made with this training? I'd love to see what the whole finished sequence looks like.

05 May 2011, 02:50 PM
This dvd looks great!!

One request - can you guys post the finished video that is made with this training? I'd love to see what the whole finished sequence looks like.

I second this.

05 May 2011, 08:31 PM
You had me at Live Action & CG...

05 May 2011, 02:09 PM
Definitely a well done DVD. A couple crits though:

I would like to have seen the author show how to fix where the soldier's live action shadow mixed with the cg harvester's shadow. That's a pretty standard problem you'll see just about always when dealing with live action and cg assets. In fact, even though this DVD has the words 'A Comprehensive Guide to Compositing' there compositing part of the DVD was pretty short and kinda glossed over rather quickly. But the time spent pre-compositing, is very comprehensive and top notch in its scope. If I had to guess, towards the end, the author saw the finish line, and started to kinda hurry it along.

I also would have preferred you stick with After Effects for the compositing, as opposed to using Maya Composite. I only say this, because you already used AE several times before even getting to the compositing stage, so why not cut down on the amount of software packages required to follow along?

All in all, I'd definitely recommend it though. There's alot to be learned here.

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