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Digital Matte Painting Essentials 5: Camera Projection in Maya

Course Summary

Transform a 2D matte painting into a 3D scene, complete with a moving camera, shifting perspective, and an animated background.       

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    Course Syllabus

       Using the exercise files
    1. Getting Started with Camera Projection
       What is camera projection?
       Preparing the textured castle for camera projection
       Isolating the first two layers
       Isolating the rest of the layers
       Preparing individual files of each layer
       The CastleAll layer
    2. Setting Up Your Maya File
       Maya basics
       Creating a projection camera
       Adding the image plane
       Positioning the grid
       Setting device and film aspect ratios
    3. Adding Geometry to Match Your Painting
       Adding a box for the base of the castle
       Matching the camera to the painting
       Positioning the next four boxes
       Creating the rest of the castle geometry
       Modeling the hill
       Adding the sky
    4. Projecting Your Textures
       Projecting the first texture
       Projecting the castle walls
       Projecting the rest of the textures
    5. Adding an Animated Camera
       Animating the camera
       Rendering the scene
       Fixing two common projection problems
    6. Advanced Camera Projection
       Installing filmBackAtYa
       Adding cylinders for the front towers
       Adding spheres for the domes
       Vertex modeling
    7. Toning and Animating the Background
       Preparing the file for After Effects
       Retiming the plate
       Colorizing the plate
       Adding a moving sky
       Displacing the smoke
       Rendering out the moving background
    8. Adding Video and Special Effects
       Bringing the moving background into Maya
       Great websites for stock video
       Adding flames
       Rendering out glowing smoke
       Creating an alpha channel
       Adding special effect glows
       Creating a lava waterfall
       Render settings
       Final render

Course Fee:
USD 25

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4 - 5 hours / week

This course is listed under Digital Media & Games Community

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