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Tandent Lightbrush: engineering an image One of the more interesting new products shown at SIGGRAPH 2012 in LA was Tandent’s Lightbrush. This was first previewed at a prior SIGGRAPH but it was not yet a product that could be purchased. Lightbrush comes from computer vision research and allows artists to independently work and manipulate surface colors and shading separately in a still picture. The image is split for artist adjustment. News If you haven't seen Tim's Vermeer yet, go see it! It's about using technology to make great art. It's about persistence and plowing through an insane project one day at a time. ICT Graphics Lab Introduction: We demonstrate a novel light probe which can estimate the full dynamic range of a scene with multiple bright light sources. It places diffuse strips between mirrored spherical quadrants, effectively co-locating diffuse and mirrored probes to record the full dynamic range of illumination in a single exposure. From this image, we estimate the intensity of multiple saturated light sources by solving a linear system.
Deep Image Compositing › In Depth The basic idea behind deep images isn’t new – storing more data than just the standard RGBA frame buffer has been a standard workflow for some time. As mentioned in the overview – what deep images try to solve is how this data is stored and referenced to avoid standard issues like edge aliasing etc. 2010 emerging from animal logic’s deep image implementation a paper was submitted to Siggraph, but got rejected. For anyone who wants to read up on it you can find a copy here. Creating Deep Images
Introducing the BeeWorks Stabilizer: An Evolution of Gimbal Technology Does the world really need another gimbal stabilizer? Many would argue no, but the engineers from Seattle-based startup BeeWorks beg to differ. It's been roughly a year and half since MōVi took the filmmaking world by storm. In the period that followed, startup company after startup company emerged sporting their own variations on the motorized gimbal. A select few of these stabilizers were top notch and offered solid performance, while countless others were bulky, cheaply manufactured, and sadly ineffective.
High End Video Training for the Visual Effects Industry This brand new Fusion video by cmiVFX will put you lightyears ahead in your journey to becoming a Fusion master. Our expert mentor, Terry Riyasat, will take you through the steps in creating this very realistic robot scene by showing you a variety of techniques that can be used to integrate a 3D render into a live action plate. You'll gain valuable experience with compositing, color space, 3D tracking data, alembic files, and even color grading! This kind of high-quality online training simply can't be found anywhere else. Get ready for an engaging experience, and enjoy Fusion 3D Integration, by cmiVFX!
What causes lightning and thunder? Zap! You just touched a metal doorknob after shuffling your rubber-soled feet across the carpet. Yipes! You've been struck by lightning! Well, not really, but it's the same idea. A Primer on Focal Length: Why Lenses Are One of the Most Powerful Tools at Our Disposal Of the many complex aesthetic decisions that cinematographers make, lens choice is one of the simplest, most powerful, and most misunderstood. There are several different factors that determine the aesthetic of any given lens, but today we're just going to be focusing on the basics. Focal length is one of the more straight-forward aspects of lens design. In the simplest sense, focal length is the physical distance between the imaging plane (ie. the sensor) and the optical center of the lens.
Reference / Inspiration Bird Inspiration / Camera Here’s a pretty tight and simple model/animation of a bird. 16 sec can be the part when the first bird appears from the flower’s pollen. It’s going to look very magnificent when the bird appears and we can have the close up of the bird. The model of the bird doesn’t have to be like this, but the camera of the bird can be similar to this. Transition reference Look at the 27 sec in the video, would be a good transition between jellyfish and flower.