Eric Maslowski, Technical Creative Consultant
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Videos - Tutorials
 
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Architectural Visualization - Optimizing and Cleanup
This series focuses on optimizing architectural models for interactive applications and dealing with large scenes. We start with what to expect from external models and then dives into how to clean up a file and organize it for heavy optimization.
We continue the aggressive optimization of an architectural model cutting more triangles and looking at what to avoid. Importance is placed on layers, procedural objects, as well as quick optimization of polygon meshes.
Getting Started - 3D Studio Max - Modeling 101
This tutorial introduces the user to a few of the very powerful modeling tools available for 3D Studio Max.
( Primitives | Modifiers | Extrusions | Booleans)
This tutorial dives into shapes/splines/etc. and how you can quickly create objects like custom mouldings, race tracks, vases, ornate table legs, etc.
(Shapes | Sweeps | Lines | Lathe | Lofting)
This tutorial simply exposes the viewer to basic polygon modeling tools inside of 3D Studio Max and other great resources on the topic.
This tutorial will walk through one possible use case for the Graphite Modeling tools and Sweep modifier by creating a cartoon style house.
Getting Started - 3D Studio Max - Animation 101
This session dives into the wonderful world of animation and shows how to create keyframes for objects, modifiers, and materials in 3d studio max using SetKey/AutoKey.
(SetKey | AutoKey | Modifiers | Materials | Time Configuration)
This tutorial will expose the viewer to a few higher level animation methods including the curve editor, animation via physics, procedural controllers, and path constraints.
(Curve Editor | Dope Sheet | MassFX | Controller | Constraints)
Visual Effects - Creating and Combining Render Passes
This tutorial covers what render passes are and how they can be created with VRay. The use of Render Elements is the same for the Scanline renderer, and Mental Ray renderer.
In this tutorial we take a look at combining our passes in a node based compositing package such as Autodesk's Composite/Toxik application.
Here we take a quick look at building up passes in after effects using the EXtractoR effect and methods for fixing edges caused by premultiplied alpha.
In this tutorial we take a look at cleaning up the result of our passes by making sure the alpha transparency is correct as well as a few methods to use for cleaning up edges of CG elements.
This tutorial covers the preferred method for combining rendering passes from VRay as it avoids issues with motion blur, anti-aliasing, and other "soft" transparency effects.
Visual Effects - Unique Effects and Visuals
This tutorial shows how to setup a cool rendering effect that gives objects a softer more painterly look to them. This video shows how to use a similar technique with VRay and 3D Studio Max that works well with stereoscopic 3D.
This tutorial continues with the painterly effect and shows how to apply different materials to take the concept much further adding a greater sense of style. Also, this tutorial shows how the technique can be used to make clouds.
This technique for generating clouds focuses on the use of many quads/planes with transparent textures and projected translucent materials to create convincing and quick clouds. Inspiration for this tutorial came from Damian Nenow's presentation.
Stereoscopic 3D - Converting 2D to 3D (Depth Maps)
This video kicks off the 2D to 3D conversion tutorials and discusses why one would want to convert 2D footage to stereoscopic 3D. The series will focus on a variety of methods for when 2 cameras aren't available or their use is just too complicated.
This tutorial covers one (and possibly the easiest) method for creating a depth image. We take a look at using VRay to generate a "depth pass" of our 3D scene. The concepts can be applied just about any renderer on the market.
This tutorial goes over how to use rotoscoping in Mocha, a very powerful roto tool that comes free with After Effects CS5, to create depth footage. The resulting footage can then be used to create stereo pairs from a single camera.
In this detailed tutorial we build up our left/right images using the depth image inside of After Effects. We also take a look at building a flexible workspace within After Effects to allow for adjusting the stereo effect so it is comfortable but impressive at the same time.
In this detailed tutorial we build up our left/right images using the depth image inside of Composite/Toxik. We also take a look at building a flexible workspace within Toxik to allow for adjusting the stereo effect including some basic expressions.
In this detailed tutorial we build up our left/right images using the depth image inside of Photoshop. Photoshop's method is not as flexible as After Effects or Composite but it works.
Stereoscopic 3D - Converting Aspect Ratios and Formats
This tutorial shows how to take existing stereo pairs and convert them to another aspect ratio (4:3 to 16:9). Additionally, we look at building an After Effects project that will allow for easy conversion of future content whether it's anaglyph or left/right stereo pairs.
This tutorial goes over converting 16:9 stereo pairs into compatible 4:3 stereo pairs or anaglyph. The pipeline and methods can easily be used to convert additional footage and tweak existing stereo effects.
This video goes over how one can adjust the stereo offsets of footage in After Effects after it has been shot using the two camera system. The method can't work miracles but can help make some scenes more comfortable to view.
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