空中云彩

Since creating the Earth Zoom tutorial back July 2007, I have always wanted the clouds to look more realistic. Although the fractal noise was a decent solution, nothing compares to the real thing. Recently on my travels, I was able to capture some images that might just be the solution to a better earth zoom. I actually shot them with the intention of sharing them here.
Obviously I travel by cape(youtube暂时无法访问).

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Get Down! Video Added

One of the great features of Action Essentials 2 is the debris and dust elements.  With the new atmosphere effects in this collection, you will be able to create depth by layering multiple elements in your composite. Foreground dust is one of the best ways to give your audience the feeling of being trapped with you as well as helps blend things together.

Another great side point, is the benefit of using real live action elements with CG ones (like 3d animation). This gives your mind something to look at that IS real and makes the rest of the composite more convincing.

UPDATE: VIDEO ADDED
Here is something you can create in 5-10 minutes with Action Essentials 2. Imagine how good it would look with 17 minutes of work! …maybe fix the motion tracking… nah.

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完美组合

随着 Action Essentials 2 发布日期的日益临近,我已经开发了一个简单的准则,以达到更好的合成效果,这可以被细分为7小点。 这绝对不是针对于每一个场景的“完整”向导,但它一定会是一个好的开端。我计划在未来将详细讲讲这类的技术,但这里只是一个概况,如果您有好的建议,请用英语在这里留言给A.K

我把他称作: P.E.R.F.E.C.T.(完美)

 视角:
当你在制作一个场景,你想去考虑你的图片,视频的角度,并把符合你的需求的镜头认真的混合到一起,一个大远景的冲突可能会暴漏你的镜头合成的很差。

美学:
让它看起来更酷。请留意你的合成,均衡各个元素,使之变得更加匀称。仔细看看你的合成,把它当成一个整体,而不只是你的工作区。

 

随机:
世界是不可预知的,因此你要在你的合成工作学会随机应变。一个例子是当从一小群演员来合成一个军队的士兵的时候,延续一部分素材的时间是很重要的,这样才能避免使影片看起来像是机械重复。 在添加火光和浮沉的时候,这一点也是同样重要的。不要只是重复使用同一种的火光与烟尘。 使用多种版本并改变大小、旋转,使你的思想不再局限在相似的模式中。

Feathering:
The way elements are blended in a scene is a top priority. Feathering is a great way to blend multiple elements together in a scene as well as performing a subtle light wrap. But don’t overuse the light wrap!

Environment:
When you composite an element in your scene, ask yourself how would this affect the surrounding environment? When an explosion goes off, does it leave a hole or burn marks? Does the bright light cast on the walls around it? Be creative and think of clever ways to make your fx elements blend with the real world.  You should also consider on-set action for planned visual effects.  Having real interaction in your scene goes a long way to sell a shot like pillows on a couch being shot-up by a machine gun. A simple string works well to ‘toss’ the pillows around as they are blown away.

Color:
Matching color and light are essential to photo realistic compositing. Obviously you want the fx elements to match the color of the scene but you also want to match the contrast level too.  Be mindful of the light direction in your scene and be sure to use elements that cooperate.

Timing:
There is a rhythm to cinema and visual effects. There is action and reaction.  Let your shot flow and unfold. If you force things to happen in a short amount of time, the shot may turn out mechanical and choppy.

Feel free to expand on these ideas and continue to create impressive visual effects. In the mind of an artist nothing is ever “perfect”, but I like to think of the word as an verb for a work in progress as we attempt to ‘perfect’ the art.

 

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