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    For over 10 years, we at cmiVFX have been providing valuable lessons in both real world and experimental techniques that define the very fabric of the Visual Effects Industry. Our training material cannot be found anywhere else because we provide you with knowledge from mentors who have contributed to a number of the world's most famous movies, advertisements, and media. We operate based on your participation. Each and every sale funds new lessons and web development. Come be a part of the vfx community and join with thousands of others who have made cmiVFX their indispensable source for visual effects and computer training. (REGISTER HERE)

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    Learn to create a high-end game asset using Modo and Zbrush with varomix....

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    Learn how to use Flame and Smoke in such a short period of time that afterwards you can immediately start your own project confidently.

    Living Creatures in Realflow Vol 01

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    3D Digital Environments Masterclass

    We just dropped a bombshell of a video on the cmiVFX site which is aimed at all 3d generalists and 3d matte painters. This video contains BRAND NEW tricks that you won't find anywhere else in the world. This innovative timeline of information is based on recently discovered workflows and software applications formerly unknown and unavailable to the world. After months of research and development, this highly entertaining voyage of the mind walks the viewer through the process of creating amazing effects. The largest step-by-step project in this video features rich, moving matte paintings which contain highly detailed, 3d animated trees and foliage created by one of the best software applications of the decade so far. Two other highly detailed projects are included in this video. They both feature Lidar-based visual effects tricks and viable commercial advertisement graphics using YET ANOTHER brand new super app for the industry. And if that wasn't enough, score a bonus project on how to make exceptionally realistic skies for hyper-realistic film projects. If there was ever a video to watch, this would be it!


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    SPECIAL NOTE

    This training sets the viewer up to apply advanced techniques to almost any app. However, demonstration versions of all apps used in this video are available and completely compatible with this material.

    Chapter Descriptions

    Tic Tac Commercial

    This breakthrough project was designed to familiarize the user with object replication. There is no better application for handling immense polygonal instancing than Isotropix Clarisse, so we used it in this project extensively. Learn how to take a simple shape and a bitmap image (which can be easily found on the internet), and turn them into a full-blown, high resolution television commercial. Prepare to be blown away by how easy it can be to create such a complex look both quickly and efficiently with next generation software.

    Lidar Effects

    Now, most of you would probably guess that I'd include a Lidar Project in the bunch. So naturally, in this project, I build a particle-like effect similar to the effects you would find in films like Prometheus in the scene with the bridge holographic projector. We took data that was created by our Lidar team from the Albequerque New Mexico courthouse and turned it into a viable commercial effect using Clarisse's instancing tools and compositing tools. This is a must-see for anyone doing VFX in general. Thanks to this new project, many companies will be able to save an enormous amount of time and money in the future.

    Digital Environments With Animated Trees

    How many matte paintings have you seen with 3d animated leaves on trees? Well, there is a reason for that. Most apps can’t handle 3d animated leaves because the combination of polygonal data and animated data makes processing nearly impossible. Clarisse was specifically designed to handle this kind of data. Look at how quickly we can create something so rich in look and texture in such a short time. This is a project you can't afford to miss. Thanks to SpeedTree, we can create entire forests of trees using its WYSIWYG tree modeler. With the ability to export animated leaves and branches, it's truly the "cream of the crop software" for making realistic trees.

    Painting 3D Mountains

    Quickly master time-proven tricks for creating elevation displacements using almost any paint program of your choice. In this chapter, I show how to paint elevation maps with one of my favorite applications, Piranha. Piranha is a very small application with a ton of high-end features. It has a rich heritage of both Amazon 3D Paint and Piranha Digital Intermediate. Picture an editing program with advanced 3d modeling and particle engine support. In Piranha, you can paint projections and textures right on your 3d models. Download the demo and try it out. (Tell them Chris Maynard sent you.)

    Easy CG Skies

    We'll be creating the most realistic CG skies bar none with one of the most readily available applications on the internet. This application is a secret weapon in the film industry. I've been using it for years, and I've seen it used infinitely by colleagues on a wide variety of films. It takes some time to render the skies because of the high-resolution, but getting to the right look could not be faster! Learn how to harness this power using a fully functional demonstration version.

    About the Instructor

    Chris Maynard is the owner and Chief Public Partner of the profit-sharing organization known as cmiVFX.com. Surprisingly, the letters "CMI" in the company name are not an abbreviation for Chris Maynard Institute. The initials actually stand for the first company name, entitled "Creative Minds Imaging," which dates back to 1997 and is responsible for the creation of digital pre-press applications made from adobe products on roto gravure, which is a form of heat transfer printing. Since then, Chris has been the driving force behind a large majority of Application User Interfaces for the visual effects and computer graphics industries. He has designed application features, entire GUI's and partial GUI's that nearly everyone in the visual effects industry has used on some level. Applications like Photoshop, Painter, and Poser allowed Chris to break into the "commercial illustration and design world." This was when he decided to move away from the field of engineering. Before graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology for Advanced Computer Graphics, Chris studied Laser Holography for real 3D applications. In 1998, he became the first person in history to simulate holograms of helium neon laser light. He did this on a Cray super computer, using Houdini as the backbone of the project. Later, he moved on to become the Creative Director for several large corporations in which training for CBT (computer-based training) sparked his interest in combining all 4 of his practiced skills into one complete business operation. For the last decade, Chris has been assisting tens of thousands of customers deliver top shelf productions through training and extensive labor. He is a dedicated service provider for freelance compositing work whenever he is not managing cmiVFX. If you need him to solve a problem with your software or production pipeline, just email him at chris@cmivfx.com.

    Featured Software

    Isotropix Clarisse

    http://www.isotropix.com

    Piranha

    http://www.ifxsoftware.com

    Speedtree

    http://www.speedtree.com

    Terragen

    http://www.planetside.co.uk

    Project Contents

    Included in the project file folder are some raw materials. First off, we could only fit ONE Mega Complete Alembic tree model in the project files due to its size and for legal reasons. However, it's enough to make a forest in the Clarisse tutorial. (This animated tree is the same kind featured in movies like Avatar, and will work in any Alembic supporting application.)

    Also included are some Mudbox painted landscapes for you to use when placing trees. We also included painted textures that we have made so you can make a realistic scene. (NOTE, for size reasons we had to truncate the resolution the models were at.)

    Lastly, there are some sky samples for you to use as a backdrop.

    This video is available today at the cmiVFX Store: www.cmivfx.com

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