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Digital Matte Painting Essentials 5: Camera Projection in Maya
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Digital Matte Painting Essentials 5: Camera Projection in Maya

with David Mattingly

Video: Introduction

In this video tutorial, camera projection, the fifth and final If you're doing the full fundamentals of digital matte If you're just joining this section to
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  1. 2m 36s
    1. Introduction
      1m 5s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 31s
  2. 26m 37s
    1. What is camera projection?
      1m 44s
    2. Preparing the textured castle for camera projection
      3m 5s
    3. Isolating the first two layers
      7m 51s
    4. Isolating the rest of the layers
      6m 6s
    5. Preparing individual files of each layer
      6m 25s
    6. The CastleAll layer
      1m 26s
  3. 18m 39s
    1. Maya basics
      4m 26s
    2. Creating a projection camera
      2m 34s
    3. Adding the image plane
      3m 39s
    4. Positioning the grid
      2m 9s
    5. Setting device and film aspect ratios
      5m 51s
  4. 30m 29s
    1. Adding a box for the base of the castle
      5m 1s
    2. Matching the camera to the painting
      7m 42s
    3. Positioning the next four boxes
      4m 37s
    4. Creating the rest of the castle geometry
      3m 7s
    5. Modeling the hill
      7m 13s
    6. Adding the sky
      2m 49s
  5. 18m 7s
    1. Projecting the first texture
      6m 48s
    2. Projecting the castle walls
      7m 48s
    3. Projecting the rest of the textures
      3m 31s
  6. 14m 35s
    1. Animating the camera
      5m 23s
    2. Rendering the scene
      4m 19s
    3. Fixing two common projection problems
      4m 53s
  7. 24m 5s
    1. Installing filmBackAtYa
      6m 41s
    2. Adding cylinders for the front towers
      5m 30s
    3. Adding spheres for the domes
      5m 30s
    4. Vertex modeling
      6m 24s
  8. 30m 17s
    1. Preparing the file for After Effects
      5m 55s
    2. Retiming the plate
      5m 21s
    3. Colorizing the plate
      6m 1s
    4. Adding a moving sky
      3m 32s
    5. Displacing the smoke
      5m 52s
    6. Rendering out the moving background
      3m 36s
  9. 36m 39s
    1. Bringing the moving background into Maya
      2m 36s
    2. Great websites for stock video
      2m 55s
    3. Adding flames
      6m 40s
    4. Rendering out glowing smoke
      5m 31s
    5. Creating an alpha channel
      2m 42s
    6. Adding special effect glows
      3m 44s
    7. Creating a lava waterfall
      6m 59s
    8. Render settings
      4m 23s
    9. Final render
      1m 9s
  10. 54s
    1. Goodbye
      54s

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Digital Matte Painting Essentials 5: Camera Projection in Maya
3h 22m Beginner Jan 09, 2014

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What really makes a matte painting come to life? A technique called camera projection can transform a 2D matte painting—like the fiery castle built in previous installments of this series—into a 3D scene, complete with a moving camera and shifting perspective. In this, the fifth and final installment of Digital Matte Painting Essentials, David Mattingly shows how to use Maya's powerful toolset to add perspective and animation. First, you'll break out the layers of the painting, create rough geometry inside Maya to match the forms, and then project texture onto those forms to give them depth. Then you'll learn how to add an animated camera, special effects, and create a fully realized 3D environment from the painting.

Topics include:
  • What is camera projection?
  • Isolating the layers in your painting
  • Setting up for projection camera
  • Adding geometry
  • Projecting textures
  • Animating the camera
  • Vertex modeling
  • Animating the background
  • Adding flames, smoke, and glows
  • Rendering your project
Subjects:
3D + Animation Rendering Design Digital Painting Visual Effects
Software:
Maya Photoshop
Author:
David Mattingly

Introduction

In this video tutorial, camera projection, the fifth and final part of my series, the fundamentals of digital matte painting. I'll show you how to use a special effects technique called camera projection to turn your 2D textured castle into a 3D scene, complete with a moving camera. If you're doing the full fundamentals of digital matte painting series with me, you will have completed your castle in the previous section, and you should work over that.

If you're just joining this section to learn about camera projection, that's great too. You can use my finished castle if you like. First, we'll break the layers out of our castle painting and create rough geometry inside of Maya to match the forms. Then we'll project the textures onto those forms to give them depth. Then we'll add an animated camera, some special effects and create a full 3D environment from our castle painting. So let's get started.

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