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Photorealistic Lighting with Maya and Nuke
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Photorealistic Lighting with Maya and Nuke

with Mark Lefitz

Video: Welcome

(music playing) Hello! My name is Mark Lefitz, and welcome to Photorealistic Lighting with Maya and Nuke. In this course, I am going to be guiding you through the essential tools, techniques, and workflow to effectively light, render, and composite a CG object; in this case, a futuristic vehicle to a photographic plate. I will start by discussing image-based lighting, including HDRI image creation and manipulation.
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  1. 3m 12s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      37s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 43s
  2. 19m 0s
    1. Explaining image-based lighting
      1m 12s
    2. Examining how the HDRI was created
      2m 42s
    3. Shooting the background plate
      3m 44s
    4. Analyzing and color correcting the background plate
      6m 0s
    5. Correcting the HDRI
      5m 22s
  3. 17m 0s
    1. Using Maya references to import the geometry
      4m 42s
    2. Creating a 3D camera to match the plate
      5m 0s
    3. Setting up image-based lighting
      5m 13s
    4. Determining render resolution
      2m 5s
  4. 28m 27s
    1. Exploring mental ray light types
      6m 20s
    2. Lighting with low quality settings and proxies
      4m 41s
    3. Working with area lights
      5m 29s
    4. Setting light samples
      3m 22s
    5. Using raytrace shadows
      2m 23s
    6. Lighting the body lines
      2m 51s
    7. Adding a bounce light
      3m 21s
  5. 16m 16s
    1. Using render layers
      2m 51s
    2. Setting up render passes
      3m 28s
    3. Creating 32-bit files
      3m 39s
    4. Adjusting the render quality settings
      2m 42s
    5. Explaining final gathering
      2m 24s
    6. Rendering the final image
      1m 12s
  6. 24m 32s
    1. Rendering matte passes
      5m 14s
    2. Creating a ground occlusion pass
      4m 7s
    3. Creating a ground shadow pass
      3m 22s
    4. Adding ambient occlusion
      6m 29s
    5. Adding a fresnel pass
      5m 20s
  7. 26m 15s
    1. Adding a gamma correction in Nuke
      2m 1s
    2. Getting started in Nuke
      6m 5s
    3. Color correcting the passes using mattes
      4m 0s
    4. Adding the secondary passes
      4m 11s
    5. Adding the background plate and the shadow
      6m 35s
    6. Adding the car and rendering the final composite
      3m 23s
  8. 8m 46s
    1. Adding motion blur to the wheels
      3m 27s
    2. Fixing the road
      2m 46s
    3. Adding a vignette
      2m 33s
  9. 1m 10s
    1. Comparing the final composite with the original plate
      1m 10s

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Photorealistic Lighting with Maya and Nuke
2h 24m Intermediate Dec 20, 2012

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This course demonstrates how to light an object on a live-action still plate, using Maya, Nuke, and Adobe Photoshop. Author Mark Lefitz shows how to capture and use a high dynamic range image (HDRI) as the main light source, as well as how to analyze the plate to determine lighting direction, intensity, reflection, and shadow information. He layers in additional key, fill, and bounce lighting, plus ray-traced shadows, using the mental ray render engine. The course also demonstrates how to render various passes from mental ray to composite the final image in Nuke. The composite is finished off with some motion blur and vignetting in Photoshop.

Topics include:
  • Understanding image-based lighting
  • Analyzing and color correcting the background plate
  • Creating a 3D camera to match the plate
  • Lighting with low-quality settings and proxies
  • Setting light samples
  • Setting up render passes
  • Rendering mattes ground shadow, and occlusions passes
  • Adding gamma correction in Nuke
  • Adding the object to the plate and rendering the final composite
  • Retouching the composite using Photoshop
Subjects:
3D + Animation Rendering Textures Video Materials Compositing Visual Effects
Software:
Maya Nuke
Author:
Mark Lefitz

Welcome

(music playing) Hello! My name is Mark Lefitz, and welcome to Photorealistic Lighting with Maya and Nuke. In this course, I am going to be guiding you through the essential tools, techniques, and workflow to effectively light, render, and composite a CG object; in this case, a futuristic vehicle to a photographic plate. I will start by discussing image-based lighting, including HDRI image creation and manipulation.

Next, we will jump into Maya to explore shading, lighting, and rendering. In Nuke, we will look at how to use our output passes to render our final composite. Finally, we will put some finishing touches in Photoshop. So let's get lighting with Photorealistic Lighting with Maya and Nuke.

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