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Smoke 2013 Essential Training

with Amy Leland

Video: Welcome

Introduces the powerful compositing, editing, and animation package for the Mac from Autodesk: Smoke 2013.
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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 25s
  2. 11m 27s
    1. Creating a project and a user
      4m 50s
    2. Examining key preferences
      4m 24s
    3. Keyboard shortcuts
      2m 13s
  3. 31m 30s
    1. Importing and organizing media using the MediaHub and Media Library
      3m 53s
    2. Viewing media
      3m 39s
    3. Editing in the timeline
      5m 23s
    4. Timeline effects
      6m 30s
    5. Deep compositing with ConnectFX
      12m 5s
  4. 31m 30s
    1. Importing media through the MediaHub
      9m 23s
    2. Importing projects using Conform
      6m 49s
    3. Reconnecting offline media
      4m 10s
    4. Importing media from other Smoke projects or Smoke archives
      5m 35s
    5. Organizing media in the Media Library
      5m 33s
  5. 39m 58s
    1. Creating a new sequence
      6m 45s
    2. Setting source in and out points when playing media
      8m 26s
    3. Drag-and-drop editing to the timeline
      7m 14s
    4. Track selection in the timeline
      5m 42s
    5. Using overwrite and insert edits to assemble the scene
      6m 49s
    6. Adding cutaways with three-point editing
      5m 2s
  6. 20m 54s
    1. Preparing the scene to trim
      5m 20s
    2. Trimming in the timeline
      7m 38s
    3. Working in Trim view
      7m 56s
  7. 17m 43s
    1. Preparing the scene for transitions
      4m 7s
    2. Creating a dissolve transition
      6m 41s
    3. Creating a wipe transition
      6m 55s
  8. 37m 43s
    1. Introducing timeline effects
      4m 53s
    2. Using the Axis effect to apply a matte to a clip and place it in a scene
      7m 21s
    3. Motion tracking in Axis
      10m 17s
    4. Superimposing clips using three-point editing
      5m 10s
    5. Keying green-screen media to preview the comp using Axis
      10m 2s
  9. 54m 57s
    1. Making primary color corrections with timeline effects
      8m 7s
    2. Making a secondary selective color correction with timeline effects
      7m 20s
    3. Making a masked correction with the timeline
      7m 51s
    4. Copying corrections in the timeline
      5m 43s
    5. Exploring the ConnectFX interface
      9m 18s
    6. Primary and secondary color correction in ConnectFX
      6m 15s
    7. Making a masked correction inside of ConnectFX effects
      10m 23s
  10. 40m 2s
    1. The Blend & Comp node in ConnectFX
      11m 34s
    2. Creating an action scene
      9m 13s
    3. Keying and compositing the layers together in Action
      9m 46s
    4. Finishing the Action composite
      9m 29s
  11. 21m 42s
    1. Creating a ConnectFX clip and using the Action node to import layered Photoshop files
      7m 29s
    2. Using 3D views in ConnectFX to manipulate the layered Photoshop file
      9m 5s
    3. Importing a 3D model into Action
      5m 8s
  12. 24m 20s
    1. Adding a timeline text effect
      10m 49s
    2. Saving and reusing titles
      4m 44s
    3. Using 3D text in ConnectFX
      8m 47s
  13. 17m 6s
    1. Editing audio into the timeline
      7m 11s
    2. Mixing levels
      5m 18s
    3. Audio effects
      4m 37s
  14. 9m 54s
    1. Export workflow and options
      5m 23s
    2. Creating an archive
      4m 31s
  15. 1m 54s
    1. Next steps
      1m 54s

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Smoke 2013 Essential Training
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Autodesk Smoke for Mac is a powerful nonlinear editing (NLE) platform that provides editing, color correction, 3D animation and compositing, and motion graphics tools in a familiar timeline-based environment. The 2013 redesign put it up there with the other three big NLEs (Avid, Apple, and Adobe), making it a great choice for video editors looking for an alternative platform. Join Amy Leland, as she takes you through the entire Smoke workflow, from importing media to exporting and archiving your final project. Learn how to use the nonlinear and trim tools to create a rough edit, refine scenes with transitions and timeline effects, and color correct your footage. Amy will also show you how to composite effects (including 3D animation), add titles, and mix in your audio.

This course was created and produced by Amy Leland. We are honored to host this content in our library.

Topics include:
  • Creating a project and user
  • Importing with MediaHub and the Media Library
  • Drag-and-drop editing in the timeline
  • Adding cutaways with three-point editing
  • Creating dissolve and wipe transitions
  • Keying green-screen media
  • Performing primary and secondary color corrections
  • Composing in ConnectFX
  • Importing layered Photoshop files
  • Using 3D text
  • Editing and mixing audio


Hi, I'm Amy Leland, and I'd like to welcome you to the Smoke 2013 essentials training course. In this course, I'm going to take you through the entire process of creating and finishing a video inside of Smoke. We'll begin with the available options for importing media into your Smoke project. From there, we'll go to the editing tools. We'll look at the nonlinear editing tools inside of Smoke, as well as the new trim tools. After that, we'll step into the effects and finishing areas of Smoke, including timeline transitions, timeline clip effects, and color correction.

After that, we'll get to the Connect Effects area inside of Smoke, where you can do some really exciting effects, including the action area which allows us to do 3D animation. We'll finish up with some titles, and some audio mixing. And, finally, export and archive our project. My hope is that, through this overview of the essential elements of Smoke, you'll be able to create and finish wonderful projects of your very own inside of Smoke 2013. So let's get started.

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