Visual Effects

Learn how to create visual effects for 3D animations, film, or television with After Effects, Maya, CINEMA 4D, as well as other compositing packages like Nuke. These courses also show how to create realistic composites, dynamic particle systems, and other special effects.

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  • view course page for NUKE Compositing: Zombies

    NUKE Compositing: Zombies with Steve Wright

    Learn how to build a zombie graveyard scene and practice your NUKE compositing skills in this fun NUKE tutorial. NUKE expert Steve Wright shows how to use NUKE's keying, color correction, and effects tools to make a zombie rise from the grave.

    2h 40m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Artists and Their Work: Conversations about Mograph, VFX, and Digital Art

    Rob Garrott interviews storyboard artists, animators, VFX artists, and other film-industry pros in this series of creative conversations.

    15h 25m
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Fusion 7

    Get quickly up to speed with Fusion 7, the free compositing software from Blackmagic Design.

    2h 39m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for After Effects: 2015 Creative Cloud Updates

    Learn about the significant new motion graphics and visual effects features introduced in Adobe After Effects CC 2015—as soon as they are released.

    1h 44m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for After Effects Compositing 01: Intro to VFX

    Introduces the seven essential After Effects compositing techniques and some bonus tips to help enhance drama, correct color, and create convincing transparency.

    1h 4m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Getting Started with After Effects CC (2015)

    Get started with After Effects by learning basic motion graphics and video terminology and the six core techniques used to build projects in After Effects.

    1h 5m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Kim Lee: Digital and Physical Production and Design

    3D animator and maker Kim Lee discusses how he combines digital and physical production methods for maximum flexibility and creativity.

    1h 21m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for NUKE Compositing: Alien Portal

    Acclaimed NUKE instructor Steve Wright shows how to create an otherworldly alien portal with NUKE, teaching valuable compositing, camera tracking, and lighting techniques along the way.

    2h 20m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Alex McDowell: World Building and Narrative

    An interview with production designer Alex McDowell about his work on films such as Minority Report, his World Building Institute at USC, and his thoughts on the future of media and narrative.

    57m 17s
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for mocha 4 Essential Training

    Learn how to use mocha 4 for match moving, 3D camera solves, custom shape creation, rotoscoping, and more.

    9h 46m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Introduction to 3D

    Introduction to 3D with George Maestri

    Learn the basics concepts underlying all 3D modeling and rendering software: navigating 3D space, modeling, texturing, rendering, and more.

    1h 39m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Using Panoramic Photos for Motion Graphics and Visual Effects

    Learn how to capture, create, and use panoramic photos that can be seamlessly integrated into After Effects and other motion graphics projects.

    2h 15m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for After Effects Compositing 06: Tracking and Stabilization

    Learn to create precise, accurate, locked-in tracks with the five motion trackers in After Effects.

    2h 8m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running in VUE

    Up and Running in VUE with Aaron F. Ross

    Create photorealistic animated environments in VUE.

    4h 12m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for SynthEyes Essential Training

    Learn how to create solid 3D tracks for advanced visual effects using SynthEyes.

    2h 35m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for CINEMA 4D Rendering Tips for NUKE

    Take a render directly from CINEMA 4D, or any other 3D package, and bump it up a notch with NUKE.

    1h 31m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for NUKE Compositing: Sci-Fi Force Field

    Acclaimed Nuke instructor Steve Wright shows how to create a show-stopping sci-fi force field using NUKE.

    2h 12m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for After Effects CC Essential Training (2015)

    Breaks down the six foundations of After Effects mastery—compositions, layers, animation, effects, 3D, and rendering—and provides real-world projects designed to reinforce your skills.

    9h 43m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for After Effects Compositing 05: Rotoscoping & Edges

    Master the art of rotoscoping—creating an animated selection with masking and paint tools—using After Effects.

    1h 57m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for VFX Techniques: Compositing an Explosion with Fusion 7

    Learn how to create awesome 3D explosions and composite them with live-action footage using the free compositing software Fusion 7.

    2h 55m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for NUKE Essential Training

    NUKE Essential Training with Steve Wright

    Learn about keying, compositing, rotoscoping, tracking, color correcting, and many other vital techniques in the high-end VFX compositing package, Nuke.

    7h 31m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for ZBrush 4 Essential Training

    ZBrush 4 Essential Training with Ryan Kittleson

    Covers the most popular tools and techniques for digital painting and sculpting in ZBrush, and explains how to export models and texture maps to other programs for use in games, film, fine art, or 3D printing.

    2h 58m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with RealFlow

    Get up and running with RealFlow, the motion picture industry's standard tool for liquid simulations.

    3h 6m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Rendering for Composites inside 3ds Max

    Learn how to use the extensive range of tools in 3ds Max to render out elements for compositing in After Effects.

    1h 50m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for HitFilm 3 Pro Essential Training

    Learn to use HitFilm 3 Pro in three powerful ways: as a video editor, as a tool for adding 2D video effects to your movies, and as a compositing tool for creating amazing 3D and planar-tracking effects.

    5h 57m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Houdini

    Artist and animator Scott Pagano introduces the awesome power of Houdini, a 3D animation package offering an all-procedural workflow and node networks for faster and more complex renders.

    2h 56m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for After Effects Compositing 04: Color Keying

    See how to produce high-quality keys that fit well within their new scenes, while retaining the subtle details that make the results believable, in After Effects.

    2h 7m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for After Effects: Creative Cloud Updates

    Get real-world production and workflow advice as you learn about the newest features in Adobe After Effects CC.

    3h 51m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for VFX Techniques: Creating a Laser Battle

    Create awesome sci-fi laser gunfire and realistic set damage inside After Effects.

    2h 45m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with MEL Scripting in Maya

    A quick introduction to Maya's MEL (or Maya Embedded Language) scripting, which can help speed up repetitive tasks and give you access to advanced features.

    1h 48m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for TurbulenceFD for CINEMA 4D Essential Training

    VFX artist Ben Watts show how to use TurbulenceFD, an incredibly powerful fluid simulator that plugs right into CINEMA 4D, to create realistic smoke, fire, and explosion effects.

    2h 26m
    Advanced
     
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  • view course page for After Effects CC Essential Training

    Delve into the world of motion graphics, keying, and compositing in After Effects CC.

    14h 52m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Dynamic Simulations with Bullet Physics in Maya

    Learn how to set up and direct Bullet simulations for collisions, breakage, and simple cloth effects.

    1h 35m
    Advanced
     
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  • view course page for Cloth Simulation in Blender

    Learn how to simulate cloth, control its appearance, and make it interact realistically with other objects in your scene, using Blender.

    2h 0m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Digital Product Photography with CINEMA 4D

    Learn how to create realistic product renderings for print and video advertising with CINEMA 4D.

    1h 29m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for VFX Techniques: Creating a CG Flag with After Effects and CINEMA 4D

    Learn how to composite a 3D animated flag into a live-action shot using After Effects and CINEMA 4D.

    1h 55m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for VFX Techniques: Creating a CG Flag with Nuke X and CINEMA 4D

    Learn how to composite a 3D-animated flag into a live-action shot using Nuke and CINEMA 4D.

    1h 50m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Nuke 8 New Features

    Nuke 8 New Features with Steve Wright

    Join digital compositing pioneer Steve Wright for a tour of the new features in Nuke 8.

    1h 24m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for After Effects Compositing 03: Advanced Matching and Looks

    Learn how to composite 3D and 2D elements and color correct footage, match the original shot's light and motion, and use HDR and filmic looks to create realistic, cinematic sequences with After Effects.

    2h 9m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Dynamics in CINEMA 4D

    Dynamics in CINEMA 4D with Thanassis Pozantzis

    Learn how to use CINEMA 4D dynamics to create physically accurate object animations, using real-world physics like gravity, collisions, and bounces.

    3h 1m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for After Effects Compositing 02: Matching Foreground to Background

    Learn how to composite 2D or 3D foreground objects to a background scene with After Effects and seamlessly match light, color, depth of field, and noise, so that every element looks natural.

    1h 59m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with the Foundry CameraTracker for After Effects

    Pull 3D motion tracks and match camera moves without leaving After Effects, using CameraTracker. Learn how to track and solve shots, refine solves, and use the data in compelling 3D composites.

    1h 5m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for VFX Techniques: Digital Set Extension

    Learn how to digitally extend a set with After Effects. Create a missing wall in the composite and add a moving scene outside windows.

    1h 47m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Cloth Simulation in 3ds Max

    Create realistic garments and fabrics, from T-shirts to tablecloths, with the Cloth system in 3ds Max.

    3h 20m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for VFX Techniques: Space Scene 02: Compositing in After Effects

    Recombine render-pass sequences of a space scene from Maya and add special effects in After Effects.

    2h 7m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Cinematography in Maya

    Cinematography in Maya with Aaron F. Ross

    Learn how to expertly control and animate cameras in your Maya projects and give viewers a window into your 3D world.

    3h 43m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Entertainment Creation Suite: Getting Started with Backburner

    Introduces you to Backburner and the basic concepts behind network rendering, a more efficient method of rendering that spreads the workload to servers, one frame at a time.

    24m 47s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Entertainment Creation Suite: Getting Started with MatchMover

    Learn how to perform 2D and 3D camera tracking with MatchMover and import the results in Maya.

    1h 6m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for VFX Techniques: Space Scene 01: Maya Animation and Dynamic Simulation

    Learn how to animate and render a professional-looking 3D space scene with Maya.

    3h 8m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Hair with Maya nHair

    Learn to create, style, animate, and render realistic hair with Maya nHair.

    3h 8m
    Intermediate
     
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