Join Lee Lanier for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding shadow to make the composite believable, part of Maya Rendering for After Effects Composites.
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We spent some time adjusting the spyglass render in terms of the color and the motion…blur and the matte edge to try to improve the integration.…There are a few more steps we can take to sell that even further.…First one is to put a slight blur on the entire render layer.…Now CG Sharpe in general compared to the background the live-action footage in this case, which is slightly soft.…If I zoom in there, you can see it a little bit better.…So what I can do is go to the Render layer, go to Effects, and apply a Gaussian Blur.…Now I don't want the blur to be too big.…
So a small number below 1 will probably be sufficient.…So I'm going to enter .2. That just softens it a little bit.…So here is with the Blur applied. If we turn off the Effect button right beside Gaussian…Blur, here is before, and once again here is after, very subtle but very useful.…Now while I am looking at the blur, I should probably reconsider the matte edge.…I have additional blur to the blurred edge, and I want to see if that edge is still holding out.…
- Working with image sequences
- Matching the 3D camera to video footage
- Lighting models in Maya
- Splitting a scene into multiple render passes
- Batch rendering
- Recombining render passes in an After Effects composition
- Setting up motion trackers
- Refining layers with rotoscoping
- Adding blur and effects
- Adjusting shadows and matte edges
- Using color correction
- Stabilizing shaky video
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Prepping a Maya Scene
2. Introduction to the Render Layer Editor
3. Creating Render Passes with mental ray
4. Recombining Render Passes in After Effects
5. Transforming Motion Tracking in After Effects
Setting up a motion tracker5m 17s
6. Transforming Motion Tracking to a Moving Camera
7. Stabilization and Corner Pin Motion Tracking
Next steps1m 16s
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