Join Lee Lanier for an in-depth discussion in this video Arranging background cards, part of VFX Techniques: Creating Explosions with 3D Layers.
We've constructed a 3D environment by creating a 3D layer and a 3D camera.…We can now start to reconstruct our shots with…the castle in the background in the 3D environment.…I'll going to drag these stabilize composition down into this one.…Drop it in the center.…And whenever you place one composition into a second one, it's called nesting.…And the beauty of that is, the entire net result…of that composition becomes a layer.…In any case, the first thing I want to do is cut out this background mountain.…
We can do that by drawing a mask.…I'm going to select this layer. And go to my pen tool and draw a mask.…Now I have to do this pretty…quickly because of time limitations, so please feel…free to spend more time yourself to make this nice, but the idea is to go…down this edge here to make it look like a bushy, rocky mountain edge.…I'm going to avoid the sky.…And also skip any tiny skinny trees, 'cuz they're too hard to cut out.…When I get down here, I'll go straight down.…
I'm not concerned about the castle. That'll be covered up later on.…
- Stabilizing and relighting video footage
- Constructing a 3D environment in After Effects
- Incorporating stock footage effects, such as fireballs
- Fine-tuning CG particle renders
- Layering CG debris simulations
- Incorporating matte painted elements
- Animating a 3D camera in After Effects
- Color grading video, CG renders, and static artwork
- Adding flares, grain, and motion blur
Skill Level Intermediate
Breakdown of the final comp1m 17s
2. Setting Up a 2.5D Scene
3. Adding Effects Plates and Renders
4. Combining CG and Video Debris
5. Using Matte-Painted Elements
6. Adding the Final Touches
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