VFX Techniques: Creating Explosions with 3D Layers

with Lee Lanier
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VFX Techniques: Creating Explosions with 3D Layers
Video duration: 0s 3h 21m Intermediate


Visual effects (VFX) can add destruction to a scene without causing real-world damage. Learn to destroy a building with a fireball, using an After Effects 3D environment, Maya dynamic simulations, and matte painted elements. Author Lee Lanier shows you how to convert video footage into 3D layers, adapt stock footage effects, add and improve Maya particle and rigid body renders, and integrate static artwork to inflict realistic damage to an old-world castle.

Topics include:
  • 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
3D + Animation Video


- [Voiceover] Hi, I'm Lee Lanier, and welcome to VFX Techniques: Creating Explosions with 3D Layers. In this course, we'll look at how to use 3D layer to add destruction to a castle. I'll start by showing you how to stabilize and mask video footage to break it into multiple layers. Then I'll show you how to convert 2D layers into 3D layers and arrange them in 3D space with a 3D camera. We'll see how to layer CG render and video effects footage to destroy sections of the building.

We'll be covering all these techniques plus many other After Effects tools. So let's get started with VFX Techniques: Creating Explosions with 3D Layers.

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