Join Dave Schultze for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching this course, part of Animation with Rhino and Bongo.
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- This animation course has been designed for intermediate level users of Rhino and V-Ray. It's also designed for beginners with Bongo and Adobe's After Effects. If you're not sure about your skill level but have worked with either Rhino or V-Ray, then please go ahead and try the course. If you run into any trouble with the material there are other excellent introductory courses right here on lynda.com. For example we have Rendering Fundamentals with both Rhino and V-Ray, we have specialized rendering for Product and Architectural all here on lynda.com.
Also for this course there's a few other recommendations that will help you, if needed, for content creation. We'll be using Rhino's latest service release 10 by McNeel, Bongo 2.0 service release two, which is also published by McNeel, and V-Ray for Rhino 2.0 service release two by the Chaos Group. Bongo will be used for all of our 3D animations. Since we are using After Effects it will help if you've used it before, but it's not critical. But if you've ever done any basic video editing it's the exact same process.
If you don't have experience, but have used Photoshop that will actually help a lot. Someone once introduced After Effects to me as Photoshop overtime and it's accurate. When we use After Effects we mostly focused on importing, basic edits, and then some 2D animations, and then some final exports. Photography and directorial skills can be very helpful. V-Ray uses a real-world physical camera for all of its rendering, so any knowledge of cameras will come in very handy.
Finally patience is critical. To get really good at all the stuff we're gonna learn you have to do lots and lots of testing and tweaking. Even though I'm gonna share my most excellent Dave tips, there is still no substitute for having enough time to practice and experiment. But if you enjoy it like I do it's more fun than work. Before we wrap up, a brief note on our course assets. Both of these are original designs you might have seen in the prior Lynda courses. This is the Fish Eye Frame and was used for the Product Rendering course.
And this will be our focus of all product turntable animations. This is the Zoomerang Pavilion, as seen in the Architectural Rendering course here on lynda.com. We will be using this building design for all of our architectural animation. Now that we have that out of the way let's get started.
First you'll learn how to do a simple product design "turntable" animation. Then you'll create a path-based "walk through" animation of an architectural design. After the animation work is done, Dave will demonstrate how to import the sequences into After Effects and edit them into a seamless video presentation with high-quality audio. The last few chapters focus on optimizing the final video for flawless playback on any computer or website and sharing and distributing your project.
- Installing and setting up Bongo
- Planning your workflow and storyboarding
- Creating the turntable animation
- Setting up a camera path
- Animating a sequence of stills
- Compositing in After Effects
- Exporting and sharing your animation